The Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series are off on there own this weekend in Milwaukee, Wisc. for the NorthernTool.com 250 and the Copart 200 while the Cup teams are off turning right in Sonoma.
So, who are going to be the drivers and teams to watch on Friday and Saturday night on the one-mile flat track? Well, let's take a quick look at three teams from each series to watch.
Camping World Truck Series (Copart 200)
Ron Hornaday Jr.
Hornaday Jr. currently sits second in the points rundown and is chasing his fourth overall series championship and the second for his current team, Kevin Harvick Incorporated. He and his No. 33 team have been consistent all season, minus the races at Dover and Texas, and has led laps in every race except for California.
Hornaday currently sits 39 points behind current leader Matt Crafton, and this weekend could be the best opportunity for him to eliminate that deficit and keep this title battle close. In 2008, Hornaday not only had a good performance in qualifying, sixth, but he was able to stay in the top ten all day and finished in the seventh position.
Flat, short track with difficult corners? Sounds like every track Timothy Peters grew up on while climbing up the racing ladder in Virginia and North Carolina. Also, the recent move out of his two-car garage in Danville, Va., and into the Red Horse Racing stable has got to be a huge load off the young man's mind.
In his first race with his new team, Peters was able to get his third top-10 of the season with an eighth-place finish at Michigan. The top 10 in points is within Peters' reach, and this weekend could just be his chance to get there. Peters did not compete in the 2008 race at Milwaukee.
This kid has been nothing but impressive every time he has gotten behind the wheel in 2009 by being competitive in each of his starts in the Camping World East, ARCA and Camping World Truck Series. Last week at the big track in Michigan, Ickler brought his No. 15 BBM Toyota home in the third position behind teammate Kyle Busch and race winner Colin Braun.
Nationwide Series(NothernTool.com 250)
Only two Cup series drivers are going to make the trek from California to Wisconsin on Saturday to compete in this race—Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards.
The 2008 polesitter is back for more this weekend and will look to improve upon his eighth-place finish last season as he continues to climb his way up the points, chopping away at the deficit between him and leaders Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards. Keselowski is currently the highest full-time Nationwide driver without a full-time Cup ride in the point standings.
Keselowski led 25 of the 202 laps ran last summer, but unfortunately for him, they were not the last 25 laps—the ones the young JR Motorsports driver will look to lead on Saturday night when the green drops over the Nationwide Series.
With Joey Logano looking for more road course seat time this weekend in the Camping World West Series, Coleman gets a much-deserved start this weekend at the short track in Milwaukee. Coleman only has one start the season, but made the most of it with a fourth-place qualifying effort and a tenth-place performance at Nashville.
This week, Coleman will climb into the race winning car from Kentucky and have a great shot to take that team back to victory lane and improve upon his 25th-place performance from 2008.
Busch has been the model of consistency in the 2009 Nationwide Series, including last weekend's runner-up performance to teammate Joey Logano. Although Busch skipped this race in 2008, that is only more motivation for the young driver to put it all on the line to take home the trophy and pad points onto his lead over Carl Edwards.
Milwaukee is a track where corner entry and exit is pivotal to having a good performance ,and those are the kind of tracks where a driver like Busch typically will excel at. Johnny Sauter will be in the No. 18 car, shaking it down in the morning practice sessions while Busch is practicing in Sonoma.