Gateway Motorsports Park Gets a New Name
Gateway Motorsports Park and World Wide Technology have agreed to a naming rights deal that will see the NASCAR track rebranded as the “World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.”
As part of the deal, WWT will also be the official technology partner for the track. The agreement extends WWT’s standing ties with NASCAR, as it serves as the technology and analytics partner of Richard Petty Motorsports and a primary sponsor of the team’s No. 43 Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
“The support of WWT will help ensure that our track will compete for North America’s most elite races and offer an innovative and exhilarating fan experience for years to come,” says Curtis Francois, chief executive officer, Gateway Motorsports. “The relationship with WWT will help us tremendously as we continue to grow World Wide Technology Raceway into one of the premier racing facilities in the country.”
(Taken in part from License Global)
Decker Adds Races to 2019 Truck Schedule
DGR-Crosley announced today the addition of six races to Natalie Decker’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule.
The 21-year-old Eagle River, Wis. native, joined DGR-Crosley’s driver development program earlier this year with plans of running 11 Gander Trucks races. With the support of her longtime partner N29 Technologies, Decker will now be piloting her No. 54 Toyota Tundra in 17 races throughout the season.
Decker’s Gander Trucks schedule for the remainder of the 2019 season is as follows: Dover International Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park, Chicagoland Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz., and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Natalie Decker will now be piloting her No. 54 Toyota Tundra in 17 races throughout the 2019 season
Decker has three Gander Trucks starts under her belt in 2019. Her first start at Daytona International Speedway ended in a fiery crash. After a rough debut in Daytona, Decker and her N29 Technologies team went to the 1.5-mile tracks of Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway where they finished 24th and 13th respectively.
“I’m so excited to add more races with DGR-Crosley,” said Decker. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be with this team. David [Gilliland] does such a great job with putting the right people in the right position, and I’m learning so much and enjoy working with Frank [Kerr, crew chief] and all my guys. I didn’t think that I would be racing this much this year in the Trucks, but I’m so excited that we are. I love competing in the Truck Series - it’s challenging but so fun. Looking forward to continuing to learn as much as possible and putting together solid finishes. This year is all about learning and getting experience.”
Team co-owner David Gilliland thinks the added races will be beneficial to Decker and her young career.
“I think it’s great that Natalie and N29 Technologies have decided to pick up more races this season,” said Gilliland. “Seat time is so important, and we see her progressing and learning every race. She has a great team of guys helping her – adding consistency and additional seat time is going to be very beneficial.”
Decker’s next race will be on May 3 at the one-mile track of Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
(Taken in part from DGR-PR)
NASCAR Releases Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoor Truck Series 2020 Schedule's
NASCAR released its 2020 schedule for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Wednesday, unveiling an innovative slate that mirrors the work done for next year’s Cup Series schedule and one that brings both series back to iconic Virginia short tracks for the first time in more than a decade.
The announcement also provides a clearer picture of the schedule for a historic Pocono Raceway doubleheader next summer, and a look at the tricky road to the Championship 4 — at a new venue — for both series.
Confirmed last week with the reveal of the Cup Series schedule, ISM Raceway at Phoenix will host a tripleheader championship weekend, beginning with the Gander Trucks title race Nov. 6. The Xfinity Series championship is decided the next night at the 1-mile track.
ISM Raceway at Phoenix recently completed a $178 million renovation project designed to improve the fan experience, and one which included a reconfiguration for the track’s start/finish line. The track has hosted the Round of 8 finale for all three NASCAR national series since the introduction of the NASCAR Playoffs elimination format.
Perhaps the biggest change confirmed Wednesday is the return of the NASCAR Xfinity Series to historic Martinsville Speedway, with incredibly high stakes in the penultimate race of the season before the title field is set.
The Xfinity Series has raced at Martinsville just once in the past 25 years — in July 2006, a race won by Kevin Harvick. Martinsville will host the Gander Trucks that weekend as well, setting up the first-ever tripleheader weekend at the track.
Richmond Raceway also plays a prominent role in both schedules. The Gander Trucks will return to Richmond for the first time since 2005, while the newly renovated raceway will play host to the regular-season finale in the Xfinity Series to set the field for the 12-driver Playoff field.
“The NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series were both built on short-track racing, and it is important that short tracks remain a prominent part of our series schedules,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR managing director of racing operations and international development. “We returned to our roots in many ways with today’s announcement. Martinsville and Richmond were part of the original Xfinity and Gander Trucks schedules, and we’re excited for their return as part of a strong overall slate.”
The Xfinity Series schedule has three new tracks in its seven-race Playoffs, and two new elimination races that mirror the Cup Series at a road course and a short track.
The postseason opens Sept. 18 at Bristol Motor Speedway, with a Friday night race under the lights. After a trip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway — both Bristol and Las Vegas are new to the postseason — the series concludes the Round of 12 at the Charlotte Roval.
The Round of 8 sees a Kansas-Texas-Martinsville stretch before ending at ISM Raceway.
The Gander Trucks, meanwhile, open the Playoffs at Gateway Motorsports Park. The 1.25-mile track serves as host for the first Round of 8 race on Aug. 21. A trip to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, site of the 2019 Playoffs opener, and then Bristol Motor Speedway completes the Round of 8.
The Round of 6 starts at Las Vegas, and includes Talladega Superspeedway and Martinsville Speedway before crowning a champion at ISM Raceway.
Announced last week with the 2020 Cup Series schedule reveal, Pocono Raceway will hold the first Cup Series doubleheader in NASCAR history. The Cup Series will race at the 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle” on Saturday and then again on Sunday, two points-paying races in two days.
It’s officially a tripleheader weekend in Pennsylvania. The Gander Trucks joins the NASCAR Cup Series on a full Saturday of racing, and the Xfinity Series races on Sunday — also with the Cup Series. Yes, that’s four NASCAR national series races in two days.
“I definitely think it’ll be a bucket-list item for fans,” Kennedy said. “It’s going to be a unique piece of our schedule for all three series.”
(Taken in part from Brad Norman - NASCAR.Com)
Austin Wayne Self Surprised by
Substance Abuse Penalty
Austin Wayne Self released a statement on Tuesday following an announcement from NASCAR that the 22 year old driver in the Gander Outdoor Truck Series has been suspended following a failed drug screening.
Austin mentions in an apology to his team, partners, crew members, competitors, and fans during this tough time. Austin mentions the drug screening took place in February at Daytona.
"The news and positive results have caught me as a surprise. Being a driver, I am expected to be a steward of our sport - someone who pays attention to even the most minute of details, just as our race team does with our trucks in competition. Moving forward I promise to those who will follow this journey, that I will aim to the utmost of my ability to do a better job at paying close attention to what I consume, and allow into my body, as an athlete. I will work closely with NASCAR through this process to learn more about what has happened, and to ensure that I am able to return to competition as quickly as possible."
Austin Wayne Self Issued Substance
Abuse Policy Penalty
Driver Austin Wayne Self has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy, NASCAR announced Monday.
Self was found to have violated Section 12.1 (actions detrimental to stock-car racing) and Section 19 (NASCAR’s substance abuse policy) of the 2019 NASCAR Rule Book, according to the NASCAR penalty report.
Self has made 66 career starts in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series from 2016-19, including three this season. He has one career top-five finish and five career top 10s, including a ninth-place run in this year’s season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway driving the AM Racing No. 22 Chevrolet.
Self, 23, must complete the NASCAR Road to Recovery program before reinstatement.
AM Racing — the Gander Trucks organization owned by Self’s father, Tim — issued a statement after Monday’s penalty news.
“AM Racing respects NASCAR’s decision and will follow their direction,” AM Racing’s statement read. “We expect Austin Wayne Self to return to the seat as quickly as possible. AM Racing will continue to operate as normal with a determination of a driver lineup set in the coming weeks. We expect to emerge from this challenge as a stronger team.”
(Taken in part from NASCAR.com)
Kyle Busch Wins Wreck-Filled Texas Truck Race
Kyle Busch continued his winning ways out west.
Busch held off Stewart Friesen by 1.269-seconds for his fourth-consecutive NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory of the season and his fourth-career win at Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch led a race-high 97 laps in the Vankor 350 en route to his 55th career series win and his 202nd among NASCAR’s top three national series.
“Those guys were able to keep up with us just way too much throughout the night,” Busch said. “You know, it’s a better race that way when they’re able to keep up. That means we need to go to work and work harder in order to get ourselves faster.”
Johnny Sauter, Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton, Tyler Ankrum, Ross Chastain, Tyler Dippel, Brennan Poole and Ben Rhodes rounded out the top 10 finishers. The race was slowed by 10 cautions—tying the series track record.
(Taken in part from Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service)
Greg Biffle to Make First NASCAR Start Since 2016
Greg Biffle has confirmed he will race the #51 Truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports at the Texas race this coming June. As announced last night Biffle will be practicing the truck this weekend.
Biffle has been vocal on social media that he wants to get back racing in a NASCAR series. I dont know if you want to call this a 'try out' for the 19 time winner in the Monster Energy Cup Series, and a pair of championships in the Truck and Xfinity Series.
Greg Biffle's last NASCAR race was at Homestead-Miami in 2016, driving the #16 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing. Biffle's last Truck ride was in 2004 at Homestead-Miami.
Entry List for Texas Posted for all Three Series.
Also, Kyle Busch will be in all Three Races
The entry list for this weekends races were released a moments ago. There will be 40 cars at Texas in the Cup Series this weekend, which is the most cars we have seen on track since the Daytona 500.
A few notables, Reed Sorenson will be back behind the #27 car for Premium Motorsports, Cody Ware and BJ McLoud will be back at Rick Ware Racing, Timmy Hill will be in the #66, Garrett Smithly in the #77, Gaunt Brothers Racing returns with Parker Kliggerman in the #96, and Obaika will have a TBA driver in their #97 as they atempt their first race of the season.
In Xfinity Series, 40 cars are entered in a 38 car field. Jeffery Earnhardt will be racing with a new team, Xtream Concepts Racing carrying the #81 i-k9 Toyota.
Trucks have 32 entries, so all trucks will make the field.
Kyle Busch will be in all three series once again this weekend.
Kyle Busch Gets his NASCAR win 201
at Martinsville Speedway
A week after locking up his 200th NASCAR national series victory at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, Kyle Busch took the first step toward the next century mark.
Holding off challenges from Ross Chastain and runner-up Ben Rhodes, Busch survived a late restart in winning Saturday’s TruNorth Global 250 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
The race ended under a last-lap caution, after Reid Wilson’s No. 44 Chevrolet spun in Turn 4 and nosed toward the inside wall. Rhodes was running second when the yellow flag waved, with reigning series champion Brett Moffitt third and Chastain fourth.
The victory was Busch’s second at the .526-mile short track in his own Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Busch has won each of his three starts this season and now has 54 victories in Trucks, extending his series record.
“These guys worked really, really hard this weekend,” Busch said of crew chief Rudy Fugle and the No. 51 team. “We unloaded, and I didn’t like where we were at. We made wholesale changes to this thing all weekend long and just tried to keep improving this Cessna Beechcraft Tundra and make it faster.
“All these guys kept trying to make it turn the center (of the corner) better. At Martinsville, you have to turn the center without getting too loose in or too loose off. … And we had enough tire at the end to hold them all off.”
(Taken in part from Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service)
Angela Ruch to Race 12 Races for
Neice Motorsports in 2019
Niece Motorsports announced Saturday at Martinsville Speedway that Ruch will compete in 12 Truck Series races for the organization this season, beginning with next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
Ruch, 35, made her first two career series starts earlier this year with Nemco Motorsports, including her career-best eighth-place finish at Daytona in a race in which she also led two laps.
“We are thrilled to welcome Angela Ruch into the Niece Motorsports family,” said team owner, Al Niece. “Angela’s had a strong start to the 2019 season, and we look forward to continuing that, starting in Texas.
“The team is excited to work with Angela and see what we can all accomplish together this year.”
This is Niece’s third full season in Trucks competition. It has also fielded entries this year for Timothy Peters and Ross Chastain.
(Taken in part from Jim Utter - Motorsport)
NASCAR GANDER OUTDOOR
Dover International Raceway
Friday, May 3rd 2019 - 5pm EST