Camping World Truck Series Notebook: Mark Martin, Matt Crafton and Justin Marks
As we near closer to the Camping World Truck Series 2011 Season opener at Daytona International Speedway, teams are making announcements with regards to who is running for whom and their sponsors. So get you up to speed on what has come out today, here’s the Camping World Truck Series Notebook.
Mark Martin to Run Two Truck Races for Turner Motorsports
Turner Motorsports announced that Mark Martin will run their No. 32 Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series races at Las Vegas, Fontana, Michigan and Kentucky. They also added that he is scheduled to drive one of their trucks at Michigan and Pocono.
“I’m excited to be running back in the Nationwide and Truck Series again,” said Martin in a statement released by the team. “Everyone at Dollar General and Turner Motorsports has been great, and I’m looking forward to hitting the track with them next year. Working with Turner [Motorsports], I get to extend my relationship with Chevrolet and continue to have Hendrick horsepower under the hood, which is really, really good.”
The 52-year-old said that the races chosen are races that are favourites of his.
“The races we picked for both series are personal favorites of mine,” Martin said. “I’d love to win another Truck race, and I’ve got to get back to victory lane in the Dollar General car so I can keep Kyle from breaking my Nationwide Series record.” That was a joke (apparently).
Martin enters his final year under contract with Hendrick Motorsports so questions have been asked about what his plans are for 2012 and beyond. Tuner Motorsports uses engines from Hendrick Motorsports so could this partnership lead to something bigger?
Matt Crafton to be Sponsored by Menards Again
ThorSport Racing announced that Menards would be once again sponsoring their No. 88 Camping World Truck with driver Matt Crafton. This marks the tenth consecutive season in which Crafton has been sponsored by Menards, holding now the longest team/primary sponsor relationship in series history.
Crafton was originally sponsored by Menards when he drove for Duke Thorson from 2001-2003. Crafton then made the move to Kevin Harvick Incorporated for the 2004 season and was sponsored by GM Goodwrench, before returning to ThorSport Racing and Menards in 2005.
ThorSport Racing announced that the co-primary sponsors for Johnny Sauter will be announced during the ThorSport Racing Media Day, which will be held at their facility in Sandusky, Ohio on February 3, 2001.
The 2010 season was a big year for ThorSport Racing with Crafton and Sauter as they reached their 500th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Pocono and became the first NCWTS-only team in series history to place two drivers among the top five in the final championship standings. Sauter finished third with one win, 14 top fives and 16 top 10s while Crafton finished fourth with 10 top fives and 20 top 10s.
Justin Marks Returns to Camping World Truck Series with Turn One Racing
Turn One Racing announced yesterday that Justin Marks will drive the #66 Chevrolet Silverado full-time this coming season. The team has also signed a new major sponsor, which will be announced leading up to the season opener.
"We are very happy to have Justin join our driver lineup this season," team owner Stacey Compton said in a press release. "He is coming off a very successful year in the ARCA Racing Series where he proved his talents as a driver. Adding Justin to our driver lineup will help build our program and put us in a position to win races and championships in the future."
Former race winning crew chief and NASCAR veteran Doug Wolcott will lead the tema in 2011. He most recently worked at Randy Moss Motorsports, where he called the shots for Tayer Malsam, David Starr and others.
Marks made his NASCAR debut in the Truck Series in 2007 and ran a partial schedule in 2008. For 2009 and 2010, he returned back to his roots in the ARCA Racing Series. Last year driving for Kevin Cywinski, Marks finished sixth in points with one win, seven top fives and 13 top 10s.