Junior: 'It's only a 50-lap race so it would be over and done before I even do it' Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live As an owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr . ran his first Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway with Cole Custer finishing 16th. When will he make his debut as a driver in the series ? He may have given a hint during the FOX Sports 1 "Setup" pre-race show when feature reporter Ray Dunlap mentioned that Pocono Raceway hosts the series on August 1 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). "That would be an opportunity for me to get in there and get my feet wet," Earnhardt said. "It's only a 50-lap race so it would be over and done before I even do it. "I do have interest in driving a truck . I've always had interest in driving a truck , just never really found that opportunity or was focused more on the Cup side at that point in time. But this does open the door a little wide for me. If we don't do it this year, we're going to continue to keep the truck around and work with this program and continue to try to grow it." Serving as an analyst, two-time Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine said Pocono "absolutely" would be a good place for Earnhardt to get behind the wheel. "He's not going to own a race car or race truck that he doesn't get to drive, and you heard him say that he's wanted to drive a truck so it's a perfect opportunity if you own it," Bodine said. Earnhardt recalled his father's Dale Earnhardt Inc. Truck Series team that won two of the first four championships in series history with Ron Hornaday Jr . "I have a lot of great memories of that team," Earnhardt said. "We actually worked in the same shop together, and it had two bays in the back. They were in one bay, and I was across from them in another bay building my Late Model cars that I'd run at Myrtle Beach. I was in there every day, watching them and sort of mimicking them as they built their first truck . I did everything they were doing to my Late Model that they would do to that truck . "I formed a great relationship and friendship with Ron Hornaday so that was pretty cool to be able to forge that relationship early with him." As Earnhardt builds his own Truck team for 17-year-old Custer, he's helping the NASCAR Next driver and sponsor Haas Automation achieve their objectives while JRM is meeting its own milestones. "Their goals are to get Cole into the XFINITY Series at some point so this was an opportunity to begin a relationship with us," Earnhardt said. "It made sense to get into the Truck Series . "For me, it's actually exciting because it's a 10-race deal. You're just kind of getting your feet wet. It's a great way to ease into it so we had the room. We had the interest. They had the program already together, the relationship with Chevrolet. We made it work." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
NASCAR.com's Nick Duncan talks with Joey Logano after winning his first Camping World Truck Series win at Martinsville Speedway.
Crewman had been suspended in August, completed Road to Recovery Program DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR has reinstated Troy Cupples, a crew member in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series , upon his successful completion of NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program. On Aug. 11, 2014, Couples was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the NASCAR Rule Book. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
See where your favorite driver will pit on Saturday (2:30 p.m. ET, FS1) Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live The pit stall assignments are out for Saturday's Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), and Joey Logano has the prime spot on pit road. Logano, who won the Keystone Light Pole Award, has the No. 1 pit stall and will be the closest to the exit of pit road . He also has the advantage of having no one in front of him. Erik Jones (starting fourth), John Hunter Nemechek (starting 16th), Mason Mingus (starting 20th) and Ben Kennedy (starting 22nd) will also have no one directly in front of them when they pit. Tyler Reddick chose pit stall No. 42, which is the first one when trucks pull onto pit road. Reddick starts the race from the seventh spot. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Matthew Dillner takes to the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage to see who is ready for short-track racing at Bristol Motor Speedway.
JR Motorsports will make its Truck debut this weekend at Martinsville Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Kelley Earnhardt Miller appeared on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Wednesday. Among other topics, she discussed JR Motorsports' first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race this weekend at Martinsville Speedway . Earnhardt Miller, co-owner of JR Motorsports, said earlier this year that there were no plans at that time to field the organization’s Camping World Truck Series team for any races beyond the 10 currently in place with driver Cole Custer . On Wednesday she said that was still the case, but also said Sprint Cup Series Dale Earnhardt Jr . had broached the subject of driving the truck . "He's definitely mentioned that that's something he might be interested in," Earnhardt Miller said. "I think he would want to see how the program is going to do, and make sure we have the resources and the capability to do that. Let Cole the team get off the ground first and see how that goes." The organization will make its CWTS debut this weekend at Martinsville Speedway , fielding the No. 00 Chevrolet for Custer in Saturday’s Kroger 250 (FOX Sports 1, 2:30 p.m. ET). The entry will carry sponsorship from Haas Automation and will be under the direction of crew chief Joe Shear Jr. Earnhardt Miller, Earnhardt Jr. and Sprint Cup Series team owner Rick Hendrick share ownership of JRM. One of the organization’s three full-time XFINITY Series teams features multiple Sprint Cup drivers, Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne , behind the wheel for select events. Two other full-time teams feature drivers Chase Elliott and Regan Smith , who finished 1-2 in points, respectively, last season. "He (Earnhardt Jr.) and some others have expressed interest in running the truck ," Earnhardt Miller said. “We’ve actually gotten calls from other people saying ‘do you want to fill out the balance of your schedule and run it full time?' "We really don't want to do that. We want to focus on Cole. If the opportunity exists to put a couple of the Cup drivers in there to make our program stronger, (that's) really why would we want to do that… "I won’t say it’s not going to happen but there aren’t any concrete plans for it to happen right now." Even though the XFINITY Series is taking a one-week break after five consecutive races to open the 2015 season, it is shaping up to be a big weekend for JRM. Custer, 17, made his NCWTS debut last season with Haas Racing Development and became the youngest winner in a NASCAR national series event when he won the UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . In only nine starts, he scored six top-10s and two poles. Elliott, the defending XFINITY Series champion, will attempt to make his Sprint Cup Series debut in Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville. The 19-year-old is scheduled to step into the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet in 2016, replacing four-time series champion Jeff Gordon . HMS will field a No. 25 entry for Elliott this weekend, with veteran crew chief Kenny Francis heading up the team. With Elliott already tabbed for the move to Sprint Cup next season, Custer could be auditioning for a full-time XFINITY Series ride with the organization. "Hopefully, that ( truck effort) will roll into an XFINITY Series ride for Cole, depending on how he performs," Earnhardt Miller said. It will be the first start of the season for Custer, who is limited to competing on road courses and tracks 1.1 miles or less in length due to his age. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
First race came 20 years ago at Phoenix Twenty years ago, a black Goodwrench No. 3 Chevrolet outran a rainbow-schemed vehicle to earn a historic victory. No, it wasn't a race involving Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon . It wasn't even in the premier series . This particular event was the 1995 Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic, the first-ever Truck Series race, and it was held Feb. 5 at Phoenix International Raceway , the site of this weekend's stop on the NASCAR circuit. Mike Skinner won that race -- and later that year, the series championship -- after a thrilling late duel with Terry Labonte , who was driving the Rick Hendrick-owned No. 5 Chevrolet. The field also included Ken Schrader , Geoff Bodine, Roger Mears and Bob Keselowski, as well as future series champions Mike Bliss , Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday Jr . Twenty years later, the present-day NASCAR Camping World Truck Series consists of talented veterans driving alongside NASCAR's next stars. Camping World and NASCAR announced a seven-year extension in 2014, ensuring moments like the one below will continue for a long time to come. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
After Race 3 of the 2015 season at Martinsville Speedway
Find out which drivers are piloting each car for full-time teams Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Challenge RELATED: Full-time driver trackers for Sprint Cup Series " XFINITY Series Car # Driver Manufacturer Team/Owner 02 Tyler Young Chevrolet Young's Motorsports 05 John Wes Townley Chevrolet Athenian Motorsports 07 Ray Black Jr. Chevrolet SS Green Light Racing 1 Donnie Neuenberger Chevrolet MAKE Motorsports 4 Erik Jones Toyota Kyle Busch Motorsports 6 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 8 John Hunter Nemechek/ Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Chevrolet/RAM/Ford Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing 11 Ben Kennedy Toyota Red Horse Racing 13 Cameron Hayley Toyota ThorSport Racing 14 Daniel Hemric Chevrolet NTS Motorsports 15 Mason Mingus Chevrolet Billy Boat Motorsports 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Red Horse Racing 19 Tyler Reddick Ford Brad Keselowski Racing 23 Spencer Gallagher Chevrolet GMS Racing 29 Brad Keselowski/Joey Logano/Austin Theriault/Ryan Blaney Ford Brad Keselowski Racing 31 James Buescher/Other drivers Chevrolet NTS Motorsports 33 Brandon Jones/ Ty Dillon/Austin Dillon Chevrolet GMS Racing 50 Cody Ware Chevrolet MAKE Motorsports 51 Kyle Busch/Daniel Suarez/Matt Tifft Toyota Kyle Busch Motorsports 54 Justin Boston Toyota Kyle Busch Motorsports 88 Matt Crafton Toyota ThorSport Racing 94 Travis Kvapil/ Wendell Chavous Chevrolet Premium Motorsports 98 Johnny Sauter Toyota ThorSport Racing 99 Bryan Silas Chevrolet T3R2 Text goes here
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