NASCAR confirms 7-year deal with Camping World for Truck Series sponsorship

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will remain as such through the 2022 season, as NASCAR has confirmed a seven-year agreement with the company to remain the title sponsor for its No. 3 national series.

Camping World took over the Truck Series sponsorship in 2009 from Sears’ Craftsman tool brand, which was the series’ initial backer.

Earlier this year at Phoenix, company CEO and CNBC “The Profit” star Marcus Lemonis had said Camping World would be going in for a major extension of its sponsorship deal.

NASCAR promptly issued a statement that said while it was pleased with how discussions were going, an agreement had not been signed and that “as soon as we have news to share, we will let you know.”

Today, they did just that.

“The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has one of the most consistent and durable audiences in all of sports, averaging approximately 800,000 or more television viewers per event over the past six years,” NASCAR chief marketing officer Steve Phelps said in a statement.

“Camping World’s seven-year continued commitment to our sport demonstrates its confidence in our on-track product and strength of our brand loyal fan base.”

The continued partnership should pay more dividends for Lemonis’ company, which has been able to expand its store count by 35 percent since landing the Truck Series sponsorship.

“Camping World and NASCAR are mutually invested in the growth of a national series that is celebrated for its exciting brand of racing and the most loyal fan base in the country,” Lemonis said in his thoughts.

“Six years ago, we felt strongly that the sponsorship would dramatically increase our customer base and it’s delivered. We expect to see continued success in the coming years.”

The CWTS returns to action this Friday night at Kansas Speedway in the SFP 250.

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.”