This year’s Moving Starke County Forward summer challenge is about ready to begin.
The kick-off event for the NASCAR-themed Healthy Challenge Series is set for this Saturday, May 2 at Wythogan Park at 10 a.m. Participants will start the Healthy Challenge Series by walking the pace lap around the park after the sign-up process.
Residents are urged to log steps that could include walking, biking, running, swimming, or hiking for a chance to win some NASCAR prizes. Steps or miles will be recorded every two weeks to reach a certain goal during that time. The first goal will be the Daytona 250. Participants are encouraged to log activity totaling 250 miles by May 16. Details on how to report those steps will be released this week. A different goal will be released shortly before the first deadline.
NASCAR handed down a penalty to a Camping World Truck Series team after officials found that the truck failed post-race inspection on Sept. 13 at Chicagoland Speedway.
The No. 20 truck driven by Austin Dillon for NTS Motorsports did not meet post-race body height/ground clearance requirements as outlined in the rule book.
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images
He started the race from the rear of the field twice and still managed to win the Lucas Oil 225 Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway.
Kyle Busch passed 61 trucks throughout the race after having to start the race in the 32nd spot and charging to the front. A speeding penalty after the competition caution on lap 32 sent Busch back to the end of field but he was back up battling for the lead within 20 laps.
The racing surface, although one of the roughest on the schedule, provided many grooves for the drivers to find their way around the 1.5 mile track. At times there were drivers fanning out four wide for position.
Ryan Blaney, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, and German Quiroga, driver of the #77 OtterBox Toyota, take the checkered flag during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 on August 31, 2014 in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images
It came down to the final three turns and the first place runner and the second place runner were swapping the lead. Ryan Blaney, who had been leading after the final caution and most of the race, was getting some pressure from German Quiroga in the closing laps of the 64-lap feature at the road course north of the border. As they entered into the final turns at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Quiroga was able to get by Blaney for the lead but Blaney performed a quick crossover move and was able to just inch in front of Quiroga as they crossed the finish line.
The margin of victory was 0.050 seconds.
This was Blaney’s first win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season and his 10th top 10 finish of the year. Blaney sits third in the points standings and is now 13 points behind Johnny Sauter in the hunt for the championship.
Cameron Hayley will be making his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunday at Canadian Motorsports Park. He sounds pretty confident headed into this weekend’s event that begins at 1:30 p.m. ET. Hear what he has to say about his road to this level and other tracks on his schedule this season in this Behind the Wheel interview:
Cameron Haley Behind the Wheel
The schedule for the 2015 NASCAR season was released on Tuesday and there are some changes to the Sprint Cup Series schedule. Atlanta Motor Speedway’s only race was moved from August to March next season while Bristol Motor Speedway’s spring race has been moved to April 19 from the third weekend in March. With the change in the date for Atlanta Motor Speedway, that allowed the Darlington Raceway race to move back to the Labor Day spot on Sept. 6.
NASCAR has penalized three teams in the Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) after an inspection found that No. 00, No. 19 and No. 30 trucks failed to meet post-race height requirements after the Bristol Motor Speedway race on Aug. 21.
The crew chiefs, Joel Shear, Doug Randolph and Doug George for drivers Cole Custer, Brad Keselowski and Ron Hornaday, Jr., were all fined $5,000. In addition, each team lost 10 championship driver and owner points.
Ryan Blaney is ready to run 12 races in the NSCS in 2015. Photo provided
In a technical alliance with Team Penske, Wood Brothers Racing officials announced Thursday that Ryan Blaney, 20, will race in 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for Wood Brothers Racing in 2015.
Blaney will drive the iconic No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford beginning with the Daytona 500. Las Vegas, Texas, Talladega, Charlotte, Michigan, Indianapolis, and other tracks will accompany the schedule.
In his sophomore year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Ryan Blaney, 20, has turned a lot of heads with his driving skills. He’s won races in the NCWTS and in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and he keeps getting better.
We could very well be witnessing his championship year.
Three teams were penalized from the weekend’s NASCAR races.
The No. 17 truck driven by Timothy Peters in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was found to have improper sizes of throttle shafts and plates. As a result of the infraction, crew chief Paul Richmond was fined $7,500 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Photo by Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images
The last time he won in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race was in the inaugural 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic on the dirt track at Eldora Speedway. Austin Dillon was able to taste victory again Saturday afternoon in the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway.
A green-white-checkered restart allowed Dillon to get out front and claim the win in the No. 3 Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet for Richard Childress.
It was a rather quick 60 laps on the day – even though NASCAR added 10 laps to the race.
He’s only 18 and has a couple of wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Now he’s looking to get a win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in his first attempt at Chicagoland Speedway tonight. Erik Jones talks about his work in the truck series and his Nationwide Series debut in the seat of the Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 in this Behind the Wheel interview.
Erik Jones Behind the Wheel
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Joey Coulter is getting better and better each race.
He finished fourth in the No. 21 for GMS Racing in the most recent race at Iowa Speedway and he says some of his best tracks are coming up.
Find out what he’s got going for him at Eldora Speedway and more in this Behind the Wheel interview: Joey Coulter Behind the Wheel
Erik Jones driver of the #51 ToyotaCare Toyota celebrates after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen at the Iowa Speedway on July 11, 2014 in Newton, Iowa. Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images
A penalty has been handed down to the winning team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCTWS) race Friday night at Iowa Speedway.
NASCAR officials found that the No. 51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports had a violation in that the race truck failed to meet post-race height requirements, the second such violation discovered in two consecutive races.
The infraction will cost crew chief Eric Phillips a $6,000 fine and he has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. The driver of the truck for that race, Erik Jones, will lose 10 championship driver points and KBM Motorsports owner Kyle Busch will lose 10 championship owner points.
Jones won the Iowa Speedway race Friday night to launch the team to its seventh win out of nine races this season.
Erik Jones made it look easy as he claimed the checkered flag in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. But it wasn’t. He had some stiff competition from Ryan Blaney for most of the race.
Jones was able to get out of pit road with the lead just in front of Blaney on the last round of pit stops after a caution on lap 125. From there, Blaney used lapped traffic to close the gap on Jones and went three wide for the lead on lap 184 in an attempt to charge for the lead but got loose coming out of the corner. The rear right wheel on Blaney’s truck made a smooth black tire tread mark on the track as he brought the truck out of a slow slide to avoid any contact with Jones. There was minimal contact as Jones was caught in the middle of the action with the lapped truck of Justin Lofton on the outside. Jones was able to reclaim the lead and stayed there until the flagman waved the checkered flag on the stand.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers will be at Iowa Speedway on Friday and the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series drivers will be at the Magic Mile – New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
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Ben Kennedy has a lot of confidence this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He has every right to be – he’s seventh in the standings and he’s the leading contender for Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
In this Behind the Wheel interview, learn which upcoming track he feels will be strong for his No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports team and one where more practice could help him slide higher in the standings: Ben Kennedy Behind the Wheel
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, leads a pack of trucks during the NASCAR Camping World Series UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway on June 26, 2014 in Sparta, Kentucky. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
The crew chief of the Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the owner have been penalized after a post-race inspection found the truck too low.
The owner of the truck, Kyle Busch, drove it to Victory Lane after dominating Thursday night’s UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway.
The infraction violates the 2014 NASCAR rule book in Section 20B-12.8.1 (truck failed to meet post-race height requirements).
Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the Toyota Toyota, celebrates with a burn out after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park on June 14, 2014 in Madison, Illinois. Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images
From the moment the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race started, Darrell (Bubba) Wallace, Jr. drove his truck like it was the last lap of the race. He did that for 160 laps. He had to use that same mentality when it came down to the last three laps of the race and he prevailed. Wallace won the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday night.
Cole Custer was on the pole position for this race after he qualified at a record setting pace with a lap of 136.426. He became the youngest NASCAR national series pole winner at the age of 16 years, 4 months and 22 days. He lost the lead on the first lap to Wallace, Jr. but kept up with him for a few circuits in the second position.
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Toyota, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images
Kyle Busch seems to know his way around a race track in a truck. He’s started in four truck races this season and has won in every entry.
He started on the pole and Busch won the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday night.
Matt Crafton gave Busch some good competition in the middle of the race. Prior to a caution that was brought out by a spin by Brennan Newberry, Busch came down pit road for service. He didn’t get the service as his crew chief pushed him on through as the yellow flag was displayed. He would get service when the other trucks came down pit road for tires and fuel. After that round of pit stops on lap 76, Matt Crafton took the lead.