Camping World Series News (5445)
Camping World Truck Series News
GMS Racing announced that Justin Haley would once again pilot the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2018. Long-time sponsor Fraternal Order of Eagles will also rejoin the group as a primary sponsor throughout the season.
The 18-year-old returns to the team following a strong rookie season in which he earned three top-fives and 12 top-10 finishes in 21 starts. He also captured his first-career NCWTS pole award at Texas Motor Speedway in November, setting a new track qualifying record and becoming the youngest pole winner in track history.
Haley, who won the ARCA Racing Series event at Talladega Superspeedway and contended for the win in his NCWTS debut at the same track, will make his first start at Daytona International Speedway. In addition, Haley has yet to make a start at Atlanta
Motor Speedway, but earned an average finish of 10.5 in eight 1.5-mile starts in 2017.
“We found a lot of success toward the end of the 2017 season, so there’s a good amount of momentum that we can carry over into this year,” said Haley. “The No. 24 team is working hard in the off-season to take us to that next level, to be able to keep running up front and improving week to week. There’s no reason we shouldn’t be competing for a championship when we get to Miami, and I couldn’t be more excited to be heading in that direction with GMS and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.”
Looking to build on the consistency from 2017, the No. 24 crew will be led by Kevin Bellicourt, now in his second season as crew chief with GMS and Haley.
“It’s been really encouraging to see the work that not only this team has done, but that Justin has put in over the off-season,” said Bellicourt. “From working in the gym to time on the simulator, he’s focused on getting himself prepared to make a run for the title. The team has put everything we’ve got behind him and we’ve watched him do the same. It feels like all the pieces are coming together at the right time.”
Haley and the No. 24 team will contend for GMS Racing’s third consecutive Daytona International Speedway season-opening win. Coverage will be broadcast live Friday, February 16th on FS1 and MRN at 7:30 p.m.
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Adding to the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) lineup, GMS Racing officials announced today the addition of Cody Coughlin to the Statesville-based team. Climbing back behind the wheel of a Chevrolet for the first time since 2013 in Late Models, Coughlin will drive the No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado for his second full-time NCWTS season.
With 35 NCWTS starts under his belt already, including his first full-time season last year, Coughlin is poised to have his best NCWTS season yet. Ending 2017 with a career-best finish of third at ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix Raceway), the 22-year-old has momentum on his side heading into his second full-time season.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the GMS Racing family,” said Coughlin, “as well as be back running for Chevrolet. GMS is a team that has proven to be one of the teams to beat every time they unload at the race track and now I have the same opportunity. I can’t thank GMS Racing, Maury Gallagher and Mike Beam enough for this chance. I think we have the right tools and personnel in place with the No.2 team to run up front and contend for race wins every weekend.”
Looking to add veteran knowledge to Coughlin’s sophomore campaign, crew chief Jerry Baxter will call the shots atop the box this year for the No. 2 team. After a successful start with GMS Racing in 2017, including a win at the NCWTS season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Baxter’s distinguished career includes 10 wins, seven pole awards, 43 top-five and 78 top-10 finishes in 139 NCWTS starts.
“I’m more than ready to get the 2018 season underway,” said Baxter. “Last year we raced against Cody every weekend, so I have an idea of the type of driver he is. It will be even better to be able to work with him now firsthand. We have a good group of hard-working guys on the No. 2 that will definitely put us in the position to run well every time we’re at the track.”
Tune into the NextEra 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 16th at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1 to see Coughlin hit the track for the first time with GMS Racing.
For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit CodyCoughlin.com or TeamJEGS.com, also follow @Cody_Coughlin and @TeamJEGS on Twitter.
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After a successful six-year relationship with Toyota, ThorSport Racing announces today that the two partners have agreed to part ways ahead of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season.
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With the start of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season being only 35 days away, GMS Racing officials are proud to announce the addition of Dalton Sargeant to their driver lineup. Competing for Rookie of the Year honors this season, Sargeant will be the driver of the No. 25 GMS Racing Chevrolet Silverado.
Sargeant will move to the NCWTS full time after successful seasons competing in the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series. The 19-year-old most recently recorded four wins, one pole award, 20 top-five finishes, 2016 ARCA Rookie of the Year honors, and a second-place finish in the 2017 ARCA Series championship standings. Sargeant also has 18 K&N Pro Series starts across both the West and East Series with one win, two pole awards, 10 top-five finishes and was selected to the 2015 NASCAR Next Class. Heading into the 2018 season, Sargeant has six previous NCWTS starts under his belt with two top-10 finishes, including a 10th-place finish in his debut at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“I’m really excited to be joining a championship-caliber team in GMS Racing for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season,” said Sargeant. “Mike Beam and everyone at GMS Racing has put so much effort into this No. 25 team during the off-season and I can’t thank them enough for this opportunity. GMS Racing has put together an all-star team of people and equipment, plus had faith in me to drive and compete for wins. I’m looking forward to what we can accomplish in 2018. It’s always been a dream and a goal to compete at this level in NASCAR. I left a career and a life in Europe to compete against the best in NASCAR and today is that day. We have a full slate of things coming up as a team and I know we’re all really looking forward to getting on the track and beginning the season.”
Although Sargeant will be competing as a Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate in 2018, the No. 25 Chevrolet Silverado will be led by a veteran crew chief. Doug Randolph joined GMS Racing in the off-season, bringing 17 years of experience as a crew chief across all three of NASCAR’s top three series. Randolph has worked with both Dave and Ryan Blaney, Sterling Marlin, Bobby Labonte, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, Scott Riggs and Jimmy Spencer. Randolph has 11 wins, 75 top-five and 149 top-10 finishes, including eleven pole awards as a crew chief in NASCAR competition.
“I can’t thank Mike Beam and GMS Racing enough for the opportunity to lead this race team in 2018,” said Doug Randolph. “I met Mike on my first job in racing as a mechanic for Junior Johnson’s team in 1982. We’ve worked together many times throughout our careers and have stayed friends along the way. He and Maury Gallagher have certainly given us all the resources we need to win races and championships. I’ve watched Dalton progress in his career for a while now. He’s been impressive and won in everything he’s driven, against tough competition for years. I’ve taken a lot of pride into developing drivers over the years, and the opportunity to work with Dalton at a race team like GMS Racing is something that I’m excited to be a part of.”
Additional information for Sargeant and the No. 25 GMS Racing team will be announced at a later date.
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“I can’t think of a better way to make our start in NASCAR than to do so with Missouri’s own MB Motorsports,” says Extreme Brand Products owner, Larry Jeffers. And so begins a partnership for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season between two Missouri based operations.
Based in Cedar Hill, MO, Extreme Brand Products mission is to be the leader in the research, selling and marketing of high quality race oil, race fuels & performance lubricants. Extreme Brand Products accomplishes this by ensuring that their products and service are of the highest quality. As the slogan states, “The Performance you expect comes from the quality we demand!”
“It’s always good to bring new marketing partners on board,” says team owner Mike Mittler. “And it’s even sweeter when they’re based so close to you.” Extreme Brand Products is based only about 50 miles from MB Motorsports’ shop. “They’ve built a great reputation on their racing oils and fuel and their diesel and motor oil are top notch, too,” he adds.
“We’re heavily involved in drag racing,” notes Jeffers. “But this is our first foray into the world of NASCAR and we’re very excited for the 2018 season to get underway.”
Visit Extreme Brand Products at extremebrandproducts.com for all the details on their extensive product lines. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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Raphaël Lessard let out a big sigh of relief when he learned from his parents on Thursday evening that an agreement with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) would be ratified shortly. This move will allow Lessard to continue his stock car career in the United States in 2018 with a prestigious team, thanks to the continued support of Toyota TRD, who have taken the young Canadian under their wing since 2015. Between 19-20 races in Super Late Model will be on Raphaël’s calendar beginning in late January. Details of his participation in other series will be finalized in the coming month with reason to believe there will be good news on this front as well.
Kyle Busch Motorsports is owned by the NASCAR Monster Energy series driver who won the championship in 2015. KBM was established in 2010 and already holds numerous records in various NASCAR series. Busch’s reputation for developing winners is well known. Lessard will join several other drivers slightly older than himself and against whom he has run for the past two years. Raphaël will also meet with Kyle Busch, who just won the Snowball Derby in which the young Beauceron participated.
"This is fantastic news, it's definitely the best Christmas present I could have hoped for," exclaimed Raphaël. "I thank my parents, Jack Irving and Toyota TRD, sponsors and our investors group. Without them none of this would be possible. My parents are making so many sacrifices for me. In addition to saying thank you to them, I think I will have to go shopping with my sisters and find two gifts that will make them happy. "
This announcement does not end the search for sponsors or investors to join the "Raphaël Lessard" sponsorship group. The limited partnership aims to help in the financial effort required to complete both the team’s and Raphaël’s budget.
"We welcomed several investors into the limited partnership in 2017 and our search for others continues. These financial contributions from companies and individuals in the Quebec City and Beauce regions are essential to Raphaël’s career development as well as his participation in the cutting-edge Kyle Busch Motorsports team," said Robert Desrosiers.
Recruited by Toyota in 2016 to join their driver development program (TRD), Raphaël Lessard has impressed many since his arrival on US ovals in 2015. In 2016 he earned the CARS Tour title in the Super Late Model category with four wins and nine top-10 finishes in 10 races. The 2017 season was a bit more trying for Raphael and an expected part of the development plan established by Desrosiers and the Toyota bosses. Lessard was not limited to the CARS Tour in 2017 but also participated in several 200, 300 and 400 lap races in other series. Of the 17 races he completed, the 16-year-old from St-Joseph-de-Beauce finished in the top-10 fifteen times and scored seven top-five finishes, four of which resulted in podiums. Impressive results considering he fact that he also had six DNF’s for technical issues.
Raphaël will kick off the 2018 season on January 28 when he competes in the ARCA / CRA Super Series Speedfest 200 at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Georgia. Raphaël Lessard's full schedule will be announced in early January.