Camping World Truck Series News and Rumors

Despite spec engine, Toyota committed to Truck Series

A Toyota Racing Development executive says that the manufacturer would accept a spec engine in the Camping World Truck Series, noting how valuable that series is for the development of drivers.[More](1-20-2018)

Hornaday's years of Camping World Truck Series dominance delivers him to the pinnacle of NASCAR

The always colorful, ever humble four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion was upbeat recalling important moments in his career and telling classic stories about those who helped him make the big time. And while the 59-year old Californian may not have ever predicted he would be a NASCAR Hall of Famer one day, he definitely knew the sport's truck series was destined for greatness. And both of their paths have led to similarly significant achievements.[More](1-19-2018)

NASCAR updates National Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year points system

Exactly one month from today, the green flag will wave over what is expected to be the youngest DAYTONA 500 field in NASCAR history. And today, NASCAR announced an update to the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points structure in all three national series, placing a brighter spotlight on some of those young stars. Beginning this season, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point system will mirror the points structure that awards the season-long championship, including stage points and playoff points, with the eventual Sunoco Rookie of the Year earning the most points throughout the season.[More](1-18-2018)

KBM announces crew chief lineup

Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today the crew chief lineup for its three full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams in 2018. Ryan "Rudy" Fugle will call the shots for Noah Gragson and the No. 18 team, Mike Hillman Jr., will work with Harrison Burton, Kyle Busch and other drivers yet to be announced in the No. 51 Tundra and Marcus Richmond will have Todd Gilliland as the primary driver of the No. 4 Tundra.[More](1-18-2018)

Todd Gilliland to compete for Rookie of the Year in the No. 4 Tundra

Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Todd Gilliland will drive the No. 4 Tundra in 19 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2018 and vie for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. The 17-year-old will make his 2018 debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway March 24 and then race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway May before running the remainder of the schedule starting at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway May 18 after he becomes eligible to compete on larger tracks when he turns 18 on May 15. Announcements on sponsors and the crew chief for the No. 4 team are forthcoming.[More](1-17-2018)

Senica returns to Benning team

Mike Senica will be return with Norm Benning Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with primary sponsorship from BettyLou's Incorporated.

Coughlin joins GMS lineup

Adding to the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) lineup, GMS Racing officials announced today the addition of Cody Coughlin to the Statesville-based team. Climbing back behind the wheel of a Chevrolet for the first time since 2013 in Late Models, Coughlin will drive the No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado for his second full-time NCWTS season. Looking to add veteran knowledge to Coughlin's sophomore campaign, crew chief Jerry Baxter will call the shots atop the box this year for the No. 2 team. [More](1-16-2018)

ThorSport Racing, Toyota agree to part ways

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.[More](1-16-2018)

Justin Haley and the Fraternal Order of Eagles return to GMS Racing for 2018

GMS Racing announced that Justin Haley would once again pilot the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2018. Long-time sponsor Fraternal Order of Eagles will also rejoin the group as a primary sponsor throughout the season. The No. 24 crew will be led by Kevin Bellicourt, now in his second season as crew chief with GMS and Haley.[More](1-15-2018)

Safelite AutoGlass joins KBM for primary sponsorship of Gragson

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.[More](1-12-2018)

Sad News - Chandra Shear

Chandra Dae Vanderkolk Shear, 43, of Mooresville, NC, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at her home. She was born on November 21, 1974 in Austin, TX to Theresa Mayo Simmons and the late Chris Duff Vanderkolk. Chandra is survived by her husband, Joe Shear, Jr. and the entire Shear family; step-mother, Pam; cousins, Adam and Ryan and their families; her chosen sisters, Rayna and Victoria; step-brothers, Kenneth and Christopher and many other family members and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lucky Labs Rescue, P. O. Box 49663, Charlotte, NC 28277. A celebration of Chandra's life is scheduled for Sunday, January 21, 2018, in Dallas, TX. A Chandra Shear Memorial Fund has been set up through YouCaring to give to Lucky Labs Rescue of Charlotte.[More](1-12-2018)

Dalton Sargeant to Join GMS Racing for 2018 season

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.[More](1-12-2018)

Truck teams set to test at Charlotte

As a lead-up to the N.C. Education Lottery 200 on May 18, Charlotte Motor Speedway will host a high-speed shakedown of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series machines on Jan. 17. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch and Camping World Truck Series title contender Noah Gragson are among those scheduled to participate in the one-day open test.(1-11-2018)
UPDATE: The test has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 24 due to poor weather expected on the 17th.[More](1-12-2018)

Textron Aviation returns to KBM for five races with owner-driver Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced 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.[More](1-11-2018)

Kligerman returning for a part-time schedule with Henderson Motorsports in 2018

Parker Kligerman wears multiple hats these days. Not only is he a racecar driver, but he also frequently plays the role of analyst for NASCAR on NBC. Kligerman is still hanging onto his original hat, though. The two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner will be returning for a part-time schedule with Henderson Motorsports in 2018, piloting the No. 75 truck for the second year in a row.[More](1-10-2018)

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta joins Active Pest Control in sponsoring Trucks race at AMS

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country, will join McDonough, Georgia-based Active Pest Control in sponsoring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 24. The Active Pest Control 200 Benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta will cap off the only same-day, same-track doubleheader on the 2018 NASCAR national touring series calendar.[More](1-10-2018)

Truex moving to XFINITY competition with Kaulig

In the midst of off-season expansion, Kaulig Racing announced today that Ryan Truex will drive the #11 Chevrolet for the full 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) season. Truex is coming off a ninth-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver standings. The younger brother of current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) champion Martin Truex Jr. also has two back-to-back NASCAR K&N East Series Championships as well as multiple years of experience in NASCAR's premiere series. Truex will make his debut for Kaulig Racing at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday February 17 th , 2018. A sponsor announcement regarding Truex will be made shortly.[More](1-8-2018)

Harrison Burton returns to KBM in 2018 with expanded schedule

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.[More](1-8-2018)

HRE to return to full-time NCWTS competition in 2018

Hattori Racing Enterprises announced 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. HRE will announce the driver and sponsor lineup at a later date.[More](1-5-2018)

Martins Motorsports closes Truck team

Martins Motorsports has ceased operations for its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, owner and driver Tommy Joe Martins has revealed. As recently as last week, Martins had anticipated the organization fielding trucks for multiple drivers over the course of the 2018 season. However, the deals that the team had previously negotiated fell through. At that point, it became clear that without that funding in place, continuing to prepare the trucks to race wasn't going to yield results worthy of the expense it would entail.[More](12-30-2017)

Niece Motorsports announces 2018 crew chief lineup

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.[More](12-20-2017)

2018 start times announced for the Camping World Truck Series

NASCAR released 2018 race start times and network coverage for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, including the season-opener at Daytona and the Camping World Truck Series Championship at Miami, both on FS1. [More](12-13-2017)

Niece Motorsports to form technical alliance with GMS Racing

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.[More](12-13-2017)

Justin Fontaine to run full season with Niece in 2018

Justin Fontaine will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next season, driving a second-truck full-time for Niece Motorsports. Fontaine will drive the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado as a teammate to Austin Wayne Self. A crew chief and a sponsorship lineup for Fontaine will be announced at a later date.[More](12-12-2017)

Nemechek to join Ganassi XFINITY Series team

John Hunter Nemechek is taking the next step up the NASCAR career ladder. Nemechek, the 20-year-old son of NASCAR veteran Joe Nemechek, will move up to the NASCAR Xfinity Series next season, where he will share the driving duties in Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 42 Chevrolet, Motorsport.com has learned. An official announcement of the move could come as early as Tuesday, sources said. John Hunter would be running a car number in which his father found much success during his Cup career. Nemechek's move to the Xfinity Series is not expected to mean the end of Nemco Motorsports, however. The team still plans to compete in the Truck series next season and is in the process of securing sponsorship and another driver. Nemechek could also still do some races.(12-11-2017)
UPDATE: Chip Ganassi Racing announced that they have signed John Hunter Nemechek, a five-time winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and former NASCAR NEXT driver, to pilot the #42 Chevrolet Camaro in multiple NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2018. Nemechek, 20, will work with veteran NXS crew chief Mike Shiplett, who has led the team for the last four seasons. Nemechek's #42 Chevrolet will carry primary sponsorship from Fire Alarm Services, Inc. in 2018.[More](12-12-2017)

XFINITY, Truck champions honored

NASCAR traded the heat of Miami Beach for an unseasonably chilly Saturday evening in Charlotte for its annual XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series Awards. But there was no less warm a reception for two fresh-faced champions in a special night of appreciation at the sport's home base. William Byron (XFINITY) and Christopher Bell (Trucks) were the toast of the annual gala, taking home the heaviest of hardware at the Charlotte Convention Center. The evening was part celebration and part farewell for the two, as both depart for their next step up the NASCAR ladder next season.[More](12-10-2017)

Father of former Truck racer Justin Boston found guilty of fraud and money laundering

When federal prosecutors accused Robert Boston of fraudulently luring investors so, in part, he could fund his son Justin's racing career, the four-day trial included arguments over whether racing is a viable marketing opportunity and how much should be spent by a startup company. Robert Boston was found guilty Friday by a 12-member jury on all four charges: conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud and money laundering. Sentencing will come at a later date with a possible maximum sentence of 80 years. Federal prosecutors argued Boston conned investors to pour money into the computer recycling center Zloop. They claimed that he and Zloop co-founder Robert LaBarge spent on a lavish lifestyle as well as more than $6 million for Boston's son, Justin, to race. Justin Boston was not involved in the scheme other than as being Robert's son and driving the Zloop-sponsored race car. Boston won two ARCA races and had four top-10s in nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. He has not raced in NASCAR since Zloop went bankrupt in 2015.[More](12-8-2017)

Crafton driving midgets during the off season

Matt Crafton had never sat in a midget before Wednesday. But a conversation over a couple of cocktails led the two-time Camping World Truck Series champion to Columbus, Indiana, the home of Keith Kunz Motorsports, where he was fitted for his latest ride. Crafton, 41, will make his USAC Midget debut in the Junior Knepper 55 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin on December 16.[More](12-8-2017)

Schrader, Edwards, Mittler among Ozarks Racers' Hall of Fame inductees, as Mittler readies to undergo stem cell transplant

Ken Schrader has been driving race cars for nearly 50 years and he has no plans on slowing down soon. Schrader said he's humbled to be part of the 10-person induction class for the Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Hall of Fame on Jan. 6. Former NASCAR driver and fellow Missourian Carl Edwards along with St. Louis' Mike Mittler are among those joining Schrader as honorees at the event, at the Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex in Springfield. Mittler, the popular owner of MB Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is battling Multiple Myeloma and will undergo an autologous stem cell transplant in February.[More](12-6-2017)

Keselowski interested in future Cup ownership; as BKR's Truck run comes to a close

Although Brad Keselowski elected to shutter his racing operation following the 2017 Camping World Truck Series season, on Friday he gifted [BKR Truck Series drivers Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric] with the F150s from their respective inaugural wins. Hopefully, Keselowski's hiatus from team ownership is temporary. Like his mentor Dale Earnhardt Jr., Keselowski provided an opportunity for a number of drivers to hone their skills in NASCAR's feeder series before moving on to the next level. Ryan Blaney, Daniel Hemric, Tyler Reddick and now Briscoe and Cindric have all come through BKR. Keselowski's foray into the cultivation of aspiring talent full-time started with Parker Kligerman in 2011. While he was only able to keep the operation afloat for seven seasons, it remains Keselowski's dream to revive BKR one day and perhaps have the organization blossom into a NASCAR Cup operation.[More](12-3-2017)

Chase Briscoe named Most Popular Driver

Rookie Chase Briscoe was named Monday as the 2017 National Motorsports Press Association's Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The recognition comes 10 days after Briscoe, 22, scored his first career victory in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Indiana native finished sixth in the series standings and claimed four pole positions on the way to Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.[More](11-27-2017)