S.M.'s Craftsman Update, Issue No. 13

Horn FanSenior Writer IOctober 7, 2008


Hermie Sadler will be driving a No. 48 truck at Martinsville Oct. 18th with sponsorship from Directv/TNA Wrestling and his first race this year in the series.

Sam Hornish, Jr. will be driving the No. 4 Bobby Hamilton-VA Dodge Ram on Oct. 18th at Martinsville and to help prepare him for the Cup race on Sunday at the track.

Donny Lia will be driving the final five races for Randy Moss Motorsports in 2008, in the No. 81 Chevrolet Silverado and sponsored by Lia's sponsor Nationrides.com.

David Starr's No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra will have Zachry Holdings on board for the final five races and the Talladega race was the first one with them on board.

Kevin Harvick, Inc. has released Jack Sprague on Monday, with five races left in the 2008 season. Sprague drove the No. 2 American Commercial Chevrolet Silverado, he was eighth in the points with one-pole, no wins, five-top five's, nine-top ten's and two-DNF's.

I wasn't surprised by the move, since it was rumored he would not be resigned by KHI after the season. Looks like the move was made to help secure sponsorship in 2009, by making the move now makes sense and hope it works out for the team.

KHI co-owner Kevin Harvick will be driving the No. 2 truck at Martinsville on Oct. 18th and will be nice to see Happy back in the trucks. The driver line up for the four remaining truck races, have yet to be announced by the team.

I would love to see both Ricky Carmichael and Austin Dillon finish off the season, driving in two races a piece.

Now Jack Sprague while he was disappointed by losing the ride and am happy to report he's landed back in a truck seat. It was announced Tuesday afternoon that he's driving the No. 60 Wyler.com Toyota Tundra for the remainder of 2008 replacing Terry Cook. He also will drive the truck in 2009, should the team secure a sponsor and he drove for Wyler Racing before joining KHI.


Speed TV announced the NCTS ratings hit the million household mark with the Talladega race, up 18% from last year and it's great to see. The ratings should continue getting better with five races left this year yet to run. 

Title Sponsor Update

Still no word yet if it's Camping World officially yet or if another potential sponsor has approached NASCAR on becoming the sponsor. 

Shrub Sighting

The Shrub will be driving in the Nationwide on Friday night at Lowe's in the JGR No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry.

He also will be running in the JGR No. 18 M&M's/Breast Cancer Awareness Month Toyota Camry on Saturday night at Lowe's.

Speed Bump

The Speed Demon, survived Talladega's tire debacle in the ARCA Re/Max Series race. While the battle has tightened into the Top Five battle and he still has an 85 point lead over second place.

The final ARCA Re/max race is Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway-Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire & Federated Car, at 2PM on Speed TV. I have re-arranged my Sunday so I can watch it and hope the Speed demon runs a great race winning the Championship.

Congrats are in order to Eddie Sharp Racing and Scott Speed for winning the 2008 Hooiser Tire Super Speedway Challenge Championship.

The Speed demon will be making his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday. He'll be driving in a third team car, the No. 82 Red Bull Racing Toyota Camry and will need to qualify on time.

It's going to be awesome to see what the phenom can do and will be glued to my big screen TV watching the race. He's also my sleeper pick this weekend in Cup.

Upcoming Races

Oct. 18th - Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Speed at 2:30PM (Saturday)

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

Oct. 31st. - Chevy Silverado 350K at Texas Motor Speedway on Speed at 8:30PM (Friday)

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Points Standing

1. Ron Hornaday                   3027

2. Johnny Benson                   -39

3. Matt Crafton                    -218

4. Todd Bodine                     -236

5. Erik Darnell                       -256

6. Mike Skinner                     -258

7. Rick Crawford                   -336

8. Jack Sprague                    -489

9. Dennis Setzer                   -503

10.Terry Cook                       -567