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ThorSport Racing adds Myatt Snider to its Truck Series driver lineup

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ThorSport Racing announced Wednesday it has signed Myatt Snider to drive the No. 13 Liberty Tax Ford F-150 in the 2018 Camping World Truck Series.

“To be a part of a team with a winning pedigree like Duke and Rhonda [Thorson] have built over the years is an absolute blessing,” Snider said in a media release. “After getting to know the organization over the past month, I’m even more excited to get to Daytona, and to join Thorsport in 2018.”

Even though he’s only 23 years old, Snider has a lengthy racing resume. He comes to ThorSport having previously raced in NASCAR’s Whelen All-American Series, the CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour, the ARCA Racing Series and part-time previously in the Camping World Truck Series.

The Charlotte, North Carolina native has amassed two wins, 13 top-five, 26 top-10 finishes and three pole positions across those series, including winning his debut race in the ARCA series at Toledo (Ohio) speedway in 2016.

Snider rounds out ThorSport’s four-driver lineup, joining two-time series champion Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes and Grant Enfinger.

ThorSport recently changed from a long-time affiliation with Toyota to Ford for all four of its trucks.

“I’m really looking forward to working with my new teammates, as there is a lot of knowledge to tap into going into my rookie season,” Snider said. “Switching to a new manufacturer, it seems things have come full-circle, with Ford being a part of some of the biggest highlights in my racing career, including my ARCA win at Toledo.”

ThorSport Racing GM David Pepper said of Snider: “He is an exceptional young man and talented driver. With him, I feel we’ve really rounded out our four-truck lineup and this, to me is the strongest driver lineup we’ve ever had. We’re going to be very competitive this season, starting with Daytona.”

Snider makes his ThorSport debut on February 16 in the Truck Series’ season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

ThorSport Racing partners with Ford in Truck Series

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ThorSport Racing has partnered with Ford in a multi-year deal in the Camping World Truck Series, the team announced Monday.

The team’s announcement comes a week after it revealed the mutual decision to part ways with Toyota.

“With 23 years in the NCWTS, we look forward to our new partnership with Ford Performance in NASCAR,” team owner Duke Thorson said in a press release. “Our pursuit of wins and championships remains at the forefront of our objectives.”

ThorSport, based in Sandusky, Ohio, had been paired with the Toyota for six years, winning two titles with Matt Crafton.

“We’re excited that ThorSport Racing has decided to switch to a F-Series truck for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports in a press release. “ThorSport is a proven championship-level team in the series, and we look forward to providing them the aero and simulation technical support that will ensure they remain at the top level of the Truck Series.”

In 2017, Brad Keselowski Racing fielded the only two full-time Ford entries in the series. That team shut down following the end of the season.

Crafton will be returning to ThorSport for his 17th season – and 14th consecutive – with the team. The rest of the team’s driver lineup will be announced at a later date.

The Truck Series season begins Feb. 16th at Daytona International Speedway.

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ThorSport Racing parts ways with Toyota

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ThorSport Racing announced Tuesday it has agreed with Toyota to part ways after a six-year relationship ahead of the upcoming season.

The Camping World Truck Series team earned two championships (Matt Crafton), 19 wins, 117 top fives and 227 top-10 finishes and 10 poles during their tenure with Toyota.

In their announcement, ThorSport did mention which manufacturer they’ll be paired with in 2018. ThorSport had no further comment. Toyota did not respond to a request for comment.

The team, based in Sandusky, Ohio, fielded trucks for Crafton, Cody Coughlin and Ben Rhodes in 2017. Coughlin will compete for GMS Racing this season.

ThorSport will announce their full driver lineup in the coming weeks.

The Truck Series season opens Feb. 16 at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR penalizes winning Truck team from Michigan

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NASCAR suspended crew chief Shane Huffman one race and fined him $5,000 after an issue with the bed cover on Darrell Wallace Jr.‘s winning truck last weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

NASCAR also docked MDM Motorsports 10 owner points for the L1 infraction, and the finish is encumbered. NASCAR stated that vent holes at the bed top must be configured for air intake only. The issue was discovered at the R&D Center.

MDM Motorsports will appeal the penalty, allowing Huffman to work through Wednesday night’s Truck race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

NASCAR also announced Wednesday that crew chief Jeff Hensley had been suspended one race and fined $5,000 because Grant Enfinger‘s eighth-place truck failed post-race front body inspection heights at Michigan. NASCAR also docked Enfinger 10 points and ThorSport Racing 10 owner points for the L1 infraction. Enfinger’s finish is encumbered.

Hensley has been suspended two additional races because the weights on Enfinger’s truck were affixed improperly. NASCAR also suspended truck chief Josh Hankish two races for the same safety issue. That violation was discovered in pre-qualifying inspection.

NASCAR states that Hensley can serve both suspensions at the same time, so he will only miss two races total. By sitting out tonight’s Bristol race, he will fulfill his one-race suspension for the heights infraction and one of the two races he’s suspended for the safety violation. Hensley then will have to miss the Sept. 3 race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. He’ll be able to return for the Sept. 15 race at Chicagoland Speedway.

ThorSport Racing will not appeal the penalties.

Bud Haefele will serve as the crew chief for the next two races for Enfinger’s team. Rich Riley will ser as the truck chief in that same span.

With the penalty, Enfinger is 24 points out of the final playoff spot.

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Grant Enfinger revealed as fourth ThorSport driver

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Grant Enfinger has joined ThorSport Racing as its fourth driver. He’ll drive the No. 98 in the Camping World Truck Series.

Enfinger, the winner of the Truck Series’ Talladega race last year, will compete in his first full-time season in the series.

A native of Fairhope, Alabama, Enfinger will attempt to win Rookie of the Year honors at the age of 32. Enfinger joins Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes and fellow rookie Cody Coughlin at ThorSport Racing.

“I’m extremely grateful to ThorSport Racing and Toyota for the opportunity to drive full-time in the NASCAR Camping World truck series,” Enfinger said in a press release. “This is a dream come true, and I’m blessed to be able to share this season with some great people … I’m very impressed with the people, equipment, and facility that Duke and Rhonda Thorson have assembled, and I can’t wait to get to Daytona in a few weeks.”

Enfinger is the 2015 ARCA Racing Series champion and has 15 wins in the series. He has 14 Truck Series starts – eight last year with GMS Racing in the No. 24 truck. He won the pole for the season-opener at Daytona.

Crew chief duties on the No. 98  have been given to Jeff Hensley, who returns to ThorSport after working with Johnny Sauter in 2014 and Cameron Hayley in 2015.

The No. 98 will have three primary sponsors throughout the season, including Champion Power Equipment, RACE TV and JIVE Communications.

Enfinger will begin his pursuit of the Truck title and Rookie of the Year honors on Feb. 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

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