Rico Abreu Joins ThorSport Racing for 2016 Season

Photo - Courtesy of ThorSport Racing

Photo – Courtesy of ThorSport Racing

Will pilot the No. 98 CURB Records Toyota Tundra
full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Rico Abreu, USAC National Midget champion, open wheel standout, and 2015 Chili Bowl Nationals winner, will join ThorSport Racing as a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver in 2016 piloting the No. 98 Curb Records Toyota Tundra powered by Triad engines. Abreu’s first full-time season in NASCAR’s national touring division will be led by crew chief Doug George as he competes for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors and the 2016 NCWTS championship.

“This is one of the best opportunities I have been given,” said Abreu. “I appreciate the support and the hard work that everyone at ThorSport Racing and Curb Records has put into all of this for me to live my dream. I’m thankful to be a part of Duke’s (Thorson) team and am excited to race with all my ThorSport Racing teammates and crewmembers.
“My team, sponsors and fans will know that I’m giving 100% effort every time I’m at the track and on the track. My goal is to get the most out of every lap and every opportunity this season. I’m looking forward to meeting new fans and representing ThorSport and Toyota well.”

Abreu, 23, has had the type of success in his early racing career that most drivers only dream about. In 2015 the St. Helena, California native competed in more than 100 events, with two major wins. After sweeping his Chili Bowl Nationals preliminary night, winning his heat, qualifier and A-Main, the open wheel standout went on to win the 29th annual Chili Bowl Nationals, one of dirt track racing’s most prestigious events.

The achievement introduced the talented racer to a new audience – NASCAR. Making just his seventh-career start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE), Abreu won his first NASCAR race at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway (July). The sprint-car sensation concluded his rookie season in the 2015 NKNPSE fifth in points, earning three poles, and leading 119 laps en route to four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He was also voted as the series Most Popular Driver.

“Competing full time in the NASCAR K&N East Series prepared me the most for this opportunity,” said Abreu. “My first time being in stock cars and getting a full season under my belt helped me understand how to race and put together full races, longer races, than I was used to running in open wheel cars.”

In November, 2015, Abreu made his NASCAR national touring debut in the NCWTS at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway and went on to compete in the season-ending event at Homestead-Miami Speedway, earning a career-best finish of 13th.

“Running the last two Camping World Truck Series races of 2015 was a huge help as well,” continued Abreu. “I know what to expect now compared to last year when I had no experience on tracks bigger than one mile.”

The NASCAR NEXT alum’s 2016 campaign will be led by NCWTS veteran crew chief, Doug George. Entering his 12th season in the series, George is credited with five poles, two wins, 32 top-five and 65 to-10 finishes.

ThorSport Racing has competed in the Truck Series annually since 1996 and has fielded at least one truck in 454 races, a series record.

“We look forward to Rico joining our race team in 2016,” said Duke Thorson, owner of ThorSport Racing. “Rico has proven himself at every level in racing to date, and is a winner and true racer in every sense of the word. He brings a style and attitude that reflects who we are, and what we are all about. We are prepared to give him every single opportunity to win, and look forward to seeing what he can do in his first full-time season in the Truck Series.”

ThorSport Racing will kick off it’s 21st season of completion in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 19. All the action will be televised live on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR channel 90.

Additional sponsorship for the No. 98 Toyota Tundra will be announced at a later date.

Abreu plans to defend his Chili Bowl Midget Nationals title on Saturday night in the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The final features will be televised Saturday, Jan. 16 on MAVTV American Real. For a complete listing of channels, and to request MAVTV, log onto http://www.mavtv.com.

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Tyler Reddick survives wild scramble to win Daytona Truck race

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As trucks fanned out four-wide behind him, Tyler Reddick took the first checkered flag of this NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career in Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

Behind the race winner, Erik Jones charged to the outside to grab the runner-up spot, followed by Scott Lagasse Jr. and Austin Theriault, Reddick’s Brad Keselowski Racing Teammate.

Teamwork between the two BKR trucks was crucial to Reddick’s maiden win. Continue reading

Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona Preview

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Next Race: NextEra Energy Resources 250

The Place: Daytona International Speedway

The Date: Friday, Feb. 20

The Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)

TV: FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. (ET)

Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90

Distance: 250 miles (100 laps)

Crafton Begins Quest For Three-Peat

Matt Crafton ran away with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship last season to become the first driver to win consecutive titles in its 20-year history. The No.88 ThorSport Racing driver visits Daytona on Friday for the first stop on his quest for a three-peat – the NextEra Energy Resources 250 (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). He will look to improve on his 13th-place finish at Daytona last year.  Continue reading

Camping World Truck Series Noteworthy Headlines from Daytona

Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 ToyotaCare Toyota, leads Timothy Peters, driver of the #17 Valvoline Toyota, to the checkered flag to win the Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2014   Photo - Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 ToyotaCare Toyota, leads Timothy Peters, driver of the #17 Valvoline Toyota, to the checkered flag to win the Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2014
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After a thrilling Camping World Truck Series finish at Daytona, teams are taking a break until their next race the Kroeger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, March 29th. Fox Sports 1 begins their coverage at 1 pm ET with the green flag waving around 1:30 pm ET. Race coverage is also available on MRN, Sirius XM Radio, channel 90 for all 131.5 laps covering 250 miles.

Here are a few noteworthy headlines from the series’ season-opener NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Continue reading

Truck-tastic: Busch Beats Out Peters in Closest NCWTS Finish at Daytona

Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 ToyotaCare Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2014  Photo - Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 ToyotaCare Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2014
Photo – Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Kyle Busch’s prowess was on full display Friday night during the Camping World Truck Series (CWTS) race at Daytona. Busch led a good part of the 100-lap event and he edged out Timothy Peters at the line to win his first career CWTS race at Daytona. The finish was the closest at Daytona for the Truck Series and it was eighth closest in Truck Series history. Continue reading

Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 Preview

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Daytona International Speedway – The World Center of Racing – is giving two 2013 champions a chance to make history.

 

For one driver the outcome of his chance will be known by the end of the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday night at Daytona International Speedway. For the other, it’s just the beginning of his journey and a chance to get started with a strong finish in the first race of the season. Continue reading

Joey Coulter on a Mission in 2013

Joey Coulter, driver of the #18 Gunbroker.com Toyota, gets in his truck during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2013  Photo - Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Joey Coulter, driver of the #18 Gunbroker.com Toyota, gets in his truck during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2013
Photo – Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Entering his third full-time season in the Camping World Truck Series, 22-year-old Joey Coulter currently drives the #18 for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM).

In 2011, his first full-time season in the Camping World Truck Series, Coulter earned the Rookie of the Year title and finished seventh in points. Looking for a better finish the following year, Coulter found it with a third place finish in 2012, his second season with Richard Childress Racing.

If Coulter continues to have it his way, his third season, now with KBM, will produce his first series’ championship.

In 1998, Coulter started his racing career in Naples, Florida racing go karts at West Coast Kart way. While still racing Florida’s WKA Championship series, in 1999 Coulter also raced the national Karting circuit in the WKA Horstman Gold Cup series and in his first two years of racing, he racked up more than 50 wins and two Championships. Then in 2000, Coulter received CJ Marvin Sportsman of the year award and remained in the series for six years.

Moving on to full-sized vehicles, Coulter started racing in Florida’s FASTRUCK Series in 2005, as well as, the NASCAR Whelen Late Model Series, and USAR Pro Cup Series.

In 2009, Coulter started his rookie season in ARCA, finishing a career-high fourth in the point standings earning two pole awards, seven top-five finishes and 13 top-tens. Also in 2009 he earned the HG Adcox Sportsman of the Year award, and in 2010 the Bill France Four Crown Championship.

When he’s not racing, Joey Coulter enjoys fishing, boating and, of course, working on his race cars. Coulter is also a student of Mechanical Engineering at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Starting his 2013 season at Daytona in February, Coulter ran inside the top-ten for the majority of the 100-lap race, advancing as high as the runner-up position, until he got caught up in a four-truck accident on the final lap and ended the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series opener with a disappointing 22nd-place finish.

To say Coulter is anxious for his next Camping World Truck Series race on April 6th at Martinsville Speedway, would be an understatement. With 21 races remaining in the 2013 season, Coulter is on a mission to race his way up the point standings.

Joey Coulter will be our next guest on Fan2Fan NASCAR Talk, this Monday, March 18th at 8:30pm ET. So mark your calendar, set your reminder and call 347-996-5176 during the show to interact with Joey Coulter and ask your questions.

 

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Redemption Strikes for Sauter at Daytona

Johnny Sauter, driver of the #98 Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb 22, 2013  Photo - Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Johnny Sauter, driver of the #98 Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb 22, 2013
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A 360 degree turn-around occurred for Johnny Sauter at Daytona Friday night. Last year, Sauter was leading during after a restart and he was involved in a wreck. This year, Sauter pulled into victory lane after the race ended under caution due to a wreck. What a difference a year makes. Sauter celebrated in victory lane while many drivers will shake their heads and wonder what they could have, would have and should have done.

The Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona started out pretty dicey when drivers attempted to make early moves. Luckily for the drivers, none of those early moves resulted in a wreck. Justin Lofton led the race early before being passed by Ty Dillon on lap seven. The first caution didn’t come out until the one-fourth mark of the race when debris was spotted on the track. The next caution came just after halfway and it was the big one. Continue reading

NextEra Energy Resources 250 Preview

John King, driver of the #7 Red Horse Racing Toyota, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb  23, 2012  Photo - Chris Graythen/Getty Images

John King, driver of the #7 Red Horse Racing Toyota, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb 23, 2012
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The Trucks will be back in action this Friday at the Daytona International Speedway when they hit the high banks for the NextEra Energy Resources 250. Many new and young faces are entered in the race and they will look to start their season off on a high note. A few returning drivers will also be back and looking to build on their 2012 performance. The Truck race this Friday is sure to be a wild one and it will be a great kick-off to the Truck Series season.

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 will go green on Friday February 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM EST. The race will feature 100 laps and 250 miles. Each lap will surely count this Friday because to be there at the end, you’ll need to remain in the pack on every lap. The weather forecast for Friday night looks mostly cloudy with a high of 82 F and a low of 62 F with a 10% chance of rain. The race will be broadcasted on SPEED and on the radio on MRN. This will be the first race of the 2013 season and everyone will look to get a head start on the chase for the championship.

The 2012 NextEra Energy Resources 250 featured some wild racing including multiple big wrecks and a lot of torn up trucks. John King won the race becoming the first of nine first time winners in the 2012 Truck Series season. King will be in Friday night’s race and he will be competing in the No.33 truck for Eddie Sharp Racing. Likely the most memorable moment from the 2012 race was when Joey Coulter’s truck got air-borne and slid against the catch fence before coming to a rest on the ground. Coulter will look to avoid doing that this season and attempt to end up in victory lane.

Many drivers have been entered in this race but, some won’t be competing for the full season. The Daytona Truck race is always a special one and therefore, it attracts a lot of racers. Notable drivers competing in this race that won’t be running for the championship this season include Tim George Jr. in the No.5 truck, Justin Lofton in the No.6 truck, Todd Bodine in the No.13 truck, Ryan Truex in the No.30 truck, Rick Crawford in the No.50 truck and Kyle Busch in the No.51 truck. Those drivers will look to upset the Truck regulars and take home the hardware. Another note worthy fact about the race is that this will be Darrell Wallace Jr.’s first race in a truck. He will be competing in the No.54 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports. The field for Friday’s race is definitely a stacked one and all those drivers should put on a great show.

In my opinion, anyone will be able to win the race. With the drafting process that goes on at Daytona, anyone could get the right push and make it to the front when the checkered flag is in sight. Picking a driver that really hasn’t been super strong may not be a bad pick. Anyone will be able to win this race. The first Truck race of the season always happens to be the wildest one and Friday night’s race shouldn’t disappoint. Continue reading