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NASCAR to offer free youth tickets for XFINITY Series , Camping World Truck Series
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 22, 2016) -- NASCAR today announced exclusively via Facebook Live that beginning in 2017, kids ages 12 and younger will be admitted free to all NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. The announcement was made during an all-kids press conference hosted at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. The press conference also kicked off Kids Drive NASCAR, a week-long, youth initiative leading up to this weekend’s national series races at Michigan International Speedway and Road America . "There really is no other experience like attending a NASCAR race in person, and that's especially true for kids," said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "So many children become lifelong NASCAR fans because their parents brought them to their first race, and this new ticket offering makes it even more affordable for families to create memories that will last a lifetime." Many race tracks already have in place a bevy of offerings geared towards youth, including youth autograph sessions, youth garage tours, kids' clubs and designated kids’ zones. Numerous tracks also have employed various ticket platforms focused on youth, but this new program marks the first time where tracks will institute a consistent offer wherever NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races take place. Beginning in 2017, the number of complimentary tickets available for children 12 and younger will vary from venue to venue for every adult ticket purchased. Specific track policies and procedures, including sections in which the tickets are offered, will still apply and may differ for each track as well in an effort to welcome and accommodate as many families as possible. This program is another example of NASCAR-sanctioned tracks improving the at-track experience with the ultimate goal of delivering additional value and an unparalleled live-event experience for NASCAR fans. "NASCAR Hammer Down" host Karsyn Elledge, and NASCAR Next drivers Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton helped announce the program during Monday’s kids-only press conference, the first in a series of industry events and activities that will celebrate Kids Drive NASCAR week. For the latest Kids Drive NASCAR news and content, fans can visit NASCAR.com and follow NASCAR on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , and Snapchat. Be sure to tune-in when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits the track this weekend at Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and MRN.
Weather delays Camping World Truck Series' Bristol event
RELATED: Live weather updates " Views from Wednesday at Bristol The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' UNOH 200 (200 laps, 106.6 miles) is under delay following a burst of rain and thunderstorms that hit Bristol Motor Speedway and surrounding areas Wednesday. The event was scheduled for a 8:30 p.m. ET green flag, but NASCAR was unable to get the event underway on time as Air Titans continue to dry the .533-mile short track. Earlier, Tyler Reddick earned the 21 Means 21 Pole Award after posting the quickest lap during the three-round qualifying session. The No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing wheelman will line up alongside Joe Gibbs Racing 's Daniel Suarez . Cameron Hayley , Ben Rhodes and Christopher Bell complete the starting top five while series points leader -- and five-time 2016 winner -- William Byron will start sixth.
Gary Klutt will make his Truck Series debut with KBM
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 25, 2016) – Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Canada native and NASCAR Next driver Gary Klutt will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut Sept. 4 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park behind the wheel of the No. 51 JEGS/UDMC/Bothwell-Accurate Tundra. The 24-year-old driver will be filling in for Cody Coughlin , who originally was scheduled to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series road-course debut in the No. 51 Tundra but with KBM's blessing will instead be headed to the high-banks of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway to continue his quest at Late Model history. Coughlin has five total wins so far this year between the ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, and leads the points in both divisions. No driver has ever won both Champion Racing Association championships in the same season. Klutt currently is in his second season driving full-time in the NASCAR Pinty's Series (NPS). He won the 2015 Pinty's Series season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) and overall has four top-10 finishes in six starts at the 1.37-mile road course. The NASCAR Next product captured the NPS Series Rookie of the Year honors and finished fifth in series points in 2015 after recording one win, two poles, one top-five and seven-top 10 finishes across 11 starts. In addition to JEGS, Klutt is welcoming a new partner for this race, UDMC/Weld-Tek Ltd., as well as his NPS team partners Bothwell-Accurate, Trailcon Leasing, Poolsuppliescanada.ca, CTL, Thermal Technologies Services Limited for his Truck Series debut. "Ever since 2013 when I first saw the trucks run in Canada, I knew that I had to get in one and this year everything just came together," said Klutt. "This is an incredible opportunity and first off I have to thank Cody Coughlin and everyone at JEGS. I also need to thank Kyle Busch , Bono (Kevin Manion, crew chief) and everyone else at KBM who are working hard getting my Tundra ready for next week. "I am proud to make my NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with one of the top teams in the sport. It means a lot to have the support from Kyle Busch Motorsports, the No. 51 team and JEGS for this next step in my racing career. It's going to be a special moment to return to the place where I earned my first win last year in the Pinty's Series , and I hope to make another trip to Victory Lane next weekend." Erik Jones won last year's Truck Series event at CTMP driving for KBM and overall the team has produced four top-five finishers in the three years that the Truck Series has raced north of the border. &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
Chase Watch: 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman breaks down the Chase Grid for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as the 2016 season heads down the final stretch before the series' inaugural Chase.
Bell earns first Camping World Truck Series win of 2016
RELATED: Results " Standings " Updated NCWTS Chase Grid MADISON, Ill. -- A gutsy decision to use the bottom lane for a restart with two laps to go paid off for Christopher Bell , who earned his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in Saturday night's third annual Drivin for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park . Bell, driver of the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra, survived a chaotic and intense second half to edge Ben Rhodes to the checkered flag, giving KBM its 50th victory in the series , tying Roush Fenway Racing for the all-time series wins lead. "This one's for my guys," said Bell in Victory Lane. "My guys, they deserve this one. We've been so fast all year long and I just kept making a lot of mistakes. I just can't say thank you enough to all the guys at Toyota, TRD, JBL, everyone at KBM, all my pit crew guys they did an awesome job. Track position was everything. We got awesome motors underneath the hood of these things and all the guys at JGR, they never give up and keep digging." Rhodes, who contended for his first career win, had to settle for a career-best second. "He (Bell) had a really loose truck and that's what you needed at the end of the race," Rhodes said. "It just got tighter and tighter as the runs went on. I was way too tight but I was making some good ground on the outside and he came up on us a little bit, which is fine. It's racing for the win at the end. He did an awesome job all night. He raced everybody clean and with respect. I think we could use a little more of that in our series after this crazy Drivin' For Linemen 200." For the second consecutive year, Mother Nature soaked the 1.25-mile track shortly before qualifying was to begin, forcing the field to be set by combined practice speeds, handing the top starting position to Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Rhodes. Despite an hour and fifteen-minute delay for inclement weather, Rhodes would lose the lead on the start from veteran Johnny Sauter who held command until Tyler Reddick elected to stay out on a Lap 26 caution for an incident in Turn 3. The bold strategy for Reddick paid off with the race lead until the event's third caution on Lap 65 for the expiration of the caution clock. During routine pit stops, a quick stop from William Byron's crew handed him the lead. The NASCAR Next alumnus led for a whopping 48 laps, until outside pole sitter Sauter squeezed ahead on pit road following a Lap 113 caution for the second expiration of the caution clock. The two would be under attack on the restart from Christopher Bell who surged into the lead on Lap on Lap 119 and despite losing the lead to Rhodes on Lap 149, the Toyota Racing development driver reclaimed the lead on Lap 153 and held on for his first NCWTS win on pavement. The event was red-flagged three times for incidents. The first for a three- truck incident in Turn 3 on Lap 120 lasted six minutes, 38 seconds. The second came 11 laps from the finish for a seven- truck accident in Turn 4 for a total of 10 minutes, 50 seconds. The final red flag broke out behind the leaders for an incident between Spencer Gallagher and John Wes Townley that lasted 12 minutes, 49 seconds. The two drivers wrestled after climbing from their trucks and were summoned to the Truck Series hauler post-race. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will take a one-week breather before returning to competition at Kentucky Speedway on Thurs., July 7 for the Buckle Up Your Truck 225.
Erik Jones lands Camping World Truck Series duty at Gateway
RELATED: Gateway entry list Erik Jones is returning to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for a start this weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park . The 2015 Camping World Truck Series champion will pilot the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports in Saturday's Drivin for Linemen 200 brought to you by Altec (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM). This marks Jones' first start in the series since clinching the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November. Cody Coughlin was originally slated to pilot the ride but a schedule conflict came up between the Camping World Truck Series race and his full-time Late Model competition. The 20-year-old has made three starts in the Truck Series in 2016 for KBM. Jones is competing for a championship in the NASCAR XFINITY Series driving the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The 20-year-old led 84 laps in last year's event at the 1.25-mile track before an electrical issue relegated him to a 23rd-place finish. The XFINITY Series is off this weekend. Cole Custer (No. 00 JR Motorsports Chevrolet) is the defending race winner at the Madison, Illinois track.
Camping World Truck Series qualifying canceled due to weather
RELATED: Starting lineup Saturday's Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying at Gateway Motorsports Park has been canceled due to weather. The series was scheduled to roll off the grid for the three-round, multi-vehicle qualifying session at 5:45 p.m. ET on FS2. Officials delayed the session, ultimately canceling when lightning continued to strike. The Drivin for Linemen 200 Brought to you by Altec (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) remains scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET tonight. The line up has been set per the rule book (combined practice speeds). Ben Rhodes , who led the pair of Camping World Truck Series practices in his No. 41 Toyota, will start tonight's 200-mile race form the pole position. Johnny Sauter will roll off the grid second, while William Byron, John Hunter Nemechek and German Quiroga round out the top-five starters, respectively.
No. 8 Camping World Truck Series team gets P2 penalty
NASCAR handed down a pair of penalties to Camping World Truck Series teams on Wednesday after a P2-grade post-race violation by NEMCO Motorsports and an in-race behavioral infraction by driver Caleb Holman at Iowa Speedway . The NEMCO No. 8 Chevrolet team was docked for failing to meet the proper ride height in a post-race inspection after pole-starter John Hunter Nemechek 's 12th-place finish in the Speediatrics 200 . The team was stripped of 10 championship points in both the drivers' and owners' standings, and crew chief Gere Kennon was fined $6,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year. After the points adjustment, Nemechek drops from sixth place to a tie for eighth place in the driver standings. Holman was fined $5,000 and also placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for approaching the racing surface after a crash with eight laps remaining. After exiting his wrecked No. 75 truck , Holman walked away from NASCAR officials and safety workers to gesture from the track apron at Austin Wayne Self's passing vehicle. Holman finished 26th in the 32- truck field; Self was 16th.
Start of Camping World Truck Series race delayed at Gateway
RELATED: Starting lineup The start of Saturday's Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park has been delayed due to the ongoing track-drying process. Rain and lightning saturated the 1.25-mile track earlier Saturday, canceling Keystone Light Pole Qualifying and setting the starting lineup per the rule book (combined practice speeds). The Drivin for Linemen 200 Brought to you by Altec (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) was originally scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET tonight. Driver introductions will begin at 9 p.m. ET, an hour later than initially scheduled, according to NASCAR. Fastest in both practices today, Ben Rhodes will start tonight's race from the pole position. This story will be updated.
Larson to run Camping World Truck race at Eldora
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson will return to the Camping World Truck Series , and to the dirt, when the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver competes for GMS Racing in next week's stop at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Excited to be running @EldoraSpeedway with @GMSRacingLLC and @DCSolar . Gonna try to not hit the wall as much!! pic.twitter.com/lc0t6gF5Az — Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) July 14, 2016 The Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20th (9 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM). It will be just the second Truck Series start this year for Larson, 23, and his 12th overall in the series . He finished fourth with the GMS team earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway . Larson has two previous Truck starts at Eldora, finishing second in 2013 and 26th the following year. The well-known dirt track was also the site of a record-equaling run by the Elk Grove, California, native. In 2011, Larson became only the second driver to win all three races on the same night in the Four Crown Nationals. "We ran three different types of cars there in one night -- Midget, non-wing Sprint cars and Silver Crown," he said. "That was my first time at Eldora. I won a Midget race the next year there and then I've crashed really hard there a couple of times. "It's a cool, historic race track with very prestigious races going on there. … If I could win a Truck race there it would be pretty special." His 26th-place finish in '14 is misleading. The young driver was battling with eventual race winner Darrell Wallace Jr . in the closing laps when he continued to make hard contact with the wall, damaging his truck and taking him out of contention. It likely played a role in his decision not to return to the event as a driver last season. "I don't know; I honestly didn't have a ton of fun" he said of the '14 effort. "It was slick and slow. I guess I made it exciting to watch on TV, hitting the wall and stuff. … This year with Rico (Abreu) running and (Christopher) Bell being in it, and I thought there would be some more of those guys in it, I just thought it'd be fun to get back out and run the race again. "I'm hoping it rains a lot before the race so the track can be wet and sticky and rough." GMS Racing fields fulltime entries for drivers Johnny Sauter and Spencer Gallagher as well as additional entries for a variety of drivers. Larson said talks earlier in the year enabled him to land the Martinsville ride and that at the time the group had "a few other races that were options I could run. I chose Eldora as one of them. "GMS is a really good team, they have really great trucks, great people there," he said, "and an awesome race shop." DC Solar, which sponsors Chip Ganassi Racing driver Brennan Poole in the NASCAR XFINITY Series , will sponsor the Larson entry at Eldora. The company also sponsored Poole in last year's Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Larson is winless in Sprint Cup competition, but has four wins in the XFINITY Series and one victory in the Camping World Truck Series .