S.M.'s Camping World Update, Issue No. 55

Horn FanSenior Writer IOctober 16, 2009

DOVER, DE - MAY 30:  Johnny Benson, driver of the #1 Red Horse Racing Toyota, races Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Miccosukee Resort Toyota, during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)


To update Johnny Benson , he doesn't have sponsorship with Con-Way Freight. As Jack Roush announced on Tuesday that they were going with Colin Braun to the Nationwide Series and would sponsor 16 to 18 races in the No. 16 Ford.

Denny Hamlin will be driving the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts/Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota at Martinsville.

Hermie Sadler will be back driving the No. 48 Virginia Lotterty Chevrolet for Andy Hillenburg at Martinsville.

Steve Park will be back in the Truck Series at Talladega driving for Corrie Stott Racing, in the No. 02 Koma Unwind Chevrolet.

It's good to see him back racing the series, were he raced from 2004 to 2006, compiling a win in 2005, had eight top fives, 16 top-10 finishes and was the series most popular driver in 2004.

The one race deal came about due to Park being friends with Koma Unwind's CEO Brian Weber.

Mike and Chrissy Wallace Update

Mike Wallace will be driving the No. 48 Andy Hillenburg Chevrolet at Talladega, he'll be guaranteed a starting position. Chrissy Wallace, in a truck from Rick Ware Racing,  does not have a gauranteed spot and will have to qualify on speed.

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News & Notes

The Other Points Battle

Kevin Harvick Inc.'s Ron Hornaday Jr. has had a incredible season so far in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and has owner Delana Harvick in the lead by 168 points over Billy Ballew for the owners title.

It's shaping up to be a great battle over the five remaining races in the season, between Hornaday and Rowdy Busch.

With Denny Hamlin driving the No. 51 at Martinsville, it's the third race were Billy Ballew has made a defensive move and did not have rookie Brian Ickler in the truck.

Like previously plan when Busch wasn't in the truck due to his Nationwide and Cup schedule.

Horn won't be able to rest easy, with Busch running in four of the final five races and also battling Matt Crafton, Mike Skinnner and Brian Scott for the driver's championship.

I don't think Busch can catch him, since Horn hasn't run the last two races that aggressively, and once the win wasn't possible he just switched to points racing. 

Now I doubt we'll see him make another mistake like he did last year at Phoenix. But Busch needs, Hamlin to pick up points for him and not lose points to Horn.

It will be two great point battles all the way to Homestead, with Hornaday having wins at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead and Busch just at Phoenix.

The Rookie Chase

With Johnny Sauter coming off his first career win in the Truck Series at Vegas. He's basically got the Raybestos Rookie honors wrapped up with five races left and has a 35 point lead on Tayler Malsam.

Malsam really is the only one with a chance left able too catch him but it'll be a tough order for him to pull off due too how well Sauter has been running of late.

Raybestos Rookie of the Year Standings

Johnny Sauter                210

Tayler Malsam                175

James Buescher              156

Ricky Carmichael             127

Brian Ickler                      95

J.R. Fitzpatrick                 88

Chris Jones                      66

Brent Raymer                   65

Upcoming Races

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 Talladega Superspeedway on Speed at 3:30PM the Set-Up Show and 4:00PM Race Time (Saturday).

Nov. 6: Lone Star 350K at Texas Motor Speedway on Speed at 8:30PM the Set-Up Show and 9:00PM Race Time (Friday).

Track Facts

This week it's Martinsville Speedway were the trucks have run since 1995 in the Spring, but it wasn't till 2003 that a fall race date was added to the schedule.

The "Paperclip" as the Speedway is referred to by fans, is one of five original tracks left on the schedule.

Track Info.

Track Length: 0.526 Miles

Race Length: 200 Laps/105.2 Miles

Banking: 12 Degrees (Corners)

Lengths: 800 Feet both Front and Back Stretches

Seating: 65,000

Race Winners: Mike Skinner and Dennis Setzer with three wins a piece.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, Oct. 23

10:00AM to 11:20AM - First Practice

1:10PM to 2:05PM - Final Practice

4:40PM - Qualifying (Two Laps/ All Positions)

Saturday, Oct. 24

1:00Pm - Race Start (200 Laps/ 105.2 Miles)

2009 Manufacturers Championship Standings

Toyota                        151

Chevrolet                     138

Ford                             87

Dodge                           64

2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owners Points Standings

1.) Delana Harvick                    No. 33                          3,210

2.) Billy Ballew                         No. 51                            -168

3.) Rhonda Thorson                  No. 88                            -197

4.) David Dollar                        No. 5                              -255

5.) Tom Deloach                      Nos. 1 & 17                      -493

6.) Joe Scott                           No. 16                            -496

7.) Mike Curb                           No. 13                            -563

8.) Steve Germain                     No. 30                            -565

9.) Jack Roush                          No. 6                             -578

10.) Tom Mitchell                      No. 14                            -634

2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivers Points Standings

1.) Ron Hornaday Jr.                                   3,210

2.) Matt Crafton                                          -197

3.) Mike Skinner                                          -255

4.) Brian Scott                                           -496

5.) Johnny Sauter                                       -563

6.) Todd Bodine                                          -565

7.) Colin Braun                                            -578

8.) Rick Crawford                                        -634

9.) Timothy Peters                                      -637

10.) David Starr                                         -658

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