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ThorSport Racing is pleased to announce that Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff and Pouches has extended their partnership with Johnny Sauter for the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season. The eight-race partnership kicks-off with the season opener, NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 20.
In 2014, Sauter finished fourth in the final NCWTS driver point standings and collected two top-five and four top-10 finishes while carrying the Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff colors on the No. 98 Toyota Tundra.
"Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff was looking for a competitive team and a specific type of driver to fit our brand identity," said Dave Savoca, president of Smokey Mountain Chew, Inc. "Johnny showed us through our partnership last year that he has the same passion for driving that we have about our product. We believe both ThorSport Racing and Johnny Sauter are a great fit for the Smokey Mountain brand."
Sauter, a veteran of the NCWTS, has a long history of success that spans a decade and includes 152 series starts, 10 wins, five poles, 56 top-five and 86 top-10 finishes. In 2015, with guidance from new crew chief, Doug George, the Necedah, Wis., native will be a strong contender for the one thing that has eluded his career; a NCWTS championship.
"Smokey Mountain has been a huge supporter of our series, and every year they are able to increase their presence in NASCAR," said Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 98 Toyota Tundra. "I'm honored they have chosen not only to extend their partnership with myself and ThorSport Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but to have also increased their presence in 2015. This kind of partnership is hard to find these days, so I'm honored to be carrying their colors and representing their brand again this season."
In addition to the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff and Pouches will also adorn Sauter's No. 98 Toyota Tundra at both Martinsville (Va.) Speedway races (March/October), Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (May), Dover (Del.) International Speedway (May), Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (Aug.), Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct.), and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (Nov.).
Young's Motorsports is pleased to announce that Arthur Krenzel Lett (AKL) Insurance Group will return as an associate sponsor for seven races this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) with Tyler Young and the No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado. AKL Insurance Group is a risk management solutions firm specializing in auto, home, life, and commercial insurance products.
"A race team is built on successful partnerships and everyone at Young's Motorsports is honored that AKL Insurance Group chose to extend their partnership and join us for the 2015 NCWTS season," said Tyler Young, driver of the No. 02 Young's Motorsports Chevrolet. "After signing AKL last season, we have helped grow their business through not only our team, but our employees and partners. We hope to continue that progression this season and demonstrate a level of competition on the race track that can make everyone at AKL Insurance Group and their policyholders proud."
AKL Insurance Group, with two branches located in Winfield, WV and Dublin, OH, will be displayed as an associate sponsor on the No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Young in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February, Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta in July, Bristol (Va.) Motor Speedway in August, Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet in September, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in October, and Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway in November.
AKL Insurance Group's mission is to provide clients with the highest quality risk management solutions available today. Addressing everyday personal, family, and business needs, AKL Insurance Group offers quality insurance products at competitive pricing from some of the most trusted and respected insurance companies in the market. The organization's strict dedication to service and personal attention allows clients to meet and exceed their goals by experiencing the full capabilities of the companies AKL represents.
"We are extremely proud to continue our racing program with Tyler Young and Young's Motorsports for the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season," said Craig Lett, co-owner of AKL Insurance Group. "At Arthur Krenzel Lett Insurance Group, we understand that vision, strategy and teamwork are vital in the work of motorsports and we rely on the same attributes to meet the insurance needs of our loyal customers. NASCAR continues to be a great avenue to build our brand and meet new customers, and we look forward to being a part of the Young's Motorsports team's success this season."
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Spencer Gallagher will compete in all 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) events in 2015 with GMS Racing. Gallagher will pilot the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado alongside teammate Brandon Jones in the No.33 Chevrolet.
In 2013, Gallagher made his premier start in the series at Kansas Speedway and tallied a total of 12 starts during the previous two seasons. In 2014 Gallagher scored his best career finish of third at Talladega Superspeedway behind the wheel of the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet. Gallagher will team up with veteran crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz who recorded three top-five and 10 top-10 NCWTS finishes with GMS Racing last year.
“A full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for GMS Racing is something I have been looking forward to for a long time. We all made a lot of progress and noise throughout 2014. I cannot wait to be behind the wheel for all 23 events,” said Gallagher. “I know Brandon (Jones) and I have the equipment and personnel behind us to go race for wins.”
In addition to nine NCWTS starts in 2014, Gallagher also made 11 starts in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The 25-year-old Las Vegas native recorded four top-five and six top-10 finishes en route to his first career ARCA Racing Series victory in the season finale at Kansas Speedway in October.
“Spencer Gallagher is going to be someone to keep an eye on in 2015”, said Nic Moncher, GMS Racing team manager, “as we have all watched him progress over the last few years. We are excited to take on a full season with him and know he will succeed. Spencer brings a certain level of enthusiasm to the garage area that is infectious to all of our guys; it’s a great benefit for our team to have him in the truck.”
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Young's Motorsports announced today that Midland, Texas native Tyler Young will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) full-time in 2015 behind the wheel of his family-owned No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado. The 24-year-old driver, who competed for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2014, enters the 2015 season looking to build on the foundation he made in his rookie season.
"I learned a lot in my rookie season," said Tyler Young, driver of the No. 02 Young's Motorsports Chevrolet. "More than half of the tracks we raced at, I was seeing for the first time when I got there. This year, I'm looking forward to getting back to those tracks, building on what we learned last year, and contending for that first top-10 finish."
Young completed his first full season in the NCWTS in 2014. Making 12 track debuts throughout the 22-race schedule, the Sunoco rookie steadily improved throughout the season, amassing five top-15 finishes including a career-best 11th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet. The Young's Motorsports driver capped off his rookie campaign 13th in the NCWTS driver point standings, a mere 10 points out of 10th place.
Young's 2015 season will once again be led by veteran crew chief, Bryan Berry. Berry, a Homestead, Fla. native, is a 12-year veteran of the NCWTS and has 200 starts to his resume, including eight top-five and 27 top-10 finishes.
"Other than a few internal personnel changes, we are building on what we had last year," continued Young. "Bryan (Berry, crew chief) will be back on top of the pit box, calling the shots for us this year. We will have great power from PME (Pro Motor Engines), and a solid group from Stewart-Haas Racing's development team going over the wall. We had some great runs last year, just not the best of luck, and I made some rookie mistakes. I don't see why we can't compete for top-10 finishes each and every week this year."
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The organization will field two full-time entries in the 23 race series. Cooper Standard returns as primary sponsor of the No. 29 Ford F-150 while Broken Bow Records and Cequent Performance (through its Draw-Tite, Reese and Bulldog brands) will share primary sponsorship of the No. 19 truck.
"I feel extremely fortunate to have Cooper Standard, Broken Bow Records and Cequent Performance partner with Brad Keselowski Racing again in 2015," Team Owner Brad Keselowski said. "Together we are a team in every sense of the word and I'm looking forward to a successful season."
Tyler Reddick, 18, will compete full-time behind the wheel of the No. 19 Ford F-150. Reddick made 16 starts in 2014, winning two pole positons and scoring nine top 10 finishes. His season was highlighted by three fourth-place finishes - Chicagoland (Joliet, Ill.) Speedway, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and the fall event at Texas Motor Speedway. Doug Randolph will return as the team's crew chief.
"The way we closed out the 2014 season was quite a statement for us as a team," Reddick said. "We were able to do some really good things toward the end of the year. It was a great way to end the season and keep the momentum rolling into 2015 as we compete for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. It's great to work with everyone at Cequent and Broken Bow Records again this coming season. I can't wait to get started."
The No. 29 Ford F-150 will compete full-time for an owner's championship with primary sponsorship from Cooper Standard and the company's Careers For Veterans program. The entry will feature a rotation among four different drivers, highlighted by team owner, 2012 Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski, 2014 NCWTS runner-up Ryan Blaney, NASCAR Sprint Cup star Joey Logano and up and coming young talent Austin Theriault. Chad Kendrick returns as crew chief for the all-star lineup.
The move is a homecoming for Theriault, 20, who spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons with Brad Keselowski Racing as part of the team's driver development program, running a partial schedule in the Southern Super Late Model Series plus working full-time in the team's shop. The native of Fort Kent, Maine, is scheduled to compete in 13 of the series' 23 races.
"I'm really, really excited to be coming back to BKR," Theriault said. "I'm coming back to where I started as a part of the late model development program. It's huge for me to be behind the wheel of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150. I'm looking forward to sharing this truck and soaking up as much information as I can from them and being a better driver. BKR is so strong and to be a part of this organization is a humbling opportunity for me."
Keselowski said having Reddick and Theriault on the team's driver roster accomplishes his goal of creating opportunities for young drivers to show their talent with a competitive race team.
"One of the things I wanted to do at BKR is give talented young drivers an opportunity, Keselowski said. "Both Tyler and Austin are perfect examples of what I'm trying to accomplish. We saw a lot of improvement with Tyler in 2014. He really stepped up his game during the second half of the season and I certainly think he can compete for wins and challenge for a championship in 2015. Austin was part of our driver development program so for him to have an opportunity to drive for us in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is pretty special."
Brandon Jones will drive GMS Racing’s No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for 16 races. Jones joins Spencer Gallagher as part of the driver lineup for the 2015 season.
Jones’ season with the Statesville, N.C., team kicks off at Martinsville Speedway in March with veteran crew chief Shane Huffman calling the shots for No. 33 Chevrolet team. The duo previously worked together last season.
"I'm happy to be back with GMS Racing for the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season,” Jones said. “We ran well in my two previous starts with the team, and GMS Racing had strong runs throughout the 2014 season.
“Having the opportunity to run with GMS Racing is an awesome opportunity. I cannot wait to continue my development with the team.”
The Atlanta, Ga., native made his debut with GMS Racing in October 2014, driving the No. 33 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway. In his second start with GMS Racing, Jones led the three-truck contingent with a 12th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway.
“To be able to bring Brandon Jones on is just a thrill, and we are very excited for what he brings to our driver lineup,” Nic Moncher, GMS Racing team manager, said. “We look forward to watching his development in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season as he embarks on the next step in his career.”
Jones made five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts in 2014 and posted his career-best finish of fourth at Dover International Speedway. Aside from his truck racing duties last season, Jones competed full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, capturing his first series victory at Iowa Speedway and finished the season fourth in the championship point standings on the strength of 11 top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
In addition, Jones made three ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts in 2014. In his first two consecutive series starts, Jones was victorious at Winchester Speedway and Lucas Oil Speedway. In his third start in the series, Jones finished third at Madison (Wis.) International Speedway.
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Twenty-year-old Mason Mingus will follow up his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) with a return to the No. 15 Chevrolet Silverado of Billy Boat Motorsports (BBM) for the 2015 season. He'll enter the 23-race campaign with the continuing support of 811, a new crew chief and momentum generated in the final races of the 2014 season.
The Brentwood, Tenn., native finished 11th in the NCWTS championship last year, earning one top-10 and six top-15 finishes in a campaign that included 16 races with Win-Tron Racing and the final six races with BBM, owned by former open-wheel racer Billy Boat.
Mingus will return to the No. 15 BBM team with a new crew chief in Dennis Connor. The 34-year NASCAR veteran has three NCWTS championships to his credit and has worked with drivers including Tim Richmond, Jack Sprague and, most recently, Johnny Sauter.
"Running the last six races of the season with Billy Boat Motorsports last year was a good opportunity," Mingus said. "Billy Boat is a successful racer and a great businessman. I definitely saw a lot of potential within those six races, and even improvement in that short amount of time. I think they've got a lot of great guys on board, and I think our trucks are going to be solid equipment.
"I'm also excited to work with Dennis Connor. I worked with him for a couple races last year, and I felt like we got along and communicated well. He has a lot of success in the Truck Series and throughout his entire career. I think having his notebook and his experience in the series will help me with my learning curve."
The underground damage prevention phone line 811 will return as a year-long associate sponsor with Mingus' racing program. The 811 line encourages homeowners and professional excavators to "Call Before You Dig" to prevent damaging underground utility lines while working on digging projects.
"811 has been on board with me since I started racing," Mingus said. "My dad owns a construction company and they call 811 every day. So, I've grown up knowing about the industry and being involved with it, and I can relate to the message they're trying to get out. Having 811 involved with our race program has been a perfect fit and I look forward to continuing it in 2015."
Boat is looking forward to having Mingus back for a full season.
"Billy Boat Motorpsorts is proud to have Mason back with our team for 2015," the team owner said. "Our goal as a team is to compete at a high level in the NCWTS. I know Mason has the talent to run at the front in the series, and we are working hard to build new trucks and build our team in order to give him that opportunity."
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JR Motorsports will expand into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for 10 races in 2015 with driver Cole Custer, general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller announced today. Custer, who turns 17 this month, became the youngest winner in NASCAR national touring series history last year with a truck series victory in only his seventh start. He and the No. 00 Chevrolet Silverado team will receive primary sponsorship from Haas Automation Inc., the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America.
Red Horse Racing is pleased to announce that veteran crew chief Scott Zipadelli has joined the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series organization and will lead the No. 11 Toyota Tundra team in 2015.
"Red Horse Racing is a well-respected organization that has had a lot of success in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and I am very excited to be a part of it," said Zipadelli. "Ben (Kennedy) is a talented driver and I have high expectations for him and the No. 11 team. He had an outstanding rookie season, and our goal this year is to win races and put ourselves in position to contend for the 2015 championship."
Team owner Tom DeLoach commented, "We are very happy to have Scott Zipadelli join the Red Horse Racing family. He is a great addition to our leadership here. I have set the bar high for this group in 2015, and expect great things."
It was announced in December that Ben Kennedy, the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year, would pilot the No. 11 machine for Red Horse Racing.
"Scott Zipadelli has great experience on top of the pit box and brings a lot to the program," added Kennedy. "I am really looking forward to working with him and can't wait to unload our No. 11 Toyota Tundra at Daytona (International Speedway) in February."
Zipadelli first assumed the role of crew chief in 2007 and since then has led 17 drivers to three wins, 32 top-five and 86 top-10 finishes, and two pole awards in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The Berlin, Connecticut native is coming off of the most successful season of his career. Under Zipadelli's leadership Kyle Larson made two visits to Victory Lane, earned one pole position and recorded an average finishing position of 8.4 in 2014.
NEMCO Motorsports will reunite with Chevrolet as Joe Nemechek and John Hunter Nemechek join Team Chevy beginning with the 2015 NASCAR season. NEMCO Motorsports' teams will compete with Chevrolet Silverados in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). In addition, the NEMCO Motorsports Late Model program will also feature the iconic manufacturer.
The move to Chevrolet represents a return for NEMCO Motorsports, as team owner Joe Nemechek raced with Chevrolet from 1991 to 2011. Through three of NASCAR’s top national touring series (Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and Camping World Truck Series) with Chevrolet, Nemechek and NEMCO Motorsports have earned 19 victories (18 in the Xfinity Series and one in the Camping World Truck Series) and 15 pole positions (14 in the Xfinity Series and one in the Camping World Truck Series).
Joe Nemechek is excited about the move to Chevrolet.
“We look forward to joining the Chevrolet NASCAR program this season," he said. “I've had a long-term relationship with Chevrolet for the majority of my career and I look forward to continuing that relationship.”
Nemechek won 18 races with the manufacturer since he first began fielding Chevrolets in the Xfinity Series in 1991, and winning the 1992 NASCAR Xfinity Series driver and owner championship en route to the manufacturers' championship for Chevrolet.
In 2015, John Hunter Nemechek returns to the No. 8 SWM-NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet, sharing driving duties with his father until he turns 18-years old, when he plans to compete in the remainder of the truck series schedule beginning at Kentucky Speedway on July 9.
The No. 8 has 153 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with Chevrolet, including 27 starts with his uncle, the late, John Nemechek, an aspiring driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
The NEMCO Motorsports’ switch to Chevrolet includes the conversion to ECR Engines to supply the team with horsepower for the 2015 season.
"This is a big step for our team and I look forward to working with Chevrolet and the guys at ECR Engines for a competitive season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series," John Hunter Nemechek said. “I have never worked with them (ECR Engines) before, but I look forward to building a relationship with them and running up front in 2015.”