S.M.'s Craftsman Update, Issue No. 15

Horn FanSenior Writer IOctober 22, 2008


Ryan Newman will be making his truck series debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway, driving the No. 2 American Commercial Lines Chevrolet Silverado truck for Kevin Harvick, Inc.

Denny Hamlin will be driving the No. 15 Ergon Toyota tundra truck at Atlanta for Billy Ballew Motorsports.

Travis Kvapil will be driving the No. 9 Zaxby Toyota Tundra truck at Atlanta for Roush Fenway Racing.

Chrissy Wallace will be driving the No. 9 Germain Racing Toyota Tundra truck at Atlanta with Geico probably being the sponsor.

Steve Raymer will be driving the No. 85 Vehicare Fleet Maintenance Solutions Ford F-150 truck at Atlanta and will be supporting the McCain/Pralin Campaign for President.

Chad McCumbee will be pulling double duty at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He's driving the No. 8 MRD Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado Truck and will drive the No. 45 for Petty Enterprises.

Butch Miller will be driving the No. 07 ASI Limited Chevrolet Silverado truck at Atlanta for SS Greenlight Racing.

Jason White will be driving the No. 08 Gunbroker.com Dodge Ram truck at Atlanta for SS Greenlight Racing.

Norm Benning will be driving the No. 57 Benning Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado truck at Atlanta.

Mario Gosselin will drive the No. 12 DGM Racing Chevrolet Silverado truck at Atlanta.

Taylor Malsam will drive the No. 41 Cunningham Racing Dodge Ram truck at Atlanta.

E-Z-Go, a golf cart manufacture, will be the race sponsor for the final fall truck race at Atlanta Motor Speedway and called the E-Z-Go 200.


2009 Team News

Both Ben Stancill and Dexter Bean are working on NCTS deals for 2009 and want to move up from the ARCA Re/Max Series.

SS Greenlight Racing will cut back to one team in 2009. they are reducing their workforce, partly due to the economy and the move will enable them to build a better foundation to strengthen a single team.

ASI Limited will be back as the sponsor in 2009, as far as who's driving or which manufacture expect that announcement shortly.

They are a interesting team since they run a Chevrolet and a Dodge truck in their current two truck operation.



To follow-up my Ford Racing pulling financial support in the Craftsman Truck Series.

It's looks like Roush-Fenway Racing may close two of it's three truck teams and isn't official yet.

Currently they field Eric Darnell in the No. 99 Northern Tool Ford, Colin Braun in the No. 6 Conway Freight Ford and the No. 9 Zaxby Ford with several drivers sharing the ride.

Now I just don't get this move by the team if it's true. As a fan it's upsetting to see a guy like Roush who has caused the sport to be so expensive, to run in any of the three series.

We all know he could run these trucks without hurting himself financially and yet the man tucks his tail when it's got to come from his wallet.

Now Rick Crawford who drives for Circle Bar Racing. Believes his team who runs Ford's will stay with the manufacture and the team will run both trucks from the team in 2009.

Not sure about the Wood Brothers team, since it looks like it's to get Jon Wood more seat time, he's run the majority of the races in the truck. Kevin Wood his cousin, has also ran in a few races.


Shrub Sighting

The Shrub will be in the No. 51 Miccosukee Resort/NOS Energy Drink truck for Billy Ballew Motorsports and trying to four peat.

Then he'll be in Sunday's Cup race in the No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry car.


Speed Bump

The "Speed Demon", finished 30th, seven laps down in his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut.

Not bad when you consider for most of the race, he had break issues and would learn the importance of having good brakes at Martinsville.

He kept the car off the wall and out of the way despite battling brake issues for the entire day and the No. 84 is now sitting 34th in the Owner Standings.

More importantly, the "Speed Demon" is safe in qualify at Atlanta.

He's also doing double duty at AMS this weekend. Driving the No. 22 Red Bull truck for BDR on Saturday and in the No. 84 Red Bull car on Sunday afternoon.


Upcoming Races

Oct. 25th - E-Z-Go 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Speed at 1:00PM (Saturday)

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

Nov. 7th - Casinoo Arizona 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Speed 7:30PM (Friday)


Top Fives Picks for Atlanta Motor Speedway

1. Ron Hornaday - he's run great all year on the 1.5 mile tracks, just like JB always rebounds from a bad race, should win the pole and he always runs well at AMS.

2. Johnny Benson  - he re-established momentum, he'll race RH again for positions, needs to qualify good like last week and will be vying for the win.

3. The Shrub - he's won three in a row at AMS, should qualify well and expect his truck race to outshine his Cup one.

4. Todd Bodine - think he'll be up front, will qualify well and on that final pit stop, if he got a good truck he'll go for the win.

5. Ryan Newman - he's a rocket ship on this track, trucks are better suited for his style of driving from the pole and won't be shocked if he wins.

5. Erik Darnell - he'll get it together, should qualify good and he'll be another one not to over look at AMS.

My sleeper pick's, the "Speed Demon". AMS is my favorite truck, think Speed will run great at the track and maybe pit strategy will get him victory lane again.


NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Point Standings

1. Johnny Benson                          3178

2. Ron Hornaday                             -65

3. Matt Crafton                             -227

4. Todd Bodine                              -232

5. Mike Skinner                              -282

6. Erik Darnell                                -301

7. Rick Crawford                            -322

8. Dennis Setzer                            -484

9. Jack Sprague                             -510

10. Terry Cook                               -603



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