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For NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver Austin Hill being a driver coach to a young up-and-coming racer has been an eye-opening experience and has helped him evaluate his own driving skills.

The 22-year-old driver and US Legend Cars veteran has been working with 14-year-old Hailie Deegan, daughter of X-Games medalist and off-road racing champion Brian Deegan, who is competing in the Bojangles Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) this summer.

Hill has a strong history at CMS in Legend Cars, winning the 2008 Legends Semi-Pro Summer Shootout Championship, finishing second in the 2012 Legends Big Money 100 and recording five wins.

“We have two weeks left in the Summer Shootout and Hailie has come a long way from when I first started working with her,” said Hill. “She’s picked up over half a second in the first four or five weeks of the shootout and is running good times. I’m working with her right now on racing in a pack on asphalt. She has a lot of experience on dirt and asphalt presents a new set of challenges.”

Hill has enjoyed the experience and has also used his role as a driver coach to evaluate his own performance behind the wheel.

“Coaching does make you take a step back after you leave the track,” said Hill. “It makes you think ‘Okay, what can I do, personally, to be a better driver and to help my truck team get the finishes that I feel we deserve?’ It really helps me stay focused and be in a good mindset going into a race weekend.”

This weekend Hill is heading to Pocono Raceway to compete in the Pocono Mountains 150, piloting the No. 02 for Young’s Motorsports.

Having not raced at the “Tricky Triangle” before, Hill sought guidance from others with success in the NCWTS at Pocono Raceway, reaching out to members of his crew and former drivers for some advice. 

“Even though I haven’t been to Pocono, I’ve been watching as many videos and talking to as many people as I can,” said Hill. “Even just sitting down with some of my crew members to get their opinion on the track and what I can do as a driver. I feel like if I’m better prepared then the entire team is going to be better prepared going into the weekend.”

“I’m really excited about going to Pocono; the track is very unique. There’s not any other track on the circuit like it and I think it’s going to be a great race.”

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Christopher Bell A 'Sirius' Contender

Written by Tuesday, 26 July 2016 16:41
Christopher Bell has overcome the disappointing finishes that put him in a hole in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings after the first three races of the season to emerge as a championship contender. Bell enters the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., having finished inside the top five in five of his last eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts and has catapulted from 21st in the point standings after week three to sixth entering Saturday's race.
 
Since a hiccup at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth in June, where he missed a shift at the start of the race and finished last, Bell has responded by recording an average finish of 4.0 over his last four starts, including his win at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., on June 25. His 120 championship points scored over the last four races are more than any other driver in the Truck Series, including his Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) teammate William Byron who has won two of the last four races and has scored the second most points (111) during that span. With his Gateway win, the Oklahoma native currently sits fourth on the eight-driver grid for the inaugural Truck Series Chase with five races remaining until the playoffs begin.
 
This weekend will be Bell's first trip to the "Tricky Triangle," so to help speed up his learning curve the 21-year-old driver will be pulling double duty as he will make his third ARCA Racing Series start of the season for Venturini Motorsports. The talented wheelman led 91 of 200 laps and scored a victory at Salem (Ind.) Speedway in his first career ARCA start in April. He also led seven laps and posted a 10th-place finish on the road course at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville in May.
 
In addition to getting extra seat time at the 2.5-mile tri-oval through running the ARCA race, Bell will be under the guidance of Jerry Baxter, who was the winning crew chief in last year's Truck Series race at Pocono. With Baxter's setup and strategy, KBM owner-driver Kyle Busch led 53 of the 69 laps en route to a dominant victory in last year's event. The win was Busch's first-ever win in any series at the Pennsylvania track and also the first for KBM.
 
Saturday's 60-lap event will be the first of four races for SiriusXM, the world's largest radio company, as the primary sponsor of Bell's No. 4 Tundra. The talented wheelman will be looking to continue his streak of strong performances as he continues to prove to be a 'Sirius' contender not only for the win each week, but for this year's Truck Series Championship.

KBM PR

Update on John Wes Townley

Written by Tuesday, 26 July 2016 14:59

John Wes Townley received medical clearance earlier today to resume racing in NASCAR and ARCA. He will compete in this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA events at Pocono Raceway.

Townley had been sidelined for the past four weeks while being treated for mild concussion-like symptoms.

“I’d like to thank Parker Kligerman, Cole Custer and Brady Boswell for filling in for me,” Townley said. “I feel great and I’m looking forward to racing at Pocono this week.”

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DC Solar, Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s official off-grid mobile solar partner, has been named title sponsor of the track’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race for 2016. The DC Solar 350 will take place at LVMS on Saturday, Oct. 1, with John Wes Townley returning to defend his title from a year ago. It will be the 20th staging of the popular NASCAR series race at LVMS.

“DC Solar has been a great partner for LVMS, and we are delighted to welcome the company as title sponsor for October’s truck race,” LVMS president Chris Powell said. “DC Solar is a leader in the clean energy industry, and we are honored to welcome it to our title sponsor family. This is a great fit for everyone involved, and we look forward to another exciting and wonderful day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with DC Solar and our other dedicated sponsors.”

LVMS and DC Solar partnered earlier this year to provide solar-powered EV charging stations and LED mobile solar light towers during this Spring’s NASCAR Weekend. This newly expanded partnership will dramatically increase the number of LED towers in use throughout the LVMS property.

“We had a great experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during NASCAR Weekend, and it is a thrill to become title sponsor of such a prestigious NASCAR series race,” DC Solar CEO Jeff Carpoff said. “We look forward to a great day at the speedway on Oct. 1, and we are excited to continue developing our partnership while exposing race fans to the benefits of green technologies.”

The green flag for the DC Solar 350 will drop at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time and caps a busy day at the 1.5-mile speedway. The Neon Garage opens at 8:30 a.m., NCWTS practice sessions run from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 10-11 a.m., and the second annual Show & Shine car show begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Fan Engagement Area. In addition, the NCWTS Driver Autograph Session runs from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Fan Engagement Area and qualifying begins at 3 p.m.

DC Solar is a clean energy company that specializes in mobile solar products. Its flagship product, The Solar Eclipse, is the most widely distributed mobile solar generator in the U.S., and it has revolutionized the solar industry by taking the technology off-grid. DC Solar serves a variety of industries, including emergency preparedness, disaster relief, construction, entertainment, sports and agriculture, to name just a few.

DC Solar’s mission is to promote a healthier planet by offering unique portable solar products that make a difference in how people use and think about power. To learn more information about DC Solar, please visit www.dcsolardistribution.com and follow DC Solar at www.facebook.com/dcsolarsolutions and on Twitter at @DCSolar.

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Christopher Bell will make his third career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start driving for Venturini Motorsports in Friday’s ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway. This will be Bell’s first attempt at the Tricky Triangle and will also serve as a preamble to his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start with Kyle Busch Motorsports on Saturday afternoon.

Bell, who drove his JBL Toyota to victory lane in his ARCA debut at Salem Speedway earlier in the season, anticipates the double duty weekend challenge at Pocono.

“I’m really excited to make my first start at Pocono this weekend,” said Bell. “Pocono’s unique track configuration puts a lot of emphasis on the technical aspect behind the wheel. I’m looking forward to the challenge – running back-to-back events will be a lot of fun and give me plenty of laps to adapt to a new track. I’ve had this weekend circled on my calendar for a while now.”

Looking ahead, Bell will compete again with Venturini Motorsports at Salem Speedway on September 10 and at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15.

The 21-year old driver from Norman, Oklahoma currently occupies the sixth position in the NCWTS driver point standings.

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After surviving his very first race on dirt last week, William Byron is ready to return to pavement racing. The 18-year-old rookie will now face a new challenge - a track without a fourth turn. Pocono Raceway, known as the "Tricky Triangle" due to its three distinct turns, can be a difficult track for even the seasoned veterans to maneuver. Byron is up for the challenge and is hoping to capture a record-breaking fifth win in his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).

To help prepare for the Pocono Mountains 150, Byron competed in the ARCA Racing Series event last month at Pocono. He started third, led three laps and finished eighth for Venturini Motorsports, but gained valuable experience in the process. The extra track time will help him get up to speed faster when he climbs in his No. 9 Liberty University Tundra Friday afternoon for practice.

Byron will also have a pretty stout Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Tundra for Saturday's race. He raced this Tundra twice this year, and ended up in Victory Lane both times. This is the same truck which won at Kansas Speedway for Byron's first NCWTS win in May, and again at Texas Motor Speedway in June for his second win of the season. He hopes to keep the winning streak alive with win number five at Pocono.

Of course Byron is not the only one who hopes to win at Pocono. Four members of his KBM team hail from the state of Pennsylvania and consider Pocono their home track. Truck chief Cody Glick (Smethport), tire specialist Tyler Keiper (Pocono Summit), engine tuner Brian Fisher (Chambersburg) and spotter Tony Hirschman (Northampton) are all hoping to get a win in front of their friends and families Saturday. Based on the team's performance so far this season, it is a good bet they end the race with a celebration in Victory Lane.

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) dialed up a mid-week classic with the 4th annual Aspen Dental Dirt Derby 150 at Eldora Speedway.

Featuring the sole dirt track race on NASCAR’s schedule, Wednesday night’s event in Rossburg, Ohio, was met with a tremendous amount of fanfare as spectators packed the grandstands early for the highly anticipated dirt track event.

For Austin Wayne Self, making his first NCWTS career dirt track start, expectations were realistic as he hoped to simply gain experience and finish the race unscathed. However, with strong backing from his team, the 20-year old, Self, impressed in his first ever appearance at Eldora Speedway scoring a career best - ninth-place finish in his dirt derby debut. Dirt track ace and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, Kyle Larson, won the 150-lap event.

“Tonight was a great night for this all new AM Racing team,” said Self. “Total team effort! I can’t thank my guys enough, Terry, Brian, Greg and especially my car chief, Bill Henderson, who stepped into the role of crew chief this week and devised a plan and strategy that worked out perfectly. Coming into this week I didn’t have a whole lot of expectations. There’s a lot of guys out here with a ton of dirt racing experience – and there’s drivers like me with very little. I was just hoping to survive – but earning my first top-10 finish at a track like this is really cool.”

Starting from the main event from the 28th position in his No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota, Self, would begin his ascent through the field from the moment the green flag dropped. Committed to running the low to middle groove around the tight half-mile dirt oval, Self was able to make his truck stick on the slick track while navigating his way through traffic passing many experienced top rated dirt track drivers. “I’m really proud of this entire team for all their hard work. We found a groove we really liked and were able to have a lot of fun out there tonight. The lower groove really worked out for us. Bill (Henderson) was on the radio all night reminding me to run down low and protect the bottom. That was our strategy from the beginning. Our truck responded – and we had great results. I just can’t say enough how proud I am of everyone on this team,” added Self.

With his top-10 finish, Self gained two spots moving into the 16th position in the overall NCWTS point standings.

Up next for the Austin Wayne Self and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 30.

AM Racing PR

The amount of time and effort that goes into preparing for a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is undeniable. For Empire Racing Group, not making the feature event at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday night left them disappointed, but they understand that’s just racing.


With two trucks fielded by the Empire Racing Group/Richard Petty Motorsports Development Team, the team went to the Aspen Dental Eldora Derby at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio with high hopes of placing both trucks into the race. After a tough Tuesday evening in practice sessions, they knew their trucks would not be pretty for Wednesday’s event, but they would still be fast. Their long hours of putting blood, sweat and tears into getting each truck ready for the event had to pay off somehow.


The No. 82 NESCO Chevrolet driven by Sean Corr initially qualified in the 35th position on Wednesday after suffering damage on Tuesday night. Corr wasn’t going to give up without a fight. Starting last in the final qualifying race, Corr was able to race up to the sixth position. Unable to move on to the feature race from there, he knew there was still work to be done. Starting fifth in the Last Chance Qualifier race, Corr rallied to the second position, ready to transfer to the feature race. It wasn’t until he spun halfway through his battle and the caution did not come out, that he was relegated to the ninth position.


The No. 43 Petty’s Garage/Tilted Kilt Ford F-150 driven by Korbin Forrister unfortunately suffered a similar fate by the end of the day. Qualifying began what looked to be a hopeful evening at the half-mile dirt track, when Forrister qualified in the 17th position. Forrister started fourth in the third qualifying race, but finished the race in the seventh position. In the Last Chance Qualifier race, Forrister rallied from seventh to fifth, needing just a few more spots to lock him into the event.


While both trucks showed the speed necessary to make it into the feature event, unfortunate circumstances and a lack of points due to not running full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series barred them from making the event.


Neither driver, nor the team, is prepared to give up. Wednesday night proved to be a struggle, but that’s what racing is all about. Stay tuned for updates on where you’ll catch the Empire Racing Group hitting the track next!

Empire Racing PR

In one of the most anticipated races of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Tyler Young and his Young’s Motorsports team brilliantly fought through adversity in the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby and recovered for a solid top-20 finish in the Buckeye State.

After a solid practice and qualifying effort, Young raced his way into his fourth Eldora Speedway race after battling Chris Fontaine for the final transfer spot in the fourth qualifying race of the night.

With minor damage to his No. 02 Young’s Building Systems / Randco Chevrolet Silverado, the Andrew Abbott-led team quickly went to work bandaging up their truck for 150 laps of slingin’ in the dirty.

From the early laps of the race though, Young informed his team that something was wrong. The truck felt uncomfortable and was laying hard into the dirt pavement of Eldora Speedway. The Midland, Texas native was able to quickly diagnose the issue with the sway bar.

Eldora’s half-mile layout proved to work against the Young’s Motorsports team as they were forced to come to pit road and repair the truck, but lost several laps in the process.

Once fixed, Young maneuvered impressive lap times, good enough to put him inside the top-15, but with the unexpected pit stops, Young found himself utilizing the remainder of the event as a test session, rather than an actual race.

Negotiating through traffic and avoiding additional on-track carnage, Young was able to battle back from a race low 29th to finish 20th, his seventh top-20 effort of the 2016 season in nine races.

Tyler Young Quote:

“I had a blast in our qualifying race. Battling Chris (Fontaine) like down to the checkered flag is why the trucks come to Eldora to begin with.

“We were really excited about coming to Eldora and having a good finish, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I am really proud of Andrew and the team for quickly putting a plan together that allowed us to correct the problem with the sway bar without losing any more laps than we did.

“Easily, the team could have gotten derailed with the issue, but everyone remained focused, cool, calm and collected and we fought through the adversity for a respectable finish. Our truck was a lot better than 20th, but what we learned on Wednesday night can surely help us for 2017 and beyond.”

Young Motorsports PR

Timothy Peters recorded a 27th-place finish in the Aspen Dental Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway. The No. 17 team unloaded the red and white Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra for two practices on Tuesday afternoon and recorded the 17th-fastest speed in the first and the 13th-fastest speed in the second practice. On Wednesday afternoon, Peters was 34th fastest after single truck time trials, lining up in seventh place for his qualifying race. Peters finished his qualifying race in fourth, earning the 19th starting spot for the Aspen Dental Dirt Derby. The 150-lap race was divided into three segments of 40, 50 and 60 laps. As the race started on the half-mile clay oval, Peters fell back to 22nd, fighting the handling in his Toyota Tundra. Under the first caution flag, Peters came to the attention of crew chief Shane Huffman twice to improve the handling. On lap 39, Peters was involved in an incident and made contact with another vehicle, resulting in damage to the the right front corner of the No. 17, including a flat right front tire. The team diagnosed a broken tie rod and went to the garage to make repairs. On lap 69, Peters returned to the track 32 laps down in 28th place. As other vehicles were involved in incidents, Peters gained one position to finish 27th.
 
Start - 19
Finish - 27
Driver Points Position - 5
Owner Points Position - 5
Laps Led - 0
 
Timothy Peters Quote:
"It was a tough night all around, but it was great to see all the fans that came out. There's always a great turnout at Eldora (Speedway). I wish we could have been up at the front racing for the win, but we unfortunately ended up back in the pack and got caught up in an incident that put us laps down. It wasn't the result we wanted, but we'll work on it and I'm looking forward to getting back on asphalt next week at Pocono (Raceway)."  

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