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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes – Darlington Raceway

The Triple Truck Challenge was introduced in 2019, as a three-race program that provides drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series an opportunity to win up to $500,000 in bonus money.

The Triple Truck Challenge will award a $50,000 bonus to the race winner of any one of the three events; win two of the three races and the driver pockets an additional $150,000; win all three and collect a cool half a million dollars.

This season the Triple Truck Challenge will be held at Darlington Raceway (May 7), Circuit of The Americas (May 22) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 28).

Womply, a leading small business solutions provider and local commerce platform that helps small businesses access the PPP program, enters NASCAR as the presenting sponsor of the 2021 Triple Truck Challenge Presented by Womply.

“As the leader in helping small businesses access the PPP program, Womply has a timely mission to reach NASCAR’s audience,” said Jeff Wohlschlaeger, NASCAR Vice President and Chief Sales Officer. “With NASCAR’s brand-loyal fan base and the plethora of small and micro business involvement in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in particular, the Triple Truck Challenge is a perfect fit for Womply as presenting sponsor.”

During the 2021 Triple Truck Challenge Presented by Womply, the brand will be integrated throughout the program at-track, on broadcast and across digital and social media. Through this agreement, Womply will highlight its PPP Fast Lane product, which assists small businesses and self-employed workers with PPP loan applications.

“Womply believes that when small businesses win, we all win,” said Womply Founder and CEO Toby Scammell. “We identified a problem in that millions of self-employed Americans simply don’t know they qualify for PPP. We solved that with the simplicity of PPP Fast Lane and our partnership with NASCAR strategically enables us to reach a demographically and geographically diverse audience.”

Womply leads in helping small businesses and self-employed workers with their loan applications to secure PPP loans through the various lenders. The company is focused on ensuring access and prioritization of all loan sizes to all small business and self-employed workers. PPP Fast Lane is a simple, web-based data collection process aiming to simplify the PPP process by removing friction that only applies to larger businesses. PPP Fast Lane includes multiple layers of fraud prevention and identity verification, which is essential to serving PPP loans at scale in accordance with government rules.

Last season, GMS Racing’s Sheldon Creed banked two Triple Truck Challenge wins, the most by a driver in the series.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Next Race: 200

The Place: Darlington Raceway

The Date: Friday, May 7

The Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 6:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 200.1 miles (147 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 147)

2019 Season2020 Season
TrackTTC WinnerTrackTTC Winner
GatewayRoss ChastainDaytona RoadSheldon Creed
IowaBrett MoffittDoverZane Smith
TexasGreg BiffleGatewaySheldon Creed

Hot Streaks: Toyota and Kyle Busch Motorsports seem unstoppable

Toyota drivers have won every race this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and this weekend at Darlington Raceway for the 200 (May 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) they will look to keep the streak alive and bring the win total to eight straight.

Toyota already holds the record for the most wins consecutive wins to start a season with 10 straight in 2014.

This season, ThorSport Racing’s Ben Rhodes drove his Toyota Tundra to Victory Lane at the opening two races in Daytona (oval and road course), and ever since then, Kyle Busch Motorsport’s drivers Martin Truex Jr. (Bristol Dirt), Kyle Busch (Atlanta and Kansas) and series standings leader John Hunter Nemechek (Las Vegas and Richmond) have all grabbed victories (last five races) and this weekend the KBM crew are hunting for the series record and their sixth straight win.

With Kyle Busch’s victory last weekend at Kansas, gave Kyle Busch Motorsports its fifth straight win this season tying Kevin Harvick Inc. (2009) and Roush Fenway Racing (2000 and 1999) as just the third organization in series history to win five consecutive races.

OrganizationsRace WinnersTracksDates
Kyle Busch MotorsportsKyle BuschKansasSaturday, May 1, 2021
Kyle Busch MotorsportsJohn H. NemechekRichmondSaturday, April 17, 2021
Kyle Busch MotorsportsMartin Truex JrBristol DirtMonday, March 29, 2021
Kyle Busch MotorsportsKyle BuschAtlantaSaturday, March 20, 2021
Kyle Busch MotorsportsJohn H. NemechekLas VegasFriday, March 5, 2021
Kevin Harvick Inc.Ron Hornaday JrNashvilleSaturday, August 1, 2009
Kevin Harvick Inc.Ron Hornaday JrLORFriday, July 24, 2009
Kevin Harvick Inc.Ron Hornaday JrKentuckySaturday, July 18, 2009
Kevin Harvick Inc.Ron Hornaday JrMemphisSaturday, June 27, 2009
Kevin Harvick Inc.Ron Hornaday JrMilwaukeeSaturday, June 20, 2009
Roush Fenway RacingKurt BuschLoudonSaturday, July 8, 2000
Roush Fenway RacingKurt BuschMilwaukeeSaturday, July 1, 2000
Roush Fenway RacingGreg BiffleWatkins GlenSaturday, June 24, 2000
Roush Fenway RacingGreg BiffleKentuckySaturday, June 17, 2000
Roush Fenway RacingGreg BiffleTexasFriday, June 9, 2000
Roush Fenway RacingGreg BiffleLas VegasFriday, September 24, 1999
Roush Fenway RacingGreg BiffleRichmondThursday, September 9, 1999
Roush Fenway RacingMike BlissHeartland ParkSaturday, August 28, 1999
Roush Fenway RacingGreg BiffleGatewayFriday, August 20, 1999
Roush Fenway RacingGreg BiffleLORThursday, August 5, 1999

This weekend at Darlington, Kyle Busch Motorsport’s drivers John Hunter Nemechek (No. 4), Chandler Smith (No. 18) and Corey Heim (No. 51) will have their chance at securing the record making the KBM the only organization in series history with six straight wins.

Nemechek and Heim will be making their series track debuts this weekend at Darlington Raceway for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Smith competed in last season’s event, he started 14th and finished 23rd.

Trucks brief history at Darlington Raceway

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has competed at Darlington Raceway just seven times (2001-2004, 2010, 2011, 2020) since the series inception in 1995.

The seven Camping World Truck races have produced five different pole winners and five different race winners.

Five different drivers are tied for the most poles at Darlington on the Truck Series with one each – Carl Edwards, Jason Leffler, Timothy Peters, Jack Sprague, and Cole Whitt.

Bobby Hamilton (2001 and 2003) and Kasey Kahne (2004 and 2011) lead the series wins at Darlington with two each. Hamilton won the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Darlington Raceway on May 12, 2001 driving his own (Bobby Hamilton Racing) Dodge. He led all but 10 of the 135-lap event.

ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton is the only driver in the series to make all seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Darlington Raceway. In seven Darlington starts Crafton has posted an average finish of 9.286 and a best finish of fourth in 2011.

ThorSport Racing’s Ben Rhodes collected the win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series return to Darlington Raceway last season.

This season, the 200 (May 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be 147 laps (200.1 miles) and broken up into three stages the first two stages will be 45 laps each and the final stage will be 57 laps.

This weekend’s starting lineup was decided by Metric Qualifying and as a result Kyle Busch Motorsport’s John H. Nemechek will start from the pole and Hattori Racing Enterprises’ Austin Hill will join Nemechek on the front row.

Rhodes back for a second dance with the ‘Lady In Black’ in Victory Lane

After firing out of cannon to start the season, winning the opening two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Daytona (oval and road course), ThorSport Racing’s Ben Rhodes hasn’t slowed and is looking to defend his last season win Darlington and go for a second dance with the ‘Lady In Black’ in Victory Lane this weekend.

Rhodes is currently second in the standings just 33 markers back from series standings leader John Hunter Nemechek. This season, Rhodes has been next level, in seven starts he has accumulated two wins, three top fives and six top 10s.

Last season, Rhodes started fifth and didn’t battle for the lead until late in the race but wrestled his way to the front with just two laps to go to take the checkered flag.

Rhodes will start fourth this weekend.

Deegan finding her footing in the Truck Series

David Gilliland Racing’s rookie driver, Hailie Deegan, is coming off her best finish of the season last weekend at Kansas Speedway (13th) and the rising star is starting to find her footing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Deegan is currently 15th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck driver Playoff outlook just 41 points back from the postseason cutline with eight races left in the regular season. Since the inception of the Truck Series Playoffs, no female competitors have qualified for the postseason.

In seven starts this season, Deegan has posted an average finish of 21.4

Deegan will be making her series track debut this weekend at Darlington Raceway. She will become the seventh different female competitor to compete at Darlington Raceway in the series; joining Jennifer Jo Cobb (2010, 2020), Johanna Long (2011), Deborah Renshaw (2004), Kelly Sutton (2004), Teri MacDonald (2003) and Tina Gordon (2003).

The best finish by a female competitor in the Truck Series at Darlington Raceway is 14th by Jennifer Jo Cobb on Aug. 14, 2010 – it was Cobb’s series track debut.