ThorSport kicks off 2014 with Daytona test

98-nextant-wSANDUSKY, Ohio (Jan. 10, 2014) — ThorSport Racing, which
in 2013 had a breakout season with championships in two national stock car
series, will open the 2014 campaign next week with a two-day NASCAR Camping
World Truck Series test at Daytona International Speedway, led by veterans Matt
Crafton and Johnny Sauter.

ThorSport, which won the 2013 NCWTS drivers’
championship with Crafton and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
championship, will test its 2014 Toyota Tundras Monday and Tuesday on the
2.5-mile Daytona trioval with sessions running from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET each

Crafton will test a 2014-spec version of the No. 88 Menards Tundra
with which he finished ninth last year at Daytona. It was the first of 16
consecutive top-10 finishes he opened his and ThorSport’s first NASCAR national
series championship season with.

Sauter will have the rebodied No. 98
Nextant Aerospace / Curb Records Tundra with which he won the 2013 season
opener. A year ago Sauter followed that up with a NASCAR record-tying second
consecutive win to open the season, on the Martinsville Speedway short

At the test Sauter will work with new crew chief Gene Wachtel, an
engineer and motorsports veteran with Sprint Cup and Truck Series experience,
for the first time at a racetrack. Wachtel began working with ThorSport at the
end of 2013.

“We’re real happy with the way our 2014 Toyota Tundras
turned out and we’re looking forward to getting them out on the racetrack to see
how this new body configuration performs,” ThorSport team manager David Pepper
said. “Matt has made no secret of how fired-up he is to get going on defending
his championship and giving Johnny a chance to work with Gene at a racetrack is
equally important.”

Crafton got a head start on Daytona testing when he
stood-in for a full day Friday for Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series driver Paul Menard, who was unable to attend the Daytona test. Crafton —
whose trucks, like Paul Menard’s cars, are sponsored by the Menards Midwest
home-improvement store chain — reportedly had the third-best speed in both
single-car runs and drafting.

At Daytona, where trucks will test for the
first time since 2008, the vehicles will have a completely different front-end
body package, including hood, fenders, nose and “splitter” configurations plus a
different radiator and cooling duct arrangement. The 2014 trucks will also have
new tail panels.

For ThorSport, former three-time champion crew chief
Dennis Connor, who played an integral role in the second half of last season as
Sauter’s crew chief on the No. 98 team, earning eight top-10 finishes in the
last 10 races, including a win at Talladega and two seconds on the way to fourth
in the championship, will be at the test coordinating the trucks’

Live timing and scoring for the scheduled four test sessions
over the two days, with a daily lunch break scheduled from 12-1 p.m. ET, will be
available at Updates will also be available on Twitter
(@ThorSportRacing) and Facebook (