By: Kobe Lambeth
Hello NASCAR fans! The new season is right around the corner and I will provide you with some updates, based on what has been confirmed.
Confirmed Full Season Entries (13 trucks)
00 Cole Custer Haas Automation Chevrolet Silverado- Custer will run the entire NASCAR Camping World Truck series schedule driving for JR Motorsports. Joe Shear will be his crew chief.
05 John Wes Townley Zaxby’s Chevrolet Silverado- Townley returns to the series full-time for his father’s team; also will run select Xfinity races. He looks to grow on a successful 2015 season as he scored his first career victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
4 William Byron Liberty University Toyota Tundra- After dominating the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series in 2015, Byron will run full-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He replaces 2015 champion Erik Jones who moves up to the Xfinity Series.
17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra- Peters will return to Red Horse Racing in 2016. He will have a new crew chief (Shane Huffman.)
19 Daniel Hemric Brad Keselowski Racing Ford F150- Hemric will move to Brad Keselowski Racing in 2016. This is the perfect opportunity for him to shine in top notch equipment. Doug Randolph will be his crew chief.
22 Austin Wayne Self Toyota Tundra- After a successful season in the ARCA Series, he will move up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full-time. He will drive for a team owned by his father Tim.
21 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Silverado- Sauter will move to GMS from ThorSport Racing. Sponsorship has not been confirmed but an announcement is expected in the immediate future.
23 Spencer Gallagher Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado- Gallagher will return to GMS in 2016. He looks to build on a very consistent season.
29 Tyler Reddick Cooper Standard Ford F150- Reddick will move to the Number 29 truck in 2016 for Brad Keselowski Racing. Chad Kendrick will be his crew chief.
41 Ben Rhodes Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra- Rhodes will run the entire NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule in 2016 for ThorSport Racing. He will be eligible for Rookie of the Year honors.
88 Matt Crafton Menards Toyota Tundra- It appears that everything will remain the same for Crafton.
Grant Enfinger Chevrolet Silverado- Enfinger will move up from the ARCA Series and race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full-time. His crew chief will be Jeff Stankiewicz. The truck’s number has not been confirmed.
Christopher Bell Toyota Tundra- Bell will run the entire NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He will run for Rookie of the Year honors. A number will be decided at a later date.
Possible Entries (15 trucks)
02 Tyler Young Chevrolet Silverado- No annoucement has been made, but Young is expected to complete another season in the Truck Series after a successful season for a small team.
07 Ray Black Jr. ScubaLife Chevrolet Silverado- No announcement has been made and it is uncertain if Black Jr. will return. It would not be surprising if he returned for a second full season in the Truck Series.
08 Korbin Forrister Chevrolet Silverado- Same as Ray Black Jr’s situation.
6 Norm Benning Chevrolet Silverado- Benning will more than likely return to the series for another season.
8 John Hunter Nemecheck NEMCO Chevrolet Silverado- It is unknown if Nemecheck will return in 2016. He is actively seeking opportunities elsewhere to further progress his career.
10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Drive2Honor.org- No plans have been announced from Jennifer Jo Cobb’s camp.
11 Ben Kennedy Local Motors Toyota Tundra- Kennedy’s future with Red Horse Racing is unclear.
13 Cameron Hayley Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra- Hayley currently does not have anything confirmed for 2016. He is looking to move up to the Xfinity Series but could return to trucks.
14 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado- Hemric moves to Brad Keselowski Racing in 2016. It is unknown if the team will run this truck.
15 Mason Mingus Chevrolet Silverado- It is unknown if Mingus will return. He ran select races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
Part-time Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra- It would not be surprising if KBM fields a partial season entry for team owner Kyle Busch, Daniel Suarez and Cody Coughlin.
74 Jordan Anderson Chevrolet Silverado- Anderson’s future plans are unknown. Had troubles making it to the race track in 2015, but should improve if he returns in 2016.
92 David Gilliland Ford F150- Gilliland raced for this team in select races. Maybe this could turn into a full-time deal if sponsorship is found. As the chance of finding a Sprint Cup ride is slim, a season in the Truck Series is possible.
97 Jesse Little Carolina Nut Company Toyota Tundra- The son of Chad Little could run full-time if sponsorship is found.
98 ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra- It is unknown if this team will race in 2016 as Johnny Sauter left for GMS.
*Regan Smith and David Ragan are two free agents currently looking for rides in any of the three national series. Keep an eye out for more silly season updates.*