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NTS Motorsports

NTS Motorsports
Owner(s) Bob Newberry
Joe Denette
Base Kernersville, North Carolina
Series Nationwide Series
Camping World Truck Series
K&N Pro Series East
Race drivers Nationwide Series
55/77. Brennan Newberry
Camping World Truck Series:
9. Chase Pistone
Jason White
Ron Hornaday
14. Michael Annett (Eldora)
20. Gray Gaulding
Austin Dillon
Justin Lofton
John King (Daytona)
24. Brennan Newberry
K&N Pro Series East:
20. Gray Gaulding
24. Brennan Newberry
Sponsors Qore-24
Krispy Kreme/Gemini Southern (Gaulding)
GunBroker.com
Rheem (Hornaday, Dillon)
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Career
Debut 2011 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (As Joe Denette Motorsports)
Latest race 2014 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
Races competed 27
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 0
Pole positions 2

NTS Motorsports is a racing team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and K&N Pro Series East. The team is run by Californian Bob Newberry and Virginia native Joe Denette, coming into its current form after Dennette's Joe Denette Motorsports merged with Newberry's NTS, both with support from Kevin Harvick. The team currently fields the #9 and #20 Chevrolet Silverados full-time and the #14 and #24 Silverados part-time for Chase Pistone, Ron Hornaday, Jr., Gray Gaulding, Justin Lofton, Austin Dillon, Brennan Newberry and others in the truck series. Gaulding and Newberry run the #20 and #24 Chevrolet Impalas respectively in the K&N Pro Series full-time.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Joe Denette Motorsports 1.1
    • NTS Motorsports 1.2
    • 2013-Present: Merger 1.3
  • Camping World Truck Series 2
    • Truck No. 9 history 2.1
    • Truck No. 14 history 2.2
    • Truck No. 20 history 2.3
    • Truck No. 24 history 2.4
  • Nationwide Series 3
    • Car No. 55/77 history 3.1
  • K&N Pro Series 4
    • 2014 4.1
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

Joe Denette Motorsports

After Thornburg, Virginia native Joe Denette was laid off from his job in 2009, he entered the lottery, buying a "fistfull" of Mega Millions tickets with the initial dream of buying an RV to travel to races each week. Denette matched six numbers in a May 1 drawing and won $75.6 million, taking a lump sum payment of $46 million. With the money, Denette contacted fellow Virginian and former full-time driver Hermie Sadler about starting his own team in the Camping World Truck Series. After consulting with then team owner Kevin Harvick of KHI, Denette founded his own team in 2011, with trucks and support from KHI and engines from Pro Motor Engines. Denette hired another Virginian, Jason White, who brought sponsorship from GunBroker.com. Coincidentally, Denette bought 23 lottery tickets for his big pay day, and White's sponsor carried the number 23. Hermie's brother and Harvick's Nationwide Series driver Elliott Sadler drove a second truck, the #24, for a few races near the end of the season. The team endured some growing pains in 2011; though they scored seven top tens and a pole with Sadler at Bristol, White finished 15th in points. The team fielded both trucks full-time in 2012 with Denette, a long-time Bill Elliott fan, renumbering the 23 truck to #9.[1]

NTS Motorsports

Meanwhile, NTS Motorsports was founded by former driver Bob Newberry, also a friend of Kevin Harvick and his father Mike, in Bakersfield, California,[2] fielding cars for son Brennan in the United States Auto Club, K&N Pro Series West, K&N Pro Series East, and the ARCA Racing Series. Mike Harvick served as the younger Newberry's early crew chief.[3] The team ran part-time in the Truck Series with Newberry in 2011 and 2012.

2013-Present: Merger

In December 2012, JDM merged with NTS, and adopted the latter's name to run the No. 9 truck with Ron Hornaday, Jr., the No. 24 truck with Brennan Newberry, and the No. 14 truck with several drivers including Kevin Harvick for the 2013 season.The team moved into Harvick's former KHI facility in Kernersville, NC, with Harvick as an adviser and Bruce Cook as competition director.[3][4][5] Hornaday would be released with one race to go in the season.[6]

In 2014, the team expanded to two full-time rides and two part-time rides fielding multiple drivers, including Newberry, Gray Gaulding, Austin Dillon, and Justin Lofton. Dwayne Gaulding was also brought on as the VP of Operations for the team.[7] Newberry was set to run a 12-race truck schedule, while 16-year old Gaulding competed in 9 races on tracks one mile or shorter.[8] The team also ran two full-time entries in the K&N Pro Series East and a part-entry in the Nationwide Series with SS-Green Light Racing.[9]

Camping World Truck Series

Truck No. 9 history

The 9 truck was the original entry out of Joe Denette Motorsports. It began as the number 23 truck, with Jason White and sponsor GunBroker.com moving over from SS-Green Light Racing. White scored two top fives and five top tens en route to a 15th place points finish, and would leave with his sponsor to start their own team. In 2012, four-time series champion Ron Hornaday, Jr. would be signed to drive the now-9 truck, moving over from the closed KHI operation of mutual friend Kevin Harvick.[1] Coming off a four win season, Hornaday struggled with the young team, posting two top fives and six top tens against three crashes and five total DNFs to finish 13th in points. It was Hornaday's first season without a win and, at the time, his worst finish in points.[13]

Hornaday returned to the 9 truck for the full season in 2013. After nine top 10 finishes but struggles to find regular sponsorship, the team released Hornaday with one race to go in the season. Hornaday ran Turner Scott Motorsports' 34 truck with his sponsor Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff at Homestead-Miami, and moved to their 30 truck in 2014.[6] Former KHI driver Nelson Piquet, Jr. took over the No. 9 at Homestead.[14]

The 9 truck ran the full season (except the Daytona opener) in 2014. In March, Las Vegas and Texas with Rheem,[17] and a third race at Talladega with ARMOUR Foods. Ty Dillon replaced Newberry for the season finale at Homestead, finishing 7th.

Truck No. 14 history

The 14 truck was the original Truck Series effort of Bob Newberry's NTS Motorsports. Son Brennan Newberry attempted the 2011 Truck Series finale at Homestead in the 14 truck, but failed to qualify. Newberry then attempted 12 races in 2012 (withdrawing from Dover and failing to qualify at Martinsville), with 5 crashes and a best finish of 19th. Newberry's driving coach Brandon Miller ran the #14 at Texas finishing 20th.

Newberry began the 2013 season in the 14 truck for his rookie season, with Eddie Pardue as crew chief.[18] Newberry won the pole at the season opener at

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ a b c THE KANSAS CITY STAR (June 26, 2013). "NASCAR truck owner hits jackpot twice". columbiatribune.com. Columbia Daily Tribune, Kansas City Star. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "NTS Motorsports: About". ntsmotorsports.com. Kernersville, North Carolina: NTS Motorsports. 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Brennan Newberry interview".  
  4. ^ "Joe Denette Motorsports Merges With NTS Motorsports". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. December 5, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  5. ^ Smith, Greer (May 15, 2013). "Local NASCAR shop boasts Bakersfield connection". hpe.com. Kernersville, NC: High Point Enterprise. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Smith, Eric (November 9, 2013). "NASCAR: Ron Hornaday Jr. Released From Truck Ride at NTS Motorsports". racereviewonline.com. Avondale, AZ: Race Review Online. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Team Release (February 7, 2014). "Gaulding Teams With Newberry At NTS: NASCAR Next Driver Set For Camping World Truck Series Debut". hometracks. 
  8. ^ a b Staff Report (February 7, 2014). "GAULDING, NEWBERRY TEAM UP AT NTS MOTORSPORTS".  
  9. ^ a b "Newberry set to make NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in Sta-Green 200". NTS Motorsports. July 9, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  10. ^ "Truck number 9 in 2014:NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". racing-reference.info. racing-reference.info. 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  11. ^ a b RotoWire , Contributor (August 19, 2014). "Michael Annett News Update".  
  12. ^ "Truck number 20 in 2014: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". racing-reference.info. racing-reference.info. 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c Wolkin, Joseph (December 6, 2012). "Joe Denette Motorsports attempting to become a winning team". Rant Sports. Rant Sports. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "NELSON PIQUET, JR. JOINS NTS MOTORSPORTS FOR SEASON FINALE AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY". NTS Motorsports. Retrieved 2013-12-25. 
  15. ^ Staff Report. "CHASE PISTONE LANDS RIDE WITH NTS MOTORSPORTS".  
  16. ^ RACECHASER STAFF (May 13, 2014). "NCWTS: Lofton to Return to Truck Series with NTS at Charlotte". Race Chaser Online. KERNERSVILLE, NC: Race Chaser Online. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  17. ^ Spencer, Lee (September 13, 2014). "Ron Hornaday Jr. to return to the Camping World Truck Series". motorsport.com.  
  18. ^ a b "Newberry to compete full time in World Truck Series in 2013".  
  19. ^ Pockrass, Bob (September 4, 2013). "Woman banned by NASCAR for slapping Max Papis".  
  20. ^ Ryan, Nate (October 26, 2013). "Kevin Harvick, Ty Dillon feud at Martinsville Truck race".  
  21. ^ Press Release (May 6, 2014). "Austin Dillon in No. 20 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado at Kansas Speedway". catchfence.com. Catchfence, NTS Motorsports. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  22. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (June 6, 2014). "Justin Lofton earns pole for Friday night’s Truck race at Texas".  
  23. ^ "Truck number 24 in 2013: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". racing-reference.info. racing-reference.info. 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  24. ^ "Brennan Newberry: 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". racing-reference.info. racing-reference.info. 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  25. ^ Press Release (November 5, 2014). "Fourth and Final Start of 2014 for Brennan Newberry in NASCAR Nationwide Series". catchfence.com. catchfence.com. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 

References

See also

In 2014 Gray Gaulding, a member of NASCAR Next, along with Brennan Newberry ran the full schedule in the K&N Pro Series East in the 20 and 24 Chevrolet Impalas respectively, in addition to part-time Truck Series schedules.[7]

2014

K&N Pro Series

In 2014, Brennan Newberry ran a part-time Nationwide Series schedule in the #55 usually run by Jamie Dick and Viva Motorsports. Bob Newberry was listed as the owner; the car was fielded by SS-Green Light Racing with support from NTS and sponsorship from Qore-24.[9] Newberry finished 25th in his series debut at Loudon, then scored a solid 19th place finish at Watkins Glen and a 23rd place finish at Chicago. Newberry and NTS/SS-Green Light ran a fourth race at Newberry's favorite track Phoenix International Raceway in a #77 car, finishing 36th after an early crash.[25]

Car No. 55/77 history

Nationwide Series

In 2014, the truck ran a single race at the Daytona season opener with Newberry and GunBroker.com, finishing 25th. The #24 truck was replaced by the #9 entry for the remainder of the season.

Kevin Harvick was signed for two races in 2013 in a third NTS truck.[13][18] He ran the 24 truck in second race of the season at Martinsville with longtime sponsor Tide, finishing 25th after a tire issue. Harvick and Tide were entered the next week at Rockingham but withdrew. After 4 races, Brennan Newberry and the #14 crew switched to number #24, in conjunction with new sponsor Qore-24 Hand Sanitizer. Newberry scored a single top ten finish (at Pocono) and had four DNFs, finishing 19th in points.[23][24]

The 24 truck debuted in 2011 as the second JDM truck with Elliott Sadler driving, sponsored by AMFM Energy and the Virginia Lottery. Sadler ran three races, scoring a pole at Bristol and two top ten finishes. K&N Pro Series East champion Max Gresham was hired to drive the truck for 2012,[1] but left due to sponsorship issues after eight races and no top-15 finishes. The car did run for the rest of the year[13]

Truck No. 24 history

The 20 truck debuted in 2014. Former Daytona winner John King drove the truck at the season opener.[8] Gray Gaulding ran his part-time schedule in the 20 truck with sponsorship from Gemini Southern and Krispy Kreme, scoring two top five finishes. Former series champion Austin Dillon made his debut for the team at Kansas in the #20 truck,[21] and ran a total of four races with the team. Justin Lofton won a pole at Texas in the 20, finishing second.[22] He would run two more races with a 9th place finish at Pocono. Daniel Hemric ran the season finale at Homestead, finishing 12th.

Truck No. 20 history

In 2014, Sprint Cup Series rookie Michael Annett ran the #14 truck at Eldora Speedway with TMC Transportation as the sponsor.[11] Austin Dillon ran the second to last race of the season with RUDD Comfort Products.

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