S.M.'s Craftsman Update, Issue No. 17

Horn FanSenior Writer INovember 5, 2008


Kenny Wallace will be driving the No. 15 Ergon Hyprene Toyota Tundra truck for Billy Ballew Motorsports at Phoenix.

Brad Keselowski will be driving the No. 19 Chevrolet truck for his own team at Phoenix and will need to qualify on speed for the race. No sponsor has been announced yet for the truck, sure Chevy or HMS will help with getting one.

Mike Bliss will be driving the No. 40 for Key Motorsports at Phoenix. Paul Poulter, a British Racer was supposed to originally to drive the truck but couldn't afford to due to the global economy.

Hackett Racing will be making their team debut at Homestead, Ryan Hackett will be driving the No. 76 Ford F-150 truck and still needs a sponsor.

Michael Annett will be driving the No. 9 Germain Racing Toyota truck at Phoenix.

J.R. Fitzpatrick will be driving the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet truck at Phoenix.

John Wes Townley will be driving the No. 09 Zaxby Ford F-150 truck at Phoenix for Roush-Fenway and will also attempt to qualify for the Nationwide race on Saturday.

Premier Racing and timothy Peters will be back racing in the season finale at Homestead, with a new manufacture Toyota and still looking for a full-time sponsor for 2009.


Kevin Harvick, Incorporated schedule

Happy will be driving the No. 2 American Commercial Lines Chevrolet Silverado at Phoenix as a teammate to Ron Hornaday.

Then at Homestead, Ryan Newman will be back driving in the No. 2, of course Hornaday is in the No. 33 and Happy will be in a third KHI truck.


2009 Team News

Todd Bodine will be back in 2009, driving the No. 30 for Germain Racing and with Lumber Liquidators as sponsor.

TRG Motorsports and T.J. Bell, are close to securing a sponsor for 2009 and will run a full-time campaign in the No. 7 truck. It's rumored Sponge Tech, will be the sponsor and they also will run a race this season together.

Taylor Malsam will be driving for Bill Davis Racing in 2009 in a fourth truck for the team. Know Johnny Benson will be back in the No. 23 and Brian Scott with Albertson's will be another truck for BDR.


Hornaday's Corner

It's the sixth and final race for Ron Hornaday with his No. 33 truck to have the Veterans Of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) sponsorship on board.

It's the third start of 2008, for Chassis No. 027 and Hornaday has driven it to wins at both Gateway and New Hampshire.

Hornaday in 13 truck races at PIR, he's compiled, 1-pole, 2-wins, 8-top fives and 11-top tens and if your betting on the race, he the one to gamble on.

Hornaday while he always runs well on short tracks, he's done well at 1.5 mile tracks and now add flat tracks to the list. He's been really good in 2008 on this style of track ranging from a half mile to a mile in size, winning at Memphis, Gateway and New Hampshire.


Celebrate Veterans Day at PIR with both KHI & the VFW from truckseries.com

Phoenix International Raceway, Kevin Harvick, Incorporated and Veterans Of Foreign Wars of the of the United States (VFW) have united in a Unique partnership that will celebrate the accomplishments and bravery of current and veteran armed forces personnel. PIR will hold a special pre-race ceremony honoring our veterans before the Lucas Oil 150 Friday night.

PIR also has a special ticket package for the Lucas Oil 150, if you purchase a ticket for $95.00 and you will receive the following deal. One ticket, admission to the VFW's Hospitality event, which includes drinks and food and a pre-race pit pass to use Friday night race.

You can purchase your tickets by visiting:www.phoenixinternationalraceway.com

It's great to see our Veterans get appreciate, honored for their sacrifices in fighting for our Freedom.


Upcoming Races

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

Nov. 14th - Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Speed at 7:30PM (Friday)


Top Five Picks For Phoenix

1. Ron Hornaday - he's the man on the flatter tracks, will qualify well, always run well here, and expect another win from him.

2. Johnny Benson - he's another good flat tracker, needs to qualify better, sure he'll points race Hornaday again and expect him vying for the win with 20 laps to go.

3. Kevin Harvick - he recorded his first truck win here, expect him to be really good, sure Delana will have company rules for him to let Hornaday by for the position, should Benson have issues, and Happy will be vying for the win.

4. Mike Skinner - he should run real well, should qualify well, be a front runner, without handling issues with a good truck will be a contender and vying for the win.

5. Todd Bodine - he's running really well, has momentum, should qualify well, after last week with a nose replacement for fourth, expect him with a either a good or semi-good truck vying  for the win.

My Sleeper Pick, going with Erik Darnell. he's been running good, expect him to qualify well, he's running his second to last truck race, he'll be tough, with a good truck no on track trouble and will be vying for the win.


NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Point Standing

1. Johnny Benson                       3489

2. Ron Hornaday                            -6

3. Todd Bodine                           -223

4. Erik Darnell                             -353

5. Matt Crafton                          -356

6. Mike Skinner                           -366

7. Rick Crawford                         -376

8. Dennis Setzer                         -565

9. Jack Sprague                          -579

10. Terry Cook                            -685


The pictures from speedtv.com, they have posted a gallery full of pictures from the NCTS Set-up show themed to the Wizard of Oz which aired Friday on Halloween night.



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