Thursday, August 18th
10:30 AM 11:30 AM Michigan International Speedway Pace Car Rides
2:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER (TRUCK PARKING ONLY)
3:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
3:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
7:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
Friday, August 19th
8:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:30 AM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM 11:50 AM NCWTS PRACTICE
1:40 PM 2:50 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
4:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
5:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, August 20th
6:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:10 AM NCWTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
10:30 AM NCWTS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (MICHIGAN ROOM)
12:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTION-SECURITY–CLEAR PIT ROAD
12:30 PM NCWTS RACE (100 LAPS, 200 MILES)
1:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NOTE: All times are listed in Eastern Time Zone and are tentative, subject to change.
Harvick wins at Michigan: A late-race dive to the bottom saw #2-Kevin Harvick take the lead, hold on through two more restarts, to win the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. This is his second victory this season; his eleventh overall. Harvick became the first driver to win in all three major NASCAR series events at MIS with victories in the Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series. With just 15 to go, #13-Johnny Sauter got loose and hit the inside wall. The team managed to make sufficient repairs to the truck to finish in 13th position and retake the points lead. Bad day for many teams -- the top three trucks on a lap 12 restart were all involved in a melee when #29-Parker Kligerman got loose, turning Mark Martin; and collecting #3-Austin Dillon in the process. Both Kligerman and Dillon sustained signifcant damage. #18-Kyle Busch had a DNF after picking up debris on the track and punching a hole in the radiator. He finished 25th. On the final lap #8-Nelson Piquet Jr. while running fourth, got loose and ended up hitting the inside wall. He finished 16th. Rounding out the top ten were; #17-Timothy Peters, #7-Miguel Paludo, #31-James Buescher, #81-David Starr, #23-Jason White, #33-Ron Hornaday, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #51-Colin Braun, #60-Cole Whitt. There were 13 lead changes among 10 drivers with 7 caution flags for 22 laps. Complete race results are posted on the Michigan Race Results Page.(Official)(8-22-2011)
Post-Race Fast Facts:
Michigan International Speedway
12th Annual VFW 200
Race Winner: Kevin Harvick
Team: No. 2 - TapOut Racing Chevrolet
Owner: Delana Harvick
Crew Chief: Bruce Cook
*Kevin Harvick won the 12th Annual VFW 200, his 11th victory in 111 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2011.
*This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in four races at Michigan International Speedway.
*Kevin Harvick becomes the first driver to win at Michigan in all three of NASCAR's national series (NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck). He has also done it at Martinsville, Phoenix and Atlanta.
*Timothy Peters (second) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2011.
*Miguel Paludo (third) posted his career-best finish. His previous best finish was fourth at Daytona and Lucas Oil Raceway this season.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, August 20, 2011 @ 02:41 PM Eastern)
Exide Start Positive, Stay Positive Award: Mark Martin, #32
Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Miguel Paludo, #7 16 Places
Keystone Light Pole Award: Matt Crafton, #88 177.489 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Earnhardt Childress Racing Technologies, #2
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Timothy Peters, #17
O'Reilly Auto Parts Position Improvement Award: Brendan Gaughan, #62 15 places
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Miguel Paludo, #7
Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and finish)
Caution 1: #60-Cole Whitt, 10th
Caution 2: #6-Justin Lofton, 15th
Caution 3: #51-Colin Braun, 9th
Caution 4: #88-Matt Crafton, 21st
Caution 5 #60-Cole Whitt, 10th
Caution 6:#5-Todd Bodine, 11th
Caution 7:No benefactor
Driver Point Standings following Race #15 at Michigan International Speedway:
1) #13-Johnny Sauter, 519
2) #31-James Buescher, 514 -5
3) #3-Austin Dillon, 511 -8
4) #17-Timothy Peters, 507 -12
5) #60-Cole Whitt, 487 -32
6) #88-Matt Crafton, 475 - 44
7) #33-Ron Hornaday, 473 -46
8) #22-Joey Coulter, 468 -51
9) #29-Parker Kligerman, 460 -59
10) #5-Todd Bodine, 448 -71
Complete driver point standings are posted on the Michigan Driver Standings Page.(Official)(8-22-2011)
Crafton wins Michigan pole: #88-Matt Crafton was the fastest qualifier with a top speed of 177.489 mph to win the Keystone Light Pole for the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. This is his first pole this season; his fifth overall. Rounding out the top ten were; #5-Todd Bodine, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #32-Mark Martin, #29-Parker Kligerman, #2-Kevin Harvick, #4-Ricky Carmichael, #8-Nelson Piquet Jr., #7-Miguel Paludo, #3-Austin Dillon. DNQ-none. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Michigan Lineup Page.(8-20-2011)
Post-Qualifying Fast Facts
Michigan International Speedway
12th Annual VFW 200
Keystone Light Pole Winner: Matt Crafton
Team: No. 88 - Schrock / Menards Chevrolet
Owner: Rhonda Thorson
Crew Chief: Vance Haefele
*Matt Crafton won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 12th Annual VFW 200 with a lap of 40.566 seconds, 177.489 mph.
*This is his fifth pole in 262 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his first pole and seventh top-10 start in 2011. His last pole came at Texas, in November of last season.
*This is his first pole in ten races at Michigan International Speedway. His previous best starting position at Michigan was second in 2009.
*Todd Bodine (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2011 and his fifth in seven races at Michigan International Speedway.
*Ron Hornaday (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 12th in 15 races this season.
*Parker Kligerman (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, August 20, 2011 @ 10:13 AM Eastern)
Crafton quickest in final practice: #88-Matt Crafton, driving ThorSport Racing's Schrock/Menards Chevrolet, was fastest in the final practice session for the VFW 200 at Michigan with a top speed of 177.083 mph. Rounding out the top ten were; #4-Ricky Carmichael, #22-Joey Coulter, #3-Austin Dillon, #13-Johnny Sauter, #32-Mark Martin, #2-Kevin Harvick, #31-James Buescher, #7-Miguel Paludo, #60-Cole Whitt. There were 29 trucks on track for the final session Final practice speeds are posted on the Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(8-19-2011)
Sauter leads opening practice session: #13-Johnny Sauter, driving ThorSport Racing's SafeAuto/Curb Records/U-Coat-It Chevrolet, had the fastest lap with a top speed of 177.778mph to lead the opening practice session for the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #29-Parker Kligerman, #3-Austin Dillon, #88-Matt Craftion, #32-Mark Martin, #4-Ricky Carmichael, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #8-Nelson Piquet Jr., #60-Cole Whitt, #81-David Starr. There were 29 trucks on track for the opening session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(8-19-2011)
Official Entry List: There are 33 trucks listed on the final Entry List for the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Noted changes; #74-Mike Harmon added; #75-JJ Yeley named as driver; #89-Chris Lafferty added; #93-driver change from Shane Sieg to Casey Roderick. Complete entry list is posted on the Michigan Entry List Page.(8-19-2011)
Preliminary Entry List: There are 30 trucks listed as entered on the Preliminary Entry List for the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Michigan Entry List Page.(8-15-2011)
#2-Kevin Harvick making 4th start this season, TapouT makes truck series sponsor debut in the KHI Chevrolet
#18-Kyle Busch, TRAXXAS onboard as sponsor for the KBM Toyota
#29-Parker Kligerman, Cooper Standard listed as sponsor for the BKR Dodge
#31-James Buescher, Exide onboard as sponsor Turner Motorsports Chevrolet
#32-Mark Martin, returns to seat, Exide onboard Turner Motorsports Chevrolet
#51-Colin Braun, in the Billy Ballew Motorsports/TBA Ford with Richie Wauters as crew chief
#66-Peyton Sellers, making 2nd start this season, Turn One Motorsports Chevrolet
#87-Chris Jones, making 3rd start this season in the Garbee Truck & Trailer Chevrolet(8-15-2011)
#75-driver TBA, Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet has been added(8-18-2011)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 15 – VFW 200
Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile oval) – Brooklyn, Mich.
Fast Facts for August 19-21, 2011
Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Left-side -- 325
Right-side -- 325
4 sets for the weekend
Left-side -- D-4396
Right-side -- D-4444
Left-side -- 87.2 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 -- 45 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi
Estimated Pit Window:
Every 36-40 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Teams in the both NASCAR series in action at Michigan this weekend will run the same Goodyear tire codes, though the Sprint Cup 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 teams ran at Michigan in June . . . in the Cup Series, teams have also run this left-side tire code (D-4396) at Kentucky and this right-side code (D-4444) at Dover earlier this season . . . for the trucks, this is their first time on this left-side code, but also ran this right-side at Dover in May . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Michigan . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR)(8-18-2011)
Truck Series News & Notes - Michigan International Speedway
Michigan Track Perfect Fit For NASCAR Camping World Truck Racing
Eleven seasons of racing at Michigan International Speedway have produced some of the fastest and most competitive moments in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history. The 2-mile superspeedway, which hosts Saturday's 12th Annual VFW 200, accounts for the series' fastest race, its third-closest finish and the second greatest number of different race leaders.
"There's always a battle going on, not one truck enters in the same line and they all end up in a straight line coming off. I love it," said Brendan Gaughan, who won in 2003 at a series-record average speed of 154.044 mph.
Side-by-side finishes have been common in Michigan's Irish Hills region but none were more thrilling than in 2008. Erik Darnell side-drafted past 2006 VFW 200 winner and Michigan native Johnny Benson to claim victory literally by the leading edge of his Ford's splitter -- a margin of 0.005 seconds.
Michigan International Speedway's most competitive race was in 2005 when 13 different drivers held point before Dennis Setzer prevailed. Gaughan and Colin Braun are the only previous winners expected to compete this week although Todd Bodine, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin have NASCAR national series victories at the track. Bodine finished second in last year's race en route to his second series title.
Kligerman Hopes To Find Michigan Victory Lane For Keselowski
Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Parker Kligerman calls Connecticut home but he'll be a Michigan home state favorite at least on Saturday as the driver of Brad Keselowski's Dodge. Kligerman, who celebrated his 21st birthday last week, is no stranger to the track having won an ARCA race there in 2009. He enters the season's 15th race ranked third in rookie points and eighth in overall NASCAR Camping World Truck standings. After scoring back-to-back second place finishes earlier this season, Kligerman definitely is a candidate to become the series' next first-time winner -- and, in Michigan, a popular one.
Keselowski, a two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series winner at MIS, is just the latest member of the Rochester Hills, Mich. family to be embraced by Michigan fans. His father, Bob, is a former ARCA champion and a winner in that series at Michigan in 1992. While the Keselowski family's K Automotive truck team never was able to win on home turf, drivers Setzer and Terry Cook raced at the front of the field posting top-10 finishes in four consecutive races.
Brad Keselowski, who traveled with, worked on and drove for his family's NASCAR Camping World Truck team before he was a teen, said fielding a truck "has a natural feel. It would seem weird to have a family in the series since the beginning and not having a (Keselowski) truck in it." And that's fine with Kligerman. "Monday through Friday, Brad's there at the shop helping us make our trucks faster," he said.
Series Youth Being Served At Unprecedented Pace In 2011
Once described as a "second chance" opportunity for the sport's veterans, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2011 is likewise spotlighting stock car racing's future. When Austin Dillon took over the championship lead following the Aug. 6 race at Pocono Raceway, it marked the first time two competitors 21 years of age or younger have topped the points in the same season.In fact, Dillon, 21 and Cole Whitt, then 19, are the youngest ever to show as series points leaders. Both displaced Kyle Busch, age 22 when he was No. 1 in 2008. Five of the current top 10 in points -- including three of the top five - have yet to celebrate their 22nd birthdays.
Travis Kvapil, age 27 in 2003, remains the series' youngest champion and only competitor to win a NASCAR Camping World Truck title in his 20s.
Dillon also is just the fourth Sunoco Rookie of the Year to lead series standings in his sophomore season. He joins Biffle (1998-99), Gaughan (2002-03) and Carl Edwards (2003-04).
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
Three familiar figures return to series competition this week in Michigan led by 2009 VFW 200 winner Colin Braun. Braun will drive for 20-time series winner Billy Ballew, whose No. 51 Ford will be overseen by Richie Wauters. Wauters' 17 wins rank sixth all time by crew chiefs. Aric Almirola won last year's Michigan race in a truck owned by Ballew. ... Busch and Harvick renew their owners' championship rivalry this week. Busch leads by 27 points after finishing second to Harvick at Pocono. ... Butch Miller of Coopersville is the only entered Michigan driver. Miller has one series victory in 1995 at Colorado National Speedway.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(8-16-2011)
Truck Series News & Notes -- Open week beginning August 8, 2011
Dillon Grabs First Points Lead, But It's Crowded At The Top
A half--season's worth of races usually winnows the field down to two or three championship contenders at best. Not this year.
After 14 races, less than a single race worth of points -- 37 -- spans first and sixth places. With a potential net gain of 39 points, sixth--place Matt Crafton could be the leader after the August 20 VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway.
Austin Dillon took over the No. 1 spot for the first time in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career after a six--point penalty was levied on Johnny Sauter Tuesday for failing post--race inspection. Dillon, 21, is the fifth different leader this season, and now leads Sauter by a single point.
James Buescher, Timothy Peters and Cole Whitt, ranked third through fifth, also could grab the No. 1 position in Michigan. Sauter, Dillon and Peters each have a victory, as do Crafton and four--time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr., ranked ninth.
A look back at 16 years of series competition finds just two instances in which so many drivers were this closely bunched at this point of the season. Under the previous points system in which a driver could gain or lose 140 points per race, the top five contenders were separated by 73 in 2001. Two years later the margin between first and fifth was 137.
Jack Sprague ultimately separated himself from his rivals in 2001, winning his third title by 73 points over Ted Musgrave.
The 2003 finish, however, became the gold standard among multiple title contenders entering the season's final race. Four contenders -- Travis Kvapil, Dennis Setzer, Musgrave and Brendan Gaughan -- literally had their hands on the trophy during the Homestead--Miami finale before Kvapil prevailed.
Paludo Vs. Piquet: Long Journey For Brazilian Bragging Rights
Two countrymen, Brazilians Miguel Paludo and Nelson Piquet Jr., could have settled their scores on home turf but instead traveled 5,000 miles and a hemisphere to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Their decision has been mutually beneficial to drivers and the series, which gained a significant international flavor -- spiced by the addition of Italian veteran Max Papis. Piquet's previous racing career -- Formula 1 -- was the more prominent but Paludo, Brazil's youngest GT3 Cup champion, has pretty much matched his Sunoco Rookie of the Year rival in truck competition. Both have a pair of top--five finishes; each ranks among the top 15 in overall points and stand a position apart in the Sunoco standings. "Miguel and I have a great relationship. We talk a lot and it's quite nice to have a fellow Brazilian at the track," said Piquet, who finished second to Kyle Busch at Nashville in April. "Even though we are friends off the track, we are competitors on track and of course I want to beat him ... then again when I go out there to race, I want to beat everyone."Said Paludo, "It's nice to compete with Nelson. We are friends and hope to see more Brazilians coming here. My goal is still to win a race this season and I hope it happens soon."
Whitt, Coulter Trade Ups, Downs In Matching Sunoco Rookie Points
Cole Whitt and Joey Coulter have matched Sunoco Rookie of the Year points through the schedule's first 14 races. The pair left Pocono Raceway each having scored 160 points toward the prestigious award. Call it a tale of two seasons within a season.
Whitt, who led the overall standings after finishing third at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, was a whopping 44 points ahead of Coulter seven races into the schedule. Whitt, a 20--year--old USAC midget champion from Alpine, Calif., seemingly could do no wrong finishing outside the top 10 -- 12th and 14th -- just twice in the season's first seven races. Coulter, on the other hand, looked more like the rookie driver he was: three finishes of 24th or worse and just three top--10 performances over the same period. Then, the tables literally turned.
Coulter, who finished sixth last weekend at Pocono, has finished seven consecutive races among the top 10. The 21--year--old from Miami Springs, Fla., has gone from 16th in overall points to seventh.
Whitt's fortunes have turned 180 degrees. His most recent seven races have produced just two top 10s, a pair of finishes of 26th or worse and completed only two of his last six starts on the lead lap. Whitt has managed to retain fifth overall in points but Coulter's gaining there as well. The two freshmen are separated by 12 points.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
Buescher won't be taking this weekend off. He'll be competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at The Glen and making his NASCAR national series road--course debut. ... Hornaday became the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' first driver to record 200 top--10 finishes with his ninth--place performance at Pocono Raceway. ... Kevin Harvick Inc. recorded its 36th series victory at Pocono, matching Ultra Motorsports for No. 2 all--time in the series. Roush Fenway Racing is the overall leader with 50 wins. KHI is the only team to have won three or more times in the five most recent seasons.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(8-9-2011)
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