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North of the Border...NASCAR once again heads north of the border to the great country of Canada. This time however, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will get their chance at turning both left and right on the road course of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250. James Buescher and his No. 31 MotoMaster Eliminator team were able to prepare for this challenge when they entered the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America earlier this season.


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Chassis Info...The No. 31 MotoMaster Eliminator team will unload a brand-new chassis for the Chevrolet Silverado 250. Chassis TSM-503 recently saw the track in a test session at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C.


Now Appearing...Come out to the Canadian Tire store located in Bowmanville, Ontario on Thursday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m Buescher will be signing autographs and talking with his fans. Buescher will also stop by the Canadian Tire Fan Zone on Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m.


Previous Race Recap...Coming off their first win of the 2013 season, Buescher and the Rheem team looked to continue their momentum in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday night. After posting solid practice times, Buescher was able to follow up with an eighth-place starting position. When the green flag flew on the 200-lap event, Buescher wasted no time, as he moved into the top five within a couple of laps. Buescher stayed close to the top five for the majority of the night and held his ground during the wild restarts at the end of the 200-lap race. Buescher brought his No. 31 Rheem Chevrolet home in the seventh position and moved into second place in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings.


Watch and Listen...The Chevrolet Silverado 250 from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park can be seen live on Sunday, September 1 on FOX Sports 1. Race coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.


James Buescher on the NCWTS Racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

"I' m really excited about the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series getting the opportunity to race on the road course. This is part of what makes this series so great; there is such a diverse schedule. I feel like my MotoMaster Eliminator team is ready for this weekend. We had a great test session just a couple weeks ago and we've been riding a good wave of momentum, which we are looking to continue this weekend." 



Twists and Turns...Making its return to road-course racing after 13 years, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will cross the Canadian border this week for some winding roads and tricky turns. On Sunday afternoon, Jeb Burton and the No. 4 Arrowhead team will take on the 2.459-mile course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the three-day event surrounding the inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250 on Labor Day weekend.

This Week's Silverado...
The No. 4 Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team will unload chassis TSM-501 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend. With no previous road-course experience, Burton and the No. 4 team tested the Chevrolet Silverado at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in early August.  


Watch and Listen...Be sure to catch the NCWTS action as the trucks go road-course racing on Labor Day weekend. Coverage will be live from Canada on Sunday, September 1 on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The race can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.


Previous Race Recap...Burton and the NCWTS put on an impressive show at Bristol Motor Speedway as they raced under the lights for the UNOH 200. Making multiple adjustments throughout the one-day event, the No. 4 Arrowhead Chevy landed outside the top 10 in both practice sessions and qualified 18th, despite a spin during the warm-up lap. Burton remained patient during the race and managed to fight his way into the top 10 just before a last-lap incident forced the No. 4 truck into the wall, resulting in a 12th-place finish and a one-position drop in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings.


Jeb Burton on Racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

"This weekend should be fun. I'm completely new to this type of racing, but luckily our No. 4 team had the chance to test at VIR earlier this month and that allowed us to get one step ahead in our planning. Since my TSM teammate Miguel Paludo has had a lot of success in road-course racing, I really relied on him to teach me the ins and outs while we were testing our trucks. Even though it will be a first for a lot of us young drivers, I think it's great that NASCAR wants our series back on this type of track. It's great preparation and I'm happy I get the opportunity to learn from some of the best this weekend."



There is fast, and then there is REALLY fast.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is really fast. The 1.5-mile oval in suburban Atlanta traditionally spins some of the fastest laps in the NASCAR universe, and it will be a challenge again Saturday for Nationwide Series drivers in the Great Clips/Grit Chips 300.

Landon Cassill will be in the field in the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Flex Seal Chevrolet.

 “Atlanta is a track that really gets your attention because of the speeds,” Cassill said. “It’s a long race, but you’re running so fast there that it goes by pretty quickly. You have to be on your toes.”

Cassill finished 22nd and 20th in the past two Sprint Cup races at AMS.

The first round of practice is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. (ET) Friday.

Another practice session is scheduled from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by qualifying at 4:05 p.m. and the 195-lap race at 7:30 p.m.

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Mike Wallace’s history with Atlanta Motor Speedway goes back a few thousand laps.

Wallace won the pole for an ARCA race at the 1.5-mile track in 1992 and scored an ARCA win there in 1994.

The St. Louis driver will return to the super-fast track this weekend for Saturday’s Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 Nationwide Series race in the GK Services 01 Chevrolet fielded by JD Motorsports with Gary Keller.

 “I’ve always enjoyed running the track although I’ve been kind of up and down there,” Wallace said. “Turns one and two always race totally different from three and four. You run one and two at the top and three and four in the middle to bottom. We’re looking for a good day there.”

At 300.3 miles, Saturday’s race will be one of the longest of the Nationwide season.

The first round of practice is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. (ET) Friday.

Another practice session is scheduled from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by qualifying at 4:05 p.m. and the 195-lap race at 7:30 p.m.

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Sunday night’s AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be similar to Game 6 in a best-of-seven series for Kurt Busch.
Busch and many other die-hard Chicago Cubs fans might cringe with the mention of Game 6 (you know that fan in the left-field stands) but the Furniture Row Racing driver is not too worried about curses, such as the “Billy Goat” curse that has plagued his beloved Cubs.
"We need to take care of our own business and not worry about anything else," said Busch. "The Chase has been a goal of our single-car team all year and right now we're on the doorstep, ready to kick in that door."
Busch, driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row/Beautyrest Chevrolet, doesn’t have to win the  penultimate race before the Chase playoffs begin, but he can’t afford the type of stumble that happened to him last week at Bristol Motor Speedway.
After leading 54 consecutive laps early in the race at the half-mile Bristol oval, his day took a dramatic turn due to a hub failure in the right rear wheel assembly. Busch finished 31st and dropped three positions to 12th in the driver standings. He is currently six points out of 10, the final Chase spot before the two-wildcard entries.
“We’re still in the hunt and have to go out there and nail these next two races (at Atlanta and Richmond) with solid results,” said Busch, winner of the first Chase playoffs in 2004. “I am confident we’ll have a fast car at Atlanta, and we need to take care of it, avoid mistakes and be patient. We bounced back from finishing in the 30s before and that’s exactly what we have to do starting with the Atlanta race.”
The good news for Busch -- he has a comfort level with the Atlanta track and more importantly has enjoyed success at the 1.54-mile oval with three wins, four top-fives, nine top-10s and 685 laps led.
“Atlanta ranks in the top-three for me in regards to speed, enjoyment, success and knowing my way around the track,” noted Busch. “We did a tire test in Atlanta and feel that our No. 78 Furniture Row/Beautyrest Chevrolet hotrod will be ready to contend there this weekend.”
Busch, who has secured six top-fives and 11 top-10s this season with the single car Furniture Row Racing team, is also aware of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s pitfalls.
 “Regarding the Atlanta track, you have to find balance between this new style of setup with the rear dropped low to the ground,” explained Busch. “But it will be tough because of how bumpy the track is, how much the asphalt chews up the tires and that you’re going to need your downforce later in the run. So, it will be an interesting balance of speed versus getting your car dialed in for a 50-lap run.”

For the second time this season, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will embark on new territory - making racing history once again - this time north of the border at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) in Bowmanville, Canada. The 2.459-mile track marks the series' first visit to a road course in over 13 years - the last time the series raced on anything other than an oval was June 24, 2000 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

Although Coulter has only experienced the 10-turn course through simulation racing and videos - much like a majority of the 30 truck field - the driver of the Monster Energy Toyota Tundra does have an advantage on the field. Since 2009, the Miami Springs, Fla. native has made three starts on a road course in the ARCA Racing Series, including two laps led en route to one top-five and two top-10 finishes. The 23-year-old hopes his knowledge of turning left and right will pay dividends in Sunday's inaugural event.


Heading into this weekend's Truck Series event at CTMP, Coulter is solidly inside the top 10 in points - a position he hasn't been in since April - after finishing a season-high second at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. In a field mixed with a few road course ringers and mostly road course rookies, the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) driver hopes to claw into the competition by capitalizing on his road course racing experience to make "Monster" size strides in the points.



The final 10-race stretch of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule begins with this Saturday's Great Clips-Grit Chips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. With 23 races complete, Parker Kligerman is the lone driver inside the top 10 in the championship standings running for a single-car team. Much like Kyle Busch Motorsports' Nationwide Series program did in their inaugural campaign last season, the No. 77 Toyota Racing team will be looking to put their best foot forward as the season comes down the homestretch.

With Kligerman behind the wheel and crew chief Eric Phillips atop the pit box both experiencing their first full seasons in the Nationwide Series, KBM's Nationwide Series program has produced very similar results this year compared to its rookie season when Sprint Cup Series regulars Kyle and Kurt Busch manned the wheel with veteran crew chief Mike Beam calling the shots. While the fleet of Camrys the No. 77 team have been competing with are primarily the same ones raced last season, to start the 2013 season only one crew member remained from last year's Monster Energy team.  Through 23 races in 2012, the No. 54 team had produced an average starting spot of 12.0 and average finish of 12.6 and had scored 738 championship points. This season, the No. 77 team has also posted an average starting spot of 12.0, have an average finish of 14.0 and have collected 696 championship points.


Last weekend's event at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway marked the first time in 2013 that the team wasn't running at the finish and snapped a streak of 27 consecutive Nationwide Series races that Kligerman was around to see the checkered flag. By finishing races this season and building a notebook of information, the team has been able to continually make improvements to its fleet of Camrys.


The No. 77 Toyota Racing team's progress is evident by the gains that the team has made with the speed of its Toyotas. Kligerman's Green Flag Speed ranking has improved from 12.4 over the first 16 races to 11.7 across the last seven. With the increased speed, the Connecticut native has qualified inside the top 10 for six of the last seven events after qualifying inside the top 10 just six times over the first 16 races. Along with the improvement in starting position, the 23-year-old has improved his Average Running Position from 14.5 over the first 16 races to 13.86 the last seven races. While he has showed improved speed, for reasons mostly beyond his control the youngster has only been able to muster two top-10 finishes across the last seven events and an average finish of 16.2 compared to an average finish of 12.9 over the first 16 races.


The final 10 races of the 2012 season where when KBM's program flourished in its rookie season. Kyle Busch captured the team's first-ever Nationwide Series pole at Atlanta and went on to collect two more before the season was over - Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. Over the final 10 events last season, the team registered seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes, resulting in an average finish of 6.4 during the final stretch.


This weekend the No. 77 Toyota team will roll out one of two new Camry's built in-house at KBM chassis this season, KBM-12, in hopes of improving upon the respectable sixth-place finish the car produced in its most recent start at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill in July.  KBM's 'gritty' single-car team begins the final 10-race stretch of the season looking to produce 'great' results and end the 2013 season on a high note just as its predecessors did in 2012.




Following the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce Event at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, LA, it is with great pleasure that Hal Martin announces his partnership with ORACLE Lighting for the Kansas Lottery 300 race in Kansas City, KS on October 5th 2013. "I am excited to be able to formally announce my partnership with ORACLE Lighting" Martin stated. "To represent a thriving business with such a unique and fun product line is a very thrilling opportunity, and I'm looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the No. 44 ORACLE Lighting Toyota Camry."
"ORACLE Lighting will be sponsoring my No.44 TriStar Motorsports Toyota Camry at Kansas Speedway on October 5th" Martin stated. "Having a local, Louisiana based company coming on board for this race is exciting for me because I get to showcase industry and ingenuity from my region. ORACLE Lighting has received impressive accolades from across the country and their products have been used in amazing ways in different applications. I'm honored to be able to represent them both at the track in Kansas and at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV in November."
Following the Kansas Lottery 300 race on October 5, 2013, Martin will travel to Las Vegas, NV to represent ORACLE Lighting at the SEMA Show.  "I've never been to the SEMA Show" Martin acknowledged "but I'm excited to have our No.44 ORACLE Lighting Toyota Camry there for everyone to see. I'm not sure people who usually attend the SEMA Show will be expecting to see a NASCAR racecar up close and on display. We are happy to have ours there on display!" 
"The entire team here at ORACLE Lighting is very excited about our recent partnership with Hal Martin. We are especially enthusiastic to support a driver and a program that, like our own company, got its start here in Southeast Louisiana. We look forward to having Hal represent ORACLE Lighting in the #44 NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota Camry later this year. We know Hal is a true competitor, our staff had the opportunity to go head-to-head with him on the kart track recently at NOLA Motorsports Park. If Hal is half as good of a NASCAR driver as he is on the kart track he is going to continue to excel in this sport. In addition to racing we will also have the #44 NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota Camry on display in our booth at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada later this year." - Justin Hartenstein 
Kansas Speedway will always hold significant meaning to Martin. It's here where Martin made his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series start in the October 2012 race. During this race, Martin was able to qualify in the 16th position after quickly learning the handling characteristics of both his Toyota Camry and the track layout itself. However, after a mechanical failure early during the race, Martin fell several laps down before being able to return to the field and complete the race event in the 25th position. 
"I'm really looking forward to returning to where my NASCAR Nationwide Series career began" Martin stated. "It's hard to believe that all this started a year ago. I feel like I've grown so much as a driver and a competitor. I'm ready to go back to Kansas and take on this high-speed track again."
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Dover International Speedway is pleased to announce a special kickoff to the Sept. 27-29, 2013 race weekend with an all-new fan event, the NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade. The event is set for Thursday, Sept. 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Blue Hen Corporate Center in Dover.

Fans are invited to the Blue Hen Corporate Center, located at 655 S. Bay Road just four miles south of the Monster Mile on Route 113, to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers before they take off at 6 p.m. on a parade route through Downtown Dover. The trucks will be lined up in order based on the current NASCAR point standings.

The Hauler Showcase and Parade is free and open to the public.

The parade will create quite a spectacle in the state capitol. Approximately 40 brightly painted NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver haulers, measuring approximately 80-feet in length, will make their way through town on their way to the Speedway.

Dover Mayor Carleton E. Carey, Sr. proposed the idea to Speedway officials earlier this year after seeing similar events in other towns that host NASCAR race weekends.

“Residents and guests will certainly know that race weekend in Dover has arrived,” said Mayor Carey. “Bringing the NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade to the City of Dover is something that will serve as a great kickoff to the weekend, and will get local fans and out-of-towners excited about the tripleheader weekend. The City of Dover is thrilled to help kick off this major event that brings our town national attention.”

“We’re always looking for new ways to entertain our fans throughout race weekend,” said Michael Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. “With the help of Mayor Carey and his team, we are pleased to add another free fan event to race weekend. And special thanks must go to the hauler drivers for being so accommodating.”

The showcase will kick off at 4 p.m. in the Blue Hen Corporate Center before departing on the parade route at 6 p.m. Haulers will start north on Bay Road, before making a left onto Martin Luther King Blvd. (formerly Court Street). They will then turn right onto Legislative Avenue in Downtown Dover, before turning left onto Loockerman Street, then right on South State Street. From there, the haulers will proceed to the track via Leipsic Road and arrive at approximately 6:45 p.m.

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Harry Scott, Jr. has come to a definitive agreement with James Finch to purchase Phoenix Racing. Scott will formally take over control of the team as its owner on September 10, 2013 with Justin Allgaier behind the wheel of the No. 51 Chevrolet in time for the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
"This is a very proud day for me as I will have the opportunity to compete against the best teams in motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the owner of Phoenix Racing," said Scott. "I am going to build a championship contender with hard work, the right people and the right partners. This team has a great foundation thanks to the efforts of James Finch. There is a lot to build upon and I am looking forward to getting started."
Scott's role as a co-owner in Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) is unchanged and he will continue to take an active role in that team on and off the track. "I owe a lot of gratitude to Steve Turner for bringing me into the sport as an owner. My experience at TSM will continue to serve me well in this next step," said Scott.
Driver Justin Allgaier is making the move with Scott from TSM to Phoenix Racing and will be the team's driver in the No. 51 Chevrolet for its debut at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15 and two additional races this year. Allgaier, who is currently 5th in points in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS), will continue his pursuit of a championship in that series for TSM.
"I'm thrilled for the opportunity and grateful to Mr. Scott that he's asked me to drive for him in the No. 51. Chevrolet. I love competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series but I must admit that making my debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be a special day for me," said Allgaier.
Scott has signed a deal with BRANDT to be the primary sponsor of the No. 51 for three NSCS races this season. BRANDT, which also sponsors Allgaier in the NNS for Turner Scott Motorsports, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 51 at Chicagoland, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Allgaier will be the driver for each of those races.
"We are celebrating the company's 60th Anniversary and so this move to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is made even more special because we are debuting at our home track at Chicagoland," said Brandt CEO Rick Brandt.
Phoenix Racing, which was established in 1989, has one win, four Top Fives and 15 Top 20 finishes. The one win was the memorable 2009 victory at Talladega's Aaron's 499 with Brad Keselowski behind the wheel.
Scott has committed to keeping the Phoenix Racing team intact for the remainder of the season. Allgaier's crew chief will be Nick Harrison. Harrison is a third year crew chief and has worked with several drivers including Kurt Busch, Landon Cassill and A.J. Allmendinger. Phoenix Racing's general manager, Steve Barkdoll, will continue in his role after Scott takes over.
The team will continue its relationships and alliances with Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.

Scott is working with NASCAR for final approval.

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