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While some people lament the rare weekends off for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – no racing on Easter Sunday! – I actually enjoy them. They provide a good opportunity to really focus on, and catch up with, what’s happening in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). And believe me, they’ve been busy.
It has been my experience that when the work day is done, most people don’t go out and actively look for more work to do. Yet, despite NASCAR’s new policy of allowing drivers to compete for championships in only one of the top three series, we still see a fairly hefty number of Cup guys regularly racing in Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series events. This begs the question, why would they do that? Why wouldn’t they just want to lie on the sofa with a bag of chips and watch “American Idol” like the rest of us?
The answer is two-fold. First, of course, is the fact that while racers race for the pure pleasure of it, they also love to win – headed into the April 22-23 race weekend at Nashville Superspeedway, Cup drivers went to Victory Lane in every NNS race of the season, and in three of the four NCWTS races. The only bad trophy, remember, is the one sitting on someone else’s shelf.
Second, you have to think nostalgia is a factor. The Sprint Cup superstars have a true fondness for these two series, where virtually all of them got their start in NASCAR. While we have become almost inured to seeing the Cup guys hog the checkered flags, one look at the driver standings tells the tale of how competitive these other two members of the NASCAR trifecta really are.
Headed to Nashville, Justin Allgaier held the second spot in the NNS standings. The only thing standing between Allgaier and the top spot was two points and one teammate, Jason Leffler. In fact, the top five, which is rounded out by Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Reed Sorenson, are separated by a margin of only nine points.
The battle is equally close in the NCWTS, where Johnny Sauter leads Matt Crafton by only five points. The rest of the top five – Timothy Peters, Cole Whitt and Ron Hornaday Jr. – are all within nine points of the lead. It doesn’t get much closer than that.
Being the second-most popular form of racing doesn’t necessarily mean you are second-best.
Both the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series satisfy the fans’ desire to see the big names; Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer are among the regular competitors from the Cup ranks. Sauter, the only non-Cup NCWTS winner prior to Nashville, admits he welcomes the opportunity to compete with, and especially to beat, drivers from the top series.
“Let's face it. Those guys come down and they are almost expected to win. So when we beat them, I think it gets a lot of attention,” he said. “I'm not surprised that we beat them [at Martinsville] and I won't be surprised if we beat them again. You know, we are working just as hard as anybody else.”
Truck and Nationwide Series races are particularly appealing to families because they’re shorter, generally about half the length of their Cup counterparts, packing a lot of excitement into a smaller period of time. It’s kind of like the difference between using up your entire lunch hour savoring a meal at a sit-down restaurant, or going down to the corner and grabbing a burger. Both are tasty, but the experience is different.
Allgaier described it this way: “At the end of the day, the only plan is there is no plan. You just have to go out there and race like there's no tomorrow.”
Back in the ‘80s when we were watching “Bosom Buddies” on television, who would have guessed that the gangly guy wearing the dress and the bad wig – Tom Hanks -- would go on to become one of the most beloved movie stars on the planet? It is rare to get a vivid look at the future, but the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck series offer us just that.
Everything and everyone start somewhere, and particularly in the NASCAR world, it’s a lot of fun – and always exciting – to watch them work their way up through the ranks. We can all benefit from paying close attention to these NNS and NCWTS drivers, because remember -- although today some of us may still be trying to figure out how to properly pronounce names like Kligerman and Buescher, tomorrow we just might be wearing them on our T-shirts.
Last month’s Toyota Skinner Round-Up presented by Rue & Ziffra Personal Injury Attorneys raised $125,000 for five Volusia County, Fla., charities. The two-day event, organized by NASCAR driver Mike Skinner and his wife Angie, included a Hoe Down Bash at Daytona International Speedway followed by golf and poker tournaments the next day at Spruce Creek Country Club in Port Orange, Fla.
Volusia County charities benefitting from the event include the Council on Aging, Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare, Greyhound Pets of America, Halifax Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Since the Toyota Skinner Round-Up began in 2005, the event has now raised more than $625,000 toward these charities.
“We are so proud to give back to Volusia County once again this year,” said Mike Skinner. “This is a one of a kind event that brings the community together for two days of fun, and it supports five worthwhile causes in the Daytona Beach-area. It’s great to see how much this event has grown over the past five years. We had a tremendous turnout and one heck of a good time, and can’t wait to do it again next year.”
The Hoe Down Bash included a live concert by Nashville recording artist Stacy Mitchhart along with a musical set performed by Edwin McCain, sponsored by Brighthouse Networks. Fans were able to sample food from more than 10 Volusia County restaurants that participated in the popular ‘Taste of Daytona,’ which was free of charge with the purchase of an event ticket. Fifteen items were auctioned off live to the crowd, including a six-seat EZGO golf cart, a Charlie Daniels autographed fiddle, a vacation package to the American Idol finale in Los Angeles, a trip to the 5F Ranch in Texas and much more. Over 100 silent auction items were also available for fans to bid on during the event.
Celebrity guests who came out for the event included, Mitchhart, McCain, three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon, as well as fellow NASCAR drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. and Steve Park. Daredevil Robbie Knievel, country music comedian Cledus T Judd and NASCAR Sirius Speedway host Dave Moody also attended the event which honored former NASCAR executive Jim Hunter, who was a close friend of the Skinners and passed away last Oct.
“We would like to thank everyone for supporting the Toyota Skinner Round-Up again this year,” added Skinner. “Angie and I could not do this without the help of the sponsors, volunteers and celebrity guests who make this such a successful event. Also, a big thank you to all of the supporters who came out to the Hoe Down Bash at Daytona International Speedway and to the golf and poker tournaments at Spruce Creek Country Club.”
Turner Motorsports is pleased to announce the addition of Blake Feese to their all-star driver line-up for the 2011 season. The 29-year-old Feese will join teammates Ricky Carmichael, Mark Martin, James Buescher and Brad Sweet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), piloting the No. 32 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado in select events this season. He will make his debut with Turner Motorsports at Nashville Superspeedway in July.
Feese got his start racing Quarter Midgets when he was ten years old. He progressed through the national sprint car racing ranks, winning numerous track championships and prestigious feature events in 410winged-sprints, including wins at Knoxville Raceway and Eldora Speedway, as well as The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the World of Outlaw Series. In 2003, he made the switch to stock cars, finishing 11th in his ARCA Racing Series (ARS) debut. In 2004, he partnered with Hendrick Motorsports to run four ARS events, winning in his first outing with the organization at Nashville Superspeedway. That season his ARS record included two victories (Nashville Superspeedway and Talladega Superspeedway), two top-five and four top-10 finishes. That same year he made his NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) debut, competing in seven events. The next year he competed in six NNS races and also made his NCWTS debut at Kentucky Speedway. After taking a break from stock car racing in 2006, the Saybrook, Ill.-native returned to the ARS, running a limited schedule and earning one top-five and four top-10 finishes in four starts. In 2009, he made his second NCWTS start at Nashville Superspeedway, bringing home a 12th-place finish after qualifying 18th.
For his part, Feese is thrilled to be joining Turner Motorsports and realizes the magnitude of having such a great opportunity put in front of him.
"I'm very happy to be joining the Turner Motorsports team and am excited about running in the NASCARCamping World Truck Series again with great teammates like Ricky Carmichael and James Buescher. I want to thank Mr. Turner for this opportunity. No one could be more excited about being a part of this great organization than I am right now."
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Nashville Superspeedway boasts one of the most unique trophies in the NASCAR Racing. Winners take home a Sam Bass hand painted Gibson guitar rather than the traditional trophy; it’s a Nashville tradition that has gone on for many years dating back to races at the old Nashville Fairgrounds. Being a big fan of Country music, SS Green Light Racing’s David Starr hopes to be the next driver to bring home the coveted guitar when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visits the concrete track on Friday night for the Lucas Deep Clean 200.
It’s been three weeks since Starr and the SS Green Light Racing team hit the track together, but both driver and team have kept busy over the break in the schedule. David participated in his first ever Sprint Cup race at Texas two weeks ago and the SS Green Light team won one of the largest Late Model races in recent history when Chris Eggleston took the checkers at the Pro All Star Series $75,000 to win “The Race” at North Wilkesboro. The exciting news has everyone in the SS Green Light shop eager to return to action in the NCWTS.
When Starr and the Zachry Toyota take the green flag it will mark the 250th consecutive start in the NCWTS for co-owner and General Manager Bobby Dotter with the SS Green Light team. The streak began back in 2001 at Daytona and will continue on the concrete mile and a third speedway on Friday night.
“It’s a great track, Nashville has to rank right up there with one of my favorite tracks on the Truck Series,” said an excited Starr. “Being from Texas and being a huge country music fan it’s always fun to go to the city of Nashville because of all the country stars that are there and come out to the track. The Nashville Superspeedway really lays out the red carpet for the drivers in the Truck Series.”
“Man, that concrete track is awesome, it’s fun to race at. The facility is first class, I love everything about racing at Nashville,” Starr continued. “It’s just a great, great, great speedway and the races are always good.
“We are ready to go back after it; both the SS Green Light Racing team and our Zachry Toyota Tundra. After so much bad luck the first four races we are really looking to get that monkey off our back and get our season turned around. Our Tundra’s have been fast and handled well, we’ve just had some bad luck and we are ready to finally get this season kicked off with some good luck, we are looking forward to Friday night.”
“Jason (Miller) and the guys in the shop are excited, I’m excited and hopefully we can be right there at the end contending for that guitar.”
Allegro Marinades will join ASI Limited as an associate sponsor on Starr’s Zachry Tundra at Nashville Superspeedway. “Allegro products are just delicious and they are manufactured right down the road in Paris, TN so it’s pretty cool to have them onboard for the Nashville race,” added David.
In ten career NCWTS starts at the Nashville Superspeedway, David has three top-fives and four top-tens highlighted by a second place run in 2004. His average start is 13.4 and average finish is 10.5, completing an impressive 99.7% of the laps.
The Lucas Deep Clean 200 is the 250th consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team and the 270th career start for Starr in the series.
There are 39 trucks on the preliminary entry list for the Lucas Deep Clean 200.
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From Eighth in Points, Bodine Likes His Germain.com Tundra Team’s Chances at Climbing Higher in the Standings at Nashville on Friday Night20 Apr 2011 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Nashville Superspeedway is a track where Todd Bodine and Germain Racing have always managed to be contenders. Until last year, they’d remained shut out of victory lane. With their guitar trophy on display at the team headquarters, the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra has nothing more to do this weekend...than try to win again at the concrete oval in Tennessee.
“Nashville is a fun track and, yes, mile and a half tracks are definitely our forte even though we still like short tracks. We know we can go to a mile and a half and win the race. We need to get going and get caught up in points, so Nashville should be a great place for us to do that with the Germain.com Tundra,” explained Bodine.
The two-time Truck Series champion said that after the years of waiting for a Nashville victory, the return to the track after earning the coveted guitar trophy is still all about the business of winning again.
“I’ve always run well at Nashville and always loved going there, so it’s no different. I still want to win, that’s the reason we go to any race track,” said Bodine.
Winning might also be the reason he signs autographs at hockey games? During the off-weeks between Martinsville and Nashville, Bodine signed autographs at a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey game. At half time, he raced NASCAR driver Eddie MacDonald on beer coolers, and he won!
“I didn’t cheat! I just bump-drafted him and passed him,” smiled Bodine, who also installed a vinyl fence for his nephew in Florida during his downtime.
Bodine has competed in seven Truck Series events at Nashville and has scored six top-ten finishes, five top-five’s, two pole awards and one win. This Friday he’ll compete in his 170th Truck Series race when he fires up the Germain.com Tundra for the fourth race of the 2011 season. Bodine has 733 NASCAR career starts to date. After four races, Bodine ranks 8th in Truck Series standings, 28 points out of first place.
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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is entering a stretch of six intermediate race tracks. The stretch kicks off in Nashville on Friday night and Brendan Gaughan couldn’t be happier to hit this comfort zone on the 2011 season schedule. Gaughan has earned eight career wins, all of which were earned on intermediate tracks. Germain Racing, who fields the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra for Gaughan, has 22 Truck Series victories—18 of those have come from tracks within the intermediate category.
“Nashville’s always been a good track for me going back to my earliest days in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. I’ve rarely had a bad race at the track. Nashville is the start of us being back to tracks that are good for me and for Germain Racing. Nashville is a fast track with it’s banking and concrete surface. It suits my driving style. I like rolling the corners and driving into the corners real hard,” explained Gaughan, who ranks 13th in NCWTS standings heading into Friday’s race. “We’re coming into a stretch of tracks where I kind of look at them and see the string of tracks that I feel as a driver that I am better at than other places. And, with the Germain Racing team, these are the tracks where our Toyotas excel. You look at the team’s success on these tracks and it’s one of the reasons I came to Germain Racing.”
With Gaughan and the team so in tune with what it takes to win and be successful on intermediate circuits, Gaughan says he and his team know how they will start off their weekend with the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra.
“We’re going back to Nashville knowing that Todd [Bodine, teammate] won there last year. We’re going to start with Mike Hillman Jr.’s setup in our No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra and go from there,” explained Gaughan, who will unveil a slick, brand new race chassis, GR-017.
Gaughan has earned two top-five finishes and four top-ten finishes at Nashville in six Truck Series races. He has completed all but one lap of competition in the NCWTS and despite these strong numbers he’s not yet led a lap there.
In the weeks between Martinsville and Nashville, Gaughan rejoined some of his friends from his earlier Rolex 24 Hours race victory and headed to California for the Long Beach Grand Prix. He raced in the ALMS event with TRG.
Watch Gaughan’s No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on Friday night, April 22nd, at Nashville Superspeedway. The action starts on SPEED with qualifying airing at 5:00 PM ET on Friday and racing at 8:00 PM—all on SPEED. If you’ll be away from a TV, set the DVR and tune your radio dial to your local MRN affiliate.
Germain Racing has earned two championship titles in the Truck Series. The Toyota team owns 22 victories and 9 pole awards in the series that continues to grow ratings on SPEED. For more information on Germain Racing, visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.
Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. He currently ranks 13th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings.
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Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) announced today that Bully Hill Vineyards is the newest sponsor to join the organization in 2011. The Western New York vineyard has come on board for two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, both with NASCAR veteran Elliott Sadler behind the wheel.
Bully Hill Vineyards will make their KHI debut this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway on the No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado, where the winery will also serve as entitlement sponsor of the Truck Series race, the Bully Hill Vineyards 200. The No. 21, a fourth entry for KHI, will feature the winery's Sweet Walter Red variety, described as a "grapey," rich and smooth red wine, great for after dinner sipping and conversation.
Bully Hill Vineyards will make its second primary sponsor appearance of the season on the No. 2 truck when the Truck Series returns to Nashville on July 22nd. In both events, the Bully Hill Vineyards machine will be driven by 16-year NASCAR veteran Sadler.
"I'm very excited to have Bully Hill Vineyards on board," said Sadler. "It's always great when we can bring a new sponsor to the team. We've got a really unique looking truck and I look forward to bringing it to the front at both races in Nashville.
The No. 21 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet will first hit the track this Friday, April 22nd at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) is pleased to announce that 9-year old Dalton Griffin of Spring Hill Tenn. has been selected as the winner of the "Riding Shotgun With Kyle Busch Motorsports" essay contest for the Greater Nashville area. Griffin's name and picture will adorn the area above the passenger side window of Kyle Busch's No. 18 Dollar General Toyota for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway this Friday, April 22. Additionally, Griffin will receive a $100 gift card from Goodlettsville, Tenn. based Dollar General, KBM's primary sponsor for the race.
Griffin, a student at Wright Elementary School in Spring Hill Tenn., had his essay selected as the winner among submissions from children age 5-12 in the Greater Nashville area. The contest called for children to submit an essay of 150 words or less that described an experience and/or achievement that occurred within the past 12 months and affected their lives in a positive way. Griffin's essay described the pride he felt from winning his first-ever trophy in the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby in his third year participating in the event.
A motivational letter that Kyle Busch received during the off season from Kyle Savoie (sa-VOY), a 12-year old fan, inspired Busch to develop a program that will recognize children for experiences and achievements that had a positive effect on their lives. To recognize Kyle Savoie for inspiring the contest, a decal with his name and picture adorned the area above the passenger window of the No. 18 Dollar General Toyota Tundra driven by Busch in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18.
Nashville is the first of 10 races throughout the 2011 season that an essay contest winner will follow in Savoie's footsteps and "Ride Shotgun" with Kyle Busch Motorsports. The other races scheduled are Dover (May 13), Kansas (June 4), Kentucky (July 7), Michigan (Aug. 20), Bristol (Aug. 24), Chicagoland (Sep. 16), Talladega (Oct. 22), Texas (Nov. 4) and Homestead-Miami (Nov. 18).
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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation's Centennial Celebration, Curb Records and ThorSport Racing will celebrate Mike Curb's historic 500th NASCAR start at Nashville Superspeedway's Bully Hill Vineyards 200 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 13 Safe Auto/Curb Records Chevrolet Silverado and recent winner at Martinsville Speedway, will pilot the entry as he also celebrates a long-standing relationship with Curb as a sponsor throughout his career. Sauter is also the driver points leader going into the race.
The Ronald Reagan Centennial is a historic, year-long celebration to commemorate the 100th birthday of the 40th President of the United States of America. A series of substantive and celebratory events, partnerships and initiatives - such as this - sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation are planned throughout 2011.
As President, Ronald Reagan started the 1984 Firecracker 400 at Daytona where he gave the command, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" from aboard Air Force One. Later that day, Air Force One landed at Daytona International Airport behind the speedway in full view of the fans. That day, Richard Petty captured his historic 200th victory in a car owned by Mike Curb."I have been proud to be a part of the Ronald Reagan President Foundation since its inception. We are particularly excited about the newly renovated Library that coincides with President Reagan's 100th birthday. I am also very proud of my longstanding relationship with Johnny and his success over the years. We are excited to be celebrating this Centennial with both Johnny and ThorSport Racing," said Mike Curb Owner of Curb Records.
"Like President Reagan, Mike Curb's vision of America that is optimistic, patriotic, and proud is as alive today as it was when he served as Lt. Governor of California from 1979-1983," said Stewart McLaurin, Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Centennial Celebration. "As many Americans take a moment this year to remember the life, lessons and legacy of President Reagan, we are honored to have this special tribute."
Sauter's relationship with Curb goes back over ten years, when he first raced in the Nationwide (then Busch) Series and Sprint Cup Series with his team. 2011 marks the third year of co-primary sponsorship of the No. 13 truck with Sauter and ThorSport Racing in the NCWTS. Nashville Superspeedway also marks ThorSport Racing's 327th consecutive race, matching Circle Bar Racing for second all-time in the series and the longest-standing operation dating to 1996.
"It's very cool to see Mike Curb making his 500th start in NASCAR, and I'm proud to be the one making it for him," said Sauter. "We've been racing together a long time, and he's been a huge supporter of mine over the past 10 years. It would be great to win such a momentous race for him, especially seeing as how it's in the Curb Records backyard of Nashville. I hope we can keep our momentum going coming off the win at Martinsville. I want to bring home the Gibson guitar for the Curb contingent."
A motivational letter that Kyle Busch received during the off season from Kyle Savoie (sa-VOY), a 12-year old fan, has inspired Busch to develop a program that will recognize children for experiences and achievements that had a positive effect on their lives.
The "Riding Shotgun With Kyle Busch Motorsports" Essay Contest will allow one child, age five to 12, in the Greater Kansas City area to have a decal with their name and 2.5" x 3.5" photo above the passenger window of Busch's No. 18 Toyota Tundra for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, June 4.
"The message behind Kyle Savoie's letter was how dreams are important and to never give up on your dreams," reflected Busch. "He even sent us his five dollar-allowance with the letter in an effort to help support our KBM truck team. He suggested that if other kids followed his lead, they could serve as the sponsor for a race. In return, he suggested that we would put their names and school pictures on the truck. I obviously don't want kids to send us their allowances, but I loved the idea of recognizing kids for positive experiences and achievements by putting their name and picture on my truck! Too many stories in the news these days are about negative issues. This essay contest will be a great way to create a positive news story with the help of children in the Greater Kansas City area."
To recognize Kyle Savoie for inspiring the contest, a decal with his name and picture adorned the area above the passenger window of the No. 18 Dollar General Toyota Tundra driven by Busch in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18.
The Kansas Speedway race will be the third of 10 select races throughout the 2011 season that an essay contest winner will follow in Savoie's footsteps and "Ride Shotgun" with Kyle Busch Motorsports. The other remaining races scheduled are Kentucky (July 7), Michigan (Aug. 20), Bristol (Aug. 24), Chicagoland (Sep. 16), Talladega (Oct. 22), Texas (Nov. 4) and Homestead-Miami (Nov. 18).
Kyle Busch Motorsports
351 Mazeppa Rd.
Mooresville, N.C. 28115
Attn: "Riding Shotgun" Essay Contest
"RIDING SHOTGUN WITH KYLE BUSCH MOTORSPORTS"
ESSAY CONTEST RULES
Essay Topic: In 150 words or less, describe an experience and/or achievement that occurred in the last 12 months that has affected your life in a positive way.
Eligibility: Children age five to 12 who reside in the United States are eligible.
Essay Deadline: The winning essay for Kansas Speedway will be selected on May 21, 2011. Sorry, but entries submitted after the deadline (deadline in parentheses) will not be considered due to time constraints.
Prize: One winner in each race market will have their name and a 2.5" x 3.5" photo displayed above the passenger side window of the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra for the selected race. Within six weeks of the completion of the race, the winner will receive an autographed 8" x 10" photo of the No. 18 KBM Toyota Tundra from the race in which their name appeared on the truck.
Kyle Busch Motorsports
351 Mazeppa Rd.
Mooresville, N.C. 28115
Attn: "Riding Shotgun" Essay Contest
In addition to your essay and 2.5" x 3.5" photo*, please be sure to include the following information:
*Parent or legal guardian must approve submission of the contestant's photo. By submitting a photo, parent or legal guardian grants Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) the right to display submitted photo and child's name on the No. 18 Toyota Tundra and the company website and/or marketing materials. Photos will become the property of KBM and will not be returned to the contestant. No purchase is necessary to submit an entry.
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Randy Moss Motorsports will achieve a significant milestone April 22 at Nashville Superspeedway, becoming just the fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series organization to field at least one truck in 300 consecutive races.
Known previously as Dollar Motorsports, the team has competed in 15 of the series’ 16 seasons. Its No. 5 Toyota is driven by 2003 champion Travis Kvapil.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to reach this milestone in my career as a team owner,” said team founder and co-owner David Dollar. “As a young racer competing on dirt tracks back in Oklahoma, I always heard about Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick, and now here we are competing against their drivers and equipment every week.”
Randy Moss, the National Football League wide receiver, became a team principal in mid-2008. “I can sleep every night knowing David really cares about the sport, making it better and educating me; that has made the transition a lot smoother,” said Moss.
Kvapil, one of more than 30 to drive for the organization, said, “I’ve been racing in the (series) on-and-off for the last 10 years, and have had some intense battles with drivers from Randy Moss Motorsports. David and Randy have always put in a lot of time to make this team one of the strongest in the [NASCAR Camping World] Truck Series garage.”
The Randy Moss Motorsports timeline:
• Oct. 7, 1996 Marc Robe starts and finishes 33rd as Dollar Motorsports debuts at Infineon Raceway.
• Rob Morgan and Dollar form Morgan-Dollar Motorsports in 1999. The team begins its current streak on March 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Morgan finishes 18th in the championship standings.
• Dennis Setzer scores the team’s first victory on June 23, 2001 at Memphis Motorsports Park and adds a first pole two weeks later at Kansas Speedway.
• Setzer is the team’s most successful driver, winning 11 times and finishing runner up in the championship standings from 2003-05. Three other drivers - Mike Skinner (three wins), Clint Bowyer and Bobby Labonte - contribute to the team’s 16 wins, ranking 11th all-time among owners.
• A virtual who’s who of NASCAR has been at the controls of a Randy Moss Motorsports truck contributing to 70 top-five and 164 top-10 finishes and six poles. They include AJ Allmendinger, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Scott Speed and Tony Stewart.