Congrats to Randy Moss Motorsports, as at Kentucky, the team marks its first anniversary since Randy Moss came on board as a co—owner.
Chad McCumbee will be back driving the No. 07 SS Green Light Racing and will have Tiwi on board at Kentucky.
Ryan Sieg will be driving the No. 39 Sieg Racing Chevrolet at Kentucky and he's a rookie candidate in 2010.
Shane Sieg will be driving the No. 93 Chevrolet at Kentucky, for Pam Sieg and this is a brand new team.
Dillion Oliver will be back driving the No. 02 Piranha Water/Potencia Energy Drink Chevrolet at Kentucky.
J.J. Yeley will be driving the No. 73 County Building Centers Chevrolet at Kentucky for Tagsby Racing.
Billy Ballew Motorsports Update
First, Aric Almirola will be back driving the No. 15 RedTop Auto Auction Toyota at Kentucky.
Second, Brian Ickler will be driving the No. 51 RedTop Auto Auction Toyota at Kentucky and he'll also run the ARCA Re/Max Series race.
News and Notes
At Kentucky, there are 39 trucks entered to race Saturday night in the Built Ford Tough 225 and we'll see a full field of 36 trucks.
Three trucks will be going home with no withdrawals prior to qualifying on Saturday. The break down is 24 full—time teams and 15 part—time teams.
Memphis Motorsports Park Sale Update
For the second time this year, Memphis Motorsports Park has extended the closing date allowing Gulf Coast Entertainment to get financing to purchase the track for a reported $10 million.
Originally the closing date was April, this was initially extended to June 29 and now to September 29.
Gulf Coast Entertainment has yet to break ground on the Alabama, looks like they are still trying to put together investments from investors and it doesn't look like the deal with Dover Motorsports will happen.
Kentucky Speedway (No Repeat Winners)
Kentucky Speedway is one of three tracks currently on the Truck Series schedule that has yet to produce a repeat winner.
Saturday's race will mark the 10th at the track, where both veterans and first—time winners have visited victory lane.
There are three previous winners in the field; Dennis Setzer, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Mike Skinner and they all want to be the first repeat winner.
Regarding Horn, not only is he trying to be the first repeat winner, but also the second driver to win three in a row with Kentucky in the mix.
JB did it first last year, winning at Kentucky, then ORP and Nashville. While Horn has won already at Milwaukee and Memphis.
Kentucky's Race Date May Change
We may see the Kentucky race date change, as the track is in the process of compiling the 2010 race schedule.
Owner Bruton Smith would like to schedule events where they pair two major events together on the same weekend and avoid stand—alone races.
This year both the first ARCA Re/Max race in May, then the Nationwide race in June were both ran as stand—alone events.
Right now, Trucks are paired with ARCA Re/Max Series on July 18 as a doubleheader.
They have the Indy Car paired up with the Firestone Indy light Series on August 1 as a doubleheader.
So it will be interesting to see when NASCAR releases the 2010 Camping World Truck Series schedule just where the Kentucky race sits on the schedule.
As to the changes, what's gone, what's been added, but I'm sure it's safe to say it will be a 25 race schedule.
With the trucks racing at Kentucky on Saturday. Ron Hornaday will be making a special visit to the Swedish Match manufacturing facility in Owensboro, KY.
He'll tour the facility, work on the line as they make the Longhorn brand, meet employees, take pictures and sign autographs.
Damn, my paying job's the wrong one, it'd be sweet to meet him like that.
Horn rolls into Sparta, having led 355 of the last 401 laps in the last two truck races and he has got to be a favorite at the bluegrass oval.
He leads the following lap data statistics in the following categories; highest average starting position of 3.0, has 278 fastest laps run, a driver rating of 121.9 of 150 and is second to Matt Crafton in finishing position 7.1-7.2.
Horn should fair well at Kentucky; it's a fast track, has two grooves and unload with a fast truck.
His crew lead by crew chief Rick Ren have been on the money with the changes they've made during the practice sessions with it being another heat sensitive track.
We could see another dominating performance by Horn, who is possibly on the way to become the first repeat winner at Kentucky.
He'll be racing chassis No. 029, it's a brand new one with no laps on the race track, but it's shown promise testing in the wind tunnel and Horn will break it in the right way via victory lane.
The Rookie Chase
1.) Tayler Malsam 120
2.) Johnny Sauter 119
3.) James Buescher 102
4.) Ricky Carmichael 70
5.) J.R. Fitzpatrick 69
6.) Brian Ickler 59
7.) Brent Raymer 41
8.) Chris Jones 32
9.) Chase Austin 16
The Scott Minute
B/R's Brian Scott cast and all, his No. 16 Albertson's Toyota/Xpress Motorsports are on a roll, riding a wave of momentum with a win, a second and a third place finish in the last five races.
Scott finds himself sixth in the points, 14 points out of the top five and heads into Kentucky with an ace up his sleeve in crew chief Jeff Hensley.
Hensley has had great success at Kentucky with Mike Skinner recording a win, never finishing out of the top five in three races.
Sure we'll see Scott with a fast truck, qualifying well, his team will help him over come the disadvantage of wearing a cast on his right—hand and we'll see him with one of the leaders vying for the win.
Scott attributes his teams' success with the following comments and, it's rare to see a 21 year old driver understand something that takes others years to figure out.
"One person does not make the team," Scott claims. "It is a true team effort. I think after breaking my wrist at Michigan it really shows just how strong our team is."
"The fact that I am not able to be physically 100 percent with a broken wrist and yet we still have performed at a high level reveals a lot about the character of the team."
"It really takes a lot more effort from everyone and it reflects the whole team unit more so than just an individual."
"Being able to post two top three finishes and being in contention to win at Memphis illustrates how strong we have been."
"I think that shows the strength of everybody on the team."
"I hope everyone on the team can see the effects of all the hard work that they put in and how much that translates into success, that it is not just the driver."
If you're not yet a Brian Scott fan, you should be, because this kid's just starting his NASCAR career in the Camping World Truck Series and he's already thinking like a veteran.
He'll be racing chassis No. 52, it's the fourth race this season for the chassis and its best finish was third at Kansas.
July 18: Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway on Speed at 6:30PM the Set-Up Show and 7:00PM Race Time (Saturday).
July 24: NASCAR Camping World 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park on Speed at 7:30PM the Set-Up Show and 8:00PM Race Time (Friday).
August 1: Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on Speed at 7:30PM the Set-Up Show and 8:00PM Race Time (Saturday).
This week it's Kentucky Speedway. The tracks have raced there since 2000, it is one of my favorite tracks and eventually my home track.
Track Length: 1.5 miles
Race Length: 150 Laps/225 Miles
Banking: 14 degrees (Corners), eight degrees (Frontstretch) and four degrees (Backstretch)
Length: 1,662 Feet (Frontstretch) and 1,600 Feet (Backstretch)
Race Winners: Nice drivers tied with one win a piece, Johnny Benson Jr being the most recent winner in 2008.
July 17, Friday
3:15PM to 4:50PM - First Practice
6:30PM to 7:30PM - Final Practice
July 18, Saturday
3:30PM - Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)
7:00PM - Race start (150 Laps/225 Miles)
2009 Manufacturers Championship Standings
2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Points Standings
1.) DeLand Harvick No. 33 1,713
2.) Billy Ballew No. 51 -31
3.) Rhonda Thorson No. 88 -76
4.) David Dollar No. 5 -134
5.) Steve Germain No. 30 -149
6.) Jim Harris No. 24 -231
7.) Joe Scott No. 16 -245
8.) Tom Deloach No. 17 -269
9.) Randy Moss No. 81 -295
10.) Sharon Harris No. 25 -298
2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Points Standings
1.) Ron Hornaday Jr. 1,713
2.) Matt Crafton -76
3.) Mike Skinner -134
4.) Todd Bodine -149
5.) David Starr -231
6.) Brian Scott -245
7.) Tayler Malsam -295
8.) Terry Cook -298
9.) Rick Crawford -316
10.) Colin Braun -332
Sources: kevinharvickinc.com, xms16.com, jayski.com, truckseries.com, nascar.com, catchfence.com and speedtv.com.
Photo Credit: Zimbio.com