Thursday, August 26th
11:00 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
1:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
2:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NCWTS MANATORY DRIVERS & SPOTTERS MEETING (MEDIA CENTER), DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING
6:00 - 7:00 PM [7:00 - 8:00 PM EASTERN] NCWTS PRACTICE
7:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:30 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, August 27TH
8:30 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:30 - 11:20 AM [11:30 - 12:20 PM EASTERN] NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
1:00 - 2:00 PM NCWTS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
3:35 PM [4:35 PM EASTERN] NCWTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
6:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
7:40 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY – CLEAR PIT ROAD
8:00 PM [9:00 PM EASTERN] NCWTS RACE (150 LAPS, 225 MILES)
8:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NOTE: All times listed in local / Central Time Zone unless otherwise indicated
Busch wins at Chicagoland: The sixth green-white-checkered flag finish of the season didn't change the outcome, as race leader Kyle Busch kept second place finisher #30-Todd Bodine at bay and went on to pick up the win for the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. This is Busch's second win at Chicagoland in as many series races, and his 20th overall career win in the Camping World Truck Series. Rounding out the top ten were; #33-Ron Hornaday, #13-Johnny Sauter, #7-Justin Lofton, #51-Aric Almirola, #88-Matt Crafton, #73-Rick Crawford, #3-Austin Dillon, #21-David Starr. There were 9 lead changes among 5 drivers, with 5 cautions for 21 laps. Complete race results are posted on the Chicagoland Results Page.(Official)(8-30-2010)
Post-Race Fast Facts:
Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Team: No. 18 - Toyota Tundra / Traxxas Toyota
Owner: Kyle Busch
Crew Chief: Eric Phillips
*Kyle Busch won the EnjoyIllinois.com 225, his 20th victory in 78 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. He matches Todd Bodine for 4th all time in series victories. This is his 79th NASCAR national series victory. He has won four consecutive national championship races, the second time he's done this in 2010.
*This is his fourth victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2010.
*This is his second victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Chicagoland Speedway. This is Toyota's 75th NASCAR Camping World Truck win.
*Todd Bodine (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2010. This is Todd's 100th top-10 finish.
*Ron Hornaday Jr. (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Chicagoland Speedway.
*Justin Lofton (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
*Todd Bodine leads the point standings by 236 points over Aric Almirola.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, August 27, 2010 @ 10:29 PM Central)
Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Jason White, #23 25 Places
Keystone Light Pole Award: Todd Bodine, #30
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Triad, #18
Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race: Johnny Sauter, #13
O'Reilly Auto Parts Position Improvement Award: Rick Crawford, #73 13 places
Raybestos Rookie of the Race: Justin Lofton, #7
Sunoco Diamond Performance: Kyle Busch, #18
WIX Filters Lap Leader: Ron Hornaday Jr, #33 9 Laps
Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicagoland: (and finish)
Caution 1: #07-Tony Jackson Jr.,17th
Caution 2: #84-Chris Fontaine, 13th
Caution 3: #60-Narain Karthikeyan, 14th
Caution 4: #60-Narain Karthikeyan, 14th
Caution 5: #39-Ryan Sieg, 15th
Driver Point Standings following Race #17 at Chicagoland Speedway:
1) #30-Todd Bodine, 2708
2) #51-Aric Almirola, 2472 -236
3) #13-Johnny Sauter, 2405 -303
4) #17-Timothy Peters, 2383 -325
5) #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., 2380 -328
6) #88-Matt Crafton, 2324 -384
7) #3-Austin Dillon, 2315 -393
8) #5-Mike Skinner 2210 -498
9) #21-David Starr, 2133 -575
10) #7-Justin Lofton, 1977 -731
Complete driver point standings are posted on the Chicagoland Point Standings Page.(Official)(8-30-2010)
Owner point standings: following the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway are posted on the Chicagoland Owner Standings Page.(Official)(8-30-2010)
Bodine wins Chicagoland pole: #30-Todd Bodine was the fastest qualifier with a top speed of 173.840 mph to win the pole for the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. This is his second pole in 2010; seventh overall. Rounding out the top ten were; #3-Austin Dillon, #31-James Buescher, #18-Kyle Busch, #13-Johnny Sauter, #2-Shelby Howard, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #51-Aric Almirola, #60-Narain Karthikeyan, #7-Justin Lofton. DNQ; #72-Johnny Chapman, #99-John Jackson. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Chicagoland Lineup Page.(8-27-2010)
Keystone Light Pole Winner: Todd Bodine
Team: No. 30 Germain.com Toyota
Owner: Steve Germain
Crew Chief: Mike Hillman Jr.
*Todd Bodine won his seventh career Keystone Light Pole with a record average speed of 173.840 mph. The pole was his second of the 2010 season and first at Chicagoland Speedway.
*Austin Dillon was the No. 2 qualifier and highest qualifying Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender.
*The top 11 qualifiers bettered Matt Crafton’s 2009 one-lap record of 171.914.
*Two drivers failed to make the 36-truck starting field: Johnny Chapman and John Jackson.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-27-2010)
Bodine quickest in final practice: #30-Todd Bodine led the final practice session for the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway with a top speed of 174.261 mph. Rounding out the top ten were; #3-Austin Dillon, #31-James Buescher, #2-Shelby Howard, #51-Aric Almirola, #18-Kyle Busch, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #17-Timothy Peters, #7-Justin Lofton, #88-Matt Crafton. There were 36 trucks on track for the final session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Chicagoland Practice Speeds Page.(8-27-2010)
Dillon leads first practice session: #3-Austin Dillon had the fastest lap with a top speed of 173.555 mph to lead the opening practice session for the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. NASCAR noted during practice that the top six in practices were all faster than the track record, with Austin Dillong three tenths faster. Rounding out the top ten were; #18-Kyle Busch, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #30-Todd Bodine, #51-Aric Almirola, #13-Johnny Sauter, #31-James Buescher, #4-Ricky Carmichael, #17-Timothy Peters, #7-Justiin Lofton. There were 33 trucks on track for the first practice session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Chicagoland Practice Speeds Page.(8-26-2010)
Official Entry List: There are 38 trucks listed on the final Entry List for the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Chicagoland Entry Page.(8-26-2010)
Preliminary Entry List: There are 38 trucks listed on the Preliminary Entry List for the EnjoyIllinois 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Chicagoland Entry Page.(8-23-2010)
#2-Shelby Howard, driver, Foretravel Motorcoach Chevrolet for KHI
#07-Tony Jackson Jr., driver, SS Green Light Racing Chevrolet
#15-Johanna Long, 3rd series start, Panhandle Grading & Paving Toyota for BBM
#41-Steve Park, driver, 1st 2010 start, Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota
#46-JC Stout, driver, Team Gill Racing Dodge
#60-Narain Karthikeyan returns to the #60 Starbeast Motorsports/SafeAuto Insurance Chevrolet
#73-Rick Crawford, driver, Superseal Chevrolet for Tagsby Racing(8-23-2010)
#47-Lance Fenton named as driver for Rick Ware Racing(8-25-2010)
#81-David Starr, officially withdrawn(8-25-2010)
#21-David Starr will replace Butch Miller in the #21 ASI Limited Chevy for this week only(8-26-2010)
Truck Series News & Notes - Chicagoland Speedway
With Bristol Behind Him; Busch Focuses On Chicago
Dillon Compares Lessons Learned In Baseball To Racing
According To Loop, Busch Most Dominant In NCWTS
Busch Gunning For Fourth Straight National Series Victory
For Kyle Busch (#18 Toyota Tundra/Traxxas Toyota), victories, like grapes, come in bunches.
Last week's O'Reilly 200 win opened an unprecedented NASCAR national series weekend sweep at Bristol Motor Speedway where Busch added a third consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at the .522-mile concrete oval.
Bristol, however, is in Busch's rearview mirror. Next up is Friday night's EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Surprise: Busch is the defending winner at the 1.5-mile track located a few miles southwest of Chicago in Joliet.
The 2009 race was win #2 of five for Busch in consecutive appearances that included Bristol, Chicagoland, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch, in relatively short order, has vaulted to fifth on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series all-time victory list. He's won 19 times in 77 starts, or roughly one victory for every four times Busch has taken the green flag. His winning percentage - .247 – tops those of the series' four most prolific winners: Ron Hornaday Jr. (#33 ShopE-Z-GO.com Chevrolet), Mike Skinner (#5 International Trucks/Monaco RV Toyota), Jack Sprague and Todd Bodine (#30 Germain.com Toyota).
"Chicago is always fun because my parents are from that area and so are my fiancée's parents. It has a lot of history and family ties," said Busch, a winner at Chicagoland in all three NASCAR national series. "I think we think we have a good shot and with a new sponsor on board (Traxxas RC cars), we have a good chance at winning and making it four (national series wins) in a row."
Bodine and Hornaday are sure to give Busch all the competition he can handle. Bodine, who collected his 20th series victory (and third of the season) Aug. 14 at Darlington Raceway, leads all drivers on 1.5-mile tracks, with 11 wins.
Bodine, the current NCWTS championship leader, finished second to Busch at Chicagoland Speedway a year ago.
"We had a really good truck last year. We got beat on a restart," said Bodine.
Hornaday, a 46-time winner, is closest to sweeping the eight 1.5-mile tracks on the current schedule. A victory at Chicagoland would leave just Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which the series visits next month, on Hornaday's 1.5-mile "to do" list.
"Last year we had a pretty good set up for the race but got caught on a round of pit stops," said Hornaday, who led two laps before finishing 11th.
Likewise, Johnny Sauter (#13 Curb Records Chevrolet) figures to be among contenders. Sauter finished fifth in last year's Chicagoland race and edged Hornaday in a slam-bang finish earlier this season at Kansas Speedway, a similar layout.
Current championship runner-up Aric Almirola will attempt to guide Billy Ballew Motorsports' #51 Zyclara/Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota back to Victory Lane. Almirola is driving Busch's 2009 Chicagoland-winning truck.
Friday's race is the eighth consecutive race in as many weeks. The nine-race swing ends Sept. 3 at Kentucky Speedway.
Wayne's Words: Windy City Bound For Friday Night Showdown
"We're almost there – the finish of our nine-week tour that began in Iowa last month and concludes Labor Day weekend at Kentucky Speedway. It's been a busy summer but a good one. The racing has been excellent; enthusiasm is high both in the garage and the grandstands.
"Last year we made our first trip to Chicagoland Speedway, returning to the Windy City for the first time in nearly a decade. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was welcomed with open arms. Many of our teams had previously used the track for testing so most of the drivers weren't really rookies.
"The series may have been born on the West Coast but it's been embraced, especially by Midwest fans. We're pleased to be able to give the Chicago area fans one more dose of NASCAR excitement before fall arrives and the leaves begin to fall.
"Kyle Busch won our inaugural event last year. That, along with his sweep at Bristol, makes Kyle the driver to beat this week. He's accomplished a lot in 2010 but not all of it has been the driver. Kyle Busch Motorsports is a first-year team. General Manager Rick Ren, crew chief Eric Phillips and all of the KBM employees have performed at a level rarely seen in what amounts to a rookie operation.
"Chicagoland is unlike most of the other 1.5-mile tracks on which we race. It's basically a D-shaped oval but with a twist: the backstretch isn't straight. The truck continues its arc when leaving Turn 2 – something like the backstretch at Phoenix.
"Pit stops will be crucial if they come under green flag conditions. Entering pit road can be tricky. The driver definitely has to watch his speed.
"The 2011 schedule was released last week and next year's visit to Chicagoland Speedway will have a new look. We look forward to returning next September as the kick-off event for a tripleheader featuring trucks, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series." — Wayne Auton, Series Director
Little League World Series Brings Back Memories For Dillon
The 64th Little League World Series is currently underway in South Williamsport, Pa. At first glance, you might wonder what it has to do with racing – just ask Austin Dillon (#3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet). Unlike most drivers who spent their summers growing up solely focused on racing, Dillon enjoyed playing baseball and was actually very good at it.
The summer of 2002 Dillon was a member of the Southeast Region Champions team of Forsyth County, N.C., and earned a spot in the Little League World Series.
"I'm glad I got to do fun stuff like baseball and basketball growing up. Racing, of course, is my favorite sport, and I'll always try to be in it somehow, but I think I learned valuable lessons while competing in the Little League World Series."
His team didn't win. In fact, they finished the World Series Tournament 0-3. Dillon compares his Little League experience to racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
"Our baseball team was together for so long that I learned how to be when you're with a team. You've got to give and take with each of the players," Dillon said. "I use those teamwork skills today. To win a race of any kind at the NASCAR level, you have to have a great team. It can come down to a lugnut or hang tire that loses you or wins you the race. That's one of the things we've done a great job of this year at RCR. We've built a team that's very confident in what they do. When they get out on the track, they're proud of the equipment that they build and proud to work at RCR."
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year Standings
1. Austin Dillon, 211
2. Justin Lofton, 162
3. Jennifer Jo Cobb, 129
4. Brett Butler, 125
5. Chris Eggleston, 34
6. Landon Cassill, 7
Busch Takes The Concrete Lead
Kyle Busch's NCWTS win at Bristol Motor Speedway was his fifth concrete win in the series; breaking a tie for first with Ron Hornaday Jr. They remain the only drivers with victories at all three concrete tracks – Bristol, Dover and Nashville. Busch did become the first driver to win three races on a single concrete surface.
Illinois Based Sponsors For RMM
The windy city is home to two Randy Moss Motorsports sponsors. Mike Skinner"s (#5 International Truck/Monaco RVs Toyota) sponsors, International Truck and Monaco RV, are two of the 10 brands that compose the portfolio of Warrenville, Ill.–based Navistar Corporation. Skinner finished 13th in last year's EnjoyIllinois.com 225.
Cobb, Starr Make Trip To Louisville
Jennifer Jo Cobb (#10 DrivenMale.com Ford) and David Starr (#81 RMM Toyota) will spend Tuesday at the Louisville Slugger Museum promoting next week's Built Ford Tough 225. The duo will meet with media, tour the museum and learn how the famous baseball bat is made. Tickets can be purchased at www.kentuckyspeedway.com
Kyle Busch Making History In NCWTS One Race At A Time
Kyle Busch deserves each superlative heaped upon him, and none of them are even a little exaggerated.
The statistics tell all.
Busch, all of 25 years old, already has 78 victories in NASCAR national series competition. His most efficient work, though, has come in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Running race trucks, Busch has won 19 races in 77 starts – a 25% winning percentage. He has won at least one race in each of the last six seasons.
Often, he dominates. Busch has three perfect Driver Ratings in the NACAR Camping World Truck Series since the Loop Data stat's inception in 2005. His most recent one came this year at Nashville in April.
Even with the massive stack of proof, there were still questions heading into this season. The reason: he was now a driver-owner. Busch launched Kyle Busch Motorsports this year, after spending most of his truck career with Billy Ballew Motorsports.
The growing pains have been few, if existing at all. Through 16 races this season – eight of which Busch has run – he has three wins and six top fives. His average finish is 6.0 and his Driver Rating is 125.5. Dragged down by an accident in the season opener at Daytona, his numbers this year are down a bit from 2009.
Last year through 16 races (Busch ran 10 of those), he had four wins, seven top fives and nine top 10s. His average finish was 4.6 and his Driver Rating was 131.9.
Next up is the second series race at Chicagoland Speedway. Busch won the inaugural event last season, posting a near-perfect Driver Rating of 146.6 (a perfect racing is 150.0).
Up Next: Kentucky Speedway
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Kentucky Speedway for the 11th time in series history. The Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers marks the last race of the nine-week summer stretch that kicked off in July.
Last year, Ron Hornaday Jr. became the only two-time winner at the 1.5-mile tri-oval.
The long list of star studded past winners include Mike Skinner, Dennis Setzer, Johnny Benson, Bobby Hamilton Sr., Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Mike Bliss and Scott Riggs.
Hornaday, Skinner and Setzer are expected to compete in the Friday night show down in the Bluegrass State.(NASCAR PR)(8-23-2010)