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MB Motorsports continues its tradition of helping develop NASCAR’s stars of tomorrow, as Garrett Smithley will make his NASCAR debut in the team’s #63 HEROBOX.org Chevy Silverado. The 22 year old first started his racing career at AMS behind the wheel of a Bandolero, followed by Legend cars, just down the road from his hometown in Peachtree City, GA.

Not only is Garrett a ‘local’, but his partner for the race, HEROBOX.org also is based in Peachtree City, only 25 miles from the speedway. Thrilled to be making his NCWTS debut Garrett commented “It means so much to launch my NASCAR career right where it all started over 7 years ago. Competing in my first Bandolero races on the 1/4 mile oval, I never dreamed I would have the chance to come home to Atlanta Motor Speedway for my first NASCAR Truck Series race. It’s all very surreal!”

“Garrett is a young driver with a lot of talent,” according to team owner Mike Mittler. “We’re very happy to have him drive for us this weekend at Atlanta. The fact that we can do it with HEROBOX is great, as our team has a long history of supporting our military families.”

HEROBOX.org CEO Ryan Housley noted enthusiastically, “HEROBOX.org is very proud to partner with Garrett Smithley as he makes his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series. Garrett is an avid supporter of our troops and we are honored to consider him an ambassador for our organization. His support for us carrying our banners in the ARCA series at Pocono and Kentucky was just great. We hope many will join us in supporting Garrett as he raises awareness for our military veterans in the #63 HEROBOX.org Chevrolet!”

“I have the opportunity to make my NASCAR Truck series debut at my home track. It’s even better that HEROBOX.org, a 501c3 non-profit organization supporting military programs based in my hometown will be on the truck. All the stars aligned to make this weekend happen and I am just thrilled right now!” Smithley added.

In addition to HEROBOX.org appearing on Smithley’s #63 Mittler Brothers Chevy Silverado he continues his growing associations with SegPay, MUVI/Veho and Enduring Gratitude. “The truck will be presented in full military camouflage green to represent HEROBOX.org and all that they do to help serve this country’s active duty men and women as well as veterans of our armed forces,” continued Smithley. “I am so proud and honored to be in a position to create awareness for such a worthy cause.”

HEROBOX.org will invite 15 veterans from the Atlanta area to the Atlanta Motor Speedway as their special VIP guests to see Garrett Smithley in action at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool, Excel Bottling Company / Ski Soda and WIX Filters will also be continuing their support of MB Motorsports this weekend.

The Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 will air live on Fox Sports 1 at 5:30pm EST Saturday, with practice on Friday 27th at 2:30 pm and qualifying the following morning at 10:30 am. The race will also be broadcast live via SIRIUS XM channel 90 and MRN Radio, the Motor Racing Network. Follow MB Motorsports on Twitter (@MBMotorsports) for live updates during the race.

HEROBOX: HeroBox evolved from a family's simple effort of supporting their hero. HeroBox founder Ryan Housley learned during his brother's deployment that many service members were not receiving any support from home. He also noticed that all deployed service members have specific needs depending on their gender, location and a variety of other factors. Most care packages are generic and don't provide the items our heroes need.

Ryan worked with brother to develop a web platform that would connect the American people with their heroes instantly online. Thus giving service members the ability to request specific items and providing Americans with a way to directly support the troops. HeroBox.org was launched in May 2008 to support this vision. HeroBox now has volunteers in all 50 states who help us support tens of thousands of deployed service members each year. In 2013, HeroBox expanded its programs to include injured, aging and homeless veterans.

HeroBox is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports deployed, injured, aging and homeless veterans. Our mission is to ensure that every American hero receives the physical and moral support they deserve. For more information on HEROBOX, please visit www.herobox.org

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Korbin Forrister at Home in Atlanta

Written by Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:15

Carrying the momentum of a career best 12th place finish under the lights Friday night at the Daytona International Speedway, Georgia native Korbin Forrester looks towards another strong run this Saturday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competes in the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200.

 

The Cedartown, GA native is excited to get behind the wheel of the No. 08 Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery Chevrolet for his first NASCAR event in his home state, “Even though I’ve never run there before, I’m coming with the right group of people to be competitive with and a team who has experience at Atlanta that will help me get our Tilted Kilt Chevy up to speed quickly.”

 

It will also be Forrister’s first race on a mile-and a half speedway in the NCWTS, “This will be a new learning curve for me. I ran Gateway, Iowa and Phoenix last year, but Atlanta is very different. They tell me it gets slick real fast. B.J. (team manager B.J. McLeod) says that halfway through the race he was only three-quarter throttle and still sliding sideways through the corners. It will be tough, but I feel we’ll do pretty good there.”

 

Even though the Atlanta Motor Speedway is less than one hundred miles from his home, the NCWTS rookie has never been to the mile and a half speedway, “I think we can be strong there even though I’ve never been on the track. I’m excited and can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of the Tilted Kilt No. 08 this weekend.”

 

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery will once again back Forrister’s Chevy Silverado for the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200. “We’re going to have the same three Tilted Kilt calendar girls with us in Atlanta. They loved it at Daytona and they can’t wait to get to Atlanta this weekend. We’re going to do our best to get them a solid finish.”

 

Saturday will be a unique “double header” with both the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series race on the same day on the same track, “This is the first time NASCAR has scheduled a weekend like this that I can remember,” said SS Green Light Racing Co-owner Bobby Dotter. “It’s going to be a new experience for both our young drivers and I’m hoping the weather cooperates with us. We’ll see how this works out.” The XFINITY Series Hisense 250 takes the green at 2:00 Saturday while the NCWTS Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 will follow at 5:30 pm.

 

The Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 is the 337th consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team, a streak that dates back to 2001. There are 33 drivers on the entry list.

 

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The No. 20 and No. 29 teams that competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series have been penalized for rules infractions discovered during post-race inspection Feb. 20 at Daytona International Speedway.

These infractions are P2 level penalties which are outlined in Section 12.5.3.2 of the 2015 NASCAR Rule Book.

The infractions violate Sections:

12-1 – Actions detrimental to stock car racing

20.14.5 – Jack Screws: Monoball(s), excessive taper, bevels, or other devices on the end(s) of the front and rear jack screws will not be permitted

20.14.5.2 – Rear Jack Screws: Rear jack screws must have a minimum 0.875 inch flat surface, perpendicular to the rear jack screw, for attachment of the rear upper coil spring mounts

As a result of these violations crew chiefs Doug Howe (No. 20) and Chad Kendrick (No. 29) have been fined $2,500 and placed on NASCAR probation through the end of the calendar year. Both teams have also been docked 10 Championship Driver and Owner Points (No. 20 – Scott Lagasse Jr. and Robert Newberry; No. 29 – Austin Theriault and Brad Keselowski).

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Following a solid performance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Tyler Young, driver of the No. 02 Young's Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado, is sitting solidly inside the top-10 in the driver point standings for the first time in his young career heading into Saturday night's Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway (AMS). Young, who is currently ninth in the series standings, is in his second full-time season in the NCWTS, and will make his debut in the 14th annual event at the South Georgia track on Saturday. The Midland, Texas native, who made 12 track debuts in his rookie season in 2014, knows that being a good student of the sport along with patience, a good leader, strong team and strong Chevrolet Silverado will be what sets him apart from the rest of the "rookie" class in the 32-truck field when the trucks take the green flag at the 1.54-mile quad oval on Saturday.

Sounding Off - Tyler Young:

"Daytona, being the first race of the season, kind of sets the tone for the rest of the year. We ran well there, had a decent finish, and brought home a truck without a scratch on it. I would say that's a good start for us. Now, we get to take that momentum straight to Atlanta, instead of sitting on it for four or five weeks before racing at Martinsville. Momentum is important to us as drivers, especially at tracks we've never been to. It gives me and everyone on this Young's Motorsports team confidence."

 

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Cameron Hayley, driver of the No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra, will make his second track debut of 2015 in Saturday's Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway (AMS).

The South Georgia track, which was a staple of the series for eight years prior to 2012, has been off the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule for the last two years. In fact, almost half of the driver's entered in the 33 truck field will also be making their NCWTS debut on the tough, fast, and rough, 1.54-mile quad oval. Of the 33 driver's entered, 16 of those 31 driver's named have no experience in the NCWTS at AMS, evening out the playing field for the ThorSport Racing driver.

 

Also, when surveying the competition, you can't forget about Hayley's experience on the pit box. Jeff Hensley is in his 12th year as a crew chief in the NCWTS and has 12 starts to his credit at AMS including three poles, and two wins, an advantage for the 18-year-old Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, and his No. 13 ThorSport Racing team.

 

Sounding off - Cameron Hayley:

"I've never been to Atlanta (Motor Speedway), but I've heard it's a tough track. I've also heard it's a lot of fun to drive, so I'm looking forward to the challenge this weekend. Since the series hasn't raced there in two years, I think there will be a lot of drivers that have never been there, and that should even out the competition a little bit. We've got almost three hours of practice on Thursday so we can almost use that as a test session to get me up to speed. My crew chief, Jeff Hensley, and my teammates, Matt (Crafton) and Johnny (Sauter) have a lot of experience there, so I'm sure I'll lean on them for help."

 

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit - Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway (AMS) - for the 14th annual Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 on Saturday, Feb. 28. The 130 lap race will mark the first time the series has visited the 1.54-mile quad oval since 2012.

Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Curb Records Toyota Tundra will make his fifth career start in "Hotlanta," and the Necedah, Wisc. native is looking for his first top-five finish at the South Georgia track. For a veteran driver that finishes in the top-five 36.6 percent of the time, a solid run with a proven chassis, is not out of question for the ThorSport Racing driver.

 

Sounding Off - Johnny Sauter:

"Atlanta is a tough one for me. It's a fun place, no question about it. The speeds will fall off from sticker tires to 20 laps into a run, which will be pretty big. Everyone will be slipping and sliding - running the bottom, middle and top - and it will be fun. I'm glad we have another race back-to-back this year with Daytona and Atlanta. It will keep the momentum going for the entire team."

 

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Eighteen-year-old Erik Jones started his first full-time season off on a positive note, avoiding several wrecks in his first career start at the "World Center of Racing" to bring home a runner-up finish in the season-opening event at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Now, Jones and his No. 4 Tundra team head to Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, where the talented youngster hopes to manage another solid finish as he continues his quest to bring home Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) first-ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver's Championship.

 

Saturday's Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 will mark Jones' first start in any series at Atlanta. After turning 18 last May and becoming eligible to participate on NASCAR's larger tracks, the Michigan native made two Truck Series starts on mile-and-a-half tracks. After running inside the top five for the majority of the June race at Texas, a combination of the handling going away and the race turning to fuel strategy left him with an 11th-place finish at the end of the race.

 

Jones second and final Truck Series start last season on a 1.5-mile track came at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway in September. For most of the race, he ran in the second spot behind KBM teammate Darrell Wallace Jr., who led a race-high 84 laps. With 13 laps remaining, Jones worked his way around his teammate and crossed the finish line 1.329 seconds ahead to earn his second win of 2014 and KBM's first at Las Vegas.

 

The win at Las Vegas was one of seven wins for KBM on mile-and-half tracks last season. Along with Jones' Vegas win, owner-driver Kyle Busch was victorious at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway and the November race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, while Wallace Jr. earned his win in the season finale at Homestead (Fla.) Miami Speedway. The lone race on a 1.5-mile track that KBM did not win, was the June race at Texas, which was won by another Toyota Racing driver Matt Crafton.

 

Now Jones and the No. 4 Toyota team head to the first mile-and-a-half race of 2015 this weekend at Atlanta. The Georgia venue, which returns to the Truck Series schedule after a two-year absence, is one of just four tracks on this year's schedule where KBM has not collected a victory since debuting in the Truck Series in 2010. Busch was on the cusp of a victory in the 2012 event, but after leading a race-high 75 laps the handling of his Tundra went away and surrendered the lead to Ty Dillon with six laps remaining. Busch held on to finish second, the same result he recorded in the 2010 event.

 

Jones developed a knack for taking care of his equipment and preserving his tires coming up through the Super Late Model ranks that allowed him to win some of the most prestigious races in the country. To manage another solid finish to start the 2015 Truck Series season, the racing prodigy will need to employ that same skill set this weekend at Atlanta on an aged surface that is known to chew up tires.

 

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Matt Crafton goes "Nuts" over Atlanta

Written by Tuesday, 24 February 2015 18:17

For the first time in two years, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will head back to Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway (AMS) for the 14th annual Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 on Saturday, Feb. 28.

 

Matt Crafton, who will pilot the No. 88 Fisher® Nuts/Menards Toyota Tundra, has raced in every NCWTS event at the 1.54-mile quad oval. In fact, the ThorSport Racing driver has the most starts (13), has completed the most laps (1622), and has more lead lap finishes (10) than any other driver entered in the 14th annual event - a combination that could land the two-time champion in victory lane at his favorite race track on Saturday.

 

Sounding off - Matt Crafton:

"I say over and over again that Atlanta is by far my favorite track. It's so fast, the banking is high, you can hold it wide open and the tires really wear, so you slide around the track. It's got multiple grooves so you can run two and three-wide. I love the fact that you can drive anywhere from the white line up to the wall. It's a fun place to race, hands down my favorite."

 

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On Friday, February 20, Joe Nemechek and the Gere Kennon-led NEMCO Motorsports team secured a top-20 finish in the Nextera Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event despite incurring damage to the No. 8 D.A.B. Constructors Inc. / SWM International Inc. Chevrolet Silverado during an accident on Lap 15 on Friday at Daytona International Speedway.

In the season-opener event, the Lakeland, Fla., driver started 18th on row nine for the 100-lap event. After the green flag waved in front of an estimated 35,000 fans, Nemechek worked his way into the 16th-postion by Lap 10.

While running in the 18th position, Nemechek could not avoid right-front damage to the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado when he was collected in a multi-truck incident on Lap 15 that brought out the first caution flag of the event. The 51-year-old veteran pitted multiple times so that the NEMCO Motorsports team could make repairs to his Chevrolet Silverado before Kennon determined that the No. 8 D.A.B. Constructors Inc. / SWM International Inc. Chevrolet had to go to the garage to continue to make repairs.

“When that wreck started, I thought I had it cleared, but the next thing you know, another truck clipped my right-front," added Nemechek. "It did a lot of damage and it took time to get it repaired to where we could make a few laps. The crew worked very hard; we had to move the radiator, re-weld the front-end back on, and keep the front-end from rubbing on the tires and on the ground so we could continue to make laps. It also tore up the back-end of the truck, destroyed the body and the front-clip. The crew did a great job in the amount of laps that it took to get it fixed. Of course, being the driver in the seat you are wanting to go quickly, but the realistic part of it is that it has to be fixed right or else you will not get another opportunity. My hats off to them for doing a good job."

Nemechek returned to action on Lap 49. Nemechek, in 29th-place at the race's halfway point, continued to experience handling issues as a result of the body damage incurred during the Lap-15 incident, but additional pit stops for repairs helped remedy the issue. Over the remainder of the race, Nemechek persevered and picked up positions in the closing laps of the race.

In the end, Nemechek crossed the finish line 20th, 38 laps down to the race leader.

“We are definitely looking forward to Atlanta (Motor Speedway) after a tough weekend at Daytona International Speedway,” Nemechek concluded. 

 

 

Boston Combines Speed and Sound at Atlanta

Written by Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:25

Justin Boston is eager to put Daytona in the rear-view mirror and get back on track at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway this weekend in his No. 54 Lucy Angel Tundra. After getting caught up in a multi-truck accident on lap 14 in the season opener, the 25-year-old rookie contender has his sights set on a strong run at Atlanta.

 

KBM drivers have collected three top-five finishes across five starts at Atlanta resulting in an average finish of 8.2. The Georgia track is one of just four tracks on the 2015 schedule where the organization has yet to earn a victory. Team owner-driver Kyle Busch came home in the runner-up position in both the 2010 and 2012 events, while his second starting position for the 2010 race is also a team best.

 

Although this will be his first start at Atlanta in any series, Boston was able to participate in a one-day test at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway earlier this month in the Tundra the KBM team has prepared as a backup for this weekend. He and the team are confident much of the data they gathered at the test will apply to Atlanta as well, and Boston was able to log some valuable seat time in a truck at an intermediate track.

 

Riding along with Boston this weekend, country music band Lucy Angel will be featured on his No. 54 Toyota Tundra.  Lucy Angel is an American country music family trio consisting of mother Kate Anderton and her two daughters, Lindsay and Emily. They released their debut self-titled album in January, and are currently starring in a docu-series entitled "Discovering Lucy Angel," which premiered on AXS TV in January.

 

"Discovering Lucy Angel" follows the mother-daughter trio Lucy Angel and the rest of their family, the Andertons, as they work to launch their music career in Nashville. This 13-episode, country music-themed docu-series captures the ups and downs of the family's lives as they make a name for themselves in country music. Follow the endearing Andertons while out on tour and in their family home in Franklin, Tenn., every Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT only on AXS TV.

 

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