THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd
11:00 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
3:00 PM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS
3:00 PM NCWTS DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
4:00 - 5:30 PM NCWTS PRACTICE
6:00 - 7:00 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
7:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd
1:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
4:05 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
6:00 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING-PIT ROAD
6:00 PM NCWTS DRIVERS / CREW CHIEFS MEETING
8:00 PM NCWTS RACE (150 LAPS, 225 MILES)
8:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NOTE: All times listed in Eastern Time Zone
Bodine wins at Kentucky: Todd Bodine and the #30-Germain Racing team made their last pit stop on lap 92; not sure if they would make it on fuel, but the gamble paid off as Bodine came across the line first to take the checkered flag for The Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway. An earlier spin across the grass while challenging then race leader, Kyle Busch brought about the decision to pit early, with Bodine gaining valuable track position to bring about the win. This is Bodine's fourth win this season, his 21st overall in the series. #13-Johnny Sauter finished second. Rounding out the top ten were; #51-Aric Almirola, #23-Jason White, #4-Ricky Carmichael, #17-Timothy Peters, #18-Kyle Busch, #39-Ryan Sieg, #3-Austin Dillon, #88-Matt Crafton. There were 9 lead changes among 7 drivers with 5 caution flags for 23 laps.Complete race results are posted on the Kentucky Results Page.(Official)(9-6-2010)
Post Race Fact Facts:
Race Winner: Todd Bodine
Team: No. 30 - Germain.com Toyota
Owner: Stephen Germain
Crew Chief: Mike Hillman Jr.
*Todd Bodine won the The Built Ford Tough 225 presented by The Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers, his 21st victory in 158 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his fourth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2010.
*This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in six races at Kentucky Speedway.
*Johnny Sauter (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2010.
*Aric Almirola (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
*Austin Dillon (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie.
*Todd Bodine leads the point standings by 261 points over Aric Almirola.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, September 03, 2010 @ 09:15 PM Central)
Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Ricky Carmichael, #4 23 Places
Keystone 21 Means 21 Pole Award : Austin Dillon, #3
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Pro Motor Engines, #13
Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race: Johnny Sauter, #13
O'Reilly Auto Parts Position Improvement Award: Ryan Sieg, #39 18 places
Raybestos Rookie of the Race: Austin Dillon, #3
Sunoco Diamond Performance: Todd Bodine, #30
WIX Filters Lap Leader: Ron Hornaday Jr, #33 23 Laps
Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kentucky: (and finish)
Caution 1: #46-Clay Greenfield, 24th
Caution 2: #46-Clay Greenfield, 24th
Caution 3: #82-Paddy Rodenbeck, 32nd
Caution 4: #72-John Jackson, 27th
Caution 5: #44-Will Kimmel, 21st
Driver Point Standings following Race #18 at Kentucky Speedway:
1) #30-Todd Bodine, 2898
2) #51-Aric Almirola, 2637 -261
3) #13-Johnny Sauter, 2580 -381
4) #17-Timothy Peters, 2533 -365
5) #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., 2461 -437
6) #3-Austin Dillon, 2458 -440
7) #88-Matt Crafton, 2458 -440
8) #5-Mike Skinner, 2334 -564
9) #81-David Starr, 2254 -644
10) #23-Jason White, 2133 -765
Complete driver point standings are posted on the Kentucky Point Standings Page.(Official)(9-6-2010)
Dillon wins Kentucky pole: #3-Austin Dillon was the fastest qualifer with a top speed of 175.177 mph to win the pole for The Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway. This is Dillon's fourth pole in his rookie season. Rounding out the top ten were; #13-Johnny Sauter, #5-Mike Skinner, #18-Kyle Busch, #51-Aric Almirola, #90-Donny Lia, #7-Justin Lofton, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #4-Ricky Carmichael, #88-Matt Crafton. DNQ-#74-Derrike Cope, #89-Mike Harmon. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Kentucky Lineup Page.(9-3-2010)
Dillon quickest in final practice at Kentucky: #3-Austin Dillon had the fastest lap with a top speed of 174.718 mph to lead the final practice session for The Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #31-James Buescher, #5-Mike Skinner, #13-Johnny Sauter, #7-Justin Lofton, #4-Rick Carmichael, #51-Aric Almirola, #88-Matt Crafton, #18-Kyle Busch. There were 38 trucks on track for the final session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Kentucky Practice Speeds Page.(9-2-2010)
Dillon leads first practice at Kentucky: #3-Austin Dillon was the fastest on track with a top speed of 172.436 mph to lead the first practice session for The Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #18-Kyle Busch, #60-Stacy Compton, #13-Johnny Sauter, #5-Mike Skinner, #17-Timothy Peters, #88-Matt Crafton, #51-Aric Almirola, #7-Justin Lofton. There were 36 trucks on track for the first session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Kentucky Practice Speeds Page.(9-2-2010)
Official Entry List: There are 38 trucks listed on the Preliminary Entry List for The Built Ford Tough 225 presented by The Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers at Kentucky Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Kentucky Entry Page.(9-2-2010)
Preliminary Entry List: There are 38 trucks listed on the Preliminary Entry List for The Built Ford Tough 225 presented by The Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers at Kentucky Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Kentucky Entry Page.(8-30-2010)
#2-Shelby Howard, makes final 2010 start in the Foretravel Motorcoach Chevy for KHI
#21-David Starr is listed as driver in the Allegro Marinade Toyota for SS Green Light Racing with Jason Miller as crew chief
#44-Will Kimmel III, [nephew of 9-time ARCA Racing Series driving champion Frank Kimmel] makes first series start in the Lucas Oil Ford
#47-Jeffrey Earnhardt, making second series start in the Fuel Doctor Chevrolet for Rick Ware Racing
#77-Miguel Paludo, making second series start in the Germain Racing Toyota
#90-Donny Lia, listed as driver for the Stringer Motorsports Toyota; sponsor TBA(8-30-2010)
#24-Mike Harmon, #24 Lafferty Performance/Handy Helpers Ford[late entry](8-31-2010)
UPDATE 2: Driver changes [again]:
#01-Chris Lafferty named as driver for the #01 Koma Unwind Chillaxation Drink Chevy for DRM; moves Mike Harmon to the #89; #24-no longer entering
#81-David Starr, will be in the seat with SS Green Light Racing but using the #81 instead of #21(9-1-2010)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 18
Built Ford Tough 225 Kentucky Speedway (1.5-mile oval) - Sparta, KY
Fast Facts for September 2-3, 2010
Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Left-side -- 325
Right-side -- 325
Left-side -- D-4394
Right-side -- D-4272
Left-side -- 87.1 in.
Right-side -- 88.3 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi
Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi
Right Front -- 46 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi
Notes: This is the first time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams will be running this combination of left- and right-side tires at Kentucky . . . they have already run this tire set-up twice at other tracks this season -- at Dover in May and Michigan in June . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Kentucky . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR)(9-2-2010)
Truck Series News & Notes - Kentucky Speedway
Cobb On Track To Make Female History In Series
End Of Nine-Week Summer Stretch In Sight For Teams
Kentucky Has Unique Link To Series Champion
Cobb Quietly Making Name For Herself
Female drivers began making history in NASCAR since the day – June 19, 1949 – the organization ran its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Charlotte, N.C.
Sara Christian, driving a 1947 Ford, finished 14th in a field of 33 cars and went on to rank 13th in the standings of what was then known as Strictly Stocks. One race later, on Daytona Beach, Fla.'s road/beach course, three female drivers – Christian, Ethel Mobley and Louise Smith – donned helmets. Mobley, driving a 1948 Cadillac, finished 11th. She beat future champions Buck Baker and Herb Thomas as well as Fonty Flock, Marshall Teague and Curtis Turner.
Tammy Jo Kirk became the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' first female competitor. Kirk remains the most successful female, finishing 20th in the 1997 NCWTS standings as a rookie with a best finish of 11th on the road course at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan.
Jennifer Jo Cobb (#10 DrivenMale.com Ford) is poised to erase Kirk's championship achievements from the series record book. Heading into Friday night's Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers, the Kansas City, Kan., competitor ranks 16th in points. Only two female drivers, Kirk and Christian, have managed top-20 points finishes in a NASCAR national series.
Cobb finished 22nd at Chicagoland Speedway on Aug. 27. She's twice finished 14th, at Darlington Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway, in posting five top-20 finishes.
"I think there are a lot of talented female drivers out there" said Cobb. "Our team, we're just moving along, gaining experience and it's starting to pay off. We're not looking to be the best (NASCAR) team with a female driver; that's not our intention, but I think we're a young team that has really improved all season long. Hopefully, we can continue to do that and finish the season strong.”
Moving into the final top 15 is Cobb's goal, especially as the team seeks sponsorship for 2011.
"We've made so many strides this season and I feel we can continue to improve next season as well, but it's not going to happen without support from a sponsor. We're hopeful something will come up.”
Up Next For Busch: Career Win #80
Kyle Busch sure does know his way to Victory Lane. This past weekend at Chicago, Busch celebrated his fourth national series victory in a row just off the heels of his Bristol Trifecta. If Busch wins the Build Ford Tough 225 Friday night at Kentucky Speedway, it will be his 80th career national series victory – he would remain ninth on the all-time win list.
Since the inception of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Busch would be the only driver to win five consecutive races involving all three national series.
Wayne's Words: Veterans Shine In The Bluegrass Sate
"Kentucky Speedway, like many of the intermediate tracks on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, separates the experienced drivers from those whose talents likely exceed their seat time in the series.
"Veteran drivers not only excel at Kentucky; they dominate.
"Nine different drivers have won the Built Ford Tough 225; six of them are series champions. Ron Hornaday Jr., no surprise, is the only two-time winner. His fellow champions Johnny Benson, Greg Biffle, Mike Bliss, Bobby Hamilton and Mike Skinner also have visited Kentucky's Victory Lane.
"The only exception to what you might call ‘The Kentucky Rule?' – Carl Edwards. Carl shares a couple of ‘firsts' at the track, the only rookie to win there, as well as the sole competitor to get his initial NASCAR Camping World Truck victory at Kentucky Speedway. In that sense, that success definitely predicted how well Carl would do in short order in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
"We've got several rookies who are running very, very well in 2010. Should one win this week, it definitely will be a feather in the cap in a big, big way.
"Kentucky Speedway is one of those tracks with multiple grooves. Passing shouldn't be an issue. We saw great, side-by-side racing a week ago at Chicagoland Speedway, a similar track. Kyle Busch and Todd Bodine showed that there's plenty of speed to be had whether you like to hug the white line or race up against the wall.
"The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has been a part of Bluegrass State racing since the inaugural season of 1995. We've built up a great fan base since racing at the old Louisville Motor Speedway. Kentucky Speedway isn't far from several other popular destinations – Nashville and Indianapolis – so I'm sure we'll have a great crowd for the final Midwest stop of the 2010 season.
"We're at the end of a two-plus month string of nine consecutive races. Six different drivers won races over the first eight events including a pair of first timers – Austin Dillon and Elliott Sadler. We visited Pocono Raceway for the first time before a huge and enthusiastic crowd. It's been a great summer.” — Wayne Auton, Series Director
Carelli: Preparation Key To Succeeding During Long Weeks
Friday night's Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway marks the end of the nine-week summer stretch for the series – a stretch that proved successful for the teams who prepared both mentally and physically for the long haul. Kevin Harvick Inc. won three of the nine races – the most by one team during the two-month stretch.
KHI General Manager Rick Carelli explained the challenges the team faced during the recent weeks.
"From a driver's standpoint, if you could race every day, that would be better. It makes you sharper, smoother and be more on top of what you're doing" said Carelli. "Preparation-wise, it's hard to prepare and make sure you have enough equipment and enough people to do it all. I think that's our challenge in the Truck Series with our rosters. We don't have enough people to do the pit stops in the proper manner. We expect 110% out of everybody, but when you work all day in the heat of the day and try to be the best you can on the wall, I think that is where the mistakes come, but if you can keep them mentally focused, they do better. It's a tough schedule but you have to plan accordingly.”
NASCAR Raybestos Rookie of the Year Standings
1. Austin Dillon, 214
2. Justin Lofton, 172
3. Jennifer Jo Cobb, 131
4. Brett Butler, 125
5. Chris Eggleston, 34
6. Landon Cassill, 7
#2 Truck A Staple In Victory Lane For KHI
Throughout the Truck Series' 16-year history, the #2 (Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet) has visited Victory Lane 27 times, seven of which were KHI wins.
Shelby Howard (#2 Foretravel Chevrolet) hopes to earn win number 28 this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Ten different Truck Series drivers have driven the #2 to victory, with three different drivers piloting the number to the win at KHI.
Co-owner Kevin Harvick has the most KHI wins in the #2 with five, and Elliott Sadler and Ryan Newman each have one win.
Busch Scores Toyota's 75th NCWTS Win
Kyle Busch (#18 Dollar General Toyota) will once again pilot the yellow and black colors of the Dollar General store at Kentucky Speedway.
Busch scored his first Kyle Busch Motorsports victory at Nashville Superspeedway the last time this particular sponsor adorned the #18 truck.
Last weekend in Chicago, Busch captured Toyota's 75th NCWTS win.
The manufacturer is going for its fifth straight victory this weekend.
Kentucky Winner Almost Always The Series Champion
Check out the winners' list at Kentucky Speedway the past few years in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
2009: Ron Hornaday Jr., four-time series champion.
2008: Johnny Benson, 2008 series champion.
2007: Mike Skinner, 1995 series-champion
2004: Bobby Hamilton, 2004 series champion
2002: Mike Bliss, 2002 series champion
2000: Greg Biffle, 2000 series champion
Of the 10 total series races at Kentucky, seven were won by past, reigning or future champions. Only in 2001 (Scott Riggs), 2003 (Carl Edwards) and 2005 (Dennis Setzer) were the winners not also a champion. Why is this potentially a huge story? There's a marquee name absent from that list: points leader Todd Bodine, the 2006 series champion. What makes the statistic especially strange: Bodine usually excels at 1.5-mile tracks like Kentucky (see: wins at Texas, Kansas, Las Vegas, Homestead and Atlanta).
Yet, success has eluded Bodine at Kentucky. In five races there, he has an average finish of 13.2 and a Driver Rating of 92.2. Neither numbers are terrible, but they were deflated in part because of a runner-up finish in 2005. Since then, Bodine has struggled. Over the last three races, he has finished 11th, 27th and 16th, respectively. But he need only look at last year's race for some optimism. Despite a finish outside the top 10, Bodine led 45 laps, had a Driver Rating of 114.8 and an Average Running Position of 3.9.
Up Next: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is Ron Hornaday Jr.'s stomping ground. He became the first back-to-back winner in 2007, breaking a streak in which he started of 11 different winners. The following year he became the first to win at the 1.058-mile track three times. Last season Hornaday's rein at the top was derailed by Kyle Busch who led 75 laps to victory. However, Hornaday, who led 101 laps, was not far behind – in second. The duo will once again "have at it” on Saturday, Sept. 18 in the TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175.(NASCAR PR)(8-30-2010)