blank 08/03/15 08:58AM Ford F-150, IIHS, Light Duty Trucks, Readers Pics, Truck Safety

2015 Ford F-150 Leads in Safety Ratings


DEARBORN, Mich., July 30, 2015 – Ford’s all-new F-150, the toughest, smartest, most capable and safest F-150 ever is the first pickup in America to earn an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick for its SuperCrew model.

The new Ford F-150 is also the only full-size, light-duty truck in the industry to earn the government’s highest possible 5-star rating for the driver and passenger for all crash test modes and cab configurations – SuperCrew, SuperCab and Regular Cab.

The excellent crash test performance of the new Ford F-150 is enabled by its up to 700-pound weight savings through the use of high-strength steel in the frame; high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy in the body; and smart engineering.

A cross-functional group comprised of Ford truck product development veterans and researchers worked to optimize vehicle weight savings and manufacturing design to deliver improved durability, capability, fuel economy and crash-worthiness. The team created 31 safety-related innovations including new structures, materials and joining methods that were tested virtually with supercomputer simulations, then retested in Ford’s advanced laboratories to engineer the safest F-150 ever.

Breakthrough innovation also applies to the repairability of the new F-150, thanks to its innovative modular structure that simplifies repairs.

Ford does not agree with the repairability costs and findings by IIHS and other stunts.  Ford’s view is based on real-world accident repair data. In fact, real-world repair costs on the new 2015 Ford F-150 average $869 less than last year’s F-150 model, according to Assured Performance, an independent body shop certification company that works with leading automakers.

Additionally, both Allstate and State Farm say insurance costs for the new F-150 remain comparable with 2014 models.

Truth About Trucks: Safety Fact Sheet (PDF)

Truth About Trucks: Collision Repair Fact Sheet (PDF)

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blank 07/31/15 09:39AM Chicagoland Speedway, Events, readers videos, Truck Racing, World Truck Series

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Chicagoland Speedway September 18,2015


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
 
Friday, September 18

Chicagoland Speedway
500 Speedway Blvd, Joliet, Illinois 60433

www.chicagolandspeedway.com
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns under the lights to Chicago as part of the tripleheader weekend on Friday, September 18! NASCAR's newest stars will try their luck at tackling the tri-oval during an all out battle Friday night. Plus don't miss the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on the track when the drivers tackle group qualifying prior to the night race. Don't miss an exciting night with tickets as low as $25 for adults and free in particular sections for kids 12 and younger (sections 115-126 & 414-425)!




2014 Kyle Busch passes Austin Dillon in the closing laps at Chicagoland Speedway to get the win.

For more NASCAR news, check out: http://www.NASCAR.com
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2016 RAM HEAVY DUTY




Ram Heavy Duty Trucks — King of the Hill Holds Best-in-class Titles in the Areas Most Important to Customers

  • Ram Heavy Duty retains the highest level of capability with a new best-in-class towing rating of 31,210 pounds, best-in-class torque of 900 lb.-ft. with Cummins 6.7-liter diesel powerhouse and best-in-class payload of 7,390 pounds
  • Ram continues building momentum with new top-of-class Ram Laramie Limited model
  • Prominent badge, Argento wood and premium leather are key ingredients of new Ram Laramie Limited design, treasured by high-end pickup buyers
  • Expansion of Ram 2500 compressed natural gas (CNG) availability to include Regular Cab and 2WD pickups
  • New switchable rear camera display in 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, bed lighting and front park assist system to help customers maneuver in the industry’s most capable HD trucks
  • New center console design on all trims and Bluetooth connectivity on entry-level radios
  • Two gas-powered engine options, plus manual and automatic transmission-equipped diesel powertrains offer customers a wide range of choices to meet their needs
  • Available 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 delivers best-in-class gas engine, 410 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 429 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm, and features variable-valve timing (VVT) with Fuel Saver Technology cylinder deactivation
  • Standard 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 delivers 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, and features VVT for greater efficiency and performance
  • Available 6.7-liter Cummins High-Output Turbo Diesel produces 385 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 900 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Ram Truck engineering continues to lead Heavy Duty segment innovation with Ram 2500 link coil rear suspension to deliver best-in-class ride
  • Exclusive factory-built rear air suspension for Ram 2500, and exclusive factory-built supplemental air suspension system for Ram 3500
  • Integrated gooseneck/fifth wheel capability
  • Exclusive factory-installed CNG system available
  • Best-in-class dual alternator systems up to 440 amps
  • Best-in-class 5 year/100,000 miles on diesel engines and unsurpassed 5 year/60,000 miles on gas engines

2016 Ram Heavy Duty

Auburn Hills, Mich., Jun 22, 2015  - 

The Ram Truck Brand’s goal is to build the best trucks in the industry. In the heavy-duty pickup segment, that equates to the best capability, highest towing and most power. In 2016, Ram continues to offer the most capable three-quarter and one-ton pickups in the segment.
 
So, when it’s time to buy a new truck, Ram delivers on customers’ top “why buys:”
  • Power – 900 lb.-ft. of torque with 6.7-liter Cummins
  • Towing – Up to 31,210 pounds with Ram 3500
  • Towing – Up to 17,980 pounds with Ram 2500
  • Payload – Up to 7,390 pounds with Ram 3500
  • Power – 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque with 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8
  • Capacity – Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 39,100 pounds with Ram 3500

Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks offer more innovative features than the competitors’ trucks, including a five-link coil suspension with optional air suspension on Ram 2500 and a supplemental air bag suspension option on Ram 3500.
 
The 2016 model year brings a new Ram Laramie Limited design offering. The benchmark in truck opulence is taken to an even higher level of sophistication and attention to detail. Featuring premium materials, such as all-black, full-leather seating, real wood interior components and unique badges, Limited is a “black-tie” luxury alternative to the popular southwestern-themed Laramie Longhorn edition pickup.
 
The Limited’s all-new grille is the most prominent change of the exterior. As the leading point of the new Limited, its new billet port grille breaks from the long tradition of crosshair styling with bold “RAM” lettering. A new front park assist system, mounted in the bumper, gives audible warning of nearby objects.
 
The Limited is the apex of modern luxury. Subtle stitching accents, pinstriping, unique materials and patterns are found throughout the interior. These details were created for the customer who appreciates them. A new console bin houses a cellular phone and tablet holder, which can be concealed with a new tambour wood sliding door. The real wood door is made from Black Argento, the chosen timber for the Limited interior. The collective silver pinstripe theme runs through the wood and a satin chrome handle rolls the door with ease.
 
New for Ram Truck, and debuting on the Limited, is an all-black headliner and pillars combination. Finally, passengers will enjoy solid black premium Berber carpet inserts, which can easily be removed from the floor mats to reveal double-duty slush mats.
 
Engineering
Heavy-duty trucks generally have suspension equipped for constant, heavy payloads. This can result in a harsher ride when unloaded. The Ram 2500 offers a choice between two segment-exclusive rear suspensions for best-in-class ride and handling: a five-link coil system or air suspension system.
 
The five-link coil design provides better articulation over obstacles than a leaf spring system, and the robust coil springs are more than up to the task of handling the loads required of the Heavy Duty Ram 2500 – up to a segment-best 17,980 pounds for towing.
 
The Ram 2500 also offers a rear air suspension system. An air bag replaces the coil spring, much like on the Ram 1500. Load capacity is not sacrificed and the Ram 2500’s best-in-class ride and handling gets even better, crushing the competition with two doses of engineering innovation – five-link coil standard and air suspension option. Another benefit to the air suspension design is the load-leveling capability, which automatically detects load on the rear suspension from a trailer or payload. The air pressure increases until the vehicle reaches normal ride height, leveling the truck and improving stability and loaded ride.
 
The Ram 3500 continues to utilize the rear Hotchkiss leaf spring system, but now offers a supplemental air suspension system on single rear-wheel (SRW) and dual rear-wheel (DRW) applications. By adding supplemental air bags to the rear suspension, Ram Truck engineers were able to soften the leaf springs, allowing for more unladed suspension movement. When a high-load capacity condition exists, the air suspension automatically fills the rear air bags to level the truck to improve stability and ride quality – even when pulling a best-in-class 31,210-pound load.
 
In the front, the Ram Heavy Duty line features an advanced three-link front suspension to ensure roll stiffness. Greater roll stiffness, also known as body roll, is an important characteristic in taller vehicles, especially trucks with heavy payloads. Roll stiffness is measured by the amount the truck’s body tips side-to-side, independently of the wheels, during cornering.
 
Ram 2500 and 3500 offer gooseneck (center-positioned ball in the bed) or fifth wheel (similar in appearance to a tractor-trailer connection) capability. Ram is unmatched in terms of offering the most complete “hitch ‘n go” Towing Prep Package found anywhere in the heavy-duty category. Additionally, Ram features an in-box connection junction and a standard Class 5 receiver hitch with a four- and seven-pin connector on the bumper.

Ram offers two different dual alternator systems on its heavy-duty pickups, providing additional power for higher electrical loads from commercial vehicle upfits and accessories. Ram Heavy Duty models equipped with the Cummins 6.7-liter diesel engine offer dual 220-amp alternators (best-in-class 440 amps). Both the Ram 2500 and 3500 equipped with the new 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 gas engine also offer a dual-alternator system – the first gas-driven application of its kind in either class – which combines 220- and 160-amp units for 380 amps of total best-in-class output.
 
Although the Ram Power Wagon benefits from a five-link rear suspension, it also utilizes a unique front suspension system to maintain its leadership in off-road capability. The modified front three-link system incorporates high-movement links, allowing for additional flexibility and axle articulation. The Power Wagon is powered by the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine contributing to Ram Power Wagon’s title: the most capable production off-road truck in the industry.
 
Powertrain
Ram Truck is expanding the configuration availability of the Ram 2500 compressed natural gas (CNG) to include Regular Cab and 2WD. Equipped with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty CNG pickup is designed for fleet and retail customers and offers cost and emissions benefits, using an abundant, domestically sourced fuel while reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil.
 
The 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 delivers best-in-class horsepower and best-in-class torque among heavy-duty pickups with gasoline engines.
 
Engineered to deliver capability, durability and bang for the buck, the largest displacement V-8 in its class provides a worthy gas-power option to the segment’s overall standard-bearer – the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel.
 
Compelling numbers tell the story of the 6.4-liter, 16-valve engine with 410 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and a peak torque rating of 429 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm.
 
The legendary HEMI architecture provides the foundation of the 90-degree V-8. But its advanced technology is decidedly forward-looking. Cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (CEGR), variable-valve timing (VVT) and FCA US trademark Fuel Saver Technology with cylinder deactivation all contribute to efficiency and help to capitalize on every cubic inch.
 
The 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission is standard with the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine.
 
Other engine options include the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, standard equipment for the Ram 2500 and 3500 (SRW). The engine produces 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and generates peak torque of 400 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 is mated to a 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission.
 
Dominating the torque charts, the renowned 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel I-6 is available in three versions. The first version is paired with Ram’s segment exclusive six-speed manual transmission, which features a wear-compensating clutch for lifetime like-new performance and a dual-trunion shift tower to accommodate a compact shift pattern. This combination delivers 350 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 660 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,500 rpm.
 
The second option matches the Cummins to the 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission. The diesel engine cranks out 370 horsepower at 2,800 rpm with 800 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm (Ram 2500).
 
Finally, the 6.7-liter Cummins High-Output Turbo Diesel I-6 for Ram 3500 is paired with the Aisin six-speed automatic transmission (AS69RC), leaving no doubt to Ram Heavy Duty’s capability. In addition to 385 horsepower at 2,800 rpm, the most powerful Cummins generates torque of 900 lb.-ft. at 1,700 rpm. The AS69RC transmission features wide gear ratios that contribute to impressive shift performance, efficiency and drivability.
 
The Ram Heavy Duty also features another innovation, the industry-exclusive Ram Active Air intake system. When the intake system senses extreme heat, it draws cooler air from the front of the vehicle – a function that also engages at high altitudes for superior throttle response in low oxygen environments. When conditions are wet from snow, ice or water-fording, the system pulls air from an under-hood inlet, clear from snow packing and water. The Ram 3500 boasts a best-in-class GCWR. A contributor is the 11.8-inch rear axle matched with the high-output diesel engine boasting a 300-mm hypoid gear set, a four-pinion helical differential and a cooling-fin-equipped aluminum differential cover for optimal thermal management.
 
Two BorgWarner part-time transfer cases are available on the Ram Heavy Duty. The BW 44-46 is an electric shifting part-time transfer case with 2WD, 4WD High, 4WD Low and Neutral. The BW 44-47 is a manual shifting transfer case with 2WD, 4WD High, 4WD Low and Neutral. Both options feature a low-range ratio of 2.64 and locking differential from front to rear.
 
Low total cost of ownership and best-in-class powertrain warranty – five years/100,000 miles on diesel engines and five years/60,000 miles on gas engines.

Operating costs are of great consideration for owners who use their trucks for work. The Ram Heavy Duty holds class-leading features in:
 
  • Fuel economy
  • Extended maintenance cycle (oil change, fuel filter life)
  • Brake life with advanced engine exhaust brake and largest brakes in the segment

The Ram Heavy Duty is backed with a best-in-class 5 year/100,000 miles on diesel engines and unsurpassed 5 year/60,000 miles on gas engines. The powertrain limited warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair a covered powertrain component – engine, transmission and drive system. Coverage also includes free towing to the nearest Ram Truck dealer, if necessary. The warranty also is transferable, allowing customers who sell their truck during the warranty period to pass the coverage to the new owner. The standard three-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram Heavy Duty, from the body to the electrical system.
 
Design
The Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty models uphold a bold presence while retaining comfort and styling. The Ram Heavy Duty features segment-leading technology, while every model offers specific content.
 
The Ram 2500 is available with a choice of 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels, including an all-new design for the Limited model. Other wheel options add forged aluminum, polished with painted, White Gold-painted pockets and cast aluminum with silver inserts. A cargo-view camera, mounted in the center high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL), provides a view of the bed for easier fifth wheel or gooseneck trailers as well as monitoring bed loads. The 2016 Ram Heavy Duty allows users to switch the view of the 8.4-inch screen from back-up camera to cargo view with the touch of the screen. Also, a new bed lighting system uses bright LEDs mounted in the rear corners of the bed to enable better visibility when working late hours, using the cargo-view camera or connecting/disconnecting trailers.
 
A 3.5-inch vehicle information center screen is a standard feature. A thin-film transistor (TFT), 7-inch multiview display is available on SLT and higher trim level. The 7-inch screen features fully customizable function and configurability, giving the owner a variety of systems to monitor from transmission temperature to navigation.
 
The Ram Heavy Duty is available in 12 standard colors. Red Pearl, Luxury Brown and Pearl White are new for 2016 and available in monotone or two-tone, depending on the model.
 
Ram Heavy Duty pickups are also available in an additional 18 specialty paint options (minimum batch size), including Midnight Blue, Case Construction Power Tan, Case IH Red, New Holland Construction Yellow, New Holland Agriculture Blue and Robin Egg Blue.
 

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The Texas State Fair Auto Show
Fair Park, Dallas, Texas

Big Tex State Fair 2015
The 2015 exposition runs September 25 through October 18 in Fair Park. Visit BigTex.com for more information.

Auto Show
With more than 400,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space, the State Fair of Texas Auto Show presents the latest models from the world’s largest manufacturers. Year after year, automotive companies choose the State Fair as one of the top locations to unveil new makes and designs to the public.
Visitors to the State Fair will find manufacturer displays, great interactive activities and live entertainment in the Centennial and Automobile buildings and in the Truck Zone.

2015 Texas State Fair Classic Corral

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Ford F-150 Most Advanced and Luxurious Ever

NEW TOP-OF-THE-LINE FORD F-150 LIMITED IS MOST ADVANCED, LUXURIOUS F-150 EVER

  • New Ford F-150 Limited meets the growing needs of discerning truck customers interested in exclusivity, capability and craftsmanship – those looking to differentiate themselves from buyers of other high-series trucks

  • Innovation comes standard with new F-150 Limited – including SYNC® 3 with AppLink, and class-exclusive1 features such as a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, quad-beam LED headlamps, remote tailgate release and multicontour massaging front seats

  • Exclusive exterior and interior design elements include raised LIMITED lettering on the hood, unique custom satin-chrome grille and tailgate, 22-inch wheels, genuine fiddleback eucalyptus, Mojave leather seating surfaces, unique instrument cluster face and laser-engraved VIN plate with production number

F-150 Limited Super Crew

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., July 21, 2015 – Ford, America’s truck leader, introduces its most advanced and luxurious truck ever – the Ford F-150 Limited.

The new Limited expands the F-150 model lineup – Ford’s toughest, smartest, safest and most capable F-150 ever – with more standard technology and driver convenience features than any other light-duty pickup. The Limited, a 2016 model, goes on sale this winter.

“The F-150 Limited sets a new bar for what discerning customers should expect in a high-end truck,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “We’re adding segment-exclusive technology, and features that improve productivity, convenience and capability with distinctive style.”

There’s a Ford F-150 for every truck customer, beginning with work-ready versions that have a starting MSRP below the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT, as well as the popular mid-range F-150 XLT. But the new F-150 Limited meets the growing, untapped needs of luxury customers looking for exclusivity, convenience and fine craftsmanship that’s differentiated from other high-series trucks. F-150 Limited surpasses the well-appointed Lariat, the Western-themed King Ranch and contemporary Platinum edition models.

In 1999, the company introduced the special-edition 2000 Harley-Davidson F-150. In 2001, the first King Ranch F-150 arrived. The 2009 F-150 took truck luxury to new heights with the Platinum model, and the first-generation Limited was added with the 2013 model year.

Exterior refinements
The 2016 Ford F-150 Limited stands out with exclusive 22-inch polished aluminum wheels and raised dimensional LIMITED lettering on the hood, unique grille and satin-finished chrome badge on the tailgate. The chrome front bumper has body-color end caps while the rear bumper is body color; bright belt moldings visually tie the two together. The exterior is further accented by satin-chrome door handles and chrome exhaust tip.

Available colors include Shadow Black, Magnetic, Blue Jeans and White Platinum Metallic tri-coat.

Top-tier equipment
The standard equipment list is a showcase of the best F-150 Limited has to offer to make getting work done easier and with greater comfort.

BLIS® with cross-traffic alert, chrome front tow hooks (4x4 only), panoramic vista roof, power-deployable running boards, quad-beam LED headlamps, remote start and tailgate release, as well as an integrated trailer brake controller come standard. A technology package includes a lane-keeping system, 360-degree camera system and dynamic trailer hitch assist.

Interior equipment includes heated and cooled black and Mojave leather front seats that are unique in design and feature Limited badging, 10-way power adjustment and class-exclusive1 multicontour massaging. Heated rear seats and SYNC® 3 with AppLink are also included.

SYNC 3 is Ford’s newest communications and entertainment system that features enhanced voice recognition, high-speed performance, capacitive touch screen and easier-to-understand graphical interface.3

F-150 Limited also includes a Sony® 10-speaker sound system with HD Radio, subwoofer and single CD player paired with a five-year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link to complete the package.

The interior is further differentiated from other F-150 models with a laser-engraved VIN plate on the center console lid including production number. Unique front and rear floor mats, unique instrument cluster face, genuine fiddleback eucalyptus, and aluminum interior accents and unique scuff plates with ice blue backlighting further distinguish the Limited model.

All-new, segment1-first Pro Trailer Backup Assist is available that makes it easier for drivers of all skill levels to back a trailer up to launch a boat or park in a driveway. The technology allows customers to steer a trailer instinctively by turning a knob left or right to indicate direction; the truck controls its steering and limits vehicle speed.

Advanced power and fuel efficiency
The 2016 F-150 Limited is powered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6, which allows for towing of up to 10,100 pounds when properly equipped. This advanced powertrain produces 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque – the latter unsurpassed by any truck with a comparable engine in its class1 – and has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.2

The engine is paired with an electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul and sport modes that features SelectShift® with progressive range select. Four-wheel-drive models are equipped with two-speed automatic four-wheel drive that automatically shifts between two-wheel and four-wheel drive depending on driving surface traction conditions.

 

2016 Ford F-150 Limited Standard Features Comparison

Standard high-end features

2016 Ford 
F-150 Limited

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

2016 Ram 1500 Limited

Leather

Yes

Yes

Yes

Chrome

Yes

Yes

Yes

High-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body

Yes

No

No

Advanced gasoline turbo direct-injection engine

Yes

No

 

No

Quad-beam LED headlamps

Yes

No

No

Adaptive cruise control

Yes

No

No

Multicontour massaging seats

Yes

No

No

360-degree camera system

Yes

No

No

LED side-mirror spotlight

Yes

No

No

Remote tailgate release

Yes

No

No

 

The 2015 F-150 is the only full-size, light-duty truck to earn the highest rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a five-star crash test rating for all crash test modes and cab configurations – SuperCrew, SuperCab and Regular Cab.4

1Class is full-size pickups under 8,500 pounds GVWR. Premium performance engines.
2Two-wheel-drive, 2015 model tested.
3Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Only use SYNC/other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so. Some features may be locked out while vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones. Message and data rates may apply.
4Government five-star safety rating is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Tests include driver and passenger front, side, side barrier and pole tests.

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blank 07/21/15 03:56PM Antique Trucks, Mack Trucks, Truck Show, Trucktoberfest

2015 MACK Trucktoberfest
Saturday, September 12, 2015


2015 Mack Trucktoberfest


Gates open at 8:00 a.m. VFW flag raising, new and antique truck displays. Luncheon, awards, and pedigreed parade of power.

Please note: Pre-registration is required. The registration form is located at the link shown below. Print and mail the form to: MACK Trucks Historical Museum, 2402 Lehigh Parkway South, Allentown, PA 18103 or call the number shown.

Space is limited, please register early. Hope to see you there.

Phone: 610 351-8999

More Info: www.macktruckshistoricalmuseum.org

Location Details
MACK Truck Historical Museum and Customer Center
2402 Lehigh Parkway South
Allentown PA 18103

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blank 07/16/15 08:24AM Camping World Truck, NASCAR Truck Series, readers videos

KENNEDY UNHURT AFTER WILD RIDE INTO CATCH FENCE - VIDEO


Wreck ended race at Kentucky after truck damages fence

SPARTA, Ky. -- A dramatic crash and damage to a catch fence punctuated NASCAR's second straight national series race Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway.
 
This time, it was Camping World Truck Series regular Ben Kennedy at the center of the melee, still running on adrenaline but unscathed after the wreck that abbreviated Thursday's UNOH 225with five laps remaining. Just three days ago in the wee hours of Monday morning, Austin Dillonhad a terrifying ride after the checkered flag in the Sprint Cup Series' most recent race at Daytona International Speedway.

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Kennedy's Red Horse Racing No. 11 Toyota dented several support poles after it became airborne at the entrance to Kentucky's Turn 1, riding the top of the energy-absorbing SAFER barrier before finally coming to rest. Though Dillon's crash may have been slightly more violent in its severity, there was a common theme in both hard hits: Gratitude from the principle drivers that they emerged unhurt.
 
"I guess I was on top of the wall," Kennedy said. "I remember being up on the wall for quite some time. I didn't really see much. I just saw a bunch of dust and debris flying. I came down, and the ride from the wall to the ground was pretty hard, but I'm OK. Thank God for everything that NASCAR has done to keep this sport safe, 'cause for me to get out of my car on my own power after a hit like that is pretty incredible."
 
Almost bound as brothers by their similar crashes, Dillon stopped by the Red Horse Racing hauler after the race was halted to check on Kennedy, who said he was fine despite the intensity of the wreck. The same couldn't be spoken for Kennedy's No. 11 entry, which was sheared at both ends.

Kennedy's truck collided with the No. 92 Ford of David Gilliland at the end of the frontstretch in the late stages of the race, scheduled for 150 laps. Gilliland said a miscommunication between spotters led to the contact, which turned Kennedy's truck to the right, where it was struck by the oncoming truck of John Wes Townley, causing the No. 11 Tundra to lift.
 
Kennedy's truck struck the support of the catch fence and ripped fence netting away, but no injuries to fans in the grandstands were reported. It finally came to a halt after scraping along the top of the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barrier in Turns 1 and 2.
 
After getting initial reports about Kennedy's condition, Red Horse team owner Tom DeLoach was breathing relief.
 
"Whew, at least my driver's OK. We can rebuild a truck," DeLoach said. "I'm proud of what the guys do. It's really the trucks that we build, but NASCAR's come up with a lot of innovation on the safety side. We're adhering to that, and it's keeping our drivers safe. So I have no complaints when it's protecting my driver."

NASCAR officials said they made the decision to shorten the race based on the estimated time required to make repairs to the catch fencing. Speedway workers were already mending the retaining fence and checking the SAFER barrier less than an hour after the race's conclusion, and a NASCAR spokesman said that repairs would be in place in time for on-track activity to resume Friday morning.
 
Kentucky Speedway president Mark Simendinger said that no debris went into fan areas and that he was "encouraged by the integrity" of the fence after the crash. The grandstand seating at Kentucky, Simendinger said, is elevated by design in the interest of improving both fan safety and sightlines.
 
Though lap speeds for the Sprint Cup Series at 2.5-mile Daytona are roughly 20-25 mph faster than the truck series' speeds at the smaller, 1.5-mile Kentucky track, the Kennedy crash occurred at one of the fastest points on the circuit. The speed combined with the larger factor of the physics involved in how the three trucks came together contributed to Kennedy's truck lifting off the surface.
 
Though the two incidents involving the catch fence occurred in less than a week's span, Crafton called the two events simply a "perfect storm." Gilliland was also hesitant to label the two crashes a trend.
 
"I'm upset that that whole deal happened at the end. You don't ever want to be a part of anything like that," Gilliland said. "… It's super-scary. There's no trend to it; it's just racing. I think we all kind of know the dangers when we buckle in, and NASCAR does a great job with the safety. They look at everything, and they'll look at this and see what could've been done different or whatever and go from there -- same thing that we did with last week's wreck."


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2015 Chevrolet Silverado - Luxury and Toughness Combined For a Great Truck
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Chevy's work horse - the Silverado has had a little bit of a makeover this year! Even after winning the "North American Truck of the Year" award in 2014, Chevrolet's chief engineer (Eric Stanczak) said that he was proud of the changes they've made this year touting the High Country Edition as having a "rugged - luxury".

Consumer Reports agrees with Stanczak stating that the Silverado has a cab that is quiet and steering that maneuvers like a luxury car. They liked other features also, like their fuel economy.

The 5.3 Liter, V-8 Silverado achieved 16 mpg beating out the Ford's Eco Boost V-6 and Ram's Hemi V-8.

Consumer Reports liked the towing capabilities and the pay load capacities. They noted the low effort tail gate assists as being a big plus to the Silverado - 2015. You can open or close one of their assisted tailgates with one hand and little effort.

Consumer Reports liked the low step in height access; it doesn't inhibit the ground clearance but makes it easy to get in and out for most people.

The cabs of the Silverado have come a long way from your grandpa's pickup truck! They offer leather seats that heat or cool, that adjust to 12 different positions at the touch of a button, steering wheels that heat, head rest DVD screens, rear back up cameras, Sirius radio, USB ports, Bose Audio Systems with 6 speakers, and a My Link System to synch up your phone to the vehicles touch screen command center!

The Crew Cab model has a full back seat with plenty of room for 3 people - including ample room for a car seat making it viable for a family vehicle vs. just a work truck!

The Silverado comes in 3 engine sizes: the 4.3 Liter V-6, the 5.3 Liter V-8 engine or the 6.2 Liter V-8. All are available in rear wheel or 4wd with short or long beds, as well. Depending on your towing or pay load needs, there is plenty of power to go around!

According the Consumer Reports, the down fall of the Silverado is the jittery ride, the unsupportive seats and the wet road braking. It stops fast on dry pavement, but takes quite a bit to stop when the pavement is wet.

An option that was made available to Silverado truck owners this year was the WI-FI hotspot. They are the first manufacturer to offer this to their customers with complimentary 3 months data.

For looks, the popular package is their Black Out Edition. It features dark tinted windows, a black grill and 20" aluminum wheels / rims and a black bow tie Chevy emblem on the grill and the tail gate.

Car and Driver states that the Black Out Package is only about $1595 and obviously if you are going to have a tough looking truck like that - you better throw in another $1100 for the 6.2 Liter V-8 engine so that it sounds and acts as awesome as it looks!

The Chevy Silverado is a lot of truck for the money, but you will be hard pressed to keep the price down when you see all the amazing options available to you!

Park assist, towing packages, styling options, telescoping steering wheels, climate zone controls, navigation systems, sprayed bed liners, lights or tie down loops in the bed, corner step up bumpers, etc., etc...

This is NOT your grandpa's old Chevy pickup anymore!

The Chevy Silverado, made from high-strength steel, is the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, and proud supporter of youth baseball everywhere.

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