Gander Outdoors Truck Series News (6062)

Gander Outdoors Truck Series News

Turn One Racing is pleased to announce a new alliance with Eibach Springs, the world’s leading manufacturer of performance suspension springs and the #1 choice of motorsports champions and automotive enthusiasts worldwide! The partnership kicks off this weekend during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Darlington Raceway.


“Eibach Springs is pleased to announce the sponsorship agreement between Turn One Racing with their drivers Cole Whitt and Justin Marks for the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season,” said Frank Simonetti, Motorsports Manager for Eibach Springs Inc.


Eibach enjoys a worldwide reputation as a leading manufacturer of Performance Suspension Springs, Components and Systems and Hi-Tech Industrial Springs, mostly for critical applications. Eibach is represented worldwide with subsidiaries on all five continents in Germany, USA, England, Japan, Australia and South Africa, with manufacturing plants in Germany and California, USA. Beyond that, Eibach is represented in more than 80 countries through national importers and/or representatives. The range of applications is extremely diverse, covering practically all Hi-Tech areas of the Industrial and the Automotive markets, where reliable Spring Technology is needed.


“As part of this agreement, Eibach will provide these two teams with the new ER Platinum Springs for both of their race trucks,” explained Simonetti. “Eibach is excited to add these two young and exciting drivers to our driver lineup for the 2011 season.”


Team Owner Stacy Compton is excited about the partnership as well. “We are really looking forward to running Eibach’s new ER Platinum Springs in our race trucks,” said Compton. “Eibach’s springs are engineered to meet the extreme requirements of racing, and we feel like their springs are the best in the business. Over the years, Eibach has used their involvement in Motorsports as an engineering tool and they have created some of the highest-grade chassis components around.”


In 2009, over 25 teams from all over the world rode on Eibach Springs on their way to championships. Turn One Racing hopes to add to that statistic with Whitt, who currently sits third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title chase, and Marks, who is currently 17th.

 

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Following a successful partnership last season that culminated with an event during the NASCAR race weekend at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in September, Armour Vienna Sausages along with Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) and American Marketing Group (AMG) announced today that they will continue their efforts with the Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) and will host a group of wounded warriors and their family members at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway this weekend.

 

The group of over 50 veterans from across North and South Carolina will attend the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, Saturday March 12th and will join long-time sponsor Armour Vienna Sausages as they celebrate their first primary sponsorship of 2011 on the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado piloted by Elliott Sadler. The guests will be joined by Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) regular Chad Hackenbracht who will serve as their weekend guide and will spend time with KHI drivers Sadler, Ron Hornaday and Nelson Piquet Jr. as well as have the opportunity to meet other Truck Series competitors.

Sadler who brought home a second-place finish in the Truck Series season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway carries a heavy burden heading into the track "Too Tough to Tame" as the Armour Vienna Sausages brand has never lost a race while serving as primary sponsor of a KHI vehicle. KHI co-owner Kevin Harvick drove the scheme to victory lane three times over the past two seasons, first at Bristol (Va.) Motor Speedway in 2009 when he won his first Nationwide Series race in a KHI-owned vehicle, followed by wins at Nashville Superspeedway and Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in 2010.

In October last season the Armour Vienna Sausages brand also joined as primary sponsor for the No. 33 KHI Truck Series team of four-time series champion Ron Hornaday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. In 16 previous attempts, Hornaday had never won at the paper-clipped shaped half mile but the magic of the Armour Vienna Sausages scheme proved to be Hornaday's luck charm as the veteran driver scored the victory and the first Grandfather clock trophy the speedway had ever handed out to a Truck Series winner.

Sadler hopes the magic of the paint scheme and the support of the special WWP guests will be enough for him to find victory lane for the first time in 2011.

"I always enjoy having a special group of our military at the race track," Sadler said. "Racing is such a great way for them to get away from their rehabilitation efforts and enjoy a fun time at the track. I'm also feeling the pressure Kevin [Harvick] keeps joking with me, saying 'no pressure' since I'm running an undefeated paint scheme. Darlington is one of my favorite tracks and this weekend being a stand-alone event all we have to focus on is making this Chevrolet Silverado fast so we can keep the Armour win streak alive and take our special guests to victory lane on Saturday night."

The Truck Series action will begin at 4:30 pm, EST on SPEED on Saturday evening March 12.

 

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Elliott Sadler is no stranger to Darlington Raceway. During his 16-year NASCAR career, the veteran racer has 25 starts at Darlington and has run well at the tricky, 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval. Sadler will need that experience when he returns to the familiar track in a not so familiar vehicle – a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series truck –in this weekend’s Too Tough To Tame 200.

Sadler has made just 12 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during his career and he is hoping his next start, at the notoriously difficult Darlington Raceway, will be lucky number 13.

"I'm excited to head to Darlington this weekend to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. Darlington is one of my favorite tracks,” said Sadler.  “The team has been hard at work during the off weekend for the Truck Series and I know we will have a fast truck for the event.  We have a little added pressure on us this weekend as we will carry the undefeated Armour Vienna Sausage colors on the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado.  It should be a greatrace and a fun event for all the fans to come out and enjoy."

The Too Tough To Tame 200 will be run at Darlington Raceway on March 12. The family-friendly event is scheduled to begin at 5:00 pm and is a unique opportunity for fans to enjoy a one-day show at the Lady in Black. Tickets for the event include access to all practice and qualifying sessions beginning at 9:00 am and arestill available starting at just $15 for adults, kids 17 and under are admitted free. Pre-race pit passes are also available to the public for just $15 foradults and $5 for kids 17 and under.

Sadler, who iscompeting fulltime for Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will return to Darlington Raceway on May 6 to run in the Royal Purple 200. Sadler is also running a partial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for KHI in 2011.

You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame.

Darlington Raceway, or the track “Too Tough To Tame” as it is known to many, is where the purest of NASCAR competition meets true southern hospitality. A NASCAR staple since 1950, Darlington Raceway has seen some of motorsports most talented drivers thunder to Gatorade Victory Lane. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will kick off the 2011 racing season at Darlington on March 12, 2011. On Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, 2011, NASCAR’s biggest stars return to battle the track “Too Tough To Tame” in the Sprint Cup Series SHOWTIME Southern 500® and Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200.

 

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Germain Racing proudly announces a new team sponsorship for the 2011 season. The team has partnered with America’s Hardest Working Boot, Georgia Boot. The brand is a perfect match for Germain Racing’s strength and competitive reputation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“To have a company like Georgia Boot come on board with us is just a perfect fit. Germain Racing is the hardest working team in the Truck Series, I am absolutely convinced of this. Georgia Boot is made for the hardest working folks in America—the kind of people that have a work ethic strong enough that they could be part of our racing team,” said Todd Bodine, the two-time Truck Series champion who will sport the Georgia Boot paint scheme this season.

Georgia Boot has signed on as primary sponsor of the No. 30 Georgia Boot Tundra at Kentucky Speedway in July and the No. 30 Germain Racing team will proudly wear the Georgia Boot logo as an associate sponsor for the entire 2011 season.

“Georgia Boot is a sponsor that’s been in front of the Truck Series fans for years. They know that race fans love the Truck Series because it’s tough. It’s competitive.  It might be the best racing around.  We love the fact that Georgia Boot is headquartered in Central Ohio, just down the road from Germain Motor Company headquarters.  We are looking forward to having Georgia Boot on Todd's Tundra as he defends his Championship in 2011," said team owner Bob Germain Jr.

Earning back-to-back titles has proven an impossible feat in the Truck Series. In fact, only three drivers have earned more than one title, and Bodine is one of them.

We are excited to join forces with Germain Racing for the 2011 season. Todd Bodine and Germain Racing are great examples of consistency, performance, and a drive for excellence that make them a great fit for our brand. The team is coming off a winning season and we are excited to be a part of their quest to win it all this season. We look forward to supporting Todd and the team and look forward to a great year,” said Jared Oviatt, Georgia Boot vice president of sales.

Germain Racing is only the second team in Truck Series history to earn multiple wins in seven consecutive seasons. Germain Racing has 22 wins, nine pole awards and two championships.

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers Joey Coulter and Johanna Long spent Tuesday and Wednesday talking with local students about something they are very familiar with – the importance of staying in school. Both of the young drivers are currently students and talked about the important role that education plays in their careers in racing.

Coulter and Long visited seven elementary schools in Darlington County sharing stories from the track and the classroom with students ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. Long is currently finishing up her high school degree attending home school classes while Coulter works to complete his Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

“Visiting all of the school kids in Darlington really got me more excited to come back and race next weekend,” said Coulter. “It meant a lot to me to have the opportunity to talk to them about achieving my dream and how staying in school helped and still helps me do that now.”

"It's really great to be able to talk to the next generation of NASCAR fans and Darlington Raceway fans," said Long. "Without them, drivers like me and Joey, the Rookie class this year, wouldn't be here. I still can't believe, at 18, that I'm an inspiration just yet! The kids we met today were so polite and were so honest in their questions. It's awesome to share our sport with them, our experiences on and off the racetrack. Staying in school is the foundation for a solid career, and it's what my parents instilled in me. I hope the kids saw that and can learn from it."

After putting in time in the classroom, the drivers participated in a media tour of South Carolina making stops in the Florence/Myrtle Beach market as well as the state’s Capitol city of Columbia to promote the upcoming Too Tough To Tame 200 that will be run at Darlington Raceway on March 12. The family-friendly event is scheduled to begin at 5:00 pm and is a unique opportunity for fans to enjoy a one-day show at the Lady in Black. Tickets for the event include access to all practice and qualifying sessions beginning at 9:00 am and are still available starting at just $15 for adults, kids 17 and under are admitted free.

You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame.

Darlington Raceway, or the track “Too Tough To Tame” as it is known to many, is where the purest of NASCAR competition meets true southern hospitality. A NASCAR staple since 1950, Darlington Raceway has seen some of motorsports most talented drivers thunder to Gatorade Victory Lane. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will kick off the 2011 racing season at Darlington on March 12, 2011. On Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, 2011, NASCAR’s biggest stars return to battle the track “Too Tough To Tame” in the Sprint Cup Series SHOWTIME Southern 500® and Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200.

 

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Just a week after competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Justin Marks and the No. 66 GoPro team made the long trek out West for round two of competition at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday night. Marks made the most out of a heated situation, rebounding from a motor failure in practice to qualify 27th and finish 18th in The Valley of the Sun.

“Phoenix was a tough night for us again but I think we made the most out of what we had to work with,” said Marks after the one-day show in the Arizona desert. “The GoPro Chevy was tight all through practice and the race but Doug (Wolcott, Crew Chief) and the guys made good adjustments on the truck and we made forward progress during the race.”

After losing an engine in the events only practice session, Marks’ crew went to work to swap out motors. Even with the loss of valuable track time, the team never lost sight of their goal of claiming a top-15 finish. With no laps on their new motor, Marks cautiously hit the track for qualifying and laid down a fast lap of 27.967 seconds at a speed of 128.723 miles per hour. The lap was good for 27th starting position for the 150-lap shootout on Friday night.

The green flag dropped for the start of the Lucas Oil 150 shortly after 6 p.m. Within the first 10 laps, Marks’ had moved past slower traffic and into the 24th position. When NASCAR threw the event’s first caution on lap 43 for debris, Marks’ keyed the radio to tell the crew that his GoPro Chevrolet was tight in the center. Crew Chief Doug Wolcott called Marks’ to pit road where the crew outfitted the GoPro Chevrolet with four fresh Goodyear tires, fuel, and air pressure and track bar adjustments.

Returning to the track in 25th position, Marks’ continued to make laps around the one-mile oval while battling a tight truck. When NASCAR displayed the yellow flag on lap 102 for an accident in turn three, Marks’ hit pit road for his final stop of the night, taking on four tires, fuel, and another round of air pressure and track bar adjustments.

Marks’ continued to fight a tight race truck as the night went on. With cooling temperatures, the track seemed to tighten up, making his GoPro Chevrolet hard to drive. Despite an ill-handling truck, Marks’ managed to avoid the event’s final five cautions to claim an 18th place finish in only his second Camping World Truck Series start at the Phoenix flat track.

“It's taking me a little bit of time to get back into the swing of things in the Camping World Truck Series but I feel like I made progress as a driver during the race,” Marks’ said. “I’m definitely looking forward to going to Darlington, a place I've never been to.  I think we are getting a bit better every week and looking forward to taking the next step and contending for a top-10.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Darlington Raceway on Saturday, March 12th for the Too Tough To Tame 200. The race will be broadcast on live on the Speed Channel with radio coverage coming to you live on Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio and MRN Radio starting at 5 p.m. ET.


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Phoenix International Raceway is one of Justin Lofton's favorite race tracks. He entered the event weekend with high hopes at the one-mile facility, but an issue with his No. 77 Lofton Cattle Toyota Tundra early into the Lucas Oil 150 on Friday night left him with a 30th place finish.
"It's disappointing because I had some family come from California and I always look forward to racing here. I knew something wasn't right pretty early, but it is something that gradually gets worse and you can't tell right off what it is," Lofton said. "Once we figured it out, the truck ran pretty good. We'll shake it off this week and be back at it in Darlington."
At the start of the race, Lofton dropped his No. 77 Toyota to the rear of the field after the crew made adjustments to the truck following qualifying. Initially, Lofton grabbed the 24th starting spot. With just under 20 laps on the board however, the 25-year-old radioed to crew chief Ryan Fugle that the truck seemed sluggish on the front stretch.
Shortly after the race hit the lap 40 mark, the first yellow flag of the night waved, allowing Lofton to make a trip down pit road. The crew raised the hood, investigating the problem. The field returned to green flag conditions, but the Lofton Cattle machine remained on pit road. While looking their machine over, the crew found that the throttle stop backed out, fixed the problem, and sent Lofton back on track.
Despite rejoining the race with a 10 lap deficit, Lofton did his job, running a clean race and clicking off lap times that equaled other trucks within the top-10.
On lap 104 Fugle and Lofton agreed to drop to the rear of the field following a restart, since "cautions breed cautions." And they were right. Five more caution flags waved during the course of the final 40 laps. Spotter Mark Green called Lofton through the action, allowing the California native to drive his Toyota home to a 30th place finish.
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Panhandle Motorsports' No. 20 Panhandle Grading Toyota Tundra team, headed up by the youngest driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Johanna Long - earned their first top 20 finish at their inaugural visit to Phoenix International Raceway.

Long lined up the No. 20 Panhandle Grading Toyota Tundra in the 25th position with a qualifying lap time of 27.735 and a speed of 129.800mph. She ran a 28.621 fast lap early on in the first 20 laps of the race, then went on to hold her own between 24th and 29th position.

Taking four tires and fuel at lap 38, Long restarted in the 28th position. Staying out during lap 41's caution flags, Long restarted in the 26th position. She continued to range between 26th and 27th until lap 111 at the race's last caution, when she began, as crew chief Cowboy Starland claimed over the radio, "knocking down pins of position." Holding her own through her first NASCAR flat track experience in the final laps, Long showed her determination at Phoenix by powering down seven positions with the No. 20 - taking it home in the 20th position at the checkers.

The finish not only gives Long her first top 20 of the season for Panhandle Motorsports, but also lands her as the ninth highest Rookie driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver points going into Darlington on March 12.

 

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Kasey Kahne will make his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the Too Tough To Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway on March 12. Kahne will pilot No. 18 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

“Kyle has assembled a great group of guys over at KBM and I’m thankful for the opportunity to get back behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota Tundra,” said Kahne. “They’ve been very successful in a short period of time thanks in part to the support they get from Toyota. We came very close to a victory last year at Pocono and I’m confident that we’ll be in the hunt for the win again this time around. Having Team ASE on board as an associate sponsor brings back great memories. They were the primary sponsor on my truck when I won at Darlington in my first-ever start in the Truck Series. Hopefully we can repeat that performance!”

In Kahne’s first career Camping World Truck Series start, he drove the No. 2 Team ASE truck to victory in the 2004 Darlington 200 at Darlington Raceway. He returned to the seat of the No. 2 truck the following week for the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and once again was victorious.

After a five-year absence from the Truck Series, the Enumclaw, Wash. native was tabbed to pilot the No. 18 Toyota Tundra for KBM in the Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway last July. The 30-year nearly made it three victories in three career starts, leading 17 of 55 laps before finishing second to Elliott Sadler.

The 30-year old Kahne has successfully battled “The Lady in Black” in all three series throughout his career. He has captured three poles and recorded two top-five finishes in eight career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts. In addition to winning his lone Truck Series start at Darlington Raceway, he has registered three top-10 finishes in eight career Nationwide Series starts at the egg-shaped oval.

 

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Once Kyle Busch made it to the front of the field of the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday night, he and pole-sitter Clint Bowyer battled through a blistering two-truck pace on the way to Busch’s 25th truck victory of his career.

Busch is the fastest driver in history to that number of wins in any of NASCAR’s three national touring series.

It clearly was a dominant two-vehicle race with the front-runner – Busch in his No. 18 Dollar General Toyota or Bowyer in his Tide/Kroger Chevrolet – always able to hold off the other along the way. Taking the inside lane for restarts, Busch had to maintain control over six restarts in the second half of the event at the one-mile oval.

“He (Busch) enjoyed the benefit of clean air,” said Bowyer. “When we had our Chevrolet out front in clean air, I thought it was pretty easy.”

It was the first round of pit stops that won the race for Busch. Taking advantage of the stall closest to the exit of PIR’s curved pit road, Busch barely nipped Bowyer on the way out.

Busch also credited his team, which has a few new members going over the wall this year: “My crew made some awesome changes on the first pit stop, which made it a lot easier for me to hustle it through the corners.”

After hardly a change among the top 10 trucks in the first 40 laps, second-place Busch earned the lead after all the leaders pitted under a yellow flag on lap 43. Bowyer had led every lap to that point.

Busch led every lap thereafter. Bowyer easily powered to second, with Ron Hornaday third, Johnny Sauter fourth, and Austin Dillon fifth.

 

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Vision Aviation Racing (VAR) rookie, Justin Johnson, came home 8th in his first ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race last night at Phoenix International Raceway in the Lucas Oil 150.

Johnson and his Wounded Warrior Project/Vision Airlines Toyota Tundra started from the 14th position and never fell below the top-15. Mostly happy with the feel of his truck all race long, Johnson reported a slight tight condition early on. "We started out the race and we were pretty decent. The truck started to get a little snug, so I came in and the team made some adjustments in the pits," said Johnson. "We went back out and I started getting a little free in. Then we made one last adjustment and the truck went back to being a little snug in the center and that was fine with me. I would rather not spin the thing out from being free and cause a wreck in the field."

Though it was Johnson's first start in the Series, it was hard to tell. He competed with an average running position of 8.9 and was able to contend with the front runners all night long. Johnson credited his crew saying, "I've got a lot of veteran guys on my team that have been in this industry for a long time so I think that helped quite a bit. I couldn't be happier. We unloaded fast for me, for someone who has never done this before in the trucks and we were fast. A positive attitude around the shop this whole offseason and a positive attitude in the pits helped a lot in getting the Wounded Warrior Project Toyota Tundra upfront today."

When the checkered flag flew, Kyle Busch wasn't the only driver celebrating. "You can't imagine the excitement I am feeling. I didn't win but man I feel like I won because I am trying to get qualified so I can run Daytona next year and Talladega at the end of this year. So every good race finish and bringing the fenders home in one piece means a lot to me and my Wounded Warrior Project/Vision Airlines Team."

 

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