Gander Outdoors Truck Series News (6089)
Gander Outdoors Truck Series News
Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing (JJCR) and Lilly's Cosmetics (www.LillysCosmetics.com) have reunited for the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) "NextEra Energy Resources 250" at Daytona International Speedway February 18 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Jennifer Jo Cobb was driving her pink Lilly's Cosmetics Ford when she made history in the 2010 season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.)Speedway, as the highest-finishing female driver in NASCAR points in the modern era. Lilly's Cosmetics will return on Cobb's No. 10 Ford F-150 at the newly paved high banks during Daytona's famed Speedweeks. Cobb's 2010 NCWTS performance will guarantee her a position in the 36-truck starting field. The race will be aired live on SPEED.
"In 2011 sponsorship will be crucial to the survival of our team and we are so grateful to have small- to medium-size businesses like Lilly's Cosmetics join us for one-race deals," said Cobb, JJCR owner and driver. "I proudly wear make-up I purchased from LillysCosmetics.com and receive so many compliments; even from professional television make-up artists!"
Cobb is referring to her recent stint on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 program where she was dubbed "NASCAR's Fastest Woman." She insisted on wearing the make-up from her sponsor and the stylists provided by CNN gave it a thumbs-up.
"I am excited to once again work with Jennifer and JJCR. Our experience at Homestead-Miami was very positive and I am sure Daytona will be even better," said Lilly's Cosmetics owner Sharon Lilly. "It is nice to have owners and drivers who are willing to work with small businesses that do not have large advertising budgets. With a large number of female NASCAR fans, I feel this is a great way to present my products to them."
CREDIT: JENNIFER JO COBB RACING PR
Travis Kvapil will join Randy Moss Motorsports to race for his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship during the 2011 season. The Janesville, Wis., native will pilot the No. 5 International Truck/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra with veteran crew chief Rick Viers leading the team.
“I’m excited to be competing with Randy Moss Motorsports and International Truck/Monaco RVs for the 2011 season,” commented Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 5 International Truck/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra. “The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is a great series with a lot of tough competition, and I’m excited to be there full-time. I’ve had a lot of success racing in the [NASCAR Camping World] Truck Series in the past, and I’m looking forward to winning races and contending for the championship. International Truck and Monaco RVs are great sponsors and supporters and to be able to pair that with a leading competitor like Randy Moss Motorsports makes me very excited to see what we can achieve this season.”
Kvapil, the 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, has been a dominant force when racing in the truck series since his 2001 debut. In 132 starts, the 34-year-old has collected nine wins, four poles and led nearly 900 laps; all while maintaining an average start of 9.4 and an average finish of 9.8. In his five full seasons of NCWTS competition, the Wisconsin native has never finished outside of the top-10 in the championship point standings.
“We’re really excited about the addition of Travis Kvapil to the International Truck/Monaco RV race team,” said Matt Smela, Global Engine Marketing Director for Navistar, Inc. “His championship background, and drive for top performance, matches up great with all our market leading brands of International Trucks, Monaco RVs and MaxxForce engines. And he’s such a friendly guy, our customers are certain to embrace him from the moment he takes to the track at Daytona.”
“Travis is known for being a fierce competitor and veteran in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” commented David Dollar, co-owner of Randy Moss Motorsports. “With his experience racing in the [NASCAR Sprint] Cup Series, we look for Travis to make an immediate impact on the team and become an asset to our organization. He has an impeccable record in the [NASCAR Camping World] Truck Series and everyone at Randy Moss Motorsports is looking forward to having the opportunity to bring home our first championship and Travis’ second title.”
Rick Viers joins Randy Moss Motorsports from Roush Fenway Racing where he served as a crew chief in the NASCAR Nationwide Series throughout the last 21 races of the 2010 season. With 28 years of motorsports experience, Viers has held virtually every title from driver, to owner, mechanic, tire changer, and crew chief. As a crew chief, the Maryland native has recorded eight NASCAR Nationwide Series victories and one win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
“I’m looking forward to working with Travis Kvapil, Randy Moss, David Dollar and everyone else at Randy Moss Motorsports throughout the 2011 season,” commented Rick Viers, crew chief of the No. 5 International Truck/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra. “Travis has had immense success in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and to have a driver of his caliber behind the wheel of our Toyota Tundra is very exciting. Everyone at Randy Moss Motorsports has put in a lot of hard work and dedication to make this a championship-caliber team, and I believe that is exactly what you will see the International Truck/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra racing for at the end of the season.”
Travis Kvapil will make his debut with Randy Moss Motorsports next month at Daytona International Speedway. The No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra will also sport a new paint scheme which will be used throughout the 2011 season.
CREDIT: Randy Moss Motorsports PR
RBR Motorsports announced today they will compete in a limited schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) with driver, Clay Rogers, behind the wheel. Rogers will pilot the #92 fleetHQ/BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors Chevrolet Silverado at the Daytona International Speedway to kick off the 2011 NASCAR Season on February 18th.
Clay Rogers, born November 6, 1980 in Mooresville, NC, holds 4 USAR Procup Championships (2004, 2006, 2009 and 2010). He has competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. Clay has raced for nearly 20 years, visiting Victory Lane well over 125 times in a career in which he’s won championships in the WKA, Allison Legacy Series, USAR Pro Cup, and is the current defending national champion of the USAR Pro Cup Series. Rogers is teaming with the RBR Enterprises team to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for 2011. This marks Clay’s first return to the Trucks Series since 2009 and his debut at Daytona under race conditions. RBR will be entering their sophomore season in the Truck Series and will be looking to improve on the great start they got in 2010. Clay is coming off another banner season. Last year he won 50 percent of the races with 7 wins and led over 1600 laps. He is looking to continue that momentum with the RBR Team.
RBR Motorsports is headquartered in Cerro Gordo, NC and has been racing since the early 1990s.
“We are extremely excited to team up with Clay to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Ricky Benton, RBR Team Owner. “We have known and raced around Clay for many years and know first-hand that he has the talent to go to the next level. We feel we have a winning combination with Clay and our crew chief, Michael Hester. There is a heightened sense of excitement now that we have put this deal together.”
RBR will continue to market fleetHQ as a marketing partner sponsor for the #92 entry. fleetHQ is a business solutions provider for commercial trucking fleets and servicing tire dealers all across North America. fleetHQ provides 24-hour support, and helps fleets reduce operating cost while making it easier to do business.
BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors will continue to serve as an associate sponsor. BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors offers wholesale distribution services to tire and automotive dealers across the Southeast. BTS operates mostly in North and South Carolina.
CREDIT: RBR Motorsports
A little over a week ago, Alli Owens announced on her social media channels that she intended to make her NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series at her home track, the Daytona International Speedway. To do so, Owens asked her fans to raise the additional capital needed to fulfill the monetary commitment to run the race. With the help of those fans, a few local businesses and a new website, Owens announced today she will indeed make her debut in NASCAR during the NextEra Energy Resources 250 driving for Ray Hackett Racing, an experienced team based out of Salisbury, N.C.
Owens was able to raise the funds after getting support from Mullinax Ford, a dealership from New Smyrna, Fla.; local Daytona Beach area chapters of the IBEW and NECA to promote www.thequalityconnection.org, a website dedicated to the National Labor-Management Cooperation Committee of the Electrical Construction Industry; and also her fans, who helped her raise enough funds to complete the sponsorship needed.
"It's amazing that in such a short period of time everything has come together like it has," said Owens. "I went to Twitter and Facebook and put the word out there that we needed help. Almost immediately we had people jumping on board. It's been humbling, and I'm so truly grateful for the businesses and fans who have helped me."
Owens has three top-10 finishes in the ARCA Series and started on the outside pole at Daytona in the series in 2009. Owens will be the only female competitor from Daytona Beach competing at Speedweeks in 2011.
"I'm really honored to race for the city of Daytona Beach, the local IBEW and NECA chapters, Mullinax Ford and my family in the area," said Owens. "Growing up, the Daytona International Speedway meant everything to me. It still does, and I'm ready to make a successful NASCAR debut there. It's going to be a special day."
Owens will stay in North Carolina to help with the team the remainder of this month and into February. She will travel with the team to Daytona, where their first practice is scheduled for Wednesday, February 16.
Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available for Owens in 2011. For more information, please visit www.AlliOwens.com.
CREDIT: BREAKING LIMITS PR
Alli Owens, with a little help from her friends, is looking to make her NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this February at her home track, the Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks. Owens, who lost primary sponsorship at the end of the 2010 season, has asked local companies and her friends, via Facebook and Twitter, to help raise the $35,000 needed to compete in the event. Owens currently has a commitment from one team owner to race if the funds can be collected.
Owens has also dedicated her website to her fans to help donate and show them what they will receive in return for different levels of sponsorship. So far, Owens has collected over $3,000, and has even taken $1,000 from her own wedding fund to help her race. Owens plans to get married this spring in victory lane at the Daytona International Speedway.
"I'm just really grateful for all my fans right now," said Owens. "We have some support from some local businesses, but we need to raise a little bit more to make this happen. My fans have been such great supporters of mine throughout my career that we decided to reach out to them and communicate with them every day using Facebook and Twitter. It's been great. Every day, almost every hour I can update everyone on our progress. It's been a great tool and something the fans have been excited about.
Owens has three top-10 finishes in the ARCA Series and started on the outside pole at Daytona in the series in 2009. She's looking to make her first NASCAR start in Daytona, no matter at what cost, including dipping into her wedding fund.
"Yeah, maybe our honeymoon will be cut a bit short," said Owens. "But, my husband-to-be has been very supportive of my efforts. He knows how much this means to me to race at Daytona and make my first NASCAR start."
Fans who are interested in helping Owens reach her goal may log onto www.alliowens.com where they can donate via paypal.
Credit: Alli Ownes PR
Turn One Racing announced today that Justin Marks will drive the No. 66 Chevrolet Silverado full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, starting with the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 18th. The team has also signed a new major primary sponsor for Marks’ Silverado; however details will be announced leading up to the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the “World Center of Speed”.
“It’s a great thing for me personally to have the opportunity to come back into the Truck Series after spending a few years racing in other divisions,” Marks explained. “I’ve always had a lot of respect for Stacy Compton and his team, both when it was Wyler Racing and now as Turn One Racing. What’s great about being able to experience NASCAR like I did in 2008, and come back after a couple years out of it, is the perspective I’ve gained from reflecting on that time and learning what kind of program I need to come back to in order to be successful. Stacy has been refreshingly honest with me and given me the blueprint for success in 2011. I’m thrilled for what’s ahead and am already working hard on being the best I can be and making this year count.”
Marks, 29, is coming off of an impressive season in the ARCA Racing Series where he finished sixth in the 2010 driver point standings after scoring one win, seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 20 starts. Marks also took the pole at New Jersey Motorsports Park and led 132 laps in the series overall.
“We are very happy to have Justin join our driver lineup this season,” said Team Owner, Stacy Compton. “He is coming off a very successful year in the ARCA Racing Series where he proved his talents as a driver. Adding Justin to our driver lineup will help build our program and put us in a position to win races and championships in the future.”
Marks made his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series in 2007 and ran a partial schedule in 2008, where he claimed the pole at Texas Motor Speedway. In total, Marks has made 22 starts in the series. Over the last three years, Marks has also competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where he has made seven starts.
Former race winning crew chief and NASCAR veteran Doug Wolcott will lead the team in 2011. Wolcott was most recently a crew chief at Randy Moss Motorsports where he called the shots for drivers Tayler Malsam and David Starr, among others. Prior to joining RMM, Wolcott was a crew chief at Bill Davis Racing, where he guided driver Scott Speed to a win at Dover in May of 2008 and helped that truck to 11th place in the owners' standings with four different rookie drivers.
“Doug is a guy that has been around this sport a long time and he’s worked with and won with young guys,” said Marks. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and an unmatched work ethic. We already have a good working relationship that’s growing by the day so I think by the time Daytona rolls around; we’ll be firing on all cylinders. This is the first time in my career that I’ve been able to bring a crew chief into a program and work with him to build the effort around us and our goals so I’m pretty excited.”
Wolcott, who has more than 30 years of experience in the sport, grew up driving asphalt modifieds in the northeast and cut his teeth racing at Wall Stadium in New Jersey.
Marks will begin his full-time Truck Series effort when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tackles the high banks of Daytona International Speedway in a 100-lap, 250-mile battle on Friday, February 18, 2011.
Credit: Turn One Racing PR
Billy Ballew Motorsports (BBM) announced today that the team has merged with Vision Aviation Racing (VAR) to continue to field the No. 15 and No. 51 entries in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The announcement was made today by Ballew and Vision Aviation Racing General Manager Tom Davis.
The team will compete under the Vision Aviation Racing banner and race with the same winning equipment and resources Billy Ballew Motorsports is known for. Ballew will keep an ownership stake in the team. Up-and-coming drivers Justin Johnson and Dusty Davis, who both competed in the Super Late Model and K&N Pro Series West divisions in 2010 for VAR, will make their Truck Series debut in 2011. The team will remain supported by Toyota.
“Partnering with a winning and committed team like Vision Aviation Racing was a great way to keep the Billy Ballew Motorsports brand alive in the series.” said Ballew. “We’ve worked diligently since the season ended with Tom Davis and his organization to make this happen. Vision Aviation Racing is well positioned to be a top contender and continue the winning tradition of Billy Ballew Motorsports.”
Vision Aviation Racing, already a winning team on the West Coast, will carry on the tradition of Billy Ballew Motorsports, which just completed a history-best season with two wins and a second-place finish in the drivers’ championship by Aric Almirola. The team is also known for teaming with Kyle Busch to collect 16 wins before Busch started his own operation.
“This is an exciting time at VAR and we’re very thankful for Billy’s support with making this deal possible,” said Davis. “We’ve built a winning operation with Justin and Dusty in late models, and moving into the truck series with Billy delivers the level of excellence on the track that we’re used to.”
The team merger is still in process with key personnel yet to be finalized. The team will compete out of VAR’s Mooresville facility, located directly across from the former Billy Ballew Motorsports location.
Credit: VAR Press Release