KYLE LARSON REUNITES WITH PARKERSTORE FOR MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (November 10, 2014) – Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, announced today that Kyle Larson, the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Rookie of the Year, will reunite with former sponsor ParkerStore for a multi-year, multi-series partnership starting with the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event of the season, the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Homestead) on Friday, November 14.

After originally partnering with Larson when he raced outlaw karts in California, ParkerStore will be the primary sponsor of the No. 42 NCWTS Turner Scott Motorsports entry driven by Larson at Homestead and will be on board the No. 42 NNS entry in 2015. ParkerStore will serve as a primary and associate sponsor for Larson in a number of races throughout the 2015 NNS season.

“We’re looking forward to rejoining our partnership with Kyle and his team,” says Brad Fischer, Director of Global Retail Operations at Parker. “Kyle has a bright future in NASCAR and we’re happy to be on board.”

“I am really excited to be reuniting with ParkerStore,” said Larson. “To be able to team up again with a sponsor from back in my midget racing days is really cool. I think we’ll make a great team. I’m really looking forward to working with them on and off of the racetrack. I feel like I have some unfinished business at Homestead in the [NASCAR Camping World] Truck Series, so I can’t wait to get there and see what we can do.”

After earning numerous race wins and accolades in the sprint-car ranks, Larson turned his attention to NASCAR in 2012. His first year in a stock car, Larson took home the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship in 2012. He also made his NCWTS debut that year, earning three top-10 finishes and leading 91 laps in just four starts. In 2013, Larson competed in the NNS full time, won his first NCWTS race and made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) debut. This year, Larson races full time in the NSCS for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and runs part time in the NNS and NCWTS for Turner Scott Motorsports.

Larson will first take to the track in the No. 42 ParkerStore Chevrolet Silverado next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Ford Eco Boost 200 will air on FOX Sports 1 on Friday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The race will also be broadcast on MRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.

NCWTS PREVIEWS: HOMESTEAD

Turner Scott Motorsports NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes:
Homestead-Miami Speedway

Ben Kennedy
No. 31 Heater.com Silverado
Homestead-Miami Speedway – Ford EcoBoost 200
November 14, 2014

The End Is Near…The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) heads back to the state where the season began to close out 2014 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Ben Kennedy has one previous start at the Florida facility, making his debut at the track in 2013. Kennedy experienced an engine failure 45 laps shy of the finish line, relegating him to a 30th-place finish.

Historic Event…When Kennedy takes the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he will be the first descendant of NASCAR’s founding family to complete a season in one of the sport’s top-three series. Kennedy can be proud of what he’s accomplished in his first full season in the NCWTS, as he comes into the final race of the year sitting eighth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings and has led the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points since the second race of the year. The 22-year-old has earned one top five and seven top 10s in 21 races, earning a best finish of third at Martinsville Speedway in the spring.

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Rock The Vote…Voting for the 2014 NCWTS Most Popular Driver is open and Kennedy needs your help. Visit www.VoteForBenKennedy.com every day from now until November 14. Kennedy took home the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Most Popular Driver award last season.

Watch and Listen…The Ford EcoBoost 200 can be seen live on Friday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. EST on FOX Sports 1. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.

Previous Race Recap…Kennedy’s No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado was among the class of the field at Phoenix International Raceway, earning a top-five starting position and running third in the early portion of the Lucas Oil 150 following a delayed start due to power loss. However, a scoring issue on the lap 111 restart cost Kennedy precious track position, which ultimately could not be overcome when the 150-lap event was cut short as a result of a second power outage.

Ben Kennedy on Homestead-Miami Speedway:
“This is it, this is our last shot. We have had such a rough couple of weeks, and it’s so important to me that we turn this year around and end the season on a high note at Homestead. My Turner Scott Motorsports team has worked really hard this year and they deserve to make it to Victory Lane before the season is through. I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished, and I really think we have what it takes to win a race this year.”

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE PREVIEW: HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

Welcome to MiamiThe NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) will make its first and only trip of the 2014 season to south Florida and Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend for the 2014 season finale. Dylan Kwasniewski will make his first-career start at the 1.5-mile oval on Saturday afternoon.

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Watch and Listen…The 2014 NNS finale can be seen live on Saturday, November 15 on ESPN2. Race coverage will begin at 4:00 p.m. EST with NASCAR Countdown, followed by the green flag dropping at 4:30 p.m. EST. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.

Phoenix Recap…The NNS made its second and final stop of the 2014 season last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway for the DAV.. Kwasniewski and his No. 31 Rockstar Energy Drink/ F.O.E. team looked to finish strong and leave the desert on a high note at the one-mile oval. After two up-and-down practice sessions on Friday afternoon, Kwasniewski went out on Saturday morning and laid down a time good enough to claim the 14th starting position for Saturday afternoon’s 200-lap dash. After going a lap down due to a pass-thru penalty on lap nine, Kwasniewski earned his lap back during the middle portion of the race, crossing the finish line in the 15th position.

Dylan Kwasniewski on racing at Homestead-Miami: “I’m really looking forward to getting back to the track and making my first start at Homestead this weekend. This is the last chance of the season for us to bring home a solid finish, and my team and I have worked really hard all week to prepare. In looking at film, Homestead looks like a very fast mutli-groove track that allows for some two, and sometimes three-wide racing. I’m looking forward to practice on Friday, learning my way around the track and coming home with a good finish to end the season on Saturday.”

BEN KENNEDY NAMED ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Ben Kennedy Named NCWTS Rookie of the Year at Homestead-Miami Speedway

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (November 15, 2014) – In taking the checkered flag in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ben Kennedy captured the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year title, capping off his season with a top-20 finish. Despite handling struggles which resulted in a disappointing 17th-place finish, Kennedy made history as the first descendant of NASCAR’s founding family to complete a season in one of the sport’s top-three touring series.

After showing promising speeds in the weekend’s two practice sessions, Kennedy advanced to the final round of knockout qualifying, earning an 11th-place starting spot for the Ford EcoBoost 200. With tight handling on the race’s first long run, the 22-year-old was scored in the 12th position when the caution flag waved on lap 25. Crew chief Doug George called Kennedy into the pits for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment, and the Heater.com Chevrolet returned to the track in 11th. When the yellow flag was displayed once again on lap 71, Kennedy had dropped to the 18th spot, struggling with a truck that was tight in the center and exit. Once again, the Turner Scott Motorsports team provided Kennedy with a four-tire stop, earning him five positions on pit road before the field went green on lap 76. The team was able to make a final swing at adjustments under yellow on lap 100, but despite restarting in the 11th position, the Heater.com Chevrolet continued to be plagued by handling, with Kennedy ultimately crossing the finish line in the 17th position.

Ben Kennedy on Homestead-Miami Speedway:
“This certainly wasn’t the kind of night on the track we wanted to end our season with, but tonight was really special. We had a great Heater.com Silverado in practice and qualifying, but that just didn’t translate over once the track cooled at night. Regardless, I could not be more proud of everyone on my Turner Scott Motorsports team. We had a lot of challenges and bad luck this year, especially in the second half of the season, but we just kept fighting until the end. We have a lot to look back on and be proud of on the track, but what’s even more important is how this team overcame adversity.”

Ben Kennedy on winning Sunoco Rookie of the Year:
“Every driver’s goal is to win Rookie of the Year when they enter a new series, and it’s obviously something you only get one shot at. Earning that title was a testament to our team and how hard every single person worked. It was a blast to compete against Tyler [Reddick] and the other talented guys in this year’s rookie class. I learned so much this year and had a lot of fun; these trucks handle so much different than anything I had ever driven before. I have a lot more to learn and accomplish, and I can’t wait to see what next year holds. It’s going to be a long off-season, because I already can’t wait to get to Daytona.”

In addition to clinching the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title, Kennedy ends the season ninth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings with a total of one pole, one top five, seven top 10s and 58 laps led.

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE PREVIEW: TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Heading to TexasAfter a two-week hiatus, the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) heads to Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Dylan Kwasniewski will make his second-career NNS start at the 1.5-mile track this weekend, having finished 14th in his debut at the Fort Worth, Texas track in April.

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Watch and Listen…The O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge can be seen live on Saturday, November 1 on ESPN2. Race coverage will begin at 3:00 p.m. EDT with NASCAR Countdown, followed by the green flag dropping at 3:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.

Team Chevy…Kwasniewski will make a visit to the Team Chevy stage on Friday, October 31 at 1:30 p.m. local time. The Team Chevy Stage is located in the fan zone at Texas Motor Speedway.

Charlotte Recap…The NNS made its second and final stop of the 2014 season at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, October 10 for the Drive for the Cure 300. Kwasniewski and his No. 31 F.O.E. team looked to continue the momentum gained in Kansas while racing at Turner Scott Motorsports’ home track. After getting a feel for the mile-and-a-half track during the first practice session on Thursday afternoon, Kwasniewski and the No. 31 team finished second practice in the third position. Kwasniewski returned to the track on Friday afternoon and qualified 21st in NASCAR’s knockout qualifying session. After suffering damage on the first lap of the race, Kwasniewski continued to battle, crossing the finish line in the 14th position.

Dylan Kwasniewski on racing at Texas: “I’m really looking forward to making another start at Texas this weekend. It was nice to have a little bit of a break, but I’m ready to get back behind the wheel and finish our 2014 season on a good note. We had a pretty solid piece back in April at this track, so I think if we can continue to build on that and stay consistent, we can come home with a solid finish.

SERIES OF EVENTS LEAVES MALSAM WITH A 21ST-PLACE FINISH IN TEXAS

FORTH WORTH (November 1, 2014) – After claiming his career-best finish in his last NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race with Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM), Tayler Malsam made his return to Texas Motor Speedway with his sights set on a victory. An unfortunate qualifying run, however, followed by two incidents during the race resulted in a 21st-place finish in his fifth-career start in the Lone Star State.

Equipped with a solid Outerwall Chevrolet Silverado following the weekend’s two practice sessions, Malsam was forced to settle with a 19th-place starting spot when time ran out during the second round of knockout qualifying. As the green flag waved on a chilly Texas night, Malsam gained one position before the first caution flag waved on lap 22. Telling crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. that he was super tight, Malsam came to pit road for four tires and fuel before rejoining the field in the 18th position. Still dealing with a tight machine nearly 50 laps later, Hillman brought Malsam down pit road under green-flag conditions for four new tires and fuel. Going a lap down following the stop due to a flat tire, the second caution arose on lap 77 and Malsam was the beneficiary of the free pass. Hillman called the No. 32 truck back to pit road for a quick splash of fuel before rejoining the field. The yellow flag waved once again on lap 97 and Malsam told Hillman he was now too free. After receiving four new tires and fuel, along with a small adjustment, Malsam restarted in the 11th position. Shortly after, Malsam got caught in a large patch of oil when another competitor blew an engine in front of him, causing his Outerwall Chevy to spin across the slick track. With very slight damage to the right rear, Hillman called Malsam to pit road for four tires, fuel and a small repair. Good to go and ready to fight his way back, Malsam restarted in the 17th position. With nine laps to go, however, a competitor in front of Malsam drastically slowed down, forcing the No. 32 truck to make a quick move down and into another competitor. Malsam drove his machine back to pit road for four tires and repairs, returning to the field in the 20th position with a damaged right side and 20-lap tires. Despite a solid effort by the Malsam and the No. 32 Outerwall team, the series of unfortunate events left them with a 21st-place finish when the checkered flag waved.

HAYLEY EARNS TOP 10 IN MILE-AND-A-HALF DEBUT AT TEXAS

FORT WORTH (November 1, 2014) – The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) made its second and final stop of the 2014 season on Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway for the WinStar Word Casino & Resort 350. Cameron Hayley and his No. 30 Cabinets by Hayley team looked for a solid finish in his first-career start on a mile-and-a-half oval. After two solid practice sessions on Thursday afternoon, Hayley went out on Friday and earned a top-five starting spot during NASCAR’s knockout qualifying. After battling a loose race truck during the middle portion of the race and surviving a green/white/checkered finish, Hayley crossed the finish line in the 10th position.

Following the drop of the green flag, Hayley settled into the top 10, and by lap 14, the 19-year-old radioed to crew chief Shannon Rursch that his Cabinets by Hayley Silverado was loose, especially in Turns 3 and 4. Hayley continued to maintain his position inside the top 15 until the first caution of the night came out on lap 23. During the caution, Rursch called Hayley down pit road for four tires, fuel and wholesale adjustments to his Silverado. After a lighting-quick pit stop, Hayley picked up two spots and restarted 14th on lap 28. Happy with his truck, Hayley made a green-flag pit stop on lap 69 and was scored in the 13th position when the second caution flag waved on lap 77. Playing strategy, Rursch once again called Hayley down pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires and fuel. Restarting 16th on lap 82, Hayley wasted no time picking off competitors as he worked his way back inside the top 10. Following another lighting-quick pit stop during the third caution, Hayley picked up three spots and restarted seventh on lap 102. Remaining inside the top 10 for the remaining portion of the race, Hayley survived two more cautions and a green/white/checkered finish before brining home a solid 10th-place finish in his mile-and-a-half debut

Cameron Hayley on his run at Texas:

“Wow, what a blast that was. I couldn’t be more proud of the guys that worked on the No. 30 Cabinets by Hayley Silverado all week. I wasn’t really sure what to expect as I made my first laps around a mile-and-half track, but Shannon and the guys had the truck really dialed in right off the hauler. I can’t thank these guys enough for giving me this opportunity and hopefully we can build on this finish moving forward.”

15TH-PLACE FOR KENNEDY IN TEXAS

Mid-Race Contact Results in 15th-Place Finish for Kennedy in Lone Star State

FORT WORTH (November 1, 2014) – Ben Kennedy was off to a strong start as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series  (NCWTS) took on Texas Motor Speedway in a Halloween spooktacular. Unfortunately, a fast truck was waylaid by mid-race contact from another competitor. Although Kennedy made an impressive save, a run through the grass led to overheating problems and required multiple pit stops to rectify, ultimately resulting in a 15th-place finish.

After two solid practice sessions, Kennedy earned his Heater.com team a spot in the final round of knockout qualifying, scoring a fourth-place starting spot in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350. After the green flag waved, Kennedy was still in the top 10 when the first caution flag waved on lap 23. Reporting to crew chief Doug George that his truck was aero tight in traffic, the No. 31 team provided the young rookie with four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment. Over the course of the next 60 laps, Kennedy worked his way up to as high as sixth and was running lap times consistent with the leader. On lap 88, the 22-year-old was scored in the 12th spot when another competitor hit him from behind, causing the Heater.com Silverado to bobble and swerve into the grass. Kennedy made a skillful save, but a lap later he reported that his water temperature was high and his gauges were flashing. With temperatures reaching a critical level, Kennedy had no choice but to come to pit road under green to clean grass and dirt off of his grille. Quick work by the team allowed them to only lose one lap on pit road, but temperatures remained high under the hood of the Heater.com Silverado. When the caution flag waved on lap 97, Kennedy made two mores visits to pit road, allowing the team to thoroughly clean out all the grass and dirt that had accumulated under the hood and cool down the truck. Restarting in the 22nd position and a lap down on lap 102, it would require three more yellow flags before Kennedy would earn the lucky dog and return to the lead lap. One final caution set up the field for a green/white/checkered finish with Kennedy in 16th, and over the course of those two laps he was able to pick up one more spot, ultimately crossing the finish line in 15th.

Ben Kennedy on Texas Motor Speedway:
“This was another really long night. It’s a shame that we didn’t get the results we deserved because of someone else. This is the second week in a row that truck got into me and affected our race. My guys built me a really fast Heater.com Silverado and I’m proud of how well we ran and that we were able to fight our way back to the lead lap. We’ve got two more chances to bring this team to Victory Lane and defend our spot in the rookie points. On to Phoenix.”

Kennedy is now ninth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings. The NCWTS heads to Phoenix International Raceway for the penultimate race of the 2014 season. The Lucas Oil 150 will air live on Friday, November 7 at 8:30 p.m. EST on FOX Sports 1.