Ryan Newman to race in first Camping World Truck race in two years

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For the first time since the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway in 2013, Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman will race in a Camping World Truck Series event this weekend.

The Richard Childress Racing driver, a veteran of five CWTS races, will drive in the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway Friday night in the No. 8 Chevrolet of SWM-NEMCO Motorsports and co-owner Joe Nemechek.

Nemechek drove the No. 8 at Daytona and Atlanta, while his son, John Hunter Nemechek, raced at Martinsville. John Hunter, 17, has raced in 13 Truck series races to date and was announced as part of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class on Tuesday.

“I look forward to returning to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” Newman said in a release. “I saw this as an opportunity to help a fellow Chevrolet team, and John Hunter Nemechek, a driver that I believe has a future in NASCAR.”

John Hunter can’t compete at Kansas due to his age and will split time with his father until he turns 18 on June 11. John Hunter will race at Dover International Raceway before taking over full time beginning with the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway International Raceway on June 13.

The No. 8 will be sponsored by Rescue Ranch, the charity founded by Newman and his wife, Krissie, that promotes respect for all animals, as well as agricultural, environmental, and wildlife conservation education.