S.M.'s Craftsman Update, Issue No. 12

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S.M.'s Craftsman Update, Issue No. 12

Rumors

Joey Logano will be driving the No. 59 Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra truck for HT Motorsports at Talladega making his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

 

Mike Wallace will drive the No. 9 Geico Toyota Tundra truck for Germain Racing at Talladega. He's also going to try to qualify on speed the No. 33 RCR car for the Sprint Cup race on Sunday at Talladega.

 

Landon Cassill will drive the No. 81 Randy Moss Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado truck at Talladega and sponsored by the National Guard.

 

John Andretti will drivie the No. 15 Hypron Ergon Toyota Tundra truck for Billy Ballew Motorsports at Talladega.

 

Bryan Silas will be driving the No. 48 D.R. Horton American Builder Chevrolet Silverado truck at Talladega for Andy Hillenburg Racing.

 

John Wesley Townley will be driving the No. 09 Zaxby Ford F-150 truck at Talladega for Roush-Fenway Racing.

 

Jon Wood will be driving the No. 21 Air Force Ford F-150 truck at Talladega for Wood Brothers Racing. He's also running the No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion car in Cup.

 

John Ryan Fitzpatrick turned heads with his two day test at Iowa Speedway for TRG Motorsports and it could develop into a possible ride for the team in the near future.

He's a 20 year old Canadian, very talented has competed in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and was the series 2006 champion. Remember the name, you will be hearing about as he moves up to Sprint Cup.

 

The split between Ted Musgrave and HT Motorsports, resulted from him being accused of intentionally wrecking the teams truck while qualifying at Las Vegas and he quit the team.

 

Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia is very close to signing with Toyota for 2009. They will be running the No. 18 truck, no official word yet on the No. 4 truck will be back racing next year.

 

News

Nothing new to report on the title sponsor search, seems both Camping World and NASCAR are working on making it official.

A couple of issues ago, commented on the entries for the truck series races dwindling down to thirty trucks. It's nice too see that there's thirty-four trucks entered at Talladega and that the entries did drop below thirty.

 

Shrub Sighting

The Shrub will be back driving in the truck series at Talladega in the No. 51 Miccosukee Resort Toyota Tundra truck.

He'll also be in the Cup race for JGR in the No. 18 Pedigree Toyota Camry car at Talladega. It's rumored, he'll be wearing a garlic clove necklace to ward off the bad karma that's afflicted him in the chase.

 

Speed Bump

On Sunday, the Speed Demon finished eighth in the Loud Energy Drink 150, the ARCA race was held at the New Jersey MotorsportsPark and still leading the points by 65 with two races left in the season.

The Speed Demons pulling double duty this weekend at Talladega. He's driving the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota Camry car for Eddie Sharpe Racing in the ARCA Re/Max race Friday night at Talladega.

He will be driving the No. 22 Red Bull Toyota Tundra truck for Bill Davis Racing at Talladega on Saturday afternoon.

It's official he will be taking over the No. 84 Red Bull Sprint Cup car. The Speed Demon will be driving the No. 84 in the following races: Martinsville, Atlanta, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead.

He also will drive No. 82, a third team car for Red Bull Racing at the October race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Mike Skinner will drive the No. 84 Red Bull Toyota Camry car at Talladega and Lowe's.

 

Upcoming Races

Oct. 4th - Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Super Speedway on Speed at 4PM (Saturday)

Oct. 18th - Kroger 200 at Martinsville Motor Speedway on Speed at 3PM (Saturday)

Oct. 25th - Atlanta 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Speed at 1PM (Saturday)

 

Top Five Picks At Talladega

1. Ron Hornaday: The third times the charm for him. He has momentum on his side, smart enough to know when to switch to points racing versus putting the No. 33 truck in harms way and that's important at Talladega.

2. Johnny Benson: He will rebound in the No. 23. He's been racing like it's just him and Hornaday on the track and expect him to be upfront battling for the lead with three laps to go.

3. Todd Bodine: He's the defending race winner. He's tough on super speedways and expect him to be up front all night via for the win.

4. Mike Skinner: He looks great after getting the monkey off his back at Vegas. He's also a great super speedway driver, expect him to win the pole and be there on lap 94 battling for the checkers.

5. The Shrub: He's always exciting to see in trucks, runs a limited schedule and lets it all hangout. He should qualify top five, run upfront most of the night and be there battling for the checkers.

My sleeper pick: Going with the Speed Demon, it's his second race at the track, first time in a truck and expect him to run top six or maybe use pit strategy for the win. I'm sure Mr. Skinner, has given him some pointers, he will listen and apply it in his driving.

Something that he's done all year in ARCA and Trucks. Resulting in him having such a great year in both series and rewarded by TRB with a Cup ride. A year ahead of Red Bulls plans for him.

 

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Points Standing

1. Johnny Benson                          2858

2. Ron Hornaday                               -1

3. Matt Crafton                             -164

4. Erik Darnell                                -224

5. Mike Skinner                              -227

6. Rick Crawford                            -246

7. Todd Bodine                              -257

8. Jack Sprague                            -402

9. Dennis Setzer                           -463

10. Terry Cook                             -492

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