S.M.'s Camping World Update, Issue No. 40

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S.M.'s Camping World Update, Issue No. 40

Rumors

 

TRG Motorsports may have suspended operations and crew chief Butch Hylton has left the team.

Tim Bainey Jr. will be making his Truck Series debut at Dover, driving the No. 00 Aaron's Lucky Dog Chevrolet for his family owned team.

Dennis Setzer will be back driving the No. 8 Malcolmson Construction Chevrolet at Dover.

Win-Tron Racing is a brand new team making their debut at Dover, they run three to five races and Scott Wimmer will be driving the No. 31 Wolfpack  Rental Chevrolet.

Aric Almirola will be driving the No. 15 Samsung Instinct Toyota at Texas for Billy Ballew Motorsports.

Chris Fontaine Inc. will have BDH Constructions Services will be on board with FRAXA (Fragile X Syndrome) as sponsors on the No. 84 Chevrolet at Dover, for the AAA Insurance 200 driven by Chris.

Fragile X is the most common, inherited cause of mental impairment and most common cause of autism.

Ray Hackett Racing will have a second truck at Dover, Ryan Hackett will be driving the No. 75 www.believeintomorrow.org Ford and Brandon Whitt will be driving the No. 76 www.believeintomorrow.org Ford.

Hackett has started to form a relationship with Believe In Tomorrow Children's Foundation based in Baltimore, MD, a nonprofit organization that brings comfort, joy, and help to critically ill children and their families.

At Dover they will be guests of Ray Hackett Racing, then the kids will leave painted hand prints on Hackett's No. 75 around the groups logo.

SS Green Light Racing's 2009 plan was to run Chad McCumbee in 12 to 15 races only, but with the team having such a great start, those plans have changed.

Co-Owners Ken Smith and Bobby Dotter want to run the whole season now and are looking for drivers with some sponsorship funding to come drive the No. 07 Chevrolet in the NCWTS.

The team has a long tenure in the series, it's great to see them running so well with McCumbee, limited sponsor funds, and it's too bad they haven't landed a sponsor to keep him racing full-time.

McCumbee has pledged his support to the plan, will step a side if need be, and realizes the economy has hurt the team. But he knows the team will get stronger and they'll grew from doing it.

KHI Update

First, Ricky Carmichael went to Texas Motor Speedway and took on the Fort Worth Police Department Motorcycle Unit to promote the June 5 WinStar World Casino 400 truck race.

Carmichael challenged the unit on a skills competition course, which involved the same drills given to those training to become motorcycle officers in the department.

He competed on a Suzuki RM-2450, while Officer Mike Richey was on a 2009 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide.

Carmichael won the competition by running the course in 49.733 seconds, compared to Officer Richey's time of 52.971 seconds.

He will also be named a honorary member of the Fort Worth's Police Department's Motorcycle Unit.

Second, both the No. 4 and No. 33 Chevy's will have a special decal on them in honor of Jaret's Angels at Dover.

Jaret's Angels is a family and friend support group for 10 year old Jaret Arneson, who at the age of two was diagnosed with type 1, diabetes which often is referred to as juvenile diabetes.

The group since 2000, has raised $100,000 in donations and in turn the donations go directly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

While both Horn and J.R. will be racing with Jaret's Angels decals on their trucks. Jaret will be leading his family and friends in the JDRF Walk for the Cure at Washington National Stadium.

In June, he's one of 150 children selected for the JDRF Children's Congress were they'll tell their stories to Congress in hopes of support through government-backed research funding.

 

News & Notes

Copart Inc. continues to expand it's investment in NASCAR, currently they sponsor race packages with both KHI and Germain Racing in trucks, just added KHI in the Nationwide Series and now they have added a race sponsorship.

They have reached a agreement with the Milwaukee Mile, were they will be the race sponsor for June 19, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and it's now called the Copart 200.

We'll have to wait and see, but we could see them continue to invest in the NASCAR and they could possibly become a full-time sponsor for KHI.

While I have read nothing or seen anything rumor wise, I'm thinking they will end up being the title sponsor for the East and West Series in 2010. Got the same gut feeling, when I predicted Camping World replacing Craftsman in the Truck Series.

It's Time To Listen

With the Dover International Speedway, Sprint Cup race titled the Autism Speaks 400, numerous teams and drivers in all three of NASCAR's Elite Series are showing their support over the race weekend.

Here's a list of teams and drivers who will be carrying the Autism Speaks Logo for the Friday, Camping World Truck Series's AAA Insurance 200 race.

Red Horse Racing—Johnny Benson Jr. and T.J. Bell
Germain Racing—Max Papis and Todd Bodine
Circle Bar Racing—Rick Crawford and James Buescher
Xpress Motorsports—Brian Scott
HT Motorsports—Terry Cook and David Starr. Plus Starr's truck will have the blue puzzle piece on it's hood, with "It's Time To Listen" below it and Autism.org on it's quarter panel.

Entries

There are 40 truck teams entered at Dover, for the AAA Insurance 200 and we'll have a full field of 36 trucks. Four teams will be going home after qualifying, the break down is 27 full-time teams and 12 part-time teams.

This could change if the No. 7 TRG Motorsports gets withdrawn.

Competitive Nature

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is known for it's competitive nature, it's hardest hit by the economy but they still put on NASCAR's best show.

It has a nice mix of tomorrow's stars, added in a bunch of wily veterans to the mix, then add a few drivers who found a home and are career drivers in the series.

The trucks will be racing Friday at Dover International Speedway in the AAA Insurance 200, the seventh race of 25, and it's a fan favorite.

It's the 10th race at the track, that has never produced a repeat winner, always produces great three-wide action, it's basically survival of the fits and over the years has had many exciting finishes.

Already the 2009 season has lived up to the competitive nature, that has won many fans, including my self, to passionately follow NASCAR's No. 3 Series.

After six races, we've had four different point leaders being Todd Bodine, followed by Kyle Busch, then Mike Skinner, and now Ron Hornaday.

In the point standings, 84 points separate first and second, and just 207 points separate first to 10th.

We've had five winners in six races, Kyle Busch is the only repeat winner and no surprise he's led the most laps 285 or 34 percet of a 847 laps run by the series.

With 19 races left in the truck schedule. It's like riding your favorite roller coaster, strap or buckle yourself in, it's going to be exciting ride, watching every twist and turn of the season and don't blink or you'll miss something vital.

10th Anniversary

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series celebrates it's 10th anniversary of racing at Dover's Monster Mile at the drop of the green for the AAA Insurance 200 on Friday.

The Truck Series is the No. 3 motorsports series in the U.S., the race is a signature event that kicks off Dover's spring race weekend with NASCAR.

In the 10 races, there's never been a repeat winner, it's a fan favorite and they are some of most action packed races from the drop of the green to the checker's flag.

Of course both Horn and Rowdy will be vying to become the first repeat winner, but you've got 34 drivers who don't want them to repeat.

Of course you should know who I want to win, but I'll be happy with a first-time winner and a great finish by Horn.

 

Hornaday's Corner

At Dover, Horn's the "Master of the Monster." He's a past winner, and in four races he's never finished outside the top 10.

Horn and the No. 33 KHI team find themselves leading the point standings for the first time since Phoenix last fall.

Horn at Dover, will have the VFW colors back on board as a sponsor and let's hope he collects the win for our troops past and present.

Horn—coming off of a win at Lowe's—has his fans dreaming of his Championship year in 2007.

Were he got his first win at Lowe's, then won Dover the next week, and also led Mike Skinner in the points.

No doubt Horn will be tough at the Monster Mile, his KHI team will unload a fast truck, he has momentum on his side and should be vying for the win.

At Dover, Horn will be driving chassis No. 16. It's been raced six times in 2007/2008, and it's best finish was second and worst finish is fifth.

So expect Horn to be tough all race long in the No. 33 VFW Chevrolet Silverado and he's my pick for the win Friday night. Mainly because Horn's the man on concrete tracks.

 

The Rookie Chase

the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year Standings after six races of 25.

Tayler Malsam                        62
James Buescher                      57
Johnny Sauter                        54
Ricky Carmichael                     45
J.R. Fitzpatrick                        42
Brent Raymer                          24
Chris Jones                             19
Chase Austin                           16
Brian Ickler                               8

 

The Scott Minute

B/R's Brian Scott and the No. 16 Albertson's Toyota Xpress Motorsports team will be looking to rebound from a bad day at Lowe's.

They'll be looking for a good points day, possibly even Scott's first career win, but they know Dover on the concrete is survival of the fittest.

Scott last year, ran only ran eight laps before a cut tire ended his day and resulted in a 32nd place finish.

In Scott's favor is that crew chief Jeff Hensley has three Nationwide starts at the track. He knows what Scott needs to win, that he needs a fast truck, his truck needs to turn well, and get off the corner well.

Track position is everything at Dover, it's a race were pit strategy could work on a late caution flag and result in a win.

It could favor Scott, since his team is one of a few that are willing regardless what stage the race is in to use pit strategy and if all else fails battling for the best possible finish works just as well.

 

Upcoming Races

May 29: AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway on SPEED at 8:00 PM and note the race is taped delayed. (Actual race time is 5:00 PM) (Friday)

June 5: WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on SPEED at 8:30 PM the Set-Up Show and 9:00 PM Race Time. (Friday)

June 13: Michigan 200 at Michigan International Speedway on SPEED at 1:30 PM the Set-Up Show and 2:00 PM Race Time. (Saturday)

 

Top Five Picks For The AAA Insurance 200

1.) Ron Hornaday Jr. in four races at the track, has compiled one win, three top fives, four top 10 finishes, and led 261 laps.

He's never finished out of the top 10 at the Monster Mile, qualify well even contend for the pole, always has a fast truck, runs well on concrete, and will be vying for the win Friday night.

2.) Kyle Busch in four races at the track, has compiled one win, one top five, two top 10 finishes, and led 278 laps.

He'll have a fast truck, be tough all race, should qualify well and be their in the end vying for the win. Of course unless it's a KHI truck he's chasing, since he's 0-2 trying to catch them for wins.

3.) Mike Skinner in five races at the track, has compiled one top five, four top 10 finishes, two poles, and led 108 laps.

Skinner will be tough, should qualify well maybe even win the pole, have a fast truck, and be the driver everyone is chasing for the win.

4.) Rick Crawford in nine races at the track, has compiled three top fives, six top 10 finishes, one pole, and led 182 laps.

He's hungry for a win, with a good truck, he'll be tough, needs to qualify well and could be there in the end vying for the win.

5.) Johnny Benson Jr. in four races at the track, has compiled one top five, and three top 10 finishes.

He's over due for a win, needs to qualify well, with a good truck, he could run upfront and be vying for the win late in the race.

My Sleeper Pick is Matt Crafton in eight races at the track, he's compiled one top five, three top 10 finishes, and led 31 laps.

He ran well last year finishing top five, just think he could get his second career win and first of 2009. He needs to qualify well, should be tough all day, and be there in the end vying for the win.

My Rookie of the Race pick is J.R. Fitzpatrick in his debut, KHI has given him a really good truck, it'll be fast, needs to qualify well and should get a top 10 finish.

 

Track Facts

This week it's Dover International Speedway, where the trucks have raced since 2000.

Track Information

Track Length: one-mile

Race Length: 200 Laps/200 Miles

Banking: 24* (corners); 9* (straights)

Lengths: 1,076 FT (front and back stretches)

Seating: 135,000

Race Winners: Nine drivers tied with one win, most recently Scott Speed in 2008.

 

Weekend Schedule

Thursday May 28

2:30 PM to 3:45 PM—NCWTS Practice
4:15 PM to 5:30 PM—NCWTS Final Practice

Friday May 29

10:10 AM—NCWTS qualifying starts two laps all positions and on SPEED.

5 PM—Race time, but SPEED will tape delay start to 8:00 PM.

 

2009 Manufacturers Standings

Toyota                      48
Chevrolet                   42
Ford                          24
Dodge                       18

 

2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Points Standings

1.) Ron Hornaday Jr.                          966

2.) Mike Skinner                                -84

3.) Matt Crafton                               -89

4.) Kyle Busch                                 -114

5.) Todd Bodine                               -129

6.) Terry Cook                                -180

7.) Johnny Benson Jr.                       -187

8.) Chad McCumbee                         -196

9.) Stacy Compton                          -204

10.) Brian Scott                              -207

 

Thanks to following; jayski.com, racingone.com, kevinharvickinc.com, catchfence.com, speedtv.com, and truckseries.com.

 

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