NASCAR: Turner Scott shuts down No. 30 team in Truck Series

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We’ve seen the last of Turner Scott Motorsports’ No. 30 team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

TSM announced today that the No. 30 team has been officially shut down after being absent from last weekend’s Truck Series event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. As a result, 18 employees within TSM have been laid off.

“The decision to lay-off any employee is painful and we realize the affects it has on their lives,” team co-owner Harry Scott, Jr. said in a release.

“However, the decisions made by TSM today are necessary and the responsible steps for all of TSM to ensure our commitment to our employees, partners and fans to be as competitive as possible.”

The release also states that the team would “do all it can to help those affected to find new roles in the industry.”

Prior to CTMP, four-time series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. had piloted the No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado to fourth in the standings with five Top-5 and 10 Top-10 finishes.

TSM took its other two Truck Series teams – the No. 31 for driver Ben Kennedy and the No. 32 for driver Cameron Hayley – up to CTMP for Sunday’s race. Additionally, TSM also fielded two cars for Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Over the weekend, it emerged that Scott and his fellow TSM co-owner, Steve Turner, have taken legal action against each other: Turner filing a lawsuit on Aug. 11 in a Texas court, and Scott filing a notice of complaint last Wednesday (Aug. 27) in North Carolina.

Turner’s suit says that he is seeking more than $3 million, and it also alleges that a $2 million debt to Turner (which existed when the two first partnered up and was to be paid by the team) has not yet been repaid.

The Sporting News has relayed details of Scott’s notice, which says that Turner’s allowed the team’s funding to be depleted and debts to go unpaid. Furthermore, he accuses Turner of not funding the entries as he was obligated to do so and of misapplying sponsorship funding/revenues.

Lewis Hamilton comes home to Mercedes factory after fourth title

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On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.

And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.

Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home ofΒ Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.

The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.

“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.

“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.

“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”

A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.