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John Wes Townley will sport a new look on his No. 05 Athenian Motorsports Chevrolet during Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 250 mile event at Kansas Speedway.

After carrying the Jive Communications colors to a lead lap finish in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race in Talladega, Ala., Townley is pleased to announce he will have the Utah-based company’s logos aboard his Silverado this weekend in the Land of Oz at one of his favorite tracks on the NASCAR circuit.

“I had a chance to meet the Jive folks at Talladega and they are pumped about their relationship with Athenian Motorsports,” said Townley, who finished fourth on the speed chart in the first of three practices on Thursday for Friday night’s race.

“Jive is really excited about racing being a vehicle for them to promote their products. And they are really sold on NASCAR racing in general. We finished P12 here last year in this race and had a shot to win late. I hope we can move up several notches on the scoreboard in Friday night’s race.”

The Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway is set to roll on Friday May 6th at 8:30 p.m. eastern. It will air live on Fox Sports 1.

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are three races into the brand-new 2016 season with Kansas Speedway serving as the fourth race of the season this weekend. The truck series, which gets a slow start with two month long breaks, are about to go on a three week stretch with Dover and Charlotte over the next two weeks following Kansas.

Two Camping World Truck Series regulars, being Johnny Sauter and John Hunter Nemechek, already hold wins in the first three races. Kyle Busch, an ineligible driver for the Chase, who scored the win last month at Martinsville Speedway, is the third different winner of 2016. Can another youngster add their name to the win and Chase column? Or will we see our first repeat winner of 2016 at Kansas?

Biggest topic early on? The addition of the Chase in the Camping World Truck and XFINITY Series.

One of those drivers, John Hunter Nemechek, who scored his second career Camping World Truck Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway, gave his thoughts on being already locked into the Chase.

“It means a lot to us as a team. It shows what we can do as a smaller team with not as much of a budget as some of these other teams have,” said Nemechek in a press conference at Kansas. “It just shows that we focus on what’s important in our trucks. We build really good trucks as every time we come to the race track we utilize our resources to the absolute max.”

Clint Bowyer, a veteran Sprint Cup Series driver and former Camping World Truck Series winner at Kansas, gave his thoughts on the Chase system in the series.

“I just think it’s good for the sport in general, no matter what division it is.  I think the Chase has brought a lot to the table over the years in the Cup Series.  I’ve been following it in the Xfinity Series and this Truck Series is going to be fun it’s a great platform,” said Bowyer. “You can win and you can also do a good job, take care of points, take care of your equipment and not make mistakes.  At the end of the day take care of business and race your way into that Chase and race for a championship. There is a lot of different ways.  Ultimately, fast Trucks, fast drivers, fast teams will be in that Chase anyway.  It’s really never came down to a bogus deal yet.  A fuel mileage win or a rain out or something like that.  I think it’s great for the Truck Series and looking forward to watching that Chase until the last part of the year.”

Bowyer will run double-duty this weekend at Kansas. He will pilot the No. 24 Chevrolet with Georgia Boot and 5-hour Energy on the side of GMS Racing machine.

Rookie driver Rico Abreu likes the Chase format in the series. Abreu, who continues to look for his first career national series win, enters the Toyota Tundra 250 with momentum after earning his first career top 10 finish last month at Martinsville Speedway.

“Some drivers like it and some don’t. I think it’s great and it gives a chance for a rookie to compete in the championship and compete in the the final four at Homestead,” said Abreu in a press conference at Kansas. “Hopefully we can put ourselves in position and I can win a race. Homestead fits my driving style with how different each of the grooves are and how high you can run up on the track so I’m looking forward to those races.”

The Camping World Truck Series field for the Toyota Tundra 250 is stacked with series regulars. Clint Bowyer, BJ McLeod and Mike Harmon are the only three Chase ineligible drivers entered. Clint Bowyer will be only one of the main drivers who will race double-duty at his home track.

Coming off his career best finish at Martinsville (15th) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Austin Wayne Self has renewed confidence heading into Friday’s NCWTS Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway.
 
“After my last run I’m really looking forward to strapping back into the seat at Kansas,” said Self.  “Our AM Technical Solutions team continues to make big strides on and off the track.  I’m focused on doing my part and keeping up the momentum this weekend.”
 
Riding momentum, the 20-year old driver looks to continue his steady improvement behind the wheel of the No.22 AM Technical Solutions-Black’s Barbeque Toyota.  Self, driving for the newly formed AM Technical Solutions Toyota team has scored three top-20 finishes thus far during his NCWTS rookie campaign – placing him third in the highly competitive ’16 Rookie of the Year contest. 
 
“Austin and team are coming off of their best finish of his Truck Series career at Martinsville, so we are really looking forward to cheering them on in Kansas. They’ve been able to learn so many valuable lessons, and apply what they’ve learned to consistently improve race after race. We expect their commitment to teamwork and communication to continue, and we hope to see the team get their first Top 10!” says Dan Codi, CEO of AM Technical Solutions.
 
Self, currently occupying the 15th spot in the NCWTS driver championship point standings, has bettered his finishing spot each week since the series opener at Daytona in mid-February - Finishing 19th, 16th and 15th, the Texas native maintains a respectable 16.7 average race finish.
 
Looking ahead to a busy month of racing Self and the AM Technical Solutions Toyota team had a successful test last week at the Monster Mile in preparation for the May 13th event at Dover International Speedway. 

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Contreras Motorsports has made a particular preparation work for this Friday race at Kansas Speedway. As result of the power failure that affected the Chevrolet Silverado #71 to leave the competition in Atlanta, the Contreras Motorsports crew chief, Tim Andrews, made an exhaustive review of all working systems in the truck looking forward to have a good race this Friday.

The multi-champion driver Mike Bliss, has been ratified as driver for this race. Bliss's performance was remarkable in Martinsville and the experience of the Oregon born driver was demonstrated as the good competitive level necessary for Contreras Motorsports.

Contreras Motorsports will have the support of American Club Pipe Tobacco as sponsor for this event to contribute to the image of experience that the team is building.

Carlos Contreras, co-owner and Director of Racing Operations is confident about the challenge of this race. The main objective is to ensure a spot in the starting grid in the best possible position and from there build a strategy looking positions to the front. The performance of the Chevy Silverado #71 in the pre-race practices will be essential to meet the target, so the whole team is focused on working hard from the very first moment of the event.

The race this Friday’s night is scheduled for 7:30 pm local time, 8:30 pm ET and can be seen by the signal of FS1 in the United States and Fox Sports 3 in Mexico. Previous practices will be held on Thursday afternoon and qualifying for the race will be on Friday at 3:30 pm.

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Bobby Pierce returns to MB Motorsports for his Kansas Speedway debut in the Toyota Tundra 250 driving the #63 Vatterott Educational Centers / Champion Brands Chevy Silverado.

“Kansas is the fastest track I will have raced at,” says the 19 year-old driver from Oakwood, IL.  Pierce made three starts in 2015 for MB Motorsports, including his now famous debut at Eldora Raceway, where he won the pole and finished second.  “Vatterott Educational Centers and Champion Brands have partnered with us for this race and we will have a bunch of their people there with us.  I’m very excited.”

Vatterott serves a diverse student population across 21 locations in 7 states, as well as a vibrant online community. Each of these institutions takes pride in serving both the student population and the local communities that help continue the Vatterott tradition.
 
Vatterott Educational Centers offers a variety of automotive and trades programs including Automotive Technology, Auto Body and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Repair Technician, Commercial Driver’s License, Powersports Equipment & Small Engine Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, Building Maintenance, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Combination Welding and Wind Energy Technician.  Vatterott also offers programs in the fields of Business, Medical, Technical, Cosmetology, Dental, Legal, Personal Fitness, and Veterinary Technician, as well as many continuing education opportunities. All programs are industry-relevant and designed to support the Vatterott mission of providing career skills for a better life.

“We’re happy that Vatterott is back with us,” notes team owner Mike Mittler.  “They have a lot to offer their community and their programs teach skills that are very much needed in today’s economy.”

Making their debut on the #63 Silverado is Champion Brands.  Founded by Ralph Lowe in 1956, Champion Brands has been a globally recognized industry leader in specialty lubricants for over 60 years. Champion produces and blends more than 300 products including fuel, brake fluid, oil and engine additives and lubricants for the automotive, heavy truck, agricultural and specialty markets. Champion Racing Oil is “Purpose Built” lubricant technology formulated for ultimate protection and performance.

"We're looking forward to having the folks from Champion brands join us at Kansas Speedway," adds Mittler.  "It will be a great way to launch this new partnership."
Joining Vatterott and Champion Brands on the #63 MB Motorsports Chevy Silverado are Kipor Power Equipment, MARADYNE® High Performance Fans, Reikken, Excel Bottling / Ski Soda, MechanixWear and WIX Filters

The Toyota Tundra 250 will be broadcast live on FoxSports1, MRN Radio and Sirius Channel 90 Friday, May 6th at 8:30 pm ET.  Three practice sessions will be broadcast on FoxSports1 on Thursday, May 5th at 2:30 ET, 4:30 pm ET and 6:30 pm ET. Qualifying will be broadcast at 4:30 pm am ET Friday.

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After top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' (NCWTS) first three events of 2016, Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises and driver Parker Kligerman look to keep their fast start rolling in the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway.

The race marks the first stop for the series since Martinsville five weeks ago; time the team has worked frantically to prepare for three-straight weeks of racing (Kansas, Dover and Charlotte).

"We have needed every minute of the time since Martinsville to get ready for this stretch," said crew chief Mike Hester, one of three full-time employees at RBR. "That being said, these guys have worked some long hours and it's going to pay off these next three outings."

While Kligerman is appreciative of the layoff for his team, as a driver, he is eager to get back behind the wheel of the BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Advance Auto Parts/Goodyear Commercial Tire Network/Solid Rock Trucking Ford F-150.

"I can't say enough about the work the work that Mike (Hester) and the guys have done to get ready for the next three races," Kligerman said. "A long break like this almost feels like the off season. You kind of forget you are a driver, but you have to remain focused. Being around racing with my day job (at NBC) has helped with that, but you always want to be behind the wheel.

"And if we are going to be heading anywhere after some time off, Kansas is a great place to go."

Kligerman won the pole in his first career Xfinity Series start at Kansas Speedway in 2009. He also won the ARCA race on the 1.5-mile oval the same year.

"I love Kansas," he said. "Since the repave a few years back, it is a flat-out drafting track. Track position is critical here and passing comes at a premium, so we are going to have to have a good qualifying effort and I am sure Mike (Hester) will make some good strategy calls to get us up front."

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After nearly a five-week sabbatical, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver Tyler Young is ready to get back to business this weekend at Kansas Speedway and he’ll return to the new circuit with some new support for Friday night’s Toyota Tundra 250.

For the fourth race of the season, Young’s Motorsports welcomes Interlock Tech Solutions as the primary marketing partner of the team’s No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado.

Based in Dallas, Texas, Interlock Tech Solutions is a leading provider in affordable business IT Solutions, IT Support and Repair Services.

The company born in October 2009 specializes in dental management, commercial audio visual, automation and surveillance systems.

“We’re excited to have Interlock Tech Solutions onboard with us this weekend at Kansas,” said Young. “It seems forever since we’ve been on the racetrack, so I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel and getting back to work.”

Interlock couldn’t have chosen a more opportune time to partner with the Midland, Texas native. Not only is Young thriving in his third full year of competition, but he has the results to prove it.

After three races this season, the 25-year-old has recorded a career-best sixth place performance in the season-opening event at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, while delivering two back-to-back 13th place finishes at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway respectively earning the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team an average finish of 10th after three races.

The team’s solid start has propelled Young to fourth in championship points with 20 races remaining this season.

“I couldn’t be prouder of this Young’s Motorsports team,” added Young. “When the season started, we knew we were coming to the track prepared, but a lot of hard work has paid off with us sitting fourth in points heading to Kansas Speedway this weekend.  We’re taking the same mentality to the track again this weekend and hope it pays off with another strong finish for our No. 02 Interlock Tech Solutions Chevrolet Silverado.”

Young has two prior starts at the 1.5-mile speedway. In both races, the Texan finished 23rd. Friday night, Young is hoping third times a charm.

“I really like Kansas Speedway, but it hasn’t led us to the Land of Oz,” joked Young. “Even though we didn’t have the best qualifying effort at Atlanta, we were extremely satisfied with our results at Atlanta, a track with similar characteristics. We have three practice sessions on Thursday and I’m hoping we can utilize that track time to dial in our No. 02 Interlock Tech Solutions Chevrolet Silverado and get it ready to race.”

Kansas marks the first of three consecutive races for the NCWTS tour with stops at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway before a brief two-week break with competition resuming at Young’s hometown track of Texas Motor Speedway on Jun. 10.

For more information on Interlock Tech Solutions, please visit interlocktechsolutions.com.

For more on Tyler Young, please visit YoungsMotorsports.com or click on his Facebook page. Young is also active on Twitter. You can follow and tweet with him @TylerYoung02.  

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Just over one month ago, William Byron earned his best NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finish at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway when he placed third at the "paperclip." The 18-year-old rookie contender has had to wait a month to climb back into his No. 9 Liberty University Tundra to race again, but Byron has stayed busy with school and other forms of racing to keep his momentum going into Friday night's race at Kansas Speedway.
 
The weekend after Martinsville, Byron was off to Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn., to race for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the ARCA CRA Super Series event where he started 16th and finished fifth. His fellow classmates at Charlotte Country Day School actually saw him at school for a full week following Nashville, before he was off to test his Tundra at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on April 18-19 as one of his rookie tests. Byron was so pleased with his test results at Bristol that he was ready to take on the half-mile bullring immediately, but is forced to wait until August for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
 
Next on the busy teen's schedule was another KBM Super Late Model race at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., last weekend. There he started third and finished seventh. Then there was more testing, but this time at school as Byron prepares for his final month of high school and graduation day on May 27.
 
This weekend Byron will finally be able to get behind the wheel again to hopefully continue the momentum he started a month ago at Martinsville. In his only other mile-and-a-half track start this season at Atlanta, he appeared to be a contender. Byron started 15th, but with a fast Tundra worked his way up to second place. He was running second on lap 59 when suddenly his oil pressure dropped and an engine issue relegated him to a last-place finish. Despite what the end result was on paper that day, Byron and the KBM team know they had a strong Liberty University Tundra and are looking forward to a much better result this weekend at Kansas.

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series may have been idle for four consecutive weekends, but 21-year-old Christopher Bell didn't let the break slow him down. Since the last Truck Series event at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on April 2, Bell has managed to find himself in the seat of a race car each weekend in an effort to keep his skills sharp for when he gets back behind the wheel of his No. 4 JBL Tundra for Friday night's Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.
 
Bell, who won a combined 44 feature events across a variety of disciplines of motorsports in 2014 and 2015, picked up his first two victories of 2016 during the month of April. The Oklahoma native had a dominant win in Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) Super Late Model in the CARS Racing Tour Super Late Model Tour Orange Blossom 300 at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C., on April 16. After qualifying second, he took the lead on lap 10 and remained out front for the remainder of the 150-lap event. The win marked his third in as many starts at the .375-mile paved oval since making his transition to pavement racing late in 2014.
 
After a two-day Truck Series Rookie test at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on April 18 and 19, Bell headed to Salem (Ind.) Speedwayon April 24, where he made his ARCA Racing Series debut with Venturini Motorsports. The talented youngster started the 200-lap event at the high-banked .555-mile oval from the second position and went on to lead of race-high 91 laps en route to victory.
 
The open-wheel dirt standout nearly collected a third victory last weekend while making his first start of the season in the Performance Open Wheel Racing Inc. (POWRi) National Midget Series at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill. After starting on the front row, he held a sizable lead with just over 10 laps remaining in the 30-lap feature, but ended upside down on the exit of Turn 4 after contact from a lapped vehicle. After restarting at the tail end of the field, the former USAC Midget National champion was able to work his way back into the top 10 before the end of the race.
 
Now, Bell heads to Kansas Speedway for the second mile-and-a-half race on the 2016 Truck Series schedule. At Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., earlier this year, Bell proved that he will be one of the drivers to beat on the 1.5-mile tracks this season after leading 42 laps, recording the fastest green flag speed (171.845) and being the fastest truck on the track for 27.1 percent of the green-flag laps.  The No. 4 JBL Tundra was out front by nearly a second with eight laps to go when a right-front tire blew and ended the team's bid for KBM's first victory at the Atlanta track.
 
Bell was back to his winning ways in April. Now he hopes that the confidence boost will allow him to carry the momentum into May and collect his second career Truck Series victory, and first on pavement, Friday night in Kansas.

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Oakmont Management Group, (OMG) operator of Oakmont Senior Living communities, a recognized leader in the retirement industry, is proud to announce its support of Daniel Hemric, driver of the No. 19 Ford F-150 and Brad Keselowski Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).

OMG's primary sponsorship will be for both the NCWTS races at Kansas Speedway on May 6, 2016 and Dover (Del.) International Speedway on May 13.

The Oakmont team has designed and built retirement communities on the West Coast, including continuing care retirement communities and independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities.
Oakmont Senior Living takes pride in its loyal employees, many of whom have been with the company for more than 20 years, and the organization is searching for more to sustain its growth.

"I'm proud to represent Oakmont and its recruiting efforts," said Hemric. "Just like working for Brad Keselowski Racing has been a great opportunity for me, working for Oakmont can be equally great for many."

"The key to our success has been the opportunities provided to our employees to grow and develop, both personally and professionally," said company founder and owner William Gallaher. "Our work with Daniel and BKR is to bring attention to our company and our job opportunities."


"In any organization, your people are your most valuable asset," said BKR general manager Jeremy Thompson. "We are very pleased to have Oakmont Management Group on board and we hope that this platform will assist them in their efforts to build their team and create awareness of their employment opportunities."
 


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