John King (racing driver)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
John King
Born (1988-04-01) April 1, 1988 (age 31)
Fort Blackmore, Virginia, U.S.
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
15 races run over 5 years
2014 position75th
Best finish33rd (2012)
First race2010 O'Reilly 200 (Bristol)
Last race2014 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
First win2012 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 2 0
Statistics current as of February 21, 2014.

John King II (born April 1, 1988) is an American professional stock car racing driver.

Early career[edit]

Born in Fort Blackmore, Virginia,[1] King grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee.[2] King began his racing career in 2006, competing in local late model series in eastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia; in 2007, he participated in the Fastrak Racing Series Grand Nationals, finishing in the top 30 among over 200 drivers entered in the three-race series.[3]

In 2009, King moved up to the UARA-STARS Late Model Series, as part of his participation in the Bill Elliott Driver Development Program.[3][4]

During his early career King scored two wins in all series combined, one on a dirt track and the other on an asphalt course.[5]

NASCAR[edit]

King made his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2010, competing at Bristol Motor Speedway and finishing fifteenth. He made six additional starts in the Camping World Truck Series through 2010 and 2011 before signing with Red Horse Racing to drive the team's No. 7 truck for the 2012 season.[4] Chad Kendrick is the No. 7 truck's crew chief.[6]

He started the 2012 season by winning the series' biggest race, the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway, leading a one-two finish by Red Horse Racing as teammate Timothy Peters finished second.[7] King had been involved in two crashes over the course of the race, one of them taking out then-leader Johnny Sauter;[8] the event ran through three attempted green-white-checkered finishes before ending under the yellow flag.[9] The win came in King's eighth start in the series,[10] and King stated that the win was only the third of his entire career.[11]

Following a ninth-place finish in the season's second race at Martinsville Speedway, King struggled in the following three events, crashing twice; following the May race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Red Horse Racing announced that it was indefinitely suspending operations of the No. 7 truck, due to a lack of sponsorship, leaving King out of a ride.[12]

In September 2012, King returned to the Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 5 truck for Wauters Motorsports at Kentucky Speedway.[13]

In 2013, King drove for Eddie Sharp Racing in the season-opening race at Daytona,[14] finishing eighteenth.[15]

In February 2014, King announced that he would drive for NTS Motorsports in the season-opening Truck Series race at Daytona that month, finishing 23rd.[16]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts
2010 Team Gill Racing 46 Toyota DAY ATL MAR NSH KAN DOV CLT TEX MCH IOW GTY IRP POC NSH DAR BRI
15
CHI KEN NHA
28
LVS 57th 385
SS-Green Light Racing 07 Chevy MAR
19
TAL TEX PHO
Ford HOM
27
2011 John King Racing 16 Ford DAY PHO DAR MAR NSH
DNQ
DOV CLT KAN TEX 57th 46
Toyota KEN
28
IOW NSH IRP POC MCH
SS-Green Light Racing 07 Toyota BRI
32
ATL CHI NHA KEN
27
LVS TAL MAR TEX HOM
2012 Red Horse Racing 7 Toyota DAY
1
MAR
9
CAR
33
KAN
13
CLT
33
DOV TEX KEN IOW CHI POC MCH BRI ATL IOW 33rd 169
Wauters Motorsports 5 Ford KEN
25
LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO
29
HOM
2013 Eddie Sharp Racing 33 Chevy DAY
18
MAR CAR KAN CLT DOV TEX KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI MSP IOW CHI LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 60th 26
2014 NTS Motorsports 20 Chevy DAY
23
MAR KAN CHA DOV TEX GTW KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 75th 21

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gregory, Allen (February 10, 2012). "Motorsports Notebook: Danica Patrick fever spreading to BMS". Bristol Herald-Courier. Bristol, Tennessee: TriCities.com. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  2. ^ McCarter, Mark (February 25, 2012). "Surprise winner reigns in wreck-filled Daytona truck race". The Huntsville Times. Huntsville, Alabama. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  3. ^ a b "John King bio". Toyota Motorsports. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  4. ^ a b "John King Joins Red Horse Racing". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. February 8, 2012. Archived from the original on February 2, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  5. ^ Kallmann, Dave (February 25, 2012). "Rookie King clears a path to victory". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  6. ^ "King surprise winner in wreck-filled Daytona truck race". The Miami Herald. Miami, Florida. February 25, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
  7. ^ "King wins wild Truck Series race at Daytona". Sports Illustrated. February 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
  8. ^ Long, Mark (February 24, 2012). "Rookie King wins wild Truck Series race at Daytona". Beaumont Enterprise. Beaumont, Texas. Archived from the original on July 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
  9. ^ "Rookie King comes from nowhere to win Daytona". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. February 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
  10. ^ Murschel, Matt (February 24, 2012). "John King captures win in crash-marred NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona". Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, Florida. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  11. ^ Jensen, Tom (February 24, 2012). "Green, White Wreckers - King Wins". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. Archived from the original on February 29, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
  12. ^ "Red Horse Racing Suspends No. 7 Team". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. May 29, 2012. Archived from the original on May 30, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
  13. ^ "John King Back In The Truck Series". National Speed Sport News. September 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
  14. ^ "King to defend Truck win at Daytona". Yahoo! Sports. February 16, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  15. ^ "John King - 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  16. ^ "2012 Daytona Winner John King and 2013 Daytona Pole Sitter Brennan Newberry Team Up with Sponsorship from GunBroker.com for the NextEra Energy Resources 250". Catchfence.com. February 7, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-07.

External links[edit]