Beginning in the United States in 1979, truck racing is a form of motor racing that involves modified versions of heavy tractor units on racing circuits.
There are multiple truck racing series in the United States, including NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, ARCA Truck Series and Robby Gordon’s the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented By Traxxas (formerly known as Stadium Super Trucks).
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is a pickup truck racing series owned and operated by the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, and is the only series in all of NASCAR to race modified production pickup trucks. These vehicles are mechanically similar to coupé-shaped stock cars, with the main difference being the more boxy shape of the cab, which does not give as good aerodynamics as stock cars.
The ARCA Truck Series (ATS) ran its first full season in 1999. With the popularity of the NASCAR Truck Series and trucks in general, longtime ARCA Official Jim Clarke came up with the idea to race compact trucks. The basic rules required the use of a tube frame racing chassis from ARCA-approved builders, stock appearing fiberglass body from ARCA-approved suppliers and a spec Hoosier Racing tire. Body styles permitted are Ford Ranger, Chevy S-10 and Colorado, Dodge Dakota, and Toyota Tacoma. Known for close championship point battles, the ARCA Truck Series is without a doubt one of the most versatile series in short track racing.
SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS features high-horsepower off-road trucks made to resemble TRAXXAS radio-controlled cars. They produce 600 horsepower generating speeds upwards of 130 miles per hour. Races feature manmade ramps set up in strategic locations throughout each course, which allow the trucks to fly through the air nearly 20 feet off the ground and hundreds of feet down course.