Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff extends partnership with No. 98 entry Registration for NASCAR Fantasy Live is now open! Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff and Pouches has extended their partnership with ThorSport Racing and Johnny Sauter for the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the team announced on Tuesday. The partnership is for eight races beginning with the season opener at Daytona International Speedway , the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday, Feb. 20 (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). "Smokey Mountain has been a huge supporter of our series, and every year they are able to increase their presence in NASCAR," Sauter said in a team release. "I'm honored they have chosen not only to extend their partnership with myself and ThorSport Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but to have also increased their presence in 2015. This kind of partnership is hard to find these days, so I'm honored to be carrying their colors and representing their brand again this season." In addition to the opener at Daytona, Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff and Pouches will serve as the primary sponsor for both races at Martinsville Speedway (in March and October), the May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway , the August race at Bristol Motor Speedway , the October race at Talladega Superspeedway and the November race at Texas Motor Speedway . Last season, Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff was a primary sponsor for Sauter in six of the series' 22 races. In the 2014 season, Sauter scored a win at Michigan International Speedway and finished fourth in the final standings, driving the No. 98 Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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
See the schedule for when NASCAR's national series will kick off in 2015 RELATED: Buy tickets for the Daytona 500 " Buy tickets for other Daytona events Daytona International Speedway released start times Friday for its 2015 Speedweeks slate of events, including a 1 p.m. ET start for the sixth straight year for the 57th running of the crown jewel Daytona 500 on Feb. 22. The start times include no major deviations from the 2014 schedule at the 2.5-mile Florida track. The most significant change is a move for the NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener to 3:30 p.m. ET; last year's first event was scheduled for a 1:15 p.m. ET start. All events will be televised on the FOX family of networks. RELATED: Video preview of 2015 season IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship schedule will get underway Jan. 24 at 2:10 p.m. ET with the 53rd Rolex 24 endurance race (FOX Sports, IMSA.com), the kickoff event for Budweiser Speedweeks. NASCAR racing activity is scheduled to begin Saturday, Feb. 14 with the annual Sprint Unlimited non-points event for the Sprint Cup Series, starting at 8:15 p.m. ET (FOX). The field for the Daytona 500 will be set through Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Sunday, Feb. 15 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX) and the Budweiser Duel at Daytona qualifying races Thursday (7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). This year, pole qualifying will adopt the knockout-style, group format that was used at every Sprint Cup race except the Daytona 500 last season. The two 150-mile qualifiers will be run at night for the second consecutive year. The season-opening events for all three NASCAR national series kick off Friday night with the Camping World Truck Series' NextEra Energy Resources 250 (7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), continue with Saturday's debut of the newly named XFINITY Series and its Alert Today Florida 300 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) and culminating with Sunday's main event, the Daytona 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX). Speedweeks will also offer fans a preview of portions of the Daytona Rising project, with 40,000 new seats available on the track's west side along the short chute to Turn 1. Start times for 2015 Speedweeks events at Daytona (all times Eastern) Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 24-25 -- IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Rolex 24 At Daytona, 2:10 p.m. (FOX Sports and IMSA.com) Saturday, Feb. 14 -- ARCA Racing Series, Lucas Oil 200 Presented By American Real MAV TV, 4:15 p.m. (FOX Sports 1); NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, The Sprint Unlimited , 8:15 p.m. (FOX) Sunday, Feb. 15 -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole Qualifying Presented By Kroger, 1:30 p.m. (FOX) Thursday, Feb. 19 -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Budweiser Duel At Daytona, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports 1) Friday, Feb. 20 -- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NextEra Energy Resources 250 , 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 1) Saturday, Feb. 21 -- NASCAR XFINITY Series, Alert Today Florida 300, 3:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 1) Sunday, Feb. 22 -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Daytona 500 , 1 p.m. ET (FOX). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Driver to transition to a team leadership, off-track role GMS Racing announced Thursday that Joey Coulter will move to the role of team relations coordinator for the 2015 season. Coulter, 24, just completed his fourth full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He finished seventh in the series standings in 2014, his first season driving the No. 21 Chevrolet for the Maury Gallagher-owned GMS team. "I am excited to continue my relationship with GMS Racing," Coulter said in a statement released by the team. "Unfortunately, due to a lack of sponsorship I will not be in a truck this season. Taking on a new position with GMS allows me to continue my involvement in the racing community and also stay involved as a driver with my family’s dirt racing program. So I get the best of both worlds." GMS indicated that further announcements regarding its plans for the season were forthcoming ahead of the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 (FOX Sports 1 on Feb. 20). Coulter was the team's only full-time driver last season; GMS also fielded trucks for part-timers Spencer Gallagher (nine races), Max Gresham (five) and Brandon Jones (two). Coulter has one victory in 91 Camping World Truck Series starts, coming in August 2012 at Pocono Raceway . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Pit boss heads to Red Horse Racing to run the No. 11 team Red Horse Racing announced Friday afternoon that Scott Zipadelli will be crew chief for the No. 11 Toyota to be driven by Ben Kennedy next season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Since 2007, Zipadelli has had a recurring role as a crew chief in what is now the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The Red Horse job will mark his first venture into the truck circuit. "Red Horse Racing is a well-respected organization that has had a lot of success in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and I am very excited to be a part of it," Zipadelli said in a release provided by the Tom DeLoach-owned team. "Ben (Kennedy) is a talented driver and I have high expectations for him and the No. 11 team. He had an outstanding rookie season, and our goal this year is to win races and put ourselves in position to contend for the 2015 championship." Zipadelli has posted three XFINITY Series wins in his career -- two last season with Kyle Larson at the wheel, and one with Boris Said on the Montreal road course in 2010. His brother, Greg, is a 34-time winner as a crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and is currently the vice president of competition for Stewart-Haas Racing . Last month, Red Horse announced that Kennedy -- the Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the NCWTS in 2014 -- would join its driver lineup and that the field of crew chief candidates had been whittled to a short list. The hiring of Zipadelli fills the lone vacancy in its driver-crew chief pairings for 2015. "Scott Zipadelli has great experience on top of the pit box and brings a lot to the program," Kennedy said in the team's release. "I am really looking forward to working with him and can't wait to unload our No. 11 Toyota Tundra at Daytona in February." The 23-year-old Kennedy netted seven top-10 finishes for Turner Scott Motorsports in his rookie truck season, highlighted by having the number one starting spot for the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway . In making the switch, he'll take on the role of teammate to Timothy Peters and crew chief Marcus Richmond in the organization's No. 17 Toyota. The Camping World Truck Series' 23-race schedule opens Feb. 20 with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 (7:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1) at Daytona. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Johnny Sauter wins the NextEra Energy Resources 250 in Daytona.
Multiple accidents cut Daytona 500 practice session short