S.M.'s Camping World Update, Issue No. 28

Horn FanSenior Writer IFebruary 19, 2009


Mike Skinner will have Exide Batteries as sponsor on his No. 5 Randy Moss Motorsports Toyota Tundra at Fontana.

Shane Sieg will have Phoenix Construction and Red Top Auto Auction on his No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota Tundra at Fontana.

Dennis Setzer will be driving the No. 48 Fast Track Racing Chevrolet Silverado at Fontana, for Andy Hillenburg.

This is a neat gesture by Key Motorsports, they have announced that they will put Oakland Metal Buildings, Inc on the No. 40 truck at Fontana at no cost to them. The company will also be sponsoring the Atlanta race on March 7 and the Talladega race Oct. 31. 

Chad McCumbee and SS Green Light Racing have announced that the GPS Store.com and Garmin will sponsor the team at both this weekends Fontana race and at the Kansas truck race on April 25th.

Both are races that the team wasn't planning on racing, but have added them to the schedule and hopefully they'll find more deals like this to run the full season.

Ted Musgrave will hopefully be announcing by the Atlanta Truck race, the new deal he's working on that would bring a brand new team to the CWTS and nice to see him possibly having a ride.

Chris Fontaine and the CFI Team have announced they are going to be competing in 7 NCWTS races in 2009 and will make their debut at the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28th.

He'll drive the No. 48 Glenden Enterprises Chevrolet Silverado truck. Here's his race schedule; Martinsville-Spring, Dover, Memphis, Indianapolis, Bristol, Madison and Martinsville-Fall.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced that Heluva Good! has signed in as race sponsor for the Sept. 19th NCWTS race at the track. The race will be called the Heluva Good! 200, the company also sponsors pole qualifying for all five NASCAR divisions competing at NHMS in June and September.

They also sponsor the pole qualifying for both Camping World East Series races at the track in June and September.



Keystone Light "The Official Beer Of the NCWTS" has announced that they released this week a collectible 24oz "schedule can" nationwide, you'll find it in convenience stores, liquor stores and supermarkets. I'm going to be adding it to my collection, will be putting it next to my collection of the 16oz Busch Beer cans when they put tracks on the cans and ran a special for the then 16th edition of the Busch Clash can.

O'Reilly Auto Parts has established a NASCAR contingency Award, for both NSCS and NCWTS. Basically the team that's driver who records the fastest lap and the lowest cumulative pit stop time of the event will be the winner.

To be eligible drivers need to finish races on the lead lap, for ties the award will be given to the driver who finishes higher.

The winning team will get a $1,000 check each race and the team who wins it the most through the season will receive a $10,000 year end bonus awarded at the banquet.

Camping World announced that through some of the many companies that work with them, selling products at their RV Stores or on-line.

That they will at each race, they will pair up with these manufactures to award a special present for the race winner and they will change at each event.

They also will have a very special present for the Champion this year, while they have revealed what exactly it is, but only that it will be huge and over the top.

At Daytona the race winner was given a customized Little Guy Teardrop Trailer detailed with their winning teams paint scheme.

It will be pretty cool to see what the drivers will be getting, should they win the race each week and I'm guess Horn will end up with the most toys.

Congratulations to Rick Crawford and Circle Bar Racing, they teamed together in 1997, current it is the longest active driver/owner relationship in NCWTS.

They made their 298th start together at Daytona, extending a Series record, have logged over 50,000 miles as a team in NCWTS competition and the most of any driver in the series.

Crawford has been running at the finish of 268 races, the most of any driver in the series, a mark of 90.2% and his team has done an awesome job helping him obtain that achievement.

Wow, we'll have 36 Trucks entered for the San Bernardino County 200 in Fontana. Which is exciting news, the breakdown is 24 Full-time teams and 12 Part-time teams.


Hornaday's Corner

Looking back at Daytona

Hornaday had his career best finish at Daytona ever, finishing fifth, led for 8 laps, narrowly missed the big multitruck wreck and his pit crew seemed to work well with the new pit rules.


Looking ahead to Fontana

Horn is a native of Palmdale, California. He has never won at his home track, he's hungry to get his first win, it's one of nine tracks that he has yet to record a win at on the current NCWTS schedule.

The tracks are; Daytona, Fontana, Martinsville, Michigan, Nashville, Chicagoland, Iowa, Las Vegas and Talladega.

Horn had this to say about winning in front of his home state crowd mean to him?

"It would mean a lot to me. To compete in front of a lot of people I grew up racing with is cool. I always like coming back to California".

Horn's favorite tracks are the one's he wins at.

Here's what he said when asked if he thinks we will see him in the NCWTS this season.

"I think we showed in Daytona that the Truck Series still has some of the most exciting racing in all of NASCAR. From what I saw it looks like the same people who have always been strong competitors still are and that some of the new kids are going to race well and be tough to beat this year too".

According to the chassis history, the teams bring truck 024 and the three races it ran in 2008 all resulted in wins. So Horn has a good chance to get the win on Saturday on his home track.


The Rookie Chase

Chase Austin

He made his truck debut at Daytona, he kept his truck's nose clean, ran a solid race, dodged two multitruck wrecks to finish 13th, in the No. 32 Griffin Masonry Chevrolet Silverado for Trail Motorsports.

The Kid, adapted not only to the truck's handling, but also to the draft, most of the time he was in two and three wide action in a large pack of truck and considering it was his first race in trucks.

He did an excellent job, it was cool sitting in the stands watching him race that way and sure we'll see him running in the top ten week in week out.


James "No Fear" Buescher

Sitting in the stands, watching this Kid race was amazing, he had his Ford everywhere, plus he never made a mistake with all the moving he made going low, in the center or high side and bummed his day was cut short to 47 laps and would finish 25th.

"No Fear" lived up to his nickname, when he attempted to pass Horn for the lead on the high side and going into turn one. Unfortunately Bodine misjudged space and took him out.

He definitely had a top-five truck, it will be exciting to watch this kid throughout the season, sure we'll see him in victory lane and he's got a great future ahead of him in NASCAR.

It's cool to see how well he's bonded with mentor and teammate Rick Crawford.


Ricky Carmichael

He looked awesome in his Truck Series debut, qualified sixth, got as high as second, never fell past 15th place in the first 48 laps.

Carmichael would finish 24th, he was a victim of the big wreck caused by Bodine. I liked what I saw, he would have definitely been in the top-ten at the end of the race and it will be exciting to see him running at Fontana.


J.R. "Real Deal" Fitzpatrick

I was excited to see him run so well, it was his fourth career start, first restrictor plate race, he just hooked up on the bottom and just could fly hugging the yellow-line.

It also was amazing that he made it through the big one and the footage from his in camera were amazing he made it through unscathed.

"Real Deal" would lead 17 laps, finish the race in fourth and it was cool too watch his pit crew work on the No. 7 through my binoculars, they did an excellent job with the new pit rules and it makes his finish more impressive learn the team had his gas and brake pedals too far apart.

This Kid is going to be a big star in NASCAR, be exciting to some day watch him with Buescher, Austin and Malsam battling it out for wins and titles.

What was it like to run up front and lead the race?

"Yeah, that was cool. I mean, I don't know how many we led but it felt like a long time. It was really cool. The truck was working fantastic and it really showed that it belonged up there. If we had fresh tires when we were out front it probably would have been up front for the whole way".

From his bit of a comment, it looks like maybe he'll be running the entire 2009 season in the Truck Series. "Mammoet is on here and hopefully we can get more people onto go for the rest of the year and hopefully get Raybestos Rookie of the Year".

"Real Deal" won the Wix Filters Lap Leader Award at Daytona.


Tayler Malsam

He was the big surprise for me, it was his third career start, ran the final 52 laps inside the top ten and ran a really great race.

He qualified 11th, was tough to pass, ran well in the draft, and over came a pit road misque to finish 10th.

Of the rookies, he's the one, I'm the least familiar with and will definitely read up on him more. Like the combination of having Mike Skinner as a mentor and Doug Wolcott as a crew chief.


Johnny Sauter

He was running a great race, really like his addition to Trucks, it will be fun too watch him race with the Goat and the Kids for the rookie title.

He always runs well on the super speedway, even led for laps, drafted well could use the high side, the best of most trucks, it's unfortunate that he got collected in the multitruck wreck caused by Todd Bodine and he finished 27th.


After the Daytona race, the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings are:

J.R. Fitzpatrick    -18

Tayler Malsam     -11

Chase Austin        -9

Ricky Carmichael   -8

James Buescher    -7

Johnny Sauter      -6


The Scott Minute

B/R's Brian Scott in the No. 16 Albertson Toyota battled a couple of problems during the week at Daytona. In the end with the help of crew he posted a 12th place finish in Friday's CWTS NextEra Energy Resources 250.

Twice his pit crew would have to work hard to fix the No. 16. Once after the second practice on Wednesday, resulting in the Xpress team working late into the night. So they could get the 16 truck ready in time for the final practice and qualifying on Thursday.

Then during the race on Lap 5, he would spin and suffer extensive damage on the driver side of the truck. For the second time at Daytona, his pit crew did a stellar job repairing his truck, using multiple pit stops to fix it.

They kept him on the lead lap, made no mistakes and should be proud of Brian's tough fought finish.

It was exciting too watch him race so tough, knowing that he didn't have a decent handling truck due to the misques, but he hung tough, in the final six laps was battling for fifth and lost the draft.

No doubt, had Scott had new sticker Goodyear tires on Lap 31, he would have led the race, also would have had a top-ten finish and who knows maybe even won the race.


Upcoming Races

Feb 21st - San Bernardina County 200 at Auto Club Speedway on Fox at N/A Pre-race and 3PM Race Time. (Saturday)

March 7th - American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Speed at 1:30PM the Set-up Show and 2PM Race Time. (Saturday)

March 28th - Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on Fox at N/A Pre-race and 2PM Race Time. (Saturday)


Top Five Picks for the San Bernardina County 200

1. Ron Hornaday Jr.

He's run in 7 races at Fontana, compiling 1-pole, 3-top fives, 6-top ten finishes and led 120 laps. One of the tracks he'd love to get a win at, averages a 9.3 finish, always runs well at the track and being his home track it would be a great tribute to his da to finally get a win at Auto Club Speedway.


2. Kyle "Rowdy" Busch

Last year's race winner, led 51 laps and usually he's tough to pass in trucks. Sure he'll set himself up for the win if he's up front close to the leader or not already leading himself.


3. Todd Bodine

He's run five races at the track, compiled 1-win, 3-top fives, 4-top ten finishes and led 64 Laps. Regardless what I think of the guy, statistical you have to pick him and sure we'll see the Onion cry at Fontana. Since about 9 drivers have him on their short-lists and knowing that. It will be exciting to see if it's payback time, because I'm guess we could see him leading in the final laps, but one of these guys will spin him for the win.


4. Mike Skinner

He's run in 6 races at the track, compiled 1-pole, 1-win, 2-top fives, 3-top ten finishes and led 54 laps. He's another veteran that has run well statistically at the track and he made my shortlist  because of it. With a good truck, we'll see him challenge for the win and he'll run well being at RMM.


5. Rick Crawford

He's run in 12 races at the track, compiled 3-top fives, 6-top ten finishes and led 27 Laps. Hes's hungry for a win, with a good truck, always a threat for the win and with Buescher as a teammate, he'll perform a lot better this year and not run like a one truck team.

My sleeper pick this week is that one of the 2009 Rookie class will win the race. So it's one of the following: Chase Austin, James "No Fear" Buescher, Ricky "The Goat" Carmichael, J.R. "Real Deal" Fitzpatrick, Taylor Malsam or Johnny Sauter.


Track Facts

This week it's the Auto Club Speedway, where the trucks have raced since 1997.

Track Info

Race Length: 2 miles

Race Length: 200miles/100 laps

Banking: 14* (Corners), 11* (Front Stretch) and 3* (Back Stretch)

Lengths: 3,100 Front Stretch and 2,500 Back Stretch

Seating: 92,000

Race Winners: Ted Musgrave - 3 wins, Jack Sprague - 2 wins and six drivers - 1 win.


2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Point Standings

1.) Todd Bodine            195

2.) Kyle Busch              -20

3.) Terry Cook              -30

4.) J.R. Fitzpatrick         -30

5.) Ron Hornaday Jr.      -35

6.) Mike Skinner            -44

7.) Timothy Peters         -45

8.) Matt Crafton            -48

9.) Colin Braun              -52

10.) Tayler Malsam        -61


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