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)

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”