S.M.'s Camping World Update, Issue No. 53

Horn FanSenior Writer ISeptember 24, 2009


It's rumored by Speed TV, that Johnny Benson has secured sponsorship in 2010 with Con-Way Freight and the owner of the tesam he'll race for is Kyle Busch.

On Monday night's "This Week in NASCAR" NASCAR's President Mike Helton stated they would like to get the double file restart rule in the Truck Series in 2010 but they would have to decide about the current two-stop pit rule.

Here's a thought why not use crew chief Rick Ren idea to make it one pit stop, use only five pit crew members and would just mean longer pit stops but you could do the double file restarts with it.

According to Speed TV, it looks like Richard Childress Racing will be back in the Truck Series in 2010, with Austin Dillon will be driving the No. 3 Chevrolet and they have ordered six brand new trucks.

Chad McCumbee will be back in the No. 07 SS Greenlight Racing Chevrolet at Las vegas and will have the GPSStore.com as sponsor.

Ryan Sieg will be driving the No. 39 S&W Services Chevrolet at Las Vegas, for Susan Bates Racing.

Mikey Kile will be driving the No. 29 Greased Lightning Cleaning Chevrolet at Las Vegas for Brad Keselowski Racing.

Billy Ballew Motorsports Update

First, Brian Ickler will be driving the No. 15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota.

Second, Aric Almirola will be back driving the No. 51 Miccoskee Resorts/Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota. It's his 100th career start in NASCAR combining start in all three series.

Kevin Harvick Inc. Update

First, Ricky Carmichael will be back driving the No. 4 Monster Energy Drink Chevrolet.

Second, No Happy, this week sure old Horn's excited by the news.

Three, Horn will have Copart.com again as sponsor on his No. 33 Chevrolet.

2010 Team News

Randy Moss and David Dollar along with Mike Skinner are working hard to keep the entire No. 5 intact for the 2010 season.

The team does have a few sponsors returning for next season and they have a some sales pitches to make in hopes of landing a few more sponsors for the coming season.

Cale Gale is a free agent for the the 2010 season, as KHI will not be renewing his contract. He has been talking with teams in both the Nationwide and Truck Series in hopes of putting together a ride.

Alli Owens and her sponsor ElectrifyingCareers.com have announced that they will be teaming up with Venturini Motorsports in 2010 and the manufacturer is Chevrolet.

She'll compete in select ARCA and Camping World Truck Series events. The team is talking to other potential sponsors, so her schedule could expand  to more races.

Which is exciting news, as the saying goes mmaybe the third time is the charm. Since in 2007 Chrissy Wallace, then 2008 had Gabi DiCarlo running races but both never caught on.

News and Notes


At Las Vegas, for the Qwik Line Las Vegas 350K there are 35 entries on the preliminary entry list and it's one truck shy of a full field.

The breakdown is; 25 full-time teams and 10 part-time teams.

Ratings Increase

Acccording to the Nielsen Household Ratings for Speed's coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Loudon scored a .74 (546,000 households), a 40- percent increase from last years race at .53 (387,000 households).

During the peak of the telecast, it was a 21-percent increase at .86 (635,000 households) versus last years .71 (518,000 households).

Hornaday's Corner

With the trucks racing at Las Vegas this week, it's a track were Horn has yet to visit Victory Lane. Although he's been close a time ot two.

But he has won two series championship titles at the track in 1996 and 1998, when trucks eneded there season at Las Vegas.

With how his No. 33 team has run this season on 1.5 mile tracks, with two wins at Charlotte and  Kentucky. He has a decent shot to visit victory lane.

Horn keeps a list of tracks he has not won on, tucked away in his pocket  and with Vegas on the list. He's itching to cross it off.

If your following the Copart Challenge of Champions, Bodine leads 424 to 375 but Horn will have the Copart.com back on the No. 33 and will be collecting points Saturday.

Then they'll both have Copart trucks at Talladega to decide the winner of the challenge.

While Horn always says the tracks he won on are his favorite tracks, he does say Vegas is special to him since he won two titles at the track and he'll have anotther stout truck this weekend.

As he's racing chassis No. 034 at Vegas and it's lone start was at Chicagoland. Were he finished 11th, due to pit strategy and a long greenflag run.

While I think he'll lead some laps, we'll probably see him points racing for the best possible finish or use a late caution to steal a win by pitting for tires.

The Rookie Chase

Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race with a fifth place finish at New Hampshire. It was his fourth consecutive top five in a row, his ninth top rookie honors and has a 24 point lead over Malsam.

Sauter probably had his first win in sight, with 30 laps to go just as he took the lead his truck ran out of fuel and he'd limp around making it to pit road.

With the victory out of reach, he storm back from 12th in the closing laps to a hard earned fifth place finish.

He's been a great addition to trucks, sits in seventh points wise how and since the crew chief change at Chicagoland they've really been on a roll.

The Raybestos Rookie of the Year Standings

Johnny Sauter                                   197

Tayler Malsam                                   173

James Buescher                                 155

Ricky Carmichael                                120

J.R. Fitzpatrick                                    88

Brian Ickler                                         83

Chris Jones                                         66

Brent Raymer                                      65

Upcoming Races

Sept. 26: Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Speed at 9:00PM the Set-Up Show and 9:30PM Race Time (Saturday).

Oct. 24: Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Speed at 12:30PM the Set-Up Show and 1:00PM Race Time (Saturday).

Oct. 31: Mountain Dew 250 at Talledega Super Speedway on Speed at 3:30PM the Set-Up Show and 4:00 Race Time (Saturday).

Track Facts

This week it's Las Vegas Motor Speedway were the trucks have raced since 1996 and till 1998 it was the series finale.

Track Info

Track Lengths: 1.5 Miles

Race Lengths: 146 Laps/219 Miles

Banking: 20 Degrees (Corners); 9 Degrees (Frontstretch): 3 Degrees (Backstretch)

Lengths: 2,275 Feet (Frontstretch); 1,572 Feet (Backstretch)

Seating: 137,000

Race Winners: Mike Skinner and Jack Sprague tied with two wins.

Weekend Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 6

9:00AM - 10:15AM [12:00PM - 1:15PM Eastern] First Practice
10:45AM - 12:00PM [1:45PM - 3:00PM Eastern] Final Practice

3:30PM [6:30PM Eastern] Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)

6:30PM [9:30PM Eastern] Race Start (146 Laps/219 Miles)

2009 Manufacturers Championship Standings

Toyota               147

Chevrolet            129

Ford                    84

Dodge                 58

2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owners Points Standings

1.) Delana Harvick                        No. 33                    3,055

2.) Billy Ballew                             No. 51                      -155

3.) Rhonda Thorson                      No. 88                      -217

4.) David Dollar                            No. 5                       -246

5.) Joe Scott                              No. 16                      -447

6.) Tom Deloach                          No. 17                      -498

7.) Jack Roush                            No. 6                        -540

8.) Steve Germain                        No. 30                      -575

9.) Mike Curb                              No. 13                      -603

10.) Tom Mitchell                         No. 14                      -614

2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivers Points Standings

1.) Ron Hornaday Jr.                                  3.055

2.) Matt Crafton                                         -217

3.) Mike Skinner                                         -246

4.) Brian Scott                                           -447

5.) Colin Braun                                           -540

6.) Todd Bodine                                         -575

7.) Johnny Sauter                                      -603

8.) Rick Crawford                                       -614

9.) David Starr                                          -621

10.) Stacy Compton                                   -632


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