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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.

During the six-year run, the team captured two driver championships, 19 wins, 117 top-five and 227 top-10 finishes, 10 pole awards and 2,900 laps led.
 
A complete driver and sponsor lineup for ThorSport Racing will be released in the coming weeks ahead of the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250, Friday, Feb. 16, at Daytona International Speedway.
 
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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Noah Gragson will return to the No. 18 Tundra for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season with primary sponsorship for all 23 races from Safelite AutoGlass®. The nation's largest provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services will also serve as an associate sponsor on Harrison Burton's No. 51 Tundra for his nine races at KBM this season.
 
Gragson finished 10th in the Truck Series championship standings after collecting one win, three poles, 187 laps led, four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in his rookie campaign last year. The 19-year-old earned his first NCWTS victory last October at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway outdueling series veterans Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton in the closing laps. The Las Vegas native also competed in three events for KBM's Super Late Model team in 2017, highlighted by his triumph in the prestigious ARCA/CRA Super Series Winchester 400 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in October.
 
The NASCAR Next alum cut his racing teeth on the same grounds as KBM owner Kyle Busch, getting his start at the age of 13 in the Bandoleros division at the Bullring - a 0.375-mile paved oval at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. After finding success in the Bandoleros, Gragson moved up to the Legends division in 2014 where he won the Young Lion Road Course championship and also began racing in the Super Late Model division at the Nevada track.
 
Gragson graduated to the K&N Pro Series West as a 16-year-old in 2015 and visited victory lane at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway in just his third start. He went on to earn Rookie of the Year honors after producing two wins, one pole, seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 13 starts, while finishing second in the championship standings. In 2016, he collected a combined four wins, 12 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes across 27 starts, while finishing in the top-five in the championship standings of both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and Pro Series West divisions. 
 
Burton, the son of former NASCAR Cup Series driver Jeff Burton, made his Truck Series debut with KBM at Martinsville in October of 2016 and enters 2018 with seven NCWTS starts under his belt. In six NCWTS starts in 2017, he recorded an average finish of 12.3 and earned a career-best fourth-place finish at Martinsville last October in his final start of the season. The 17-year-old also collected five victories en route to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship last year.
 
"We're honored that Safelite AutoGlass has chosen to partner with KBM for the 2018 season and we look forward to hosting all of their employees and customers who come out to the track in bunches to support the program each and every race," said Kyle Busch. "Both Noah and Harrison are talented on the track and have great personalities off the track, so they will be great representatives for Safelite.
 
Noah showed continuous improvement in 2017 winning a couple of poles in the first half of the season, and in the second half of the season putting whole races together. He was able to showcase his potential late in the year winning in the Super Late Model at Winchester and followed that up with a Truck Series victory at Martinsville a few weeks later. His progress was similar to Christopher's (Bell) at the end of 2016, and we're confident now that Noah has a year of experience in the trucks under his belt, he will be able to win more races and compete for a championship this year. Harrison also made great strides during his six-race schedule in 2017 and we look forward to being a part of his continued development as he returns for an expanded part-time schedule at KBM in 2018."
 
"This year is already off to a great start knowing that I'll be back at Kyle Busch Motorsports to compete for a Truck Series championship in 2018 with Safelite as the primary sponsor on my No. 18 Tundra," Gragson said. "Having Kyle as a mentor and the technology that Toyota and TRD have in place for young drivers allowed me to learn a lot in my first full-time season in trucks, and I know that I'm better prepared to start 2018 off strong. I was able to get my first taste of victory late last year and it was special. This year I plan on climbing more fences and celebrating more wins with everyone at Safelite."
 
"Our associates have a passion for NASCAR and are huge fans of our partnership with Toyota, and the developmental driver program," Garth Beck, Safelite AutoGlass vice president of retail field operations, West said. "We look forward to this year's season and working with KBM. It's going to be a great opportunity for continued learning with a lot of excitement along the way."
 
Dan Loyal, Safelite AutoGlass vice president of retail field operations, East agrees. "This year marks our third as a sponsor, and we work very hard to maximize the tremendous benefits of our partnership. There's no doubt our brand nicely aligns with NASCAR, and the complexity of racing, along with the commitment to the sport is what makes our partnership with both Toyota and KBM so rewarding."  
 
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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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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that owner-driver Kyle Busch will compete in five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2018. Busch's Tundra will carry primary sponsorship from Textron Aviation, an aircraft industry leader that provides its customers with the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world. He will race twice behind the wheel of the No. 4 Tundra and three times in the No. 51 Tundra. KBM will promote Textron Aviation's Cessna and Beechcraft brands through the partnership.
 
Busch enters the 2018 season second on the Truck Series all-time win list with 49 and is two wins shy of moving into a tie for first. The Las Vegas native has been victorious in a remarkable 35 percent (49/140) of his starts since debuting in NASCAR's third division in 2001 and has finished first or second 52.1 (73/140) percent of the time. 'Rowdy' collected three wins, four top-five and five top-10 finishes across seven Truck Series starts in 2017. With 182 all-time combined NASCAR national series wins, he ranks second to NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty (200).
 
"Our partnership with Textron Aviation and the Cessna and Beechcraft brands got off to a great start last year with two trips to victory lane and we have our sights set higher this year," Busch said. "There are a couple of really cool things happening with my truck schedule this year -- two of my races will be in the No. 4 Tundra, which was the number on my first Legends car back at the Bullring, and I'll also be racing a truck at Las Vegas for the first time since 2001. It's always fun to race in my hometown and it's the only active track on the Truck Series schedule where I've made a start and haven't visited victory lane -- so hopefully we can change that in March."
 
Busch will make his 2018 Truck Series debut Feb. 24 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway behind the wheel of the No. 4 Tundra and will also race for the No. 4 team May 11 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. His three races for the No. 51 Tundra team will be March 2 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, May 18 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway and July 28 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.
 
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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Harrison Burton will return to the organization in 2018 with an expanded NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule. Burton will drive the No. 51 Tundra in nine NCWTS races this season, beginning March 24 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
 
Burton, the son of former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton, made his Truck Series debut with KBM at Martinsville in October of 2016 and enters 2018 with seven NCWTS starts under his belt. In six NCWTS starts in 2017, he recorded an average finish of 12.3 and earned a career-best fourth-place finish at Martinsville last October in his final start of the season.
 
Last year was a breakout year for the second-generation driver as he gained valuable experience while competing in a variety of series. He captured the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship after registering a series-high five wins, two poles, 142 laps led, 12 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes and an average finish of 3.3 across the series' 14 events. Burton also visited victory lane in his lone ARCA Racing Series start at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway.
 
In Super Late Models, he visited victory lane twice en route to the championship in 51st Annual World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, outdueled Cup Series driver Erik Jones for the victory in the prestigious ARCA/CRA Super Late Model SpeedFest at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Ga., and won his lone CARS Super Late Model Tour start at Concord (N.C.) Speedway. 
 
"Harrison made great strides as a driver in 2017 and we look forward to being a part of his continued development by expanding his schedule at KBM in 2018," Kyle Busch said. "He proved capable of winning races in a variety of series last year and with each Truck Series start you could see his confidence grow and his performance improve. We're confident that his first Truck Series win is just around the corner." 
 
"Returning to KBM and knowing that they had the confidence in me to add races to my schedule for this year is a huge honor," Burton said. "KBM has a developed a culture of winning races and I'm confident that everything I learned throughout my six-race schedule last year has helped me be prepared to carry on the winning tradition this year."  
 
The NASCAR Next product's nine-race NCWTS schedule in 2018 will include both races at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway as well as Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Iowa Speedway in Newton, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont., the November race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway and the season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.
 
Announcements on Burton's sponsors and crew chief are forthcoming.
 
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Hattori Racing Enterprises announced today that the organization will once again compete full-time on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tour in 2018.
 
Coming off HRE’s breakthrough, inaugural full-time campaign in 2017 in which the team tallied two pole positions, eight top-five’s, and 13 top-10 finishes, the No. 16 team is even better positioned for 2018 with an upgraded fleet of Toyota Tundras and Toyota Racing Development support. 
 
While Ryan Truex will not return to the driver’s seat, HRE is poised to be an even stronger weekly contender in the organization’s second full-time NCWTS effort.
 
“The biggest improvement for 2018 is the people,” team owner Shige Hattori said. “Unlike last season, (crew chief) Scott Zipadelli is already here and coming back along with our truck chief.
 
"We’ve invested in some new crew members at the shop and believe the changes will allow us to be more efficient and bring in new ideas to elevate this race team’s performance.”
 
Fine tuning the lineup of mechanics and road crew isn’t the only thing that Hattori has bolstered. HRE has also expanded the arsenal of Toyota Tundras.
 
“Our initial goal this year is to get to victory lane and win our first race,” Hattori said. “We want to make the playoff field and win a championship. We made good progress in the middle of last season by building a new truck, and we’re applying everything we learned to the new Tundras that we have added to our fleet.
 
"We’re going to be even better prepared in 2018 with a larger inventory of updated trucks and support from TRD to win races and compete for the championship.”
 
HRE Competition Director, Mike Greci, shares Hattori’s optimism for the ’18 season despite having a change in the cockpit.
 
“We’re thrilled to beef up our inventory and have more quality pieces in the shop to take to the racetrack," Greci said. "But, it’s difficult to move on after the effort Ryan (Truex) put in and everything he did to grow our program to where it is now. I've worked with the Truex family for many years, but we had to make the best decision possible for everyone at HRE.
 
"We truly wish him nothing but success moving forward. We’re looking forward to getting our lineup announced and head to Daytona (International Speedway) and win some races this season.”
HRE will announce the driver and sponsor lineup 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.

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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.

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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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