- Collection initially named “SuperTruck Racing Collection” grew to become the third-highest NASCAR nationwide touring degree.
- The sequence featured American-made, full-size vehicles, constructed particularly for racing.
- Collection formally debuted on February 5, 1995, at Phoenix Raceway.
Ever because it was created, NASCAR and its industrial companions have celebrated the phrase, “Win on Sunday, promote on Monday.”
That utilized to the vehicles followers would see on the racetrack competing every week. NASCAR’s sanctioning physique wished followers on the time to know they might personal the identical vehicles they noticed racing, and producers hoped followers would flock to a successful model.
Up till the mid-90’s, the phrase solely utilized to vehicles. Nevertheless, NASCAR president Invoice France Jr. had an eye fixed on a unique section of the automobile market that he felt the sequence may stake a declare.
In 1994, France took explicit discover within the rising gross sales of pickup vehicles within the U.S. Quickly thereafter, NASCAR made the announcement to introduce a 3rd nationwide touring sequence, a pickup truck racing sequence.
France informed the Longview (Texas) Information Journal, “We really feel the time is correct for a touring truck racing sequence. Vans are extraordinarily common in the USA and gross sales figures present that one truck is bought for each two vehicles.”
And so, the “SuperTruck Racing Collection” was born.
Phrase unfold through the 1994 Winston Cup season, and the sequence started drawing curiosity from many alternative race groups throughout the game. Championship-winning Cup Collection automotive proprietor Richard Childress was requested for his ideas on the brand new sequence and informed the Longview Information Journal: “The sequence appears to be like very attention-grabbing. I feel NASCAR’s resolution to sanction the pickup truck sequence is certainly an actual step ahead for motorsports.”
Vans had been already in manufacturing and had been primarily based off authentic American pickups similar to, the Chevrolet and GMC 1500, the Dodge 1500, and the Ford F-150. However in fact, they had been barely modified for racing. The vehicles had been lowered, extra aerodynamic, and powered by 358 cubic-inch motors. They had been to weigh 3,400 kilos and have a 112-inch wheelbase.
So as to be certain issues had been proper, and even give the followers a small style of what was to return, NASCAR ran seven small exhibition races with the vehicles in 1994 and into early ’95, all alongside the west coast. Tracks that held races included: Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, California; Portland Speedway, in Portland, Oregon; Saugus Speedway, in Saugus, California; and Tucson Raceway Park, in Tucson, Arizona. Three of the seven warm-up occasions had been held in Tucson.
The sanctioning physique gave the inexperienced flag for the 1995 debut season, which was slated for 20 races. The inaugural race was held at Phoenix Raceway Park on February 5, 1995, and was received by Mike Skinner. He would go on to win eight of the 20 races that season en path to the primary championship.
The brand new sequence attracted all types of racers, from younger up-and-coming stars to getting old stars searching for somewhat extra enjoyable. Drivers giving the vehicles a shot that yr included A.J. Foyt, Rick Hendrick, Kevin Harvick, Darrell Waltrip, Ernie Irvan, Terry Labonte, Ken Schrader, Geoff Bodine, former NFL coach Jerry Glanville, and short-track legend Sammy Swindell.
Craftsman Instruments signed on because the title sponsor for the sequence that was to formally turn into “The NASCAR SuperTruck Collection introduced by Craftsman.”
And since its inception, practically twenty years in the past, the Craftsman Truck Collection (it is going to be re-branded once more in 2023) has turn into a significant stepping stone for younger drivers. It’s a sequence of progress and gaining invaluable expertise that separates the nice and the unhealthy and exhibits up-and-coming drivers a part of what it takes if they’re to turn into the Cup Collection stars of tomorrow.