Kyle Busch Motorsports Previews The Snow Ball Derby

Kyle Busch

Over 50 Super Late Model teams converged on Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., this week for the 50th running of the prestigious Snowball Derby, including three entries from Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). Owner-driver Kyle Busch, who won the event in 2009, will be joined by Noah Gragson and Cole Rouse for Sunday’s300-lap event at the half-mile, high-banked oval.

KBM will be looking to collect its third Tom Dawson Memorial Trophy. In addition to Busch’s win in 2009, the organization visited victory lane with Erik Jones in 2013.

Speed 51 is offering live pay-per-view coverage of the Snowball Derby for fans that cannot attend but wish to watch one of the year’s most exciting racing events. Green flag is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT and coverage begins at 12 p.m. CT with the Snowball Derby Pre Race Show.

Here’s a closer look at KBM’s three entries in Sunday’s race:

Driver:                                      Kyle Busch

Starting Position:                    15th

Final Practice Result:             Sixth

Car:                                          No. 51 Toyota/Phoenix Construction Camry

Associate Sponsors:                Billy Ballew Motorsports, Family Funeral and Cremation, ProMoly, Stock Car Steel and                                                              Aluminum Company, SRI and TRD

Crew Chief:                             Rudy Fugle

Busch hopped on a plane from Las Vegas late Thursday night after attending the NASCAR Cup Series’ annual banquet and arrived in Pensacola just prior to the start of Friday’s first practice session. The Las Vegas native will be looking to score his 14th overall victory of 2017, having posted five wins in both the Cup and Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing and three Camping World Truck Series victories for KBM.

In addition to his 183 victories across NASCAR’s top three divisions, Busch has posted numerous Late Model victories throughout his career, including the Snowball Derby in 2009. Busch will be making his fourth career Snowball Derby start Sunday, most recently finishing third in the 2012 event.

Busch will be hosting the “Rowdy Roundup” in the Fan Zone at 5 Flags Speedway Sunday morning at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets for the exclusive meet and greet, which allows fans the opportunity to get two items autographed and have their picture taken with Busch, can still be purchased at the 5 Flags Speedway Main Office.

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 51 Camry

“Obviously 15th isn’t where we wanted to qualify, but Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) and all the guys made our Toyota, Phoenix Construction Camry a lot better for final practice. We made some 20-lap runs and we feel like we have good long-run speed, but we’re probably still lacking a little bit of speed firing off compared to the guys that qualified up front.”

Driver:                                      Noah Gragson

Starting Position:                    20th

Final Practice Result:             Ninth

Car:                                          No. 18 Switch Camry

Associate Sponsors:                Game of War, Machine Zone, Mobile Strike and SpringHill Suites

Crew Chief:                             Marcus Richmond

Gragson competed full-time for KBM in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season. The 19-year-old’s rookie season was highlighted by a victory at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in October when he outdueled series stalwarts Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton in the closing laps to pick up his first NASCAR National Series victory. In addition to his win, the Las Vegas native registered three poles, 187 laps led, four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes across 23 Truck Series starts.

In addition to his full-time schedule in the Truck Series, Gragson will be making his third start this season for the KBM Super Late Model team. In his most recent outing he scored a victory in one of the crown jewels of Super Late Model racing, the Winchester 400 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway.

Sunday will be Gragson’s third consecutive Snowball Derby start. Last year he qualified seventh and finished ninth, improving on an 11th-place finish in 2015.

Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Camry

“The first two days of practice and last night in qualifying I really wasn’t satisfied with the speed of our Switch Toyota Camry, but today in Happy Hour it was a lot better. My crew chief Marcus Richmond and the No. 18 team made some really good changes that helped the attitude of the car. I’m excited to be starting my third Snowball Derby and coming off a win in the Winchester 400, I have lot more confidence this year than I did the last two years. I didn’t grow up racing Super Late Models and don’t have a lot of experience with them, so getting that first big win takes a lot of weight off my shoulders. I know now that I’m capable of beating some of the best guys in the country. This race has a lot of the same field, it’s another long race and you have to have the same mentality to be successful.”

Driver:                                     Cole Rouse

Starting Position:                    23rd

Car:                                          No. 46 Toyota Camry

Final Practice Result:             10th

Associate Sponsors:                JBL, Rouse Custom Homes, SpringHill Suites and TRD

Crew Chief:                             Cody Glick

Rouse’s first season driving for KBM’s Super Late Model team has been a successful one. The Arkansas native collected two victories, one pole, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes across 11 starts en route to the CARS Super Late Model Tour championship.

The 20-year-old has been knocking on the door of collecting his first marquee Super Late Model win. In his most recent start, he won the pole and led the first 115 laps of the Winchester 400 before he went multiple laps down due to a mechanical issue. After fixing the issue the team returned to the track and were able to post a respectable 12th-place finish.

Sunday will be Rouse’s first time being a part of the 36-driver field for the Snowball Derby.

Cole Rouse, driver of the No. 46 Camry

“I over drove it a little bit in qualifying and we are starting further back in the field than we would like to, but I felt like we had a good race-run Camry today in final practice. We had a lot of low lap times and it seemed like any time we were behind someone on the track we were able to catch them — so that’s a good sign. I’m really excited for tomorrow, our Toyota Camry has a lot of drive off and I feel like that will be important when we get to racing and trying to pass people tomorrow.”

In addition to the associate sponsors for each driver, Kyle Busch Motorsports would like to thank the following season-long partners of the Super Late Model Program. Axalta, Basset Wheels, Five Star Race Car Bodies, Interstate Batteries, Lincoln Welders, Mechanix Wear, Rowdy Manufacturing, Safety Kleen and SCHROTH Safety Products.

Notable wins for the KBM Late Model team since its inception in 2007 include: Wisconsin All-Star 100 at the Milwaukee Mile (Kyle Busch 2008), Red Bud 300 at Anderson Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009), Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009, Erik Jones 2013 & 2014 and Noah Gragson 2017), Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009 and Erik Jones 2013), SpeedFest at Lanier National Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009 & 2010), SpeedFest at Watermelon Capital Speedway (Kyle Busch 2012), Rowdy 251 at Berlin Raceway (Kyle Busch 2010, 2011 & 2012), All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville (TJ Reaid 2010), Slinger Nationals at Slinger Super Speedway (Kyle Busch 2011), the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway (Kyle Busch 2011), Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway (Kyle Busch 2013), the Howie Lettow Memorial at the Milwaukee Mile (Kyle Busch 2013 and Erik Jones 2014) and the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway (Christopher Bell 2015).

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NASCAR Standardizes At-Track Pit Rosters

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
NASCAR announced Wednesday morning that it will standardize at-track team rosters across all three national series in 2018, providing a structure for the number of personnel working on each vehicle during the course of a race weekend.

The biggest competition impact from the rules update is the the number of crew members who go over the wall for pit stops moving from six to five.

At-track rosters for all three series will fall under three headings: Organizational, Road Crew and Pit Crew. Job descriptions and roster maximums for each category:

• Organizational: Examples include competition director, team managers, technical director, IT specialists. In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, teams will be allotted three organizational roster spots for one- and two-car operations, and four spots for three- and four-car outfits. XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series teams will be allowed one organizational roster spot each.

• Road Crew: Examples include crew chief, car chief, mechanics, engine tuners, engineers, specialists (for areas such as tires, aerodynamics and shocks) and spotters. The limits for these personnel by series: Monster Energy Series, 12; XFINITY, 7; Camping World Trucks, 6.

• Pit Crew: This designation refers solely to team members who perform over-the-wall service during pit stops. The maximum is five for all three series.

The exceptions to these numbers are slight. Monster Energy Series teams are allowed one extra road crew position at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the three road courses (Sonoma, Watkins Glen, Charlotte), where teams often use multiple spotters. Also, an additional road crew roster spot will be allowed for XFINITY teams at 10 races and Truck Series teams at five.

It will be left to the teams’ discretion on how to best assemble their team – including the over-the-wall crew – within the roster limits. All rosters will be made public – for fans and media – before each race weekend.

For routine four-tire stops starting next season, teams could forgo one tire carrier and devise a new framework for servicing their vehicles.

The responsibilities of the fueler will also be narrowed, with other over-the-wall duties such as wrenching out chassis adjustments prohibited in 2018.

In another effort to bring further recognition to team members, rostered crew will be assigned letters or numbers worn on their uniforms and on armbands to identify their duties.

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The Future NASCAR Stars Are Here!

Christopher Bell

According to NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, you don’t have to look far to find the next generation of stars.

“They are here,” France said on Sunday morning before the Ford EcoBoost 400 during a question-and-answer session with reporters at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “They are here, and they’ve got to develop their performance, but they’re doing well. You look at Ryan Blaney, you look at Chase (Elliott) almost making the final here in Miami. Go down the list. We’ve got a loaded group.

“But it’s true, we’re in a transition, too. But that happens from time to time, not usually in the concentrated manner that we have now, but it happens. But we’re excited. We’ve got a great, great bunch of 19-, 20-(year-olds), and they’re talented, so we’re in good shape.”

NASCAR President Brent Dewar, who appeared with France on the dais, echoed those sentiments.

“We anticipate every decade you’re going to go through this rotation, and between NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity, these young stars that you’re talking about have all come through those classes, and they’re all good wheel men and women that are coming up through these series. And I think that’s the key thing, and we’re working with them in terms of how they work outside the car.

“And I think the other part is if you look at most sports, name any other major sport where you get to have a 15  to 20 year career at the highest level. It just does not exist. Those are exceptions.  It’s the norm here. So if you look at all the ones you take and you add 20 years, you’re going to be somewhere around the age of a Dale Jr. and a Matt Kenseth, so they were those same very 19 , 20 , 21 year olds years back.”

France’s and Dewar’s comments were juxtaposed against the backdrop of a sea change in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, from which the sport’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., is retiring after Sunday’s race. Kenseth, the 2003 champion, also faces a hiatus from NASCAR’s premier series, and Danica Patrick announced on Friday she will race for the last time in the series in the 2018 Daytona 500.

“Dale Jr. has made an obviously big contribution on and off the track for a long time,” France said. “So while we’re going to miss him for obvious reasons, he’s not going to be that far away, being an owner and working with NBC.

“So he’s going to be glued to the sport, and that’s a good thing for us.”

Both France and Dewar expressed optimism about the state of the sport and were thankful for the dialogue and collaboration between the sanctioning body, team owners, manufacturers, drivers and race tracks toward a long-term strategic plan for the sport.

“Well, I’m really more optimistic right now, and I know you may expect me to say that, but we’ve made the transition largely,” France said. “We’ve gotten the council meetings going. We’ve gotten charters in position so we can get our interests aligned more closely with drivers, OEMs and the charters and the team owners.

“We have the young drivers already in place. We’d like a couple more, of course. We’ve got some diversity with Bubba Wallace going in the 43 car (as the only African-American driver competing at NASCAR highest level). We like that. We’d love to see more of that. And we like all the changes that we’ve made in the last four or five years, including stage racing this year. It has created the things that we thought were important.”

And just as the sanctioning body has collaborated extensively with race teams on the evolution of the racing on the track, so too has NASCAR and the industry worked to improve the overall business model.

“The difference is now we have a mechanism of working together and a process to do that, and we’re all in,” Dewar said. “From tracks to teams to drivers, we’re all in, and we’re trying to focus on the sport, the business behind the scenes, and just continue to make continuous improvement to do that.

“I’m making it sound easy. It’s really hard. It’s really, really hard. At the end of the day, they’re racers. Race car drivers want to win, and team owners want to win, and we want them to win. We want to cultivate and nurture that as much as possible, but there’s still a business behind all these sports, and we need to make continued improvement on the business side.”

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JH Nemechek Rolls Into Homestead With Eyes Wide Open

John Hunter Nemechek

Event:                    Ford EcoBoost 200

Date:                      Friday, November 17, 2017

Venue:                   Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway

 

NEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History at the Homestead-Miami Speedway … This weekend will mark NEMCO Motorsports’ fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the Homestead, Fla.,-facility. The organization posted a team best finish of second-place with John Hunter Nemechek on November 20, 2015. Three starts at the Homestead-Miami Speedway have earned NEMCO Motorsports an average starting position of 7.3 and an average finish of 7.0.

 

NEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History … Since entering the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1995, the Mooresville, N.C.,-based organization has logged 131 starts from six drivers, resulting in strong performances that include six victories (Watkins Glen, Chicago, Atlanta, Canada, Gateway, and Iowa) and 28 top-five finishes, as well as 58 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 14.3 and an average finishing position of 14.2.

 

NEMCO Motorsports Collectively … In this season’s 22 events, NEMCO Motorsports’ two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entries have posted two victories (Gateway and Iowa), nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. The NEMCO Motorsports-prepared Chevrolet Silverados have completed 3,522 laps and have lead 108 of those laps. John Hunter Nemechek and Joe Nemechek rank eighth and 29th respectively in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver points.

 

All in the Family … Team owner Joe Nemechek has found success in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) in south Florida with three victories (1997, 1999, and 2001) credited to his name, as well as five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 17 starts. Nemechek has posted more wins at the Homestead-Miami Speedway then at any other track in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In 12 starts at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Nemechek is credited with one top-five finish and one top-10 finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS). In addition, Nemechek has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track with an average finish of seventh-place. John Nemechek had two starts at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

 

Follow NEMCO Motorsports on Social Media … To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and exclusive content, visit NEMCO Motorsports’ Twitter page – @NEMCOMotorsport. Also, follow the NEMCO Motorsports drivers on their personal Twitter pages – @FrontRowJoe87 and @JHNemechek. You can also “like” Joe Nemechek on his official Facebook page at /NASCARJoe, and John Hunter Nemechek on his official Facebook page at /JohnHunterNemechek.

 

Catch the Action … The Ford EcoBoost 200 will be broadcast live on FS1 on Friday, November 17 starting with the pre-race show at 7:30 p.m. (ET). It will also broadcast live at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Qualifying for the final event of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will air Friday at 3:30 p.m. (ET) on FS1. In addition, the Friday practice sessions will be televised live on FS1 at 8:30 a.m. (ET) and at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

 

John Hunter Nemechek

No. 8 Fire Alarm Services Inc., Chevrolet Silverado

 

This Week’s NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado at the Homestead-Miami Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek will pilot Chassis No. 041 in the Ford EcoBoost 200 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Gere Kennon-led team last unloaded this NEMCO Motorsports prepared chassis at the Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, where they finished in the 19th-place after starting in the 11th-place. In the chassis’ ten starts at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Michigan International Speedway and the Homestead-Miami Speedway with Nemechek, the chassis has an average finishing position of 13.6.

 

Sound the Alarm … The NEMCO Motorsports No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado returns with the Fire Alarm Services, Inc., (FAS) brand as the primary sponsor at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Headquartered in Arvada, Colorado, Fire Alarm Services, Inc., provides superior fire and life safety and security services and products for protecting their client’s real estate investment.

 

“I’m going to Miami, welcome to Miami” … This weekend marks John Hunter Nemechek’s third Homestead-Miami Speedway appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Mooresville, N.C., driver has earned an average starting position of 4.0 and an average finishing position of 6.5 at the 1.5-mile track. Nemechek made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series track debut on November 20, 2015.

 

Speedway Stats: In 39 combined NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on speedways (tracks 1 to 2-miles in length), John Hunter Nemechek has recorded three victories (Chicago, Atlanta and Gateway), 12 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes. He has led for a total of 171 laps on NASCAR’s speedway tracks.

 

Race Rewind: Homestead-Miami Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 8 Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, finished in the 11th-place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 last at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2016. Nemechek started the scheduled 134-lap event from the 11th-place, and the 19-year old was scored in the ninth-place by Lap 34, and holding that position through Lap 101 before ultimately finishing in the sixth-place.

 

In the Rearview Mirror: Phoenix International Raceway … John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 8 Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, scored a second-place finish in the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, November 10, at the Phoenix International Raceway. Nemechek started in the sixth-position in the 32-truck field. The 20-year old finished Stage 1 in the fifth-place, on Lap 40, and was scored in the seventh-place by Lap 80. After three red flags, with an intense side-by-side duel with seven laps left, Nemechek restarted second on Lap 149 of 150, and the leader was able to hold-off Nemechek by .668 seconds. Despite finishing second, only a win would secure a position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs final four for Nemechek.

 

Season-to-date … Through the first 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races of the 2017 season, John Hunter Nemechek has completed 2782 of 3298 laps contested (84.4 percent) and has led 108 laps. Nemechek is currently eighth in the driver point standings and seventh in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner points. In addition, the NEMCO Motorsports driver has collected two victories (Gateway and Iowa), eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, has spent 2,246 laps running in the top 15 and has made 640 green-flag passes thus far this season.

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Christopher Bell Is The 2017 CWTS Champion, Chase Briscoe Wins The Ford EcoBoost 200

Christopher Bell

The tandem burnouts filled the frontstretch at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a thick cloud of smoke, as Chase Briscoe celebrated his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory, and runner-up Christopher Bell exulted in his first NASCAR championship.

In a Ford EcoBoost 200 that ran caution-free except for the planned breaks after the first and second stages, Briscoe, the pole winner, passed Ben Rhodes for the lead on Lap 96 of 134 on Friday night and pulled away to beat Bell to the finish line by 2.887 seconds, after Rhodes ran out of gas on Lap 129.

Two enormously talented open-wheel stars who have made successful transitions to stock car racing, Bell and Briscoe are close friends, but their careers have been following markedly different trajectories as of late.

Briscoe collected the last trophy for Brad Keselowski Racing, which is closing its doors at the end of the season, and he hasn’t announced plans for next year. Bell, on the other hand, will run for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship next season in top-of-the-line equipment at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Bell gave Kyle Busch Motorsports its second title in three years under a format where the highest finisher among four eligible drivers—in this case Bell, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Austin Cindric–is crowned champion.

“To be able to do this for all of the guys at Kyle Busch Motorsports and to win the championship for a team that deserves the championship, words just can’t describe my feelings right now,” said Bell, who scored a series-high five victories this season.

“To run as good as we have, week in and week out, and not just this year … This whole organization, this whole team has been good for so many years. You just don’t want to be the guy that lets them down, and I’m glad I didn’t let them down tonight.”

Briscoe, who also won the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year, certainly improved his standing with the win, achieved in his 23rd start in the series.

“This is a long time coming,” said Briscoe who finished one position and nearly 16 seconds ahead of third-place Sauter, the defending series champion. “So proud of all these guys. To know that they’re not going to have a job next year, and we continued to bring really good trucks even though we were outside the playoffs, such a testament to how good these Brad Keselowski guys are.

“I know two years ago I was sleeping on couches, and now to be a winner in NASCAR. I wish we were in the final four. I felt like we could have been, but that’s part of the circumstances.”

By virtue of his third-place finish, Sauter was runner-up for the championship. Cindric, Briscoe’s teammate at BKR, ran fifth, one position ahead of Crafton, a two-time series champion.

Bell started 2017 with a victory in the Chili Bowl Nationals for midget cars, a title the Oklahoma native has coveted since childhood. He ends the year as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, a perfect bookend to a banner year for the 22-year-old prodigy.

Check out the unofficial results of the Ford EcoBoost 200.

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Austin Cindric Carries Memories Of Departed Heroes With Him To Homestead

Austin Cindric

Austin Cindric was precocious from the beginning of what would become a racing career.

First he had to talk his mother, Megan, and father, Tim, the president of Team Penske, into allowing him to race karts. Then he had to overcome each of the obstacles they intentionally placed before him to make sure he truly wanted it. He overcame each of them in turn.

Cindric, 19, could become a precocious NASCAR champion if he betters the three other championship contenders – Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Christopher Bell – in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“He’s an interesting kid. He’s very studied,” Tim Cindric said. “When he was growing up in Bandoleros and Legends and stuff, we wouldn’t let him paint his helmet. The driving suits he had were very generic, not even name-brand stuff. I never felt like he needed to go in there like a Penske kid. He needed to go in there and be a kid.”

He’s a teenager with, as his father describes it “an old soul,” not just in the way he has been able to become rapidly acquainted with — and successful in — a myriad of different race cars including Australian Super Cars, sports cars and the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series, but in the mature way he approaches a sobering side of the sport.

The reminder is right there for all of the Cindrics to see, in the worn black rubber bracelet he’s worn on his right wrist since October of 2011, the white lettering worn nearly illegible.

“Dan Wheldon passed,” Tim Cindric said of the IndyCar driver who perished in a crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “After I got back from Dan’s funeral – Dan wasn’t somebody Austin really knew, he probably said ‘hello’ to him – at that service they had these little black rubber band things and they just said ‘Remember’ on them. I took it home and threw it on my vanity and Austin said ‘Can I have that?”

“What are you going to do with it?,” Tim Cindric countered.

“I’m going to wear it,” Austin answered.

“You didn’t really know Dan,” Tim Cindric responded again. “And he said ‘Us race drivers, we all understand all this.’ You do? It was a little deep for us. And he said, ‘If anything ever happens to me doing this, you and mom just have to remember, this is what we do.’ And he’s never taken that thing off.”

Austin Cindric describes the decision as “just part of my childhood” but said the moment, involving a driver he said he idolized left a mark.

“At my age, that was the first time that it happened that I could remember,” he said during Championship 4 Media Day at the Loews Miami Beach, “and I was watching the TV, watching the race, watching the championship fight and something like that happens. It’s pretty impactful, but it’s part of the sport, part of what we do and race cars are pretty safe.”

It wasn’t the first time that Cindric had surprised his parents not only with his attitude toward the sport, but a connection he’d made with a late driver he’d never met. The previous instance hit even closer to the Cindric home as it involved Greg Moore, who had signed to drive for Team Penske in 2000 but died at age 24 in an October, 1999 CART crash at Auto Club Speedway.

“Greg Moore’s father, Rick, had sent me Greg’s Marlboro helmet. There were only a couple,” Tim Cindric said. “After he passed away, we’d had some made for the test he was going to do and it sits in my basement. Austin obviously sees it all the time, but Austin didn’t know Greg. He was one when that happened. [Austin] said ‘If I ever get my helmet painted, I’d like to paint it like Greg’s.’ He was ten or eleven at the time.

“I said, ‘Austin, you can’t just paint a helmet like somebody else’s without permission.’ I said, ‘If you really want to pursue that, first of all …., why?’ He says, ‘Well, I think he’s very similar to myself. I think Greg and I would have gotten along really well.’ I said, ‘You never met Greg. What do you know about Greg?’ He said, ‘Well, on the Internet I’ve watched videos, I’ve read his book.’ And he went on to tell me more about Greg than I knew about Greg.”

With “that box checked,” Tim Cindric said, he allowed his son to contact Rick Moore, who enthusiastically agreed, telling helmet design Troy Lee that the boy could have access to any designs he wanted.

“Whatever he wanted, relative to Greg, it was his,” Tim Cindric said. “Rick sent him an autographed Greg Moore hero card from every year Greg drove, which I thought was really cool. Greg used to put a little space ship guy, a little Troy Lee icon thing on the back of his helmet. He sent him a pile of those to put on his dash and on his helmets, so he’s always done that to each of his helmets.”

Cindric’s Brad Keselowski Racing is ceasing operations at the end of the season and the driver has no announced plans for 2018. The Bowmanville winner has a breadth of experience, but said he has “committed” himself to NASCAR. Cindric earned his spot in the final amid controversy at Phoenix Raceway, as he made contact with and spun Ben Rhodes in the waning laps, costing Rhodes a chance to run for a title. Cindric said he attempted to reach Rhodes this week but that his call went directly to voicemail. The pair have raced together since childhood and are friends, he said.

“Obviously, the way I handled it wasn’t the cleanest,” Cindric said, “but you’ve got to move on from something like that.”

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Jordan Anderson Looks To End The Season On A High Note

Jordan Anderson
Adventures we experience during our lives are often times categorized in how amazing they were by the amount of stories that can be shared from the journey, through all the twists and turns experienced along the way and memories made.

Starting at Daytona earlier this year in February, and culminating this coming Friday night at the Homestead-Miami Speedway; the 2017 season has been an amazing journey for Jordan Anderson and his small team as they competed full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with their #1 Chevrolet Silverado.

While using the same race truck in every event they’ve competed in since the start of the season, and traveling over 18,000 miles together in their dually and gooseneck trailer, Anderson and his crew are sitting 17th in the the championship standings and have logged seven Top 20 finishes with a season best coming last weekend in the Lucas Oil 150 at the Phoenix Raceway with a 13th place finish.

With a do-whatever-it-takes attitude and never give up mindset, they are on the final leg of a 3 week road trip. Starting with their race in Fort Worth, Texas, which was crowdfunded through the Fueled By Fans SponsorJordan.com website, it led them to the deserts of Phoenix, and has them heading back across the country to Miami.

During Friday night’s race, Jordan Anderson’s #1 will feature a new blue and white paint scheme this weekend with a familiar name on the truck. Jacob Companies, the Official Construction Company of NASCAR, will return as a primary partner for Anderson at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Ford Ecoboost 200.

“The entire 2017 season has been made possible by each person that believed in what it was we were trying to do this year and joined the journey.” said Anderson. “It’s been humbling to see the support we’ve gotten each week, through the friends behind the scenes in the shop, fans, and our partners, that keep us on the racetrack. Through the high’s and lows, we’ve trekked through it all with perseverance and faith that has kept us moving forward. It’s going to be an absolute honor to have the opportunity to represent Jacob Companies and their entire family of team members and clients this weekend.”

Joining Jacob Companies on the truck for Friday night’s race will be the Bommarito Automotive Group, Lucas Oil, iSponsor Racing, Knight Fire, and LTi Printing. Jacob Companies and Anderson will also be raising awareness for A World of Pink and women everywhere with a goal of changing breast aftercare one fitting at a time.

Don Perry, CEO of Jacob Companies was excited at the opportunity of finishing the season strong with Jordan Anderson and his #1 team. “Jordan’s character, integrity, and work ethic are unparalleled. He’s dependable, loyal, and a part of our family here. His approachable and engaging style; appreciating all who support the sport, has captured our hearts. I am grateful and proud to have him represent our entire team of JACOB Companies on his #1 Truck this weekend in Homestead-Miami.”

Follow along this weekend online at;
Facebook.com/JordanAndersonRacing
Twitter: @J66Anderson  |  @Jacob_Companies
Instagram: @JordanAndersonRacing   |   @Jacob_Companies
Snapchat: @J19Anderson

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Thorsport Racing Previews The Ford EcoBoost 200 At Homestead

Catch the action…
Friday, November 17: (All times Eastern)
8:30-9:25am – Practice 1 (FOX Sports 1)
10:00-10:55am – Practice 2 (FOX Sports 1)
3:30pm – Qualifying (FOX Sports 1)
7:30pm – NCWTS Setup Show (FOX Sports 1)
8:00pm – Ford Eco-Boost 200 (FOX Sports 1 & MRN Radio)
Homestead Stages…
Stage 1 – 40 Laps (Concludes at lap 40)
Stage 2 – 40 Laps (Concludes at lap 80)
Stage 3 – 54 Laps (Concludes at lap 134)
A Major Milestone…  Friday night’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway marks a special milestone for ThorSport Racing. The Sandusky, Ohio based team will make it’s 500th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start – ThorSport Racing has fielded at least one or more trucks in 500 NCWTS events, dating back to 1996.
 
Let’s Go Places…Toyota has eight NCWTS wins in 21 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the NCWTS, including wins in the last four races at the 1.5-mile track.
Team Stats:
Driver Point Standings: 13th
Owner Point Standings: 14th
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender
Notes:
  • This Week’s No. 13 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra… The No. 13 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 51 for Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS). This is the same chassis Cody Coughlin piloted to two top-10 finishes earlier this season at Pocono Raceway (8th), and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (6th).
  • Miami Minute… Although Coughlin will make his 35th career NCWTS start on Friday night at HMS, the RIDE TV driver will be making his track debut at the 1.5-mile oval.
  • Feeling at Home in Homestead… Coughlin may call Delaware, OH home, but the ThorSport Racing driver loves the “Miami Heat.” Coughlin, who enjoys spending time in South Beach, also favors the local fare, and jet skiing when he’s in South Florida.
  • Calling The Shots… Rich Lushes will once again call the shots for Coughlin and the No. 13 ThorSport Racing team at HMS.
  • A Career-Best… Coughlin scored a career-best, third-place finish in the series’ last stop at Phoenix International Raceway. In 22 starts this season, the ThorSport Racing driver has one top-five and three top-10 finishes.
  • Truck Series Stats… Coughlin has made 34 career NCWTS starts since 2015, with a career-best start of seventh at Talladega Superspeedway (2016), and a career-best finish of third at Phoenix International Speedway (2017).
Chatting with Cody Coughlin…
 
“I’ve always loved Miami, but it’s always been a vacation spot. This week we’ll get to combine that with the race on Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It’s a new track for me, so that’ll be interesting. I know that we can race from the bottom of the track, all the way up to the wall, so that’ll be interesting too. I’ll be relying on the notes prepared by Terry Cook (spotter) to get me ready for the race, just like I did for last week’s race at Phoenix.”
Team Stats:
Driver Point Standings: 5th
Owner Point Standings: 10th
Notes:
  • This Week’s No. 27 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra… The No. 27 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 62 for Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS). This is the same chassis Ben Rhodes piloted to two top-five, and four top-10 finishes earlier this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway (4th), Charlotte Motor Speedway (8th), Pocono Raceway (started 1st, finished second), and Chicagoland Speedway (6th).
  • Miami Minute… Rhodes made his HMS debut in 2016. The ThorSport Racing driver started 11th, and finished 20th.
  • 2017 Season Stats… In 22 starts this season, the ThorSport Racing driver has earned one pole (Pocono), and led 160 laps en route to one win (Las Vegas), six top-five, and 12 top-10 finishes.
  • Truck Series Stats… In 49 NCWTS races, Rhodes has two poles, and has led 215 laps en route to one win, nine top-five, and 20 top-10 finishes.

Chatting with Ben Rhodes…

 

With nothing to lose, what are your plans to close out the season on a high-note at Homestead Friday night? 
“I plan to win the race. I plan to end the season on a high note for all the hard work and sacrifice that each and every person on this No. 27 Safelite team has put in. They deserve a championship, and while I can’t give them that, I can give them a win. Duke and Rhonda Thorson, as well as everyone back at the shop who makes it all possible, deserves a good finish to the season. Thank you to all of my fans and sponsors for the support throughout the year.”
Team Stats:
2017 Driver Point Standings: 3rd
2017 Owner Point Standings: 2nd
2017 Playoff Position: 3rd
Notes:
  • This Week’s No. 88 Black Label Bacon/Menards Toyota Tundra… The No. 88 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 56 for Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS). This is the same chassis Matt Crafton piloted to a runner-up finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this season.
  • Miami Minute… Crafton has made 16 starts at HMS since 2001. The ThorSport Racing driver’s success includes one pole (2015), and 141 laps led en route to one win (2015), three top-five, and eighth top-10 finishes.
  • That’s a Stat… Among active series drivers, who are entered in Friday night’s 134-lap event at HMS, Crafton has the most starts (16), is one of two drivers with a win, is one of three drivers with three top-five finishes, has the most top-10 finishes (8), is the only driver entered with a pole, has completed the most laps (2185), and has led the most laps (141).
  • Championship 4… Crafton, a two-time NCWTS champion, clinched his third consecutive Playoff berth following last Friday night’s race at Phoenix International Raceway. The Menards driver will be one of four drivers vying for the title in Fridaynight’s season finale at HMS.
  • Intermediate Track Facts…No current NCWTS driver is better at Intermediate-size tracks (1.5-miles) than Crafton. The ThorSport Racing driver has more starts (127), laps (18,548), second-place finishes (13), top-five (41), and top-10 finishes (80), than any other NCWTS driver entering Friday’s 22nd annual event at HMS.
  • Season Stats… In 22 starts this season, the ThorSport Racing driver has one win (Eldora), one pole (Michigan), and has led 321 laps en route to five top-five, and 15 top-10 finishes.
  • Career Stats…In 406 NCWTS starts, Crafton has earned 13 poles, and led 2456 laps en route to 14 wins, 102 top-five, and 241 top-10 finishes.
  • Catch Crafton at Homestead… Crafton will join his fellow Championship 4 contenders for an autograph session on Friday, Nov. 17 from 2:00-2:30pm ET at the Fanatics Stage at HMS.
Chatting with Matt Crafton…
 
How will you approach the race Friday night at Homestead?
“I have no friends. All my friends are going to come in yellow fire suits with Menards on them. We’re going to take our gloves off, and I promise you that we’re going to have no friends going into that race. We’re going to do whatever it takes to win.”
Having won two championships previously, do you have an advantage at Homestead?
“Without a doubt. I have nothing to lose, to be honest, and I’ve done it twice. I don’t think there’s anybody that has an advantage, it’s whoever has the best truck, and the best man will win Friday night. If it’s meant to be, it will happen, and if not, we have 2018 to focus on. I’m looking forward to it.”
Team Information:
Driver Point Standings: 11th
Owner Point Standings: 13th
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender
Notes:
  • This Week’s No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Toyota Tundra… The No. 98 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 44 for Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS). This is the same chassis Grant Enfinger piloted to a third, and seventh-place finish, earlier this season at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Miami Minute… Enfinger made his HMS debut in 2016. The Champion Power Equipment driver started 23rd, and finished 23rd.
  • Sunoco Rookie Update… The ThorSport Racing driver is currently second in the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle, a mere four points behind Chase Briscoe.
  • Season Update… In 22 starts this season, Enfinger has led 41 laps en route to nine top-five, and 14 top-10 finishes, with a season-best start of fifth (Texas Motor Speedway), and a season-best finish of third (Texas Motor Speedway, and Gateway Motorsports Park).
  • Truck Series Stats… In 36 career NCWTS starts, Enfinger has one pole (Daytona, 2016), and has led 91 laps en route to one win (Talladega, 2016), 11 top-five, and 19 top-10 finishes.
Chatting with Grant Enfinger…
 
“I’m looking forward to ending the season on a high note with Champion Power Equipment at Homestead, Friday night. The tires wear very quickly there, combined with the progressive banking – it makes for a really fun track. We haven’t run to our potential the last few weeks, but everyone is focused on rebounding for our last race of the season.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Christopher Bell Has One Shot To Seal The Deal

Christopher Bell

In his second full-time campaign in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Christopher Bell has put together a season that ranks among the greats in series history. The 22-year-old driver will be looking to cap off his spectacular season by capturing his first NASCAR championship in Friday night’s Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.

After winning one race and finishing third in the Truck Series championship standings a year ago, Bell returned with a vengeance in 2017. Since capturing the pole and sweeping all three stages in the second race of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., the dirt stalwart turned pavement prodigy has been widely considered the favorite to capture this year’s crown and he’s done nothing to sway public opinion throughout the course of the year. Entering Friday’s championship race, the Oklahoma native leads NASCAR’s third division in nearly every major statistical category, including wins (five), poles (five), top-five finishes (14), top-10 finishes (20), driver rating (118.5), average starting position (4.6), average finish (5.9), average running position (5.9), laps led (865) and fastest laps run (419).

Three of Bell’s wins this season have come on mile-and-a-half tracks and a fourth came at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., a unique 2.5-mile track where many teams race the same trucks and similar setups to what they do at the 1.5-mile venues. Pocono happens be the last place that the No. 4 team raced the Tundra that they will unload for Friday night’s championship race, KBM-38. “38 Special” was victorious at Pocono in July and also was Bell’s winning chariot at Atlanta in February, as well as in June at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. It also happens to be the same Toyota that William Byron won from the pole with in last year’s season finale at Homestead.

If Bell win’s Friday night’s Truck Series championship, and does so by finishing eighth or better, he’ll join elite company as one of four drivers in the history of the series who won the championship with an average finish below 6.0. 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Ron Hornaday Jr., accomplished the feat twice (1996 and 2007), and is joined in the club by Mike Skinner (1995) and Greg Biffle (2000).

Year

Driver

Races

Wins

T5

T10

Pole

Laps

Led

AvSt

AvFn

1995

Mike Skinner

20

8

17

18

10

2834

1053

3.8

4.8

1996

Ron Hornaday, Jr.

24

4

18

23

2

4534

833

7.3

4.5

2000

Greg Biffle

24

5

18

18

4

4038

833

4.5

5.8

2007

Ron Hornaday, Jr.

25

4

13

22

1

4070

827

9.8

5.7

2017

Christopher Bell (Entering Final Race)

22

5

14

20

5

3313

865

4.5

5.9

Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 NCWTS JBL Tundra:

 

How do you feel heading into the Championship 4 Friday night?

“To be able to make it to the Championship 4 two years in a row and have another shot to bring home a championship to Kyle Busch Motorsports is something I’m really proud of. It will be kind of a bittersweet weekend for me — it’s the end of a long run at KBM, but it’s been a great one and I’m thankful for all the people that I’ve met and the relationships I’ve built. Winning a championship on Friday night for everyone at KBM, Toyota, Toyota Racing Development and JBL — all the people that were there when I started my run in the Truck Series in 2015 and have helped me be in the position I am — would be a great way to end this chapter of my career.”

How do you feel that your team stacks up against the other three teams in the Championship 4?

“I think everyone on this No. 4 JBL team is as prepared as we can be. Overall, if you look back on the season, I think we’ve shown the most speed in the Truck Series, and week in and week out we’ve been the best team. I’ve always enjoyed Homestead and Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) has been really fast there the last few years. If we can just go out and focus on what has gotten us to this point, I think we should be in good shape. Regardless of the outcome, it’s been an amazing season.”

Ryan “Rudy” Fugle, crew chief of the No. 4 NCWTS JBL Tundra:

 

How do you feel about your team’s chances to bring home another championship to KBM?

“KBM has been really good at Homestead since they came into the Truck Series, so I’m definitely excited about our chances to bring home another championship. We are bringing a Tundra that we feel is our fastest truck — it’s had a lot of success on the intermediate tracks including a win at Homestead last year. Our goal all year has been to go out and win this championship and we’ve worked hard all year to get to put ourselves in this situation. Our team definitely has the most experience in these situations — now we just have to go out and execute.”

Christopher Bell’s No. 4 JBL Tundra:

 

KBM-38: The No. 4 JBL Racing team will unload KBM-38, for Friday night’s championship race at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. Bell has won three times in four starts driving “38 Special” this season. It is also the same Toyota that William Byron won from the pole with in last year’s season finale at Homestead.

KBM-38 Performance Profile:

 

Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
7/29/2017
Pocono
Bell
3
1
60/60
7
Running
6/9/2017
Texas
Bell
21
1
167/167
92
Running
5/12/2017
Kansas
Bell
1
4
167/167
37
Running
3/4/2017
Atlanta
Bell
1
1
130/130
99
Running
11/18/2016
Homestead
Byron
1
1
134/134
31
Running
Totals
5 Starts, 4 Wins
5.4
1.6
266

 

Notes of Interest:

 

Christopher Bell NCWTS Career Stats:

 

Year

Age

Races

Win

T5

T10

Pole

Laps

Led

AvSt

AvFn

RAF

LLF

2015

20

7 of 23

1

2

3

0

1018

111

9.3

11.9

6

4

2016

21

23 of 23

1

9

17

0

3237

197

9.2

9.5

20

19

2017

22

22 of 22

5

14

20

5

3113

865

4.5

5.9

20

20

3 years

 

52

7

25

40

5

7368

1173

7.2

8.3

46

43

 

Christopher Bell’s NCWTS Homestead Performance Profile:

 

Date
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
11/18/2016
8
8
134/134
0
Running
11/20/2015
9
25
130/134
5
Out of Fuel

 

Christopher Bell 2017 Highlights: 

  • Has posted five wins (Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon), five poles, 865 laps led, 14 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes resulting and an average finish of 5.9 across 22 races

  • Won the NCWTS first-ever regular season title and earned the No. 1 seed in the playoffs

  • Has posted one win, four top-five and six top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 4.0 across the first six races of the NCWTS playoffs and earned his spot in the Championship 4 by finishing the Round of 6 atop the point standings

  • Leads the NCWTS in wins (five), poles (five), top-five finishes (14), top-10 finishes (20), driver rating (118.5), average starting position (4.6), average finish (5.9), average running position (5.9), laps led (865) and fastest laps run (419)

  • Became the first driver under NASCAR’s new format to sweep all three stages of a race when he led 99 of 130 laps en route to victory from the pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway (3/14/17)

  • Collected his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (10/21/17) and overall in seven starts this season for Joe Gibbs Racing has one pole, 156 laps led, three top-five and five top-10 finishes

  • After restarting eighth with three laps to go, won the ARCA Racing Series event at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., (9/14/17) in his lone series start this season

  • In Midgets has eight victories; opened the 2017 season by winning his preliminary night and the feature at the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway (1/15/17), swept both features at the Fourth Annual POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Turnpike Challenge at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City, Okla. (3/26/17), won consecutive USAC National Midget events at Macon (Ill.) Speedway (7/1/17) and Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway (7/2/17), the USAC National Midget event at Solomon Valley in Beloit, Kansas (8/3/17) and the Mike Phillips Memorial POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget event at Southern Illinois Raceway in Marion, Ill. (9/16/17)

  • In Sprint Cars has four victories; won the NRA Sprint Invaders feature at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio (4/21/17), the Ninth Annual Lou Blaney Memorial All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car race at Sharon (Ohio) Speedway (7/8/17), the Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (7/14/17) and the All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car race at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio (10/7/17) 

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Tundra: 

  • The No. 4 Tundra has collected nine wins, 10 poles, 34 top-five and 57 top-10 finishes across 68 starts since originating in 2015

  • Ten members of this year’s No. 4 Tundra team were a part of last year’s No. 9 Tundra team which collected seven wins, three poles, 727 laps led, 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes across 23 starts last season and captured the 2016 NCWTS Owner’s Championship

  • Erik Jones delivered KBM its first-ever NASCAR Camping World (NCWTS) Driver’s Championship behind the wheel of the No. 4 Tundra in 2015 Christopher Bell will be contending for KBM’s second driver’s championship, while Bell and Myatt Snider’s teams will both compete for KBM’s sixth Owner’s championship Friday night 

KBM NCWTS Program: 

  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (65), most wins in a single season (14 in 2014) and most Owner’s championships (five)

  • Erik Jones earned the organization its first-ever NCWTS Driver’s championship in 2015

  • Christopher Bell will be contending for KBM’s second Driver’s championship, while Bell and Myatt Snider’s teams will both compete for KBM’s sixth Owner’s championship Friday night

  • Has collected 65 wins, 37 poles, 158 top-five and 255 top-10 finishes across 418 starts since originating in 2010

  • Ten different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 33. Christopher Bell, Erik Jones and William Byron have each collected seven victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Denny Hamlin has produced two victories while Noah Gragson, Daniel Suarez, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott each collected one trophy

  • With Bell’s victory at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway KBM has at least one win at all 21 tracks on the 2017 NCWTS schedule

KBM NCWTS @ Homestead-Miami Speedway:

  • KBM drivers have collected four wins, 247 laps led, seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.9 across 17 starts at Homestead

  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch scored wins for KBM in 2010 and 2013, Darrell Wallace Jr., won in 2014 and William Byron in 2016

The Fugle File:

 

Ryan “Rudy” Fugle begins his fourth season as a crew chief at KBM and sixth overall with the organization.  The New York native has guided his team to an Owner’s championship in all three of his seasons (2013, 2015 & 2016) atop the pit box at KBM, including a combined Owner’s/Driver’s Championship with Erik Jones in 2015. His drivers have combined for 21 wins, 14 poles and 47 top-five finishes across his 90 races calling the shots for the organization. Under his tutelage last season, William Byron collected a Truck Series’ rookie record seven wins while leading the No. 9 Tundra team to KBM’s fourth consecutive and fifth overall Owner’s championship.

Fugle’s NCWTS drivers have posted two wins, one pole, 93 laps led, two top-five and three top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 2.7 across three starts at Homestead. Fugle won last year’s event from the pole with William Byron and in 2013 was victorious with owner-driver Kyle Busch. Both victories secured Owner’s championships for KBM.

 

Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Tundra 2017 NCWTS Box Score:

 

Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
Driver Pts./Pos.
2/24/17
Daytona
Bell
4
8
100/100
6
Running
33/9th
3/4/17
Atlanta
Bell
1
1
130/130
99
Running
93/1st
4/1/17
Martinsville
Bell
6
3
250/250
96
Running
136/2nd
5/12/17
Kansas
Bell
1
4
167/167
37
Running
187/2nd
5/19/17
Charlotte
Bell
1
3
134/134
2
Running
227/2nd
6/2/17
Dover
Bell
3
25
35/200
0
Accident
239/2nd
6/9/17
Texas
Bell
21
1
167/167
92
Running
298/2nd
6/17/17
Gateway
Bell
3
6
160/160
7
Running
342/2nd
6/23/17
Iowa
Bell
2
5
200/200
99
Running
391/2nd
7/6/17
Kentucky
Bell
2
1
150/150
54
Running
436/2nd
7/19/17
Eldora
Bell
4
9
150/150
22
Running
471/2nd
7/29/17
Pocono
Bell
3
1
60/60
7
Running
528/1st
8/12/17
Michigan
Bell
13
2
100/100
0
Running
572/1st
8/16/17
Bristol
Bell
2
7
203/203
0
Running
615/1st
9/3/17
Canadian Tire
Bell
5
26
44/64
0
Engine
634/1st
9/15/17
Chicagoland
Bell
3
3
150/150
72
Running
2040/1st
9/23/17
New Hampshire
Bell
2
1
175/175
73
Running
2100/1st
9/30/17
Las Vegas
Bell
4
2
146/146
64
Running
2152/1st
10/14/17
Talladega
Bell
1
2
95/95
9
Running
2195/1st
10/28/17
Martinsville
Bell
15
8
200/200
16
Running
3083/1st
11/3/17
Texas
Bell
3
3
147/147
20
Running
3135/1st
11/10/17
Phoenix
Bell
1
8
150/150
90
Running
3184/1st

 

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK

Myatt Snider Gets One Last Shot This Year With KBM

Myatt Snider

For one last time this season, Myatt Snider will sit behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota Tundra. He will secure his helmet, strap in his seat, slide on his gloves and start his engine – all for one last time. And this time, there’s a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Owner’s championship on the line.

Throughout the NCWTS 2017 season, The No. 51 Tundra has been shared by four different Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) drivers – owner-driver Kyle Busch, Harrison Burton, Todd Gilliland and Myatt Snider. All four drivers have played their part in advancing the No. 51 Tundra into the final four in the Owner’s championship playoffs, and now it comes down to one race and one driver to seal the deal, Snider.

Friday’s race will be Snider’s eighth start for KBM in the NCWTS this season. The 22-year-old made his season debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Snider started that race 13th and ultimately crossed the finish line 10th to earn his first of three top-10 finishes so far this season. Snider’s second NCWTS race of the season came at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth where he was in place to grab a top 10 until a late-race spin relegated him to a 16th-place finish.  At Kentucky Speedway in Sparta he started the race from the sixth position, led four laps and ultimately crossed the finish line 16th. In his fourth race of the season, he took the green flag 10th and persevered from a mid-race spin to capture his second top 10 of the season at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Snider qualified ninth for the race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, but his day ended early after he was clipped from behind on the first lap and his Tundra ran into the inside wall first and came to rest on the outside wall. The damage was too severe for Snider to continue and he was scored with a 28th-place finish. Last month, Snider rolled off the grid ninth at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and earned his career-best finish of third at the superspeedway. In his most recent start at Texas, Snider started the race 12th and eventually crossed the finish line 12th.

For the season finale, Snider will once again don the patriotic colors of Liberty Tax Service on the hood of his No. 51 Tundra. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va., last year Liberty Tax Service prepared over two million individual income tax returns in more than 4,000 offices and online. Liberty Tax also supports local communities with fundraising endeavors and contributes as a national sponsor to many charitable causes.

Kyle Bush Motorsports has a record five NCWTS Owner’s championships. The No. 51 Toyota Racing team has one goal in mind as they prepare to race one last time this season – a sixth championship. With Victory Lane in mind, there’s only 134 laps standing between the team and one more trophy to end the season.

Myatt Snider, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS Liberty Tax Service Tundra:

You are closing out the season this weekend, what have you learned from your season and what will you take with you going into Homestead?

“I’ve really learned a lot about racing trucks and racing on mile-and-a-half tracks. It’s something that is so different from where I came from racing late models and short tracks. You have to think a lot more about where you position your truck in respect to how the other trucks are surrounding you. I am lucky to have had great trucks the whole year at KBM and have been competitive at every race so far. This weekend I’m going to take everything I’ve learned so far this season with me to Homestead and hopefully take the checkered flag and win Kyle (Busch) another Owner’s championship.”

Mike Hillman Jr., Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS Liberty Tax Service Tundra:

What are your expectations for the last race of the season?

“I have high expectations for Friday’s night race. We have one last chance to get another win for the No. 51 team and help Myatt (Snider) capture his first win.  Homestead is a fun race, but it can also be challenging because the stakes are so high there. We just need to run up front, stay out of trouble and hopefully win KBM its sixth Owner’s championship.”

Myatt Snider’s No. 51 Liberty Tax Service Tundra:

KBM-043: The No. 51 Liberty Tax Service team will race KBM-043 for Friday’s race under the lights. This Tundra was raced earlier this season by owner-driver Kyle Busch at Atlanta Motor Speedway and KBM teammate Todd Gilliland at Dover International Speedway.

KBM-043 Performance Profile:

Starts
Wins
Average Start
Average Finish
Laps Led
2
0
8.5
23.0
25

Notes of Interest:

Myatt Snider 2017:

  • Snider has posted 26 laps led, one top-five and three top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 13.6 across seven NCWTS starts this season

  • Brought home a win at Bristol Motor Speedway (5/21/17) in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour after starting from the pole. Overall has one win, one top-five and four top-10 finishes in seven series starts

  • Made one start in the ARCA Racing Series at Chicagoland Speedway earning a ninth-place finish

  • Started 21st in the NASCAR Wheelan All-American Series Late Model Stock race at Martinsville Speedway under the lights and rallied from being two laps down to finish on the lead lap in the 14th position

Myatt Snider 2017 Stats:

 

Series
Races
Win
Top 5
Top 10
Pole
Laps
Led
AvSt
AvFn
NCWTS
7
0
1
3
0
801
25
10.3
13.6
ARCA
1
0
0
1
0
102
0
10.0
9.0
CARS Super LM
7
1
1
4
2
636
145
5.1
9.3
NASCAR LM Stock
1
0
0
0
0
200
0
21.0
14.0
Totals
16
1
2
8
2
1,739
170
11.6
11.4

 

Myatt Snider 2016:

  • Made first career NASCAR Camping World Series start at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in November

  • Earned first ARCA Racing Series win in his debut at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, collected one win, 68 laps led, three top-five and five top-10 finishes across nine ARCA starts

  • Competed in three CARS Late Model Stock Tour races earning three top-five, three top-10 finishes and three laps led

Series
Races
Win
Top 5
Top 10
Pole
Laps
Led
AvSt
AvFn
NCWTS
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
19.0
17.0
                ARCA
9
1
3
5
0
832
68
6.2
13.8
CARS Super LM
3
0
3
3
0
400
3
4.7
3.3
Totals
13
1
6
8
0
1,232
71
9.9
11.3

Myatt Snider 2015:

  • Made CARS Late Model Stock Tour debut earning one pole, 87 laps led, five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes across 10 races, resulting in an average finish of 5.6 and a third-place finish in the final points standings

  • Captured the victory at the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Myrtle Beach (S.C.)

Myatt Snider 2014:

  • Competed regularly in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Tundra:

  • The No. 51 team has earned two wins (Kansas and Charlotte), six top-five, nine top-10 finishes, 310 laps led and an average finish of 12.1 across 22 races in 2017

  • The No. 51 team earned a spot in the Championship 4 of the 2017 NCWTS Owner’s Playoffs on Friday night by finishing fourth in the point standings in the Round of 6

  • The No. 51 Tundra team has compiled 22 of KBM’s 65 NCWTS victories, the most of any truck number in the team’s stable

KBM NCWTS Program:

  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (65), most wins in a single season (14 in 2014) and most Owner’s championships (five)

  • Erik Jones earned the organization its first-ever NCWTS Driver’s championship in 2015

  • Has collected 65 wins, 37 poles, 158 top-five and 255 top-10 finishes across 418 starts since originating in 2010

  • Ten different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 33. Erik Jones, Williams Byron and Christopher Bell have each collected seven victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Denny Hamlin has produced two victories while Noah Gragson, Daniel Suarez, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott each collected one triumph

  • Has collected victories at all 21 tracks on the 2017 schedule

KBM NCWTS @ Homestead-Miami Speedway:

  • KBM drivers have collected four wins, 247 laps led, seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.9 across 17 starts at the 1.5-mile track

  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch has collected two wins at the track (2010 & 2013), Darrell Wallace Jr. took the checkered flag in 2014 and William Byron went to Victory Lane in 2016

Hillman’s History:

Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., will be calling the shots for KBM’s No. 51 Toyota Racing team. Hillman Jr., helped Toyota capture its first-ever NASCAR national series championship when he guided Todd Bodine to the Truck Series title in 2006. The duo won 14 races as a pairing from 2006 to 2011 and topped the driver’s standings in NASCAR’s third division again in 2010. Overall in his 10-plus seasons atop the pit box, the New York native’s NCWTS drivers have collected 20 wins and 18 poles.

Hillman Jr., has two wins, six top-five and six top-10 finishes in 10 starts as a crew chief in the NCWTS at Homestead. His wins came in 2005 and 2008, both with Todd Bodine.

Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota Tundra 2017 NCWTS Box Score:

Date

Site

Driver

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

Owner Pts./Pos.

2/24

Daytona

Snider

13

10

100/100

0

Running

30/13

3/4

Atlanta

Busch

2

26

127/130

25

Running

59/9

   4/1

Martinsville

Burton

      7

13

250/250

0

Running

87/10

5/12

Kansas

Busch

10

1

167/167

91

Running

147/3

5/19

Charlotte

Busch

4

1

134/134

90

Running

207/3

6/2

Dover

Burton

10

13

198/200

0

Running

235/3

6/9

Texas

Snider

13

16

160/167

0

Accident

265/5

6/17

Gateway

Gilliland

4

21

112/160

0

Transmission

278/6

6/23

Iowa

Burton

15

11

199/200

0

Running

304/5

7/6

Kentucky

Snider

6

16

149/150

4

Running

332/5

7/19

Eldora

Burton

23

15

150/150

0

Running

354/8

7/29

Pocono

Busch

2

25

36/60

32

Accident

385/8

8/12

Michigan

Busch

10

3

100/100

47

Running

439/5

8/16

 Bristol

Burton

13

18

99/100

0

Running

458/6

9/3

Canadian Tire

Gilliland

13

11

64/64

0

Running

487/7

9/15

Chicago

Snider

10

10

150/150

0

Running

2,022/3

9/23

New Hampshire

Gilliland

5

3

175/175

0

Running

2,062/2

9/30

Las Vegas

Snider

9

28

0/146

0

Accident

2,061/7

10/14

Talladega

Snider

9

3

95/95

0

Running

2,109/5

10/28

Martinsville

Burton

10

4

200/200

0

Running

3,061/4

11/3

Texas

Snider

12

12

147/147

21

Running

3,099/4

11/10

Phoenix

Gilliland

5

7

150/150

0

Running

4,000/4

 TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!