Congrats to Terry Cook on his 300th career start in the Copart.200 at the Milwaukee Mile, it's a great feat to accomplish and 281 of them are consecutive.
Roush Fenway Racingwill be leaving the Truck Series, closing the No. 6 team with Colin Braun at the end of the '09 season and no surprise there.
Appears Trip Bruce will be Brendan Gaughan's new crew chief at Rusty Wallace Racing in the No. 62 entry and this week will be with Stephen Wallace's team.
Kevin Harvick Inc. Update
First, Ricky Carmichael will be back in the No. 4 Monster Energy Drink Chevrolet at Milwaukee.
Second, Ron Hornaday will have Copart.com back onboard his No. 33 Chevy at Milwaukee.
Billy Ballew Motorsports Update
First, Aric Almirola is back driving the No. 15 truck at Milwaukee, Richie Wauters will be his crew chief and Zaxby will be on board as sponsor.
Second, Brian Ickler will be back in the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota filling in for Rowdy.
Germain Racing and Todd Bodine have announced that Copart.com has added two races to their six race deal. One being the Milwaukee Mile and the other to be announced at the race on Friday.
They are still looking for more sponsorship to add races, otherwise they won't be racing without having a sponsor on the No. 30.
SS Green Light Racing and Chad McCumbee have announced that Inthina INc. has added two additional races as sponsor for the No. 07 Chevy with it's tiwi brand and both races the team had no intension of racing without a sponsor.
Originally it was a four race deal, they've run Dover and Texas already, but still would be on Chicagoland and Las Vegas and they've added Milwaukee and Kentucky.
They may still add more races. It definitely would be exciting to see them sign up for the rest of the season and be ashamed to see McCumbee and The SS Green Light Racing team skipping races otherwise.
News and Notes
Last week, was a tough week for the defending Truck Series Champion. First losing his ride and then getting hurt in a Supermodified race at Berlin Raceway.
On Tuesday, JB was released from the hospital, which is great news for his family, friends and fans.
He suffered broken and bruised ribs in both chest quadrants, a punctured lung, a broken wrist, multiple contusions and bruises and a minor burn to his elbow.
Benson's family, credit the quick response by the safety crew, his Hans device, and the seat that cradled him from getting worse injuries. Plus, how well the Supermodified car stayed together after the hard hit to the wall.
I have watched the video of it on youtube.com and he got lucky after hitting on his driver side into the wall and this a few years ago could have been a much worse accident.
There are 34 teams entered for the Copart 200 at the Milwaukee Mile, two shy of a full field, the break down is 25 full-time teams and nine part-time teams.
GM Pulls Out
With GM pulling support in not only the Camping World Truck Series, but also the Nationwide Series, it's not going to effected trucks too badly.
Since really only KHI and Thorsports Racing were receiving any funds from GM. Most of the smaller teams get little or no help. Typically your larger teams get tech help, engines, parts and money.
But if GM, does like Ford with continuing with tech support and parts help to the teams.
You'll see a team like KHI continue to support GM, much like Circle Bar Racing has done with staying with Ford.
Honestly it will be interesting to see what KHI does, because GM can't lose the Harvicks to another manufacturer as we all know it's a matter of time before they take that leap of faith into Sprint Cup as a new team.
One thing for sure, Toyota probably will make a pitch to try to sign KHI over the off season and snap up this very talented team lead by Delana Harvick.
The Young Talent's Making Noize
Even in tough economic times, the Camping World Truck Series has remained competitive, having a fan growth spurt, it's the best show in NASCAR and the only series with a rating gain.
In two of the last three races in trucks, we've seen two first-time winners.
Last week at Michigan, Colin Braun won his first race, capitalizing on a rare mistake by Rowdy Busch, but don't think it would nave mattered because Braun would have caught and passed him. It was his first win in 35 races.
Then two weeks ago at Dover, we saw Brian Scott get his first career win surviving a race filled with right front-tire failures and took him 39 races.
Both have bright futures in NASCAR, while Scott is looking for a ride in the Nationwide Series, with Roush Fenway Racing getting out of trucks pretty sure Braun will end up sharing a ride in the Nationwide with multiple drivers.
With both Trucks running on Friday and Nationwide running on Saturday at the Milwaukee Mile, a few of the truck drivers are double dipping running in both races.
Horn of course will be driving be driving the No. 33 KHI entry in both races. While Aric Almirola will be in the BBM No. 15 in Trucks and the No. 40 Key Motorsports entry in the Nationwide.
Then Bliss will drive the No. 40 Key Motorsports entry in Trucks and in the No. 1 JFR in the Nationwide.
Lending A Hand
Colin Braun will be helping Carl Edwards at Milwaukee by running practice, qualifying, and help setting up the No. 99 Ford.
Johnny Sauter will be helping Kyle Busch at Milwaukee by running practice, qualifying, and help setting up the No. 18 Toyota.
This week Ron Hornaday will be busy at the Milwaukee Mile as he'll be racing the No. 33 Copart.com Chevrolet on Friday and then the No. 33 Jimmy Hohn's Chevrolet on Saturday in the Nationwide race.
The track is one of Horn's best in nine races, he's never finished outside the top-10.
In fact it's one of six tracks that he's completed every lap of competition in races he's entered.
In the last four races at the track, when you look at loop data statistics, he has earned 661 championship points and it's more than any other driver.
Horn will unload with a fast truck, should qualify up front and he is my pick to win the race in dominating fashion.
This week at Milwaukee, Horn will be driving chassis No. 027. In 2008, it would visit victory lane at Gateway and New Hampshire, then got rebuilt after being totalled at Phoenix and in 2009 finished second at Martinsville.
The Rookie Chase
Brian Ickler at Michigan, would win his first Raybestos Rookie of the Race, not only claim his first career pole and a career best finish of third in just his fifth start.
He ran a great race, never falling out of the top-10, had a fast truck and probably would have led at the start if he stayed on the bottom.
It was his second top five finish of the season, seems to benefit from the open book policy and team effort by Billy Ballew Motorsports.
Tayler Malsam would finish a career best sixth, collected his fourth top-10 finishes of the season and retook the lead in the standings.
Johnny Sauter qualified well, was racing a decent race when he got caught up in a multi-truck wreck and finished 16th with a truck that just wasn't as good prior to the wreck.
J.R. Fitzpatrick had a really good truck was running a really good race, till a truck slowed in front of him causing him to go low to miss them, got loose and tore the truck up finishing 21st.
Chris Jones would finish 25th, ran 21 laps before his transmission broke knocking him out of the race.
Brent Raymer would finish 30th, ran just 13 laps before a vibration knocked him out of the race.
James Buescher would be running third, would try to pass the leaders, but got loose lost it into the wall and would finish 33rd.
The 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year Standings
Tayler Malsam 98
Johnny Sauter 96
James Buescher 78
J.R. Fitzpatrick 60
Ricky Carmichael 54
Brian Ickler 41
Brent Raymer 36
Chris Jones 26
Chase Austin 16
The Scott Minute
With Scott racing with a injury, the Milwaukee Mile may just be what the doctor ordered.
Scott and his No. 16 Xpress Motorsports team are always good on the flat tracks and especially after Dover.
It has to welcoming site after a tough day in the Michigan race.
Sure we'll see Scott rebound, he's done it after Fontana and Charlotte two other races he wrecked out of and following races were good finishes.
He should have a fast truck, should qualify well, his crew will keep his Toyota having good rear grip for the corners, he'll use a lot of throttle and need to drive up through the corners.
Sure we'll see him racing either for the win or in the top five, rebounding back in the points to being in the top 10 again.
He'll be racing chassis number 134 this week, it's brand new and Milwaukee is its Maiden Voyage.
June 19: Copart 200 at The Milwaukee Mile on Speed at 8:30PM the Set-Up Show and 9:00PM Race Time. (Friday)
June 27: MemphisTravel.com 200 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts at Memphis Motorsports Park on Speed at 5:30PM the Set-Up Show and 6:00PM Race Time. (Saturday)
July 18: Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway on Speed at 6:30PM the Set-Up Show and 7:00PM Race Time. (Saturday)
Top Five Picks For the Copart 200
1.) Ron Hornaday Jr. in nine races at the track, has compiled one win, seven top fives, nine top-10 finishes, one pole, and led 199 laps.
Hornaday has never finished out of the top 10, should unload with a fast truck, qualify well, expect him to dominate the race, lead the most laps and reclaim the points lead. (How's that for climbing out on a limb.)
2.) Mike Skinner in seven races at the track, has compiled one win, two top fives, four top-10 finishes, two poles and led 251 laps.
He should have a fast truck, qualify well maybe even win the pole, be upfront and vying for the win if he's already not leading.
3.) Terry Cook in 13 races at the track, has compiled one win, two top fives, seven top-10 finishes, two poles, and led 172 laps.
He usually pretty good at the track, should qualify well, could use pit strategy to get the lead, if not already leading he could be one of the trucks vying for the win.
4.) Dennis Setzer in 12 races at the track, has compiled one win, four top fives, six top-10 finishes and led 226 laps.
He's usually good on the flat tracks, should have a good truck, qualify well, we could see his team use pit strategy to get the lead or he'll be vying for the like at Dover.
5.) Rick Crawford in 12 races at the track, has compiled three top fives, seven top-10 finishes, and led 100 laps.
He's hungry for a win, should qualify well, usually tough on the mile tracks, with or without pit strategy, he could be leading the race and have everyone chasing him for the win.
My Sleeper Pick is, Brian Scott as a rookie, he wrecked out and finished 32nd. Usually when he has a bad race, he's bounced back being tough in the next one, even with a cast or brace on his right hand and should have a good finish.
My Rookie of the Race is, Johnny Sauter, he's got the most experience at this track, but in the Nationwide Series and that experience will help him be the top rookie.
He's ran five races, one win, one top five, two top-finishes, one pole and led 166 laps.
This week it's the Milwaukee Mile, it's one of five original tracks that have been on the Camping World Truck Series schedule sine it's inaugural season in 1995.
Track Length: 1 mile
Race Length: 200 Laps/200 Miles
Banking: 9.25* (Corners); 2.5* (Straights)
Lengths: 1,265 Feet (Frontstretch); 1,265 Feet (Backstretch)
Race Winners: Johnny Benson Jr. with three wins.
Friday, June 19
11:00AM to 12:15PM [12:00PM to 1:15PM Eastern] First Practice
12:45PM to 2:00PM [1:45PM to 3:00PM Eastern] Final Practice
5:30PM [6:30PM Eastern] Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)
8:00PM [9:00PM Eastern] Race Time 200 Laps/200 Miles
2009 Manufacturers Championship Standings
2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Points Standings
1.) Matt Crafton 1,362
2.) Ron Hornaday Jr -39
3.) Mike Skinner -44
4.) Todd Bodine -97
5.) Kyle Busch -182
6.) David Starr -183
7.) Tayler Malsam -205
7.) Terry Cook -205
9.) Rick Crawford -222
10.) Chad McCumbee -231