Gander Outdoors Truck Series News (5935)
Gander Outdoors Truck Series News
Alli Owens, with a little help from her friends, is looking to make her NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this February at her home track, the Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks. Owens, who lost primary sponsorship at the end of the 2010 season, has asked local companies and her friends, via Facebook and Twitter, to help raise the $35,000 needed to compete in the event. Owens currently has a commitment from one team owner to race if the funds can be collected.
Owens has also dedicated her website to her fans to help donate and show them what they will receive in return for different levels of sponsorship. So far, Owens has collected over $3,000, and has even taken $1,000 from her own wedding fund to help her race. Owens plans to get married this spring in victory lane at the Daytona International Speedway.
"I'm just really grateful for all my fans right now," said Owens. "We have some support from some local businesses, but we need to raise a little bit more to make this happen. My fans have been such great supporters of mine throughout my career that we decided to reach out to them and communicate with them every day using Facebook and Twitter. It's been great. Every day, almost every hour I can update everyone on our progress. It's been a great tool and something the fans have been excited about.
Owens has three top-10 finishes in the ARCA Series and started on the outside pole at Daytona in the series in 2009. She's looking to make her first NASCAR start in Daytona, no matter at what cost, including dipping into her wedding fund.
"Yeah, maybe our honeymoon will be cut a bit short," said Owens. "But, my husband-to-be has been very supportive of my efforts. He knows how much this means to me to race at Daytona and make my first NASCAR start."
Fans who are interested in helping Owens reach her goal may log onto www.alliowens.com where they can donate via paypal.
Credit: Alli Ownes PR
Turn One Racing announced today that Justin Marks will drive the No. 66 Chevrolet Silverado full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, starting with the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 18th. The team has also signed a new major primary sponsor for Marks’ Silverado; however details will be announced leading up to the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the “World Center of Speed”.
“It’s a great thing for me personally to have the opportunity to come back into the Truck Series after spending a few years racing in other divisions,” Marks explained. “I’ve always had a lot of respect for Stacy Compton and his team, both when it was Wyler Racing and now as Turn One Racing. What’s great about being able to experience NASCAR like I did in 2008, and come back after a couple years out of it, is the perspective I’ve gained from reflecting on that time and learning what kind of program I need to come back to in order to be successful. Stacy has been refreshingly honest with me and given me the blueprint for success in 2011. I’m thrilled for what’s ahead and am already working hard on being the best I can be and making this year count.”
Marks, 29, is coming off of an impressive season in the ARCA Racing Series where he finished sixth in the 2010 driver point standings after scoring one win, seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 20 starts. Marks also took the pole at New Jersey Motorsports Park and led 132 laps in the series overall.
“We are very happy to have Justin join our driver lineup this season,” said Team Owner, Stacy Compton. “He is coming off a very successful year in the ARCA Racing Series where he proved his talents as a driver. Adding Justin to our driver lineup will help build our program and put us in a position to win races and championships in the future.”
Marks made his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series in 2007 and ran a partial schedule in 2008, where he claimed the pole at Texas Motor Speedway. In total, Marks has made 22 starts in the series. Over the last three years, Marks has also competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where he has made seven starts.
Former race winning crew chief and NASCAR veteran Doug Wolcott will lead the team in 2011. Wolcott was most recently a crew chief at Randy Moss Motorsports where he called the shots for drivers Tayler Malsam and David Starr, among others. Prior to joining RMM, Wolcott was a crew chief at Bill Davis Racing, where he guided driver Scott Speed to a win at Dover in May of 2008 and helped that truck to 11th place in the owners' standings with four different rookie drivers.
“Doug is a guy that has been around this sport a long time and he’s worked with and won with young guys,” said Marks. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and an unmatched work ethic. We already have a good working relationship that’s growing by the day so I think by the time Daytona rolls around; we’ll be firing on all cylinders. This is the first time in my career that I’ve been able to bring a crew chief into a program and work with him to build the effort around us and our goals so I’m pretty excited.”
Wolcott, who has more than 30 years of experience in the sport, grew up driving asphalt modifieds in the northeast and cut his teeth racing at Wall Stadium in New Jersey.
Marks will begin his full-time Truck Series effort when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tackles the high banks of Daytona International Speedway in a 100-lap, 250-mile battle on Friday, February 18, 2011.
Credit: Turn One Racing PR
Billy Ballew Motorsports (BBM) announced today that the team has merged with Vision Aviation Racing (VAR) to continue to field the No. 15 and No. 51 entries in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The announcement was made today by Ballew and Vision Aviation Racing General Manager Tom Davis.
The team will compete under the Vision Aviation Racing banner and race with the same winning equipment and resources Billy Ballew Motorsports is known for. Ballew will keep an ownership stake in the team. Up-and-coming drivers Justin Johnson and Dusty Davis, who both competed in the Super Late Model and K&N Pro Series West divisions in 2010 for VAR, will make their Truck Series debut in 2011. The team will remain supported by Toyota.
“Partnering with a winning and committed team like Vision Aviation Racing was a great way to keep the Billy Ballew Motorsports brand alive in the series.” said Ballew. “We’ve worked diligently since the season ended with Tom Davis and his organization to make this happen. Vision Aviation Racing is well positioned to be a top contender and continue the winning tradition of Billy Ballew Motorsports.”
Vision Aviation Racing, already a winning team on the West Coast, will carry on the tradition of Billy Ballew Motorsports, which just completed a history-best season with two wins and a second-place finish in the drivers’ championship by Aric Almirola. The team is also known for teaming with Kyle Busch to collect 16 wins before Busch started his own operation.
“This is an exciting time at VAR and we’re very thankful for Billy’s support with making this deal possible,” said Davis. “We’ve built a winning operation with Justin and Dusty in late models, and moving into the truck series with Billy delivers the level of excellence on the track that we’re used to.”
The team merger is still in process with key personnel yet to be finalized. The team will compete out of VAR’s Mooresville facility, located directly across from the former Billy Ballew Motorsports location.
Credit: VAR Press Release
Hot on the heels of 'crashgate', a new scandal involving Nelson Piquet and his son is set to emerge.
The Brazilian news weekly Veja reports that the racing driver pair are accused of tax evasion and money laundering.
The report said triple world champion Piquet, and his 25-year-old son who is known as Nelsinho Piquet, allegedly laundered income by directing it through the automobile federation of the Brazilian state of Ceara.
Tax was also allegedly evaded by filtering money between 2004 and 2008 into the foreign accounts of son Piquet Jr, who contested 28 F1 races before admitting he crashed his Renault on purpose during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
Former Williams and Benetton driver Piquet, 58, is reported to have confirmed the amount in question is just short of EUR 3 million.
The report said the matter is being investigated by the Brazilian federal police.
Credit: GMM Newswire
Nelson Piquet Jr. is going NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing full time, and, after a taste of the Truck Series this season, he’s more than ready.
“The racing, the atmosphere, the whole environment – it really attracted me,” Piquet Jr. said Monday. “I was used to racing in Europe with a cold environment and people difficult to work with. It’s very competitive in NASCAR. You live healthy. There are good people around you. There’s no one stabbing you in the back.”
Piquet Jr. and Kevin Harvick announced Monday that they will team in 2011, Piquet driving one of Kevin Harvick Inc.’s vehicles full time in the Camping World Truck Series.
Piquet, 25, formerly drove in Formula One. He ran five Camping World events for Red Horse Racing this season, finishing sixth in his first race at Daytona International Speedway in February. He also drove in one Nationwide Series race, finishing seventh at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Piquet is the son for former F1 champion Nelson Piquet. He is from Brazil but is living in Charlotte, N.C. He drove for Renault in F1 competition in 2008 but lost his ride with the team the next season.
He said Monday he is committed to NASCAR and hopes to learn quickly. He said his goals next season are to win a few races and the series Rookie of the Year award.
“My choice was to go for the best team,” he said. “Obviously, I need to learn a lot before winning a race, but being with such a good team should help me get good results. I think they can help me with the transition from open wheel to NASCAR.”
Piquet said he is more concerned with the technicalities of setting up and racing a truck than with the actual on-track competition.
“The different part for me is setting up the car,” he said. “Knowing what to do is difficult — the track bar, tire pressure, wedge, how the tires work, how the tracks work with temperature dropping and the different kinds of tracks — asphalt and concrete differences. And night and day racing differences.”
He said he hopes to race in Sprint Cup but doesn’t want to outrace himself.
“I never know what’s going to happen the first year,” he said. “Obviously, we’re expecting the best. If things go well the first year and we’re fighting for the championship, maybe we’ll have a chance to race Nationwide. There’s a long-term plan to reach Cup when I’m prepared, but I don’t want to start jumping series and thinking I deserve to be in Cup. I know that’s not how it works.”
At KHI, Piquet will join Ron Hornaday Jr., Elliott Sadler and Harvick as drivers.
Credit: Mike Hembree, Speed.com