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Reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton found himself Thursdaymorning surrounded by more than 500 fellow defending champions.
Crafton made a special visit to Roanoke Elementary to present the Rangers with their 2013-14 Speeding To Read replicachampionship trophy as well as celebrate the Northwest ISD school being the Turn 1 leaders in this year's competition with six other elementary schools representing four districts.
Crafton (No. 88 Goof Off/Menards Toyota) can definitely relate to the past and recent success of Roanoke Elementary. He won his first championship last year and heads into Friday night's WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway with the points lead and eyeing history as the first truck series driver to win back-to-back titles. Roanoke is seeking to do the same and he shared a key for that to happen with the student body of more than 500 kindergarten through fifth graders during the assembly in the school gymnasium.
"Being determined is huge for sure," Crafton said. "If they can be determined, they can do whatever you want to do. Hopefully I can be determined enough and have enough luck to be able to win my championship and that's what they've done. They are looking to go back to back too."
Roanoke Elementary took the Turn 1 lead in Speeding To Read with 96.5 percent of their student body meeting or exceeding their reading goals up to this stage of the school year-long competition. The Rangers are competing against Nance and J.C. Thompson of Northwest ISD; E.P. Rayzor of Denton ISD; Eagle Mountain of Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD; and Carroll Peak and Riverside Applied Learning Center of the Fort Worth ISD.
The top readers from each grade level - kindergartener Micah Key (140 books), first-grader Zoe Tucker (269), second-grader Hannah Um (316), third-grader Ian Puckett (29 chapter books), fourth-grader Ella Von Derau (32 chapter) and fifth-grader Andrea San Luis (65 chapter) - were recognized and teamed with Crafton in a $100,00 Pyramid book character competition during the assembly. Crafton rewarded the group with signed TMS caps.
"It was very cool to be around them and see their energy they had and to see all their awards and see what they have done," Crafton said. "That was really awesome to see all the awards. Especially, to be around the kids now that I have a daughter (Elladee) to look at what she is going to do it's going to be very, very cool road ahead for me."
Crafton and the Camping World Truck Series are on track today at Texas Motor Speedway for a pair of practices, the first at 1 p.m. CT and the second at 2:30 p.m. Pinnacle Propane Qualifying Days for the series begins at 2:10 p.m. Friday and is followed by the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 (147 laps/220.5 miles) at 7:30 p.m.
If you ever meet Kyle Martel you will learn quickly he enjoys two things the most – racing and warm weather. In two weeks Kyle and Bill Martel Racing (BMR) will head south to the sunshine state and try to end the season on a bright spot – over the biggest weekend in NASCAR.
BMR has committed to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) “Ford ECOBOOST 200” to be held at Homestead / Miami Speedway on Friday, November 14th at 8:00 p.m. Martel will drive the #59 Chevrolet Silverado in the season grand finale - with Hanover Cold Storage and Finish Line Transportation listed as associate sponsors.
“A win or strong finish at Homestead is the perfect way to end the season and begin building for 2015. Being on the biggest stage in NASCAR during championship weekend is also very exciting -- and I’m honored and thankful to be a part of it.” commented NASCAR professional Kyle Martel.
“It’s a pretty big deal for our mostly self-funded team to pack up the hauler and head twelve-hundred miles south - but if you want to play in this sport, maintain relationships with current sponsors and attract new sponsors -- you have to show up and compete.” commented Rob Ziemba, Public Relations Manager for BMR.
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Matt Crafton is a mere three races from becoming the first repeat champion in the 20-year history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Leading second-place Ryan Blaney in the standings by a cushy 18 points, Crafton will attempt to continue his march to the title by sweeping Texas Motor Speedway, the site of Friday’s Winstar World Casino and Resort 350 (8:30 p.m. on FOX Sports 1).
Crafton stretched his fuel on the way to Victory Lane in the June Ft. Worth race, running the final 61 laps on one tank of gas for his second – and latest - win of the season.
"Finally getting a win at Texas was really cool - everyone wants to win at Texas - you want to be able to shoot the guns in victory lane and get that infamous cowboy hat,” Crafton said.
Despite Texas success in previous years, the win was the first of Crafton’s career at the 1.5-mile high-banked oval. In 27 NCWTS starts at the Ft. Worth track, the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driver boasts eight top-five and 16 top-10 finishes, as well as two poles.
Crafton believes he can make a “Lone Star Statement” Friday night even though the race will be shorter and affected by cooler temperatures than the one in June.
“Without a doubt, we had the fastest Menards Toyota Tundra in June and I can't wait to get back this weekend and do it all over again,” Crafton said. “In June, the track is hot and slippery but this weekend, there will be cooler temps and a lot of grip so it'll be faster. This race is 20 laps shorter so we'll have to see how the race plays out, but I feel confident we can pull off a sweep."
MB Motorsports and Justin Jennings are looking for a good finish in the WinStar World Casino 350K as they are joined by new marketing partner, Roofix, Inc. The event will mark Jennings’ fourth start at Texas Motor Speedway in the #63 Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool / LG Seeds / Roofix / Excel Bottling Chevy Silverado.
“We’re excited to have another company come on board as a marketing partner with MB Motorsports,” says team owner Mike Mittler. “Roofix, Inc. will be with us for the remainder of the season.”
Based in Essex, IL, Roofix, Inc. is a multi-faceted company whose forte, according to Roofix owner Mike Kamp, is “offering both residential and commercial property owners a smooth, hassle free experience when filing insurance claims for weather related property damage.”
In addition to general contruction projects, Roofix and its’ Roofix Recycling operation, also offer complete site removal of buildings, asphalt, concrete and more. Roofix, Inc. has also committed to joining MB Motorsports in their support of Eagle Rock Camp.
Jennings will take to the super fast mile and a half track just two days after his 22nd birthday and hopes to celebrate with a strong run Friday night.
"I know we’re celebrating my birthday and all, but what’s really cool is that we’re racing on Halloween,” says Jennings. “As much as I used to look forward to Trick or Treating as a kid, I’m more anxious to get to the track and go racing.”
“Justin’s had some solid races at Texas and I think with the effort we’ve put into our intermediate truck program this year, he should be able to improve on last year’s run,” notes Mittler.
MB Motorsports will once again be joined by long time marketing partners LG Seeds and Excel Bottling Company, while continuing their support of Eagle Rock Camp.
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Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Tyler Young, will carry the colors of Baylor All Saints Medical Center on board the No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado for Friday night's WinStar World Casino and Resort 350k at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Young, who hails from Midland, Texas, about 315 miles from the 1.5-mile tri-oval, has a reason to celebrate as he heads into the 20th race on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule at his home track.
October, 2014 commemorates five years ago that Randy Young, Tyler's father and the owner of Young's Motorsports, had an unexpected health issue and the entire Young's family found themselves in a different type of race - the race for life. Randy needed a liver transplant. In March, 2009, doctors diagnosed Randy with primary biliary cirrhosis of the liver and he was immediately put on the transplant list. In October, 2009, the father of three received his liver transplant at Baylor Simmons Transplant Institute at Baylor All Saints Medical Center.
This weekend, the No. 02 Young's Motorsports team will pay tribute to the Fort Worth, Texas hospital, specifically the Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute at Baylor All Saints Medical Center, for the care Randy received before and after his transplant. Young, who has three starts in the "Lone Star State," including his first top-15 finish (June, 2014) hopes to "treat" his dad to his first top-10 finish of the season in Friday night's Halloween special.
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Ray Black Jr. will make his sixth start of 2014 in the No. 08 ScubaLife / NASE Worldwide Chevrolet for SS Green Light Racing when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races Friday night under the lights at the Texas Motor Speedway.
"I’m ready to get back at it!" said Black with a hearty laugh. "I’ve been sitting here for a month, so I’m ready to get back behind the wheel."
Black’s best finish of the 2014 campaign came at Chicagoland in September, in his first visit to a mile-and-a-half speedway. "We did Chicago and we finished 18th so I’m looking for that same result or better at Texas. I believe we are bringing the same truck back and I think we’ll have a good opportunity to better that finish.”
“This is going to be a big race for me because we are getting to a faster track again and I’m learning to hold it to the floor a little bit better and hopefully we’ll have a good run,” Black continued. “I love how you can use different lines at these tracks; if your car is not working at the bottom, you can try the middle or top. On the short-track you might have two grooves right next to each other, these big tracks might have ten grooves and you can work the track to find the speed or use the draft to make up for a little horsepower. I’m excited for it.”
“We’re going to finish the year at Homestead which is another mile-and-a-half, so we’re looking to finish the year at these two fast tracks,” Black concluded. “I’m looking forward to these next couple weeks. Personally, I just love the speed!”
The WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 is the 333rd consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team, a streak that dates back to 2001.
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Kyle Busch returns to the seat of the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra for Friday night's WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth for his eighth of 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season. 'Rowdy' will be looking to deliver Toyota its 16th Truck Series victory of 2014 and help the world's top automaker clinch its seventh Manufacturer's championship in the series. Toyota needs one of its 10 drivers entered in the 147-lap event to finish seventh or better to put the finishing touches on this year's title.
Since joining the Toyota Racing family in 2008, Busch has played a key role in four of Toyota's six Truck Series Manufacturer's Championships. Despite running a limited schedule, the Las Vegas native contributed three wins to the 2008 championship and then led the series in wins in Toyota's championship years of 2009, 2010 and 2013.
Rowdy opened the 2014 season with wins in each of his first five Truck Series starts and despite starting only eight of the 19 races this season, once again leads the series with six wins. The owner-driver's six victories this season combined with a pair of wins from Erik Jones in the No. 51 Tundra and three wins from Darrell Wallace Jr. in the No. 54 Tundra give Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) a total of 11 wins in 2014. If KBM can tally another triumph this season, they would tie the Truck Series record for wins by an organization, set by Ultra Motorsports in 2001 when Ted Musgrave (seven) and Scott Riggs (five) combined for 12 wins for the two-truck operation across a 24-race schedule.
KBM is also chasing its third owner's championship since debuting in the Truck Series for the 2010 season. The No. 51 team are the reigning champions and with three races left on the 2014 schedule, have a four-point lead on the No. 88 team. The team had fallen all the way to fourth after Busch was relegated to a 24th-place finish when he suffered a flat tire late in the race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Since then, Jones has helped catapult the team back to the top of the standings with top-10 finishes in each of his last five starts, including a win at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. Jones also helped fine-tune the Dollar General Tundra at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway, where he practiced the truck for Busch's win in the "Windy City." The No. 54 team also remains in the mix for the owner's crown, currently fourth in the standings, 26 points out of the lead.
When Busch tackles Texas in his Tundra on Halloween night, he will be outfitted with KBM-021, a Tundra that he has won three times with on mile-and-half tracks already this season and overall the truck has six wins across eight career starts. 'Rowdy' will be looking to deliver KBM's lucky seventh career win with 'Blackjack' and then go knocking on Toyota's door and treating them to another Manufacturer's championship trophy.
John Wes Townley touts the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway as one of his favorite tracks on the NASCAR circuit; he posted his best finish on the Fort Worth, TX track of fifth-place in the spring NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.
For the fall event Townley will pilot both the No. 05 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra Friday, October 31, 2014 in the running of the WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 and the No. 25 Zaxby’s Athenian Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide Series Camry Saturday, November 1, 2014 in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.
Townley has two prior NASCAR Nationwide Series starts with a best finish of 18th in 2009 and seven prior Camping World Truck Series starts on the intermediate sized track just outside of Dallas, Texas.
“I’m looking forward to Texas,” John Wes Townley said. “It is really one of my favorite racetracks. I’m excited to be running both in the Camping World Trucks and in the Nationwide Series there. I think there is some advantage driving in two series. Despite the differences in weight and body style, there is a lot of knowledge of the track itself to be gained. If tires are wearing on the truck, then you know they will be wearing on the car and it helps with the lines of the track, where everyone is running, will most likely be where they are running in both races. I know that the Athenian Motorsports guys have been working hard back at the shop to make both these Zaxby’s Toyotas fast. Hopefully, I’ll top that fifth place finish from the spring Friday in the truck and then repeat it in the Nationwide car on Saturday.”
The WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 Camping World Truck Series race is slated to begin at 8:00pm Friday, October 31, 2014 on Fox Sports 1 and the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge NASCAR Nationwide Series race will begin at 2:00pm and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
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A year after achieving the pinnacle start of his career at Texas Motor Speedway, Ryan Lynch will find himself back in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver seat at the storied speedway once again, this time piloting the No. 07 IDLifeRacing.com/BlankHood.com Chevrolet for SS Green Light Racing.
"I'm so excited that I have the opportunity to race at my home track again," says Lynch. "To know that I get to go back to Texas at all is just amazing, but I feel like this year is an opportunity for me to really prove I can race at this level. I'm confident that Bobby Dotter and his crew have put together a great truck for me, and I cannot thank him and my long time Super Truck crew chief JR Wiest enough for putting this deal together for me."
Lynch looks not only to top his career best finish (24th at Kentucky in 2013) but also hopes to take advantage of last year's experience. "This will be the first opportunity I've had to go back to a track in the NASCAR series. This time I know the techniques and feel of the track that I had to spend an entire race learning last year. This time I can go all in from the drop of the green - and that is a great feeling."
Texas Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile oval just outside of Ft. Worth and is the track that Lynch calls home. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the infamously fast speedway on Halloween night, October 31st for the WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 to kick off an entire weekend of NASCAR action that includes the Nationwide Series on Saturday and Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup AAA Texas 500.
The WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 is the 333rd consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team, a streak that dates back to 2001. Many of the sports top drivers have roots in the NASCAR Truck Series, which is considered to be the proving grounds for any racer looking to become a star amongst the NASCAR ranks.
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A track that has stood the test of time, a circuit that is the only remaining venue from the original NASCAR touring series schedule from 1949, Martinsville Speedway, known as the paper clip, has been a daunting task for every generation of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers. Brennan Newberry took to the track for the fifth time in his career for the annual fall Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. During the two-day event, Newberry showed speed and strength in his standout pink No.9 Qore-24 Antimicrobial Hand Purifier Chevrolet Silverado and maintained a spot on the board with the leaders throughout the weekend. After a caution inundated 200 laps, NTS Motorsports gained great awareness for breast cancer and built momentum leading into the last three events of the season.
Unseasonably warm fall temperatures and clear weather were a welcomed sight throughout the weekend at Martinsville, as NCWTS teams prepared for two practice sessions on Friday, to start the last short track event of 2014. During the first 50 minute session Newberry relayed to his Crew Chief Ryan McKinney (RMac), "We have great forward drive, but I am just too snug in the center and on exit". RMac worked to free up the No.9 Chevrolet and elected to end the session early, to work on changes going into the afternoon's final practice. After 50 total laps of practice and finding chassis adjustments that responded to what their driver needed, the No.9 Qore-24 team ended the final session 12th on the board with a fast lap of 19.961 seconds and a top speed of 94.86 MPH.
Saturday morning provide more clear skies and comfortable temperatures for NASCAR's Knockout Qualifying, which always proves to be a challenging part of NASCAR competition. During the first 30 minute session, Newberry knew that his truck had a setup that was more partial to race trim then qualifying, and after seven laps, posted a lap of 19.992 securing him the 21st starting spot. Newberry and McKinney knew they would have their work cut out early on, but were confident they could make their way to the front during the race.
After taking pictures with Breast Cancer survivors, friends, and family, whose names were displayed on the quarter panels of his Pink No.9 Qore-24 Chevrolet, Brennan Newberry strapped in for 200 short-track laps and Ryan McKinney dawned his headset to direct the team to a top finish from atop the pit box. After only two laps of green flag racing, the day started out tough for Newberry and proved that the paper clip always has a trick up its sleeve. Getting help from a competitor behind him, Newberry was sent spinning through turns one and two and was forced to slide the tires to keep the truck off of the wall. Avoiding major damage and keeping his Chevrolet off of the barriers, Newberry reported to his crew "We're okay here guys, I kept it off of the wall, we will just hold on until we can get tires". Restarting at the rear of the field, Newberry began to pick his way forward and was listed in 25th by lap 29 when the field took the day's 2nd caution.
Working through the halfway point of the race on lap 100, the yellow flag would make an appearance yet again and crew chief McKinney called for his driver to stay out and gain valuable track position to make a run up front. When the green was displayed yet again, Newberry and his team were inside the top-3 and looking for a long green flag run to get on the same sequence as the leaders. As cautions and collisions continued to cycle through the Kroger 200, Newberry would not see the consecutive laps needed in order to be back on the pit strategy toward the end of the event that they were hoping for and would be forced to pit and give up a spot inside the top-10, with only 41 laps to go. Restarting 20th, Newberry picked his way to 18th before the checkers were flown and a tough day was salvaged at the end proving that Newberry and McKinney are a formidable team that can overcome adversity. The next event for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is the WinStar World Casino and Resort 350k in the Lone Star State at Texas Motor Speedway on Halloween, Friday, October 31st. Brennan Newberry will continue his campaign to bring awareness for breast cancer, bringing his pink scheme over to the No. 20 Qore-24 Chevrolet Silverado.
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