2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
Previous: 2019 Next: 2021
Champions | Seasons
Matt Crafton enters the 2020 season as the defending series champion.

The 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series is the upcoming 26th season of the third highest stock car racing series sanctioned by NASCAR in North America. The season will begin at Daytona International Speedway with the NextEra Energy 250 on February 14. The regular season will end with the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 8. The NASCAR playoffs will end with the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway on November 6.

2020 marks the twelfth season for Camping World Holdings as the series' sponsor, with it being the second season under the Gander RV & Outdoors brand. In September 2019, Camping World announced a rebranding of Gander Outdoors stores as part of a shift in strategy, resulting in the stores also carrying recreational vehicle sales and service, henceforth the slight name change to reflect corporate changes.[1]

Teams and drivers[edit]

Complete schedule[edit]

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief
Chevrolet GMS Racing 2 Sheldon Creed[2] Jeff Stankiewicz
21 Zane Smith (R)[3] Kevin Manion
23 Brett Moffitt[2] Chad Norris
26 Tyler Ankrum[4] Chad Walter
Jordan Anderson Racing 3 Jordan Anderson[5] Wally Rogers
Niece Motorsports 44 Carson Hocevar 9[6] TBA
Natalie Decker[7] 8
Ross Chastain TBA
45 Ty Majeski (R)[8] Phil Gould
Ford DGR-Crosley 15 Tanner Gray (R)[9] Shane Wilson
Front Row Motorsports 38 Todd Gilliland[10] Jon Leonard
ThorSport Racing 13 Johnny Sauter TBA
88 Matt Crafton TBA
98 Grant Enfinger TBA
99 Ben Rhodes TBA
Toyota Halmar Friesen Racing 52 Stewart Friesen[11] Tripp Bruce
Hattori Racing Enterprises 16 Austin Hill[12] Scott Zipadelli
Kyle Busch Motorsports 4 Raphaël Lessard (R)[13] Mike Hillman Jr.
18 Christian Eckes (R)[14] Rudy Fugle
51 Kyle Busch[15] 5 Danny Stockman Jr.
Chandler Smith TBA [15]
TBA TBA
McAnally-Hilgemann Racing 19 Derek Kraus (R)[16] Kevin Bellicourt

Limited schedule[edit]

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Rounds
Chevrolet CR7 Motorsports 9 Codie Rohrbaugh[17] TBA TBA
GMS Racing 24 Sam Mayer[2] TBA 5[18]
David Gravel[19] 6[19]
Henderson Motorsports 75 TBA Chris Carrier TBA
Mike Affarano Motorsports 03 Tim Viens[20] TBA 1
Ford Diversified Motorsports Enterprises 97 Jesse Little[21] TBA TBA

Changes[edit]

Teams[edit]

Drivers[edit]

  • On July 1, 2019, Toyota Racing executive Jack Irving Jr. stated that Hailie Deegan could run some Truck Series races in 2020.[26] Deegan's name was in the mix to be joining DGR-Crosley, whom she had run one East Series race for in 2019.[27] On December 17, Ford Performance announced the addition of Deegan to its driver development program.[28] Deegan's father Brian stated that she will focus on the ARCA Menards Series in 2020 before tentatively moving to the Truck Series in 2021 and the Xfinity Series in 2023.[29]
  • On November 14, 2019, it was announced that 2019 Rookie of the Year Tyler Ankrum would join GMS Racing from DGR-Crosley and would drive a third full time truck for them, which was later decided to be the No. 26.[30]
  • On November 19, 2019, it was announced that GMS Racing would also add a fourth full time truck in 2020 with Zane Smith driving, who last year ran a part time schedule in the Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports, which is aligned with GMS as part of the Drivers Edge Development program.[31]
  • On November 21, 2019, it was announced that Myatt Snider, who drove for ThorSport Racing for two years (full time in 2018 in the No. 13 and part time in 2019 in the No. 27), would be moving up to the Xfinity Series in 2020, running a part time schedule for Richard Childress Racing.[32] It was also confirmed on December 3, 2019 that Anthony Alfredo, who drove part-time for DGR-Crosley in 2019 (mostly in the No. 15 truck), would join Snider at RCR in the Xfinity Series for a part-time schedule as well.[33]
  • On November 24, 2019, it was announced that Tim Viens rented out a ride with Mike Affarano Motorsports to drive their No. 03 for the NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway.[34] On January 15, 2020, it was announced that Viens would attempt the whole season with Affarano, though the odds of them showing up to more than two races or so are minimal.
  • On December 10, 2019, it was announced that Ty Majeski would join Niece Motorsports full-time in 2020, replacing Ross Chastain. Majeski drove for the team earlier, piloting the organization’s No. 44 entry at Phoenix Raceway in November 2019.[8]
  • On December 11, 2019, it was announced that Brennan Poole, who drove most of the Truck Series schedule for On Point Motorsports in 2019, would be running full-time in the Cup Series driving the No. 15 for Premium Motorsports in 2020.[35]
  • On December 16, 2019, DGR-Crosley announced that Tanner Gray will drive the No. 15 Ford full-time in 2020.[36]
  • On December 18, 2019, Ross Chastain announced on a video that he would be back to run some races with Niece Motorsports again in 2020, likely in the No. 44 and sharing that truck with multiple drivers.[37]
  • On December 18, 2019, Henderson Motorsports announced that they planned to enter some races with other drivers in addition to Parker Kligerman in 2020.[38]
  • On December 20, 2019, Niece Motorsports announced that Carson Hocevar would drive for them in nine races in 2020, which likely means he'll split the No. 44 with Chastain and other drivers.[6] Hocevar ran two Truck races last year for Jordan Anderson Racing as well as part time in ARCA for the last two years with KBR Development.
  • On January 2, 2020, Bobby Gerhart announced that he has decided to not drive this season after suffering a heart attack on Christmas. However, he did say that he would still like to field his team at Daytona with another driver in his Truck and ARCA rides.[39]
  • On January 10, 2020, GMS Racing announced that World of Outlaws driver David Gravel would drive six races in the No. 24 Chevrolet, with Eldora being the only one of which is confirmed at this time.[19]
  • On January 13, 2020, it was announced that Todd Gilliland will drive the Front Row Motorsports No. 38 truck in 2020.[10]
  • On January 13, 2020, Derek Kraus was announced as the driver for the No. 19 McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Toyota in 2020.[25]
  • On January 16, 2020, Niece Motorsports announced that Natalie Decker will drive part-time in the No. 44 Chevrolet.[7]

Crew chiefs[edit]

Manufacturers[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

  • On December 2, 2019, NASCAR announced that the organization will not allow CBD sponsorships partly due to restrictions from its media rights partners and also because of FIA regulations (cannabinoids, which CBD is part, is a Prohibited Substance in the WADA Code that is used by the FIA; NASCAR is a member of the ASN of the FIA in the United States, the Automobile Competition Committee for the United States).[46]
  • On January 10, 2020, Axalta was announced as David Gravel's sponsor on the No. 24 truck for GMS Racing for the race at Eldora. It is the company's first time sponsoring a truck series team in many years. Notably, they (when they were known as DuPont) were the sponsor for Scott Lagasse in 1995, the very first year of the series.[19]
  • On January 14, 2020, it was reported that NASCAR was in advanced discussions with Verizon Communications on a new partnership, which includes upgrading the tracks with 5G technology.[47]

Rule changes[edit]

  • Similar to 2019, NASCAR Cup Series drivers will only be allowed to compete in five races. Cup drivers also are not allowed to compete in Triple Truck Challenge or NASCAR playoffs races. Unlike 2019, the rule now applies to drivers declaring for Cup Series points with three or more years of Cup Series experience, down from five years of experience in 2019. Another change from 2019 is that the entry deadline requirement for the Triple Truck Challenge eligibility has been removed, which prevented Greg Biffle from being eligible for the bonus money from the other two Triple Truck Challenge races after winning the first leg in Texas last year. So starting in 2020, the entire field will be vying for the bonus each week.[48]
  • Controlled cautions will be used at Iowa Speedway, World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. This procedure includes restrictions on tire changes and refueling to prevent teams from hiring specialized pit crews. The controlled caution procedure will not be in effect for weekends where either series is with the Cup Series.[49] The rules are as follows:
  • Each team will consist of eight pit crew members. This includes four to service the car, one fueler, and one driver assistant.
  • On oval tracks, teams may add fuel and change two tires per pit stop.
  • On road courses, teams may add fuel or change four tires per pit stop.
  • Restarts under caution will be in the following order:
  1. Cars that did not pit.
  2. Cars that pitted one time, followed by two times.
  3. Free Pass, Wave Around vehicles, Penalty vehicles.
  • Teams involved in incidents are allowed to change four tires at once to avoid damaging the vehicle.
  • Penalties are as follows:
  • A team must restart on the tail end of the lead lap if they exceed the time limit on pit road or they pit other than the designated lap.
  • A team must serve a two-lap penalty if they change all four tires and add fuel on any pit stop, change tires under green (unless approved by NASCAR for damage caused by an incident), or perform a four-tire change on any pit stop (Iowa and Gateway only).

Schedule[edit]

The schedule for the 2020 season was released on April 3, 2019. All start times listed as Eastern Time.[50]

No Race title Track Date Start Time TV Radio
1 NextEra Energy 250 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 14 7:30 p.m. FS1 MRN
2 Strat 200 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas February 21 9:00 p.m.
3 Georgia 200 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton March 14 1:30 p.m.
4 Miami 200 Homestead–Miami Speedway, Homestead March 20 8:00 p.m.
5 Vankor 350 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth March 27 9:00 p.m.
6 ToyotaCare 250 Richmond Raceway, Richmond April 18 7:30 p.m.
7 Dover 200 Dover International Speedway, Dover May 1 5:00 p.m.
8 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord May 15 8:30 p.m.
9 Kansas 250 Kansas Speedway, Kansas May 30 8:30 p.m.
10 SpeedyCash.com 400 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth June 5 9:00 p.m.
11 Iowa 200[51] Iowa Speedway, Newton June 12 8:30 p.m.
12 Chicagoland 225 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet June 19 7:30 p.m.
13 Pocono 150 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond June 27 12:00 p.m.
14 Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 Kentucky Speedway, Sparta July 9 7:30 p.m.
15 Eldora Dirt Derby Eldora Speedway, Rossburg July 30 9:00 p.m.
16 Corrigan Oil 200 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn August 8 1:00 p.m.
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs
Round of 8
17 CarShield 200 World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Madison August 21 9:00 p.m. FS1 MRN
18 Chevrolet Silverado 250 Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Bowmanville September 6 2:30 p.m.
19 UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol September 17 9:00 p.m.
Round of 6
20 World of Westgate 200 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas September 25 9:00 p.m. FS1 MRN
21 Sugarlands Shine 250 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln October 3 1:00 p.m.
22 NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway October 30 8:00 p.m.
Championship 4
23 Lucas Oil 150 Phoenix Raceway, Avondale November 6 8:00 p.m. FS1 MRN
  • Triple Truck Challenge races in bold.

Schedule changes[edit]

Further information: History of NASCAR schedule realignments

As with the Cup and Xfinity Series, NASCAR made numerous changes to the Truck Series schedule for the 2020 season. Of note is the return of the series to Richmond Raceway after a 14 year hiatus, which comes at the expense of the spring Martinsville date. Martinsville in exchange was given an Xfinity Series race for the first time after a hiatus for 24 of the last 25 years (the exception being a single event in 2006), which will be run in the fall on the same weekend as the Cup and Truck Series races there. Also, this will be the first season that the season finale will be at Phoenix Raceway while Homestead–Miami Speedway moves to March to become the fourth race of the season. Bristol is now the elimination race for the Round of 8 while the second Las Vegas race is the opener for the Round of 6 and Martinsville, now with only one date on the schedule, will end the Round of 6.[52][53][54][55][56][57]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McFadin, Daniel (November 19, 2019). "Truck Series gets minor name change for 2020". NBC Sports. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "GMS Racing announces 2020 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series lineup". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. October 25, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Shepherd, Jess (November 19, 2019). "GMS Racing Completes Gander Truck Series Full-Time Line-Up with the Addition of Zane Smith". GMS Racing. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Page, Scott (November 14, 2019). "GMS Racing adds Tyler Ankrum to Truck Series lineup". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC.
  5. ^ Handy, Sarah (December 18, 2019). "Jordan Anderson on 2020: 'We'll be back full force next season'". Kickin' The Tires.
  6. ^ a b "Carson Hocevar Joins Niece Motorsports for Partial Schedule in 2020". Speedway Digest. December 20, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Natalie Decker to Pilot No. 44 for Niece Motorsports in Partial Schedule". Niece Motorsports. January 16, 2020. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Brooks, Amanda (December 10, 2019). "Ty Majeski joins Niece Motorsports full time in 2020". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  9. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry. "Tanner Gray to race Truck full-time in 2020 for DGR-Crosley". NASCAR on NBC. NBC Sports. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  10. ^ a b c d "Front Row Motorsports expands to Truck Series; Todd Gilliland to drive". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Rutherford, Kevin (December 3, 2020). "Stewart Friesen Remaining in Truck Series, Moving to Toyota in 2020". Frontstretch. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "Hill Returns to HRE in 2020". Hattori Racing Enterprises. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  13. ^ Page, Scott (November 14, 2019). "Raphael Lessard to run full Truck Series schedule for Kyle Busch Motorsports". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC.
  14. ^ Page, Scott (November 14, 2019). "Christian Eckes to drive the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC.
  15. ^ a b c Kyle Busch answers fan questions during NASCAR America Debrief | Motorsports on NBC, retrieved November 5, 2019
  16. ^ Segal, Davey (January 13, 2020). "Derek Kraus, Bill McAnally Racing to Field Full-Time Truck Series Team in 2020". Frontstretch. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  17. ^ "Codie Rohrbaugh, CR7 Motorsports ride momentum to season finale at Homestead". Catchfence. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  18. ^ "Full Schedule-Sam Mayer". SamMayerRacing.com. December 18, 2019.
  19. ^ a b c d e "Gravel tagged to run select Gander Trucks and ARCA Series events under GMS Racing and KBR development banners". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. January 10, 2020.
  20. ^ Mike Affarano Motorsports (November 24, 2019). "Announcement: Tim Viens to Open the Season and Drive the '03' in Daytona!". Facebook. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  21. ^ "Diversified Motorsports Enterprises, Little partner in Homestead, will compete in 2020". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. November 12, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  22. ^ Eckes and Lessard land full-time Truck rides at KBM for 2020, retrieved November 14, 2019
  23. ^ Brooks, Amanda (November 12, 2019). "World of Outlaws racer Gravel to move to trucks next season". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  24. ^ Brooks, Amanda (December 20, 2019). "Diversified Motorsports Enterprises completes purchase of JJL Motorsports". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  25. ^ a b "Derek Kraus to race In Truck Series for McAnally–Hilgemann Racing". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. January 13, 2020. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  26. ^ Brooks, Amanda (July 1, 2019). "Deegan to run Trucks?". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  27. ^ Brooks, Amanda (December 12, 2019). "Deegan to DGR; switch to Ford? UPDATE". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  28. ^ Albert, Zack (December 17, 2019). "Hailie Deegan moves to Ford development program, sets 2020 plans". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  29. ^ Albert, Zack (December 17, 2019). "Deegan's development taking patient approach, even with Cup Series as ultimate goal". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  30. ^ "GMS Adds Ankrum to Truck Lineup". Motor Racing Network. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. November 14, 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  31. ^ "GMS Racing adds Zane Smith to Gander Trucks roster for 2020". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. November 19, 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  32. ^ Page, Scott (November 21, 2019). "Myatt Snider and TaxSlayer join Richard Childress Racing in 2020". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  33. ^ Page, Scott (December 3, 2019). "Anthony Alfredo joins Richard Childress Racing for partial XFINITY schedule". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC.
  34. ^ Mike Affarano Motorsports (November 24, 2019). "Announcement: Tim Viens to Open the Season and Drive the '03' in Daytona!". Facebook. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  35. ^ Page, Scott (December 11, 2019). "Brennan Poole driving for Premium Motorsports in 2020". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC.
  36. ^ Brooks, Amanda (December 16, 2019). "Gray set to run full Truck series schedule in 2020". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  37. ^ Christie, Toby (December 18, 2019). "Video: Ross Chastain Announces He Will Return to Niece Motorsports in 2020". TobyChristie.com.
  38. ^ Page, Scott (December 18, 2019). "Henderson Motorsports looking to field developmental drivers in additional races in 2020". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC.
  39. ^ Krall, Charles (January 2, 2020). "2020 a Season of Change for Bobby Gerhart". ARCARacing.com. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  40. ^ Brooks, Amanda (November 20, 2019). "New crew chief for Moffitt in 2020 as Baxter departs team". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  41. ^ "Jerry Baxter named crew chief for Bubba Wallace". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. January 6, 2020.
  42. ^ Brooks, Amanda (December 11, 2019). "KBM adds veteran crew chief Danny Stockman to 2020 crew chief lineup". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  43. ^ Page, Scott (December 13, 2019). "GMS Racing announces full-time crew chief and numbers assignments for 2020". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  44. ^ "DGR-Crosley names Shane Wilson as crew chief for Tanner Gray". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. January 15, 2020.
  45. ^ "DGR-Crosley, Ford Performance announce partnership". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. December 11, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  46. ^ Page, Scott (December 2, 2019). "NASCAR will not allow CBD sponsorships". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  47. ^ "NASCAR talking to Verizon about returning to the sport". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. January 14, 2020. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  48. ^ Page, Scott (August 21, 2019). "NASCAR announces changes for 2020 XFINITY and Truck Series". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  49. ^ Albert, Zack (January 7, 2020). "NASCAR reveals pit stop rules changes for select Xfinity, Gander Trucks races". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  50. ^ "2020 schedules for Xfinity Series, Gander Trucks unveiled". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. April 3, 2019.
  51. ^ https://www.iowaspeedway.com/race-tickets/
  52. ^ "NASCAR: 2020 Truck Series schedule revealed". April 5, 2019.
  53. ^ "2020 NASCAR Truck Series Schedule & Xfinity Schedule". April 3, 2019.
  54. ^ "New races on 2020 NASCAR Xfinity and Truck series schedules". us.motorsport.com.
  55. ^ "Truckin' Thursdays: NASCAR Reveals 2020 Truck Series Schedule". April 4, 2019.
  56. ^ Long, Dustin (September 24, 2019). "NASCAR reveals start times for 2020 Cup, Xfinity and Truck races".
  57. ^ "NASCAR reveals revamped Trucks and Xfinity schedules for 2020". Autoweek. April 3, 2019.