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Matt Crafton Holds On To Score Kroger 250 Win At Martinsville

Matt Crafton Scores Coveted Martinsville Grandfather Clock With Kroger 250 Victory [Getty Images for NASCAR]

Matt Crafton Scores Coveted Martinsville Grandfather Clock With Kroger 250 Victory [Getty Images for NASCAR]

Martinsville, VA – Bubba Wallace made a hard-charging late run to the finish but it wasn’t enough, as Matt Crafton held on in the Tundra vs. Tundra battle to secure the famed Martinsville victor’s clock for ThorSport Racing.  Full field finishing order to follow:

POS Car # Driver Make Start Pos. Laps Laps Led + / – Change in points Final Status Points Bonus Points
1 88 Matt Crafton Toyota 10 256 47
7 Position Up
Running 47 4
2 54 Darrell Wallace Jr Toyota 1 256 34
13 Position Up
Running 43 1
3 31 Ben Kennedy Chevrolet 6 256 0
5 Position Up
Running 41 0
4 98 Johnny Sauter Toyota 14 256 61
0
Running 41 1
5 29 Ryan Blaney Ford 2 256 3
0
Running 40 1
6 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 3 256 49
0
Running 39 1
7 77 German Quiroga Jr Toyota 8 256 0
1 Position Up
Running 37 0
8 32 Ben Rhodes Chevrolet 12 256 0
0
Running 36 0
9 30 Ron Hornaday Jr Chevrolet 5 256 62
-2 Position Down
Running 37 2
10 7 Brian Ickler Toyota 7 256 0
14 Position Up
Running 34 0
11 8 John Hunter Nemechek Toyota 20 256 0
0
Running 33 0
12 00 Cole Custer Chevrolet 9 256 0
0
Running 32 0
13 9 Chase Pistone Chevrolet 15 256 0
0
Running 31 0
14 92 Ross Chastain Ford 13 256 0
10 Position Up
Running 30 0
15 33 Brandon Jones Chevrolet 21 256 0
0
Running 29 0
16 19 Tyler Reddick Ford 17 256 0
-1 Position Down
Running 28 0
17 21 Joey Coulter Chevrolet 18 256 0
9 Position Up
Running 27 0
18 51 Erik Jones Toyota 4 256 0
0
Running 26 0
19 20 Gray Gaulding Chevrolet 11 256 0
0
Running 25 0
20 5 John Wes Townley Toyota 16 255 0
1 Position Up
Accident 24 0
21 13 Jeb Burton Toyota 22 255 0
-4 Position Down
Running 23 0
22 75 Caleb Holman Chevrolet 26 253 0
4 Position Up
Running 22 0
23 50 Travis Kvapil Chevrolet 33 252 0
-14 Position Down
Running 0 0
24 07 Ray Black Jr Chevrolet 29 250 0
0
Running 20 0
25 63 Justin Jennings Chevrolet 31 249 0
1 Position Up
Running 19 0
26 08 Korbin Forrister Chevrolet 34 242 0
0
Running 18 0
27 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb RAM 36 241 0
1 Position Up
Running 17 0
28 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet 35 235 0
1 Position Up
Running 16 0
29 35 Mason Mingus Toyota 19 216 0
-3 Position Down
Running 15 0
30 68 Clay Greenfield RAM 28 189 0
0
14 0
31 02 Tyler Young Chevrolet 23 157 0
-3 Position Down
Power Steering 13 0
32 23 Spencer Gallagher Chevrolet 25 122 0
0
Accident 12 0
33 99 Bryan Silas Chevrolet 27 120 0
-5 Position Down
Accident 11 0
34 66 Josh Williams Ford 32 82 0
0
Brakes 10 0
35 56 Raymond Terczak Jr Chevrolet 30 52 0
0
Brakes 9 0
36 74 Alex Guenette Chevrolet 24 32 0
0
Fuel Pump 8 0

[NASCAR]

An Interview with Camping World Truck Series Spotter Charli Brown

(Left to Right) Charli Brown, Joshua Guiher and Ryan Blaney at Eldora Speedway before the start of the CarCash Mudsummer Classic Presented by CNBC Prime’s 'The Profit' on July 24, 2013 [Charli Brown]

(Left to Right) Charli Brown, Joshua Guiher and Ryan Blaney at Eldora Speedway before the start of the CarCash Mudsummer Classic Presented by CNBC Prime’s ‘The Profit’ on July 24, 2013 [Charli Brown]

An interview with vetern spotter Charli Brown, who currently works with Ryan Blaney and Andy Seuss.

Q: Charli, I’ve known you for years through similar online interests, and finally got to meet you this past summer at Eldora. For as long as I have known you, you have been spotting and working for race teams in the Charlotte area. Can you explain some of the different types of events you have spotted at?

A: Good Question. I started right off the bat with Chad Little when he drove his own Tyson Farms #19 Ford in the then Winston Cup Series at Charlotte. I honestly had no clue what I was doing at the time but went back and started again with NASCAR Modifieds, NASCAR K&N Pro Series, various NASCAR, CRA and PASS Late Models as well as the ARCA Racing Series and now the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Q: NASCAR has announced some new rules for spotters, and more specifically, the equipment used. Can you explain some of the changes and how this might affect you?

A: Honestly, it doesn’t effect me at all. I still use whatever radios the teams supply me with. The full time spotters in the Sprint Cup Series have had it a little tougher. Mostly with the digital radios they used to communicate with the team. That was basically a closed channel between spotter and crew chief. NASCAR has eliminated that and written the rule to read “Analog Radios Only.” Most Sprint Cup Series spotters were using four radios on the roof. One for Channel One to communicate directly with the driver, One for Channel Two to communicate with the team and crew chief (as to not disturb the driver with unnecessary information – digital radio) One to specifically scan NASCAR’s Race Control as required by NASCAR and a fourth radio to scan themselves as a safety check to make sure all the radios they were using to communicate with the team and driver were broadcasting properly.

Q: Most of the time racetracks are built more in the suburbs and rural areas rather than cities like a football or baseball stadium might be. What are some of the logistical issues that you must deal with and what are some of your favorite tracks to travel to for the food and entertainment outside the track?

A: Well, this answer is a double edged sword. As much as I disliked spotting at Las Vegas, I enjoy playing Blackjack at the South Point Casino. It’s a new hobby I picked up while working the K&N Pro Series at Dover Downs two years ago. As for logistics, it’s pretty much the same every week. Most of the teams charter a plane and most of the teams are all on that very same plane. We’ll fly out of Concord and land at the closest airport that has a private (or seperate) terminal for private planes. Most teams have a rental van waiting for them and we’ll pile in that van with our luggage and either head straight to the track for tech day, or to the hotel we’re booked at and check in. As far as favorite tracks for food, nothing beats heading to New Hampshire and stopping at my favorite pizza place, Papa Gino’s Pizza. Daytona is always good for outside entertainment as well as Talladega and Charlotte. Texas is a new favorite because of Bone Daddy’s BBQ and Grill.

Q: Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe Bowman Gray Stadium is one of your most hated places to spot at. Why is that and what other tracks present a real challenge.

A: As a spotter, Bowman Gray Stadium is a great place to learn to spot. Things happen so fast there that it’s a lot like spotting at a flat Bristol. What frustrates me about the place is the way the rules are so loosely adhered to and it’s ran more like a WWF wrestling show on wheels than an actual NASCAR race track.

Q: What about a favorite place to visit or spot at?

A: Martinsville. Iowa. New Hampshire and Gresham Motorsports Park. Least favorite? Right now, it’s Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I’ve heard the sight lines at Phoenix are a nightmare, too. South Boston is also a challenge because of where the spotter’s stand is located at the top of turn one. My favorite place to visit is my home track, Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut.

Q: What is it about Las Vegas that makes you say it is your least favorite track to spot at right now?

A: Again, this is purely my personal opinion. To me, Las Vegas is spread out a little more than say Charlotte, or Texas. It’s basically like comparing it to a small Michigan or California. The sight lines for picking up your car on corner exit off of turn four and heading into turn one are a little tricky especially with the sun setting right into your driver’s eyes in turn four at the beginning of the race. Then later in the evening, you’ll see guys trying to go three wide into turn one and not have enough momentum to complete a pass since they’re stuck under two cars (or trucks) racing for position. With the aero deal the way it is right now, that’s a risky move that often doesn’t work.

Q: Having been a spotter from local ranks all the way to Sprint Cup, can you relay a pinnacle moment or a fond memory?

A: There’s been a few. Getting a personal phone call from Ryan Blaney to spot his non-companion NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races last year is the best one, right now. Spotting for Tommy Baldwin Racing and J.J. Yeley in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover a couple years ago also is one of them. That was a “right place at the right time” kind of deal. In my heart, I know I helped Dillon Bassett win the Martinsville 300 last fall which is the biggest NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race of the year. I truly enjoyed working with Dillon and our pre-race plans worked out perfectly until the final restart.

Q: Part of racing is controversial decisions by sanctioning bodies. I know you wound up on the wrong end of a decision at Martinsville last fall. Can you explain that situation and what NASCAR ruled?

A: As I just mentioned, that race played out perfectly to the way we had planned it earlier in the day. Dillon drove his heart out and followed my directions perfectly. We “lost” the race when the outside pole sitter clearly jumped the final restart before the designated restart point and the race director let it go. They said Dillon spun his tires but I hadn’t even clicked my button to tell him to go because he wasn’t at the designated restart point, yet.

Q: Can you reveal any plans you have for 2014 or are you still working out the schedule?

A: As of right now, I’m heading to New Smyrna Speedweek with my NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver, Andy Seuss. I will probably spot the majority of his races this year and hopefully win my third NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Championship with him. I’m hoping to continue to work with Dillon Bassett again this year in some big NASCAR Late Model Stock Car races and go back and win the Martinsville 300 race this year. I’m also still committed to Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski Racing for another non-companion schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona Official Results

NextEra Energy Resources 250

POS Car # Driver Make Start Pos. Laps Laps Led + / – Change in points Final Status Points Bonus Points
1 51 Kyle Busch Toyota 7 100 25
0
Running 0 0
2 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 18 100 20
0
Running 43 1
3 98 Johnny Sauter Toyota 9 100 0
0
Running 41 0
4 32 Ryan Truex Chevrolet 14 100 0
0
Running 0 0
5 30 Ron Hornaday Jr Chevrolet 2 100 0
0
Running 39 0
6 29 Ryan Blaney Ford 3 100 0
0
Running 38 0
7 13 Jeb Burton Toyota 11 100 0
0
Running 37 0
8 8 Joe Nemechek Toyota 13 100 0
0
Running 0 0
9 08 Jimmy Weller III Chevrolet 30 100 0
0
Running 35 0
10 77 German Quiroga Jr Toyota 23 100 0
0
Running 34 0
11 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 12 100 0
0
Running 33 0
12 19 Tyler Reddick Ford 10 100 0
0
Running 32 0
13 88 Matt Crafton Toyota 4 100 0
0
Running 31 0
14 5 John Wes Townley Toyota 6 100 0
0
Running 30 0
15 31 Ben Kennedy Chevrolet 1 100 52
0
Running 31 2
16 63 Justin Jennings Chevrolet 32 100 0
0
Running 28 0
17 99 Bryan Silas Chevrolet 25 100 0
0
Running 27 0
18 28 Ryan Ellis Chevrolet 34 100 0
0
Running 0 0
19 84 Chris Fontaine Toyota 27 100 0
0
Running 25 0
20 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet 36 100 0
0
Running 24 0
21 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Chevrolet 35 98 0
0
Running 23 0
22 50 Travis Kvapil Chevrolet 28 95 3
0
Running 23 1
23 20 John King Chevrolet 19 87 0
0
Running 21 0
24 07 Michel Disdier Chevrolet 33 83 0
0
Running 20 0
25 24 Brennan Newberry Chevrolet 26 81 0
0
Running 19 0
26 54 Darrell Wallace Jr Toyota 16 76 0
0
Accident 18 0
27 75 Caleb Holman Chevrolet 29 74 0
0
Accident 17 0
28 35 Mason Mingus Toyota 22 73 0
0
Accident 16 0
29 58 Parker Kligerman Toyota 15 73 0
0
Accident 0 0
30 92 Ross Chastain Ford 8 73 0
0
Accident 14 0
31 82 Sean Corr Ford 20 73 0
0
Accident 13 0
32 21 Joey Coulter Chevrolet 5 73 0
0
Accident 12 0
33 7 Brian Ickler Toyota 21 73 0
0
Accident 11 0
34 02 Tyler Young Chevrolet 17 73 0
0
Accident 10 0
35 74 Chris Cockrum Chevrolet 24 73 0
0
Accident 9 0
36 93 Jason White Chevrolet 31 45 0
0
Engine 8 0

NASCAR Unveils New NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Bodies

New Camping World Truck Series Bodies for 2014 Season Unveiled [NASCAR]

New Camping World Truck Series Bodies for 2014 Season Unveiled [NASCAR]

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — At an event today at the SPRINT Fan Zone at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR officially unveiled newly designed bodies for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race trucks – set to debut on Friday night in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports 1, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The newly redesigned bodies will now match the look of their respective showroom counterparts.

Today’s introduction of the new truck bodies follows successful launches of race vehicles in NASCAR’s other two national series – the Gen-6 car last year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the new models in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2010.

“Each manufacturer has designed distinctly different trucks that they can use to promote their showroom models through their involvement with NASCAR racing,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition and racing development. “We have worked closely with all three manufacturers for the past several years, and we’re excited to unveil a new truck body that will make one of NASCAR’s most exciting series even better

Extensive research and testing went into the development of the new bodies, with the goal of continued close competition while allowing specific features from each model. The new trucks have a unique design that will make it easier for fans to recognize their favorite model.

“The truck has a new look that fans can relate to with their own truck at home,” said Chad Little, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series managing director. “The competitors have been happy with the new trucks in testing in January and we expect to continue to have some of the best racing in NASCAR for our fans at Daytona.”

2014 NSCS Daytona 500 Qualifying Results

1 3 Austin Dillon # DOW Chevrolet 45.914 196.019 0 0
2 78 Martin Truex. Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 45.953 195.852 0.039 0.039
3 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 45.961 195.818 0.047 0.008
4 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 45.986 195.712 0.072 0.025
5 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 45.987 195.707 0.073 0.001
6 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 46.084 195.296 0.17 0.097
7 88 Dale Earnhardt. Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 46.104 195.211 0.19 0.02
8 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 46.144 195.042 0.23 0.04
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse. Jr. Nationwide Insurance Ford 46.153 195.004 0.239 0.009
10 27 Paul Menard Peak/Menards Chevrolet 46.173 194.919 0.259 0.02
11 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 46.179 194.894 0.265 0.006
12 33 Brian Scott(i) Whitetail Chevrolet 46.207 194.776 0.293 0.028
13 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 46.235 194.658 0.321 0.028
14 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 46.24 194.637 0.326 0.005
15 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 46.253 194.582 0.339 0.013
16 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 46.253 194.582 0.339 0
17 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 46.255 194.574 0.341 0.002
18 7 Michael Annett # Pilot/Flying J Travel Centers Chevrolet 46.255 194.574 0.341 0
19 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 46.262 194.544 0.348 0.007
20 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 46.267 194.523 0.353 0.005
21 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Toyota 46.272 194.502 0.358 0.005
22 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 46.278 194.477 0.364 0.006
23 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 46.291 194.422 0.377 0.013
24 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 46.294 194.41 0.38 0.003
25 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 46.301 194.38 0.387 0.007
26 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 46.312 194.334 0.398 0.011
27 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/USO Chevrolet 46.366 194.108 0.452 0.054
28 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 46.373 194.078 0.459 0.007
29 36 Reed Sorenson Golden Corral Chevrolet 46.376 194.066 0.462 0.003
30 51 Justin Allgaier # Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet 46.436 193.815 0.522 0.06
31 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops Ford 46.455 193.736 0.541 0.019
32 40 Landon Cassill(i) Hillman Racing Chevrolet 46.456 193.732 0.542 0.001
33 30 Parker Kligerman # Swan Energy Toyota 46.489 193.594 0.575 0.033
34 66 Michael Waltrip BlueDEF/AAA Toyota 46.529 193.428 0.615 0.04
35 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 46.544 193.365 0.63 0.015
36 35 Eric McClure(i) Hefty Ultimate/Reynolds Wrap Ford 46.655 192.905 0.741 0.111
37 55 Brian Vickers Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 46.681 192.798 0.767 0.026
38 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 46.706 192.695 0.792 0.025
39 26 Cole Whitt # Speed Stick Gear Toyota 46.744 192.538 0.83 0.038
40 34 David Ragan CSX – Play It Safe Ford 46.795 192.328 0.881 0.051
41 95 Michael McDowell K-Love Ford 46.804 192.291 0.89 0.009
42 32 Terry Labonte C&J Energy Services Ford 46.842 192.135 0.928 0.038
43 98 Josh Wise Curb Records Ford 46.86 192.061 0.946 0.018
44 52 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 46.999 191.493 1.085 0.139
45 87 Joe Nemechek(i) 300 Rise of an Empire Toyota 47.249 190.48 1.335 0.25
46 83 Ryan Truex # Borla Exhaust Toyota 47.282 190.347 1.368 0.033
47 23 Alex Bowman # Dr.Pepper Toyota 47.447 189.685 1.533 0.165
48 93 Morgan Shepherd(i) SupportMilitary.org Toyota 47.483 189.542 1.569 0.036
49 77 Dave Blaney Plinker Arms Ford -45.914 -47.483

 

2014 Budweiser Duel 150?s Race No. 1 Starting Lineup

Pos. No. Driver               Make

 1    3  Austin Dillon #      Chv
 2   16  Greg Biffle          Frd
 3   31  Ryan Newman          Chv
 4   88  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  Chv 
 5   17  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Frd
 6    9  Marcos Ambrose       Frd
 7   43  Aric Almirola        Frd
 8   22  Joey Logano          Frd
 9   20  Matt Kenseth         Tyt
10    5  Kasey Kahne          Chv
11   18  Kyle Busch           Tyt
12    4  Kevin Harvick        Chv
13   10  Danica Patrick       Chv
14   47  AJ Allmendinger      Chv
15   36  Reed Sorenson        Chv
16   38  David Gilliland      Frd
17   30  Parker Kligerman #   Tyt
18   14  Tony Stewart         Chv
19   55  Brian Vickers        Tyt
20   26  Cole Whitt #         Tyt
21   95  Michael McDowell     Frd
22   98  Josh Wise            Frd
23   87  Joe Nemechek(i)      Tyt
24   23  Alex Bowman #        Tyt
25   77  Dave Blaney          Arms

2014 Budweiser Duel 150?s Race No. 2 Starting Lineup

Pos. No. Driver               Make

 1   78  Martin Truex, Jr.    Chv
 2   99  Carl Edwards         Frd
 3    2  Brad Keselowski      Frd
 4   24  Jeff Gordon          Chv
 5   27  Paul Menard          Chv
 6   33  Brian Scott(i)       Chv
 7   48  Jimmie Johnson       Chv
 8   13  Casey Mears          Chv 
 9    7  Michael Annett #     Chv
10   15  Clint Bowyer         Tyt
11   11  Denny Hamlin         Tyt
12   42  Kyle Larson #        Chv
13   21  Trevor Bayne(i)      Frd
14   41  Kurt Busch           Chv
15   51  Justin Allgaier #    Chv
16   40  Landon Cassill(i)    Chv
17   66  Michael Waltrip      Tyt
18   35  Eric McClure(i)      Frd
19    1  Jamie McMurray       Chv
20   34  David Ragan          Frd
21   32  Terry Labonte        Frd
22   52  Bobby Labonte        Chv
23   83  Ryan Truex #         Tyt
24   93  Morgan Shepherd(i)   Tyt

(i) I eligible for Driver Points in this Series
# Denotes Rookie
* Required to Qualify on Time

Source: Timing and Scoring Provided by NASCARMedia/NASCAR Statistics

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Parker Kligerman to Race Daytona for BRG in NCWTS

Parker Kligerman races in a pack at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2013 [NASCAR Media]

Parker Kligerman races in a pack at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2013 [NASCAR Media]

Last fall Parker Kligerman made what many thought would be a one-off appearance at Talladega Superspeedway driving for BRG Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on October 19. However, after finishing fourth, Kligerman will once again drive for BRG this year at Daytona and Talladega in the NCWTS races.

Naturally team owner George Bragg is excited for the deal, saying:

I told somebody yesterday, I can’t wait to get to the racetrack. Usually, you worry about everything on your list and wishing you had an extra week. When you do as good as we did last time, you can’t wait for it to get here so you can do it again.

We’re living the dream of anybody who’s ever had a passion for racing right now. We’re really blessed to be able to do this.

We want to win Daytona, and I want to bring that trophy home to BRG Motorsports. We came so close to winning Talladega with Parker (Kligerman) with the support that we have and our race team. We still have all of that in place. We have a brand new truck that’s better than the one we had at Talladega. I feel like we have as good a chance as anybody there to win, especially with NASCAR evening out the playing field from all the truck-support teams that we were having to battle with. Now they’ve changed the body and changed the nose and tightened up the rules. Where everybody with a wind tunnel and all that kind of stuff had an advantage on us, they’ve taken a lot of that away. So we stand maybe even a better chance at this race than we did the last one. We’re just so excited to be going.

While it may seem unusual that a team that only entered one race in 2013 could come away with a fourth-place finish, BRG Motorsports does have support through Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota.

The crew chief for the team will be Bragg’s son, Josh Bragg.

[AL.com]

Ron Hornaday Jr. To Drive for TSM at Daytona

Ron Hornaday Headshot from 2013 [Getty Images/NASCAR Media]

Ron Hornaday Headshot from 2013 [Getty Images/NASCAR Media]

Ron Hornaday Jr. will drive the No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado for Turner Scott Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series race. Hornaday Jr. is a four-time NASCAR truck series champion and still holds the record for most career wins in series history with 51.

While the ride is coming together last minute for Hornaday Jr., he is still excited to be able to run for TSM:

I’m very excited and grateful to have support from Steve Turner, Harry Scott and the entire TSM organization. We worked great together in Miami and to have the opportunity to come to Daytona to start the year off; I’m just really looking forward to it. I wouldn’t have this opportunity if it weren’t also for Rheem and their help. I think this is a winning combination that will give us a great chance to run up front and hopefully get a win.

The entry will be sponsored by long time Hornaday Jr. and TSM supporter, Rheem Manufacturing. Rheem president and CEO JR Jones had this to say:

Ron Hornaday has been synonymous with competitive toughness and durability in all his days of racing. His hardnosed style and determination to win are legendary, but it’s his lifetime of caring generosity shown to so many young racers who needed an encouraging word or a place to stay that makes Ron Hornaday so special. Rheem was honored to have the opportunity to provide support to ensure this Truck Series legend would be back on the track at Daytona.

Shane Huffman will be the crew chief for Hornaday Jr., who completes the TSM Daytona lineup along with fellow teammates Ben Kennedy and Ryan Truex.

It also appears that TSM and Hornaday Jr. are looking to turn this opportunity into a full-season ride if sponsorship can be secured.

[Turner Scott Motorsports]

Ryan Truex Returns to Turner Scott Motorsports for NCWTS Race at Daytona

Ryan Truex Returns to Turner Scott Motorsports for NCWTS Opener at Daytona [TSM]

Ryan Truex Returns to Turner Scott Motorsports for NCWTS Opener at Daytona [TSM]

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) announced today that Ryan Truex will be behind the wheel of the No. 32 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season opener at Daytona International Speedway, making his second-career start for the organization. The two-time consecutive NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) champion’s Silverado will be sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, a leading retailer of hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor equipment.

Truex, who won the NKNPSE championship in 2009 and 2010, made his NCWTS debut in 2012, running two events and earning a best finish of ninth at Phoenix International Raceway. The 21-year-old Mayetta, N.J. native made his TSM debut in the 2013 event in Daytona, finishing 28th after a blown tire took him out of contention for the win with nine laps remaining. Truex also made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in 2013, running three events for what is now HScott Motorsports, owned by TSM co-owner Harry Scott Jr.

“I’m really excited to be running for Turner Scott Motorsports again this year,” said Truex. “Last year was a lot of fun and we had a really good truck. Unfortunately, we had a tire go out in the end, but we were making our way toward the front. I’m looking to do the same thing again this year and stay up front this time. I think it’s really cool that Bass Pro Shops is coming on board again and helping me out. I appreciate that they wanted to do this again after doing this race with me last year.”

Turner Scott Motorsports had a strong run in the Daytona NCWTS race last season, with all four entries securing starting spots in the top 10. Jeb Burton earned the team’s best finish (fifth), followed by Miguel Paludo (seventh) and James Buescher (13th).

“I’m very excited to have Ryan back in our truck this season,” said Scott. “He ran a heck of a race for us last year and was competing for the win until the very end. I’m glad that he’s going to have a chance to come back and have a shot at the win that eluded him last year. I’m hoping that he and Ben [Kennedy] will work well together and that Ben will be able to learn from Ryan and his experience from last year.”

The NCWTS season kicks off on Friday, February 21 with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. The 100-lap race begins at 7:30 p.m. EST and will air live on FOX Sports 1 and MRN.

[Turner Scott Motorsports]

Gray Gaulding to Run Eight Camping World Truck Series Races in NTS Motorsports Chevy

Gray Gaulding Joins NTS Motorsports for Eight Camping World Truck Series Races in 2014. [Getty Images for NASCAR]

Gray Gaulding Joins NTS Motorsports for Eight Camping World Truck Series Races in 2014. [Getty Images for NASCAR]

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – Gray Gaulding has joined forces with NTS Motorsports for the 2014 NASCAR season, announcing plans to debut in the Camping World Truck Series and return to the K&N Pro Series East.  He will compete with Brennan Newberry as a new teammate in both series.

“(Team owner) Bob Newberry is giving me a great shot and all the guys have taken this transition extremely well,” said the 15-year-old Gaulding, whose Truck Series debut will come March 29 in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.

Gaulding’s first outing for NTS Motorsports in the K&N Series will be at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida on Feb. 16 behind the wheel of the No. 20 Chevrolet, with sponsorship from Krispy Kreme.  He’s also signed to drive in eight Camping World Truck Series events, with Gemini Southern Merchant Bank supporting that effort.

Gaulding’s experience includes time in Bandolero, Legend and Super Late Model competition.  In 2013, he ran a full season in K&N East with eight top-10 finishes in his 14 starts.  He also won a pole.  The Colonial Heights, Va., native was named to the “NASCAR Next” list in June 2013 as one of the sport’s most promising young drivers.

Dwayne Gaulding, Gray’s father, has moved into the role of vice president of operations at NTS Motorsports.

“The people we at NTS Motorsports have put in place are what will make this team successful,” he said.  “As a preacher once stated, it’s not the building that makes up the church.  It’s the people.”

NTS Motorsports will compete full-time in the Camping World Truck Series with two entries this season.  Brennan Newberry is confirmed for 12 races with the remaining 10 to be filled by a yet-to-be-announced driver.   With Gaulding not starting in the Truck Series until March, John King – a former race winner at Daytona International Speedway – will pilot the No. 20 Silverado in the season opener on Feb. 21.

Plans for the 13 other Truck Series races in which Gaulding will not drive will be revealed at a later date.  Gaulding and Newberry will both run the full K&N Pro Series schedule.

[NTS Motorsports]