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Lofton looks to tame The Tricky Triangle 07-31-2014
Justin Lofton
Justin Lofton will be making his fourth NCWTS start of 2014. In his previous outings with NTS Motorsports, Justin picked up the Keystone Light Pole Award at Texas Motor Speedway in route to a second place finish and also scored a top-10 finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He has made 7 previous starts at Pocono Raceway (3 NCWTS and 4 ARCA) including two poles in June and August of 2009, and captured the win after starting on the pole in August. Jeff Hensley will serve as crew chief for Lofton and the No.20 NTSMotorsports.com Chevrolet Silverado. Hensley has 4 previous starts at Pocono Raceway which include 3 top-10s and a pole in 2013.-NTS Motorsports
White to pilot No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado 07-31-2014
Jason White
NTS Motorsports announced that Jason White will run a part time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule starting with the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, August 2nd. Through his efforts in Saturday's Pocono Mountains 150, White will raise awareness for Autism Speaks. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. White has five previous starts at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway, including two starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Jason White will pilot the No.9 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet with crew chief Ryan McKinney.-NTS Motorsports
Michael McDowell returns to JGR's No. 20 07-31-2014
Michael McDowell
Sprint Cup regular (Leavine Racing No. 95) Michael McDowell will pilot the #20 Toyota Camry for the second time this season at Iowa; he previously finished seventh at the circuit. He returns to Iowa for his eighth-career Nationwide start at the .875-mile track and the sixth time he will carry the Pizza Ranch colors. In his previous seven starts at the track, McDowell's best finish came in 2012 when he finished third. In addition to his third-place finish, McDowell has five top-10 finishes, an average start of 9.7 and an average finish of 7.7. He has led 36 laps and completed 100 percent of laps attempted (1,500 of 1,500).(JGR)-jayski.com
Pocono double-duty for Austin Dillon 07-31-2014
Austin Dillon
In addition to piloting his regular No. 3 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Sprint Cup GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway, Austin Dillon will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driving the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado in Saturday's Pocono Mountains 150. The 2011 Camping World Truck Series Champion has made two previous starts at Pocono Raceway in the Truck Series, finishing seventh in 2010 and fifth in 2011. According to NASCAR's Loop Data Pre-Race Statistics, Dillon's stats at Pocono in the Truck Series are impressive: He leads the series in percentage of Quality Passes (96.4%), ranks second in Speed in Traffic (159.244 mph), ranks fourth in Average Running Position (7.230), ranks fifth in Driver Rating (99.5), fifth in Green-Flag Speed (159.770 mph) and fifth in Laps in the Top-15 (107).-Richard Childress Racing
Brendan Gaughan's stats in Iowa 07-31-2014
Brendan Gaughan
Brendan Gaughan returns to the 7/8-mile oval Iowa Speedway to make his sixth Nationwide Series start in Saturday night's race. He qualified 10th and finished 12th at Iowa in May, and averages a 15th-place start and 18.4-place finish. He will pilot chassis No. 130 in the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa. This chassis has seen track action at Texas Motor Speedway in April and Iowa Speedway in May. Gaughan finished 12th in both events this season.-Richard Childress Racing
Ty Dillon at Iowa Speedway 07-31-2014
Ty Dillon made his Nationwide Series debut at Iowa Speedway earlier this season where he finished eighth. After qualifying 13th, Dillon ran in and around the top-10 for most of the afternoon and recorded the team's seventh top-10 in 10 races. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Dillon has recorded two top-five finishes in four races. Dash4Cash: In addition to his win at Indianapolis last week, Dillon won Nationwide Insurance's Dash4Cash bonus of $100,000. He also qualified for this weekend's bonus at Iowa Speedway with fellow teammate Brian Scott.-Richard Childress Racing
Martin returns `Home' to Roush Fenway Racing 07-31-2014
Mark Martin
Roush Fenway Racing announces that legendary NASCAR driver Mark Martin is returning to the race team where he excelled behind the wheel for almost 20 years - this time as the team's driver development coach. Martin was the first driver hired by team owner Jack Roush when he founded his NASCAR operation in 1988. The two went on to become one of the most successful duos in sports history, accumulating 83 NASCAR wins, four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship runner-up finishes, and building Roush Fenway into the winningest team in NASCAR history. Martin piloted Roush Fenway's flagship No. 6 Ford from 1988 until 2006. During that time he accumulated 35 NSCS victories. At the end of his tenure at Roush Fenway he held a record five prestigious IROC (International Race of Champions) Championships and a then record 47 NASCAR Nationwide Series wins. For his career Martin posted 96 career NASCAR victories.-Roush Fenway Racing
Stenhouse has 1 top-10 in 6 flat track races 07-31-2014
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has scored only one top-10 in six flat track races this year. He finished ninth in the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire. Stenhouse may still be of value to fantasy players, however, because he finished 15th at Pocono this June. If he can back that up, he will be worth the modest amount he commands in most salary cap games.
Jamie McMurray is strong mid-cap Pocono pick 07-31-2014
Jamie McMurray
Jamie McMurray has finished between 10th and 17th in his last five Pocono attempts, which makes him a reliable mid-cap pick in fantasy games where he is priced appropriately. Reliability can be more important than the potential to score top-five finishes. McMurray should only be used if he fits well into a player's salary cap budget. There is very little rational to rearrange a roster to accommodate him.
Brian Scott at Iowa Speedway 07-31-2014
Brian Scott
Brian Scott will be making his ninth Nationwide Series start at the 7/8-mile asphalt tri-oval Iowa Speedway where he has eight previous starts earning two top-10 finishes with an average start of 7.4 and an average finish of 15.6. Scott has qualified inside the top-10 in seven of his eight starts with 1894 of 2000 (94.7 percent) laps completed. In the third round of the Nationwide Insurance Dash4Cash program, Scott and his No. 2 RCR team qualified for the fourth and final round of the $100,000 bonus prize. He has qualified for three out of the four rounds during the 2014 program and won the $100,000 bonus at Chicagoland.-Richard Childress Racing
East-West Combined advance on Kenzie Ruston 07-31-2014
Jack Smith
Kenzie Ruston's advanced statistics for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combined Autolite Iridium XP 150 at Iowa Speedway. Kenzie Ruston (No. Ben Kennedy Racing 96 Chevrolet) has six top fives and 11 top 10s in 25 career K&N Pro Series East starts. Ranks 10th in the championship driver standings. Finished 13th for the East at Iowa earlier this season. Has an East top five in three starts at Iowa, with a career best finish at the track of fifth at this event last year. Finished a season-best third at Langley. Is a member of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.-K&N Pro Series
Regan Smith by the numbers at Iowa Speedway 07-31-2014
Regan Smith
Regan Smith owns the best average running position at Iowa Speedway among Nationwide Series regulars with a 4.799, according to NASCAR statistical services. His most recent visit to Iowa resulted in a third-place finish, his best short-track effort of 2014. That finish equaled his best short-track result since coming to JR Motorsports, as he finished third at Richmond in September 2013. Smith will join Trevor Bayne, Ty Dillon and Brian Scott as NNS regulars vying for $100,000 in Nationwide Insurance's final round of Dash 4 Cash this weekend at Iowa Speedway. Smith became the first driver to win the payout in round one at New Hampshire.-JR Motorsports