NASCAR Camping World Trucks: O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 Fantasy Preview
Name: Kansas Speedway
Race Date: May 2, 2010
Location: Kansas City, KS
Length: 1.5 miles
Banking in turns: 15 degrees
Banking on the frontstretch: 10.4 degrees
Banking on the backstretch: five degrees
Grandstand Seats: 81,687
Tickets/track info: http://www.kansasspeedway.com/ or 1 (913) 328-3300
Last Year’s Top 10
1. Mike Skinner
2. Johnny Benson
3. Brian Scott
4. Ron Hornaday
5. Brian Ickler
6. Colin Braun
7. Matt Crafton
8. Chad McCumbee
9. Johnny Sauter
10. Jason White
When you combine the last three races at Kansas, Ron Hornaday and Mike Skinner tie at the top for gaining the most points (510) with Johnny Benson third (495).
Ron Hornaday— As stated by the stat above, Ron Hornaday has been good at Kansas in the past. His average finish backs that up as he has the second highest average finish when looking at drivers who have ran multiple races at Kansas. In five starts, he has one win, two top fives, three top 10's and an average finish of 8.0.
Mike Skinner— Like Hornaday, you could tell from the above stat that Mike Skinner was good at Kansas. However if not, his track stats will make it clear as he has the highest average finish of drivers who have ran multiple races at Kansas. In six starts, he has one win, five top fives, five top 10's and an average finish of 5.3.
Rick Crawford— A driver that has always been around in the Truck Series, Rick Crawford is a name that automatically comes to people’s minds when they think Trucks. Going into the weekend, Crawford at first didn’t have a ride for Kansas, though a deal with Ray Hackett Racing and the No. 76 has him back on the list. Crawford has had success in the Truck Series in the past, and some of that success has come at Kansas. He has the third highest average finish of drivers who have run multiple races at Kansas, despite no wins at Kansas. In nine races at Kansas, he has three top fives, six top 10's and an average finish of 9.2.
Could They Do It Again?
Brian Ickler and Johnny Sauter each made their first start at Kansas in 2009 and both finished in the top 10.
Ickler looks to repeat or better the fifth place finish that he got last year driving for James “Billy” Ballew. This year, Ickler is driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, which has impressed so far in their series debut. Kyle Busch got the team their first win as a team at Nashville and Ickler looks to repeat his boss’ success.
Sauter is back with the same team as last year, looking to improve or better his ninth place finish from last year. So far this year, he sits 14th in points, due to some bad luck along the way, and is looking to better his position in the standings.
Stories to Watch:
The No. 2 Kevin Harvick Incorporated truck has been strong this year with car owner Kevin Harvick driving. With Harvick’s two wins and second place finish, the team now sits in the points lead, 22 points ahead of the No. 22 Tom DeLoach truck (driven by Timothy Peters). This week, Harvick hands over the driving reigns to NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader. In 91 truck races, Schrader has one win, nine top fives and 30 top 10's.
Timothy Peters goes into Kansas Speedway as the points leader as he has surprised a lot of people with his performance. In two races at Kansas, his highest finish is 19th so he looks to go get his first top 10.
This is the first race of the season that the Camping World Truck Series is all on their own without either the Sprint Cup Series or Nationwide Series.
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