Congratulations to Ron Hornaday Jr, crew chief Rick Ren, his No. 33 pit crew, the entire KHI team, Kevin and Delana Harvick for making history at O'Reilly Raceway Park in the Truck Series becoming it's first-time four race winner.
Jason Young, will be back driving the No. 07 SS Green Light Racing at Nashville, and his sponsor has yet to be announced.
Rob Fuller Motorsports, announced they plan to run four more races this season. They plan to run Loudon, Martinsville, Talladega, and Phoenix, with both Rob Fuller and Rob Richardson Jr. sharing the driving.
They'll race the No. 71 Chevrolet, when Fuller is driving Draco will be the sponsor and Richardson Jr. when driving will have Mahindra as sponsor.
NASCAR, has approved Tommy Joe Martins to race at Nashville Superspeedway, based on his performance last week at O'Reilly Raceway Park and he'll be driving the No. 44 Martins Racing Ford.
Ryan Sieg, will be back driving the No. 39 RMS South Inc. Chevrolet at Nashville.
Shane Sieg, will be back driving the No. 93 S&W Services Chevrolet at Nashville.
First, either Aric Almirola or Blake Feese will be driving the No. 15 Toyota at Nashville.
Second, Travis Kvapil will be driving the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts and Casino Chevrolet at Nashville.
First, J.R. Fitzpatrick will be back in the No. 4 Chevrolet, the sponsor is TBA at Nashville.
Second, Horn will have Longhorn on his No. 33, at Nashville. It's "drive for Five" as Horn tries to raise the bar winning a record setting fifth race in a row.
Randy Moss Motorsportsannounced they have added PC Miller Navigator as a sponsor for Mike Skinner in a multiple race deal.
They will be on board Skinner's No. 5 Toyota at Nashville Superspeedway and the remaining races will be announced in the future.
Germain Racing has had Ventrilo, one of Todd Bodine's sponsors has add the Nashville race to it's existing sponsorship deal with the team.
News & Notes
At Nashville, there are 33 trucks entered for Saturday nights Toyota Tundra 200 race at Nashville Superspeedway and it'll be three trucks shy of a full field.
The breakdown is 25 full-time teams and eight part-time teams.
No Guitar Smashing
With the trucks at Nashville Superspeedway, we'll see one of the more unique trophies in NASCAR, and one of my favorites awarded again on Saturday night to the race winner.
With drivers like Ron Hornaday Jr., Brian Scott, Mike Skinner, Todd Bodine, Matt Crafton, Rick Crawford, to name a few.
Or maybe just just saying everybody, but Travis Kvapil wants to get there hands on their first Gibson Les Paul Guitar's and it's safe to say that smashing it isn't on there list.
But being a Truck race, maybe we'll see the winner doing this with the trophy.
1.) Pull out a sharpie for Sam Bass to autograph the guitar.
2.) Play "air" guitar with it.
3.) One of the youngsters, will pull out a amp and start playing in victory lane.
4.) One of the wily veterans will do a Elvis impersonation with it in victory lane.
This week for Ron Hornaday Jr., it's the "Drive for Five" at Nashville and to get a Gibson Les Paul Guitar for winning Saturday night's race.
Last week, Horn made history in trucks becoming the first in the series to win four races in a row.
His crew chief Rick Ren is tied with Dennis Conner as the winningest crew chief in trucks with 26 wins a piece. Interestingly Ren has won races with Horn, but also fellow KHI employees Andy Houston and Rick Carelli.
Horn has led 633 laps in 2009, has led at least one lap in 12 out of 13 races and led a lap in the last 11 races.
Heading into Nashville, it's one of eight tracks that Horn has yet to win a race at and he could very well change that Saturday night.
Horn will be racing chassis No. 029 at Nashville. It's the second race for the chassis, as he won at Kentucky in it's debut.
The Rookie Chase
James Buescher was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race, he would finish sixth and pick-up his second consecutive top-10 finish.
He ran a great race, had a fast truck, stayed out of trouble, each pit stop his crew made adjustments and put on a good set of tires that got him inside the top-10 battling for a top five finish.
Buescher got his third top-10 finish of the season, plus he and his team are starting to click and he claimed his third top rookie honors of the season.
Tayler Malsam had another great finish, he over came a blown right front tire, luckily it happened under caution, would finish seventh and collected his sixth top-10 finish.
He's run really well all year, has clicked with his crew led by his crew chief Doug Wolcott's and no matter what happens he just keeps battling for the best possible finish.
Johnny Sauter just fought the handling of his truck all race, ran most of the race in the top-20, got as high as 10th and finished 14th.
Ricky Carmichael was running a great race, had a fast truck and didn't let the track beat him. Late in the race, while running fifth, had contact with Rick Crawford, got into the wall and resulted in him finishing 19th.
The 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year Points Standings
1.) Tayler Malsam 143
2.) Johnny Sauter 135
3.) James Buescher 131
4.) Ricky Carmichael 93
5.) Brian Ickler 67
6.) J.R. Fitzpatrick 60
7.) Brent Raymer 45
8.) Chris Jones 45
9.) Chase Austin 16
10.) Ryan Hackett 5
The Scott Minute
B/R's Brian Scott is heading to Nashville with one thing on his mind, as the trucks head back to concrete and to the track that awards the most unique trophy in NASCAR.
Scott would love to end up in victory lane on Saturday night, so he can win one of those Gibson Les Paul Guitars that's award to the winner and hand painted by artist Sam Bass.
Coming off of his first career win at Dover on concrete, with Nashville being similar style track and he could get win No. 2.
It's another track, were crew chief Jeff Hensley is an asset for Scott.
According to Hensley, the track has multiple grooves, has a lot of grip, being able to adjust your truck is a plus that'll help you and the key is to not overdrive turn one or it'll ruin the rest of the lap.
Scott should have a fast truck, qualify well, have a edge with his pit crew and should be vying for the win.
This week his chassis will be No. 127, it raced as a Dodge last year, was convert to a Toyota over the off season. In two races this season, it's recorded a win and a top-10 finish.
Aug 1: Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on Speed at 7:30PM the Set-Up Show and 8:00PM Race Time (Saturday).
Aug 19: O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Spedway on Speed at 7:30PM the Set-Up Show and 8:00PM Race Time (Yup, Wednesday, it's not a typo remember to take the night off from work if your like me working second shift. I already have.).
Aug. 28: Chicagoland 250 at Chicagoland Speedway on Speed at 8:30PM the Set-Up Show and 9:00PM Race Time (Friday).
2009 Manufacturers Championship Standings
This week it's Nashville Superspeedway, were the trucks have raced since 2001 and home of the coolest trophy in NASCAR the "Gibson Les Paul Guitar hand painted by artist Sam Bass.
Track Lengths: 1.333 miles
Race Lengths: 150 Laps/200 Miles
Banking: 14* (Corners); 9* (Frontstretch): 6* (Backstretch)
Lengths: 2,494 Feet (Frontstretch); 2,203 Feet (Backstretch)
Race Winners: Johnny Benson Jr. with two wins
Friday, July 31
4:00PM - 5:15PM Central Time [5:00PM - 6:15PM Eastern Time] First Practice
5:45PM - 7:00PM Central Time [6:45PM to 8:00PM Eastern Time] Final Practice
Saturday, Aug. 1
2:15PM Central Time [3:15PM Eastern Time] Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)
7:00PM Central Time [8:00PM Eastern Time] Race Time (150 Laps/200 Miles)
2009 Camping World Truck Series Owner Points Standings
1.) Delana Harvick No. 33 2,098
2.) Billy Ballew No. 51 -172
3.) David Dollar No. 5 -174
4.) Rhonda Thorson No. 88 -176
5.) Steve Germain No. 30 -295
6.) Jim Harris Jr. No. 24 -340
7.) Jim Scott No. 16 -348
8.) Tom Deloach No. 17 -382
9.) Randy Moss No. 81 -405
10.) Sharon Harris No. 25 -441
2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Points Standings
1.) Ron Hornaday Jr. 2,098
2.) Mike Skinner -174
3.) Matt Crafton -176
4.) Todd Bodine -295
5.) David Starr -340
6.) Brian Scott - 348
7.) Tayler Malsam -405
8.) Dennis Setzer -425
9.) Terry Cook -441
10.) Colin Braun -459
Sources used: kevinharvickinc.com, ims16.com, jayski.com, truckseries.com, nascar.com, catchfence.com and racingone.com
Photo Credit: sports.yahoo.com