Tuesday, August 17th
1:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
2:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
3:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
7:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
Wednesday, August 18th
8:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM NCWTS PRACTICE
12:00 N - 1:30 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
4:35 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
5:45 PM NCWTS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (CONFERENCE ROOM)
7:30 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTION-SECURITY–CLEAR PIT ROAD
8:00 PM NCWTS RACE (200 LAPS, 106.6 MILES)
8:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Note: ALL TIMES ARE LISTED IN EASTERN
Kyle Busch wins at Bristol: #18-Kyle Busch overcame many obstacles at Bristol, among them starting from the rear of the field, almost running out of gas following a green-white-checkered restart, but managed to hang in and cross the start finish line first to win the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The caution flew right after he took the white flag and the race was called complete at that point. This is Busch's third win in a row at Bristol, his third of the season. The #81-David Starr and the #52-Ken Schrader took hard hits, after Starr made contact with #7-Justin Lofton, got into the inside wall, went hard up the track into Schrader, ending their night with just three laps remaining. Rounding out top ten were; #51-Aric Almirola, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #5-Mike Skinner, #30-Todd Bodine, #7-Justin Lofton, #29-Brad Keselowski, #17-Timothy Peters, #77-Miguel Paludo, #88-Matt Crafton. There were 4 lead changes among 4 drivers with a record number of cautions on the night with 13 for 71 laps.(Unofficial)(8-18-2010)Complete race results are posted on the Bristol Results Page.(Official)(8-19-2010)
Post Race Fast Facts
Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Team: No. 18 - NASCAR.com RaceView / Toyota Tundra Toyota
Owner: Kyle Busch
Crew Chief: Eric Phillips
*Kyle Busch won the O'Reilly 200, his 19th victory in 77 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his third victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2010.
*This is his third victory and fifth top-10 finish in six races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
*Aric Almirola (second) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2010.
*Ron Hornaday Jr. (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 11 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
*Justin Lofton (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
*Todd Bodine leads the point standings by 211 points over Aric Almirola.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Wed, August 18, 2010 @ 10:18 PM Eastern)
Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Mike Skinner, #5 18 Places
Keystone Light Pole Award: Kyle Busch, #18 122.968 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Triad, #18
Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race: Aric Almirola, #51
O'Reilly Auto Parts Position Improvement Award: Dennis Setzer, #92 24 places
Raybestos Rookie of the Race: Justin Lofton, #7
Sunoco Diamond Performance: Kyle Busch, #18
WIX Filters Lap Leader: Elliott Sadler, #2 17 Laps
Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and finish)
Caution 1: #01-Jerick Johnson, 27th
Caution 2: #6-Clay Greenfield, 16th
Caution 3: #57-Norm Benning, 25th
Caution 4: #29-Brad Keselowski, 7th
Caution 5: #29-Brad Keselowski, 7th
Caution 6: #12-Mario Gosselin, 18th
Caution 7: #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., 3rd
Caution 8: #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, 28th
Caution 9: #46-John King, 15th
Caution 10: #9-Max Papis, 14th
Caution 11: #9-Max Papis, 14th
Caution 12: #13-Johnny Sauter, 11th
Caution 13: #3-Austin Dillon, 17th
Driver Point Standings following Race #16 at Bristol Motor Speedway
1) #30-Todd Bodine, 2533
2) #51-Aric Almirola, 2322 -211
3) #17-Timothy Peters, 2283 -250
4) #13-Johnny Sauter, 2245 -288<
5) #33-Ron Hornaday Jr, 2210 -323
6) #88-Matt Crafton, 2178 -355
7) #3-Austin Dillon, 2172 - 361
8) #5-Mike Skinner, 2116 -417
9) #81-David Starr, 1994 -539
10) #4-Ricky Carmichael, 1863-670)
Complete driver point standings are posted on the Bristol Point Standings Page.(Official)(8-19-2010)
Busch wins Bristol pole: #18-Kyle Busch was the fastest qualifier with a top speed of 122.968 mph to win the pole for the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway This is Busch's eighth career pole. Unfortunately, Busch will have to start the race from the rear as a result of some work being done under the hood of the #18 truck following qualifying. Rounding out the top ten were; #31-James Buescher, #2-Elliott Sadler, #13-Johnny Sauter, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #29-Brad Keselowski, #17-Timothy Peters, #5-Mike Skinner, #60-Stacy Compton, #07-Donny Lia. DNQ-#82-Paddy Rodenbeck; #90-Brad Sweet, #89-Mike Harmon, #16-Justin Hobgood. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Bristol Lineup Page.(8-18-2010)
Qualifying Fast Facts
Keystone Light Pole Winner: Kyle Busch
Team: No. 18 - NASCAR.com RaceView / Toyota Tundra Toyota
Owner: Kyle Busch
Crew Chief: Eric Phillips
*Kyle Busch won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the O'Reilly 200 with a lap of 15.604 seconds, 122.968 mph.
*This is his eighth pole in 77 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his fourth pole and seventh top-10 start in 2010.
*This is his first pole in six races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
* James Buescher (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2010 and his first in two races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
*Elliott Sadler (third) posted his first top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his sixth in six races this season.
*Austin Dillon (11th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Wed, August 18, 2010 @ 05:18 PM Eastern)
Keselowski quickest in final practice: #29-Brad Keselowski was quickest in the final practice session at Bristol Motor Speedway with a top speed of 121.290 mph. Rounding out the top ten were; #2-Elliott Sadler, #18-Kyle Busch, #07-Donny Lia, #17-Timothy Peters, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #51-Aric Almirola, #60-Stacy Compton, #13-Johnny Sauter, #88-Matt Crafton. There were 39 trucks on track for the final session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Bristol Practice Speeds Page.(8-18-2010)
Peters leads first practice session: #17-Timothy Peters had the fastest lap with a top speed of 120.915 mph to lead the opening session for the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #2-Elliott Sadler, #88-Matt Crafton, #13-Johnny Sauter, #29-Brad Keselowski, #18-Kyle Busch, #5-Mike Skinner, #3-Austin Dillon, #30-Todd Bodine, #60-Stacy Compton. Incident on pit road involving #3 Austin Dillon when he got into the pit road barrier; team is working on replacing the splitter and checking the radiator for damage. There were 37 trucks on track for the opening session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Bristol Practice Speeds Page.(8-18-2010)
Official Entry List: There are 41 trucks listed on the final Entry List for the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Bristol Entry Page.(8-18-2010)
Preliminary Entry List: There are 40 trucks listed on the Preliminary Entry List for the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Bristol Entry Page.(8-16-2010)
#01-Jerick Johnson makes first series start, Koma Unwind/Chillaxation Drink Chevrolet
#2-Elliott Sadler returns for KHI; Grand Touring Vodka Chevrolet
#9-Max Papis, driver GEICO Toyota for Germain Racing
#16-Justin Hobgood, driver, Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
#18-Kyle Busch returns to the seat for KBM, NASCAR.com/RaceView Toyota
#29-Brad Keselowski, driver, Ruby Tuesday/Miller Lite Dodge for Brad Keselowski Racing
#46-John King, first series start, Team Gill Racing Ford
#48-Hermie Sadler, driver, HeatRedefined Chevrolet for Fast Track Racing
#52-Ken Schrader, entered in his own Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet
#77-Miguel Paludo, first series start, Stemco Duroline Toyota for Germain Racing
#82-Paddy Rodenbeck, driver, Integrity Global Security Chevrolet
#90-Brad Sweet returns for Stringer Motorsports; Great Clips/Jameson Inn Toyota(8-16-2010)
#00-Carl Long, driver, KomaDrinks.com Chevy for DRM; late entry
#6-Clay Greenfield [driver change from Hamilton Jr.] RWR Chevrolet
#21-Jake Crum, first series start [driver change from Miller]; Honey Do Service Inc. to sponsor(8-17-2010)
Truck Series News & Notes - Bristol Motor Speedway
Three Going For The Triple At Bristol
Former Series Owner Frank "Scoop" Vessels Passes Away
Short Track Win Still Alludes Bodine
Three Races In 12 Days Makes Every Minute Matter
If you are traveling down Interstate 81 this week chances are you will hear Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" blaring from a race hauler's radio. Wednesday night's event at Bristol Motor Speedway will mark the third race in 12 days for the series. A southern tour of sorts for the series – traveling to Nashville, Darlington and ending in the hills of East Tenn. – over 1,397.8 miles on the road. It is only the third time in series history that it has ever been done.
In 1998, the series did it twice in one season, producing five different winners. Traveling from O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis (Jack Sprague) to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Andy Houston) and ending at Flemington Speedway (Terry Cook) that July. Then in September, the series traveled to Richmond International Raceway (Jack Sprague), Memphis Motorsports Park (Ron Hornaday Jr.) and Gateway International Raceway (Rick Carelli).
The long stretch has proven a good thing for series standings leader Todd Bodine (#30 Germain.com Toyota). He won at both Nashville and Darlington, but stats prove winning the triple could be a challenge. Hard to believe in over 40 short track starts, Bodine has never captured the checkered flag, but that will not slow down the determination of his team. "The performance we have been able to achieve during this schedule is a true testament to the guys in this garage," said Mike Hillman Jr. (crew chief #30 Germain.com Toyota) "When you race on Friday or Saturday, your Sunday then becomes Monday. We work seven days a week a lot. Our crew guys have not had a day off in three weeks, but I have not heard them complain one time." Bodine has the largest lead in series history after 15 races – 231 points over Aric Almirola – heading into the O'Reilly 200. The previous largest lead was held by Dennis Setzer in 2005. He led Ted Musgrave by 227 points. Surprisingly enough, Setzer did not take home the championship trophy that season.
Three Sprint Cup Regulars Going For The Triple At Bristol
Bristol is one of the most physically demanding tracks the series visits due to the high banks and fast speeds that make it a fan favorite. Add in 950 laps of non-stop action over three nights and you have yourself a challenge at its best. Kyle Busch (#18 NASCAR.com RaceView Toyota Tundra), Brad Keselowski (No.29 Ruby Tuesday – Miller Lite Dodge) and Elliott Sadler (#2 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet) are up for the challenge. All three have victories at the ‘World's Fastest Half-Mile'.
Busch has won on the .533-mile concrete oval in all three national series, but never in the same weekend – a feat no one has achieved.
Keselowski won the 2008 Nationwide series event after leading only 24 laps.
Sadler has one Nationwide series win to his resume, but his most popular win at Bristol came in 2001 when he captured his first career Sprint Cup Series victory at Bristol, only hours from his hometown of Emporia, Va.
Wayne's Words: Hills Of Tennessee Bound
"Hard to believe it's already mid-August, the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the home stretch and we're all headed to Bristol Motor Speedway, one of five currently scheduled tracks that graced the schedule in our inaugural year. "I mean, where else can you gather on a Wednesday night with 60,000 or so of your closest friends? We're proud that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicks off a weeklong festival of speed in Thunder Valley. "Bristol is 'FAST' – especially after being reconfigured several years ago. The compound banking has produced real, three-wide racing, something you really didn't see before. A driver with a good truck can pass without having to lean on his rivals.
"That's not to say a few fenders and doors might get wrinkled, but that's short track racing.
"Bristol has a unique pit road. It used to be anyone who qualified back in the field – and wound up on the backstretch portion of pit road – had zero chance of contending for the victory. That's no longer true since going to a system requiring all trucks to run both front and rear pit roads during stops under caution.
"Qualifying, though, still makes a difference. Only one winner, Travis Kvapil in 2003, has started outside the top 10. "Last year's race saw Kyle Busch break Ron's five-race win streak. Don't be surprised to see those two go at it again this week." – Wayne Auton, Series Director
Original NCWTS Owner Frank "Scoop" Vessels Passes Away At 58
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Director Wayne Auton remembers the multiple sides of Frank "Scoop" Vessels, one of four off-road owners whose concept of racing pickup trucks on oval tracks resonated with NASCAR President Bill France Jr. and resulted in the creation of the series. "He always had a joke for us," said Auton of Vessels, who died last week when his plane crashed in Oregon. "We always laughed about owning two kinds of horsepower. "At first, he probably was the most outspoken owner we had, being one of the original four."
Vessels, 58, was a Hall of Fame breeder of quarter horses as well as a motorsports enthusiast. Vessels, Jim Smith, Dick Landfield and Jim Venable raced trucks in Mexico and the Southwestern United States before approaching France in early 1994 – eager to bring their brand of competition "indoors," so to speak. Vessels ultimately competed in 25 races in 1995-96 with a best finish of second by P.J. Jones at Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park. Jones brought the #1 Sears DieHard Chevrolet from three laps down to finish .6 seconds behind Ron Hornaday Jr., in the series' second event. Mike Chase, Rick Johnson, Ken Bouchard and Andy Hillenburg also drove for Vessels. Vessel's truck number passed to Smith several years later. Ted Musgrave won the 2005 championship in the #1 Dodge – the first champion to carry the number in NASCAR national series competition.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year Standings
Driver -- Points
1. Austin Dillon, 209
2. Justin Lofton, 152
3. Jennifer Jo Cobb, 127
4. Brett Butler, 125
5. Chris Eggleston, 34
6. Landon Cassill, 7
Paludo To Make NCWTS Debut
Brazilian racer Miguel Paludo (#77 Stemco Duroline Toyota) will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Bristol with Germain Racing. Paludo has competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series this season, scoring his first top-10 finish at Lime Rock in July. He is a two-time Porsche GT3-Cup champion.
Solid Starting Position At Bristol A Must
Eight of 12 races at Bristol have been won by drivers starting third or better. The race has been won from the pole three times – most recently by Mark Martin in 2006 and in 1997-98 by Ron Hornaday Jr. Kyle Busch won the 200-lap race in 2009 from the sixth starting position.
Toyota Drivers Holding Strong In Standings
Five Toyota drivers are currently in the top 10 in the NCWTS points standings after 14 of 25 races – Todd Bodine (first), Aric Almirola (second), Timothy Peters (third), Mike Skinner (eighth) and David Starr (ninth). Toyota drivers have recorded 35 top-five finishes and 74 top-10 results during the 2010 season.
Bodine Still Searching For First Short-Track Victory
Here's a real head-scratcher: Todd Bodine has zero short-track wins.
The prolific former series champion has run 40 short track races in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career, and none have resulted in a trip to Victory Lane. Seems impossible. But it's true.
Bodine looks to finally shake that curse on Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. He has come close a number of times. Bodine has six runner-up finishes at short tracks (three of which came at Bristol), most recently Martinsville last October. His career average finish at short tracks: a solid 11.9.
Since the inception of Loop Data in 2005, Bodine has run 34 short-track races. His numbers are likewise strong: a Driver Rating of 89.8, an Average Running Position of 11.7, 259 Laps Led, a Pass Differential (passes minus times passed) of plus-232 and a Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 70.6%. All those figures suggest a win sooner than later. His 2010 short track experience hasn't been fruitful, however. At Martinsville in March, Bodine finished 30th. At Iowa, he ended up 17th. At O'Reilly Raceway Park, he finally finished in the top 10 – seventh. If anything, he improved. His Driver Ratings each race steadily increased: from 65.3 to 87.2 to 100.3. Same with his Average Running Positions: 17.1 to 10.0 to 6.9.
At Bristol, Bodine has those three runner-ups, and an average Driver Rating of 88.3.
Up Next: Chicagoland Speedway
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will make its sophomore visit to Chicagoland Speedway on Aug. 27. The 1.5-mile track is one of 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series venues the series competes on. Kyle Busch won the inaugural race last season driving for Billy Ballew Motorsports – a truck now piloted by Aric Almirola. Almirola has two wins in 2010 and sits second in the series standings behind Todd Bodine – who finished second to Busch in last year's event. The series previously raced in the Chicago area between 2000-01 at the now-defunct Chicago Motor Speedway in Cicero, Ill.(NASCAR PR)(8-16-2010)