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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.”
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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.
On the heels of setting its 2018 driver line up with rookie of the year contender Justin Fontaine behind the wheel of the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado and Austin Wayne Self piloting the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado, Niece Motorsports has named Darrell Morrow and Chris Bohlman as the crew chiefs for Fontaine and Self, respectively.
“Niece Motorsports is excited to bring Darrell and Chris on board to serve as our crew chiefs this season,” said team owner Al Niece. “They each bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the organization. I’m excited to see what they are able to bring to the table and help us continue to grow our program as we head into the 2018 season.”
Morrow, who will serve as crew chief for Fontaine, most recently worked at Biagi-DenBeste Racing as a car chief. Morrow was instrumental in NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) victories with Aric Almirola at Daytona in 2016 and Talladega in 2017.
During his 28 years in racing, Morrow has worked with a wide array of drivers, including Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards, Dale Jarrett, Elliott Sadler, Scott Pruett and Ricky Craven.
“My goal heading into the 2018 season is to have the No. 45 be consistent – to run every lap – and get Justin experience and seat time,” said Morrow. “We’d like to run for the rookie of the year title and make the playoffs.”
Self’s crew chief, Bohlman comes to Niece Motorsports from Precision Performance Motorsports, where he served as a car chief for the NXS team. Bohlman’s experience with the team also included work with research and development, fabrication, suspension, assembly, setup, seven-post machine, and chassis dyno.
“The equipment and facilities that are in place for the upcoming year within our organization have exponentially grown and improved in such a short period of time,” said Bohlman. “Everyone here is giving 110 percent and my hope is for us to be able to showcase our improvements on track.”
Niece Motorsports has also named Joey Cohen as the lead engineer for the organization. Cohen most recently served as crew chief for Spencer Gallagher in the NXS at GMS Racing. In addition, Cohen has NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victories as crew chief for Chase Elliott (Martinsville, 2017) and Ben Kennedy (Bristol, 2016).
“I really feel like the pieces are falling into place at Niece Motorsports,” said General Manager Cody Efaw. “I’m excited to have Darrell, Chris and Joey on board. I’ve seen their work first hand and know that they have a lot to offer Niece Motorsports. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together this season.”
Niece Motorsports will kick off the 2018 NCWTS season at Daytona International Speedway on February 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1.
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This holiday season, GMS Racing adopted low-income families without enough resources for gifts this holiday season from Celeste Henkel Elementary, a local Statesville school. Together GMS Racing was able to provide five families, with a total of 16 children, a positive and memorable holiday season by giving gifts, clothing and other necessities to these deserving families.
The organization has conducted many different fundraisers throughout the 2017 season, including a school supply drive and collecting canned foods to give to the local food bank in Statesville. As an organization, GMS Racing would like to encourage others to go out in their community and make a difference this holiday season.
Niece Motorsports announced today that it will form a technical alliance with GMS Racing for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. In addition to the technical alliance, Niece Motorsports will move shop locations from China Grove to Statesville to be closer to GMS.
The partnership will see GMS provide Niece Motorsports with chassis, body, suspension and engineering support.
“I’m really proud of how far this team has come in the last year,” said team owner Al Niece. “I’m proud of this team’s growth and everything we’ve accomplished this year. I’m thrilled to begin working with GMS this offseason and into next year. This really gives us the chance to improve our program, by aligning with a team that has a proven track record. It’s going to be our job next year to go out there and perform at a high level.”
The announcement comes on the heels of the release of Niece Motorsports’ driver lineup with Austin Wayne Self and Justin Fontaine running full time in NCWTS competition in 2018.
Cody Efaw, who served as the crew chief on the No. 45 in 2017, will serve as the General Manager moving into 2018.
“This season was a growing year for this team,” said Efaw. “We accomplished a lot and put together more competitive trucks as the season progressed. The opportunity to align with GMS was a no-brainer. This alliance will give Niece Motorsports the chance to continue to grow this program. GMS has been the class of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and we are looking forward to having access to their equipment and insight. We have assembled a very strong team and this alliance will only make our program stronger."
The 2018 crew chief lineup for Niece Motorsports will be announced later this month.
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