S.M.'s Camping World Update, Issue No. 38

Horn FanSenior Writer IMay 14, 2009


HT Motorsports and Terry Cook have announced they've added Canjun Industries as a co-primary sponsor to the No. 25 Toyota for the rest of the season.

Lafferty Motorsports announced they've picked up both Horizon Computer Systems and Blue-Ox as sponsors for the No. 89 entry at Lowe's and Nick Tucker will be driving.

David Gilliland will be driving the No. 7 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Dennis Setzer will be back driving the No. 8 Malcolmson Construction Chevrolet at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Randy Moss Motorsports and Mike Skinner have announced that Exide Batteries has added seven additional races they'll sponsor Skinner and be an associate sponsor on both RMM trucks for the remainder of the season.

Here's the schedule of races they'll sponsor the No. 5; June 27 at Memphis, July 24 at ORP, Aug. 19 at Bristol, Sept. 19 at Loudon, Nov. 6 at Texas, Nov. 13 at Phoenix and Nov. 20 at Homestead.

Zachry Holdings, who sponsor David Starr in the No. 24 HT Motorsports Toyota are using the race tracks the series races at as recruiting stations.

The company uses the fan walk areas to catch the eye of potential employees, to locate skilled employees to work for the company, put people back to work and create unity among their current work force.

Zachry even in a economic downturn, they have current job sites in nearly 40 states and pretty cool to see them use their sponsorship this way. It's a win win situation for race fans looking for work and enables them to find the skill employees they need.

If your going to the North Carolina Educational Lottery 200 at Lowe's, looking for a job or want to land a better job.

Look in the fan walk area at Lowe's, for the brightly-colored tents and the authentic Zachry Show Truck.

There recruitment professionals will walk fans through potential employment opportunities, paperwork and answer your questions.


Kevin Harvick Inc. Update

At Lowe's Horn will have Ryan Newman as a teammate, in the No. 4 Charter Silverado.

Horn will Longhorn on board the No. 33 Chevrolet at Lowe's

Also KHI has made a crew chief change with the No. 4 team. As John Monsam will be taking over the duties, he'll work with KHI's Nationwide teams crew chief Ernie Cope at Lowe's and will assume the role at Dover the next race on the schedule after Lowe's.


Billy Ballew Motorsports

First, Kyle Busch is back in the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota.

second, BBM has announced they have signed Samsung Mobile to a four race deal for it's No. 15 truck and as a associate sponsor on the No. 51.

Now the good news is, rookie Brian Ickler will be driving the truck in three of these races and Ryan Lawler in one race.

So Ickler will be driving the No. 15 at Lowe's, then at Dover International Raceway on May 29 and Michigan International Speedway on June 13.

Now Lawler will drive the June 5, race at Texas as Ickler will be in the No. 51 truck that weekend.

I like this move, hopefully he'll land more sponsorship deal like this and let Ickler drive the No. 15 gaining valuable seat time.

Third, in it's 14 year history BBM, has never had a third truck, but that has all changed at Lowe's.

As they have formed a joint venture with RAB Racing and will field John Wes Townley in the No. 09 Zaxby's Toyota in a third truck.


News and Notes Prior to Lowe's


At Lowe's 39 teams are entered in the race, means it's a full field with 36 trucks and three teams will go home.

Only 24 teams have guaranteed starting spots and 12 drivers will have to make the race on speed.

The breakdown is 27 full-time teams and 12 part-time teams.

Under the Spotlight

With it being All-Star weekend in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series at Lowe's Motor Speedway and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will be the opening event of the gala's two weeks at Lowe's.

The CWTS will race Friday night under the light for the North Carolina Educational Lottery 200 and they'll open up the weekend in fitting fashion.

As they battle it out, from the drop of the green to the wave of the checkers it's going to be a great race and it's always awesome to see the truck's racing at Lowe's.

"It's a big event for us because we're in front of our home crowd since most of the teams are based in the area," said Delana Harvick.

"Running well in front of your friends and family only adds to the pressure these guys put on themselves each week."

"It's always nice to race close to home, and we've been fortunate enough to experience victory lane at Lowe's Motor Speedway."

Pole Sitter Blues

The Keystone Light Pole winner in six tries at Lowe's Motor Speedway has yet to win the race.

In five races the winner has come seventh or deeper in the field. Ironic it's Kyle Busch who has the best and worst qualifying  effort at Lowe's.

In 2005 he qualified third, a year later in 2006 he qualified 20th in his two wins at the track.

Lowe's Statistically

While Toyota leads most of the stats at Lowe's, it Chevrolet that owes victory lane and they have setup camp their.

Chevy has won the last five races at the track and won races with four different drivers.

They've done it even with loop data showing Toyota is ahead of them manufacture wise at Lowe's.

Chevrolet since 2005 at Lowes, have a driver rating of 67.7 percent, average running position of 20.2, a average of 33.1 percent for laps run in the top 15 and run 162 fastest laps.

While Toyota over the same period, has a driver rating of 82.2 percent, average running position of 16.0, a average of 52.8 percent for laps run in the top 15 and run 130 fastest laps.

But the deceiving thing with these stats are the last four years Chevrolet run 55 trucks to Toyota's 38 trucks.

While the media likes to hype up what Toyota's done the last couple of years dominating trucks.

I'm guessing they forgot the domination Chevrolet has had in the truck series and let them put together seven more years then you can talk.

This year stat wise, remove Kyle Busch from the equation and it's a pretty even field between the manufacturer's.

Battle Of Ages

In Truck Series history, eight races have been won by a driver older than 50 years and it's a dead heat with both Hornaday and Skinner having four wins a piece.

Statistically in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, were don't Horn and Skinner not show up at.

Can you image poor kevin and Delana Harvick if they were teammates. It sure would be a sweet deal for the fans of KHI to see and enjoy.

Another First-Time Winner

Last year, Matt Crafton got his first career win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Lowe's.

Could we see another first-time winner this season at Lowe's. Sure the media lists both Colin Braun, T.J. Bell and Chad McCumbee based on loop data, but they missed a few names.

Let's first add Brian Scott to the above names three straight finishes in the top ten puts him ahead of them and third at Kansas. Yes we could see him win at Lowe's.

Now I'm a fan of the young talent, so it's not surprising that I would think we could see any of these three rookies win at LMS.

James Buescher, Tayler Malsam or Brian Ickler could win at Lowe's, all three are loaded with talent, all three are paired with veteran crew chiefs and veteran drivers and it's going to come down who wins to decide the Raybestos title this year.

It's All-Star weekend what better way to show up the Stars of Sprint Cup by seeing a rookie win.

And we could just see that wily veteran Ron Hornaday win his first race of 2009 .


Hornaday's Corner

So far in 2009, Ron Hornaday hasn't visited Victory lane or saluted the fans with one of his signature burnouts.

While he is going four his fourth series championship, wins are important for title runs, but don't panic yet as Rick Ren his crew chief said a couple of weeks ago they are trying to be more consistent.

In Horn's nine full-time seasons, only twice has he's gone this far into the season without a win and the most recent time was 2007.

Were he won at Lowe's, in the sixth race and by season's end he claimed his third title.

"Winning at Lowe's in 2007 was definitely a career milestone for Rick Ren (crew chief) and I," said Hornaday.

"Neither of us had ever been able to win at our home track. It meant so much and I'm glad that win was part of our KHI championship season."

Friday's night race, we could see Horn and his No. 33 team break through to victory lane, his fans know just how eager they are to see him do it and we know Horn's itching to do one of his signature burnouts.

"I really hate the fact that we have not been able to put the No. 33 truck into victory lane this season," he said.

"We are very hungry. Our team has brought some incredible trucks to the race track so far this season. We have been there every week."

We are entering the time of the season were Horn and the No. 33 team come alive and they'll be tallying the wins column a lot.

Lastly, as for the Championship, you'll have to wait till Phoenix in the fall before I'll even talk about championship No. 4 for Horn.


The Rookie Chase

Just three points separate the top four contenders in the Raybestos Rookie standing's. It's shaping up to be the closest contest in the in the 13 years Raybestos has been part of the award.

The Raybestos Rokkie of the year Standings after 5 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 and his No. 16 Albertson's Xpress Motorsports team are on a roll with two straight top-10, then a top five finish and very hunger to get that elusive first win.

We could see Scott battle for his first career win at Lowe's in the North Carolina Educational Lottery 200 and it would be very cool to see.

It's amazing what the team has accomplished so far this season.

When you consider it's the best of Bill Davis Racing and Xpress Motorsports meshed together working on the No.16 Toyota and he's been racing a fleet of brand new trucks.

Each race when they unload, Scott's gota fast truck, he's quailified well and his biggest asset is crew chief Jeff Hensley.

Through their hard work and dedication they've made the both Scott and the No. 16 Toyota one of the contenders this year and they are close to reaping the reward.

Getting that elusive first win. 


Upcoming Races

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 at 8:30PM the Set-up Show and 9:00PM Race Time. (Friday)


Top Five Picks For The North Carolina Educational Lottery 200

1.) Ron Hornaday Jr. in four races at the track, he's compiled one win, two top-five, two top-10 finishes and led 99 laps.

He's hungry for a win, the No. 33 KHI team will unload a stout truck, should qualify well, always runs well at the track and we could see him vying for the win.

2.) Matt Crafton in six races at the track, he's compiled one win, one top-five, six top-10 finishes and led 18 laps.

Crafton in six races, he hasn't finished worse than ninth at Lowe's and he's also the defending race winner.

He'll qualify well, always runs well, and should be their in the end vying for the win.

3.) Kyle Busch in four races at the track, he's compiled two wins, two top-five, three top-10 finishes, one pole and led 259 laps.

He should qualify well, hungry to get Toyota a win at Lowe's since his two prior wins came in a Silverado.

Rowdy will be tough all race, he's also racing in his favorite truck one which he's a massed nine wins in, and  if not leading he'll be vying for the win in the end.

4.) Mike Skinner in five races at the track, he's compiled two top-10 finishes, three poles and led 101 laps.

What a year Skinner has has so far, guess new surrounding's can rejuvenate your career. Sure he'll qualify well, hungry to win at Lowe's, and be tough all race long vying for the win.

5.) Chad McCumbee in three races at the track, he's compiled one top-10 finishes and lead three laps.

By picking him, I'm thinking of last year when we saw a first-time winner at Lowe's.

He's been having a great season, his crew has used pit strategy gaining him valuable track position and we could see them late in the race use it and steal a win.

My sleeper picks, are Brian Scott and James Buescher. Both are young talent, with very bright futures and also looking for their first wins in trucks.

Track Facts

This week it's Lowes Motor Speedway, were the trucks have raced since 2003.

Track Information

Track Lengths: 1.5 Miles

Race Length: 134 Laps/201 Miles

Banking: 24* (Corners), 5* (Straightaways)

Lengths: 1,952 Feet (Front Stretch); 1,360 Feet (Back Stretch)

Seating: 171,000

Most Wins: Kyle Busch with two wins in a Chevrolet Silverado in 2005 and 2006.


2009 Manufactures Championship Standings

Toyota                    42

Chevrolet                 33

Ford                        20

Dodge                      15


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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