This year will be an exciting and busy racing season. The team and I are going to be racing Super Pro Trucks once again. Not to be confused with Monster Trucks, or Trophy Truck Racing, Super Pro Trucks (or Pickup Truck Racing) is a form of auto racing that involves modified versions of pickup trucks on racing circuits, mostly oval tracks. Race pickup trucks are mechanically similar to coupe-shaped stock cars, with the main difference being the boxier shape of the cab, which does not have as good aerodynamics as stock cars.
NASCAR Truck Series vehicles have been rapidly evolving since the inception of the series in 1995, in terms of speed, aerodynamics, and engine equipment. The NASCAR series was also the first to use this type of vehicle, unveiled in 1994.
The concept of pickup truck racing actually started in 1983 when former NASCAR driver Buck Baker established the National Pickup Truck Racing Association to help Buck Baker Driving School graduates start their careers. The series had a ten-race schedule planned with intentions to sell the series to NASCAR. The trucks were built with a 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Series car base; the four-barrel Cup Series carburetors were reduced to two to decrease speeds. The series began to increase in popularity, and the schedule was increased to eleven races. After the season ended, Baker's attempted sale of the series to NASCAR was denied, and was sold to Dick Moroso, with the series being rebranded the Moroso Performance All-Pro Pickup Truck Series.
In 1991, SCORE International racers Dick Landfield, Jimmy Smith, Jim Venable and Frank "Scoop" Vessels unveiled plans to create a pickup truck series for NASCAR. Three years later, the trucks were unveiled at the 1994 Daytona 500, and officially created as the Super Truck Series. After hosting seven exhibition races, the series held its first season in 1995. The series, now known as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is one of three national series sanctioned by NASCAR (besides the Cup Series and Xfinity Series).
Be sure to check out our Super Pro Truck races at Riverhead Raceway. You can find a racing schedule right here on our website. See you at the track!