Arch Madness

Johnny Sauter and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are back in action at Gateway Motorsports Park

Gateway Motorsports Park Arch Madness

For the first time in almost four years, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will return to Gateway Motorsports Park (GMP) in Madison, Ill., for Saturday’s Drivin’ for Linemen 200, the seventh scheduled event on the 2014 Truck Series schedule. The much anticipated race is also the second of six scheduled races for Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff driver, Johnny Sauter and his No. 98 ThorSport Racing team.

Gateway Motorsports Park, just six miles west of the iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis, was a staple of the Truck Series from 1998 to 2010 before closing its doors in November, 2010. With its unique shape and banking, the Truck Series has been able to turn up the heat in Gateway, producing only one repeat winner in 13 races. In fact, only one of those race winners is entered in Saturday’s Truck Series event, former Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff driver, Ron Hornaday, Jr.

Sauter, who finished fourth in his debut with Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in March, is one of only eight drivers in the 30-truck field for Saturday’s 160-lap event that has previous experience at the 1.25-mile flat oval. In a field full of rookies, the 36-year-old driver has a combined eight starts at Gateway in the NCWTS and NASCAR Nationwide Series including 31 laps led, two top-five and four top-10 finishes.

Sauter, who is second in the NCWTS driver point standings, a mere 11 points behind his ThorSport Racing teammate, is looking forward to the series return to the famed track, and hopes to capitalize on his past track experience to bring home his first win of the 2014 season behind the wheel of the No. 98 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff/Curb Records Toyota Tundra.

Catch all the action, live from Gateway:

Event Date Time Channel
Truck Series Practice Friday, June 13 7-9 p.m. ET FOX Sports 1
Truck Series Qualifying Saturday, June 14 5-6 p.m. ET FOX Sports 2
Drivin’ for Linemen 200 Saturday, June 14 8:30 p.m. ET FOX Sports 1


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Fast & Fun Facts:

On the Truck Series at Gateway Motorsports Park:

  •  - The NCWTS will return to Gateway for the first time since July 17, 2010
  •  - Saturday’s Drivin for Linemen 200 will be the 14th annual event at the Madison, IL track
  •  - The 1998 RAM Tough 200 presented by Pepsi was the first NCWTS race at Gateway Motorsports Park. The race was held on Saturday, September 19, 1998. Rick Carelli was the winner
  •  - There have been 12 different winners in 13 races at GMP
  •  - Ted Musgrave was the only repeat winner – 2001 and 2005
  •  - There have been three race winners from the pole; Ted Musgrave (2001 and 2005), Kevin Harvick (2010)
  •  - The average start of a race winner: 4.5

On Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff driver, Johnny Sauter:

  •  - Johnny Sauter is an 11-year veteran of the Truck Series. This weekend’s Truck Series event will mark his 137th series start. He has a combined nine wins, five poles, 1066 laps led, and has 51 top-five and 75 top-10 finishes

On the famed Gateway Motorsports Park:

  •  - With more than 200 acres, GMP is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the region

On the iconic Gateway Arch:

  •  - The Gateway Arch is 630 feet tall, clad in stainless steel, and was built in the form of a flattened catenary arch. It is the tallest man-made arch in the United States
  •  - Construction began on the Gateway Arch on February 12, 1963 and was completed on October 28, 1965 and cost $13 million dollars to build which would cost $97,300,000 today

Johnny Sauter’s Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff NCWTS Schedule:

Date Track Started Finished
March 29, 2014 Martinsville Speedway 14th 4th
June 14, 2014 Gateway Motorsports Park    
June 26, 2014 Kentucky Speedway    
July 11, 2014 Iowa Speedway    
October 25, 2014 Martinsville Speedway    
October 31, 2014 Texas Motor Speedway    
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The 10 Most Manly Adventures in America – NASCAR Racing

Here at Rocky Mountain Snuff we are bringing you the 10 manliest adventures in America.  As men who believe in taking care of our manliness, we are bringing you heart-pumping, get-some-extra-hair-on-your-chest adventures.  When we need to give ourselves some extra TLC, we don’t go and get our toes done… we push ourselves to the limits in extreme situations.  So far, you and your chew have joined us on a climb up El Capitan and braved the wilderness to test your survival skills.  Next we take you to experience one of the most thrilling man-made adventures – NASCAR racing.
We love racing and we love NASCAR.  How about sitting in the seat of some of the greats and taking a spin for yourself?  Truth be told, we’ve all tested the limits in our trucks and cars.  Chances are, however, that unless you’ve visited the Autobahn in Germany, you’ve never pushed the limits that you are offered on a NASCAR racing track.  In a NASCAR racing experience, you sit in the driver seat of a true and tested racecar.  You get to feel the power that comes with having 600 horses at your control.  You get to push speeds of over 170 MPH.  Be prepared to leave with your heart out of your chest and your knuckles on the whiter side. You’ve never experienced power like this before.

There are a couple of racing experiences to choose from for this manly adventure.  To pick which one is right for you, check out their websites to view available tracks and dates offered.  Almost all NASCAR racing schools are owned and operated by professional NASCAR drivers, so you can also go with your favorite racer.  Get ready for a thrill of a lifetime.

Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure.  Boasts to take you to speeds of over 170 MPH and allows you to pass other racecars.  Offered at multiple tracks including the Talladega.

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Richard Petty Driving Experience.  Proudly claims to be the worldwide leader in NASCAR stock car drive and ride entertainment.  Drivers choose from eight to 50 laps around the track.  Offered at multiple tracks including Indianapolis and Daytona.

NASCAR Racing Experience.  Drive real racecars that have been driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.  Includes an option to meet the crew chief.  Offered at multiple tracks including Richmond and Charlotte.

Smokey Mountain Chew, Inc. is the World’s largest tobacco-free smokeless company and the category innovator.  They invented non-tobacco chew as a tobacco-free and nicotine-free option for consumers looking to quit or reduce their consumption of moist smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco, and snus.  Smokey Mountain is dedicated to providing the best tobacco-free smokeless brand on the market, in the flavors that adult consumers demand.

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Get to know Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff driver Brian Scott

Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff was proud to partner with Richard Childress Racing driver, Brian Scott, in our first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway last weekend. The 26-year-old, recently married, driver had an impressive showing in his debut in the “green machine” so we wanted to formerly introduce you to the guy behind the wheel of the No. 2 Chevrolet Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Camaro.

Born and Raised… Brian Scott was born on January 12, 1988 in Boise, Idaho to Joe and Sheryl Scott. He is currently 26-years-old and for all you Idahoans out there, Brian recently became the first Idaho native to make a debut in the Daytona 500.

Fast Forward… Brian was married in December, 2013 to wife, Whitney, and the couple just announced they are expecting their first child in November, 2014.

Our kind of guy… An avid outdoorsman, Scott enjoys hunting, fishing and skiing when he is away from the track. He has been known to take some of those sports to the “extreme” level, including helicopter skiing. In addition to a natural born athlete, Scott graduated from high school as an honor student with a 4.0 GPA.

Born Racer… Brian began racing competitively at the young age of 12. One of his early career highlights came at the 360 Nationals at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Washington when he competed against an elite field of dirt racers to finish an impressive second. This was the turning point in Scott’s career – confirming he had the talent to compete in the highest levels of racing.

NASCAR Birth… Scott moved east to North Carolina in 2006 to make the jump from dirt track racing to asphalt ovals, splitting his time racing between USAR Pro Cup and Late Models. Scott made his NASCAR debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2007 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Xpress Motorsports and went on to compete in seven Truck Series event that year.

Brian has continued to impress us with his skills. Here are a few of his career highlights:

Racing Highlights.

  • 2008: First full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Brian finished second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings with two top-five and seven top-10 finishes
  • 2009: Claimed his first Truck Series win at Dover International Speedway and finished seventh in the Truck Series point standings with one win, seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes
  • 2010: First full season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Joe Gibbs Racing. Earned one top-five and five top-10 finishes and finished second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle
  • 2011:  Earned his first NASCAR Nationwide Series pole award at Chicagoland Speedway and accumulated two top-five and seven top-10’s, finishing eighth in the championship points battle
  • 2012: In his third full-time season in the Nationwide Series, Scott finished ninth in the season-ending points battle with two top-five and 11 top-10 finishes
  • 2013: Scott joined Richard Childress Racing to drive the No. 2 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In 33 starts Scott accumulated one pole at Richmond International Raceway, three top-five and 13 top-10 finishes
  • 2014: While competing full-time in the Nationwide Series for RCR, Scott will also run a limited schedule in the NASCAR Sprint Cut Series. Scott earned his first Sprint Cup Series pole award at Talladega Superspeedway in May


Recent Racer Quote. “Doesn’t matter what kind of day I have, she always puts a smile on my face and reminds me what’s really important in life.” (Commenting about his daughter, Brielle).



Smokey Mountain Chew, Inc. is the World’s largest tobacco-free smokeless company and the category innovator.  They invented non-tobacco chew as a tobacco-free and nicotine-free option for consumers looking to quit or reduce their consumption of moist smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco, and snus.  Smokey Mountain is dedicated to providing the best tobacco-free smokeless brand on the market, in the flavors that adult consumers demand.

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The 10 Most Manly Adventures in America – Climb Yosemite’s El Capitan –

Everyone knows that a man needs a good adventure once in a while.  An adventure that pumps the adrenaline, pushes our limits, and brings us back to our manly roots.  We here at Smokey Mountain Snuff are bringing you the 10 most manly adventures in America, sure to set your heart pumping and your mind racing with possibilities. Sit back, pop in a Smokey Snuff lipper and let’s go to our first manly adventure: climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan.

El Capitan, also known as El Cap, towers over Yosemite National Park in California.  A massive vertical rock formation two times the height of New York City’s Empire State Building, El Cap is not for the faint of heart.  It is the largest single piece of granite in the world with two faces and a protruding shelf between them called The Nose.  Routes up are given gentle names such as Lurking Fear, Every Man For Himself, and Kaos.  On average, climbers will take 4-5 days to ascend while sleeping in slings hanging from the mammoth rock.  

While you don’t have to be an expert climber to conquer this beast, you do have to be ready.  Here are a couple skills to have under your belt before you take on our number 10 adventure.

1.    Strength.  Climbing a rock twice the height of the Empire State Building with 100lbs. or so on your back takes strength and stamina.  You ain’t going to feel very manly bailing out on your buddies mid-climb because you’re too weak to go on. Start up a core fitness program and get in shape.
2.    Climbing skills.  Kind of goes without saying, but man, you are going to need climbing skills.  Special skills will include crack and crimp work since this climb is a vertical face.  Practice on smaller mountains around home or hire a ‘pro’ to teach you some skills.
3.    Everyday skills. You’re going to be climbing and sleeping along a vertical face.  It’s going to take you a good 5 days.  Somewhere in that time frame, you are going to need to eat, drink, and let’s face it, drop the kids off at the pool. Get the skills to do all of these thousands of feet in the air, with minimum space and not letting anything drop.  Have fun practicing.
4.    Packing skills.  Like we said above, you’re looking at a good 100lbs of gear, so choose wisely.  You’ll need gear for sleeping, safety gear, food and drink, and of course several cans of Smokey Snuff.  While surrounded by forests in the majestic Yosemite Park, our choice for this adventure is Wintergreen, a must have for this climbing adventure.

Man up and adventure on.  Our next manly adventure will take just you, your knife and your snuff into the wilderness.  social ad El Capitan 300x300 The 10 Most Manly Adventures in America   Climb Yosemite’s El Capitan

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Smokey Mountain Chew is Getting Amped for the 2014 Kroger 250 and Johnny Sauter

Excitement is building as we approach the 31st Annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.  Our team at Smokey Mountain is all the more amped because  we thoroughly enjoy any chance to watch tough, rugged trucks go fender-to-fender at top speeds, and this year we have a new driver to call our own.  The Kroger 250 will be the first of six races that Smokey Mountain Chew will be sponsoring last year’s race winner and Truck Series veteran, Johnny Sauter.  

Sauter comes from the small town of Necedah, Wisconsin and follows in the tire marks of his father, NASCAR legend, Jim Sauter.  Jim instilled his passion and competitive nature into his children.  Out of the twelve Sauter children, Johnny and two of his brothers, Tim and Jay, took up the exhilarating sport.   Although Sauter didn’t begin racing until after high school graduation, he proved to be a natural.  The thrill that comes with racing a truck up against the nation’s most skilled drivers was something he couldn’t pass up.  For the past five years, Sauter has raced for the Ohio-based, ThorSport Racing team and has finished in the top-10 each year.  Last year, Sauter scored wins in the first two races of the season, including his second win in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. The 35-year-old driver went on to lead 62 laps, claim one pole, three wins, nine top-five and 14 top-10 finishes en route to a fourth-place finish in the final Truck Series points standings.  

The Kroger 250 will rev into Martinsville on March 29 and the defending race winner, Johnny Sauter, will be the one to watch. 


So get your boys together, throw in a Smokey Mountain lipper and hoot and holler as some of the nation’s best truck drivers go head-to-head around the fast half-mile paperclip.   

Smokey Mountain Chew, Inc. is the World’s largest tobacco-free smokeless company and the category innovator.  They invented non-tobacco chew as a tobacco-free and nicotine-free option for consumers looking to quit or reduce their consumption of moist smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco, and snus.  Smokey Mountain is dedicated to providing the best tobacco-free smokeless brand on the market, in the flavors that adult consumers demand.

ThorSport Racing, based in a state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot facility in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport, which has run in the Truck Series since 1996, in 2014 will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by 2013 drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff/Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Johnny Sauter and the No. 13 VAMP/VaporBrands International, Inc. Toyota Tundra driven by Jeb Burton in the Truck Series and the No. 13 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Toyota Camry driven by Burton in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

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Spring Big Bad Bass Fishing

Here at Smokey Mountain Chew, we hold dear a few favorite activities.  Fishing, hunting  and camping with a few friends and a supply of Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff or Pouches are some that come in at the very top. 

Hey, we basically enjoy anything that incorporates testosterone, the great outdoors, and of course some Smokey Mountain.  At our doorstep right now is one of fishing’s greatest seasons, spring bass fishing.  

Spring bass fishing happens, as the name implies, somewhere during the start of spring.  For optimum fishing conditions, you are looking for a range in water temperature from about 55 to 63 degrees in which the bass are in a transitional pre-spawn period.  During the winter months, bass stay in the depths of the water. 

As the water warms, a fishes’ metabolic rate begins to increase and it becomes more active.  They will start to move out of the deeps and towards shallow water for nourishment.  Also, during this time period, a bass is getting ready for the spawning cycle.  The combination of the two make for a lucky fisherman as the fish’s normal caution is disrupted by its instinct for mating and hunger.  

Spring bass fishing is also associated with big bass fishing.  But what do we use to lure those suckers in?  Dean Stroman, a professional fishing guide specializing in big bass says, “To catch these bass throw deep diving crankbaits on the deeper breaklines, 10 to 15 feet, and lipless crankbaits on shallow breaklines. These two reaction baits are great for covering a lot of water. When you locate some staging females, after throwing crankbaits, switch to a jig- and-craw or soft jerkbait. Zoom’s Super Fluke in albino is hard to beat. Throw it on a Mustad 5/0 hook. Work this bait slowly. It is very effective on staging females.” 1

It would be nothing short of an awesome spring day to reel in a 10lb. bass.  So take a few pointers, pick up your reel, put a can of Smokey Mountain in your pocket and let’s take to the lake!


Smokey Mountain Chew, Inc. is the World’s largest tobacco-free smokeless company and the category innovator.  Smokey Mountain invented non-tobacco chew as a tobacco-free and nicotine-free option for consumers looking to quit or reduce their consumption of moist smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco and snus. Smokey Mountain is dedicated to providing the best tobacco-free smokeless brand on the market, in the flavors that adult consumers demand.

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Smokey Mountain Snuff & Craft Beer Pairings

We’ve all heard of food and wine or beer pairing but what about snuff and beer pairing?
The flavor profiles in our Smokey Mountain snuff compliment the numerous flavors in craft beer. Similar to wine and cheese (or even better, beer and cheese!), you have to know what styles of beer to sip with your favorite snuff. Explore the flavors and experiment!

After all, only you can know what works with your taste buds.

The dominant craft beer taste elements will contrast against food’s and snuff) taste elements, so that the beer and snuff flavors shine.

Look for flavor bridges and common flavor groups. According to

•    Group: Rosemary, juniper, pine, spruce
Pairing: American pale ale and rosemary-dusted creamed chicken
•    Group: Brown sugar, butter, caramel, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut, toffee
Pairing: English-style barley wine and blonde brownie with butterscotch sauce
•    Group: Mint, dill, basil, endive, coriander, fennel, parsley, lemongrass, bay leaves, oregano
Pairing: Belgian-style saison and white fish with lemon and dill
•    Group: Cinnamon, cumin, pepper, cardamom, ginger, clove
Pairing: Ginger porter with Moroccan clove and ginger beef shish kebabs
•    Group: Date, fig, raisin
Pairing: Belgian-style strong dark ale and bacon wrapped dates
•    Group: Pineapple, tangerine, clementine
Pairing: American-style India pale ale and orange chicken stir fry
•    Group: Chocolate, truffle, cocoa powder
Pairing: Milk stout and double chocolate cake

While the above more applies to food, you can see similar flavor notes in our snuff options. So, what are some example beer and snuff pairings?

1.    Arctic Mint: Who doesn’t love mint? For the mint profile, you need a strong beer to complement the chilly, refreshingly sweet flavor. Recommended here is a smooth, velvety chocolate stout. Try Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout. This gorgeous chocolate, vanilla and bourbon-laced beer will complement the mint flavor and bring out the bourbon barrel notes.

2.    Cherry Flavor: There’s a ton of awesome beers you can pair with Smokey Mountain Cherry. Try Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. It’s crisp and fruity with a hint of honey and still light on the palate. cherry wheat 137x300 Smokey Mountain Snuff & Craft Beer Pairings

Want some more bite? Check out Odell Brewing, Friek. Friek is a multiple Kriek Lambic Style that’s fermented with wild yeast and tart cherries, then moved into oak barrels to age and sour, which takes on intense cherry flavors. As the beer mature, framboises (raspberries) from a local Colorado farm are handpicked and added to the beer. This won the gold at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, in the Wood & Barrel Aged Sour beer category.

3.    Classic Flavor: Smokey Mountain Classic is a classic or natural flavored tobacco-free snuff and has a very floral and traditional flavor, albeit sweeter than the norm. With our natural ingredients of molasses, chocolate, licorice and cayenne pepper, you can pair the Classic flavor with a variety of beers such as Ambers, Pale Ales or Stouts.

For some pairing decadence, try Southern Tier Brewing’s Crème Brulee Imperial Milk Stout. This 9.6% ABV sweet stout has toasty vanilla, mild coffee and buttery caramel notes.

Out of Arizona, try SanTan’s Epicenter Amber Ale. This ale has a tasted malt character and a sweet, dry finish, perfect for pairing with our classic flavor. It’s also great with burgers and steaks and is a 2012 US Open Beer Championship gold medal winner. Bonus? It comes in cans! Yep, take this bad boy fishing or camping.

Nebraska Brewing’s Cardinal Pale Ale is a deep golden beer with medium maltiness and low bitterness. This pale ale would pair nicely with our classic flavor herbal snuff.

Another great option is the king of craft canned beers, Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale. This brew delivers a hoppy nose and assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and citrusy floral hops.dales pale ale can 200x300 Smokey Mountain Snuff & Craft Beer Pairings

4.    Peach Flavor: Try a Belgian dubbel or tripel with our peach flavor, in order to bring out the fruit flavors in both. Belgian ales can be served as an after dinner digestif or with a dessert. Try Epic Brewing Brainless on Peaches Belgian-Style Ale. And watch out, because it’s 10.7% alcohol by volume! The Utah brewery added organic peach puree and aged it in French Chardonnay casks from Sawtooth Winery.

You could also opt for an IPA with the high amount of hops and citrus notes, our peach snuff is sure to be a sweet choice.  For some serious peach punch, try ODells’s Tree Shaker. This Imperial IPA was brewed with 3,000 pounds of pureed Colorado peaches. Or, to balance out the peach flavor in Smokey’s snuff, try Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Another great pairing hails from Nebraska Brewing Company. Their award winning reserve series are nothing short of amazing. Our peach snuff will compliment their Chardonnay French Oak Hop God and with a 10.1% alcohol by volume, it will keep you warm during those chilly camping nights. This Belgian-Style IPA is aged for 6 months in French Oak Chardonnay barrels and has high amounts of citrus, grapefruit and floral scents. The barrel aging adds further notes of tropical fruits and, you guessed it, peach! This also pairs nicely with spicy foods, pizza and rich seafood (been fishing lately?).
There’s plenty out there to try, but the main idea is to have fun and enjoy experimenting with different flavors.


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Pro Angler, Josh Bertrand and the 2014 Bassmaster Classic

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NASCAR shows sharp speed and nail biting intensity, bull riding displays manly courage and strength and pro angling bass fishing brings challenge, mystique and determination to the surface.

Pro angler rookie, Josh Bertrand, has already had his fair share of ups and downs, but happily for him, way more ups than downs.  

In 2012, Josh took home the Bassmaster Central Open Tour Angler of The Year Title and he’s qualified for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. The Classic is the Super Bowl of fishing and typically draws over 100,000 eager fans. So, it goes without saying Josh is excited.

“That was the most exciting thing for me. It’s a dream of any fisherman.”

So, where did Josh get his love for the lake and capacity for casting?

Josh is originally from New Hampshire, but moved to Arizona as a kid. Yep, Arizona.

“Believe it or not, that’s where I got into fishing,” he said with a chuckle.  

His father and grandfather took him out on the lake when he was young and he had “a lot of good mentors.”  Besides crediting his father, Josh thanks fishing pro, John Murray as one fishing great he looks up to.

Josh fished his first tournament at the age of 15, and has worked his way up to the top of the tournament circuits ever since. Just look at his stats:

·    Angler Of The Year – 2012 Bassmaster Central Opens
·    2013 Bassmaster Elite Series qualifier
·    FLW/TBF Federation National Championship Qualifier
·    FLW Everstart Championship Qualifier
·    Angler of The Year – American Bass Association Central Arizona Region

The rush from the catch and the great outdoors gravitated him to the sport. And now, the competition is driving the 25 year old. Josh practices by taking his gear out to as many lakes as he can. He studies the lake, checks weather reports, finds the good spots, and learns the depth and where the fish are swimming. It’s a calculating and intelligent sport.

In order to keep a level playing field, anglers have a limited amount of time to pre-fish a lake prior to a tournament depending on proximity and off-limits restrictions.
With the multitude of variables that can occur during a tournament, including weather and mechanical issues, an angler must be on top of his game, but still be humble enough to learn from the day in order to continue to improve.

So what are a few of his favorite fishing spots?

The St. Lawrence River within the Thousand Islands offers excellent fishing. Called the “Recreational Boating Capital of the World”, the Thousand Islands constitute 1,864 islands that straddle the Canada-U.S. border, with the U.S. islands residing in New York.

Another favorite is Falcon Lake on the Rio Grande, southeast of Laredo, Texas and Tamaulipas, Mexico. Largemouth bass and catfish are commonly found in the reservoir.  Josh noted that the reservoir has the biggest bass in the country.

Josh also quickly mentioned Guntersville Lake, located in north Alabama. Lake Guntersville offers great largemouth bass, bream and catfish. Alabama’s largest lake contains 69,100 acres and stretches 75 miles from Nickajack Dam to Guntersville Dam.

For now, Josh will be joining the other anglers who are resting their professsional rods for the winter season.  Bass anglers elect to put away their jerkbaits once the temperatures drop.

Until then, we’ll be looking forward to Josh’s next tournament in Lake Havasu on January 30th and of course the Bassmaster Classic, next February, in Alabama!


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Behind the Driver: Ron Hornaday, Jr.

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It’s no wonder that one of the biggest names in NASCAR racing has ate, drank and breathed racing since he was a child. Ron Hornaday, Jr. is the father of former NASCAR driver, Ronnie Hornaday and son of the late Ron Hornaday, Sr., a two time Winston West Champion, Ron currently drives the No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado for NTS Motorsports.

The 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season is the nineteenth season of the third highest stock car racing in the United States. The season will be contested over twenty-two races, ending with the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Ron was noticed years ago by Dale Earnhardt while participating in the NASCAR Winter Heat Series on ESPN2. The multiple NASCAR Winston West Series winner competed in the NASCAR Bush Series for Dale Earnhardt in 2000 and in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for owner AJ Foyt in 2001.

In 2007, Hornaday won his third of four championships on his route to becoming the winningest Truck champion.  In 2009, he passed Jack Sprague to become the winningest Camping World Truck Series champion.

We spoke with Ron to get an up close and personal look at the NASCAR veteran and the only driver with four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships.

Ron Hornaday 3 Behind the Driver: Ron Hornaday, Jr.1.    How long have you been racing?
1979 was my first race in stock car. I started racing motorcycles when I was nine.

2.    How has it changed / morphed over the years, in your opinion?
Safety wise, in the past 10-15 years, it’s gotten better…with helmets, restraints and stuff inside the cars. The racetracks have improved too, with softer walls.

3.    You’re a 4 time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion.  What years were those wins? 1996, 1998, 2009 and 2011.

4.    How does the 4th win compare to the first win?  
The 1st win was with Dale Earnheart, he gave me my first opportunity, so that was special. He helped make it a career instead of a hobby.  I got to race with drivers that made my job easy.

5.    You joined an elite group of drivers, (Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson) as the only drivers to win 4 or more titles in the three major series of NASCAR. How did that make you feel when you found this out?  
I look at it as I’m doing my job. As I get older, I think it will mean something more.

6.    You’re part of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). When and why did this series come about?
In 1994 there was the exhibition series. And in 1995, they started talking about putting trucks on the track. Earnhardt made it popular in 1995. And when NASCAR got behind it, it really took off.

7.    You have a day commemorated in your honor in Palmdale. What did you do last April 8th?
It’s funny, because I was born in San Fernando. But, I did a lot for the Palmdale community and went to baseball games growing up. I was actually raised in Simi Valley.  But yeah, that’s pretty cool.  

8.    Your part of a legendary NASCAR family. Where did it all begin?
It all started with my dad. I kept bugging him that I wanted a motorcycle. Then I just got involved with him and kept on working on the cars.

9.    You came in 3rd at Daytona. What was the first thing that ran through your mind on that final lap and crossing the finish line?
Everybody’s dream is to get to Daytona. Years ago, I had promised to send a dear friend to the race, when I got there.  So, I sent a plane ticket to my friend, Bob Fisher.

10.    You tweeted recently (Aug. 3rd) that it “was all about track position”. Can you elaborate on that? Well, I started 21st and didn’t have a lot of time to get up. But towards the end of the race, I finished 6th. Track position wasn’t the best that day.

11.    Outside of the track, what do you drive?
I have three Chevy pick-up trucks, a 69 Chevelle and a 66 El Camino. But I usually take my Harley.

12.    What do you love about the sport?
As a little kid, you love carnival rides, the thrills, the spills…it’s the adrenaline, the fans, the anticipation. You think, ‘Who you gotta’ beat that day?’

13.    Do you have a favorite racetrack or one that brings great memories?
All the ones I win at…I enjoy it, I don’t care what track. I just enjoy it.

14.    How do you prepare for a race?  Have you raced at this track before?
I really don’t. I don’t get nervous. You work with the team, you just do what you gotta’ do. Last couple times, I swam in the pool and drank a lot of beer. You just get ready go racing.

Ron Hornaday 2 Behind the Driver: Ron Hornaday, Jr.With his fourth-place finish at Iowa Speedway on July 13, 2013, Hornaday earned his 150th-career NCWTS top-five finish.  As of mid-July, in his 331-career starts in the series, Hornaday has 51 wins, 27 poles, 150 top-five finishes, 218 top-10 finishes and has led a total of 9,581 laps.

Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff will adorn Hornaday’s No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado in the NCWTS events at Daytona International Speedway, Rockingham Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway (June), Iowa Speedway (July), Eldora Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Martinsville Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway (November), and Phoenix International Raceway.

Go Ron!


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 Joe Denette Motorsports (JDM) is pleased to announce the addition of Smokey Mountain Snuff, America’s original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand, to the Ron Hornaday-driven No. 9 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) entry as both a primary and associate sponsor in selected events throughout the remainder of the 2012 NCWTS season.

Smokey Mountain Snuff will debuted as the primary sponsor on Hornaday’s Chevrolet Silverado at the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway on September 15. They will rejoin the No. 9 entry as primary sponsor for the Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 29 and the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16.

Smokey Mountain Snuff will join the lineup as an associate sponsor on Hornaday’s No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado for the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2.

“Smokey Mountain is excited to be a part of NASCAR, and the Joe Denette Motorsports Team,” said Dave Savoca, President of Smokey Mountain Chew, Inc. “We believe that the No. 9 truck and Ron Hornaday, Jr. in particular, are a perfect fit for the Smokey Mountain brand. Ron is a proven winner, and more importantly, the type of person that we want representing us on and off the track.”

Smokey Mountain Chew, Inc. is the World’s largest non-tobacco smokeless company, and the category innovator. Smokey Mountain invented tobacco-free snuff as a nicotine-free chewing tobacco option for adult consumers as well as an aid to help people quit chewing tobacco. Smokey Mountain is dedicated to providing the best tobacco-free smokeless alternatives on the market, in the flavors that adult consumers demand.

“We are looking forward to a new partnership with Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff,” said Ron Hornaday, “they are a small but growing company and we are happy to show them how a NASCAR partnership with Joe Denette Motorsports can help build their brand. Smokey Mountain is not only a great fit with our team, but a great fit for our sport and our series. We are happy to introduce our fans to this great industry-leading product.”

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