NASCAR CAMPTING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE RECHAP: HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (November 16, 2013) – The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wrapped up its 2013 season Friday night at Homestead Miami season under the lights with the Ford EcoBoost 200. Jeb Burton proved again that he will be one of the favorites in 2014, coming from the middle of the pack late in the race and passing several trucks on the final restart to finish 3rd. Ron Hornaday drove to a 5th place finish, Cale Gale was 10th, Miguel Paludo 11th, defending series champion James Buescher 13th, and Ben Kennedy 30th. The following are the team race recaps:

JEB BURTON

Started: 15th
Finished: 3rd

In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Burton put on a show for all spectators when he quickly climbed his way into the top five and gave seasoned NASCAR veterans a run for their money. The 21-year old thought his night was over when his Arrowhead Chevrolet made contact with the wall with only ten laps to go, but that didn’t stop him from giving it his all. Restarting just outside the top-20, Burton battled back to a third-place finish after multiple green/white/checkered attempts and ended his rookie season with a top-five spot in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings.

In his first visit to the 1.5-mile track, Burton spent Thursday afternoon studying the layout, getting tips from his Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) teammates and watching race footage from previous years. When track activity began on Friday, Burton used the day’s only practice session to get more acquainted and master his line. The young driver’s determination paid off when he jumped to the top of the speed charts after running 50 practice laps. In his qualifying effort, however, Burton drove his Chevy Silverado a bit too hard and placed the No. 4 truck in the 15th position for the start of the Ford EcoBoost 200.

The No. 4 Arrowhead truck didn’t stay out of the top 10 for long. Within the first 20 laps, Burton had climbed his way into the seventh position and said his truck felt “awesome.” Throughout the race, Burton ran consistent lap times, many of which were the same as the leaders, and the TSM team performed impressive pit stops,which helped Burton break into the top five by the halfway mark. In the second half of the race, the rookie driver found himself in several tough battles for the lead with NASCAR veterans Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon. Having settled into the second position with less than ten laps remaining, crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. told Burton, “It’s time. Go get ’em!” When a determined Burton made an effort to take the lead, however, his No. 4 Arrowhead truck made contact with the wall, sending out a caution and allowing the TSM team to repair minimal damage and provide four new Goodyear tires.

Restarting outside of the top 20, Burton fought his way back into the top 10 before another caution arose, followed by another. In the final attempt at a green/white/checkered finish, Burton put on a show as he charged to gain even more track position, crossing the finish line in the third position.

“That felt good,” said an excited Burton. “That was one of the most fun races I’ve ever been in. It felt so good to be competitive and fight for the lead. My team gave me an awesome truck to work with tonight and I couldn’t let our season end on a mediocre note. I’ve got the hardest working group of guys out there and I couldn’t be more grateful for everything they’ve done for me, as well as my sponsor, Arrowhead. We’ve exceeded every goal I set for our team at the beginning of the year. I can’t wait to get back in this truck next year with more experience and compete for that championship. I think we’re already ready for Daytona after tonight.”

In an impressive rookie season, Burton added one win, five top fives and ten top 10s to his racing resume. In his 22 starts, Burton led a total of 289 laps and received seven Keystone Light pole awards, sharing the NASCAR record with Austin Dillon. Having remained in the top five in point standings throughout the year, the young driver finishes the 2013 season in fifth place in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings.

BEN KENNEDY

Started: 17th
Finished: 30th

Coming off of a fourth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway a few weeks ago, Ben Kennedy made his final start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS). After one practice session at the 1.5-mile track, Kennedy qualified 17th for the Ford EcoBoost 200. While the laps continued to wind down on Friday evening, Kennedy maintained a top-25 position until a mechanical failure sent him to the garage early and relegated him to a 30th-place finish for Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM).

After starting Friday night’s race in the 17th position, Kennedy was in the 19th position when the first caution of the race came out. Kennedy radioed in that his truck’s balance was pretty good and he could get back to the throttle well. After the restart on lap nine, Kennedy worked his way up to the 17th position when the second caution came out at lap 42. Kennedy relayed to crew chief Chris Carrier that he was a little bit loose all the way around. Carrier called the No. 30 Florida Lottery Silverado down pit road for four Goodyear tires, Sunoco fuel and adjustments.

After restarting 21st on lap 46, Kennedy maneuvered his way up way up to the 19th position when the third caution was displayed at lap 65. Kennedy communicated to Carrier that he was free on entry and exit, and a little tight in the center. Carrier called Kennedy down pit road to change four tires, add fuel and make adjustments. After restarting 17th on lap 70, Kennedy was in the 21st position on lap 80 when he radioed in that his oil temperature was really high. Upon inspection of the No. 30 Silverado’s grille, spotter Jimmy Kitchens reported debris blocking the grille opening. Kennedy worked to get behind another competitor to maneuver his truck back and forth in hopes of removing the piece of trash. Fortunately, the oil temperature dropped back to a comfortable level and Kennedy was in the 21st position when the fourth caution came out at lap 95. After coming down pit road for service, Kennedy was lining up on the track when he radioed in that his motor was sounding flat. After agreeing with Kennedy, Carrier told him to drop to the rear to prevent from stacking up the field. After restarting on lap 100, Kennedy maintained the 25th position until the fifth caution came out at lap 103. Carrier called the No. 30 truck down pit road and raised the hood to investigate the problem. After further evaluation under the hood, the team determined the No. 30 Florida Lottery Silverado had dropped a cylinder and would have to go to the garage, ultimately ending Kennedy’s night early. The No. 30 Florida Lottery Chevrolet Silverado finished the season finale at HMS in the 30th position for TSM.

James Buescher – Rheem Chevy Silverado
Started: 6th
Finished: 13th

Looking to close out the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) on top, James Buescher and his Rheem team wouldn’t go down without a fight. After a sixth-place starting position for the Ford EcoBoost 200, Buescher searched around the 1.5-mile oval for a groove in which was suitable for his Rheem Chevrolet. Running inside the top-10 for most of the night, slight contact with another competitor forced Buescher down pit road multiple times for repairs to his left front nose. These unscheduled pit stops forced Buescher to give up valuable track position and put him deep in the field for the eventual three attempts at a green-white-checked finish. Not giving up, Buescher stuck his No. 31 Rheem Chevy in some tight spots in the final laps to bring home a 13th-place finish in the NCWTS season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

With just only one practice session available to the teams,, the Rheem team went to work on finding the right balance for their Silverado. Battling a tight-handling race truck much of the two hour practice session, the Rheem crew hit on a set up that would place them third quickest on the practice charts heading into the qualifying session later that afternoon. Buescher was able to back up his practice times with a solid sixth-place starting position for the scheduled 134-lap Ford EcoBoost 200.

When the green flag released the 36-truck field for the final time in 2013, Buescher found himself in some tight battles inside the top-10. While running in the seventh-position, the yellow flag slowed the field on lap six for a piece of debris. When the field got the green again, they picked up where they left off with some feverish battles throughout the field. Buescher eventually settled into ninth-place and would hold that position until the first round of pit stops on lap 43 after the yellow was displayed. Complaining of a tight-handling race truck, crew chief Michael Shelton called for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment. Restarting in the eighth spot, Buescher went back to work, trying to reel in the top-five. On lap 55, Buescher radioed back to his crew that his Rheem Chevrolet was still tight and that he believed he had some damage on the left front of his nose when close racing action found that a competitor slid up into Buescher. Hoping for a yellow flag to come work on their truck, the Rheem team worked to fabricate a patch in which they would use to put over the damaged area of the Silverado. The Rheem crew got their opportunity to come down pit road multiple times on lap 66 when the third yellow flag was displayed.

With their truck repaired, Buescher gave up valuable track position and would restart 23rd. Buescher went to work and started to pick up positions one-by-one, eventually getting up to 17th before the next yellow was displayed on lap 94. After coming down pit road to work on his tight handling truck, the Rheem crew gave Buescher four fresh tires, fuel and made a track-bar adjustment for the shootout to the checkered flag. This wouldn’t be their last pit stop as a flurry of yellow flags would be displayed and different strategies would start to take shape. On lap 132, just two laps before the end of the scheduled distance, Buescher ducked down pit road for two right-side Goodyear Wranglers. Buescher would restart in the 10th position. Buescher tried to hang on to his top-10 but two more yellow flags sent the 2013 NCWTS season into overtime. Buescher weathered the tight quarters racing and was able to bring his Rheem Chevrolet home in the 13th-position and third in the NCWTS Drivers Point Standings.

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE RECAP: HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (November 17, 2013) – If anyone had any doubt that Kyle Larson was the real deal, perhaps Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway might have been the proof that the 21 year-old Rookie is legit.

Larson led a total of 54 laps and battled for the race win on the final restart before finally succumbing to Brad Keselowski to finish 2nd in the Ford EcoBoost 300. It was Larson’s 4th runner-up finish in 2013, his ninth top-5 and 17th top-10.

Nelson Piquet Jr. battled from the middle of the field late in the race to finish 10th and score his 7th top-10 of the year. After a late race accident, Justin Allgaier finished the race in 19th which was good enough to capture fifth place in the NNS drivers standings. The following are the race recaps from Saturday night’s race:

NELSON PIQUET JR

Starting Position: 15th
Lap Time: 33.165
Finshed: 10th
Laps Completed/Total: 200/200

Making his second career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS) on Saturday afternoon in South Florida, Nelson Piquet Jr. looked to end the 2013 season on a high note in the Ford EcoBoost 300. Piquet Jr. and his No. 30 Omnitracs team started the weekend by qualifying 15th at the 1.5-mile multi-groove oval. After playing pit strategy and having fresh tires to close the race, Piquet Jr. brought his Omnitracs Chevrolet Camaro home with a 10th-place finish.

Shortly after the green flag dropped at HMS, Piquet Jr. and the rest of the field settled into the 200-lap race. The Brasilia, Brazil native was scored in the 20th position when the first caution of the day came out on lap 42. During the caution, crew chief Pat Tryson called Piquet Jr. down pit road for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment for the No. 30 Omnitracs Chevy. After a great pit stop by his Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team, Piquet Jr. was able to maintain his position and restarted 20th. Piquet Jr. would maintain his top-20 position until the third caution of the day came out on lap 65 for debris. During the caution, Tryson once again called Piquet Jr. down pit road to pack the No. 30 with Sunoco Race fuel and make a track bar adjustment. Piquet Jr. would gain one spot and restart 21st. A few laps after the restart, Piquet Jr. radioed to his crew that his Omnitracs Chevy was starting to get tight in Turns 3 and 4 and that he made slight contact with the wall. Piquet Jr. was able to hang on until the fourth caution of the day came out on lap 97 for debris. The caution came at a perfect time, as Tryson called Piquet Jr. down pit road for four tires, fuel and to fix the damage on the right side of his TSM machine. After taking time to make sure the damage was fixed, Piquet Jr. restarted in the 25th position.

The Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender was able to battle his way to the 21st position when the fifth caution of the day came out on lap 120. Deciding to play pit strategy, Tryson called Piquet Jr. down pit road to put on a set of Goodyear tires with 18 laps on them, and saving his last set of sticker tires in hopes of a late race caution. With some teams not pitting, Piquet Jr. restarted in the 22nd position. Tryson’s strategy played out perfectly, as the late race caution he was looking for came out on lap 148 for a spin in Turn 4. During the caution, Piquet Jr. came down pit road one last time to get his final set of sticker tires, fuel and make one last track bar adjustment. After the pit stop, Piquet Jr. restarted in the 21st position. It didn’t take Piquet Jr. long to start making his way to the front with fresh tires, radioing to his crew that the car was the best it has felt all afternoon. After a long late race caution, the field would restart for a six-lap shootout to end the race. With fresh tires Piquet Jr. was able to pass five cars in six laps on his way to a top-10 finish to end the 2013 season. .

JUSTIN ALLGAIER

Starting Position: 14th
Fastest Lap: 33.054 sec.
Finished: 19th
Laps Completed/Total: 200/200

Justin Allgaier started his final race of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season on Saturday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS). After two practice sessions on Friday afternoon, Allgaier qualified his No. 31 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet Camaro in the 14th position for the Ford EcoBoost 300. Allgaier maintained a top-10 position for a majority of the day until a blown tire caused him to make contact with the wall, damaging his BRANDT Chevy. After battling his racecar in the closing laps, Allgaier drove the BRANDT Chevy home to a 19th-place finish for Turner Scott Motorsports.

After rolling off 14th, Allgaier worked his way up to the 10th position on lap 23 and radioed in that his BRANDT Chevy was starting to get tight. When the first caution flew at lap 48, Allgaier relayed to crew chief Scott Zipadelli that his car was loose in and tight in the center. Allgaier came down pit road for four Goodyear tires, Sunoco fuel and adjustments. Allgaier restarted in the ninth position and communicated to his team that his car was really good on lap 69. Allgaier maintained the ninth position until the fourth caution of the race at lap 99 when he radioed in that his BRANDT Chevy was good and he just needed track position. During the caution, Allgaier brought his car down pit road for fuel, four tires and an air-pressure adjustment.

Allgaier restarted in the eighth position on lap 103, and was in the seventh position on lap 122 when the fifth caution was displayed. Allgaier reported his car had lost grip and he came down pit road for fuel and four tires. He restarted in eighth position and after another quick caution he was in the sixth position when the seventh caution came out on lap 150. Allgaier reported his car was good and he brought it down pit road for fuel and four fresh tires. After varying pit strategies, Allgaier restarted 12th on lap 154. After another quick caution, Allgaier was in the seventh position on lap 177 when his tire blew causing him to hit the wall and spin out, ultimately bringing out the ninth caution. Under caution, Allgaier made two pit stops to change four tires, add fuel and repair fender damage. He restarted in the 26th position on lap 183. After the final caution of the race on lap 184, Allgaier finished the 200-lap race in the 19th position with a damaged BRANDT Chevy at HMS. After Saturday’s race, Allgaier finished fifth in the NNS Driver Point Standings.

KYLE LARSON

Starting Position: 8th
Finished: 2nd
Laps Completed/Total: 200/200

Kyle Larson and his No. 32 Target team headed south for the final NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race of the year on Saturday evening at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS). In his NNS debut at the 1.5-mile track, Larson was immediately quick, recording the best lap in the weekend’s opening practice session. In the race, Larson consistently ran the best lap times on the track, pacing the field for 54 of 200 laps. With just three laps to go, Larson surrendered the lead to a car with fresher tires, crossing the finish line in second place. Despite not getting the win, Larson did get to celebrate on Saturday night after being crowned the 2013 NNS Sunoco Rookie of the Year.

Larson wasted no time picking up where he left off in last year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at HMS, where he qualified second and led 48 laps before a late-race accident. His No. 32 Target Chevrolet Camaro was strong in both practice sessions. After running the best lap time in first practice, Larson was slated to go out last in Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session. With a lap time of 32.884 seconds, Larson earned the eighth-starting spot for the 200-lap race. However, it took him no time to begin working forward, as he gained three positions to take over the fifth spot after just one circuit around the mile-and-a-half track.

Larson moved into fourth position on lap 15, and radioed his Turner Scott Motorsports team a few laps later to report that the No. 32 Target Chevy was tight on exit but good on entry. As the race’s long green-flag run continued, Larson kept up his pace, running solid lap times and moving into third on lap 31 before taking over the second spot two laps later. Despite getting into the wall on lap 35 and causing right-side damage, Larson continued to run the best lap times of the field. The 21-year-old took over the top spot on lap 40 and within a handful of laps, he had amassed a four-second lead. On lap 47, the caution flag was displayed for the first time and crew chief Trent Owens brought Larson to pit road for four tires, fuel and a small air-pressure adjustment.

Larson restarted in the third position, where he remained until the second caution was called at lap 56. After starting in the third spot again, Larson slipped to fifth over the following 10 laps. Under the third caution period, Larson explained that his Target Chevy was not as strong as the other top cars on the short runs, but that he was good on the long run. This proved to be true, as Larson fell back to seventh after the next restart but worked up to third before the yellow flag waved again on lap 98. After Larson reported that his No. 32 machine was a little too tight on exit, Owens again brought his driver to pit road for four tires and fuel, along with slight air-pressure and wedge adjustments.

After restarting in the fourth position, Larson moved into third on lap 103 and took over the second spot on lap 115. When the caution flag waved again at lap 121, Larson radioed to say that his car was really good. Wanting to stay on the same pit strategy as the other lead-lap cars, the Target team gave Larson four fresh tires and fuel, and the young driver returned to the track in the sixth position. On the ensuing restart, Larson went to the high side and moved from sixth to first in one lap. However, after another quick caution, he slipped to second on the next restart. Larson was still running second, but laying down the quickest laps, when the caution flag as displayed on lap 149. Again trying to remain consistent with others on pit road, Owens called for four tires, fuel and no adjustments to the No. 32 Target Chevy.

Larson restarted the race in the eighth position on lap 154 but gained six spots to take over the second position before the caution flag waved later that lap. Larson took the green flag from the second position on lap 160 but immediately moved to the point. After battling back-and-forth for the top spot with the No. 54, the NNS rookie again moved into first on lap 169. Larson remained in the top position throughout two more cautions in the race’s final 30 laps. After restarting in first with five laps to go, Larson did his best to hold off his competitors with fresher tires. Despite being passed for the lead with just two laps to go, Larson’s valiant effort allowed him to hold on to the second position. Crossing the finish line in second, Larson earned his fourth runner-up finish in the NNS this season.

LARSON HONORED AS THE 2013 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

MIAMI (Nov. 19, 2013) – Kyle Larson capped off an incredible 2013 season Monday night as the NASCAR Nationwide Series top rookie, receiving the 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award at the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Trucks Series Awards Banquet in Miami.

The award put an exclamation point on a fantastic season for the 21 year-old from Elk Grove, California. The NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate compiled nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes, including four second place finishes (Bristol-1, Michigan, Dover-2 and Homestead). He won the rookie honors by 82 points over runner-up Alex Bowman.

Larson made headlines in April, winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Rockingham Speedway to become the first graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program to win a NASCAR national series race.

He will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014, driving the No. 42 Chevrolet for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and continue to drive the No. 32 NAtionwide Series entry for Turner Scott Motorsports.

Also receiving awards on Monday evening were 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champions James Buescher for his second place points finish; Jeb Burton received an award for the most pole awards in 2013 and fourth place points finish; and Justin Allgaier received his award for finishing fifth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers standings.

TURNER SCOTT MOTORSPORTS ANNOUNCES JAMES BUESCHER’S DEPARTURE IN 2014

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 13, 2013) – Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) announced today that driver James Buescher will not return to the organization in 2014. Buescher, 23, has driven for TSM since the team’s inception in 2010.

In addition to winning TSM’s first championship when he captured the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) title in 2012, the Plano, Texas native has recorded seven victories for TSM, six in the NCWTS and one in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS). Buescher also earned seven poles for the team across the NCWTS (five) and NNS (two).

“I have always been supportive of James and I am very proud of everything that he has accomplished while driving for our team,” said Steve Turner, co-owner of Turner Scott Motorsports and Buescher’s father-in-law. “I am excited for James and his new opportunities, and everyone at TSM would like to wish him the best in his future endeavors. I will always continue to support him and cheer him on as a member of my family, but his departure from Turner Scott Motorsports does not change the passion I have for this team. I love racing and have no plans to diminish my role as a co-owner of our organization. I am looking forward to a successful season in 2014 with a very strong lineup of drivers.”

“James’ graduation from TSM is the perfect example of what Steve [Turner] and I have always hoped to accomplish,” added TSM co-owner, Harry Scott Jr. “It has been our goal since the beginning to develop the talents of drivers who we believe to be the future of our sport and to have them move on to NASCAR’s highest levels. We are very grateful to have been a part of what James has accomplished so far and we look forward to watching him achieve his dream.”

Turner Scott Motorsports, which captured a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) championship this past season with Dylan Kwasniewski and earned 10 wins total across the three series in which it competes, will continue to field multiple entries in the NNS, NCWTS and the NKNPSE in 2014. Information regarding Turner Scott Motorsports’ sponsor and driver lineup for 2014 is forthcoming.

About Turner Scott Motorsports: Turner Scott Motorsports was established in 1999 and has become one of the most successful organizations in NASCAR by combining the business acumen and shared passion for racing of co-owners Steve Turner and Harry Scott Jr. This season will mark the fourth season of full-time NASCAR competition for the organization, which expanded in 2011 from a two-truck operation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) to become the largest stand-alone multi-series team in NASCAR’s top-tier touring series. The team earned its first championship when James Buescher captured the NCWTS title in 2012. Turner Scott Motorsports operates out of an 110,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility in Mooresville, N.C. The Chevrolet-backed team has created alliances with General Motors’ powerhouse team Hendrick Motorsports, which provides engine support for both its NNS and NCWTS programs, and Earnhardt Technology Group for drive train and suspension technology assistance. For more information on Turner Scott Motorsports, visit www.TurnerScottMotorsports.com.

BEN KENNEDY TO DRIVE FOR TURNER SCOTT MOTORSPORTS IN 2014

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 16, 2013) – Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) is pleased to announce the addition of Ben Kennedy to its 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) roster. The 21-year-old will drive a full-time championship campaign while competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors behind the wheel of the No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado. Michael Shelton, who led the No. 31 team to TSM’s first championship in 2012 with driver James Buescher, will continue his role atop the pit box. Kennedy made his NCWTS debut for TSM in 2013, earning a best finish of fourth at Martinsville Speedway.

Kennedy, who began his racing career on the short tracks of central Florida, has Pro-Truck championship titles at both Orlando Speedworld and New Smyrna Speedway, which he earned in 2009, followed by the Super Late Model championship at Orlando Speedworld in 2010. The great grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr., Kennedy made his touring series debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) in 2010. Kennedy began racing full time in the NKNPSE in 2011. In 2012, Kennedy competed in the first NASCAR-sanctioned Euro Racecar Series event, winning the event at Tours Speedway, the first NASCAR race held on an oval in Europe. Kennedy experienced his most successful NKNPSE season to date in 2013, finishing fourth in the Driver Point Standings on the strength of two wins, one pole, three top fives and nine top 10s in addition to being crowned as the series’ Most Popular Driver. Kennedy was selected for the NASCAR Next program in 2013, an initiative to spotlight the sport’s up-and-coming stars. The Daytona Beach, Fla. native is also completing his Sports Management degree at the University of Florida.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to be in Turner Scott Motorsports’ No. 31 truck for 2014 and to be able to work alongside Michael Shelton and a very talented crew,” said Kennedy. “It will be a great year and I hope to really learn a lot in the series and compete for wins and Rookie of the Year. It’s going to be a blast to work with such great people; I can’t thank everyone I’ve worked with in the past enough for getting me to this point in my career. A big ‘thank you’ to all my fans for always sticking behind me.”

Turner Scott Motorsports has earned two championships in the last two seasons, beginning in 2012 with Buescher’s NCWTS title. TSM captured the NKNPSE championship in 2013 with Dylan Kwasniewski behind the wheel. In 2013, TSM’s Truck Series program totaled four wins, ten poles, and finished the season with all three of its full-time trucks in the top 10 for the second-consecutive season.

“We are very excited to have Ben [Kennedy] running full time for us in the Truck Series,” said team co-owner Harry Scott Jr. “I believe we all have seen his potential over the last few years and we’re looking forward to seeing all that he can accomplish while running for us full time. He’s an impressive young man who is not only a talented racer, but also very smart and very driven. Turner Scott Motorsports has always been about developing talent for the future of our sport, and Ben is very representative of that. I know that everyone in our organization, especially the No. 31 crew, is looking forward to working with Ben and having a very successful year.”

The 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season kicks off on Friday, February 21 with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. The race will air live on FOX Sports 1 and MRN at 7:30 p.m. EST.