Martin to run limited schedule with Turner? Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that Mark Martin will run a limited schedule in both the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series' in 2011 with Turner Motorsports. Reliable sources say that Martin will run an undetermined number of Nationwide and Truck races with Turner next season, with specific dates to be determined once sponsorship and scheduling conflicts are determined. Turner Motorsports is actively seeking sponsorship for the effort, but a spokesperson for the team denied any knowledge of the deal when contacted earlier today. Martin's representatives also declined to comment on the story. Martin is the all-time NASCAR Nationwide Series win leader with 48 career victories, just five more than a fast-closing Busch. He also has seven career Truck Series wins.(Sirius Speedway)(11-30-2010)
Hamilton Jr. involved in gun controversy at his track: NASCAR driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. was in the middle of an incident at one of the short tracks that he owns in Millersville, TN Saturday night, and the people on the other side of the argument say that Hamilton pulled a gun on them at the Highland Rim Speedway. Anthony Walker had entered a super stock car in the race. Walker and Scott Thompson, a member of his crew, said they got into a heated argument with Hamilton, who runs the track, about whether their car was the proper weight. They said Hamilton disqualified them from the race, and Walker and Thompson wanted a refund of their entry fee. That's when, Thompson said, Hamilton pulled a gun out of his back pocket. Hamilton Jr. has a different take on what happened Saturday night. He said that he went back to give the team a refund and was surrounded after they followed him. He said he felt threatened when he saw the men reach into their pockets. Hamilton said he saw that the men had pocket knives. Thompson said no one had knives or guns. Hamilton said he was well within his legal rights."I kept watching their hands, watching their gestures. They kept getting more frustrated, about the time their hands go in their pockets, about the time they were coming out, they charged, and that's when I said, 'Not today, not today,'" Hamilton told local TV station WSMV. However, what Hamilton told WSMV was different from what he said in the police statement. Hamilton told the TV station that he didn't remove the gun from his pocket, while he admitted to doing so in the statement. The Millersville Police Chief said that there won't be any charges filed because of the dispute, and that if either party wants to pursue the issue, it would have to be taken up with the commissioner. Hamilton Jr. raced in six Truck Series races in 2010 with Rick Ware Racing and last raced in the Sprint Cup Series in 2005 with Cal Wells in the Tide car.(YahooSports.com)(11-30-2010)
Sauter-Hornaday Kansas finish nominated for SPEED Performance Awards: UPDATE more nominees: It's been over eight months since they went sliding through the fourth turn at Kansas Speedway, but as the 2010 motorsports year wraps up Johnny Sauter's save after contact from Ron Hornaday is still being recognized as one of the best moments of the year. With just 12 laps to go in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250, Hornday looked inside of Sauter with lapped traffic directly ahead entering turn three. The two leaders quickly closed the gap on the lapped trucks and the racing room became scarce. Contact was made, sending both drivers sideways with smoke boiling from their tires. Sauter actually tapped the outside retaining wall, righting his truck and allowing him to drive away for his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory. "It's cool that people around the world think that is one of the best moves of the year," Sauter said. "To be able to win any race is a huge accomplishment and to win that one after spinning out and bouncing off the wall was one of the highlights of my career. I think it really shows what racing in the Camping World Truck Series is all about; we let it hang out and sometimes we trade a little paint. We're out there driving hard every lap. We don't have 500 miles to make it happen and the fans always end up getting a great show because of it.Fans can log on to www.speedperformanceawards.com to vote for Johnny Sauter in the Best Move category.(ThorSport Racing PR)(11-26-2010)
UPDATE Best Move Category: Kyle Busch swept into history by becoming the only NASCAR driver to sweep the weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway winning the Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup races.
Best Finish Category: Aric Amirola led the pack at the tri-oval for the final lap in Talladega but Kyle Busch narrowly beats him to the line. For complete list of Performance Awards categories, visit the SPEED Performance Awards website.(11-29-2010)
Gresham planning some trucks in 2011: As for [Max] Gresham's plans next year...there is a reason the team is pinching its pennies and not spreading itself thin on short track races. Tony Gresham says that they are looking at trying to put Max in a Camping World Truck at least for a limited schedule and also to run more ARCA races. Max affirms what his dad says, but also confirms that they are looking at trying to run even higher up the NASCAR ladder next year. "For me next year, we're planning on running a couple of Truck races, hopefully some ARCA stuff, and maybe a couple of Nationwide races. We'd love to stay with the Joe Gibbs Racing department for us to get the learning curve down." Regardless of the series he runs, Gresham knows any experience is paramount to his future success. "We really want to get the big track experience, like Michigan, Daytona, and Atlanta - all those big tracks. Just gain some laps, log some laps - get seat time and learn the most I can."(wsbradio.com)(11-25-2010)
Karthikeyan wins Most Popular Driver Award: The winner of the 2010 Most Popular Driver award for the Camping World Truck Series is a driver whom many people have never heard of in the United States. But in his native India, a country with 1.2 billion people, Narain Karthikeyan is a star. With the award determined by voting through the Internet, Karthikeyan, a former Formula One driver, relied on his worldwide fan base to win the award. Just how big is that fan base? Karthikeyan has more than 36,000 followers on Twitter. Motocross legend Ricky Carmichael, who made the transition to NASCAR last year and won the 2009 award, has more than 28,000 followers. The 33-year-old Karthikeyan drove in nine races this year for Turn One Racing through an association with Starbeast Motorsports. He has not announced his plans for 2011. "What can I say?" Karthikeyan said in accepting the award Monday. "I am surprised I am getting this award, and I am honored by it. "I have to thank my fans. … I had the great opportunity to come here and race in NASCAR with Starbeast Motorsports. We did a partial season. I'm really looking forward to coming back and racing here in 2011." All of the races in which he has competed have been broadcast in India, said Karthikeyan, who is the first foreign-born driver to win the award in any of NASCAR's three national series. "I have a big fan base in India but to be going up against all these guys, it's good that fans in India are supporting me," Karthikeyan said. "I've found some new fans here, too. The biggest thing is NASCAR going to have a huge fan base back home." Karthikeyan's best finish was 11th at Texas in June.(SceneDaily.com)(11-23-2010)
NASCAR announces 2010 Contingency Awards: The 2010 NASCAR Prize Money & Decal Program year-end special award winners were announced during last night's NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards Banquet for both national series. The Awards Banquet, held at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, will be televised on SPEED on Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. ET. The NASCAR Prize Money & Decal Program, commonly referred to as the NASCAR Contingency Program, is administered by the Charlotte, N.C.-based NASCAR Automotive Group. The program strives to build strong relationships with high-quality, performance-driven brands that are leaders in their respective categories and award money to NASCAR teams via per-race and year-end awards. Competitors become eligible for prize money by displaying sponsor decals on the front fender of their race vehicles. In some instances, use of a sponsor's product also is required.
Official winners of this year's NCWTS Prize Money & Decal Program year end special awards include:
Keystone Light 21 Means 21 Pole Award: Austin Dillon
Featherlite Most Improved Driver (presented to the highest finishing eligible driver who improves their finishing position the most from the previous race): Ron Hornaday
Goodyear Tires Award (awarded to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion): Todd Bodine
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Year: (awarded to the top engine builder for qualifying and finishing position):No. 18, John Dysinger, Triad
Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Year (award is given for a command performance on track to the highest finishing eligible driver):Johnny Sauter
O'Reilly Auto Parts Position Improvement Award (presented to the eligible driver who improves the most positions from their starting position to their finishing position):David Starr
Raybestos Rookie of the Year: Austin Dillon
Sunoco Diamond Performance (the winner or highest-finishing eligible driver in each NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race receives this award):Todd Bodine
WIX Filters Lap Leader (presented to the eligible driver who leads the most laps in each event):Ron Hornaday(NASCAR PR)(11-23-2010)
TV Ratings finish on ratings high note: According to Nielsen Media Research, despite the points race already being settled, ratings for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Homestead-Miami were up 10 percent year-to-year, with Friday night's live coverage on SPEED scoring a .80 (617,000 households) against last year's .73 (546,000 households). The race, won by Kyle Busch, peaked at a 1.05 (810,000 households; 1.1 million viewers), up 17 percent from last year's peak of .90 (668,000 households). After early season postponements at Daytona (rain) and Gateway (electrical) put the series in a ratings hole, the Trucks finished strong with viewers, scoring increases in eight of the last 13 events (Pocono up 78%, Darlington up 19%, Bristol up 3%, Kentucky up 115%, Las Vegas up 17%, Martinsville up 41%, Texas up 6% and Homestead). Since July, NCWTS ratings are up 3 percent year-to-year.(SPEEDtv PR)(11-22-2010)
NCWTS & Nationwide champions honored: For the first time in NASCAR national series history, four championships in two different series were awarded simultaneously.
Brad Keselowski and Todd Bodine officially were crowned the 2010 driver champions of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, respectively, on the Americana Ballroom stage at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel this evening.
Keselowski was honored with his first NASCAR national series title as champion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Bodine received his second championship ring in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, joining Ron Hornaday Jr. (four) and Jack Sprague (two) as the only drivers in the series with multiple titles.
Also, the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota captured a record-tying third consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series owner championship, while the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota won the owner crown in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as a first-year team.
The champions were joined on stage by the drivers who finished in positions 2-5 in the final standings, along with each series' Raybestos Rookie of the Year.
After a fan vote on NASCAR.com, each series' Most Popular Driver also was revealed. Keselowski and Narain Karthikeyan were chosen by the fans in the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, respectively. Keselowski took home the award for the third consecutive year, tying him with Kenny Wallace for the most awards in that category.
Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Justin Allgaier and Paul Menard finished second through fifth and were honored along with Keselowski in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Aric Almirola, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Austin Dillon were second through fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings, and joined Bodine on stage.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. earned the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Dillon claimed the honor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Stenhouse is the fifth rookie winner for Jack Roush.
SPEED personalities Rick Allen and Krista Voda served as hosts of the event. The NASCAR Nationwide Series/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards Banquet will air on Dec. 3 from 7-9 p.m. ET on SPEED, prior to the live telecast of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony from Las Vegas. (NASCAR PR)(11-22-2010)
Monday Rundown -- Racing Resources:
*Kyle Busch won the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was his 24th Truck series victory in his 85th start and his eighth win of 2010 in his 16th start. It marked his 23rd NASCAR victory of 2010 and his 85th NASCAR win overall.
*Busch got his first Truck series win at Homestead in his fifth start there.
*Busch led six times for 57 laps, including the final four. He clinched the most laps led for the ninth time in 16 starts this season.
*Kyle Busch Motorsports won the 2010 series owner's championship in the team's first season.
*Toyota scored its 80th Truck series win and 15th victory of 2010, leading all manufacturers.
*Ron Hornaday Jr. (second) finished the season seventh in points. He finished 2010 with two wins, three poles, 11 top-5 finishes and 13 top-10 finishes.
*Johnny Sauter (third) finished third in points. He finished the season with one win, 14 top-5 finishes and 16 top-10 finishes.
*Todd Bodine (fourth) won the 2010 Truck series championship. He finished the season with four wins, two poles, 17 top-5 finishes and 20 top-10 finishes.
*Aric Almirola (fifth) finished second in points with two wins, 11 top-5 finishes and 21 top-10 finishes. He finished in the top 10 in the last 13 races, tying Mike Skinner for the ninth-longest streak in series history.
*Matt Crafton (sixth) finished fourth in points with one pole, 10 top-5 finishes and 20 top-10 finishes. He finished in the top 10 in the final 16 races, the fifth-longest streak of top-10 finishes in series history.
*Miguel Paludo (ninth) matched his career-best finish.
*Austin Dillon (31st) is the 2010 Raybestos Rookie of the Year. He finished 2010 with two wins, seven poles, seven top-5 finishes and 16 top-10 finishes. He finished fifth in the championship standings.
*Cole Whitt (28th) made his series debut.
*The 17 lead changes and nine leaders both tied the series track records at Homestead.(ESPN.com)(11-22-2010)
Busch clinches 2010 Owner's Championship: Just as he has for much of his NASCAR career, Kyle Busch put an exclamation point on his latest triumph - the owner's championship in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - by winning the season-ending Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The driver of the No. 18 TRAXXAS Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports needed only to finish 29th or better in Friday night's season finale at the 1.5-mile oval, but never one to settle for anything, Busch led six times for a race-high 57 laps to notch his eighth Truck Series victory of the year and the 24th of his career. The effort allowed Busch to secure the Truck Series owner's championship, as the No. 18 KBM team ended the season with a 150-point margin over the No. 30 truck of Germain Racing, which finished second in the owner's standings but won the driver's championship with Todd Bodine. The championship capped a banner rookie season for KBM, as the team scored eight victories, six poles, 16 top-fives, 21 top-10s and led 1,099 laps in 2010.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(11-20-2010)
Dillon captures 2010 ROTY title: Austin Dillon in the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet clinched Raybestos Rookie of the Year in tonight's Ford 200. Dillon captured the first Raybestos Rookie of the Year title for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Trucks and their first rookie title in any of the three NASCAR national series since Kevin Harvick earned Raybestos Rookie of the Year in the 2001 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Dillon racked up TWO victories in 2010: the Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa and the Smith's Food and Drug Stores 350 at Las Vegas. He is the first Raybestos Rookie to win multiple races since Carl Edwards won three times in 2003. Dillon finished the season with seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes in 25 races and claimed top rookie honors 16 times. Dillon finished fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, 36 points ahead of sixth-place Timothy Peters.(Raybestos PR)(11-19-2010)
Gaughan returning to trucks with Germain: Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that Brendan Gaughan will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next season, running for the series championship in a new #62 Toyota Tundra fielded by Germain Racing and sponsored by the South Point Resort and Casino. Multiple sources confirmed that the deal was completed earlier this week, with an announcement expected as soon as this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Rumors have circulated concerning a possible return by Gaughan to the Truck Series, and the Las Vegas native commented on those reports in a Twitter posting earlier this week saying, "I will drive the #62 South Point Toyota next season." He has eight career NCWTS wins; six of them coming during a 2003 season that saw him finish fourth in points behind champion Travis Kvapil. Gaughan has spent the last two seasons with Rusty Wallace Racing on the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and currently ranks 11th in points with three Top-5 and eight Top-10 finishes in 34 starts.(Sirius-Speedway.com)(11-19-2010)
Skinner not happy with season; looking for more leadership from RMM: The 2010 Camping World Truck Series season hasn't gone to Mike Skinner's liking. In danger of going winless for the first time since 2004 as the series prepares for Friday's Ford 200 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Skinner admittedly has enjoyed few highlights over the first 24 events. In fact, if the 1995 series champ and winner of 28 truck races is in a similar spot one year from now -- winless and a non-factor in the championship race -- Skinner vows he'll be looking to vacate his ride at Randy Moss Motorsports. "If I'm sitting here next year and we have not won a race, I won't be re-signing, and they probably wouldn't want me to," said Skinner, whose contract with the team co-owned by NFL Pro Bowl standout Randy Moss runs through the end of 2011. "It'd be time to move along and try something else." Skinner believes brighter days may be ahead, though. Despite being shut out of victory lane, saddled a distant eighth in points and scoring just two top-fives all season, the veteran isn't giving up. Skinner's team is the same one that helped him to three wins and a third-place points finish in 2009. The key to returning to top form, Skinner says, will be securing the services of a top-notch leader for the team. The departure of 2009 crew chief Eric Phillips to Kyle Busch Motorsports before the season has proven difficult to overcome. While Skinner commends the effort of Phillips' interim replacement -- team engineer Stacy Johnson -- the driver sees the absence of a permanent crew chief as the biggest reason for his dip in performance. "We can bad-mouth people and make excuses and do a lot of things, but that just creates more negativity, so the road we're taking is I am jumping up and down and working with (co-owner) David Dollar to hire some leadership in the deal," Skinner said. "We've got good people, we've got great people -- the same people we won races with last year. "It's just getting that guidance. When Eric Phillips walked out of that building, we didn't realize what a huge loss it was." The team could name a new crew chief within the next couple of weeks, Skinner said, but the Ontario, Calif., native meanwhile isn't expecting any miracles at Homestead.(SceneDaily.com)(11-19-2010)
BBM another winning season; picks up Homestead sponsor: UPDATE image added: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will conclude its 2010 campaign this Friday night at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. It's been a banner season for Aric Almirola and the No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports team. Almirola collected two NCWTS wins (Dover and Michigan) and is poised to conclude the year second in the final point standings.
Almirola will be riding with a new sponsor on his Toyota for the Ford 200. The Riverside Cafe will be supporting the BBM No. 51 team. Riverside Cafe is located in Vero Beach, Florida. The cafe has Live Entertainment 7 nights a week. Happy Hour everyday from 4-7. They also have 20 big screen TVs with ALL of the sports packages. They are located underneath the route 60 bridge right on the beautiful Indian River.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(11-16-2010)
UPDATE: Image of the #51-Riverside Cafe Toyota being driven by Aric Almirola at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted on the #51 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.(11-19-2010)
Jeffrey Earnhardt to #1 for RWR in 2011: Rick Ware Racing has finalized a deal with Jeffrey Earnhardt Inc. to place Jeffrey in the RWR #1 Truck for the full 2011 season of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The fourth generation Earnhardt will launch his campaign for the Rookie of the Year at a track that his grandfather helped make famous, Daytona. Earnhardt has spent the 2010 season gaining approval at the various tracks. Starting at Gateway and finalizing it here at Homestead, for a total of five races.(Rick Ware Racing PR)(11-18-2010)
Whitt to #60 at Homestead; full-time in 2011? UPDATE more from Turn One Racing: During the race broadcast on SPEEDtv, Ray Dunlap reported that Cole Whitt will be in the #60 with Stacy Compton's Turn One Racing for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend. Dunlap also reported that there's a good chance Whitt will be full-time in 2011.(11-12-2010)
UPDATE: Turn One Racing is pleased to announce that Cole Whitt will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this Friday in the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, driving the No. 60 SafeAuto Insurance Chevrolet Silverado. The announcement comes after an impressive debut by Whitt in last week's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway where he ran as high as 11th before finishing 15th in a car fielded by the Red Bull Racing Team. "I am excited to be able to climb into Stacy's No. 60 SafeAuto truck and put a good run together for Stacy, the guys and all of their partners," said Whitt. "They have a great program and a fast truck. I am just so thankful for the opportunity."Stacy Compton, Owner of Turn One Racing, is equally excited. "Cole Whitt is the future of NASCAR," he said. "We are really excited to have him drive for us at Homestead . He has a lot of natural talent, a true desire to win, and a great understanding of race cars and the changes that need to be made to make them go fast." The 19 year-old California native, who is a development driver for the Red Bull Racing Team, drove for that team this earlier this year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East where he finished fourth in the championship point standings after scoring two starts from the pole position, and six top-five and seven top-10 finishes in only 10 starts.(Turn One Racing PR)(11-18-2010)
Goodyear Tire Notes - Homestead: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Homestead this weekend will run the same Goodyear tire codes, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . while this is the first time any of these teams will be running this right-side tire code (D-4410), teams in all three series have run this left-side code (D-4392) three times already this season -- twice at Texas and once at Chicagoland . . . this is a new tire set-up for Homestead . . . compared to what was run at the South Florida track last season, this left-side tire features compound, construction and mold shape changes to give teams more grip; while this right-side tire features compound and construction changes for improved wear and to bring it into line with what has been run at other mile-and-a-half tracks this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Homestead . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire. [Complete tire specs are posted on the Homestead Race Page.](Goodyear PR)(11-18-2010)
Hessert to drive Germain's #77 at Homestead: Tom Hessert will make his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in Friday night's Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. Hessert will pilot Germain Racing's No. 77 Cherry Hill Classics Tundra for his debut at the 1.5-mile, banked oval. Hessert made his inaugural NCWTS run last week at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway. The 24 year-old, Cherry Hill, N.J., native looks to continue his racing education and gain experience at a new venue.(Tom Hessert PR)(11-17-2010)
UPDATE: Rendering of the #77-Cherry Hill Classic Cars Toyota is posted on the #77 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.(11-18-2010)
Former Champion, Kvapil with KIDSEmbrace at Homestead: Rick Ware Racing(RWR) and KIDSEmbrace, a cutting edge manufacturer of children and toddler automobile safety seats look towards victory lane with former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, Travis Kvapil this time at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in his #16 Chevy. Kvapil, the 2003 Camping World Truck Champion, has scored nine wins in the series. At Homestead, he has three Top-10's including a runner-up finish.(Rick Ware Racing PR)(11-17-2010)
Sad News: Brenda Lockman: Brenda Lockman a NASCAR scorer for 42 years passed away in her sleep Tuesday after a short battle with cancer. She is the daughter of Margaret and the late Joe Epton. She is survived by her husband of 42 years Fred Lockman, eight children, 17 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Services will be held 2:00 pm Saturday at Poplar Spring Baptist Church, 790 Hwy 117 in Moore, SC. Viewing will be held Friday from 6-8 pm at Dunbar Funeral home. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Building fund of Poplar Springs Baptist Church or the Shriners of Greenville, SC. Brenda had a long history with NASCAR. Her father was there when NASCAR was started and became its Chief scorer. Brenda scored her first race when she was just six years old. She scored for many teams and drivers in the Craftsman Truck and Nationwide Series eventually retiring from Joe Gibbs Racing in 2008 as the scorer for the 18 team. Her husband, Fred was an Official for NASCAR.(11-17-2010)
Paludo to make first Homestead start; 2nd with RHR: The WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway was Miguel Paludo's first start with Red Horse Racing. Qualifying his #11 Stemco Duroline Toyota in the 8th starting spot, Paludo ran a great race until contact with the wall on lap 52 took him out of the event early. Making his return to the #11 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Paludo is excited for the opportunity to get back behind the wheel. He was a spectator at last year's season finale event but this time he will have a much better view. Stemco Duroline will, once again, provide primary sponsorship for the #11 Toyota Tundra at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(Red Horse Racing PR)(11-17-2010)
Derek White entered with RWR at Homestead: 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series rookie of the year Derek is set to drive the the #6 Deer Excavating Chevrolet entry fielded by Rick Ware Racing in the final round of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this Friday November 19th at Homestead Miami Speedway. This will be the first Truck race of the season for White who raced in two events last year.(Rick Ware Racing PR)(11-17-2010)
Goess back in the #46 for season finale: Craig Goess will make his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start piloting the No. 46 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota Tundra on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Craig Goess made his NASCAR debut on Oct. 30 at Talladega Superspeedway. The Greenville, N.C., native finished tenth in his series debut.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(11-17-2010)
King returns to SS Green Light Racing at Homestead: Following a successful debut back in Martinsville, SS Green Light Racing is proud to announce that Virginia's John King will be behind the wheel of the Fairway Ford No. 07 F-150 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford 200 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 19th. This will be the fourth NCWTS start of 2010 for the twenty-two year old driver having competed at Bristol and New Hampshire earlier in the season before finishing nineteenth in the SS Green Light No. 07 at Martinsville. Homestead will give the youngster his first opportunity to run on a track longer than a mile in length. John has completed 98% of the laps in his first three starts. Three-time ASA National Champion Butch Miller will again oversee King's effort in the Fairway Ford No. 07 F-150 at Homestead. In addition to Fairway Ford of Kingsport, King will have support from Express Signs, The Davis Love Foundation and Ernie Elliott Race Engines on the SS Green Light No. 07 at the season finale.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(11-17-2010)
Zachry colors onboard #81 at Homestead: David Starr joined the SS Green Light team just days before the Chicago race on August 27th keeping his seven plus year NCWTS starting streak alive. He has made the most of his new opportunity with the SS Green Light team finishing in the top-fifteen in each of the eight races they have run together including three top-ten finishes. Starr's No. 81 Toyota will display the colors of longtime supporter Zachry at Homestead where he has an impressive record in eight career NCWTS races including two top-five and six top-ten finishes highlighted by back-to-back third place finishes in 2003 & 2004. David's average start is 19.9 and his average finish is a very impressive 8.4. Perhaps even more remarkable is that David has completed all but two of the 1081 laps over the eight races.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(11-17-2010)
Raybestos Rookie News & Notes - Homestead:
*Austin Dillon was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the November 12 Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix (Avondale, Ariz.) International Raceway. Dillon claimed a seventh-place finish, his 16th top-10 in 24 starts this season. He grabbed top rookie honors for the 16th time this season.
*Dillon won the pole position at Phoenix, his sixth of the 2010 season and the most ever by a Raybestos Rookie in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history.
*Dillon leads Justin Lofton by 55 points (245-190) points in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the November 19 Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.
*Dillon is fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, best of any Raybestos Rookie. He is 93 points behind fourth-place Matt Crafton and 73 ahead of sixth-place Timothy Peters.
*A Raybestos Rookie has scored a top-10 finish in 18 of the 24 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season.
*Dillon has racked up two victories in 2010: the Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa and the Smith's Food and Drug Stores 350 at Las Vegas. He is the first Raybestos Rookie to win multiple races since Carl Edwards won three times in 2003.
*Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2009 Ford 200, posting a ninth-place finish.
*The only Raybestos Rookie to win in 14 previous races at Homestead is Kenny Irwin. Irwin captured the 1997 Ford 200 by .289 seconds over Mike Bliss.
*David Reutimann (2004) is the only Raybestos Rookie to win a pole in 14 previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Homestead.(Raybestos PR)(11-17-2010)
Brian Johnson teams up with Tagsby for Homestead; more in 2011? The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season finale Friday will have plenty of firsts for Brian Johnson Jr. The Machesney Park driver will compete for the first time for Tagsby Racing. And, it will be Johnson's first race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Tagsby Racing is an Ardmore, Okla., based team with more than 80 CWTS starts. Superseal Construction Products joins the team as Johnson's sponsor. He won the 2009 ARCA West Series championship with Superseal sponsorship. Johnson hopes to run a larger CWTS schedule next season, possibly with Tagsby Racing. "We are looking at 14 races next year, possibly a full schedule," he said. "Our plan is to start by running the first five races, and see what happens after that."(RRStar.com)(11-16-2010)
Bass Pro Shops renews sponsorship with RCR & Dillon: Bass Pro Shops has renewed its partnership with Richard Childress Racing as the primary sponsor of Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Dillon is currently fifth in the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings. The current leader of the Raybestos Rookie of the Year point standings, Dillon has earned two victories, six pole positions (a series rookie record), as well as seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes in 24 races. The RCR/Bass Pro Shops partnership continues a relationship which began in 1998 when the nation's No. 1 outdoor retailer signed on as an associate sponsor of RCR's No. 3 Chevrolet with legendary driver Dale Earnhardt. The relationship has continued with Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Chevrolet and a six-race schedule with Kerry Earnhardt, Dale's eldest son, in 2004. Bass Pro Shops was named as the primary sponsor of the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado when RCR returned to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition this year for the first time since the conclusion of the 1999 season. Bass Pro Shops was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Springfield, Mo. The outdoor retail leader has 56 stores throughout the United States and Canada, serving over 110 million sportsmen a year.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(11-16-2010)
New sponsor for Buescher at Homestead: Deft Finishings will adorn the sheet metal of the No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado with driver, James Buescher, for Friday night's 200-lap season finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Deft Finishings is leading the coating industry in the development of high performance, low volatile organic content (VOC) coating systems. Deft Finishings has more than 35 years experience in lowering toxicity and air pollution for high performance primers and topcoats. Turner Motorsports uses Deft paint products on their race cars in both the NCWTS and NASCAR Nationwide Series.(Turner Motorsports PR)(11-16-2010)
Busch racing to win Owners Championship: Entering this weekend's season finale, the No. 18 Toyota sits atop the owner's standings with a commanding 120-point lead over the second-place No. 30 truck of Germain Racing, which is driven full-time by Todd Bodine, who secured the driver title at Phoenix International Raceway last weekend. Seven wins, four drivers and two race shops later, the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports team heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford 200 season finale, racing for the biggest win of its inaugural season: the 2010 Truck Series owner's championship. This weekend, Busch needs to finish just 29th or better in order to clinch the owner's championship. Traxxas is the primary sponsor on his No. 18 Toyota. Traxxas, known as the "Fastest Name in Radio Control," is located in Plano, Texas, and served as primary sponsor of the No. 18 Toyota in Busch's victories at Chicagoland Speedway in August and at Talladega Superspeedway in October.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(11-16-2010)
KBM hoping to run two trucks in 2011: Kyle Busch Motorsports Director Of Operations Rick Ren told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway that the team hopes to field two Toyota Tundras on the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, pending sponsorship. "We want to run two full-time Truck deals next season, but I don't know if that is going to happen or not," said Ren. "Sponsorship is pretty tough out there right now, but there are still some irons in the fire. Even for Kyle, we only have a few races sold for next year. There are definitely some holes that we're still trying to fill. Ren said he hopes to put together a similar lineup of drivers for KBM's #18 Toyota next season. "We'd like to have a Cup driver for some races and a young guy for a few more races; three or four drivers overall. Then we'd like to run another truck full-time for the driver's championship." He said discussions are ongoing with potential drivers for that championship effort, but that nothing has been finalized. "We've talked with a few (drivers) and we had a meeting today with a potential guy," said Ren. "Unfortunately, some of them are trying to sell sponsorship to companies that are new to the sport, and they don't understand that right now is the time to build your team for next year. In January, you're not going to find the people you need."(Sirius-Speedway.com)(11-16-2010)
Sadler returns to #2; sponsor debut at Homestead: The 2010 Truck Series season will come to a close at Homestead-Miami Speedway with Elliott Sadler behind the wheel of the No. 2 Chevrolet. Sadler has made seven previous Truck Series starts for Kevin Harvick Inc. this season and has earned one win, (Pocono Raceway), three top-five and four top-10 finishes. Sadler has led a total of 104 laps in the No. 2 truck in 2010. Two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway, KHI announced that Sadler will race full time in the Nationwide Series in KHI's No. 2 Chevrolet with primary sponsorship from CitiFinancial for 29 races. CitiFinancial will make their KHI debut this weekend at Homestead as sponsor of the No. 2 Truck Series entry.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(11-15-2010)
#90 shop closed up? Hearing that the #90 Stringer Motorsports shop has been shut down. Apparently the #90 team assets were part of the deal when Turner Motorsports purchased Braun Racing. Sources tell us that alll operations at the #90 shop have ceased and the team has been officially shut down. Also hearing that Turner Motorsports does plan on running a third team at Homestead with Trent Owens as the new crew chief.(11-15-2010)
Johanna Long to feature Snowball Derby at Homestead: NASCAR driver Johanna Long, 18, is setting her sights on competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' season finale - the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway "under the lights" on Friday, November 19th. Driving the No. 20 Panhandle Motorsports Toyota Tundra, she'll be featuring a decal of the historic late model weekend - the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby. Held at Five Flags Speedway from December 1st-5th, 2010, Long, the defending Blizzard Series champion, will be driving her late model in the weekend's races. After Miami-Homestead (her seventh NCWTS attempt in 2010), Long is also hopeful for a Rookie year in 2011 if the right marketing partner can come along. (Johanna Long PR)(11-15-2010)
Georgia Boot onboard #33 for season-ender: The No. 33 Georgia Boot team will take chassis No. 042 to Homestead-Miami Speedway. Chassis No. 042 was last on track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Ken Schrader behind the wheel. Earlier in 2010, chassis No. 042 visited victory lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway with KHI co-owner Kevin Harvick. Of note: in the last five events at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Hornaday has spent more time in the top 15 than any other Truck Series driver. Out of 679 laps completed in the last five Truck Series events at Homestead, Hornaday has been running in the top 15 for 621 of those laps (91.5-percent).(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(11-15-2010)
Monday Rundown - Racing Resources:
*Clint Bowyer won the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday.
*This was Bowyer's second series win in his eighth start. His last win came at Texas in November 2006. this was his first series start since 2007. He led twice for 80 laps including the final 55.
*This was the 33rd series win for Kevin Harvick Inc. and the team's fifth win at Phoenix. Bowyer is the fourth different driver to win for KHI in 2010 (Kevin Harvick, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Elliott Sadler have also won).
*It was the 10th win in 2010 for Chevrolet and the maker's 14th win at Phoenix.
*Kyle Busch (finished second) earned his 11th top-two finish in 15 races this season.
*Johnny Sauter (third) got his eighth top-5 finish in the past 11 races.
*Matt Crafton (fourth) earned his 15th straight top-10 finish.
*Aric Almirola (fifth) got his 12th straight top-10 finish.
*Todd Bodine (12th) won his second series championship. He is the third driver to win the championship before the final race.
*Caitlin Shaw (30th) became the sixth female driver to start a series race in 2010, a record for the most in a season.(ESPN.com)(11-15-2010)
Cobb picks up Homestead sponsor: UPDATE: Jennifer Jo Cobb has secured sponsorship from Lilly's Cosmetics for the season finale race at Homestead, a deal that came about, according to the driver, as a result of her team's presence week after week in the Truck garage. Cobb also noted that her team will be returning for next season's Truck Series opener at Daytona, but that the decision to run full-time in 2011 or to scale back and focus on select races will be made contingent on sponsorship.(Frontstetch.com)(11-8-2010)
UPDATE: Jennifer Jo Cobb will make NASCAR history when her Lilly's Cosmetics Ford F-150 takes the checkered flag in Friday night's Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. At 17th in the final point standings, Cobb will surpass Tammy Jo Kirk as the highest-finishing female in one of NASCAR's top-three series. Kirk closed out the 1997 season 20th-place.(Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing)(11-15-2010)
Busch, Kanaan talk about truck ride: Kyle Busch has had discussions with IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan about having the Brazilian run some NASCAR races for Busch's team. "I told him that with Toyota's support and with the support of the Trucks Series, I think it would be kind of fun to see him," Busch said Friday at Phoenix International Raceway. "Test him a little bit, get his feet wet. Get him in some good equipment, go out there and run some races and get some experience. Maybe next year and maybe 2012 go on in a full year. That's kind of what I explained to him." Busch said Kanaan has yet to decide if he's interested in competing in the Trucks Series. Kanaan, the 2004 IndyCar champion and winner of 14 races, is currently looking for a job in the IndyCar Series. He was released from Andretti Autosport at the end of the season because the team does not have a sponsor for him in 2011. "Whether or not he wants to do that or venture down this pathway, I respect his decision to stay in the IRL," Busch said. "That's where he's made his bread and butter, and that's where he's really good. If that's where he decides to stay, that's good for him."(AP/ESPN.com)(11-13-2010)
Armour Vienna sponsorship returns to KHI for 2011: Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) has a lucky charm with the Armour Vienna Sausage paint scheme. KHI co-owner Kevin Harvick has driven in three NASCAR Nationwide Series events where the Armour Vienna Sausage paint scheme has adorned the sides of the No. 33 KHI Chevrolet. Harvick has visited victory lane with the Armour Vienna Sausage paint scheme all three times. Most recently Armour Vienna Sausages rode along for another historical win as four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday won his first-career Truck Series victory at Martinsville Speedway in October 2010. The "lucky charm" paint scheme will return to KHI in 2011 to serve as primary sponsor for four race events in both the Truck and Nationwide Series. The Armour Vienna Sausage colors will be represented in Truck Series events at Darlington Raceway on the No. 2 Truck and Atlanta Motor Speedway on the No. 33 Truck. Armour Vienna Sausage will also serve as an associate sponsor on the No. 33 KHI Nationwide Series and the No. 33 Truck Series entries when they are not the primary sponsor.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(11-12-2010)
Hessert to make first NASCAR start: UPDATE working on full-time deal for 2011: Tom Hessert is set to pilot the No. 9 Germain Racing Toyota Tundra in Friday's Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway and next week's Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The events will mark Hessert's first starts in one of NASCAR's top-three series. Hessert, a native of Cherry Hill, N.J., finished second in the ARCA Series point standings last season driving the No. 77 Cherry Hill Classic Cars entry for Cunningham Motorsports. The 24 year-old collected one win, 10 top-fives and 15 top-10s. He completed 99.7% of possible laps in the 20-event schedule and led an impressive 388 laps throughout the season, more than any other competitor in 2010.(Tom Hessert PR)(11-08-2010)
UPDATE: During this week's Fausak Tires "Inside Alabama Racing" radio program broadcast on Mobile's WSNP Sports Radio 105.5 FM, Tom Hessert said they are testing the waters this weekend and working on a full time truck deal in 2011. His ARCA crew chief Jon Monsam will be in Phoenix and Homestead to help him get acclimated to the truck series.(11-12-2010)
Bodine takes second series title: Todd Bodine won his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver's championship when he registered a 12th-place finish in Friday night's race at Phoenix International Raceway. The finish enabled Bodine to take a lead of 202 points over second-place Aric Almirola in the point standings -- with 195 points being the maximum number available in next weekend's series season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Bodine, driver of the Germain Racing No. 30 Tundra, won Toyota's first driver's championship in NASCAR's three premier series with his NCWTS title in 2006. En route to his 2010 championship, Bodine won four races at Darlington Raceway, Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway and Texas Motor Speedway. In addition, the 46-recorded 16 top-five finishes and 19 top-10 results in 24 races. The Chemung, N.Y.-native has also led 461 laps and he clinched the championship after 24 of 25 races this year. This marks the fourth NASCAR driver's championship for Toyota since the manufacturer entered the port in 2004. In addition to Bodine's two titles, Johnny Benson won the NCWTS crown in 2008 and Kyle Busch won the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) championship.(Toyota Racing PR)(11-12-2010)
Hornaday to return to KHI in 2011: Kevin Harvick Inc. announced today that four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday has signed a multi-year agreement to compete for the team's Truck Series program in 2011. Hornaday will return to pilot the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado and compete for his fifth-career Truck Series championship. The 2011 season will mark the 52-year-old Palmdale, California native's seventh full-time season competing in the Truck Series for KHI. To date, Hornaday has made 273 starts in the Truck Series, and is the series' winningest driver with 47 victories. Hornaday has earned four Truck Series championship titles (2009, 2007, 1998 and 1996), the two most recent of which were achieved with KHI in the No. 33 truck. Program details regarding sponsorship of the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado will be announced at a later date.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(11-12-2010)
Dollar General onboard for five with KBM in 2011: Dollar General will go truck racing with Kyle Busch and Kyle Busch Motorsports in five NASCAR(R) Camping World Truck Series races in 2011. Busch's No. 18 Toyota Tundra will be sporting the Dollar General yellow and black at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, Nashville Superspeedway on April 22, Kentucky Speedway on July 7, Chicagoland Speedway on September 16 and Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18. Dollar General and Busch have had recent successes together on the track. Most recently, Busch had a win for Dollar General and his new team, Kyle Busch Motorsports, at Nashville Superspeedway in April 2010 in his No. 18 Toyota Tundra.(MarketWatch.com)(11-12-2010)
Double-duty driver Pursley picks up Pro Series pole: Greg Pursley captured the pole and beat his own track record for the "3 Amigos Tequila 125" NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on Thursday, Nov. 11 at Phoenix International Raceway. The race starts at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 and is the season finale for the series. The No. 26 finished the one-lap qualifier in 27.700 seconds, ahead of the record of 27.784 seconds he set on April 16, 2009 qualifying for the Jimmie Johnson 150. [Pursley is also set to make his third NCWTS start on Friday night driving the #62-Gene Price Motorsports/Star Nursery Chevrolet.](Phoenix International Raceway PR)(11-12-2010)
ARCA drivers Arpin & Sheltra looking to move to Trucks or NNS: Local driver Steve Arpin can't talk much about how he'll be spending his time in the 2011 auto racing season, but he has a couple of possibilities narrowed down. Arpin is looking to latch on under the NASCAR banner full-time, be it on the Nationwide Series or the Camping World Truck Series. We're just really working hard," he remarked. "It may be the off-season, but it's the absolute most stressful time of the year putting these deals together." With either option, Arpin noted 2011 will be a learning year. He's never raced trucks before, making that option brand new. Meanwhile, although he competed in seven Nationwide races in 2010, there still are some challenges. "We're going to be starting all over," he admitted."We're going to go into next year with realistic expectations, and try to have a good solid year of learning and developing myself into a NASCAR driver," Arpin added.(Fort Frances Times) And on Patrick Sheltra: We're going to step into the NASCAR world," Sheltra said Tuesday after receiving a congratulatory proclamation from the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. "I'm not sure what. It could be trucks or Nationwide. The doors are all open, we just need to figure out what the best route to take is and what's the best deal that's not going to hurt my career.(TCPalm.com)(11-11-2010)
Lufkin on board with Peters at Phoenix: The Lufkin logo will adorn the #17 Toyota Tundra as an associate sponsor at Phoenix International Raceway. Tough Lufkin measuring products have been providing precise measurements for professionals and guys who just know tools since 1869. The Lucas Oil 150 will mark Timothy Peters second career start at Phoenix International Raceway.Just two races remain for Peters to work his way back inside the top-five in Camping World Truck Series driver point standings. After a 12th place finish at Texas last weekend, Peters moved up one spot to the sixth position. He is just 46 points behind fifth place.(Red Horse Racing PR)(11-11-2010)
Goodyear Tire Notes -- Phoenix: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Phoenix this weekend will run the same Goodyear tire codes, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Phoenix this past April and teams in all three series ran here in 2009 . . . this is also the same tire set-up that Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Richmond over the past two seasons, Nationwide and Truck teams ran at Gateway this season, and Truck teams ran at New Hampshire this season . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix. [Complete tire specs are posted on the Phoenix Race Page.](Goodyear PR)(11-11-2010)
ESR & Goess run two races UPDATE 2 full time in 2011; more info: Eddie Sharp, owner of Eddie Sharp Racing, announced team plans for the remainder of the 2010 season today. Craig Goess, runner-up in the 2010 ARCA Racing Series championship chase, will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on Oct. 30, 2010 at Talladega Superspeedway. The team also plans to run with Goess at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19. Goess, a 29-year-old driver from Greenville, N.C., raced this season in the ARCA Racing Series. Driving the No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota, Goess competed in one of the closest championship battles in series history. Goess finished second in the standings, 25 points back. Truck will be a Toyota; number TBA; crew chief will be Johnny Allen.(ESR/Activ8 PR)(10-11-2010)
UPDATE: Last night on Fausak Tires Inside Alabama Racing radio program, Craig Goess announced that he will drive a truck full time next season with the Eddie Sharp Racing with help from Toyota.(Inside Alabama PR)(10-21-2010)
UPDATE 2: During SPEEDtv's NASCAR Race Hub broadcast last evening, Eddie Sharp and Craig Goess reiterated and formally announced plans to run full time in 2011. The team will field the #46 Toyota Tundra for Craig Goess to run full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; trucks to be supplied by Kyle Busch Motorsports.(11-10-2010)
BBM looking toward 2011; possibly with Almirola: Billy Ballew Motorsports' driver is second in the Camping World Truck Series standings, but the team doesn't have a sponsor for 2011. The team would like to continue with Aric Almirola behind the wheel next season, team owner Billy Ballew said. Almirola has signed to drive for JR Motorsports in 2011 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series but likely could start all but two of the truck races next year based on the schedules for the two series. Graceway Pharmaceuticals will not be returning as a sponsor. "Right now we don't have anything locked in," Ballew said. "We'd love to have a sponsor for Aric. … We're just trying to get sponsorship on this thing. It's late in the game, and it's really tough out there right now." While he wants Almirola to drive, Ballew would consider a sponsor that wants a specific driver. With a 25-race schedule, Ballew hopes to find sponsors willing to sign at least a five-race deal.(SceneDaily.com)(11-10-2010)
Raybestos Rookie News & Notes -- Phoenix:
*Justin Lofton was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the November 5 WinStar World Casino 350K at Texas Motor Speedway. Lofton grabbed top rookie honors for the seventh time this season with a 22nd-place finish.
*Austin Dillon leads Lofton by 54 points (241-187) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the November 12 Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix (Avondale, Ariz.) International Raceway.
*Dillon is fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, best of any Raybestos Rookie. He is 84 points behind fourth-place Matt Crafton and 46 ahead of sixth-place Timothy Peters.
* A Raybestos Rookie has scored a top-10 finish in 17 of the 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season.
*Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2009 Lucas Oil 150, scoring a fifth-place finish.
*The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie in 19 previous races at Phoenix is second-place by Greg Biffle in the 1998 fall race. Biffle finished 2.917 seconds behind race winner Mike Bliss. *Sauter and Biffle are the only Raybestos Rookies to lead a lap at Phoenix. Sauter led once for 11 laps while Biffle led once for 31 laps.(Raybestos PR)(11-10-2010)
Exide back onboard with Malsam: Tayler Malsam will return to the track in the No. 25 EXIDE Toyota Tundra this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The 21-year-old Pacific Northwest native raced with the support of the Georgia-based company during his 2010 debut with Randy Moss Motorsports at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This season marks the second consecutive year of Randy Moss Motorsports being powered by EXIDE. At the Texas race Malsam was reunited with Dan Stillman, his crew chief from early in the year while both were at KBM. Stillman, who has worked in NASCAR's top-three divisions for 14 years and has been a crew chief for six, guided Malsam to two 13th-place finishes at KBM. Also joining the No. 25 crew at Texas was Clint Cram as truck chief.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(11-10-2010)
Mule Dear Foundation joins White at PIR: The Mule Deer Foundation will join Jason White and GunBroker.com on the No. 23 Toyota Tundra for the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. Jason sits tenth in the NCWTS point standings with just two races remaining in the 2010 season which ends next week at Homestead. He is seventy points ahead of Ricky Carmichael for the tenth spot in the driver standings.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(11-10-2010)
Dillon & Bowyer to appear on The Price is Right: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Clint Bowyer and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie Austin Dillon speed into THE PRICE IS RIGHT for a special NASCAR-themed episode, Monday, Nov. 15 (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Bowyer and Dillon will present two NASCAR-themed showcases, featuring a trip North Carolina to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, a trip to Miami to see the season-ending races in all three National Series at the end of November and a Chevy Impala LS.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(11-9-2010)
RCR's DD driver George to #22 at PIR: Tim George will make his second series start driving the No. 22 Richard Childress Racing Development Chevrolet Silverado. George has one previous NCWTS start at Phoenix, finishing 29th in last year's edition of the race after a lap-123 accident. This season, George has been focused on fulltime competition in the ARCA Racing Series, along with select starts in dirt and asphalt late models for Team Dillon Racing. He finished ninth in the ARCA Racing Series championship point standings this season with two top-five and five top-10 finishes. Veteran crew chief Harold Holly will serve as crew chief of the No. 22 Richard Childress Racing Development team this weekend.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(11-9-2010)
Park returns to #46 at Phoenix: Park will compete in his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event of the season this weekend at Phoenix International Speedway. Park will get behind the wheel of the No. 46 Van Dyk Baler Bollegraaf Lubo USA Toyota Tundra. Park has experience at the one-mile track across various series. He competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at PIR six times, with a high finish of third in 2001 piloting the DEI No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet. He competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at PIR once and twice in the NCWTS with a high finish of sixth in 2004.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(11-9-2010)
Great Clips onboard with Buscher at PIR: Turner Motorsports is pleased to announce that Great Clips, the longest-running primary sponsor in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will adorn the sides of the No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Buescher on Friday night's event at Phoenix International Raceway. Double Duty… Buescher will have an action packed weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Not only will he be in the No.31 Great Clips Chevrolet in Friday night's 150-lap race, but he will also pilot the No. 11 Great Clips machine in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series event.(Turner Motorsports PR)(11-9-2010)
Falk makes 2nd series start with RWR: Two-time Langley Speedway Late Model Stock Car champion C.E. Falk -- who has amassed 23 Late Model wins in the last two years -- will make his second-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway for Rick Ware Racing. Falk will pilot RWR's No. 6 entry Friday night. The Virginia Beach, Va. native finished 25th at Martinsville Speedway three weeks ago in his series debut.(MMI PR)(11-9-2010)
Hornaday on standby for Newman in Cup: Not only will Ron Hornaday Jr. be piloting KHI's No. 33 E-Z-GO Chevrolet truck this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, but he will also be on standby for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman. Newman and his wife Krissie are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first child. Hornaday will stand at the ready should Newman need to leave to be a part of the birth. Of note: despite the troubles the No. 33 team has experienced this season, Hornaday is still fourth among this season's lap leaders. Hornaday has led 392 laps in 2010, placing him behind Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and current Truck Series point's leader Todd Bodine. Hornaday has lead over 10 percent of the total laps completed in 2010. Hornaday has two previous wins at Phoenix; 1998 & 1999.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(11-8-2010)
Trucks TV ratings up at Texas: According to Nielsen Media Research, ratings for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Texas were up 6 percent year-to-year, with Friday night's live coverage on SPEED scoring a .73 (561,000 households) against last year's .69 (517,000 households). The race, won by Kyle Busch, peaked at a .93 (714,000 households), up 11 percent from last year's peak of .84 (618,000 households). After early season postponements at Daytona (rain) and Gateway (electrical) put the series in a ratings hole, the Trucks continue to build momentum with two races remaining in the season, scoring increases in seven of the last 11 events (Pocono up 78%, Darlington up 19%, Bristol up 3%, Kentucky up 115%, Las Vegas up 17%, Martinsville up 41% and Texas). Since July, NCWTS ratings are up 3 percent year-to-year.(SPEEDtv PR)(11-8-2010)
Bowyer in the #2 for KHI at Phoenix: Clint Bowyer will return to Kevin Harvick Inc. for the first time since 2007 to pilot the No. 2 Kroger Chevrolet Silverado. Bowyer has been behind the wheel of the No. 2 truck in the past, running four races for KHI in 2007 (Atlanta Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.) Bowyer's best finish in a KHI truck was fifth in Atlanta; this will be his first time in a truck at Phoenix. Longtime KHI partner Kroger returns to the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado as primary sponsor for the second time in 2010. Serving as an associate sponsor for several races in 2010, Kroger debuted their blue and red primary paint scheme in September at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where Ken Schrader drove the Kroger machine to his sixth consecutive top 10 in a KHI truck.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(11-8-2010)
Shaw at Phoenix with DGM: UPDATE plans to compete more in 2011: Caitlin Shaw, a 21 year old driver from New Mexico, will attempt to make her second career Truck Series start driving for Mario Gosselin's DGM Racing. Shaw made her Truck Series debut last season at O'Reilly Raceway Park driving for Red Horse Racing. She qualified 32nd and brought her truck home in one piece, finishing a respectable 24th. Shaw's DGM Racing #72-Chevrolet is being backed by The Oil Medics, a truck services company based out of Texas.(NASCARInsiders.com)(11-8-2010)
UPDATE: Shaw plans to compete in several 2011 truck series races depending on sponsorship. Shaw is a junior at Belmont Abbey College. When she isn't in school or at the race track, Shaw is an intern at Michael Waltrip Racing working with driver Ryan Truex and MWR's public relations team.(Caitlin Shaw Racing PR)(11-8-2010)
Monday Rundown -- Racing Resources:
*Kyle Busch won the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350K at Texas Motor Speedway. It was Busch's 23rd series win in his 83rd start. It was his seventh win of 2010 in his 14th start and his 22nd NASCAR win in 2010 across the three national touring series. His victory was the 84th of his career across three series, passing Cale Yarborough for eighth all-time. Busch has won seven of the last 14 NASCAR races he has competed in at Texas. He led Friday's race for 80 laps, including the final 21.
*This was the seventh series win for Kyle Busch Motorsports, all in 2010 by Busch. It was the team's first win at Texas, and the No. 18 Truck now has a 72 point lead in owners' points over the No. 30 Germain Racing truck driven by Todd Bodine.
*Toyota won its fifth consecutive manufacturer's championship, earned its 79th series win, ninth at Texas and 14th of 2010. Toyota has had four straight season with at least 13 wins.
*Johnny Sauter (finished second) finished second in both races at Texas this season.
*Matt Crafton (third) earned his 14th straight top-10 finish.
*Bodine (fourth) got his 19th top-10 finish this season. He has a 230 point lead in the drivers' standings. If he averages 27th-place finish in the last two races, he will win the championship no matter what second-place Aric Almirola does.
*Parker Kligerman finished ninth in his series debut.
*Ricky Carmichael (10th) earned his fourth straight top-10 finish, and fifth in six races.(ESPN.com)(11-8-2010)
Wheldon talking to KBM? In response to a question regarding IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon's future plans -- Answer: I'm told he has explored an opportunity in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series -- with Kyle Busch's team -- and I have said for weeks that his options in IndyCar are limited at best. I'm sure he feels otherwise about his ability to remain in IndyCar.(IndyStar.com)(11-8-2010)
Toyota takes 5th straight Manufacturer's title: When Kyle Busch finished first Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, it enabled Toyota to clinch its fifth consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) manufacturer's championship. Toyota has won the NCWTS manufacturer's championship each year since 2006, along with a pair of driver's titles for Todd Bodine (2006) and Johnny Benson (2008). Bodine, who currently leads the NCWTS standings by 230 points, is seeking to capture Toyota's third series driver's title. The performance of five full-time teams fielding Tundras -- Billy Ballew Motorsports, Germain Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Randy Moss Motorsports and Red Horse Racing -- all contributed to the NCWTS manufacturer's title. In addition, Stringer Motorsports ran a partial season utilizing Tundras in 2010. This season, Tundra drivers have combined for 14 wins, 10 poles, 54 top-five results and 111 top-10 finishes with two races remaining on the schedule. Series points leader Bodine (four wins), Busch (seven wins) and Aric Almirola (two wins) have all won multiple races for Toyota this season. In addition, Timothy Peters earned his second career victory in a Tundra at Daytona to kick off the 2010 season.(Toyota Racing PR)(11-6-2010)
Sadler to KHI in 2011; some trucks: Kevin Harvick Inc. announced today an expansion of its NASCAR Nationwide Series program with partner CitiFinancial and driver Elliott Sadler. CitiFinancial and Kevin Harvick Inc. have solidified a multi-year deal to compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and run select events in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The partnership will begin on the track during Championship Week at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Sadler will run the No. 2 CitiFinancial Chevrolet in the Truck Series event. In 2011, CitiFinancial will be the primary sponsor for 29 Nationwide Series races with Sadler, and one Nationwide race with Kevin Harvick.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(11-5-2010)
Turner Motorsports formally announces 2011 plans: Turner Motorsports is pleased to announce its driver and marketing partner lineup for their 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Series programs. The driver lineup includes the return of a number of familiar faces such as Kasey Kahne, Reed Sorenson, Jason Leffler, James Buescher, Ricky Carmichael and USAC superstar, Brad Sweet. The team has also added NASCAR Nationwide Series standout, Justin Allgaier, who will pilot the No. 31 Chevrolet for both the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The team will field three full-time entries in both the NCWTS and NNS. Additionally, Turner Motorsports announces that they will continue their relationship with General Motors and the Chevrolet brand. The organization has created alliances with General Motors powerhouse teams Hendrick Motorsports, who will provide engine support for both its NNS and NCWTS programs, Kevin Harvick Inc. for body and aero support, and Earnhardt Technology Group for drive train and suspension technology assistance. The team is proud to have all of its current outstanding marketing partners return in 2011 including Dollar General, Great Clips, Monster Energy, Wolfpack Rentals, AccuDoc Solutions, ABF Freight, BigSpot.com, Rexall, the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) and Deft paint. Camping World Truck Series teams to include the following:
No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado
Driver: Ricky Carmichael
Primary Sponsor: Monster Energy
No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado
Driver: James Buescher
Primary Sponsor: Wolfpack Rentals
No. 32 Chevrolet Silverado
Drivers: Brad Sweet, Jason Leffler, Justin Allgaier and additional driver(s) TBD
Sponsors: Great Clips for a select number of races with additional sponsors TBD
Ricky Carmichael & James Buescher will also share the #30 Nationwide Chevrolet with Jason Leffler. Rotation of sponsors including Monster Energy, Wolfpack Energy Services, Great Clips, Rexall, AccuDoc Solutions, BigSpot.com, ABF Freight and FOE.(Turner Motorsports PR)(11-5-2010)
NASCAR issues penalties for violations at Talladega: Penalties have been issued in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as a result of violations during last weekend's event at Talladega Superspeedway. Richard Wauters, crew chief of the No. 51 team, has been fined $2,500 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 as a result of rule violations discovered during pre-qualifying inspection. The No. 51 truck was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20B-5.12.1B (only a NASCAR-approved composite air filter housing will be permitted; use of unapproved air filter housing) of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. John Loper Jr., a crew member in the series, has been fined $2,500 and suspended from NASCAR indefinitely due to the violation of Section 12-1 and the unauthorized duplication of a NASCAR Annual Credential.(NASCAR PR)(11-4-2010)
Goodyear Tire Notes -- Texas: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Texas this weekend, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same tire combination that teams in all three series ran at Texas earlier this season . . . in addition, this is the same tire set-up that these teams ran at Chicagoland in 2010 . . . Cup, Nationwide and Truck teams will also run this left-side tire code (D-4392) with a different right-side code at Homestead in two weeks . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Texas Race Page.](11-4-2010)
Busch heads to Texas with owner points lead; new sponsor: Kyle Busch Motorsports heads to Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth for Friday night's Winstar World Casino 350K NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race first in the owner's championship for the first time since May, with both Dallas-based Interstate Batteries, looking for its first-ever win at its home track, and Dallas-based Internet-driven outreach ministry "I am Second" on board for the occasion. "Iam Second.com" features video testimonies of hope, inspiration and transformation by individuals from all walks of life based on their personal faith journeys. Busch's sixth victory at in 13 Truck Series starts this season gave the No. 18 KBM race truck a 42-point lead over the No. 30 Germain Racing Toyota of Todd Bodine in the owner's championship with three races to go.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(11-3-2010)
Lilly Trucking teams up with Hamilton Jr. for Texas: After teaming with Rick Ware Racing for the entire 2011 season as a major associate sponsor, Lilly Trucking of Virginia will be the primary sponsor for the RWR #47 NASCAR Camping World truck driven by Bobby Hamilton Jr. this Friday night at the Texas Motor Speedway for the WinStar World Casino 350K. In 2010, Lilly Trucking has supported RWR in the NASCAR Nationwide, Camping World, and K&N Pro series, as well as the ARCA series. Lilly Trucking was also the primary sponsor for RWR's NASCAR Nationwide series car at the O'Reilly Raceway Park in July. "Lilly Trucking has been an incredible supporter of RWR this season. I'm excited about having them on the truck this weekend in Texas, and I'm especially excited about having their support going into 2011," Hamilton Jr. said.(Rick Ware Racing PR)(11-3-2010)
McGuire-Nicholas on the #88 at Texas: McGuire-Nicholas, providers of quality work wear since 1932, will be on the hood of the No. 88 Menards Chevy for the third of four times in 2010 at Texas Motor Speedway. McGuire-Nicholas will also be on the hood with the team for the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The McGuire-Nicholas product line includes tool aprons, knee pads, work gloves, plastic storage systems, back support belts, and other products for use in all work fields. Matt will make his 20th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. In his previous 19 starts, he's earned three top-fives (fifth, June 2005 and second in both 2009 races), and nine top-ten finishes.(ThorSport Racing PR)(11-3-2010)
Malsam returns to RMM with new sponsor: UPDATE image added: Randy Moss Motorsports will race as a two-truck organization for the remainder of the 2010 season with Tayler Malsam at the helm of the No. 25 Toyota Tundra. The sophomore driver finished 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last month with the team and competed in the full 2009 season with Randy Moss Motorsports recording 10 top-10 finishes and finishing 12th in the final NCWTS championship point standings. Randy Moss Motorsports is proud to announce Coinstar, Coinstar, a leading provider of self-service coin counting kiosks, will serve as the primary sponsor on Tayler Malsam's No. 25 Toyota Tundra for the 147-lap event at Texas Motor Speedway. The Seattle area-based company will sponsor the No. 25 Toyota Tundra of Malsam, also a Seattle, Wash., native.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(11-3-2010)
UPDATE: Rendering of the #25 Coinstar-H.E.B. Toyota is posted on the #25 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.(11-3-2010)
Triple-duty for Almirola at Texas: Aric Almirola is set to run all three series this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Friday night Almirola will be driving the #51-Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series race. On Saturday he'll be in the #88-GT Vodka Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series and in Sunday's Cup race Almirola will drive the #9-Budweiser Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports. "It's going to be triple duty for me at Texas this weekend. Doing double duty the past couple weeks has been a good experience, but running all three series will be a blast. I've raced at Texas in truck and Cup car before, but this will be my first in the Nationwide Series. At the very least, I'm really hoping to continue the GT Vodka team's streak of top-10 finishes. If things go right, we'll be able to contend for a top-five," said Almirola. Almirola has seven truck starts and one start at the Sprint Cup level at Texas, but none in the Nationwide Series.(JR Motorsports PR)(11-3-2010)
Homecoming for Texas-native Starr: This weekend will be a homecoming for Texas-native David Starr [#81-Zachry Toyota, SS Green Light Racing] as he returns to the Lone-Starr state for a Friday night showdown with thirty-five fellow competitors of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Much like the pep-rally of a homecoming celebration, long-time sponsor Zachry will host a large contingent of employees, family and friends to help support and cheer on their local hero along with the SS Green Light Racing team in the Winstar World Casino 350k. David has twenty-four career NCWTS starts at the Texas Motor Speedway, the most of any track the veteran has visited in thirteen years racing in the truck series with seven top-five and eleven top-ten finishes.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(11-3-2010)
Bowles in the #46 at TMS: Jason Bowles will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Texas Motor Speedway in the No. 46 Eddie Sharp Racing/Team Gill Racing Toyota Tundra. The California native will make his first start with the team and his third NCWTS start of the season. This season, Bowles has two NCWTS starts: Las Vegas and Martinsville.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(11-3-2010)
RMEF joins White at Texas: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will join White and GunBroker.com on the No. 23 Toyota Tundra for the Winstar World Casino 350k at Texas Motor Speedway. White is having his best season in the NCWTS since becoming a regular in the series back in 2007; he has three top-five and seven top-ten finishes in addition to two front-row starts and is currently six positions higher and has earned 250 points more than his previous best in 2009 after twenty-two races.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(11-03-2010)
Paludo to drive for RHR for two: Red Horse Racing is pleased to announce the addition of Miguel Paludo to its stable of drivers in the 2010 Camping World Truck Series season. Paludo will pilot the #11 Stemco Toyota Tundra at Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Paludo has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts under his belt. His first start came at Bristol Motor Speedway where he started 23rd and raced his way to a ninth place finish. He also ran Kentucky Speedway where he started 21st and finished 20th. Stemco will provide primary sponsorship for the #11 Toyota Tundra. Stemco, standing for Specialized Truck Equipment Manufacturing Company, was established on March 1, 1951, by Ben Cook and Tom Davidson in St. Charles, Missouri. Veteran crew chief Rick Gay will call the shots for the #11 Red Horse Racing team at both Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Red Horse Racing PR)(11-2-2010)
Kligerman making series debut with BKR: UPDATE Double-duty at Texas: This weekend, Brad Keselowski will done his owners cap as Parker Kligerman will jump behind the wheel of the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Dodge Ram in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at TMS. This will be the first Truck Series race for Kligerman and his first time in BKR equipment. Keselowski finished seventh in the last truck race for BKR at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.(Penske Racing PR)(11-2-2010)
UPDATE: The 20-year old Penske Development Driver from Westport, Connecticut will make his first appearance at Texas driving the #29 BKR Dodge Ram owned by his Penske Racing teammate, Brad Keselowski, as well as the Team 42 Dodge sponsored by getmorevacations.com and Bandit Chippers in the Nationwide Series race. Chris Carrier, who helped Kligerman to 9 wins and the Rookie of the Year title in last season's ARCA ReMax Championship, and who has been at the reigns of all of Kligerman's 11 Nationwide starts, will also pull the double duty as crew chief on both the truck and Nationwide car this weekend.(Parker Kligerman PR)(11-2-2010)
Carmichael pulls double-duty first time at Texas: For the first time in his NACAR career, Ricky Carmichael will be doing "double duty" by running both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Texas Motor Speedway. On Friday, Carmichael will be driving the #4-Monster Energy Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the WinStar World Casino 350K at Texas Motor Speedway. The Monster Energy Chevrolet will be hosting QT convenience stores will be the associate sponsor this weekend at Texas. On Saturday,he will be driving the #10-Monster Energy Toyota in the Nationwide Series race.(Turner Motorsports PR)(11-2-2010)
Raybestos Rookie News & Notes -- Texas:
*Austin Dillon was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the October 30 Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Dillon scored an eighth-place finish, his 15th top-10 in 22 races. He grabbed top rookie honors for the 15th time in 2010.
*Dillon leads Justin Lofton by 55 points (240-185) in the overall Raybestos Rookie standings entering the November 5 WinStar World Casino 350k at Texas Motor Speedway.
*Dillon is fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, best of any Raybestos Rookie. He is seven points behind fourth-place Matt Crafton 78 ahead of sixth-place Ron Hornaday Jr.
*A Raybestos Rookie has scored a top-10 finish in 17 of the 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season.
*Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2009 WinStar World Casino 350k, scoring a sixth-place finish.
*A Raybestos Rookie has won two of the 11 fall races at Texas: Travis Kvapil (2001) and Brendan Gaughan (2002).
*A Raybestos Rookie has finished inside the top-10 in nine of 11 fall races at Texas including each of the last four events.
*Only once in 11 previous fall races have two Raybestos Rookies finished inside the top-10 at Texas: In 2006, Erik Darnell (ninth) and Marcos Ambrose (10th) accomplished the feat.
*The best qualifying effort by a Raybestos Rookie in 11 previous fall races at Texas is third by Ricky Hendrick (2001) and Carl Edwards (2003).(Raybestos PR)(11-2-2010)
Double-duty for Buescher at Texas: James Buescher will have an action packed weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Not only will he be in the No.31 Wolfpack Rentals Chevrolet, but he will also pilot the No. 30 Wolfpack Energy Services machine in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. James Buescher is a Texas native and considers Texas Motor Speedway his home track. The 20-year-old was raised in Plano, TX and now resides in Katy, TX with his fiancé Kris.(Turner Motorsports PR)(11-1-2010)
Sadler returns to #2 at Texas: Elliott Sadler returns to the No. 2 this weekend for his Truck Series debut at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be Sadler's 10th-career start in the Truck Series, and his seventh in a Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) truck. In his nine previous Truck Series races, Sadler has one win, one pole (both achieved at Pocono Raceway earlier this season), two top-five finishes and three top-10 finishes. He has led a total of 104 laps in the Truck Series, all of which were led this season in a KHI truck. The No. 2 is going hunting for a win this weekend, sporting Realtree camouflage at Texas Motor Speedway. Realtree is the world's leading camouflage designer, marketer, and licensor with over 2,000 licensees utilizing the Realtree camouflage brand. Additionally, Realtree is one of the nation's leading contributors to conservation groups such as Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(11-1-2010)
Johanna Long making Texas debut; hosting Girl Scouts: NASCAR driver Johanna Long, 18, is set to make her first start at Texas as she will be competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' next race - the Winstar World Casino 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, November 5th driving the #20 Panhandle Motorsports Toyota Tundra. Long will be be hosting a gathering of Girl Scouts at Texas Motor Speedway on qualifying night; upwards of 150 Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains in Victory Theater at the Samsung Mobile Infield Media Center on Thursday evening to talk about achieving dreams. Long will also take on four of the local Girl Scouts as "honorary pit crew" members for the team at the Winstar World Casino 350. Long will make her sixth career NCWTS start at Texas.(Johanna Long PR)(11-1-2010)
Monday Rundown -- Racing Resources:
*Kyle Busch won the Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. It was Busch's 22nd Truck series win in his 82nd start and his sixth victory in 13 starts in 2010.
*Busch scored his 21st NASCAR win in 2010 -- and 83rd career victory -- spanning all three major series.
*Busch posted his second series victory at Talladega in his fourth start. He passed Aric Almirola on the last lap, the third straight last-lap pass at Talladega in the Truck series. Busch beat Almirola by the closest margin of victory in series history under electronic scoring.
*Kyle Busch Motorsports posted its sixth Truck series win, all in 2010 by Busch.
*Toyota posted its 78th series win overall and 13th victory in 2010. Toyota has at least 13 wins in four straight seasons.
*Almirola (second) had his 10th straight top-10 finish.
*Johnny Sauter (third) posted his 11th top-5 finish this season.
*Matt Crafton (fourth) posted his 13th straight top-10 finish.
*Ricky Carmichael (fifth) had his third straight top-10 finish, only his third career top-5 finish.
*Todd Bodine (18th) had his second-worst finish of the season. He has a 216-point lead but trails in owner points by 42.
*Craig Goess (10th), Grant Enfinger (22nd) and Dominick Casola (28th) made their series debuts.(ESPN.com)(11-01-2010)