Life is about to get a lot busier for the Camping World Truck Series drivers after enjoying their break. And few will be as busy as Ryan Blaney.
After racing only twice so far this season, the 2014 schedule will get hectic over the next couple of weeks. For the first time this season, the series is in action in back-to-back weekends with the SFP 250 this Friday night at Kansas Speedway and next weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
For Blaney, It will be a full weekend in Kansas as the 20-year-old driver is racing in both Friday night’s SFP 250 and Saturday night’s 5-hour Energy 400. It is the Sprint Cup Series début for Blaney, driving the No. 12 Ford for Team Penske on Saturday.
The race could also give Blaney a chance to compete against his father Dave, which would make them the first father-son duo to compete in the same Sprint Cup Series event since Bobby Hamilton Sr and Jr raced at Atlanta on October 30, 2005. Both Blaneys raced against one another last season in the historic truck race at Eldora Speedway. Continue reading →
The reasons why fans adore the Bristol Motor Speedway were on display during the truck race Wednesday night. Classic Bristol showed up to put on quite a wild show. Action was evident throughout the race and a photo finish was the perfect end to the night. Kyle Busch edged out Timothy Peters in an ending that would fit the term “checkers or wreckers” perfectly. Continue reading →
Ryan Blaney and his father, NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney, discussed one particular point of emphasis before Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 125 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Pocono Raceway.
“We actually talked about restarts and choosing the right line,” said 19-year-old Ryan, who grabbed the lead from rookie German Quiroga on a restart that began the second attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish and held on to win the fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race stage at the 2.5-mile triangular track.
“It was pretty funny that we were talking about restarts before the race, and that’s what it came down to.” Continue reading →
From dirt, to a triangular shaped race track, the Truck Series has had its variety over the past week-and-a-half. Although Eldora was unique and exciting, it’s time to move on and inch closer to crowning this year’s champion. With Pocono on the schedule for only a few seasons, drivers are figuring out the triangle quickly, making for phenomenal racing. We saw a first time winner in Joey Coulter last August, so the field is wide open for Saturday. Continue reading →
Austin Dillon, driver of the #39 American Ethanol Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag from NASCAR official Kim Lopez after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 24, 2013 Photo – Tom Pennington/Getty Images
“This is real racing…”
is how history-maker Austin Dillon described the inaugural MudSummer Classic in victory lane after the race. Dillon put on a show by leading just about the second part of the race. He held off many charges by Kyle Larson, but Larson couldn’t get to the front on the final restarts. Eldora’s first race was a spectacular one and NASCAR’s return to dirt was undoubtedly successful.
The oldest pole-sitter in NASCAR history, Ken Schrader at 58 years old, started the race on the pole and led until lap 16 with Timothy Peters taking the lead. Peters showed that dirt experience was not necessary to do well by leading 23 laps until Larson slid to the top spot. Continue reading →