Billy Ballew and Richie Wauters Reunite for the Red Eye 100 at New Smyrna Speedway

New Smyrna Beach, FL (January 4, 2017)-Veteran NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) owner, Billy Ballew will reunite with his former crew chief, Richie Wauters for the running of the Red Eye Super Late Model 100 at New Smyrna Speedway Saturday, January 7th.

img_3013Wauters Motorsports will field the entries of Korbin Forrister and Spencer Wauters in the 100 lap race at New Smyrna Speedway. Billy Ballew Motorsports, LLC of Daytona Beach, FL with Paul and Lourdes Schloss will serve as primary sponsors on the on the No. 5F and No. 5W Toyota Camry’s.  Woodard Pools from Waycross, GA and Giddy Up Western Wear will serve as an associate sponsors.

Billy Ballew:  I met Richie (Wauters) in 1998 when Rich Bickle was driving for us and we started working together.   In 2000, we ran Geoffery Bodine for the inaugural NASCAR Truck (NCWTS) race at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) and after that we built a very strong bond.  Since then, we have been a team that had a lot of success for the following 12 years.  We acquired a ton of victories with different drivers (Shane Hmiel 2004, Kyle Busch 2005-2009, Aric Almirola 2010).  We accomplished a lot of feats together – we always did it as one big team and that what I admired about Richie and I know he still has the same desire.  Ironically, some of the same people are there still from the days we were at the height of our Truck Series (NCWTS) successes.    Now living in Florida, it is a great opportunity to go back and compete with Richie right in the backyard where our business is located in Daytona Beach (FL).  Our bond as a team has always been there and hopefully, we can build on something going forward.”
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During their tenure together in the NCWTS, Billy Ballew and Richie Wauters posted 20 wins, 68 top-five finishes, 122 top-10 finishes and six pole position starts in 17 years. 

Korbin Forrister:  “I’m looking forward to racing at New Smyrna Speedway this weekend.  I really like the track and Richie (Wauters) and I have really bonded and I know he will have a great car for this weekend.  I can’t thank Billy Ballew Motorsports -Daytona, Paul and Lourdes Schloss for sponsoring the car and fellow Georgian, Woodard Pools for coming onboard as an associate sponsor with Giddy Up Western Wear.”

Spencer Wauters:  “I am so excited about running my first race of 2017 this weekend at New Smyrna.  I grew up watching my dad work with Billy (Ballew) and am so thankful to have him back with us at a racetrack this weekend.  Hopefully, we will have a solid finish for him, Paul & Lourdes Schloss, Woodard Pools and Rick Lemmen from Giddy Up Western Wear in Wisconsin.”

The Red Eye Super Late Model 100 is slated to begin at 7:30pm Saturday, January 7th at New Smyrna Speedway.

For more information on Billy Ballew Motorsports LLC Daytona, Woodard Pools and Giddy Up Western Wear visit http://www.billyballewmotorsportsllc2.com/index.shtml, http://www.WoodardPools.com and http://giddyupwestern.com/.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports on Facebook and Twitter @WautersMotors5.

 

Noah Gragson Gearing up for 49th Annual Snowball Derby with Wauters Motorsports

Pensacola, FL (November 29, 2016) –Noah Gragson will attempt make his second start in the famed 49th Annual Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway Sunday, December 4th.  The 18-year-old, Las Vegas, NV resident will pilot the No. 5 SPEEDVEGAS / AlertID Toyota Camry Super Late Model (SLM) car for Wauters Motorsports in the 300 lap race on the ½-mile Pensacola, Florida track.

noah-richie“We are excited to be running at this year’s Snowball Derby with Richie Wauters and crew,” Noah Gragson said. “The competition is always tough there and we are looking forward to showcasing our Wauters prepared Toyota, as they always bring great equipment to the track. I’m excited for our 2017 NCWTS with KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) and finishing 2016 at the Snowball Derby with a win would really put a cap on our season. The competition is the best of the best, so this is a race that we always circle on the calendar as one that we want to do well there.”

The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party Wednesday night.  On-track activities start Thursday, December 1st, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby SLM cars.  Qualifying for the Snowball Derby will be Friday, December 2nd.

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Saturday’s SLM action features the 50-lap last chance event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap SLM race.

The green flag is set to drop for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby Sunday, December 4th at 2:00pm CT at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com.  Speed 51 www.Speed51.com will have complete coverage of the week’s races.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports and Noah Gragson on Facebook and Twitter @WautersMotors5 and @NoahGragson.

 

 

Noah Gragson Gets Ready for Second NCWTS Start at Homestead-Miami Speedway

dsc_1430Homestead, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2016) — Noah Gragson will make his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start in the Nov. 18 EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, driving the No. 18 SPEEDVEGAS / AlertID Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Toyota Tundra entry, owned by Richie Wauters.

The 18-year-old Las Vegas native made his series debut at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) last week, posting a 16th place finish after starting 14th in the Lucas Oil 150.  The NASCAR NEXT driver had advanced to a highest running position of 12th place, finishing on the lead lap. He completed the entire event, gaining experience with each lap.  Additionally, according to NASCAR Loop Statistics, Gragson made the highest number of green flag passes (29) on the Avondale, Ariz. track.

This will be Gragson’s first start on the 1.5 oval track located in Homestead, Fla., where the inaugural  NCWTS Championship Chase will be finalized.

dsc_0986Noah Gragson: “I learned a tremendous amount last week in Phoenix. Learning the aero, the way the trucks handle and how to work around the field were all new to me. I have a lot to learn about racing in the NCWTS, but I am excited about the future. Richie (Wauters) and the team did an incredible job of giving me a great truck. I got myself in a little pinch early, but we were able to recover our Tundra well, thanks to the hard work of everyone at RWR, KBM and Toyota.”

dsc_0993The Ford EcoBoost 200 is slated to begin Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.  Fox Sports 1 will have live televised coverage of NCWTS practice at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., qualifying at 3:30 p.m. and pre-race coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.

MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Channel 90 will also have live coverage of the race.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports and Noah Gragson on Facebook and Twitter @WautersMotors5 and @NoahGragson.

Noah Gragson Makes NCWTS Debut at Phoenix International Raceway

Avondale, Ariz. (Nov. 7, 2016) –Noah Gragson will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) in the running of the Lucas Oil 150 Friday, Nov. 11.

Gragson will pilot the No. 18 SPEEDVEGAS / AlertID Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Toyota Tundra entry, owned by Richie Wauters at the Avondale, Arizona track.

unspecifiedThe 18-year-old NASCAR Next driver started in the Bandoleros at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, eventually moving into late models.  In 2015, Noah joined the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West making his series debut at Kern County Raceway Park. He finished third after qualifying eighth. At Tucson Raceway Park, Gragson battled with his teammate for his first career victory. Later in the season at Meridian (Idaho) Speedway, he recorded his first pole position and led 176 laps to win.

In his first season of stock car racing, Gragson finished second in the final points standings with two wins, seven top fives, and 11 top 10s, becoming the ninth driver in series history to finish runner-up in points and win Rookie of the Year.

2016 would mark a full-season return to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, as well as competing in 13 of 14 races in the NKNPS East. In 27 races between the two series, Gragson would put up an impressive four wins, 13 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes.

Gragson has also competed in several Super Late Model events with Wauters Motorsports and is looking for additional experience prior to his 2017 full season in the NCWTS for KBM.

18-truckNoah Gragson:

“I am excited about my debut in the Truck Series (NCWTS) in Phoenix and moving to the next level of racing from the NASCAR K&N Series to one of the top-tier NASCAR touring series in 2017.  I want to thank Kyle & Samantha Busch, KBM, Richie Wauters and Toyota for the opportunity to run the final two races this season in preparation for next year.   I am proud to represent my sponsors SPEEDVEGAS and AlertID at Phoenix and Homestead (HMS). My goal is to learn a lot these next two events, run all the laps and build towards next season. I’ve run PIR in the K&N Series where I was able to learn the track but I know driving the Toyota Tundra will be a new experience and I am certainly looking forward to it.”

Gragson will also pilot the KBM Tundra entry, owned by Richie Wauters at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Nov. 18 NCWTS Season Finale.

Richie Wauters:

“We are excited to have Noah (Gragson) in the truck at Phoenix.  We ran this truck (chassis 23) at New Hampshire (Motor Speedway) and Phoenix (PIR) last year with Dalton (Sargent) where he finished ninth in New Hampshire and was caught up in a wreck at Phoenix.  Kyle (Busch) and I go back a long ways in the Truck Series (NCWTS) and I’m glad we were able to get Noah behind the wheel of a truck in the last two races before his full season next year.  Noah is a great driver, we’ve had a lot of fun running in the Super Late Models the past couple years and we are anxious to see how he converts his style to a truck.  Hopefully, we will have a great finish at Phoenix and Homestead for SPEEDVEGAS, AlertID and Toyota.”

16t18-sv-rev-a4-014The Lucas Oil 150 NCWTS at Phoenix International Raceway is slated to begin at 10 pm ET Friday, Nov. 11.  Fox Sports 1 will have live televised coverage of practice (11:30 am and 3 pm); qualifying (8:30 pm) and the NCWTS Setup Show beginning at 9:30 pm. MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Channel 90 will also have live coverage of the race.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports and Noah Gragson on Facebook and Twitter @WautersMotors5 and @NoahGragson.

Tough Luck for Forrister & Wauters after a Multi-Truck Accident at Talladega Superspeedway

img_2466Lincoln, AL. (October 24, 2016)-Korbin Forrister in his first start with Wauters Motorsports, posted a 27th place finish after a multi-truck accident at Talladega Superspeedway in the Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race.

Forrister placed the No. 5 All Secure Document Disposal Company Toyota Tundra in the 10th place position on the starting grid after advancing to the second round of qualifying on the 2.66-mile Alabama racetrack.

The Cedartown, GA native was able to stay in the top-10 during the opening stages of the 94 lap race advancing as high as the third place position until on lap 27 where he was knocked out of the draft sending him out of the drafting pack.

The Wauters Motorsports team brought Forrister down pit road on lap img_248036 taking four tires and fuel, coming in 27th and restarting 19th.  At the caution on lap 52, the veteran NCWTS crew chief, Richie Wauters called for a fuel only stop placing Forrister in the 16th position for the restart on lap 56.

Forrister advanced to the 11th place position and was looking at taking on the top 10 when another truck was tapped and sent into the high banked wall and back down across the track collecting Forrister and 13 other NCWTS teams.  The damage to the No. 5 All Secure Document Disposal Company Toyota Tundra was too severe to continue relegating Forrister and Wauters Motorsports to a 27th place finish in the Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola NCWTS race at Talladega Superspeedway.

img_2455“We just got collected,” Korbin Forrister said.  “There was no place to go, unfortunately it destroyed the truck.  We were bad fast and knew we had a top-five or a winning truck.  When I got knocked out in the draft early in the race, we wanted to stay a little further back to avoid “the big one” but when it was time to go, there was no place to go and we were in it.  I can’t thank All Secure Document Disposal Company for coming onboard this weekend.  A huge thank you to Richie (Wauters) and all the guys on this No. 5 team, they are a topnotch team.  We were able to run with the Series’ regulars and it just shows the quality of what Wauters Motorsports trucks are capable of.  I just hope to get an opportunity to race with them in a full season and be a part of the (NCWTS) Chase next year.”

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports and Korbin Forrister on Facebook and Twitter @WautersMotors5 and @KorbinForrister.