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Iron Man: Showalter A Member Of Every NASCAR Camping World Truck Race




Champion Crew Chief Part Of 400th Race Celebration

 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 2, 2011) – Both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Chris Showalter will make history at Kansas Speedway in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway, ringing up their 400th race.
Now Travis Kvapil’s crew chief for Randy Moss Motorsports, Showalter is the only individual to participate in all 399 series races beginning with the 1995 inaugural event at Phoenix International Raceway.
Showalter hasn’t just been there. He’s done it all, at least on pit road.
The Ohio native, Kvapil’s 2003 championship crew chief, boasts three wins in that role at Xpress Motorsports including the Bristol Motor Speedway victory that proved to be pivotal to Kvapil’s title. He also guided Jack Sprague to series victories in 2004-05.
“I think it says a lot that the series is so strong that we are celebrating 400 starts and that I have not had the desire to go do anything else,” said Showalter. “The truck series kind of reminded me of our Saturday night down-home racing that I grew up doing. It’s grassroots. We ran the shorter tracks in the beginning and it just seemed like a home for me.”
As a truck chief, Showalter was part of Mike Bliss’s 2002 championship that included five victories. Showalter also scored truck chief wins with Terry Cook, Dennis Setzer and Randy Tolsma.
Showalter went to Victory Lane for the first time in July 1995 at Colorado National Speedway as a shock specialist for Liberty Racing. That was the afternoon that Butch Miller edged Mike Skinner in a photo finish that, at an estimated 0.0001 seconds, remains the closest, non-electronic decision in series history.
Showalter also has performed as spotter and tire changer. He’s been a crew member for six different teams and since 2006 with Morgan Dollar Motorsports which became Randy Moss Motorsports in 2009.
There have been many highlights for Showalter during his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career topped by his 2003 championship season with Kvapil.
“But winning at Mansfield (Motorsports Park) in 2004 with Jack Sprague is special to me for personal reasons. I grew up about 30 minutes from the track,” Showalter said. “So to grow up dreaming of racing, leaving town to follow my dreams and then come back and win the inaugural race was just amazing.”
Please see the following page for a timeline of Showalter’s career.
 
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Owen Kearns, NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications, (386) 566-8331 or okearns@nascar.com
 

Year
Team
Driver
Job /At-Track Duty
Awards/Memorable Moments
1995
Liberty Racing
Butch Miller
Shock Specialist
Showalter’s first NASCAR victory
(Colorado Nat’l Speedway)
1996
Liberty Racing
Butch Miller
Shock Specialist
 
1997
Liberty Racing
Kenny Irwin
Shocks/Spotter
Irwin’s First Victory (Homestead)
2 Wins (Homestead/Texas)
1998
Sealmaster Racing (Thorsport)
Terry Cook
Truck Chief/
Tire Changer
Cook’s First NASCAR Victory (Flemington)
1999
Sealmaster Racing (Thorsport)
Terry Cook
Crew Chief/
Tire Changer
Showalter’s first action as a Truck Series crew chief
2000
Impact Racing
Randy Tolsma
Truck Chief/
Spotter
Tolsma’s second (and final) Truck Series victory; 1 Win (Nashville)
2001
Joe Gibbs Racing
Coy Gibbs
Truck Chief/
Tire Changer
 
2002
Joe Gibbs Racing/
Xpress Motorsports
Coy Gibbs/
Mike Bliss
Truck Chief/
Tire Changer
 
Truck Series Championship (5 Wins)
2003
Xpress Motorsports
Travis Kvapil
Crew Chief/
Tire Changer
Truck Series Championship  as Crew Chief; (1 Win – Bristol)
2004
Xpress Motorsports
Jack Sprague
Crew Chief
1 Win (Mansfield)/6 Poles
2005
Xpress Motorsports
Jack Sprague
Crew Chief
1 Win (Texas-1)
2006
Morgan Dollar Motorsports
(Randy Moss Motorsports)
Kraig Kinser
Truck Chief
 
2007
Morgan Dollar Motorsports
(Randy Moss Motorsports)
Dennis Setzer
Truck Chief
1 Win (Mansfield)
2008
Morgan Dollar Motorsports
(Randy Moss Motorsports)
9 Drivers
Truck Chief
RMM established, with first race at Kentucky Speedway
2009
Randy Moss Motorsports
Mike Skinner
Truck Chief
Third-place points finish
3 Wins (Kansas, Iowa, Gateway)
2010
Randy Moss Motorsports
Mike Skinner
Truck Chief
 
2011
Randy Moss Motorsports
Travis Kvapil
Truck Chief
 
 

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