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Brad Keselowski Racing announced today that Austin Theriault will drive a third entry for the organization in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season-opening race on February 19 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. 
 
"I'm really excited and can't wait to get back to Daytona," Theriault said.  "I can't thank Brad enough for this opportunity.  I'm going there with the expectation to win and I'll do whatever it takes to get the checkered flag."
 
Theriault will drive the No. 2 Ford F-150 in the NextEra Energy Resources 250, joining full-time drivers Tyler Reddick and Daniel Hemric, with Buddy Sisco serving as the team's crew chief.  The Fort Kent, Maine native is quick to point out the advantages of having an additional teammate at Daytona.
 
"I'm looking forward to working with both Tyler and Daniel," Theriault said.  "Hopefully we can help each other stay in the top five throughout the race and be in position to challenge for the win.  It will be a big help to have another teammate at Daytona."  
 
Theriault made his NCWTS debut in 2015 with Brad Keselowski Racing at Daytona.  He scored an impressive fourth-place finish, leading the race once for nine laps after starting fourth and finishing with a driver rating of 110.2.  He made nine NCWTS starts for BKR in 2015, claiming two top five and four top 10 finishes.  Theriault spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons as part of BKR's driver development program, running a partial schedule in the Southern Super Late Model Series while working full-time in the team's shop.   
 
Buddy Sisco is a native of Nashville, Tenn., and began his racing career in 1981.  He has served as crew chief for numerous organizations during his career, most recently at Michael Waltrip Racing.  He joined BKR in 2013 and is currently a special projects coordinator and liaison between the 19 and 29 teams.     
 
"You always want to run well at Daytona and I think we have an excellent chance to do that with Austin," Sisco said.  "He's a student of the game and there are so many things you don't have to teach him.  We've made changes here at BKR and feel like everything about our Ford F-150 trucks is even better than they were last year.  Our teammates are running for the championship and won't take as many risks but we can get outside the box a little bit and try some different things setup-wise to see if it pays any benefits."

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NASCAR Next driver Austin Hill is prepared to take the next step in his racing career, as he will compete in more than half the races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this season.

The 21-year-old driver, who finished third in championship points in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East last season, will kick-off his part-time NCWTS schedule at Daytona International Speedway racing the ARCO Design/Build Ford F-150 for Empire Racing Group.  He will then move over to his own race team – Austin Hill Racing – for the remainder of his season. 

“I’m very excited about this season and transitioning Austin Hill Racing into a Camping World Truck Series team,” said Hill.  “We are going to be doing it like we did the K&N Series with the guys that we used last year. We’re just trying to step up the ranks.  I feel like this move will be a good stepping stone for us as a team, and I want to go out there and prove that we belong in this series.”   

Hill, a Winston, Ga. native, is set to enter the field at tracks including Atlanta, Dover, Kentucky, Bristol, Texas, and has big plans for this season.

“My goal has always been to run up front and hopefully get a couple wins,” said Hill.  “To get one win this season in the Truck Series would be awesome with it being a top-three series in NASCAR.  I’m looking to at least get one win and a good Top-10 finish week-in and week-out as long as we don’t have any big problems. We have a good truck. Now, we just have to have the right setup under us to make it happen.”

Veteran crew chief Doug Chouinard, who previously partnered with Hill in the K&N Pro Series, will guide the rookie competitor in this next level of his career.

“Doug has been in the sport for a long time,” said Hill.  “He ran with Todd Bodine when he ran the No. 30 Toyota Tundra. He’s got a lot of knowledge and I’ve already learned a lot from him.”

Hill jumped into the NASCAR spotlight over the past two seasons when he earned four wins, one pole, 12 Top-5’s and 21 Top-10’s in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.  He previously found success racing Quarter Midgets, Bandoleros, Legend cars and Late Models.

Hill has competed in six NCWTS races over the past two years.  In just his first NCWTS start, Hill led 21 of the 200 laps at Martinsville in 2014. The NASCAR Next driver previous competed at five series tracks including: Daytona, Dover, Talladega, Martinsville and Homestead-Miami, where his average finish was 22nd.

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Ranier Racing with MDM (RRMDM) will compete in a limited schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series presented by Menards with the team's iconic No. 28 in 2016. Full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) driver Brandon Jones and Jones' NXS crew chief, Mike Hillman, Jr., as well as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spotter Rick Carelli will support RRMDM for several races in both series.
 
Jones, who turns 19 years old two days before competing in the Powershares QQQ 300 in Daytona Beach, Fla., will make his 2016 Truck Series debut on May 13 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. In 25 previous NCWTS starts, Jones scored two second-place finishes while racking up five top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Additionally, after competing in 17 NCWTS races in 2015, Jones accumulated an 8.9 average starting position. Sponsorship for Jones' RRMDM NCWTS team will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
 
Jones and the RRMDM ARCA Racing Series team will first take to the track at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on June 3. In 13 ARCA Racing Series starts, Jones has scored eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He became the first ARCA Racing Series driver in the 62-year history of the series to win his first two starts, taking back-to-back checkered flags at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway in 2014. Jones has a 6.5 average finishing position in the series. 
 
"Adding Brandon Jones to the Ranier Racing with MDM team is an exciting step toward meeting our goal of becoming the premier driver development team in stock car racing. Jones' record last year in the ARCA Racing Series and in the Camping World Truck Series shows he is one of the rising talents in our sport. We are expecting big things from him this year at RRMDM," said Lorin Ranier.
 
"I am thrilled to be joining RRMDM this year to compete in the Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series," said Jones. "I have had success in both series, and I am confident we can build on that success with the help of the rich racing tradition at RRMDM and assistance from Richard Childress Racing. I am also honored to have Menards onboard as my sponsor again this year for the ARCA races and for several XFINITY Series races."
 
"I'm looking forward to working with Brandon across the different series this year," said crew chief Mike Hillman, Jr. "The ability to work with him in the different levels of racing will help develop a good working relationship with each other, allowing us to be a strong duo. Brandon has a lot of talent, and I know we'll be able to compete in the top-five and challenge for wins. It's going to be a great year."
 
Jones returns to Richard Childress Racing (RCR) as a full-time driver of the No. 33 Menards/Nexteer Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2016. Jones shared seat time with Austin Dillon and Paul Menard as drivers of the No. 33 Chevrolet in the XFINITY Series in 2015. The Atlanta native competed in XFINITY Series races for RCR at Iowa Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway, earning one top-five and two top-10 finishes in five starts.

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Reed Sorenson will team with MB Motorsports and Theme Park Connection for the season-opening race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Feb. 19 at Daytona International Speedway.

This will mark Sorenson's first ever Truck Series start. The 30-year-old Peachtree City, Ga. native has competed at the NASCAR national level since 2004. He is a winner of four NASCAR Xfinity Series races and made 234 career starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Trip Bruce will serve as crew chief for Sorenson's No. 63 Theme Park Connection Chevrolet Silverado.

REED SORENSON, Driver, No. 63 Theme Park Connection Chevrolet:

"This is a really solid opportunity for me and the whole MB Motorsports team to score a win at Daytona. Having worked with Theme Park Connection in the past, I know they're great partners. I'm grateful for the team and Theme Park Connection allowing me the chance to go Truck racing."

BRIAN RAMSEY, General Manager, Theme Park Connection:

"Being based in Central Florida, we consider Daytona our home racetrack and are excited to watch Reed Sorenson drive the Theme Park Connection Silverado. Theme Park Connection already has an extensive collection of Disney and NASCAR memorabilia, but we're always happy to collect trophies. We'll be rooting for Reed and the MB Motorsports team to pull through with a victory."

MIKE MITTLER, Owner, MB Motorsports:

"Daytona is our biggest race of the season and having Reed in our truck gives us about as good of a chance as we've ever had at winning it. We're thrilled that Theme Park Connection has joined us for the event. They've been a great partner so far, and we hope to put on a heck of a show for them."

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hampion Power Equipment (Champion) will expand their partnership with GMS Racing in 2016, as the primary sponsor of driver Grant Enfinger for select NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) events. Champion, a leading supplier of durable engine products, will kick off the season with Enfinger at the historic Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway later this month.

“Having Champion renew their partnership for 2016 is a testament towards Grant (Enfinger) and GMS Racing as a whole,” said Nic Moncher, Team Manager for GMS Racing. “We appreciate the support Champion has given us over the past two years, and look forward to continuing our growth together. I look forward to seeing Enfinger kick off the season in his No. 33 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet at Daytona.”

Champion has been a longstanding partner with the Statesville, N.C.-based team since the beginning of 2014. The 2015 season marked Champion’s first primary sponsorship in the motorsports realm, seeing their notable yellow design adorn Enfinger’s car while competing in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale at Kansas Speedway.

“Champion is tremendously excited to be partnering with GMS Racing and driver Grant Enfinger,” said Dennis Trine, Champion Chief Executive Officer. “We believe Grant is a strong fit for our organization and will continue to represent the logo well in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. It’s fitting that Champion was behind Grant as he became a champion, and now we stand behind him as he takes the next step in his career.”

Champion is a market leader in power generation equipment for work, recreation or home use. Champion has years of experience providing dependable and durable power products designed and engineered in the United States for the North American and world markets.  

“I am excited to have Champion Power Equipment on board the No. 33 Chevrolet,” said 31-year-old Grant Enfinger. ”Champion has been a great partner to work with over the past two years. Without their durable products each week we would be at a loss at the track and at the shop. I am hoping to bring Champion a new level of success in the (NCWTS) Truck Series.”

The No. 33 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet Silverado will take to the track at Daytona International Speedway for the first time this season with live coverage on Fox Sports 1 and MRN Radio Friday, February 19 at 7:30 PM EST.

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AM Racing hires Browning as Crew Chief

Written by Thursday, 04 February 2016 13:13

AM Racing has hired veteran NASCAR crew chief Marc Browning to head the team’s at-track efforts with driver Austin Wayne Self in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2016 season, the organization announced on Thursday.

Browning, a native of Dundee, MI, has a background rich with experience in the upper levels of NASCAR, including a stint as a member of Kyle Busch’s Sprint Cup Series crew at Joe Gibbs Racing. Browning has also worked with numerous other drivers including Johnny Sauter, Landon Cassill and Parker Kligerman as a crew chief in the NCWTS and Xfinity Series.  

Browning is no stranger to Self or AM Racing, as he was Self’s crew chief when Self won at Winchester in the ARCA Racing Series last season.  

“I have a strong relationship with Austin and the AM team, and I’m excited to be on-board and can’t wait to get to Daytona,” Browning said. “The folks at AM Technical Solutions are committed to providing all the resources necessary to build a winning organization, and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”  

Self, who begins his battle for NCWTS Rookie of the Year honors this season in the No. 22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19th, appreciates the knowledge Browning brings.

“Marc has had the opportunity to work with many strong drivers during his career in NASCAR, and he knows what it takes to perform at a high level,” Self said. “I’m looking forward to working with him and learning from him.”

AM Racing has also hired Patrick McGee (formerly of Roush Fenway Racing) as truck chief. Rob Winfield will fill the role of front-end mechanic, Perry Mitchell as underneath mechanic and Zach Yager as interior mechanic and tire specialist for the No. 22 truck.  

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Kentucky Speedway has partnered with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) in 2016 to sponsor the Thursday, July 7 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The partnership is centered on the “Buckle Up in Your Truck” (BUIYT) campaign to bring awareness to seatbelt use in pickup trucks. The Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 will kick off a NASCAR tripleheader weekend.
 
“We have been partners with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and the ‘Click It or Ticket’ program for many years and are proud of the success they have achieved in seat belt usage. Sponsorship of our truck race is a natural fit for the BUIYT campaign. Our goal is to do for trucks what we have done for cars; raise awareness and save lives,” said Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger.
 
The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety’s BUIYT campaign, an aspect of safety within the Transportation Cabinet, works in conjunction with “Click It or Ticket” program. Their research found that drivers and occupants of pickup trucks were less likely to use their safety belt than in any other type of vehicle. 
 
By using the Camping World Truck Series race as a platform the goal is to increase public awareness of the lack of safety belt use in pickup trucks, educate drivers to buckle up and diminish fatalities. 
 
In Kentucky, the seat belt usage rate for pickup trucks is 79 percent, compared to 88 percent for passenger cars. While rollover crashes can happen in any type of vehicle, pickup trucks are twice as likely to rollover as passenger cars. In addition, pickup truck drivers have the lowest level of seat belt use among drivers of all other vehicles nationwide.
 
“There are too many people dying on our roads,” said Highway Safety executive director Bill Bell. “Many of those lives could have been saved with the simple snap of a seat belt. By working in tandem with the track, the message of safety by Buckling Up in Your Truck will be enhanced.” 
 
Of the 521 motor vehicle fatalities recorded by law enforcement in Kentucky last year, 347 were coded in crash reports as a light truck, which includes vans, SUVs and pickup trucks.
 
“Seat belts greatly reduce the risk of ejection, which is common in rollover crashes with unbelted occupants,” said Bell. “Being thrown to safety in a crash is almost impossible. Your best bet for survival is to be securely held in place by the seat belt.”
 
The 2016 season will begin in July with the return of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend that is anchored by the July 9 Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts for the sixth time in series track history. The Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 will get the tripleheader race weekend started Thursday night, July 7 and the XFINITY Series Alsco 300 is Friday night, July 8.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will make its second appearance at the track next season Saturday, Sept. 24 for a 300-mile event along with the ARCA Racing Series Crosley 150 to conclude a September weekend of racing at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. 

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RBR Enterprises, Kligerman team up for Daytona

Written by Wednesday, 03 February 2016 21:45
Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises announced Wednesday that Parker Kligerman will be behind the wheel of the No. 92 Valvoline/Advance Auto Parts/BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Goodyear Commercial Tire Network Ford F-150 when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) makes its first stop of 2016 at Daytona International Speedway for the NextEra Energy Resources 250.  
 
"Over the last few years, I have watched the Ricky Benton Racing team improve their program and results,” Kligerman said. “Having this opportunity, as they come off one of their best years in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is a massive honor.”  
 
Daytona marks a return to the NCWTS for Kligerman, who competed full time in the series in 2011 and 2012 (winning once in 2012) before moving to the Xfinity Series in 2013. In addition, he had 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts in 2013 and 2014. Kligerman ran the full ARCA Series schedule in 2009, finishing the year with nine wins, 14 top fives and 18 top 10s in 21 races.  
 
When not racing over the past two seasons, Kligerman served as an analyst for the NBC Sports Network.  
 
“Parker comes to us with a great racing rėsumė,” said RBR owner Ricky Benton. “He has proven that he can be competitive and win races in good equipment. Now it’s our job to make sure we give him fast trucks and put him in a position to be successful.”  
 
Meeting the team
As part of joining the RBR team, Kligerman met with employees of Black’s Tire and Auto Service, the company owned by Benton and one of the team’s primary sponsors.  
 
“I was recently able to spend time with many of the Black's Tire Service employees and learned about the passion they have for what they do,” Kligerman said. “The BTS culture is about taking care of customers and providing them with experiences that make them customers for life. I hope to provide the same level of passion and success on track.”  
 
Benton appreciates what his new driver did to ingratiate himself to his new team.  
 
“Black’s Tire and BTS is a big family,” Benton said. “A big part of why we do what we do with the race team is for our employees. In fact, many of the guys who work on our trucks on race weekends spend their weeks working for our BTS customers. It means a lot to have Parker take the time to get to know our people.”  
 
RBR 2016
Beyond the new driver, there are very few other program changes for the Ricky Benton Racing team for 2016. Mike Hester returns atop the pit box as crew chief. The team will again be running Roush-Yates-powered Fords F-150s  
 
Daytona F-150
The RBR Enterprises Ford F-150 that the team will be taking to Daytona for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 is T-2. It is the same truck that David Gilliland drove to a sixth-place finish in the 2015 running of the race. In addition to Valvoline, Advance, BTS and Goodyear Commercial Tire Network, the truck will be carrying the colors of Wynn’s and Fayetteville, N.C.-based Highland Construction.  

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada native, Cameron Hayley, will return to ThorSport Racing and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2016, piloting the No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra. Hayley, who competed for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2015, finished sixth in the championship point standings, amassing four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.  
 
"I'm expecting big things out of my ThorSport Racing team in 2016," said Cameron Hayley, driver of the No. 13 Toyota Tundra. "Last year was a big learning year for me; whether it was learning the race tracks or learning how to drive these Tundra's. I plan to build on the experience I gained in my first full-time season, and be a strong contender for victory lane each and every week. I'll have a new crew chief and team this year, but everyone is hungry to win. I think this can be a championship-contending season for me. I can't thank Duke and Rhonda Thorson enough for allowing me to drive their Tundra's for a second season, and I look for a lot of good things to come." 
 
Hayley's 2016 campaign will be led by crew chief, Eddie Troconis. Troconis, who has an engineering background, spent the last three NCWTS seasons as a race engineer at Kyle Busch Motorsports, and called the shots for drivers such as Christopher Bell, Gray Gaulding and Matt Tift in 2015. In 12 NCWTS races, the San Antonio, Texas native, has collected one top-five and five top-10 finishes.  
 
Hayley will complete the roster for the Sandusky, Ohio-based team for the 2016 NCWTS season. Rounding out ThorSport Racing's stable of drivers will be Ben Rhodes, driver of the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra. Two-time NCWTS champion, Matt Crafton, who will pilot the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra, and Rico Abreu who will pilot the No. 98 CURB Records Toyota Tundra. 
 
As the longest tenured team in the NCWTS garage, ThorSport Racing will kick off its 21st season of competition in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 19. All the action will be televised live on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR channel 90.

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A Frenchman in NASCAR is back at Daytona

Written by Friday, 29 January 2016 07:31
Michel Disdier continues his adventure in the United States in 2016 by taking part in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway on February 19th.  This will mark Disdier’s third NASCAR race on the famous and fast circuit on the other side of the Atlantic…
 
NextEra Energy Resources 250: Will be the Frenchman’s next race in the USA.  Disdier is no stranger to American style oval racing and is known well by other drivers, media and spectators.  He is proud to announce his participation in what will be considered the most important race on the Camping World Truck Series schedule which will proceed the iconic Daytona 500.
 
This will be the second time in three years that Michel will drive a racing car from Bobby Dotter’s  SS-Green light Racing Team based near Charlotte, North Carolina.  Dotter’s team has been a key figure in this series and have earned a reputation of quality car preparation as well as  team professionalism.  Michel Disdier will have a strong car and a top team to challenge the famed tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway.

Michel Disdier (Chevrolet Silverado n°07 – SS-Green Light Racing ):
“I am more than ever enthusiastic with the idea to again drive and control the car on Daytona circuit! Taking part of such an event represented already a big step in my career, returning to Florida for the third time announces being the perfect symbol of the passion which exists around our participation. A French in America, it is not banal in such closed and competitive discipline such as NASCAR! Since I began my American adventure, I unceasingly fought to conclude my projects and to prove with all the observers my level of performance. I am really delighted to collaborate once more with SS-Green light Racing team of Bobby Dotter. After a first participation in 2014 full with encouragements, it is the perfect combination to retry our chance and to invest durably the beds of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The confidence and trust the team granted to me two years ago and the performances which we had displayed for a first experiment in the Truck pays off and opens to us very bright prospects on the entire race season. To conclude this fabulous project, which would be a first for a tricolor pilot, we work with partners of reputation, extremely engaged, motivated and moved by this amazing adventure which is as human as sporting. We are proud to represent them and to give our best to develop their image during one of the most popularized car race of the World! ”

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