Thursday, November 18th
11:30 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
4:00 PM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
5:00 PM 6:00 PM NCWTS PRACTICE
6:30 PM 8:00 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
7:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
9:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, November 19th
1:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
5:05 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
6:30 PM NCWTS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (CONFERENCE ROOM)
7:40 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY –CLEAR PIT ROAD
8:00 PM NCWTS RACE (134 LAPS, 201 MILES)
8:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
9:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Busch wins race; 2010 Owners Championship: #18-Kyle Busch took the lead from #33-Ron Hornaday Jr. on a restart with just four laps to go to win the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This is Busch's 8th victory and 14th top-ten finish in 2010 and resulted in Kyle Busch winning the 2010 Owners Point Championship in just his first year as a team owner. Hornaday finished second. Rounding out the top ten were; #13-Johnny Sauter, #30-Todd Bodine, #51-Aric Almirola, #88-Matt Crafton, #7-Justin Lofton, #5-Mike Skinner, #11-Miguel Paludo, #25-Tayler Malsam. There were 17 lead changes among 9 drivers, with 6 caution flags for 26 laps.Complete race results are posted on the Homestead Results Page.(Unofficial)(11-19-2010)
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 FORD 200, his 24th victory in 85 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his eighth victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2010.
*This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in five races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
*Ron Hornaday Jr. (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 11 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2010.
*Johnny Sauter (third) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
*Justin Lofton (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
(Todd Bodine leads the point standings by 207 points over Aric Almirola.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, November 19, 2010 @ 08:26 PM US)
Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Ron Hornaday Jr, #33 27 Places
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: Miguel Paludo, #11 15 places
Pole Award: Austin Dillon, #3
Raybestos Rookie of the Race: Justin Lofton, #7
Sunoco Diamond Performance: Kyle Busch, #18
WIX Filters Lap Leader: Ron Hornaday Jr, #33 15 Laps
Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Homestead: (and finish)
Caution 1: #46-Craig Goess, 12th
Caution 2: #4-Ricky Carmichae, 21st
Caution 3: #20-Johanna Long, 20th
Caution 4: #48-Hermie Sadler, 22nd
Caution 5: #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, 24th
Caution 6: #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, 24th
Driver Point Standings following Race #25 at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
1) #30-Todd Bodine 3937
2) #51-Aric Almirola, 3730 -207
3) #13-Johnny Sauter, 3676 -261
4) #88-Matt Crafton, 3547 -390
5) #3-Austin Dillon, 3379 -558
6) #17-Timothy Peters, 3343-594
7) #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., 3310 -627
8) #5-Mike Skinner, 3256 -681
9) #81-David Starr, 3170 -767
10) #23-Jason White, 2979 -958
Complete driver point standings are posted on the Homestead Point Standings Page.(Unofficial)(11-19-2010)
Dillon wins Homestead pole: For the seventh time in 2010, #3-Austin Dillon was the fastest qualifier with a top speed of 170.622 mph to win the pole for the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #18-Kyle Busch, #13-Johnny Sauter, #2-Elliott Sadler, #51-Aric Almirola, #7-Justin Lofton, #88-Matt Crafton, #30-Todd Bodine, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #5-Mike Skinner. #9-Max Papis will have to start from the rear due to an engine change prior to qualifying. DNQ; #89-Mike Harmon; #73-Brian Johnson Jr. [spun during qualifying]. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Homestead Lineup Page.(11-19-2010)
Sauter quickest in final Homestead practice: #13-Johnny Sauter was the fastest on track for the final practice session for the Ford 200 at Homestead Miami Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #2-Elliott Sadler, #31-James Buescher, #51-Aric Almirola, #18-Kyle Busch, #3-Austin Dillon, #30-Todd Bodine, #60-Cole Whitt, #17-Timothy Peters, #88-Matt Crafton. There were 38 trucks on track for the final session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Homestead Practice Speeds Page.(11-19-2010)
Sauter leads first practice at practice: #13-Johnny Sauter had the fastest lap with a top speed of 168.256 mph to lead the opening practice session for the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #3-Austin Dillon, #18-Kyle Busch, #17-Timothy Peters, #88-Matt Crafton, #4-Ricky Carmichael, #81-David Starr, #7-Justin Lofton, #2-Elliott Sadler, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr. There were 35 trucks on track for the opening session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Homestead Practice Speeds Page.(11-18-2010)
Official Entry List: There are 38 trucks listed on the final Entry List for the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Homestead Entry List Page.(11-18-2010)
Preliminary Entry List: There are 38 trucks listed on the Preliminary Entry List for the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Homestead Entry List Page.
#2-Elliott Sadler returns as driver with debut sponsor CitiFinancial Chevrolet for KHI
#6-Derek White, making 1st 2010 start; 3rd overall, Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
#07-John King, driver, Fairway Ford/Express Signs/Davis Love Foundation Ford for SS Green Light Racing
#9-Max Papis, driver, GEICO Toyota, Germain Racing
#11-Miguel Palduo, driver, Stemco Toyota, Red Horse Racing
#16-Travis Kvapil making 1st 2010 start, 3rd entry for Rick Ware Racing
#47-Jeffrey Earnhardt, returns to the Fuel Doctor Chevrolet for Rick Ware Racing
#48-Hermie Sadler, driver, Hermie & Elliott Sadler Foundation Chevrolet for Fast Track Racing
#60-Cole Whitt, making 1st series start, SafeAuto Insurance Chevrolet for Turn One Racing
#73-Brian Johnson, making 3rd series start, Superseal Chevrolet for Tagsby Racing
#77-Tom Hessert, switching from the #9 to #77 Toyota for Germain Racing, crew chief TBA(11-15-2010)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 25
Ford 200 Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile oval) - Homestead, Fla
Fast Facts for November 19-21, 2010
Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325
Left-side -- D-4392
Right-side -- D-4410
Left-side -- 87.1 in.
Right-side -- 88.4 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 -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi
Right Front -- 47 psi; Right Rear -- 43 psi
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.(Goodyear PR)(11-18-2010)
Truck Series News & Notes - Homestead-Miami Speedway
Bodine Wraps Up Second Series Championship Early
Cope Guides Yet Another KHI Driver To Victory Lane
In The Loop: Despite Recent Slump, Peters Has Career Year
Bodine Wraps Up Second Title Early
Let the celebration begin. With a 12th-place finish last Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway, Todd Bodine (No. 30 Germain.com Toyota) became the third driver in history to clinch a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship one race before the season';s final event.
Now, Bodine and his Germain Racing crew will have an extra week to celebrate before trying for a third victory in Friday';s 2010 season finale, the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Then its off to prepare for the Nov. 22 NASCAR Nationwide Series/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards Banquet at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.
It wasn';t like that in 2006 when the championship race went down to the wire in South Florida and Bodine prevailed by a 112-point margin over Johnny Benson. This time, Bodine left Phoenix with an insurmountable 202-point cushion over Aric Almirola (No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota).
But Bodine';s 2010 season has been significantly better than four years ago – despite a more competitive field of rivals.
With one race remaining, Bodine has four wins, a Keystone Light Pole, 16 top fives and 19 top-10 finishes. In 2006, he had one less victory and four fewer top-five and three fewer top-10 finishes, respectively. "We have four wins, which is great, but the top fives and consistency of this team and how hard these guys work every week, that';s what got us here to this point," said Bodine as he praised crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., Germain Racing General Manager Mike Hillman and his entire team. The group also accomplished much despite operating on a race-to-race sponsorship basis. "We didn';t have a sponsor but the Germain brothers (Bob and Steve) decided last winter that we were going to race this truck no matter what," said Bodine. "They were going to come out of their pockets to make this happen knowing we had a team that can win races, run up front and win championships."
Bodine is the third driver in the series to win multiple titles, joining Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 Georgia
Boot Chevrolet) and Jack Sprague. Only Hornaday (2009) and Greg Biffle (2000) have been able to
clinch a championship prior to the season finale.
There';s one championship left to decide, however. Seven-time winner Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota/TRAXXAS Toyota) is on the verge of stealing some of the post-season thunder from Bodine and Germain Racing. Kyle Busch Motorsports, in its first season, holds a 120-point lead in the owner standings entering the final race. By finishing 29th or better at Homestead-Miami, KBM would become the first team in series history to win the owners'; title without simultaneously holding the driver championship. "We would have liked to win the race but you take a good truck like this and run second with it and beat the guys (Bodine) you';re here to beat and we';ll look to next week and try for a win there," said Busch, whose bid to become the series'; second eight-time season winner was blocked by Clint Bowyer, who won at Phoenix. "It';s good to have that little bit of a cushion going into next week. We';ll be looking at the banquet on Monday."
NCWTS Drivers Who Have Won Multiple Championships
Driver -- Years
Todd Bodine -- 2006, 2010
Jack Sprague -- 1997,1999, 2001
Ron Hornaday -- 1996,1998, 2007, 2009
Cope Guides Yet Another KHI Driver To Victory Lane
Kevin Harvick Inc. crew chief Ernie Cope mostly flies under the radar, perhaps because of his quiet persona. You won';t see Cope high-fiving crew members when the team wins or agonizing over a race that';s gone poorly.
But Cope is a winner and, possibly the most unsung performer in the NASCAR Camping World Truck and NASCAR Nationwide Series. He sent yet another winner to Victory Lane when Clint Bowyer won at Phoenix, becoming Cope';s third different winning driver in the series this year, and ninth overall. He also has pushed team owner Kevin Harvick to victory three times in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, his full-time home.
Harvick';s No. 2 Chevrolet will finish among the top five in the owner standings despite having a bevy of drivers this year: Harvick, a two-time winner, Bowyer, Pocono Raceway winner Elliott Sadler (No. 2 CitiFinancial Chevrolet) and Ken Schrader, among others. Cope has won with Bowyer and Harvick as well as Ron Hornaday Jr. He';ll try to run his season win total to four this week at Homestead-Miami Speedway as Sadler climbs back into the No. 2 Chevrolet.
In The Loop: Despite Recent Slump, Peters Has Career Year
No matter what happens Friday night in the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale, Timothy Peters (No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota) should look back on this season as a career year. Peters won the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, matched last year';s career-high of five top fives and finished in the top 10 a career-high 16 times. He also led 259 laps, which currently is 116 more than last season';s career-best total
Still, the way Peters has stalled recently might leave him wanting more – and wondering what could have been. He has finished in the top 10 only once in the last five races (a seventh at Talladega Superspeedway). Over the span, he has an average finish of 18.4, a Driver Rating of 78.1, an Average
Running Position of 14.2 and four Fastest Laps Run.
The slump was sudden, and unforeseen. Prior to that, Peters had finished in the top 10 in nine of the previous 10 races. Over that particular span, he had an average finish of 7.9 and a Driver Rating of 106.3.
Ending the season on a positive seems possible, if not likely. All Peters needs to do is repeat last year';s performance. Last year at Homestead, a fourth-place finish, Peters had a Driver Rating of 117.0, an Average Running Position of 4.2, 11 Fastest Laps Run and seven Laps
Legend Richard Childress: "Pop-Pop" To Grandson Dillon
To most, Richard Childress is known as a legendary owner in NASCAR';s three national series, but to Austin Dillon (No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet), he is just "Pop-Pop." For the first time since 1999, Childress returned to the NASCAR Camping Word Truck Series full time to field the black No. 3 Chevrolet race truck for his grandson. Dillon, who currently leads the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings by 245 points, has not disappointed. In 24 races this season, he has two wins and a record-setting six poles as a rookie. Here, Childress reflects on his decision to start Dillon out in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and more.
What do you think has been the key to Austin';s early success?
"He has been around this sport since he was a little kid. He grew up watching Dale Earnhardt and what all the other drivers have done. To accomplish all that he has in this sport at a young age, with really not that much racing experience, I am really proud of him."
On returning to the Truck Series?
"I am really excited for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. I think having Austin in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet has been really good for the series. You wouldn';t believe how many people have called asking RCR to build trucks for them or how they could get involved. I hope from a NASCAR standpoint it has added a little fire back into the series."
Why he chose the NCWTS for Austin?
"I felt like the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was a lot better series for a young rookie to jump into. You have some great veteran drivers. I knew Austin would have the opportunity to learn from drivers like Ron Hornaday Jr., Mike Skinner and Todd Bodine. I think Austin has been very fortunate that several of the drivers have taken him under their wing to help him out."
*Jennifer Jo Cobb (No. 10 Lilly';s Cosmetics Ford) will make NASCAR history this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Ford 200. Currently 17th in the final 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 ranked 20th in the standings.
*Ron Hornaday Jr. has 10 starts at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hornaday has completed each lap he has attempted around the track, making a total of 1,486 circuits.
*In the 14 previous events at Homestead, 13 different winners have visited Victory Lane. Todd Bodine is the only driver to win multiple races. Kevin Harvick is the defending winner of the Ford 200, but he is not entered in Friday night';s event.
*Cole Whitt (No. 60 SafeAuto Insurance Chevrolet) will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut Friday. Whitt finished 15th in last Saturday';s NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Phoenix.
*Mike Skinner (No. 5 International Trucks / Monaco RV Toyota) remains the only driver currently competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series who won in 2009 and is still searching for a victory. Skinner has secured at least one win in the series since 2005.
*Johanna Long (No. 20 Panhandle Grading and Paving Toyota) will return to the series for her seventh start this season. Long qualified ninth in her last outing at Texas Motor Speedway, but finished 36th due to an early accident.
*Travis Kvapil (No. 216 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet) will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of the season in the final event. Kvapil won the series championship in 2003 and has nine victories in 131 starts. He has one top-five and three top-10 finishes at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Wayne Auton reflects on the NCWTS season:
Q: What stands out about 2010?
Auton: "Competition. The 2009 season was a very, very trying year for everyone economically, but in 2010 the greatest owners and sponsors in the world came out. Really showed what this series is about — and that is real true racers. "I am very proud of the way our garage has responded to the hard times over the last several seasons."
NCWTS Raybestos Rookie Of The Year
Austin Dillon, 245
Justin Lofton, 190
Jennifer Jo Cobb, 142
Up Next: 2010 Awards Banquet
The 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards Banquet is set for Monday, Nov. 22 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. This is the second year the two series have been combined and will celebrate the driver and owner champions together. Drivers in both series who finish in positions second-fifth in the standings also will be featured on stage, while those drivers in positions sixth-10th also will be recognized for their accomplishments.
SPEED personalities Rick Allen and Krista Voda will host the banquet for the second consecutive year. Additionally, comedian Tom Papa (http://www.tompapa.com/bio.html), who was personally chosen by Jerry Seinfeld to host the popular NBC show "The Marriage Ref" and has toured with Seinfeld for nearly a decade, will entertain the crowd.
The banquet will air on SPEED on Friday, Dec. 3 from 7-9 p.m. ET as a lead-in to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet broadcast, also on SPEED. (NASCAR PR)(11-16-2010)