S.M.'s Camping World Update: Issue No. 59

Horn FanSenior Writer IDecember 23, 2009

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During the offseason, whenever I put together an Update Issue on the latest news in the Truck Series, I like to pull out a favorite from a past season. This issue's picture is from the 2008 season, at O'Reilly Raceway Park were Horn dominated the race, but in the closing laps he was chased down and passed by JB for the win. It was one of the most exciting races from that season and one of my favorites from 2008.

Congrats to Ron Hornaday

Horn was named, via media voting, the Driver of the Decade in the Truck Series. He's the series first four-time Champion, won titles in '07 and '09, had 20 wins this decade, and set a modern-era record with five consecutive wins in a row.

He was followed in voting by Todd Bodine and Johnny Benson.


Ricky Carmichael   and his  Turner Motorsports team are hoping to field him in all four Nationwide new car races in 2010 and maybe looking at moving to that series in 2011.

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Carmichael's 2010 schedule will be a pretty hectic one, with a full schedule in trucks, then 10 races in ARCA, and four Nationwide races, before adding in his Motorcross announcing schedule.

Derrike Cope and Dale Clemons have announced that they've launched a new motorsports team called Stratus Racing Group Inc.

Their facility is a state of the art, with a full service shop as they are equipped to field cars in the ARCA Series, in NASCAR for both the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup, as well as trucks in the Truck Series.

They do have an unnamed major sponsor secured and they'll campaign in three different series in 2010.

Cope will be the primary driver in the Nationwide Series effort, and will run the majority of the truck races.

Amber and Angela Cope will run the ARCA races and a limited schedule in the Truck Series.

Marc Davis will be running a limited schedule in the Truck Series for his family owned team and they have secured funding for those races.

He will also run Daytona in the Nationwide Series, then run Atlanta in the Trucks. No schedule for him has been announced other than the above race.

Update on Rick Crawford

Oh, the Snitch has been busy getting morsels of information for me from the inside on his favorite driver, as he's joined my little community here on B/R.

It looks like Crawford has been approached by a unnamed buyer who is interesting in purchasing his race shop, the land it sits on, and all the chassis, haulers, and associated stuff.

That same buyer has asked him if he'd be interested in driving the one completed chassis in his shop at Daytona for him.

Crawford also has a potential sponsor. One that is 99 percent lined up and it may be a done deal by now. He also has been talking with an unnamed potential crew chief.

By having a sponsor, this could basically be his ticket to land a ride with just about any team. We could see a team like KHI add a third team for Crawford and his sponsor.

News & Notes

NASCAR has not named a replacement date yet for the Milwaukee truck race. According to NCWTS director Wayne Auton, their will be 25 race dates in 2010 and an announcement is forth coming on the replacement venue.

NASCAR has named a replacement for the Nationwide Series, and it's at Road America at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on June 19th.

Maybe we will see a new venue added to the Trucks to replace the Milwaukee race.

Thanks for all the support this year for my Camping World Truck Series articles. Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, stay safe and warm.

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