GREEN LIGHT RACING|
A NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team owned and operated by businessman Ken Smith and former driver Bobby Dotter. Based in Mooresville, NC the SS Green Light Racing fields the #07 and #08 Chevy Silverado/Toyota Tundra for various drivers and the #81 Toyota Tundra for David Starr. Ross Chastain was the last driver to pilot the #08 Toyota Tundra in 2012.
Green Light Racing began competing in the Truck Series in 2001, when Dotter drove the #45 in two races for Gene Christensen, his best finish finish being seventeenth at The Milwaukee Mile. Jason Small drove one race later that season at IRP, where he finished 25th.
: MERGER WITH SS RACING
SS Racing, although an ASA team has dabbled in the Truck Series with a limited partnership with Green Light Racing, providing associate sponsorship for the team. However, with the recent financial successes of merged teams such as Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing, coupled with Gene Christensen's bid for a seat in Congress, both Green Light Racing and SS-Racing expanded their partnership to a full merger beginning in 2008 and SS Green Light Racing was born.
|: 07 HISTORY|
The #07 truck began racing in 2001 with former owner Gene Christensen driving the Racing For Kids Chevrolet. He failed to finish higher than 30th that season and completed just 63 laps total. In addition, Aaron Daniel and Mike Olsen drove the #07 for a total of three races that season. Jason Small began racing the #07 full-time the following season with Sunbelt Rentals sponsoring. He had two top-tens and finished 22nd in the driver point standings. Rich Bickle drove the #07 at the season opener in 2003 before Bobby Dotter drove for several races in the truck. Stan Boyd and Blake Mallory drove in select races afterwards. Johnny Chapman would then drive for six races, with Ryan Hanson and Mark McFarland would finish out the year in the truck.
In 2004, Murphy would be hired to drive the #07 for the first five races of the season, and after one thirteenth place finish, Butch Miller took over at Mansfield and finished tenth. Rich Bickle, Chris Wimmer and Eric Norris also raced the #07. Jack Bailey drove a total of six races with a best finish of 26th. Chase Pistone, Jose Luis Ramirez, and Chris Wimmer finished out the season in the truck.
Murphy returned at the beginning of the 2006 season, but did not last long, with Clint Bowyer finishing seventh at Martinsville in the Jack Daniel's truck. Justin Martz, Robert Turner, Johnny Chapman, and Butch Miller drove one race apiece. Kevin Lepage drove a pair of races with RoadLoans.com as the sponsor. Chad McCumbee drove the #07 for a pair of races, when U.S. Restoration became the team's new primary sponsor. Travis Kittleson then became the team's new driver for three races, his best finish was sixteenth at Nashville Superspeedway. T.J. Bell would drive for one race. John Mickel brought sponsorship from Torquespeed and leased out the #07 for the rest of the season, his best finish was 20th.
After the 2006 season, Tim Sauter and Lester Buildings joined the team for 2007. Despite only one top-ten finish, Sauter finished 16th in the points but was runner up to Willie Allen for Rookie of the Year. Both Sauter and Lester Buildings departed at season's end, possibly due to the struggles of the housing market. Sean Murphy and Ryan Lawler shared the ride in 2008 with ASI Limited.
In 2009, Chad McCumbee returned to SS Green Light Racing to drive the #07 for 21 races. With part-time sponsorship from Tiwi and Vavoline, he had five top-ten finishes and finished 19th in the driver points. Jason Young and Burt Myers filled in the rest of the schedule.
Sean Murphy opened the 2010 season by finishing 13th at Daytona with Deitz & Watson sponsoring. For the rest of the season, Donny Lia and Tony Jackson split the driving duties, with Jackson scheduled to run 7 traces. After a long string of bad luck, Lia departed the #07 team after the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
For 2011, the team swapped between Toyota and Chevrolet. Donnie Neuenberger drove at Daytona and B.J. McLeod drove at Phoenix with Boggy Creek Airboat Rides. Johnny Chapman drove a few races in the truck, mostly as a start and park. In 2012 the #07's lineup added on former Pro Cup driver Jeff Agnew, as well as T.J. Duke.
|: 08 HISTORY|
The #08 debuted in 2007 as the #0 with Sharon Rice listed as the owner. Brandon Knupp drove it first at Texas Motor Speedway and finished 34th after overheating. Three weeks later, Wayne Edwards drove the truck and finished last after suffering from brake malfunctions.
In 2008 the #0 ran a part-time schedule with Gene Christensen as the owner. Butch Miller drove most of the races, with two 32nd place finishes, along with Wayne Edwards, Chris Jones, Mike Olsen, Norm Benning, Johnny Chapman, and Kevin Lepage. The truck did not return until 2010 as the #21 with Steve Urvan as the owner.
In 2010 the #21 initially fell to Donny Lia, who later moved to the #07 with Tony Jackson. The #21 would then be fielded as a "start and park" truck with Johnny Chapman, Butch Miller, and Chris Eggleston sharing the ride. Jake Crum made his NCWTS debut in the #21 for O'Reilly 200 at the Bristol Motor Speedway on August 18, 2010. Crum qualified the truck 13th and ran well early in the event. The truck was later taken over at the EnjoyIllinois.com 224 by David Starr, who had left Randy Moss Motorsports the week prior. Starr drove the #21 Chevrolet to a top-ten finish at Chicagoland and drove the #81 Zachry Toyota for the rest of the season to finish 9th in the driver point standings.
The 2011 season found Starr and the team struggling to keep up, scoring eight top-ten finishes and ended the season 13th in points. Starr then left to join Arrington Racing.
In 2012 the truck number was changed back to the #08 and was driven by Florida native Ross Chastain. Chastain scored a third place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway, as well as three top-ten finishes to end the season 17th in points.