NTS Motorsports which is the combination of the two 2012 Camping World Truck Series teams of Bob Newberry's NTS team and Joe Denette's Joe Denette Motorsports will field two full time Truck Series entries for Ron Honaday Jr and Brennan Newberry for sure. Former Truck Series team owner and Sprint Cup Series star Kevin Harvick will drive a third No. 24 truck for both of the CWTS races at Martinsville Speedway in 2013.
Harvick shut the doors to his Kevin Harvick Inc. teams after the 2011 season but has plenty of owner advice to give to Bob Newberry. KHI won 43 Truck Series races overall and two championships with Honaday in 2007 and 2009. Harvick himself has 14 career Truck Series wins. Three of Harvick's wins have come at Martinsville and he won one of the two races there last season driving for Richard Childress Racing.
Harvick and Newberry are both from Bakersfield, California which makes the two a perfect fit to work together to achieve something good.
“Bob has been a huge contributor to our foundation and, obviously, being from Bakersfield (Calif.), I’ve gotten to know him fairly well,” said Harvick. “But I don’t necessarily have a role other than to give my feedback when I drive the vehicle. Bob asks a lot of questions and you try to tell him exactly what the experiences that you had (were), and give him the most advice you can give him with the things we had done in the past. I’m more of a bounce-the-questions-off guy than I am anything else.”
NTS Motorsports plans to field Hornaday in the the No. 9, Brennan Newberry in the No. 14, and also the No. 24 Chevrolet's full time in 2013. To date though the only announced driver and races for the No. 24 team are the two Harvick will drive at Martinsville.
Bob Newberry thinks that having Harvick affiliated with the team will lead to success.
“Kevin has offered a lot of information to us,” Newberry said. “He’s been around the racing enough and he’s the king when it comes to trucks, in my opinion. … In 10 minutes, he can tell you what it takes most people a week to try to figure out. The guy’s just really intuitive. Kevin’s been there, he’s done it. He doesn’t have to do this. (He’s) really stepping out and, as a friend, helping NTS build up to where Kevin actually ended up with KHI. Just to have the opportunity to do that is a dream come true.”
The Truck Series has a lot of top teams and drivers that will compete for the championship in 2013. If NTS Motorsports can develop as fast as Newberry hopes, there could be two more drivers added to the championship picture this season. One thing is for sure and that is the No. 24 entry with Harvick behind the wheel at Martinsville will be a favorite to win both races.
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