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
Driver re-signs with Billy Boat Motorsports and partner 811
Bryan Silas bumps Mason Mingus bringing out an early caution at Dover International Speedway.
19-year-old ran three Truck Series races in 2013
Ron Hornaday Jr., Mason Mingus , German Quiroga Jr., and Ryan Sieg all involved in a big wreck early at Talladega Superspeedway in the Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola.
Kyle Busch fastest in Talladega final practice; Kennedy tops trucks Sprint Cup Series final practice " Results Kyle Busch claimed the top spot in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice Friday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway as drivers conserved their equipment in the last tuning session before Sunday's main event. Busch, driving the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota, topped the 50-minute stretch with a fast lap of 195.205 mph. He ranks second in the standings, highest among Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff-eligible drivers without a win in the Contender Round. Rookie Kyle Larson was second-fastest at 195.118 mph in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet. Kasey Kahne , Jeff Gordon and Casey Mears rounded out the top five in final practice. With teams opting to avoid potential damage with practicing in large packs, only 21 drivers took to the 2.66-mile track in the session. Matt Kenseth turned the most laps (21) with Kahne logging the second-most (20). Three title-eligible drivers did not participate in final practice -- Carl Edwards , Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman . Joey Logano did not complete a full lap at speed and was last among the 21 drivers on the leaderboard. Harvick and Logano both have free passes into the next round of the Chase, thanks to their victories in the other Contender Round races the last two weeks. The rest of the title hopefuls will need to lock into the Eliminator Round in Sunday's Geico 500 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN), when the field of championship-eligible drivers is shaved from 12 to eight. Sprint Cup Series practice 1 " Results Clint Bowyer shot to the top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard Friday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway , using the aerodynamic draft to clock a lap at 200.385 mph in opening practice. Bowyer, driving the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 15 Toyota, carries two Talladega fall race victories (2010, 2011) into Sunday's GEICO 500 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN), the sixth race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs and the elimination finale of the three-race Contender Round. After Sunday's event on the 2.66-mile track, the championship-eligible field will be whittled from 12 drivers to eight. Aric Almirola was second-fastest in the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford at 200.268 mph. Defending race winner Jamie McMurray ended the session third-fastest with Michael McDowell and Travis Kvapil completing the top five. Brad Keselowski was the fastest among Chase drivers still alive in the title hunt, clocking the eighth-best lap. Joey Logano (31st-fastest) and Kevin Harvick (37th) are already clear to the next round of the playoffs with victories the last two weekends. Three heavy hitters below the cut-off line entering the Contender Round finale -- Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr ., and Jimmie Johnson -- essentially need to win Sunday's race to control their own postseason destiny. Earnhardt was 12th-fastest and Johnson, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, 32nd-fastest. The hourlong practice session marked the first on-track activity for the Sprint Cup drivers, and the large pack of cars fanned out to three-wide early on. Johnson was among those largely avoiding the risk of heavy traffic, but his lap times reflected the lack of aerodynamic help from other cars. Coors Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled Saturday (4:40 p.m. ET, ESPNews) with Sprint Cup teams tackling their first go-round with a new format for restrictor-plate tracks Talladega and Daytona, announced last month. Teams will have three five-minute rounds of eliminations, with 24 of the 46 drivers making the second session and 12 drivers competing for the pole in the final stint. Final Sprint Cup practice is scheduled later Friday from 4:30-5:20 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1). Camping World Truck Series practice 1 " Get results Rookie Ben Kennedy was fastest in Friday's first and only practice for Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway . Kennedy posted a speed of 188.902 mph on his 11th lap of the two-hour practice. Saturday will be Kennedy's first start at the Alabama track.Second-fastest was fellow rookie Mason Mingus at 188.872 mph. Tayler Malsam (188.857 mph), Ryan Sieg (188.835 mph) and Spencer Gallagher (188.824 mph) completed the top five fastest drivers. Points leader Matt Crafton posted a speed of 186.585 mph and was 14th-fastest of the run. Defending race winner Johnny Sauter was 17th-fastest (186.409 mph). Sauter is the only previous winner in the field for Saturday, and he trails teammate Crafton by 19 points in the standings. The practice had four caution flags. The first came out early for debris at the end of pit road. The second was for No. 74 Mike Harmon who spun in Turns 3 and 4. The third was for fluid on the track in Turn 4 and the fourth and final caution came out when No. 13 Jeb Burton stopped on the track after running out of fuel. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to the track for Keystone Light Pole Qualifying at 5:45 p.m. ET with TV coverage on FOX Sports 1. Sprint Cup Series practice 2, 4:30-5:20 p.m. ET " Follow live MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
See where drivers will line up to qualify (Friday, 2:45 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) # Trk Driver Team 1 42 * Kyle Larson (i) ParkerStore Chevrolet 2 77 German Quiroga OtterBox Toyota 3 50 Wendell Chavous Dedicated to Electrical Linemen Chevrolet 4 05 * John Wes Townley Zaxby's Toyota 5 98 Johnny Sauter Nextant/Curb Records Toyota 6 35 Ross Chastain watermelon.org Toyota 7 19 Tyler Reddick # DrawTite Ford 8 31 Ben Kennedy # Heater.com Chevrolet 9 82 * Derek White OCR GAZ BAR Chevrolet 10 48 * Mason Mitchell NEEM/Wildlife Foundation Florida Ford 11 08 Ray Black Jr. ScubaLife/NASE WorldWide Chevrolet 12 74 * Jordan Anderson Living Integrity Chevrolet 13 21 Joey Coulter Allegiant Travel Chevrolet 14 51 Kyle Busch(i) ToyotaCare Toyota 15 92 * Austin Hill Goodyear Fleet HQ/Wynns/ARCO/A&D Welders Ford 16 29 Ryan Blaney Cooper Standard Ford 17 32 Tayler Malsam Outerwall Chevrolet 18 0 * Caleb Roark Grimes Irrigation & Construction Chevrolet 19 17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota 20 45 * Matt Tifft Chevrolet 21 6 Norm Benning Chevrolet 22 15 * Mason Mingus # Call 811 Before You Dig Chevrolet 23 9 Ty Dillon(i) Qore-24 Chevrolet 24 59 * Kyle Martel Hanover Cold Storage Chevrolet 25 20 Daniel Hemric First Community Bank Chevrolet 26 36 * Scott Stenzel Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda Chevrolet 27 88 Matt Crafton Jeld-Wen/Menards Toyota 28 54 Darrell Wallace Jr. ToyotaCare Toyota 29 13 Jeb Burton Estes/Carolina Nut Company Toyota 30 63 Justin Jennings Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda Chevrolet 31 02 Tyler Young # Randco/Young's Building Systems Chevrolet 32 8 Joe Nemechek swmtx.com Toyota 33 23 * Spencer Gallagher Allegiant Travel Chevrolet 34 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Oohrah! Hydration Drink Chevrolet 35 07 Todd Peck Horizon Pharma/Arthritis Foundation Chevrolet 36 99 Bryan Silas Congratulation Governor Rick Scott Chevrolet MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Crafton gains slightly on Blaney in championship battle RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings FORT WORTH, Tex.—After an astounding run toward the front after a late restart in Friday night's Winstar World Casino & Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway , Kyle Busch took the checkered flag under caution at the end of a green-white-checkered-flag run to the finish of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. In a wild final two laps that left ThorSport Racing teammates Jeb Burton and Johnny Sauter at odds on pit road, Burton finished second, followed by Timothy Peters , polesitter Tyler Reddick and series leader Matt Crafton . Sauter went spinning through the infield grass after what appeared to be incidental contact from Burton on Lap 146 of a scheduled 147 to cause the caution that set up the green-white-checkered finish and sent the race five laps beyond its posted distance. The victory was Busch’s seventh of the season, his third at Texas and the 42nd of his career. What made the win possible was Busch's dramatic surge from ninth to third on the penultimate restart on Lap 143, after five drivers stayed out on old tires and three others took two tires or no tires on their final pit stops under the fifth caution. Busch wasn't worried about the outcome until he realized he had miscounted the number of trucks that would restart ahead of him on Lap 143. "I thought when I saw four trucks out there (that had stayed out)… I only counted four, and then all of a sudden the 15 ( Mason Mingus ) popped up, and that made it five," Busch said. "But when I counted four, that was going to put us eighth on the outside, but then the 15 was there, and so it was ninth on the inside. "I thought the 17 (Peters) was in the catbird seat there. I figured he had the perfect strategy—two tires, and he was going to be on the outside (restarting sixth), get through those guys and get out front." As it turned out, Busch drove up the middle after the restart and passed Peters for second right before caution flew on Lap 146 for Sauter's trip through the grass. As Busch would say later, his dramatic run to the front was essentially a case of “close your eyes and hold on.” "Driving up through the middle there, the seas sort of parted ways a little bit, and they were already three-wide, and I'm like, 'There’s a gap there—I’m taking it.' And that put us four-wide. But in those situations, with that many laps to go, you've just got to do it." Crafton's two closest pursuers in the series standings, Ryan Blaney and Darrell Wallace Jr ., both had issues on Friday night, but Wallace got by far the worse of the exchange, as both his engine and his championship hopes expired in the same instant. As Wallace was chasing Busch, his car owner, from the second position on Lap 106, his engine erupted in a plume of smoke and dropped a stream of oil on the race track. Wallace took his No. 54 Toyota to the garage and finished 26th, falling 43 points behind Crafton with two races left in the season. Blaney was forced to change batteries under caution on Lap 77 and fell to 16th for a restart on Lap 82 but rallied to finish ninth and minimized the damage to his position in the standings. Blaney remained second, 23 points behind Crafton. Note: With Busch's victory, Toyota clinched its seventh manufacturer’s championship in the Camping World Truck Series… Busch has now led laps in 21 consecutive NCWTS starts. 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
See the order the trucks will go off in for qualifying (3:15 p.m. ET, FS1) # Car Driver Team 1 6 Norm Benning Tom Corbett for PA Governor Chevrolet 2 20 Brennan Newberry Qore-24 Chevrolet 3 51 Kyle Busch(i) ToyotaCare Toyota 4 36 * Blake Koch (i) Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda Chevrolet 5 77 German Quiroga OtterBox Toyota 6 07 Ryan Lynch BlankHood.com Chevrolet 7 32 Tayler Malsam Outerwall Chevrolet 8 30 * Cameron Hayley Cabinets by Hayley Chevrolet 9 05 * John Wes Townley Zaxby's Toyota 10 29 Ryan Blaney Cooper Standard Ford 11 13 Jeb Burton Estes/Carolina Nut Company Toyota 12 21 Joey Coulter Allegiant Travel Chevrolet 13 17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota 14 57 * Adam Edwards Watt's Truck Center Chevrolet 15 50 TJ Bell Dedicated to Electrical Linemen Chevrolet 16 88 Matt Crafton Goof Off/Menards Toyota 17 02 Tyler Young # Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth Chevrolet 18 54 Darrell Wallace Jr. ToyotaCare Toyota 19 31 Ben Kennedy # Heater.com Chevrolet 20 35 Ryan Ellis(i) Red Line Synthetic Oil/Win-Tron Racing Toyota 21 19 Tyler Reddick # DrawTite Ford 22 08 Ray Black Jr. ScubaLife/NASE WorldWide Chevrolet 23 98 Johnny Sauter Smokey Mountain/Curb Records Toyota 24 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Grimes Irrigation & Construction Chevrolet 25 74 * Mike Harmon John II Concrete Construction Chevrolet 26 23 * Max Gresham AmWins Group Inc. Chevrolet 27 0 * Caleb Roark Grimes Irrigation & Construction Chevrolet 28 99 Bryan Silas Rick Scott for FL Governor Chevrolet 29 9 Ron Hornaday Jr. Rheem Chevrolet 30 63 Justin Jennings Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda Chevrolet 31 15 * Mason Mingus # 811 Call Before You Dig Chevrolet 32 8 Joe Nemechek swmtx.com/Slovacek's Sausage Toyota * 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