S.M.'s Camping World Update, Issue No. 58

Horn FanSenior Writer IDecember 6, 2009

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 20:  Ron Hornaday Jr. , driver of the #33 Longhorn Chevrolet, celebrates winning the series title in Victory Lane with his crew members after finishing 8th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2009 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Congrats to both Ricky Carmichael for winning the Most Popular Driver award and Johnny Sauter for winning the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors.

Rumors

Wyler Racing has laid off most of its employees and has shutdown, possibly just temporarily.

Which I don't get since SafeAuto Insurance is signed as their sponsor in 2010 for the No. 60 driven by Stacy Compton and lack about $500,000 for the team to be fully funded.

Jamie Jones was released from Circle Bar Racing were he was the crew chief for James Buescher in the No. 10 and has been signed by Turner Motorsports.

They haven't announced in what capacity it will be but it won't surprise me if he's going to be Buescher's crew chief at Turner.

HT Motorsports, operators of the No. 24 and No. 25 teams, are another squad that has trimmed their work staff during the offseason due to the economy.

They are still actively looking for sponsors for the two teams. David Starr will be driving full-time in 2010 and Zachry will be back as sponsor.

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According to Ray Dunlap on Speed's NASCAR Race Hub, it looks like Starr may possibly be fully sponsored with International Truck Engine joining Zachry in 2010.

Penske Racing has announced that they may use Brad Keselowski's truck program to run Parker Kligerman in some truck races in 2010.

It is possible we could see him running in ARCA, at least 10 Nationwide races, and with some truck races, it would be a similar program to what Ryan Newman ran.

Circle Bar Racing Update

First, the team has announced that Rick Crawford's crew chief Kevin "Cowboy" Starland has been released and they are actively looking for a replacement.

It was a mutual agreement between Crawford and "Cowboy" to part ways and try something new.

Second, the team has also announced that its second truck team, the No. 10, is up for sale as a package deal and at a fire-sale price. It includes trucks, tools, pit carts, and equipment.

Third, the snitch let me know that Crawford may also have a job offer on the table as well.

He's been approached by some people who represent an NBA star or a group of stars who are looking into starting a Toyota team but with an existing veteran to head it.

While Crawford is still thinking the offer over, it may depend on whether or not CBR will be able to land a sponsor for the No. 14.

Richard Childress Racing Update

First, Danny Stockman, the truck chief for the No. 33 KHI team, has been switched to RCR and will be Austin Dillon's crew chief.

Second, they will have two trucks in the 2010 season but it looks like Tim George Jr. won't be in that second truck as he'll be a development driver in the ARCA Re/Max Series for RCR and be running the entire 20-race schedule.

Kevin Harvick Inc. Update

Ron Hornaday Jr. was one of the seven drivers named to the AARWBA All-American First team under the Touring Series category.

Each year, the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters  Association's members select seven drivers from open wheel, stock car, sports car, drag racing, short track, touring series, and at large categories.

They'll hold a banquet in January honoring the drivers and the driver receiving the most votes will be presented the Jerry Titus Memorial Award which is their "Driver of the Year" award.

Along with Horn, Mark Martin was selected in the stock car category, then Tony Schumacher-drag racing, Dario Franchitti-open wheel, Jon Fogarty/Alex Gurney-road racing, Donny Schatz-short track, and J.R. Hildebrand-at large.

Other News

Speed TV enjoyed its best season ever rating wise televising the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.

In 2009, they averaged a Neilsen Household Rating of .81 (597,000 households) up one percent from last years .80 and it was a 35 percent increase from the .60 the series averaged during Speed's first season showing the races in 2003.

Stringer Motorsports will continue running a part-time schedule in the Truck Series and have Brad Sweet driving the No. 90 Great Clips Toyota.

Sweet will compete in the World of Outlaws full-time and run Truck races that don't conflict with that series schedule.

He'll have the following schedule in the Trucks:

May 14 - Dover International Speedway
May 21 - Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 18 - The Milwaukee Mile
July 16 - Gateway International Raceway
July 23 - O'Reilly Raceway Park
Aug. 18 - Bristol Motor Speedway
Nov. 12 - Phoenix International Raceway
Nov. 19 - Homestead-Miami Speedway

Author's note: My Update will be till Febuary non-weekly and depends on if their are any new news in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

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