Wauters Motorsports

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Wauters Motorsports
Owner(s)Richie Wauters
Base Mooresville, North Carolina
Series ARCA/CRA Super Series
Race drivers5. Ryan Reed
Dalton Armstrong
Mason Mingus
Noah Gragson
Sponsors5. All Seasons Logistics, LLC.
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Manufacturer Toyota
Opened 1999
Career
DebutCamping World Truck Series:
1999 NAPA 250 (Martinsville)
ARCA/CRA Super Series:
2013 SpeedFest 200 (Watermelon Capital)
Latest raceCamping World Truck Series:
2017 Active Pest Control 200 (Atlanta)
ARCA/CRA Super Series:
2004 Snowball Derby (Five Flags)
Races competedTotal: 136
Camping World Truck Series: 45
ARCA/CRA Super Series: 91
Drivers' Championships Total: 0
Camping World Truck Series: 0
ARCA/CRA Super Series: 0
Race victoriesTotal: 2
Camping World Truck Series: 0
ARCA/CRA Super Series: 2
Pole positions Total: 0
Camping World Truck Series: 0
ARCA/CRA Super Series: 0

Wauters Motorsports is an American professional stock car racing team that competes in the ARCA/CRA Super Series. The team currently fields the No. 5 Toyota Camry for Ryan Reed, Dalton Armstrong, Mason Mingus, and Noah Gragson. In January 2012 veteran NASCAR crew chief Richie Wauters reformed the team after buying the remnants of the Randy Moss Motorsports team and its owner points.

Stock car racing Form of automobile racing

Stock car racing is a form of automobile racing found mainly and most prominently in the United States and Canada, with New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Great Britain and Brazil also having forms of stock car auto racing. Traditionally, races are run on oval tracks measuring approximately 0.25 to 2.66 miles. The world's largest governing body for stock car racing is the American NASCAR, and its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the premier top level series of professional stock car racing. Top level races typically range between 200 to 600 miles in length. The cars were originally production models, but are now highly modified.

Toyota Camry model series of Toyota cars

The Toyota Camry is an automobile sold internationally by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota since 1982, spanning multiple generations. Originally compact in size (narrow-body), later Camry models have grown to fit the mid-size classification (wide-body)—although the two sizes co-existed in the 1990s. Since the release of the wide-bodied versions, Camry has been extolled by Toyota as the firm's second "world car" after the Corolla. In Japan, Camry is exclusive to Toyota Corolla Store retail dealerships. Narrow-body cars also spawned a rebadged sibling in Japan, the Toyota Vista (トヨタ・ビスタ)—also introduced in 1982 and sold at Toyota Vista Store locations. Diesel fuel versions have previously retailed at Toyota Diesel Store.

Ryan Reed American racing driver

Ryan Reed is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 17 Toyota Tundra for DGR-Crosley and part-time in the ARCA/CRA Super Series, driving the No. 5 Toyota Camry for Wauters Motorsports.

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History

Truck No. 5 history

Team's 2013 truck at Rockingham Tim George Jr Wauters Motorsports Ford Rockingham 2013.jpg
Team's 2013 truck at Rockingham

Wauters Motorsports debuted in 2011 as the number 51 Ford, in a joint venture with Richie Wauters' longtime team Billy Ballew Motorsports. The truck utilized the paint scheme Ballew ran early in their history, and Wauters served as crew chief. Colin Braun drove the truck in two races with sponsorship from Bullet Liners, scoring a ninth-place finish in the team's debut.

Billy Ballew Motorsports was a team that competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. They were formed in 1996 by Georgia businessman Billy Ballew.

Colin Braun racecar driver

Colin Braun is an American racing driver. He is the 2015 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge Champion and currently drives the No. 54 Flex-Box/Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 for CORE autosport. He formerly competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the Xfinity Series. He lives in Harrisburg, North Carolina.

The No. 5 truck began racing in 2012 with former Drive for Diversity member Paulie Harraka, who intended to contend for Rookie of the Year in the No. 5 Ford. Midway through the season the team chose to skip races at Michigan International Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway to regroup; [1] but before the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Harraka was released from the team. [2] Harraka had an average finish of 23.8 in 11 races, with a best finish of 17th at Dover and Kentucky. After the split with Harraka, Aric Almirola drove the truck at Atlanta, Talladega and Texas II, John King at Kentucky II and Phoenix, Josh Richards at Martinsville II, and Ryan Reed at Las Vegas. Only Almirola would earn a top-5 and top 10 (twice) finish in the year, the best results for the team during the year.

The Drive for Diversity (D4D) program is a development system instituted by the American auto racing league NASCAR. The program's purpose is to attract minority and female individuals to the sport, primarily as drivers, but also including ownership, sponsorship, and crew member roles, and to attract a more diverse audience to the sport. Before an applicant is accepted into the program, their resumes are checked by NASCAR officials. The system is similar to a driver development program where applicants progress through minor-league and regional racing levels to prepare them for a possible shot at one of NASCAR's three national series. The program was started during the 2004 season by NASCAR marketing executives in order to attract minority fans and drivers to the historically white and male-dominated sport. The year before, Joe Gibbs Racing, along with former athletes Reggie White and Magic Johnson, had started a similar program.

Paulie Harraka American stock car racing driver

Paul Peter "Paulie" Harraka is an American professional stock car racing driver and entrepreneur. He is a graduate of Duke University and a former representative of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program.

NASCAR Rookie of the Year American car racing award

The NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award is presented to the first-year driver that has the best season in a NASCAR season. Each of NASCAR's national and regional touring series selects a RotY winner each year.

In 2013, former Richard Childress Racing development driver Tim George, Jr. announced his addition to the team for the season, bringing sponsorship from Applebee's. [3] In May after four races, the team switched manufacturers from Ford to Chevrolet, with engines coming from ECR Engines. [4] Jason Bowles drove a single race at Eldora with Valvoline sponsorship, [5] and after 11 races the team shut down. [6]

Richard Childress Racing Auto-racing company

RCR Enterprises, LLC, doing business as Richard Childress Racing (RCR), is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The team is based in Welcome, North Carolina, and is owned and operated by former driver Richard Childress. In the Cup Series, the team currently fields three Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 teams: the No. 3 full-time for Austin Dillon, the No. 8 full-time for Daniel Hemric, and the No. 31 part-time for Tyler Reddick. In the Xfinity Series, the team currently fields two Chevrolet Camaro teams: the No. 2 full-time for Tyler Reddick and the No. 21 part-time for Kaz Grala and Joe Graf Jr.. RCR has had at least one car successfully qualify for every Cup race since 1972, the longest such active streak.

Applebees North American casual dining chain

Applebee's is an American company which develops, franchises, and operates the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar restaurant chain.

Chevrolet American automobile division of GM

Chevrolet, colloquially referred to as Chevy and formally the Chevrolet Division of General Motors Company, is an American automobile division of the American manufacturer General Motors (GM). Louis Chevrolet and ousted General Motors founder William C. Durant started the company on November 3, 1911 as the Chevrolet Motor Car Company. Durant used the Chevrolet Motor Car Company to acquire a controlling stake in General Motors with a reverse merger occurring on May 2, 1918 and propelled himself back to the GM presidency. After Durant's second ousting in 1919, Alfred Sloan, with his maxim "a car for every purse and purpose", would pick the Chevrolet brand to become the volume leader in the General Motors family, selling mainstream vehicles to compete with Henry Ford's Model T in 1919 and overtaking Ford as the best-selling car in the United States by 1929.

In 2014, the team signed John Wes Townley, who brought longtime sponsor Zaxby's from Red Horse Racing. The team also switched to Toyota, with engines from Joe Gibbs Racing. [7] [8] Prior to the Iowa race, Townley moved to Athenian Motorsports owned by his father. [7] Wauter's team shut down for the remainder of the season. [7]

John Wes Townley American stock car racing driver

John Wes Townley is a former American professional stock car racing driver. He last competed part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 05 Chevrolet Silverado for Athenian Motorsports, and part-time in the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 05 Chevrolet Camaro for Athenian Motorsports. Townley's father Tony is a co-founder of the Zaxby's chain of chicken restaurants.

Zaxbys American restaurant chain

Zaxby's is a chain of fast casual restaurants offering chicken wings, chicken fingers, sandwiches, and salads. The chain operates primarily in the Southern United States, and has more than 900 locations. Most Zaxby's restaurants are owned by franchisees, but 123 locations are owned by Zaxby's corporate.

Red Horse Racing

Red Horse Racing was an American professional stock car racing team that last competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The team was based in Mooresville, North Carolina. It was co-owned by former Mobil 1 marketing executive Tom DeLoach and Fox NASCAR broadcaster Jeff Hammond, who bought the team from the family team of Brandon Whitt, Clean Line Motorsports. The team most recently fielded the No. 7 Toyota Tundra full-time for Brett Moffitt, and the No. 17 Tundra full-time for Timothy Peters. The team was noticeably known for often having no sponsors on their trucks despite fielding multiple full-time entries for many seasons. This situation could only last so long as on May 22, 2017, DeLoach announced that the team would shut down effective immediately due to a lack of funding.

For 2015, the team planned to return to competition with driver Germán Quiroga at Kansas in May, with funding coming from a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign, however, failed to raise the desired amount of money. [9] [10] K&N Pro Series East driver Dalton Sargeant, who also runs late models for Wauters, made his Truck Series debut with the team in 2015 at Bristol in August. [11] Sargeant did well in his races, including a 9th-place finish at Bristol.

Germán Quiroga Mexican racing driver

Germán Quiroga Jr. is a Mexican professional stock car racing driver. In 2011, he became the first three-time NASCAR Corona Series champion.

Kickstarter crowdfunding platform

Kickstarter is an American public-benefit corporation based in Brooklyn, New York, that maintains a global crowdfunding platform focused on creativity and merchandising. The company's stated mission is to "help bring creative projects to life". As of May 2019, Kickstarter has received more than $4 billion in pledges from 16.3 million backers to fund 445,000 projects, such as films, music, stage shows, comics, journalism, video games, technology, publishing, and food-related projects.

Dalton Sargeant American racecar driver

Daniel "Dalton" Sargeant is an American professional stock car racing driver. He last competed full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 25 Chevrolet Silverado for GMS Racing. He was the 2016 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year, and finished second in the ARCA point standings in 2017.

After being absent for most of 2016, the team returned for the round of Talladega in October with Korbin Forrister driving.

On February 22, 2017, Wauters announced a deal with Forrister to drive the full 2017 season. [12] After crashing in the first two races of the season, Forrister and Wauters split and Wauters focused on his Super Late Model program with Mason Mingus for the remainder of 2017. [13] The arrangement with Mingus continued into 2018. [14]

Truck No. 18 history

Noah Gragson was scheduled to drive the No. 18 truck from Kyle Busch Motorsports, but since KBM wanted to focus their assets on William Byron and Christopher Bell in their 2016 championship bids, Wauters fielded the No. 18 truck for Gragson in the final two races of the season finishing 16th and 15th respectively.

Truck No. 18 results

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2017 Noah Gragson 18 Toyota DAY ATL MAR KAN DOV CLT TEX IOW GTW KEN ELD POC BRI MCH MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO
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HOM
15
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