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It's Been a Good Sponsor Signing Week in the Camping World Truck Series

Horn FanSenior Writer IFebruary 7, 2010

Several drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series secured sponsorship for the 2010 season and two drivers lost their sponsors.

Let me start with the bad news first. Kyle Busch Motorsports lost the sponsor Miccosukee Gaming and Resorts for the No. 18 Tundra driven by Rowdy Busch and Brian Ickler.

The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians held their vote on Thursday and decided to leave NASCAR as a sponsor.

This move also effects James Finch Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series.

KBM still plans to run the No. 18 regardless of sponsorship, and may have a sponsor lined up for the season opener at Daytona.

Now the good news. First , Graceway Pharmaceuticals will be back with Billy Ballew Motorsports for the 2010 season and will sponsor Aric Almirola in the No. 51.

Almirola will once again campaign the AKAwareness.com design this season.

"Graceway's sponsorship is part of a national public education campaign to raise awareness of actinic keratosis (AK)-a potential early warning sign of skin cancer-as well as the long-term consequencies of sun damage over a lifetime. It is estimated that about 10 million Americans have AK, a common pre-cancer that often develops on skin frequently exposed to the sun."

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With Almirola paired with crew chief Richie Wauters and the No. 51 team. Should he run full-time, pencil his name on your short list of title contenders, and don't be surprised to see him hoisting the title in Homestead.

Graceway will also be an associate sponsor for Almirola in the No. 09 James Finch Racing Cup car and they also will sponsor Nate Monteith in the No. 15 BBM in seven races.

Second, Hunt Brothers Pizza will be the primary sponsor for Elliott Sadler, in eight races in the No. 2 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet, and also will sponsor him in his No. 19 Cup ride.

Sadler is a big fan of the pizza chain, has a long history with them as his family sells the brand in it's two Slip-In Convenience Stores, and I guess loyalty pays off with this deal.

Third, Mike Skinner has picked up sponsorship from Navistar Inc. with its International Truck and Monaco Recreational Vehicle brands.

Navistar Inc. has been a sponsor since 2001 in the Truck Series, and is the longest running team sponsor in the series.

Over the offseason, Skinner's team owners Randy Moss and David Dollar have formed a partnership with HT Motorsports owner Jim Harris and the team is now named Randy Moss Motorsports with HTM.

Skinner will also have David Starr as a teammate in the No. 81 Zachry Toyota.

Fourth, Jennifer Jo Cobb will start the season running full-time, using her two online fashion sites as sponsors.

She'll have her www.driverboutique.com and www.DrivenMale.com on board as primary sponsors, but will continue to still look for more sponsorship.

Jennifer Jo Racing will also have support from Mike Harmon Racing, as they've pooled resources and talent.

It'll be exciting to see her competing for Raybestos Rookie honors and let's hope more sponsorship comes through for her.

In other sponsor news, Ted Musgrave will be back racing in Trucks, but right now it's just the Daytona race, as he'll be driving the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota in the NextEra Energy Resources 250.

He will have the charity Hope for Haiti as primary sponsor and associate sponsorship from Eco Clear Solutions, MagicJack.com, and Bee My Bear.

Then, Todd Bodine and Germain Racing are hard at work looking for sponsorship, but will be at Daytona and Atlanta.

They are talking to and hoping for some of their sponsors from last season will re-sign for the coming season.

Bodine was the 2006 Champion, he's finished no worse than fourth in the points over the last five years, and I'm sure they'll find a sponsor.

For the trucks teams still needing sponsorship, they still have time to work out sponsor funding before the season really kicks off.

Aafter the season opener Daytona race on Feb. 12, the only race over the next five weeks is Atlanta on March 6 and then back-to-back races at Martinsville and Nashville and they'll have another four-week break before Kansas.

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