Duane Bischoff Racing will make it's debut in the Truck Series at Milwaukee, with Duane racing the car in five races if sponsorship is secured, and right now PartsBuddy.com is on board for the Milwaukee race.
Bischoff will drive the No. 27 Chevrolet, which he co-owns with his wife Doty and have spent the last six seasons running in the ARCA Lincoln Welder Truck Series.
They purchased two trucks from Xpress Motorsports for this endeavor. It's nice to see new teams even part-time ones joining and keeping the truck series running.
Matt Crafton and his No. 88 Menard's team are lending a hand to help Paul Menard at the May 17 ARCA Re/Max race at Toledo Speedway.
As Crafton will both practice and qualify the No. 98 entry in the Menard's 200, also his crew chief Bud Haefle will direct Menard's effort.
Ricky Carmichael will be featured in the ESPN/Disney Film, X Games in 3D and sounds like it will be a pretty cool film to see.
Carmichael's next scheduled race in the No. 4 Monster Energy Drink Chevrolet is the June 5 Texas Motor Speedway race.
Stringer Motorsports crew member Wesley Lane, allowed another party to use his NASCAR license at Kansas.
He has been suspended by NASCAR for six races in the NCWTS, all NASCAR activity till July 1 and placed on probation till Dec. 31.
To update Chrissy Wallace over the last couple of years some of the bigger teams have dropped their driver development programs and thus it's been tough with the economy for her to find a ride.
She's been at the tracks for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Re/Max Series races and has been unable to land a ride for 2009.
Germain Racing and Todd Bodine have announced that they have signed a six race sponsorship deal with Copart.com.
Copart.com will be on the No. 30 at the May 15 Charlotte race, then May 29 at Dover, June 5 at Texas, June 13 at Michigan, June 27 at Memphis and July 18 at Kentucky.
News & Notes After Kansas
Mike Skinner got owner Randy Moss his first win in NASCAR by winning the rain shortened O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway.
He led the most laps 67, took over the points lead from Rowdy Busch and holds a 25 points lead on Ron Hornaday in second.
While Busch lost the driver lead, Billy Ballew remains a top the Owner standings with the No. 51 because of Brian Ickler's fifth place finish at Kansas.
Despite all the rain at Kansas, Ron Hornaday, Johnny Benson and Brian Scott built up momentum and took advantage of Kansas.
Hornaday lead 58 laps, used pit strategy but the rain caused them to finish fourth and now sits second in the points. He would record his third top five and fifth top 10 of the season.
Johnny Benson would finish second, got his second top five and third top 10 finish of the season and now sits fifth in the points.
Brian Scott would finish third, recorded his first top five, third top 10 in a row and moved him up to seventh in the points.
With the May 16 Pennzoil Victory Challenge Burnout competition just around the corner. I thought I'd share this piece of trivia with you encase you are not aware of it yet.
Ron Hornaday introduced the burnout to NASCAR, after winning truck races and Dale Earnhardt made the first burnout in Sprint Cup after winning the 1998 Daytona 500.
Open wheel driver Alex Zanardi was the first professional driver to perform one after winning.
The Rookie Chase
While he's not in the running for the Raybestos Rookie honors, Brian Ickler was the top finishing rookie at Kansas.
Ickler filling in for Rowdy Busch driving the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota, didn't crack from all the rain delays and red flags and recorded a fifth place finish in his debut race.
He ran really well, used pit strategy, stayed out of trouble and spent most of the race inside the top 15.
His crew chief Doug George did a excellent job with Ickler, Tom Busch worked as his spotter and was a big help for him.
While he's scheduled to run nine races, it may change to more should Busch's schedule get to hectic with him running both Nationwide and Cup full-time.
Ickler had some impressive NASCAR loop data from Kansas in his first start. He had a average running position of seventh place, stayed in the top for 117 of the 132 laps run and never fell further than 19th position.
Of the Raybestos Rookies, Johnny Sauter was the top finishing rookie at Kansas finishing ninth. He had a good truck, ran well staying out of trouble, it was his first top 10 of the season and long over do.
Prior to the season starting when I say Sauter was a Raybestos Rookie. I didn't think anyone could beat him, but now I think the Kids and the Goat will hold their own against him.
In the Raybestos Rookie standings there's been a chance in the standings. With Tayler Malsam now leading the standings, the top five is separated by six points and it's shaping up to be a great battle.
The Raybestos Rookie of the Year Standings after five races of 25
Tayler Malsam 48
James Buescher 47
Johnny Sauter 45
Ricky Carmichael 45
J. R. Fitzpatrick 42
Brent Raymer 18
Chase Austin 16
Chris Jones 12
The Scott Minute
B/R's Brian Scott earned a hard fought third place finish at Kansas, had a fast truck , never fell past 11th and even lead three laps.
He's building some huge momentum as he collected his first top five, but claimed his third top ten and after Kansas he moved up five positions to seventh in the points.
His Xpress Motorsports was on the money on pit stops, when his crew chief Jeff Hensley used pit strategy it worked to Scott's advantage and only Mother Nature beat him.
Had the rain held off to run the last 35 laps, I'm pretty sure we would have seen Scott and Horn battling it out for the win and it would have been another great finish.
May 15: North Carolina Educational Lottery 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Speed at 7:30PM the Set-Up Show and 8:00PM Race Time. (Friday)
May 29: AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway on Speed at 8:00PM and note the race is taped delayed. (Friday)
June 5: WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on Speed at 8:30PM the Set-Up Show and 9:00PM Race Time. (Friday)
2009 Manufactures Championship Standings
2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Points Standings
1.) Mike Skinner 801
2.) Ron Hornaday -25
3.) Todd Bodine -57
4.) Matt Crafton -94
5.) Johnny Benson -116
6.) Kyle Busch -119
7.) Brian Scott -142
8.) Chad McCumbee -154
9.) Terry Cook -170
10.) Stacy Compton -177
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