22-year-old did not compete in any NASCAR national series in 2014 Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Mike Affarano Motorsports announced Wednesday that Johanna Long will drive for the team in select NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series events this season. Long is scheduled to make her debut in the No. 03 Chevrolet in the XFINITY Series opener, the Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 21 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). "I'm grateful for the opportunity to race this season with Mike Affarano Motorsports," Long said in a statement provided by the team. "In a time when drivers are pressured to bring sponsorship money to teams in order to race, it was great to have my phone ring and be approached because of my talent." Long, a 22-year-old native of Pensacola, Florida, last competed in a NASCAR national series in 2013 with a 20-race schedule in what was then the NASCAR Nationwide (now XFINITY ) Series . Her best effort in her 41-race XFINITY career -- all spent with team owner Mary Louise Miller -- was 12th place on three occasions. Affarano's team will be making its first steps into the XFINITY ranks. The team added equipment from the former Turner Scott Motorsports organization in the offseason. "We are thrilled to have Johanna behind the wheel for 2015," Affarano stated. "She has such drive and determination that will represent our team well on and off the track, and we know she's great with attracting sponsors and fans. We're looking forward to growing and progressing as a company together this season." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Young driver to pilot No. 4 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Ross Chastain has inked a deal to drive for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller and pilot the team's No. 4 Chevrolet in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015, the team announced. Chastain will have sponsorship from Watermelon.org for his car. The 22-year-old Alva, Florida native ran seven races last season in what was then-called the NASCAR Nationwide Series . His best finish came with a 10th-place result at Kentucky Speedway in September. Last season also marked Chastain's debut in the series . In addition, Chastain has driven in 44 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events over the course of four seasons. In those races, he has five top-fives, 12 top-10s and two Keystone Light Pole Awards. "Ross has an amazing level of experience for a young driver," team owner Johnny Davis said in a team release. "He brings a lot to our team. We're looking forward to seeing how far we can go this year with his input and the support of Watermelon.org and the National Watermelon Association. It's going to be a big year." For his part, Chastain is excited for the season to get started. "It's great to be involved with Watermelon.org, and we want to take them along for a great ride this year," Chastain said in a team release. "I'm looking forward to working with Johnny and his guys and making a mark this year in XFINITY ." Chastain joins Landon Cassill and Harrison Rhodes in the JD Motorsports stable of XFINITY Series drivers. Rhodes announced on Twitter two weeks ago that he was joining JD Motorsports. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Sprint Cup, XFINITY, Camping World Truck slates set for 2015
Driver will be behind the wheel of the No. 02 Chevrolet Young's Motorsports announced that Tyler Young will return for his second full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2015. The 24-year-old driver will pilot the family-owned team's No. 02 Chevrolet, aiming to build off a 13th-place finish in the 2014 standings in his rookie year. Young will once again work with veteran crew chief Bryan Berry on the team owned by his father, Randy Young. "I learned a lot in my rookie season," said the younger Young. "More than half of the tracks we raced at, I was seeing for the first time when I got there. This year, I'm looking forward to getting back to those tracks, building on what we learned last year, and contending for that first top-10 finish." Young said the team will use engines from Pro Motor Engines and will have an over-the-wall crew from Stewart-Haas Racing 's developmental pit crew team next season. Young has 33 career starts in the Camping World Truck Series . His career-best finish of 11th place came at Chicagoland Speedway last September. The Camping World Truck Series is scheduled to begin Feb. 20 with the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) at Daytona International Speedway . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
25-year-old scored first top-five finish in 2014 at Talladega GMS Racing announced Tuesday that Spencer Gallagher will expand his driving duties to a full-time schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2015. Gallagher, 25, will pair with crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz on the No. 23 Chevrolet team. The truck will carry sponsorship from Allegiant Travel, a Las Vegas-based agency that backed Gallagher's part-time efforts last season. Gallagher will serve as a teammate to 17-year-old Brandon Jones , who is slated to run 16 races in the team's No. 33 Chevy this season. "A full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for GMS Racing is something I have been looking forward to for a long time," said Gallagher, who will be running a full schedule for the first time in an NASCAR national series . "We all made a lot of progress and noise throughout 2014. I cannot wait to be behind the wheel for all 23 events. I know Brandon and I have the equipment and personnel behind us to go race for wins." Gallagher drove in nine truck series events last season for GMS, logging a best finish of third in a frantic finish last fall at Talladega Superspeedway . His startling aerodynamic boost through traffic near the checkered flag led to one of the season's best quotes, with Gallagher making a Biblical misapplication in the post-race news conference by saying it was a case of "Noah parting the seas." Gallagher also notched his first victory in ARCA competition in the 2014 finale at Kansas Speedway . Stankiewicz spent last season as crew chief for driver Joey Coulter , who posted three top-five finishes in 2014. Earlier in January, the team announced that Coulter would move from the cockpit to take the role of team relations coordinator for GMS. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Switch from Toyota includes conversion to ECR Engines NEMCO Motorsports announced Friday that it will be re-establishing its partnership with Chevrolet for the 2015 season. The team will field Chevrolets in the Camping World Truck Series and Late Model competition with drivers Joe Nemechek and his son, John Hunter Nemechek . With the move to Chevrolet, NEMCO Motorsports will now use ECR Engines. Team owner Joe Nemechek is no stranger to the Chevy bowtie; he and NEMCO Motorsports won 19 races in NASCAR national series competition with the manufacturer from 1991-2011, according to the team. During that period, Nemechek also earned the 1992 driver and owner championships in in what is now the NASCAR XFINITY Series , prior to winning the manufacturers' championship for Chevrolet. "We look forward to joining the Chevrolet NASCAR program this season," Nemechek said in a statement released by the team. "I've had a long-term relationship with Chevrolet for the majority of my career and I look forward to continuing that relationship." The father-son team plans to run a split schedule in the team's No. 8 entry until the younger Nemechek's 18th birthday (June 8), when he will be cleared for NASCAR competition on tracks longer than 1.25 miles. After that milestone, John Hunter Nemechek will be the team's lone driver for the rest of the season, starting July 9 at Kentucky Speedway . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule