NASCAR just announced the penalty to the rules infraction with KHI rearhousing on the No. 33 truck driven by Ron Hornaday Jr.
Neither DeLana Harvick or Ron Hornaday were penalized. Crew Chief Rick Ren was accessed a $5,000 dollar fine and placed on probation 'til Dec. 31.
Johnny Benson Jr. Update
JB had surgery on Monday to repair his grade four shoulder separation at 8:00AM. His surgery was a success it lasted two-and-one-half hours, he's on pain block that will keep him comfortable 'til Thursday.
Then he'll start physical therapy next week.
Ricky Carmichael will be competing in the X-Games next week, in the Best Whip competition and will defend his 2008 Gold Medal in the Step-Up competition.
He's a two-time X-Game's Gold medalist and will be competing on his Suzuki.
Tim Bainey Jr. will be back driving the No. 00 Aaron's Lucky Dog Truck Chevrolet, for his family owned team at O'Reilly Raceway Park.
It's his second of five starts this season, in his debut at Dover he had a 15th place finish and is looking to do the same at ORP.
Be exciting to see how he does, since he'll be a Raybestos Rookie candidate in 2010 and will make a nice addition to the CWTS.
Red Horse Racing will have Caitlin Shaw making his debut in the No. 1 Toyota at O'reilly Raceway Park.
She comes from a open wheel background, but has been racing in the Whelen All-American Series in the No. 12 Late Model car to gain approval for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Shaw also races in the USAC National Series. Bill Venturini will be her crew chief and his ARCA Re/Max team will serve as pit crew.
She'll have the following sponsors on board the No. 1 truck; Sparco USA, Toyota Racing Development, GirlRacer.co.uk, Community Healthcare Services, Piloti Driving Shoes, Calico Coatings, Racing Radios and K&N Engineering.
Looks like this maybe just a one race deal, but it will be exciting to see what Shaw can do in the Trucks and maybe a good showing will turn into something more.
Billy Ballew Update
First, the "Rowdy One" is back this week racing in the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts/RedTop Auto Auction Toyota.
Second, Aric Almirola will be driving the No. 15 RedTop Auto Auction Toyota.
The Sept. 12: Gateway International Raceway race has been renamed the Copart 200, after a agreement was worked out by Camping World and Copart.
News & Notes
At Indy, there are 34 Trucks entered for Friday nights AAA Insurance 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park and it'll be two trucks shy of a full field.
The breakdown is, 25 full-time teams and nine part-time teams.
Double File Restarts
NASCAR will be making a announcement this Friday, at O'Reilly Raceway Park regarding when the Camping World Truck Series will start doing the double-file restarts.
It's a double duty weekend for Ron Hornaday Jr at O'Reilly Raceway Park as he'll drive the No. 33 in both the Trucks and Nationwide races.
On Friday, he'll have the VFW on-board his No. 33 Silverado as he bids to become the series first driver to win four races in a row.
Then on Saturday, he'll be driving the No. 33 Vlasic Pickles Chevrolet in the Nationwide race in the Kroger 200 and he'll be driving the chassis that Happy won with at Bristol.
(I'm working on a separate article about him poised to put his name in the record book, as the first driver in Trucks to win four races in a row and a Nationwide preview.)
The Rookie Chase
Ricky Carmichael was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race at Kentucky with a seventh place finish.
He started third, ran a great race, didn't beat himself, battled back from being a lap down due to a green flag pit stop and earned a top-10 finish.
It was his second top-10 finish of the season, his best finish in the last nine races and claimed his second top rookie honors of the season.
James Buescher over came a ill handling truck, got a Aaron's Lucky Dog, stayed out of trouble drove through a few wrecks, earned a hard fought eighth place finish and recorded his second top-10 finish of the season.
Tayler Malsam ran a great race, had a fast truck, had a truck that could have won the race, led 12 laps and late in the race cut a tire ultimately finishing 13th.
Brian Ickler ran a great race, even led a lap, spent the majority of the race inside the top-10, made a mistake jumping the restart which put him to the tail end of the longest line and would ultimately lead to him getting caught up in someone else's wreck finishing in 21st place.
Johnny Sauter ran top 15 most of the race, just never got his truck to his liking, and lost a engine finishing 22nd.
The 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year Points Standings
Tayler Malsam 129
Johnny Sauter 126
James Buescher 115
Ricky Carmichael 85
Brian Ickler 67
J.R. Fitzpatrick 60
Brent Raymer 45
Chris Jones 38
Chase Austin 16
Ryan Hackett 5
The Scott Minute
B/R's Brian Scott is the new "Tough Guy" in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
He hasn't let the cast on his right hand make him miss a beat and it seems like momentnum's riding shotgun with him.
Scott's been on a tear, since winning his first race at Dover in trucks.
He's been on a roll, collecting two top three finishes and over came adversity to get a sixth place finish at Kentucky.
Scott sits fifth in the driver points, he's posed to be serious contender for the title all the way to Homestead.
It seems like this Kid's just motivated by his cast and doesn't use it as a excuse.
Enough can't be said, about his Xpress Motorsports team as they are one of the best teams on pit road and they have earned there driver's respect.
Which speaks volumes of the quality of a driver this Kid is, he's special, and it's definitely going to rejuvenate my interest in Cup as he climbs the ladder in NASCAR.
"Really, this finish is just a testament to the determination of this Xpress Motorsports team," said Scott following his most recent outing."
"These guys hung in there and worked their tails off every pit stop to try and get our truck competitive and get me a decent finish. I can't say enough about their efforts."
He should have a fast truck at ORP, should qualify well, we could see himuse pit strategy to get up front since track position on the one groove track is important and battle it out for a hard fought win.
He'll be racing chassis No. 133, it's been raced twice this season to a second at Memphis and eighth at Martinsville.
July 24: AAA Insurance 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park on Speed at 7:30PM the Set-Up Show and 8:00 PM Race Time (Friday).
Aug. 1: Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on Speed at 7:30PM the Set-Up Show and 8:00 PM Race Time (Saturday).
August 19: O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Speed at 7:30PM the Set-Up Show and 8:00 PM Race Time (Yep, Wednesday, it's not a typo remember to take the night off from work if your like me working second shift. I already have.).
This week it's O'reilly Raceway Park were the trucks have been racing since 1995, it's one of the five original tracks left on the schedule.
Track Lengths: .686 Mile
Race Lengths: 200 Laps/137.2 Miles
Banking: 7.5* (Corners); 2* (Straightaways)
Lengths: 699 Feet (Both the frontstretch and backstretch)
Seating: Believe it to be around 60,000.
Race Winners: Mike Skinner, Ron Hornaday Jr., and Jack Sprague tied with two wins a piece.
Friday, July 24
11:00AM to 12:15PM - First Practice
12:45PM to 2:00PM - Final Practice
5:00PM - Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)
7:30PM - Pre-race
8:00PM - Race Start (200 Laps/137.2 Miles)
2009 Manufacturers Championship Standings
2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Points Standings
1.) DeLana Harvick No. 33 1,903
2.) Rhonda Thorson No. 88 -96
3.) Billy Ballew No. 51 -116
4.) David Dollar No. 5 -154
5.) Steve Germain No. 30 -214
6.) Joe Scott No. 16 -280
7.) Jim Harris Jr. No. 24 -283
8.) Tom Deloach No. 17 -299
9.) Randy Moss No. 81 -356
10.) Sharon Harris No. 25 -370
2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Points Standings
1.) Ron Hornaday Jr. 1,903
2.) Matt Crafton -96
3.) Mike Skinner -154
4.) Todd Bodine -214
5.) Brian Scott -280
6.) David Starr -283
7.) Tayler Malsam -356
8.) Terry Cook -370
9.) Dennis Setzer -390
10.) Rick Crawford -394
Sources: kevinharvickinc.com, xms16.com, nascar.com, jayski.com, truckseries.com, and catchfence.com.
Photo Credit: sports.yahoo.com
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