As we near closer to the Camping World Truck Series 2011 Season opener at Daytona International Speedway, teams are making announcements regarding who is running for whom and their sponsors. So to get you up to speed, here’s the Camping World Truck Series Notebook.
Chris Fontaine to make Daytona Debut
Chris Fontaine is set to make his first Daytona Truck start when he pilots the No. 84 Toyota Tundra for Glenden Enterprises on February 18th. Fontaine has raced at Daytona before, but never in the Camping World Truck Series. He ran the i-Power DASH race in 2004 where he finished 15th after starting 17th. It will mark his 25th career start in the NCWTS.
Fontaine has restrictor plate experience as last October at Talladega, he led a total of 15 laps.
"I learned a lot about drafting, a lot about the side draft, who I can work with, who will work with me and when to go to the outside. I learned a lot about the restarts and a lot about coming to pit road at those speedways," Fontaine said in the press release. "So, a lot of the things I didn't know and was nervous about, I don't have to be this time so I can concentrate on doing the best that I can do, and concentrate on what is going on instead of worrying. I feel a lot of confidence going into the race and I am really, really looking forward to it."
Fontaine has yet to determine if he will run the entire schedule as he says, "We are going to take it one race at a time."
Chase Mattioli to Run Full-Time in Trucks in 2011
Chase Mattioli announced that he will be running in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full-time in 2011, starting at Daytona. Team and details to be announced in the coming weeks.
Matt Crafton to be Sponsored by Menards Again
ThorSport Racing announced that Menards would be once again sponsoring the 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 that Justin Marks will drive the No. 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 team in 2011. He most recently worked at Randy Moss Motorsports, where he called the shots for Taylor 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.