S.M.'s Camping World Update, Issue No. 36

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S.M.'s Camping World Update, Issue No. 36

Rumors

Wyler Racing and Stacy Compton officially announced that they have signed a multi-year deal with Safe Auto Insurance Company to be the primary sponsor on the No. 60 Toyota.

The sponsorship agreement starts with the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway.

Jennnifer Jo Cobb will be racing at Kansas for Derrike Cope Inc. in a truck prepared by Rich Markle Racing. She'll be driving the No. 74 Dodge with sponsorship from the Price Chopper grocery chain.

Mike Skinner will have Bad Boy Mowers back on his No. 5 Toyota at Kansas Speedway.

Chad McCumbee will have the GPSstore.com and Garmin back on board his No. 07  Chevy at Kansas Speedway.

J.J. Yeley, due to a number conflict, will be driving the No. 65 and not the No. 73.

Germain Racing and Todd Bodine have announced a three race sponsorship deal with Ventrilo. They'll sponsor the No. 30 at Kansas, then Bristol Motor Speedway Aug. 19, and Gateway International Raceway Sept. 12.

DRT Enterprises is the newest team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and one with a bright future with it's driver Tim Bainey Jr.

They are a team that has moved their entire team from USAR Pro Cup Series to run part-time up to seven races in 2009 and don't want to jeopardize his rookie stats.

They plan to run full-time in 2010, and have Bainey Jr. compete for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year.

His schedule is as follows: Dover International Speedway May 29, O'Reilly Raceway Park July 24, Bristol Motor Speedway Aug. 19, Iowa Speedway Sept. 5 and Martinsville Oct. 24.

They may add two more races, but they won't run over seven races so they can keep Bainey Jr. rookie stats for the 2010 season.

Gabi DiCarlo will be back in trucks racing at Kansas, in the No. 90 Great Clips Toyota for Stringer Motorsports.

Key Motorsports has cut back their schedule in the NCWTS to part-time from full-time, with it's No. 40 Chevy driven by Mike Bliss.

They have withdrawn from the Kansas race, but will race at Charlotte and in seven other races. All are races that either Westerman Companies and Oakland Metal Building s are sponsoring the No. 40 Chevy.

The move was made to enable Key Motorsports to concentrate on it's No. 40 team driven by Scott Wimmer in the Nationwide Series.

J.R. Fitzpatrick will be driving the No. 7 Mammoet.com TRG Motorsports Chevy, at Kansas Speedway.

Shane Sieg will be driving the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota at Kansas. Appears they have a sponsor lined up for the truck and still haven't announced who it is.

Marc Mitchell will be driving for David Mcclure in the No. 47 Fast Track ll Degreaser Chevy at Kansas Speedway.

Chase Austin has left Trail Motorsports appears they have financial problems and other than for two races didn't have Austin signed to any deal.

Looks like this was too good of a deal to believe and just bummed for Austin. As for about the fourth time this talented driver has a potential deal evaporate right before his eyes and left with nothing.

 

Kevin Harvick Inc. Update

KHI began their journey in the Camping World Truck Series in 2001, with a truck made in Ed Berrier's garage and driven by Kevin Harvick.

Flash forward to Kansas Speedway on Saturday, were they'll record their 200th start, when rookie Ricky Carmichael and Ron Hornaday Jr. take the green flag.

It's a great achievement for the Harvick's hard work and dedication to the Truck Series, and it would be cool to see the Goat or Horn win the race for them.

Eight years later they have a 70,000 square foot race shop, and are a championship winning truck team as they won the title in 2007 with Horn.

The team has compiled nine poles, 18 wins, 74 top fives, and 121 top 10 finishes in the Truck Series.

 

News

Entries

We'll have a full field at Kansas Speedway for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250. There are 37 drivers on the entry list and means one team will be going home.

The breakdown is 26 full-time teams, includes several teams who for now are running every race, but may change in the coming weeks to partial schedules and 11 part-time teams.

 

Notes On Kansas

First, we'll have a new points leader, when the truck teams head home from Kansas. As Rowdy due to 'Dega commitments, won't be racing in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 on Saturday afternoon at Kansas Speedway.

It's mathematically possible for drivers in second through eighth in the point standings to be leading the points.

But you can't over look the three Champions being Todd Bodine, Ron Hornaday Jr., and Mike Skinner, sitting second through fourth respectively in the point standings.

I'm pretty sure one of the three will be leading the points after the checkers falls at the finish of O'Reilly Auto parts 250 on Saturday night.

Second, in eight races at Kansas Speedway, the track has yet to produce a repeat winner.

We've seen the late Ricky Hendrick win the inaugural race as a rookie in 2001. We could see a rookie win this week with Buescher, Carmichael, Malsam, or Fitzpatrick all capable of winning.

We could see either Hornaday, Cook, or Bodine become the first two-time winner at Kansas.

Three times Kansas has produced a first-time winner, most recently Erik Darnell in 2007 and we could see another first-time winner on Saturday night.

 

Hornaday's Corner

The last two years, Horn has recorded his first wins of the season in the fourth and fifth race of the season.

This week the No. 33 KHI Chevy will be sporting a new sponsor, Copart debuts at Kansas and it's the first of five races they'll be on board.

According to Horn, the key to success at Kansas is Turn Three. It's slippery when the suns out, and the track temperature is hot. To win or get a good finish, you need to navigate the turn well and stay out of trouble.

His crew chief Rick Ren, says the No. 33 team is working on trying to remain focused on being more consistent and less on tallying the most wins.

Horn also will be racing in chassis No. 24 at Kansas, it's the same one he won with last year at the track and swept Texas. He also raced the chassis at Fontana and recorded a sixth-place finish.

 

The Rookie Chase

The Raybestos Rookie of the Year Standings after four races out of 25.

J.R. Fitzpatrick                     42

Tayler Malsam                      38

James Buescher                    38

Ricky Carmichael                   37

Johnny Sauter                      32

Chase Austin                        16

Brent Raymer                        12

Chris Jones                            5

 

The Scott Minute

B/R's Brian Scott spent the break in the Truck Series, driving for Braun Racing in the Nationwide Series.

He drove the No. 10 for the team at Nashville and Phoenix.

At Nashville, his debut, he ran a really good race, was running in the top 20 for most of the race, staying out of trouble and logging laps.

However, his No. 10 General Dollar Camry over heated, causing him to finish 25th and two laps down to the winner.

At Phoenix, he ran a really good race, stayed out of trouble, logged laps and brought home the No. 10 Great Clips Camry to a 15th place finish.

Scott's been building momentum in the Truck Series with two straight top 10 finishes.

As a rookie, Scott ran really well at Kansas Speedway, nearly factored into the finish of last year's race. He ultimately dropped back to 14th after his team used pit strategy and it didn't work to his advantage.

We could easily see Scott get his first career win at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night and be exciting to see him get that elusive first win.

 

Upcoming Races

April 25: O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on Speed at 5:30 PM the Set-Up Show and 6:00 PM Race Time. (Saturday)

May 15: North Carolina Educational Lottery 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Speed at 7:30 PM the Set-Up Show and 8:00 PM Race Time. (Friday)

May 29: AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway on Speed at 8:00 PM and note the race is tape delayed. (Friday)

 

Top Five Picks For The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250

1.) Ron Hornaday Jr.: in four races at the track, he's compiled one win, one top five, two top 10 finishes, one pole, and led 159 laps at the track.

Last year, Horn started on the pole, led 134 laps, had the fastest truck and ultimately won the race.

He'll be tough to beat, should qualify well, lead laps and record his first win in 2009, but also become the first repeat winner at Kansas.

2.) Mike Skinner: in five races at the track he's compiled four top fives, four top 10 finishes, and led 174 laps at the track.

He should qualify well, run well all day, he's hungry to get a win for Randy Moss Motorsports, should be running up front vying for the win and sure we'll see him battle Horn for the win.

3.) Rick Crawford: in eight races at the track, he's compiled three top fives, six top 10 finishes, and led 152 laps at the track.

He's hungry for a win, should be tough with a good truck, will qualify well and be their in the end vying for the win.

4.) Todd Bodine: in five races at the track, he's compiled one win, one top five, three top 10 finishes, and led 94 laps at the track.

He should qualify well, always tough regardless if his if his truck is good or not, his crew makes the difference and should be vying for the win in the final laps.

5.) Terry Cook: in eight races at the track, he's compiled one win, one top five, five top 10 finishes, and led 41 laps at the track.

He's hungry for a win, has been running well this season, needs a sponsor to keep racing, but win could keep his team in the game for some more races.

My sleeper picks, this week are Brian Scott, Colin Braun, and Chad McCumbee. All three are young talented drivers looking for their first career wins and three times Kansas has produced first-time winner and we could see it happen a fourth time.

 

Track Facts

This week it's Kansas Speedway, were the trucks have raced since 2001.

Track Info

Track Length: 1.5 miles

Race Length: 167 Laps/250.5 Miles

Banking: 15* (Corners), 10.4* (Front Stretch) and 5* (Back Stretch)

Lengths: 2,685 Feet (Front Stretch); 2,207 Feet (Back Stretch)

Seating: 81,687

Most Wins: Eight drivers tied with one win, most recently Ron Hornaday Jr. in 2008.

 

2009 Manufactures Championship Standings

Toyota            33

Chevrolet         27

Ford                16

Dodge              12

 

2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Points Standings

1.) Kyle Busch                         682

2.) Todd Bodine                       -38

3.) Ron Hornaday Jr.                 -71

4.) Mike Skinner                       -76

5.) Matt Crafton                     -121

6.) Terry Cook                        -154

7.) Johnny Benson Jr.              -167

8.) Chad McCumbee                -177

9.) Timothy Peters                  -179

10.) Rick Crawford                  -186

 

 

 

 

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