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Gander Outdoors Truck Series News

Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that 17-year-old Canadian driver Raphael Lessard will pilot the team's No. 46 Tundra in three NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) events this season. Lessard will make his Truck Series debut March 23 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and also compete in the organization's fourth entry at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
 
Lessard won two marquee events driving KBM's famed No. 51 Super Late Model last season; the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in May and the Red Bud 400 ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in July. Overall in 16 starts for KBM split across the CARS Super Late Model Tour, the Southern Super Series and the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the talented teenager posted two wins, three poles, seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 2018. He also competed in the prestigious Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. where he started seventh, led 68 laps and was in a position to contend for the win before a fluid leak ended his day with nine laps remaining.
 
"Driving for KBM I will be assured of having one of the best vehicles in the Truck Series and that will allow me to go for the win every time out," Lessard said. "KBM is a team of winners, and I intend to take full advantage of the great situation I find myself in."
 
"It's rewarding as an owner to see the progression of young drivers like Raphael, and Erik Jones and Christopher Bell before him, that start out in our Super Late Models as part of the Toyota Racing Development program and are able to turn that into an opportunity to compete in the Trucks Series," owner Kyle Busch said. "Raphael was really fast in our Super Late Models last season and added a couple of marquee wins to KBM's resume. We expect that he'll be able to step right in and be competitive as he makes the jump to the next level."
 
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Officials from AM Racing (@AMRacingNASCAR) announced today on the heels of their primary partnership lineup for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season that they are welcoming back several associate partners for the 23-race schedule.

CForce Bottling Company founded in 2015 by Gena and American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter Chuck Norris will return to the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado after joining the organization early into the 2018 NGOTS season.

Tyler Norris, vice president of marketing for CForce offered, “The partnership with Austin is one of our favorite things in the year. He’s an incredible driver and an even greater person. CForce water is proud of our sponsorship and we look forward to watching Austin’s 2019 season unfold!”

Kreuz Market located in the Barbecue Capital of Texas, offers some of the best smoked sausage and craft meats. Served on butcher paper and eaten in a rustic cafeteria type setting the same way since their opening in 1900.

Kreuz Market with its landmark servings offering sausage and BBQ, without sauce or forks will expand its partnership with the family-owned operation beginning with Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

“Kreuz Market is thrilled to be a part of something like the NASCAR Truck series. Being from Texas and sponsoring and supporting a Texas driver says a lot for what we do. We see that the NASCAR family has a great following and committed fans. We hope to meet these fans whether it be online ordering some of our amazing Barbecue to be shipped or taking the trip to experience the true Texas Barbecue experience,” said Weston Black of Kreuz Market.

Finally, Boerne, Texas-based Flying Circle, a leading manufacturer of tactical and travel luggage for the U.S. military, will complete the team’s current partnership lineup.

“We are excited to partner with fellow Texan Austin Wayne Self and the AM Racing team for another successful season.  As proud supporters of the U.S. military, we look forward to all the ways we can work with Austin and the team to connect with our customers and NASCAR fans in 2019 and give back to the military community,” said Jimmy Chittim owner of Flying Circle.

“It’s so cool to have all of our partners from last year returning for another Truck Series season,” said Austin Wayne Self. “CForce, Kreuz Market and Flying Circle all joined our AM Racing team at different points during the season last year and they fit nicely into our platform.

“This year we want to work harder to elevate their presence both on and off the track and look forward to delivering them stronger results in 2019.”

For additional information on CForce premium artesian water, please visit
cforce.com.

To order your next pre-race meal and show your support for Austin Wayne Self and Kreuz Market, visit
kreuzmarket.com. Also check out its social media platforms on Facebook (Facebook.com/KreuzMarketLockhart) and Twitter (@kreuzmarket). 

For more on Flying Circle, please visit
flyingcirclegear.com, like them on Facebook (FlyingCircleGear) and follow them on Instagram (@flyingcirclegear) and Twitter (@flyingcircle_). Also connect with Flying Circle on Pinterest and YouTube.

For more on AM Racing, please like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR and stay tuned for a brand new website.

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit
awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 laps | 250 miles) is the first of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs, Feb. 14 from 2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:35 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Feb. 15 beginning at 4:40 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). 

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Fresh off his career-best ARCA Menards Series finish this past Saturday afternoon at the historic Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Codie Rohrbaugh and his Grant County Mulch Racing (GCMR) team eye that same type of success in Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) NextEra Energy Resources 250.

Using patience and luck to his advantage, Rohrbaugh was able to dodge several late-race incidents in the ARCA season-opener to earn his seventh career top-10 finish but first on a superspeedway.

“So glad we finally had some luck on our side at Daytona and on these bigger superspeedways to be exact,” said Rohrbaugh. “You know, I’m really proud of our team. We really just fly under the radar and go out there and give it our all.

“We’re making huge strides and now I’m looking forward to continuing our strong Speedweeks going from ARCA to Trucks.

Success or not, Rohrbaugh and his family-own team are looking to turn heads and stir up the competition at the front in the Truck Series opener on Feb. 15.

With the guidance of crew chief Mark Huff and the thoroughbred effort of his team, the Petersburg, West Virginia native isn’t ruling out the opportunity for his team to steal some of the thunder in their first race of a limited Truck Series schedule in 2019.

“We don’t come to the race track unless we honestly feel like we can contend to win races,” offered Rohrbaugh who will attempt to make his third Truck Series start on Friday. “We’ve made the decision to concentrate a little more on Trucks this year over our ARCA program, so it’s important for us to go out there and be as noticeable as we can.”

Without out any secure points to guarantee themselves into the starting lineup on Friday afternoon, Rohrbaugh knows how crucial practice will be on Thursday – but says his team will have a strategy heading into race day which includes qualifying just four hours before race time.

“There’s a lot of factors to consider when you enter such a big race like on a national platform,” added Rohrbaugh. “For us, to go home would be devastating, especially considering the resources we put into our No. 9 Grant County Mulch Racing Chevrolet.

“While I think it’s important to draft at a place like Daytona and Talladega – for us, I wouldn’t be surprised if we focused on single-truck qualifying runs since we will qualify that way on Friday. It’s different from what I’m used to in ARCA – but that’s OK.

“Mark and the guys are bringing a good truck where we should have the speed whether we’re bunched up in a pack or riding solo around Daytona by ourselves. Once we’re in the race, we’ll focus on what we look to accomplish during the race. Honestly, I would be disappointed with anything less than a top-10 finish. I think we’re capable of that.”

Following Daytona, Rohrbaugh plans to compete in the NGOTS event at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway on Fri., Mar. 1.

In 19 career ARCA starts, Rohrbaugh has a best finish of seventh twice at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (July 2018 and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (February 2019). He has qualified a career-best fourth on four different occasions including at Kansas Speedway (Oct. 2018).

Marketing partnership(s) opportunities are available for the No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet and No. 9 Grant County Mulch Ford for the 2019 ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series seasons and beyond. Interested inquiries are encouraged to contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304.257.8783.

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 laps | 250 miles) is the first of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs, Feb. 14 from 2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:35 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Feb. 15 beginning at 4:40 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).

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One of the feel-good stories from the 2018 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) Daytona season-opener will have another opportunity to shine again as Clay Greenfield (@ClayGreenfield) and his Clay Greenfield Motorsports (CGM) team will compete in Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250.

“I’m excited for an opportunity to get back to Daytona and put our No. 68 Chevrolet Silverado in contention for another good finish,” Greenfield said.

“We had a real good run going last year and we got involved in a crash late in the race. Maybe luck will strike twice, and we’ll be just as competitive this week and have a shot at redemption on Friday night.”

Last year, Greenfield stunned the Truck Series regulars by qualifying a career-best third and remained a factor in the season-opening race until being swept into a Lap 81 crash that resulted in a disappointing 22nd place finish.

Despite the finish, Greenfield praised the then new spec NT1 engine approved for competition last year. Greenfield explained the new engine allowed his team the opportunity to come to the 2.5-mile superspeedway and have a shot at being competitive from the moment they unloaded.

Traditionally, Greenfield has been a crafty plate-racer, but limited finances have hindered his opportunity to make a statement from start to finish during either Daytona or Talladega weekend. Last year, Greenfield led the parade of solo teams utilizing the new motor to their advantage.

“I’m very thankful for the NT1 engine,” added Greenfield. “It has allowed a small team like mine, based out of Tennessee to come to the track to be competitive. Whether it’s a big track like Daytona or Talladega – or a small track like Bristol, I feel relieved knowing that we’re going to the track with a fighting chance with the horsepower under the hood – rather than having to sweat it out.”

CGM will run a limited Truck Series schedule in 2019 and while the lineup is still being finalized, Greenfield says the addition of new partner Rackley Roofing for Friday night’s 100-lap race could provide the chance for him to increase the number of races run this season.

For more than four decades, Rackley Roofing has been serving the industrial and commercial roofing needs of customers in Tennessee, including the Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, and Chattanooga areas. Their full-service roofing capabilities and unmatched customer service combine to exceed their customers’ expectations and create a higher standard in commercial roofing.

“I’m super stoked to have Rackley Roofing on board for Daytona this weekend,” Greenfield added. “I’ve gotten to know everyone there pretty well and they are very supportive in our program and what we are trying to accomplish. I hope the opportunity works out where we’re able to put some more races together down the road.”

In 42 NGOTS starts, Greenfield has two top-10 finishes, including a career-best eighth at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 2017. In addition to Trucks, the 34-year-old has made limited starts in the Xfinity Series and ARCA Menards Series.

For more on Clay Greenfield, visit ClayGreenfield.com, like him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 laps | 250 miles) is the first of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs, Feb. 14 from 2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:35 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Feb. 15 beginning at 4:40 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).

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For Robby Lyons (@RLRacing2) and his Chad Finley Racing (CFR) team, the wait is nearly over.

After an aggressive offseason of building race trucks and preparing for their first race of the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season, Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 provides an opportunity for CFR to strut their stuff at the historic Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Flashback to last October at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Seminole, Fla.-based driver Lyons forced his way into the spotlight after qualifying 26th and contending for the race lead before being shuffled in the waning laps and scooping a 14th place finish.

The effort steered by CFR crew chief Bruce Cook gives the team a mission for the 100-lap race on Friday night with the support of partners Sunwest Construction LLC. of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.

Sunwest Construction was founded in 1986 and has grown into the premier construction and development company on the west coast of Florida. Over the past 30 years, they have built and developed over 1,700 condominium units and now specialize in mid-high-rise developments as well as commercial buildings and hotels alongside Marriott and Hampton Inn.

Lyons will make his second NGOTS start at the “World Center of Racing” after qualifying 25th and finishing 13th last February for Premium Motorsports.

“Looking forward to Daytona this week for sure,” said Lyons. “It’s been a very busy offseason for us, but we feel like we’re coming to Daytona with a fast Chevrolet Silverado and that should give us the opportunity to finish what we started last year at Talladega.”

With one of the most competitive fields at Daytona in recent years expected this week, Lyons says his team has a plan and will try to execute it accordingly.

“It’s going to be a strong field this week, there’s no hiding behind that,” Lyons said. “We knew there would be. We’ve taken the steps to make sure we’re a little faster by ourselves – since that’s how we will qualify on Friday.

“The draft is so important – but you gotta be in the show first – before you switch that mindset and start focusing on the race. There are two short practices on Thursday and I’m pretty sure we’ll focus on qualifying runs. We might draft too. It’s all up to Bruce (Cook).”

Racing in front of his friends and family is a big deal to the 30-year-old Lyons and with running a split schedule at CFR this season, Lyons knows it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity behind the wheel.

“I feel incredibly blessed to have the chance to race at Daytona,” added Lyons who will attempt to make his 12th career NGOTS start. “Daytona and Homestead are two very important tracks for me – simply because our partners have a presence and I always have a lot of friends and family around.

“That’s what keeps you going. Support. I’ve been through highs and lows in my racing career – but man, what a moment it would be if we were able to bring home the checkered flag on Friday. That would be awesome.”

In 11 career Truck Series races, Lyons has earned a best-finish of 12th at ISM Raceway (Phoenix) in Nov. 2017, while also qualifying a career-best 20th in the same event. In 2018, he finished a season-high 13th at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Follow Robby Lyons on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates throughout the weekend.

For more on Chad Finley Racing, please visit ChadFinleyRacing.com.

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 laps | 250 miles) is the first of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs, Feb. 14 from 2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:35 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Feb. 15 beginning at 4:40 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).

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Two years ago, AM Racing driver Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) found himself one position away from winning his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race.

This weekend, the Austin, Texas native heads to the “World Center of Racing” armed with a new truck, new crew chief and team ready to battle in Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250.

With new leader Eddie Troconis calling the shots as crew chief of the No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado, the 22-year-old is hoping for the opportunity to put his truck in Victory Lane.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to get to Daytona,” said Self who will campaign the full Truck Series championship with his Mooresville, N.C-based team. “Since Eddie joined the team, we’ve been working day and night to get ready for the 2019 season.

“I feel like we are in good shape and I’m proud of what our team has done in such a short amount of time.

We’re bringing a new truck to the track this weekend and I’m hoping it will pay dividends when it counts most.”

With the addition of Troconis, the family-owned team also formed a technical alliance with GMS Racing which Self sees as a benefit as he focuses on putting his AM Racing team into the Playoffs and surpassing his 12th place championship finish last year.

“We’ve put a lot of resources into our equipment during the off-season,” Self added. “I think we have 23 or 24 trucks in our hands that we can work with at any given time. From short track trucks, to superspeedway trucks and even a road course truck. I feel like the components are there for us to race competitively, we just need to go out and execute.”

Although Self knows that Daytona can be a dangerous game of Russian Roulette, he says he still gets fired up about racing at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

“It’s Daytona, it does not get any better than this,” sounded Self. “It’s a place where dreams can come true.

Just as cool as Daytona is – the luck could change on an instant. We just happened to be at the right place at the right time in 2016 and it nearly paid off for us.

“As a team, we need to do our job collectively and hope when push comes to shove, we’re in a good place when the checkered flag waves. We definitely want to get our season off to the best start possible.”

Winning Truck Series crew chief Troconis who joins AM Racing after a stint at ThorSport Racing believes Self can earn his first Truck Series win in 2019 and perhaps at Daytona.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead AM Racing and Austin Wayne Self starting this weekend in Daytona,” sounded Troconis. “We have worked very hard on our program over the past few months and I think we’ll be able to turn some heads.

“Daytona is unpredictable but we’re going there with the mindset that we have the chance to win. Austin is a smart plate racer and he’s been in contention to win there before. I’d like to think together we can do it again on Friday night.”

Like last year, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will also support Self in his 64th career start.

GO TEXAN represents Texas agri-business on state, national and international levels by building recognition with the GO TEXAN mark.

Along with its signature mark in the shape of Texas, GO TEXAN celebrates, promotes and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit Texas agriculture is known throughout the world.

Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the first race of the year.

In 63 NGOTS races, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and four top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.2 during his three years of competition.

For more on Austin Wayne Self, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

For more on AM Racing, please like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR. A new website is forthcoming.

For additional information on CForce premium artesian water, please visit cforce.com.

For more on Flying Circle, please visit flyingcirclegear.com, like them on Facebook (FlyingCircleGear) and follow them on Instagram (@flyingcirclegear) and Twitter (@flyingcircle_). Also connect with Flying Circle on Pinterest and YouTube.

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 laps | 250 miles) is the first of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs, Feb. 14 from 2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:35 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Feb. 15 beginning at 4:40 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). 

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Officials from On Point Motorsports announced today that Bad Boy Mowers has joined the organization and will serve as Primary Sponsor for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season opening event at Daytona International Speedway. Brennan Poole will pilot the No. 30 Bad Boy Mowers Toyota Tundra in the running of the NextEra Energy 250 as he kicks off his drive for the 2019 Championship.
 
“It is cool to have Bad Boy Mowers join our organization for the big season opening event in Daytona,” stated Steven Lane, manager of On Point Motorsports. “We have put a tremendous amount of work into the development of this team and the addition of a sponsor like Bad Boy Mowers shows that people have recognized that. We look forward to a solid week in Daytona and starting the season off with a strong showing in our No. 30 Bad Boy Mowers Toyota Tundra.”
 
On Point Motorsports announced last month the addition of driver Brennan Poole to the organization with its sights set on a run at the 2019 NGOTS Chase Playoffs. The duo enters the season opening Daytona event with a high level of excitement and expectations for the season.
 
“It has been awhile since I have had this much excitement for the beginning of the season,” stated Poole. “The amount of work that has been put into this program has been amazing to see and that has created a solid foundation for us. I really feel that we have an great opportunity in front of us to surprise a lot of people. I have had solid success in the past at Daytona, including a Pole Award in an Xfinity car, and I look forward to wheeling this No. 30 Bad Boy Mowers Toyota Tundra on Friday night. It is also exciting to have Brown Pelican Wi Fi on board with us in Daytona and we look forward to what the future may present between us.”
 
Poole has five career starts at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series highlighted by a Pole Award in the July 2017 event and an eventual seventh-place finish. Brennan also has one start at the track in the ARCA Racing Series which also resulted in a seventh-place finish.
 
"We are very excited to be back in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series as primary partner with Brennan Poole and the No. 30 Toyota of On Point Motorsports," stated Bill Hurst of Bad Boy Mowers. "Superspeedway racing is as intense as it gets and the famous Daytona International Speedway provides some of the best racing in our country. We know Brennan and the team have been working extremely hard preparing for the upcoming weekend and wish them nothing but success. Good Luck No. 30 Bad Boy Mowers Toyota and go get 'em."
 
"Brown Pelican WiFi is proud to be a sponsor of Brennan's No. 30 truck," echoed Mary Beth Hall, CEO of Brown Pelican WiFi. "This is a big opportunity for us to demonstrate what rock solid, secure and super fast wifi can do for sponsors and teams at NASCAR races." 
The running of the NextEra Energy 250 will be Friday February 15th and can be seen LIVE on FoxSports1 at 7:30 pm ET and heard nationwide on MRN Radio.
 
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