Officials from Niece Motorsports and AM Racing jointly announced today that Texas native Austin Wayne Self will drive the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado in this Friday night’s Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway.
Self, 21, is set to make his second start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season after earning a career-best second place finish in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway in February driving for AM Racing.
“Niece Motorsports is very excited to have Austin drive for us at Kansas Speedway,” said team Principal Al Niece. “We’ve seen him drive at other tracks last year and we were very impressed. We are looking forward to having him in the truck at Kansas Speedway and maybe some more races down the road.”
In addition to Niece Equipment serving as the primary marketing partner at Kansas, AM Racing partner Precision Air Technology will serve as a major associate for the 167-lap race. Precision Air Technology tests HEPA filter systems of all types. Performing air balancing, selling air filters and HEPA filtration equipment, and providing turnkey cleanroom retrofits are some of the services and products they offer.
With Kansas Speedway not on AM Racing’s initial schedule, Self is thankful for the opportunity to make his second start at the 1.5-mile speedway and second start of the season.
“I’m very appreciative for this opportunity to drive for Niece Motorsports,” said Self, a 23-time NCWTS competitor. “Thanks to Niece Equipment and Precision Air Technology, I’ve been given an opportunity to get in a truck and go out and earn a strong finish. I enjoy racing at Kansas Speedway and look forward to a flashy finish under the lights.”
Just days after a spectacular win at Talladega Superspeedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Roush Fenway Racing have announced a multi-race partnership with Little HUG Fruit Barrels. The iconic barrel-shaped fruit drink will serve as a primary sponsor for two races with Stenhouse and the No. 17 team in June at Dover and at Pocono.
“This is even more great news,” said Stenhouse, who scored his first MENCS win on Sunday at Talladega. “I loved the Little HUG fruit barrels growing up, and it was a good day when mom would put one of those in our lunches. It will be a lot of fun reaching for one to cool down at the track on a hot summer day.
“It’s been a crazy week for sure,” added Stenhouse. “But, part of our success is a strong partner base that has remained loyal to myself, Roush Fenway and our 17 team. We are very pleased to have Little HUG join that group, and we can’t wait to get them on the track and hopefully we’ll put the 17 back in victory lane soon.”
Stenhouse is currently 12th in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings. His win from the pole last weekend, qualified him for the NASCAR All-Star race in May and next season’s Clash in Daytona.
Little HUG will make its debut at the track at Dover International Speedway on June 4 and will ride again with Stenhouse the following week at Pocono Raceway on June 11.
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This Saturday night, Southern National Motorsports Park will feature racing from the Late Model Stock and Charger Divisons along with UCAR’s, Legends, and Bandoleros.
One of the big headlines coming into the night is Late Model Stock points leader Bradley McCaskill. As most of you know Bradley was injured in a big crash at East Carolina Motor Speedway, and he is still recovering. With Bradley being sidelined, the race for the championship is basically down to 5 drivers. Chris Chapman, Tyler Matthews, T.J. Barron, Tim Allensworth, and Ricky Jones.
Below are the points as of the last race.
- Bradley McCaskill – 169 (1 win)
- Chris Chapman – 161 (2 wins)
- Tyler Matthews – 158 (1 win)
- T.J. Barron – 147
- Tim Allensworth – 147
- Ricky Jones – 146
In the Charger Division Robert Arch leads Michael O’brien by 11 points and Jeremy Bohne by 14. Arch has visited Victory Lane at Southern National 5 times in 2016 along with O’brien grabbing 1 win. Jeremy Bohne has yet to visit Victory Lane this year but hopes to do so this weekend in the 35 Lap feature for the Charger division.
The race for the UCAR points is tightening up. Buckshot Jones lead Brandon Allen by a margin of only 4 points. Followed by Allen is Joseph Pittman who is in a 12 point deficit behind Jones. Both Jones and Allen have shown Consistency throughout the year by finishing Top 3 in every race of 2016. Jones has recorded 1 victory so far this season.
In The Legends and Bandolero division the points seem to be all but wrapped up. In the Legends Division, Dillon Spain has a 21 point lead over Chris Stancil and a 28 point lead over teammate Will Bristle. Spain has won all 6 races in 2016.
In the Bandoleros, Blaise Brinkley shows a 12 point lead over Emily Day and a 13 point lead over Camryn Rice. Brinkley has 1 win in 2016 along with Josh Kossek and Dustin Yeoman.
JGL Racing will be switching to Joe Gibbs Motors, the team released the following statement today.
“At this point in our racing season JGL Racing has decided on switching to Joe Gibbs Engines to possibly better enhance our performance of the #28 car of JJ Yeley (Official) which will start this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway for the remainder of the season. We would like to thank everyone at PME for a great start to the 2015 season and very appreciative of all their hard work. Looking forward to an exciting rest of the season.”
This statement was released on the teams Facebook page.