Gander Outdoors Truck Series News (6004)
Gander Outdoors Truck Series News
Officials from AM Racing (@AMRacingNASCAR) announced today the reboot of their NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) team with driver Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) for the full season beginning with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Fri., Feb. 15, 2019.
As part of their restructure, AM Racing has moved its assets from Statesville, N.C. to Mooresville, N.C., where the team will be managed by longtime industry veteran Kevin Cywinski in a collaborative effort with Win-Tron Racing.
The team has purchased several trucks from GMS Racing to prepare for the upcoming 23-race schedule and has also signed a technical alliance with the organization.
“We are very optimistic about the upcoming season,” said AM Racing team principal Tim Self. “We have made a significant number of changes during the offseason including moving locations, purchasing new equipment and acquiring innovative personnel.
“We feel very confident in the direction of the race team and look forward to producing results on the track that will justify our restructuring and give our marketing partners the exposure and satisfaction they are looking for.”
Guiding Self for his fourth season on the NGOTS tour will be Eddie Troconis who joins AM Racing after serving as crew chief at ThorSport Racing for the past three seasons. Troconis brings a wealth of knowledge and winning pedigree to AM Racing. His traits has the family-owned organization hopeful it will propel them into the Truck Series Playoffs.
“I’m super excited in my new position at AM Racing and to be able to lead the team for the 2019 season,” said Troconis. “Kevin (Cywinski) and I have put together a great team with a combination of skills, knowledge and experience.
Everyone at the shop has a great attitude with good chemistry and that’s important.
“Austin (Wayne Self) is a great kid with a great attitude. He is at the shop working every day and that’s important to me. I believe he has the talent to drive a truck and run in the top-five and fight for wins. We have some things to work on, but I have been working with a lot of young drivers and I feel like I have a special way of communicating with them and hope that will translate with Austin too.
“I’m looking forward to a great year and I’m so glad to be back home in North Carolina!”
Self, 22 says the changes within his program have him excited to take the green flag at Daytona in less than two weeks.
“I can’t wait to work with Eddie and the guys on our AM Racing team,” sounded Self. “Our team has made a significant investment and I’m eager to see the results. I feel like with my experience and the leadership that Eddie brings to the table – we should find ourselves near the front a lot more in 2019.”
Announcements pertaining to marketing partners for Self’s No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado this season are forthcoming.
In 63 NGOTS starts, Self earned a career-best finish of second at Daytona International Speedway in 2017 – with one top-five and four top-10 efforts to his resume. He finished a career-high 12th in the championship standings in 2018.
The NextEra Energy Resources 250 from Daytona International Speedway is the first of 23 races on the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule. The season-opening race is set for Fri., Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 90.
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Race fans rejoice! NASCAR has announced an innovative, compelling Triple Truck Challenge and Iowa Speedway will prove pivotal in determining the Triple Truck Challenge Champion with an opportunity at $500,000 for eligible drivers.
The Triple Truck Challenge, or The Trip, is open to any driver who has elected to race for NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship driver points. The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Iowa 200, on June 15, will be the second of three shootout-style races on consecutive yet varying track configurations (Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway and Gateway Motorsports Park).
"This new format is tailor-made for Iowa Speedway and it is sure to add a new level of intrigue to Wide Opening Weekend," said Iowa Speedway President David Hyatt. “As the pivotal race in The Trip, our fans are going to see some of the best racing the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series has to offer.
“Whoever wins at Texas will have to win at our place in order to qualify for the big money. I guarantee every driver will be do their best to prevent that from happening so they can get a piece of that pie. This may shape up to be the most competitive truck race ever at Iowa Speedway.”
The Trip will showcase a mix of savvy veterans and young up-and-coming drivers aspiring to prove their mettle in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The Iowa 200 – like winning The Preakness in horse racing – is a must-win for a driver to be crowned the Triple Truck Challenge Champion and to qualify for a shot at $500,000 at Gateway Motorsports Park in June.
The winner of each of the three races will receive an extra $50,000 which is a substantial bonus for a full-time NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver. If the winner at Texas Motor Speedway follows that up with a trip to Casey’s General Store’s Victory Lane at Iowa Speedway; he / she will win a $100,000 bonus and becomes the only driver qualified for the $500,000 payout.
The Triple Truck Challenge is open to any driver who has elected to race for NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship driver points. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers are ineligible.
Iowa Speedway is committed to maximizing the value of the investment made by fans and is offering 2019 tickets at the same low prices seen in 2018. For the third consecutive year, ticket prices have remained the same; Single-race tickets start at just $20 and event weekend ticket packages, offering as much as a 10 percent discount, begin at $32.
Single-race and event weekend tickets can be purchased in one of three convenient ways. Fans can purchase tickets, access additional information and ask questions by visiting IowaSpeedway.com, calling 866-787-8946, or dropping by the Ticket Office in Newton, Iowa Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CST.
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) winner and veteran Timothy Peters will join Niece Motorsports, piloting the No. 44 Chevrolet Silverado for the first three races of the 2019 season.
Peters, who is an 11-time winner in the NGOTS will drive the No. 44 Friends of Jaclyn Foundation Chevrolet in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway, followed by races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity to race the first three races for Niece Motorsports,” said Peters. “Al Niece, Cody Efaw and everyone within Niece Motorsports have been working very hard towards the 2019 season, and I’m looking forward to showing what we can accomplish and build in these first three races. Also, it is an honor to represent the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation at Daytona. We hope to bring awareness to children that have been diagnosed with brain tumors and other pediatric cancers. Thanks to everyone that made this opportunity possible. Daytona here we come!”
Peters has 10 NGOTS starts at Daytona International Speedway, visiting Victory Lane at the esteemed track in 2010. Additionally, Peters won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2013.
In 2018, Peters made five starts, earning one win, two top-five and four top-10 finishes. The veteran racer is no stranger to superspeedway success – he led the final lap in last season’s event at Talladega Superspeedway to capture his 11th NGOTS victory.
“Timothy is a proven winner and we are thrilled to have him on board to start this season,” said General Manager Cody Efaw. “He has a ton of experience in these trucks and obviously a tremendous amount of talent. As a team we are excited about what Timothy brings to the table and look forward to running up front with him behind the wheel.”
The No. 44 Chevrolet will carry the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation colors at Daytona International Speedway. The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers and to raise awareness through their Adopt-A-Child, Safe on the Sidelines and Guardian Angel Programs. For more information visit friendsofjaclyn.org.
The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season will kick off at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 15, 2019.
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