S.M.'s Camping World Update, Issue No. 41

Horn FanSenior Writer IJune 4, 2009


Ray Hackett Racing will once again at Texas and also the Michigan race have two trucks. Ryan Hackett will be in the No. 76, while Ryan Matthews in the No. 75 and both will have JandRSuppy.com on board as sponsor.

J.J. Yeley will be driving the No. 73 County Building Centers/Circle M Inspection Chevrolet, with Tagsby Racing at Texas.

GunBroker.com has all three of it's Dodge trucks on the entry list, but both the No. 21 Marc Mitchell, the No. 22 TBA driver wise and of course Jason White will be in the No. 23.

Dennis Setzer will be at Texas driving the No. 8 MRD Motorsports Chevrolet. The team will be at the next four truck races, with Setzer and without sponsor help they'll cut back to a limited schedule the rest of the season.

Billy Ballew Motorsports

First, Aric Amirola will be driving the No. 15 Samsung Instinct Toyota at Texas.
Second, Brian Ickler will be driving the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota at Texas.


KHI Update

First, Ricky Carmichael will be back driving the No. 4 Monster Energy Drink Chevrolet.  It's his sixth career start, he has two top five starts, a career best finish of eighth and he has 11 races remaining in the No. 4.

Second, Ron Hornaday has the Longhorn sponsorship on his No. 33 truck at Texas.

In other news regarding, Hornaday and his No. 33 KHI Chevrolet, he has a new sponsor that's tied into the Camping World sponsorship seat-time.

Camping World and Turtle Wax have a partnership, were products from the company will be featured in at-track Camping World stores, retail locations and on-line.

In return with the relationship, Turtle Wax will be the presenting sponsor of the New Hampshire Truck race, on Sept. 19. Plus they'll be the primary sponsor on Ron Hornaday's No. 33 at Michigan and Chicagoland.


Sponsor News

Memphis Motorsports Park has announced they finally have a title sponsor for it's June 27 Truck race and the race is now known as the Memphistravel.com 200 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts.

The Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau will take over the title sponsorship off the race and the group has a long standing work relationship with the track.

O'Reilly Auto Parts had been a title sponsor of the race, since 2002 and since becoming the Official Auto Parts Store of NASCAR they have cut back on their race sponsorships.

Strutmasters.com has announced they'll continue to sponsor Premier Racing and Timothy Peters for the rest of the 2009 season.

I think it's cool that the company has stepped up to become a full-time sponsor for both Premier Racing and Peters. It's a amazing story, the sacrifices these guys make to get to the track, with three trucks a handful of engines and out of a extra garage at one of the owners houses.

To read more about the team, do take a minute to read their story.

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News and Notes

The Champioship Battle Adds A Fourth 

Well after Dover, I've add Brian Scott as a contender for the 2009 Title in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

He joins Ron Hornaday, Mike Skinner and Matt Crafton. He sits fifth in the points 107 behind Horn and with Busch taking Texas off he'll move up in the points. 

He has the talent to compete against the past champions being Horn and Skinner, Crafton and sure with first thru 10 only 169 points separating them it will be a great battle.

Rating Gain

Speed TV announced that they had a five percent increase in the Nielsen Household Ratings for the Dover race from 2008 to 2009. It's also the third race of the five they've shown to have a rating increase from last years ratings.


This week for the WinStar Casino 400 there are only 33 teams on the entry list, but with the Nationwide at Nashville and both Cup with the ARCA Re/Max Series in Pocono it's to be expected with a weekend schedule like this.

The break down is as follows; 26 full-time teams and seven part-time teams.

Fort Worth Produces Repeat Winners

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series first started, racing at Texas in 1997 and produced eight different winners till 2002.

In 2003, Brendan Gaughan won his first race at Texas and would go onto too win four in a row at the track.

In the 10 races, since Gaughan's last win in the fall of 2004, Todd Bodine and Ron Hornaday have won six of the races.

Bodine in fact has matched Gaughan's with four wins and hopes to get his fifth Friday.

Now Hornaday was 0-10 at the track, till 2008 when he swept both the Spring and Fall races at the track.

With Kyle Busch taking off, he won't be racing at Fort Worth Friday Night. Will we see Todd Bodine get his fifth win at the track, will Hornaday get his third in a row or will Mike Skinner finally get a win at one of his best tracks.

Or Option B see another first time winner at Texas or even Option C which is Brian Scott winning back to back races.


Skinner -VS- Hornaday; Texas Style, Part Two

I'm a stats guy, one thing you learn very quickly looking at the truck stats. That either Mike Skinner or Ron Hornaday will pop up being either first or second in most categories.

And Texas loop data, since 2005 is no different as they are one and two, in every key loop data category.

Average Running Position: Skinner's 4.3 to Hornaday's 6.1

Driver Rating: Skinner's 125.1 to Hornaday's 119.9

Fastest Laps Run: Skinner's 169 to Hornaday's 161

Lap's in the Top 15 Percentage: Skinner's 96.8 percent to Hornaday's 91.2 percent

Laps Led: Hornaday's 540 to Skinner's 458.

Now Hornaday does lead Skinner in the most important stat at Texas and it's in wins. Horn has two wins, versus Skinner's none and amazing that he doesn't have one with the data numbers.


Hornaday's Corner

At Dover, Horn would suffer a blown right front on Lap 34, after starting on the pole and leading 12 laps.

He spent 157 laps behind pit wall, as he and his crew set about fixing the No. 33 that extensive right side damage. They basically put in a new right front end, replacing everything and got Horn back out.

Although he just cruised around for points, but he also picked up a position and when your a contender for the title ever point matters.

Horn will be going for three in a row at Texas. The team will bring back the truck that he swept both races with last year at the track. It's also the same chassis that he won at Lowe's with in May.

In 12 years of competing in the Camping World Truck Series, he's never won three races in a row at the same track.

His team KHI at Texas has enjoyed champion winning success in Trucks and will be looking for win No. 20, not bad for a team that's been around for eight seasons.

No doubt Horn and his No. 33 Longhorn team will unload with a fast truck, they have been doing well on the 1.5 mile tracks and have spent a lot of time working on the program.

So Horn will be back driving, chassis No. 24, like I already mentioned this chassis has won the previous three times it's been on the track.


The Rookie Chase

At Dover, Johnny Sauter would be the Raybestos Rookie of the Race at Dover. He survived the tire issue Goodyear had with it's Wrangler's at Dover, without incident and finished fifth.

Sauter ran most of the Dover race inside the top 10, had a fast truck, but during practice he corded a tire running only 18 laps and took it easy on his tires

On the last pit stop, he took only right side tires, but his truck got to tight and he'd end up with fifth in the AAA Insurance 200.

It does seem like Sauter and his crew are working better together, jelling at the right time for the summer stretch run.

It's his second time winning the award, collected his first top five and second top 10 of the season and is tied with Tayler Malsam in the rookie standings.

Now J.R. Fitzpatrick would spin after touching the apron, had slight damage to his right side, but he worked his way back to a 11th place finish.

James Buescher blew out a right front tire under caution, would stay on the lead lap, but later in the race had a fire in his truck due to the blown tire, his team would make repairs and he soldiered home 24th.

Tayler Malsam would have a tire issue, but with his teams hard work and would rebound to a 12th place finish.

Brian Ickler had a tire issue, damaged his truck, never got it working right and he'd finish 25th.


The 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year Standings

Tayler Malsam                 71

Johnny Sauter                 71

James Buescher               65

J.R. Fitzpatrick                52

Ricky Carmichael              45

Brent Raymer                  30

Chris James                    19

Chase Austin                  16

Brian Ickler                     15


The Scott Minute

We all knew it was just a matter of time before B/R's Brian Scott would celebrate in victory lane with his first win and at Dover he notched his first of many wins in NASCAR.

Heading into Texas fresh off of a win, Scott and his No. 16 Albertson's Toyota Xpress Motorsports team want nothing more than to end up in victory lane at Texas.

They'll be two steppin', firing and twirling those six guns the winner gets and celebrate a little that they finally won crew chief Jeff Hensley one of those black cowboy hats.

You might say, Scott has a slight advantage with having Hensley as his crew chief.

Hensley has dominated both qualifying sessions and had many great finishes at Texas as Mike Skinner's crew chief.

This week, Scott will race in chassis No. 52, in 2008 the truck finished second at Homestead and earlier this season at Kansas it was third.

Last year in the fall truck race, at Texas. Scott ran a great race, he would finish ninth but was running fifth when he got shuffled back and ran out of laps to get the positions back.

Now Scott has had a busy year running a full season in Trucks and four races in the Nationwide Series with Braun Racing.

It's no secret that Scott has his eye on moving up to the next level, being the Nationwide Series and we got a taste of what he could do in his four races with Braun Racing.

I won't lie, I'd love to see him race a little longer in the Truck Series, but I know this Kids loaded with talent and he's ready for the next step.

So add Brian Scott's name to your Nationwide Series silly season list.

He's been looking for a ride in that series, exploring options right now, looking for a good organization with a good base and can provide him with good equipment.

But has he already found his new home in Nationwide Series?

He did run four races with Braun Racing in 2009, could this have been a try out for a full-time ride in 2010 with the team.

I would love to see Braun Racing be that team, that gives Scott the opportunity, keep him paired with Hensley and keep the nucleus of his Xpress pit crew together.

Scott and Hensley have been together just 14 races, they won their first race together, have four top fives, nine top-10 finishes and a average finish of 10.28.

They have clicked as a pair, on one hand you have a young talent, the other a veteran brain trust.

For sure Brian Scott is getting the education of his racing life from crew chief Jeff Hensley and it's one I wish that would remain intact in the coming years.


Upcoming Races

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

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

June 19: Camping World RV Sales 200 at the Milwaukee Mile on Speed at 8:30PM the Set-Up Show and 9:00PM Race Time. (Friday)


Top Five Picks For The WinStar World Casino 400

1.) Todd Bodine in nine races at the track, has compiled four wins, six top fives, six top-10 finishes, one pole and led 122 laps.

Bodine has stumbled after a great start to the season, he's tough at Texas, should qualify well, have a decent truck and be vying for the win if he's not already leading the race.

1.) Ron Hornaday Jr in 12 races at the track, has compiled two wins, four top fives, eight top-10 finishes and led 540 laps.

He swept Texas last year, should rebound nicely after losing a tire at Dover. he'll qualify well, have a fast truck, be tough and if not already leading he will be vying for the win.

Note: Either Bodine and Horn will win, which one of these two doesn't win will be second or in the top five.

3.) Mike Skinner in 10 races at the track, has compiled six top fives, eight top-10 finishes, five poles and led 458 laps.

Skinner has done everything, but win at Texas. He's hungry for a win, should qualify well, have a decent truck, be tough all day and will be vying for the win.

4.) Dennis Setzer in 21 races at the track, has compiled two wins, six top fives, 12 top-10 finishes and led 71 laps.

He's hungry for a win, has some momentum coming off a second place finish at Dover, should qualify top 10, have a good truck, could see pit strategy used to get the lead and being a wily veteran with his experience just hang onto the lead for the win.

5.) Rick Crawford in 22 races at the track, has compiled seven top fives, 12 top-10 finishes and led 184 laps.

He's hungry for a win, would love to win at Texas for owner Tim Mitchell, should qualify well, with a good truck, should be vying for the win late in the race and could see pit strategy by the team to pull it off.

My Sleeper Pick is Brian Scott, in three races has compiled one top-10 finish. Be exciting to see him win back-to-back races, will have a fast truck, should qualify well and could be vying for the win late in the race.

My Raybestos Rookie of the race pick is James Buescher. First, Texas is his home track, second he's from Plano and his owner Tom Mitchell is from Ozona. It's a Texas thing, just think he'll turn his luck around and crack the top 10.


Track Facts

This week it's Texas Motor Speedway, were the trucks have raced since 1997.

Track Info.

Track Length: 1.5 Miles
Race Length: 167 Laps/250.5 Miles
Banking: 24* (Corners); 5* (Dogleg); 5* (Backstretch)
Lengths: 2,250 Feet (Frontstretch) & 1,330 Feet (Backstretch)
Seating: 159,505
Race Winners: Todd Bodine and Brendan Gaughan tied with four wins a piece.


Weekend Schedule

Thursday June 4

11AM -12:15PM [12PM - 1:15PM Eastern Time] Practice
12:45PM - 2:00PM [1:45PM - 3:00PM Eastern Time] Final Practice

6PM [7PM Eastern Time] Qualifying, Two laps, All Positions

Friday June 5

8PM [9PM Eastern Time] Race Start Time (167laps/250.5 Miles)


2009 Manufacturers Championship Standings

Toyota                                 57
Chevrolet                              48
Ford                                     27
Dodge                                   22


2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Points Standings

1.) Ron Hornaday Jr.                                  1056

2.) Mike Skinner                                          -27

3.) Matt Crafton                                         -29

4.) Kyle Busch                                            -56

5.) Brian Scott                                          -107

6.) Todd Bodine                                        -110

7.) Terry Cook                                          -136

8.) Chad McCumbee                                   -140

9.) David Starr                                          -153

10.) Johnny Benson Jr.                               -169


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