NASCAR Trucks to round out Daytona testing this week

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NASCAR Preseason Thunder continues for two more days this week with 21 NASCAR Camping World Trucks in action at Daytona International Speedway.

A mix of 2013 holdovers and a handful of new names are on the list. Some of the standout names to keep an eye on throughout 2014 include defending series champion Matt Crafton, Turner Scott Motorsports’ pair of Jeb Burton and Ben Kennedy, Penske prodigy Ryan Blaney (Brad Keselowski Racing), veterans Timothy Peters and Joey Coulter, and Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Darrell Wallace Jr.

The full list of those testing today and tomorrow is below:

#07-Jimmy Weller/Michel Disdier/Todd Peck (SS Green Light Racing) 
#4-Jeb Burton (Turner Scott Motorsports)
#7-John Wes Townley (Red Horse Racing) 
#10-Jennifer Jo Cobb (Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing)
#13-Ross Chastain (ThorSport Racing)
#17-Timothy Peters (Red Horse Racing)
#19-Tyler Reddick (Brad Keselowski Racing)
#21-Joey Coulter (GMS Racing)
#24-Brennan Newberry (NTS Motorsports)
#28-Ryan Ellis/Clay Rogers (FDNY Racing)
#29-Ryan Blaney (Brad Keselowski Racing)
#31-Ben Kennedy(Turner Scott Motorsports)
#35-Mason Mingus (WinTron Racing) 
#39-Ryan Sieg (RSS Racing)
#51-Kyle Busch (Kyle Busch Motorsports) 
#54-Darrell Wallace, Jr. (Kyle Busch Motorsports) 
#63-Justin Jennings (Justin Jennings Racing)
#77-German Quiroga (Red Horse Racing) 
#82-Sean Corr (Empire Racing) 
#88-Matt Crafton (ThorSport Racing) 
#98-Johnny Sauter (ThorSport Racing)

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”