NASCAR Illustrated's Steven Levine sits down with NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie Chad Boat to discuss his early racing career, his family's racing legacy and a deal with his mother to continue his education.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender will compete for BBM starting at Las Vegas Billy Boat Motorsports is expanding into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and will begin fielding an entry starting next weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Rhino Linings 350 (Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). Mason Mingus will drive the entry at Las Vegas as well as the final five races of the season. Dan Deeringhoff, a championship-winning crew chief in 2008 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series , will serve as the team's crew chief at Las Vegas. Mingus shared his excitement on Twitter. I am excited to announce that I will run the last 6 races of the @NASCAR_Trucks season with @BBMTeam84 starting at @LVMotorSpeedway — Mason Mingus (@Mason_Mingus) September 18, 2014 With BBM, Mingus will run the No. 15 Call 811 Before You Dig Chevrolet Silverado. Mingus, who has run the first 15 races of the season and will run this weekend's UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Win-Tron Racing, is 11th in the Camping World Truck Series points standings with one top-10 finish. He is also second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle. "I am really looking forward to Las Vegas and my first race with Billy Boat Motorsports," Mingus said in a release. "They have brought quality equipment to the track in both the ARCA Racing and NASCAR Nationwide Series, and I know their transition to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be no different. BBM has built great trucks, and with the help of ECR Engines and my sponsors Call 811 Before You Dig and Diamond Equipment, I know I can run up front. I believe we will come out of Vegas with a strong finish, and it will be a great foundation to build on for the remaining five races of the 2014 season." Here is a look at the paint scheme: The @NASCAR_Trucks rookie will complete the 2014 season with #TeamBBM in the No. 15 @Call811 Before You Dig Chevy. pic.twitter.com/ks0VZTcLfD — BB Motorsports (@BBMotorsprts) September 18, 2014 BBM currently runs a part-time team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Chad Boat , who has made 11 starts this season. "My goal has always been to run multiple cars or trucks and multiple drivers out of our shop," said team owner Billy Boat . "We have been building the foundation of our team, hiring talented people and building quality race cars and trucks. Having raced against Mason last year in the ARCA Racing Series, I was very familiar with his talent and determination. I hope to use these six races as a springboard into 2015, with Billy Boat Motorsports running full-time entries in the NCWTS." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Chad Boat takes a hard hit to the inside wall at Talladega Superspeedway after a single car spin in the Aaron's 312.
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The Nationwide Series returns to action at Texas RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 01 Landon Cassill Johnny Davis Dave Fuge 14 Chevrolet TeamJDMotorsports.com 2 2 Brian Scott Richard Childress Phil Gould 14 Chevrolet Country Bob's Sauce 3 3 Ty Dillon Richard Childress Danny Stockman Jr 14 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops 4 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gary Keller Gary Cogswell 14 Chevrolet teamjdmotorsports.com 5 5 Kevin Harvick(i) Rick Hendrick Ernie Cope 14 Chevrolet Hunt Brothers Pizza 6 6 Trevor Bayne Jack Roush Chad Norris 14 Ford AdvoCare 7 7 Regan Smith Kelley Earnhardt-Miller Ryan Pemberton 14 Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 8 9 Chase Elliott Dale Earnhardt Jr Greg Ives 14 Chevrolet NAPA AUTO PARTS 9 10 Blake Koch Mark Smith Todd Myers 14 Toyota SupportMilitary.org 10 11 Elliott Sadler J D Gibbs Chris Gayle 14 Toyota OneMain Financial 11 12 Ryan Blaney(i) Roger Penske Greg Erwin 14 Ford Snap-On 12 14 Eric McClure Mark Smith Wes Ward 14 Toyota Hefty Ultimate / Reynolds Wrap 13 16 Ryan Reed Jack Roush Seth Barbour 14 Ford ADA Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes 14 19 Mike Bliss Mark Smith Paul Clapprood 14 Toyota Tweaker Energy Shot 15 20 Matt Kenseth(i) Joe Gibbs Kevin Kidd 14 Toyota GameStop 16 22 Joey Logano(i) Roger Penske Jeremy Bullins 14 Ford Discount Tire 17 23 Robert Richardson Jr Robert Richardson Sr George Church 14 Chevrolet Willbros 18 25 John Wes Townley(i) Tony Townley Mike Ford 14 Toyota Zaxby's 19 28 J J Yeley James Whitener Steve Plattenberger 13 Dodge Texas 28 Spirits Stage 20 31 Dylan Kwasniewski Steve Turner Shannon Rursch 14 Chevrolet AccuDoc / Rockstar 21 33 Austin Dillon(i) Richard Childress Nick Harrison 14 Chevrolet TBD 22 39 Ryan Sieg Rod Sieg Kevin Starland 14 Chevrolet RSS Racing 23 40 Matt Dibenedetto Curtis Key Sr Kyle Symington 14 Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 24 42 Kyle Larson(i) Harry Scott Jr Scott Zipadelli 14 Chevrolet Phillips Norelco 25 43 Dakoda Armstrong Richard Petty Philippe Lopez 14 Ford WinField 26 44 David Starr Mark Smith Greg Conner 14 Toyota Whataburger 27 46 Ryan Ellis Curtis Key Sr Gary Showalter 14 Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 28 51 Jeremy Clements Tony Clements Ricky Pearson 14 Chevrolet Crescent Companies 29 52 Joey Gase Jimmy Means Tim Brown 14 Chevrolet TBA 30 54 Kyle Busch(i) J D Gibbs Adam Stevens 14 Toyota Monster Energy 31 55 Jamie Dick Jimmy Dick Mark Setzer 14 Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 32 60 Chris Buescher Jack Roush Scott Graves 14 Ford Bit O Honey Mustang 33 62 Brendan Gaughan Richard Childress Shane Wilson 14 Chevrolet Smokey Mountain Snuff 34 70 Derrike Cope Mary Louise Miller Bobby Burrell 14 Chevrolet YOUTHEORY 35 74 Mike Harmon Mike Harmon Gary Ritter 12 Dodge John II Concrete Const. 36 184 Chad Boat Billy Boat Dan Deeringhoff 14 Chevrolet Corvetteparts.net 37 87 Carlos Contreras Andrea Nemechek Steven Gray 14 Chevrolet RACETRAC Convenience Stores 38 89 Morgan Shepherd Morgan Shepherd Kevyn Rebolledo 14 Chevrolet Courtney Construction 39 190 Martin Roy Michelle Gosselin Mario Gosselin 14 Chevrolet TBA 40 93 Kevin Swindell Gregg Mixon Ken Evans 13 Dodge JGL Racing 41 98 Corey LaJoie(i) Fred Biagi Jon Hanson 14 Ford Medallion Financial/Smithfield 42 99 James Buescher Robby Benton Matthew Lucas 14 Toyota Rheem MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
See which drivers will look to compete at Phoenix RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 01 Landon Cassill Johnny Davis Dave Fuge 14 Chevrolet TeamJDMotorsports.com 2 2 Brian Scott Richard Childress Phil Gould 14 Chevrolet Whitetail 3 3 Ty Dillon Richard Childress Danny Stockman Jr 14 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops 4 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gary Keller Gary Cogswell 14 Chevrolet teamjdmotorsports.com 5 5 Alex Bowman(i) Rick Hendrick Ernie Cope 14 Chevrolet LINE-X Protective Coatings 6 6 Trevor Bayne Jack Roush Chad Norris 14 Ford AdvoCare 7 7 Regan Smith Kelley Earnhardt-Miller Ryan Pemberton 14 Chevrolet Fire Alarm Services 8 9 Chase Elliott Dale Earnhardt Jr Greg Ives 14 Chevrolet NAPA AUTO PARTS 9 10 Jeff Green Mark Smith Todd Myers 14 Toyota SupportMilitary.org 10 11 Elliott Sadler J D Gibbs Chris Gayle 14 Toyota SportClips 11 14 Eric McClure Mark Smith Wes Ward 14 Toyota Hefty Ultimate / Reynolds Wrap 12 16 Ryan Reed Jack Roush Seth Barbour 14 Ford ADA Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes 13 19 Mike Bliss Mark Smith Paul Clapprood 14 Toyota TriStar Motorsports 14 20 Erik Jones(i) Joe Gibbs Kevin Kidd 14 Toyota GameStop 15 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Roger Penske Jeremy Bullins 14 Ford Discount Tire 16 23 Robert Richardson Jr Robert Richardson Sr George Church 14 Chevrolet TBD 17 25 John Wes Townley(i) Tony Townley Mike Ford 14 Toyota No. 25 Zaxby's Toyota 18 28 J J Yeley James Whitener Steve Plattenberger 13 Dodge Texas 28 Spirits Stage 19 29 Kelly Admiraal Robby Benton Keith Hinkein 14 Toyota Swan Rentals, LTD 20 31 Dylan Kwasniewski Steve Turner Shannon Rursch 14 Chevrolet Rockstar / FOE.com 21 39 Ryan Sieg Rod Sieg Kevin Starland 14 Chevrolet RSS Racing 22 40 Matt Dibenedetto Curtis Key Sr Kyle Symington 14 Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 23 42 Kyle Larson(i) Harry Scott Jr Scott Zipadelli 14 Chevrolet Cartwheel by Target 24 43 Dakoda Armstrong Richard Petty Philippe Lopez 14 Ford WinField 25 44 Blake Koch Mark Smith Greg Conner 14 Toyota Ingersoll Rand 26 46 Ryan Ellis Curtis Key Sr Gary Showalter 14 Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 27 51 Jeremy Clements Tony Clements Ricky Pearson 14 Chevrolet All South Electric- Repairable Vehicles 28 52 Joey Gase Jimmy Means Tim Brown 14 Chevrolet TBA 29 54 Kyle Busch(i) J D Gibbs Adam Stevens 14 Toyota Monster Energy 30 55 Jamie Dick Jimmy Dick Mark Setzer 14 Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 31 60 Chris Buescher Jack Roush Scott Graves 14 Ford Roush Performance Parts 32 62 Brendan Gaughan Richard Childress Shane Wilson 14 Chevrolet South Point 33 70 Derrike Cope Mary Louise Miller Bobby Burrell 14 Chevrolet YOUTHEORY 34 74 Mike Harmon Mike Harmon Gary Ritter 12 Dodge TBA 35 177 Brennan Newberry(i) Jimmy Dick Jason Miller 14 Chevrolet Qore24 36 184 Chad Boat Billy Boat Dan Deeringhoff 14 Chevrolet Vektor Vodka Chevrolet 37 87 Carl Long Andrea Nemechek Steven Gray 14 Chevrolet Rick Ware Racing 38 93 Kevin Swindell Gregg Mixon Ken Evans 13 Dodge JGL Racing 39 99 James Buescher Robby Benton Matthew Lucas 14 Toyota Rheem MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
See the order the cars will go off in for qualifying (Sat., 12:15 p.m. ET, FS2) # Car Driver Team 1 52 Joey Gase Better Business Bureau Chevrolet 2 40 Matt DiBenedetto Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 3 14 Eric McClure Hefty Ultimate/Reynolds Wrap Toyota 4 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # AccuDoc Solutions/Rockstar Chevrolet 5 42 Kyle Larson(i) Philips Norelco Chevrolet 6 12 * Ryan Blaney (i) Snap-On Ford 7 84 * Chad Boat # Corvetteparts.net Chevrolet 8 22 Joey Logano(i) Discount Tire Ford 9 54 Kyle Busch(i) Monster Energy Toyota 10 43 Dakoda Armstrong # WinField Ford 11 10 * Blake Koch SupportMilitary.org Toyota 12 2 Brian Scott Country Bob's Sauce Chevrolet 13 98 * Corey LaJoie(i) Medallion Financial/Smithfield Ford 14 19 Mike Bliss Tweaker Energy Shot Toyota 15 11 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Toyota 16 46 * Ryan Ellis Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 17 93 Kevin Swindell JGL Racing Dodge 18 51 Jeremy Clements Crescent Companies Chevrolet 19 20 Matt Kenseth(i) GameStop/Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Toyota 20 55 Jamie Dick Viva Auto Group Chevrolet 21 16 Ryan Reed # ADA Drive to Stop Diabetes/Lilly Diabetes Ford 22 70 * Derrike Cope youtheory Chevrolet 23 3 Ty Dillon # Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 24 99 James Buescher Rheem Toyota 25 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 26 01 Landon Cassill G&K Services Chevrolet 27 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Willbros Chevrolet 28 7 Regan Smith TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet 29 33 * Austin Dillon (i) Grainger Chevrolet 30 44 David Starr Whataburger Toyota 31 9 Chase Elliott # NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 32 90 * Martin Roy Gamache Truck Center Chevrolet 33 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt Flex Seal Chevrolet 34 89 * Morgan Shepherd Courtney Construction Chevrolet 35 87 Carlos Contreras RaceTrac Convenience Stores Chevrolet 36 74 * Mike Harmon John II Concrete Construction Dodge 37 25 * John Wes Townley Zaxby's Toyota 38 60 Chris Buescher # Bit O Honey Ford 39 28 JJ Yeley Texas 28 Spirits Stage Dodge 40 5 * Kevin Harvick (i) Hunt Brother's Pizza Chevrolet 41 17 * Tanner Berryhill # New Gulf Resources Toyota 42 62 Brendan Gaughan Smokey Mountain Snuff Chevrolet 43 39 Ryan Sieg # JoeUSA.com/Pull-A-Part Chevrolet * Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Cain: Three-time premier series champ battered, but not defeated Tony Stewart had just returned to his motor coach after debriefing with crew chief Chad Johnston following opening practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway . The upside of practice was that three of the four Stewart-Haas Racin g team cars were among the top 10 fastest on the speed chart. The downside: Stewart was not one of them. So the face of the team, a beloved three-time champion of the sport, ran his hands through his noticeably longer, noticeably grayer hair and sighed -- managing just a slight corner-of-the-mouth smile. "I didn't have this gray hair two years ago,'' he said, shaking his head and allowing just a trace of his trademark dry wit to appear. During this rare late season interview Stewart's voice was soft and subdued. His body language spoke more loudly, his emotions still tangible and heavy. Stewart has spent much of the last two seasons broken in body and in heart, his strong spirit battered. In August 2013 Stewart suffered a broken right leg in a sprint car accident, the fractures to his tibia and fibula forcing him out of his No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for the remaining 15 races of NASCAR's Sprint Cup season. Still recovering from that injury and walking with a noticeable limp, Stewart started out 2014 assuring everyone that he was ready to race, insisting that his leg hurt more out of the race car than in it. The Stewart-like results weren't immediate, but he reminded people that there was a new rules package for which he had to adjust and a new crew chief with whom to get in sync. He preached patience, not panic. This summer, by the one-year anniversary of his leg injury, Stewart had already begun entering sprint car races again sporadically, in a low-key manner. It was an important personal milestone -- both physically and emotionally. Racing sprint cars is where Stewart is happiest. No pressure, just fun. It's his golf game, his family, his joy. When he shows up -- mostly unannounced -- for one of the Friday or Saturday night shows at some random, small-town dirt track, he is the first to offer financial assistance to the struggling young racer in the pits next to him. Stewart well remembers what it was like to need that one break. Just as often, it's a piece of advice or a supporting pat on the back from Stewart that will make that racer's night and provide a rocking chair moment in 50 years. That passion is what makes the Aug. 9, 2014, incident so hard to endure -- then and now. While competing on a Saturday night in upstate New York during the Sprint Cup race weekend at Watkins Glen, New York, Stewart was involved in a bizarre and tragic accident. Another driver upset after crashing out of the race, 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr., got out of his sprint car and walked down the track toward the racing line to confront Stewart as he drove by. Stewart's car struck Ward, who died of his injuries. Stewart took most of the next month off from NASCAR out of respect to the Ward family, and to collect himself and grieve after an unimaginable turn in life while doing the one thing that had always been his steady source of happiness. Almost immediately after the accident television pundits joined sudden racing experts -- many of whom had never covered a race before, and many more who had never even met Stewart -- to offer loud and often misinformed opinions in the aftermath. A grand jury heard all the evidence and thoroughly contemplated the hard facts (witness accounts and video footage) and decided there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing and on Sept. 24 formally cleared Stewart. The experience has obviously altered Stewart's perspective and changed his life. In unanticipated ways, too. The outpouring of support he received from fans, his corporate partners and fellow drivers in all forms of motorsports was humbling and strengthening. Stewart found out that so often, it's in the darkest and harshest times that you realize true friendship and the importance of the big picture. It was evident that weekend in Homestead, where despite the difficulties and turmoil of the season, Stewart intently focused on what he had to be thankful for, even as he still grappled with the tragic circumstances of the previous months and disappointments on-track. Here was Stewart about to have his first winless Cup season in his Hall of Fame 16-year career. "If that streak doesn't continue, it's not going to make my year any worse, by any means. It might have been something to help salvage it,'' Stewart said after a long, thoughtful pause. As it turned out, there was another thing that at least made the season more bearable. And on the last NASCAR race weekend of the year -- at a track where in 2011 Stewart put double exclamation points on one of the single most impressive NASCAR championship runs in the sport's history -- his good friend and teammate Kevin Harvick was less than 48 hours away from delivering the team its second title in four years, in similar style. "I think winning this championship with Kevin, it would be more gratifying to me from the standpoint, we've won it as an owner/driver, but to win it with a guy that's a good friend of yours, to win this year with all the adversity that I went through, I think it solidifies what Stewart-Haas Racing is all about and shows the depth in our organization,'' Stewart said. "That's what it will prove if we can win this championship, how solid our program is to have done it with two different drivers and have so many people make the Chase each year. This is what will really put us on the map." In what could be a microcosm of Stewart's year, he finished 43rd at Homestead after being collected in an early-race accident -- but he was still able to enjoy watching Harvick win the race and hoist the Sprint Cup trophy. The hugs, handshakes, high-fives and pure emotions of it all during the victory celebration had to be a great release for Stewart, who considers the friendship part of the relationship equally as important as the business success. "You know, there's a lot of things I would love to change about the last 18 months of my life, but tonight is not one of them,'' Stewart said after the race. "I'm going to enjoy this moment, and I'm going to enjoy it with this group and this young man. "We're going to go celebrate and enjoy this because this group of people here have deserved it, and this is a great family and this is a great group of people to lean on." It echoed what Stewart said two days earlier in his motor coach, the great solace friendships have given him in times of despair -- a comforting asset he takes as he tries to move forward. Stewart will spend what little downtime he has after the season with friends like SHR crew chief Tony Gibson and World of Outlaws legend Steve Kinser. He'll attend the Chili Bowl as a spectator, cheering on those he would normally compete against. Just being in that atmosphere, surrounded by friends and supporters, will have to be enough for now. "That's one thing that hasn't changed no matter what's gone on,'' Stewart said, his voice perking up to make the point. "It's the one consistency in my life. And I'm so grateful." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule