Wednesday, May 11th
5:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER (TRUCK PARKING ONLY)
Thursday, May 12th
9:30 AM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
1:30 PM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
2:30 PM -- 3:45 PM NCWTS PRACTICE
4:15 PM -- 5:30 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
5:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, May 13th
7:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:10 AM NCWTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
2:30 PM NCWTS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (NNS GARAGE-TENT )
4:20 PM NCWTS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
4:45 PM APPROX. NCWTS RACE (200 LAPS, 200 MILES)
5:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Note: All times are listed in local / Eastern Time Zone and are tentative, subject to change.
Busch wins at Dover: A green-white-checkered finish saw Kyle Busch, #18-Traxxas Toyota, hold of a challenge for the lead from rookie #60-Cole Whitt to pick up up his third win of the season. The race ended under caution when #8-Nelson Piquet Jr. and #17-Timothy Peters wrecked on the final lap. This is Busch's second victory and fourth top-10 finish in seven races at Dover International Speedway. He is the first driver to win multiple races at Dover. Whitt had a great run finishing second; his career-best finish and his first top five. Rounding out the top ten were; #88-Matt Crafton, #3-Austin Dillon, #2-Kevin Harvick, #22-Joey Coulter, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #31-James Buescher, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #66-Justin Marks. There were 11 lead changes among 8 drivers with 9 caution flags for 41 laps. Complete race results are posted on the Dover Race Results Page.(Official)(5-16-2011)
Post-Race Fast Facts
Dover International Speedway
12th Annual Lucas Oil 200
Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Team: No. 18 - Traxxas Toyota
Owner: Kyle Busch
Crew Chief: Eric Phillips
*Kyle Busch won the 12th Annual Lucas Oil 200, his 27th victory in 90 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is Busch's 96th career NASCAR national series victory, which ties Mark Martin for fifth all-time.
*This is his third victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2011.
*This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in seven races at Dover International Speedway. He is the first driver to win multiple races at Dover.
*Cole Whitt (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Dover International Speedway. It is his career-best finish, and first top five.
*Matt Crafton (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 11 races at Dover International Speedway.
(Matt Crafton leads the point standings by 5 points over Johnny Sauter.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, May 13, 2011 @ 07:20 PM Eastern)(5-13-2011)
Exide Start Positive, Stay Positive Award: Cole Whitt, #60
Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Joey Coulter, #22 18 Places
Keystone Light Pole Award: Justin Marks, #66 156.924 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Triad, #18
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Cole Whitt, #60
O'Reilly Auto Parts Position Improvement Award: Ryan Sieg, #39 16 places
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Cole Whitt, #60
Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover: (and finish)
Caution 1: #1-Carl Long, 33rd
Caution 2: #39-Ryan Sieg, 15th
Caution 3: #23-Jason White, 14th
Caution 4: #31-James Buescher, 8th
Caution 5: #8-Nelson Piquet, 16th
Caution 6: #13-Johnny Sauter, 11th
Caution 7:#9-Max Papis, 13th
Caution 8: #39-Ryan Sieg, 15th
Caution 9: No Benefactor
Driver Point Standings: following Race #6 at Dover International Speedway:
1) #88-Matt Crafton, 225
2) #13-Johnny Sauter, 220 -5
3) #60-Cole Whitt, 218 -7
4) #33-Ron Hornday Jr., 217 -8
5) #17-Timothy Peters, 212 -13
6) #3-Austin Dillon, 203 -22
7) #9-Max Papis, 173 -52
8) #92-Clay Rogers, 168 -57
9) #30-Todd Bodine, 165 -60
10) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 164 -61(Unofficial)(5-13-2011)
Complete driver point standings are posted on the Dover Driver Standings Page.(Official)(5-16-2011)
Marks wins Dover pole: #60-Justin Marks, driving Turn One Racing's GoPro Chevrolet, was the fastest qualifer with a top speed of 156.924 mph to win the pole for the Lucas oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. This is his second pole in 28 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. His first pole came at Texas in June of 2008. #2-Kevin Harvick will start second. Rounding out the top ten are; #18-Kyle Busch, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #22-Joey Coulter, #5-Travis Kvapil, #13-Johnny Sauter, #60-Cole Whitt, #29-Parker Kligerman, #88-Matt Crafton. DNQ-none. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Dover Lineup Page.(5-13-2011)
Post-Qualifying Fast Facts
Dover International Speedway
12th Annual Lucas Oil 200
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, May 13, 2011 @ 10:57 AM Eastern
Keystone Light Pole Winner: Justin Marks
Team: No. 66 - GoPro Chevrolet
Owner: Stacy Compton
Crew Chief: Doug Wolcott
*Justin Marks won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 12th Annual Lucas Oil 200 with a lap of 22.941 seconds, 156.924 mph.
*This is his second pole in 28 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. His first pole came at Texas in June of 2008.
*This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2011. His previous best start this season was 22nd at Martinsville.
*This is his first pole in two races at Dover International Speedway.
*Kevin Harvick(i) (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2011 and his first in one races at Dover International Speedway.
*Kyle Busch(i) (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Dover International Speedway. It is his fourth in five races this season.
Whitt leads final practice at Dover: Cole Whitt, driving the #60-Red Bull Chevrolet for Turn One Racing, had a fast lap of 154.839 mph to lead the final practice session for the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #22-Joey Coulter, #2-Kevin Harvick, #88-Matt Crafton, #3-Austin Dillon, #5-Travis Kvapil, #18-Kyle Busch, #30-Todd Bodine, #13-Johnny Sauter, #29-Parker Kligerman. There were 33 trucks on track for the final session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Dover Practice Speeds Page.(5-12-2011)
Crafton leads first practice at Dover: #88-Matt Crafton, driving the ThorSport Racing Menards Chevrolet, led the opening practice session for the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway with a top speed of 153.211 mph. Rounding out the top ten were #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #18-Kyle Busch, #60-Cole Whitt, #2-Kevin Harvick, #29-Parker Kligerman, #8-Nelson Piquet Jr., #30-Todd Bodine, #81-David Starr, #3-Austin Dillon. There were 34 trucks on track for the first session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Dover Practice Speeds Page.(5-12-2011)
Official Entry List: There are 36 trucks listed on the final entry list for the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. Note: Chris Fontaine's #84-Glenden Enterprises Chevrolet has withdrawn. Fontaine is set to drive the #51-Vision Airlines/Wounded Warrior Project Chevrolet for VAR.Complete entry list is posted on the Dover Entry List Page.(5-12-2011)
Preliminary Entry List: There are 36 trucks listed as entered for the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Dover Entry List Page.(5-9-2011)
#1-Carl Long, listed as driver for the RWR Chevrolet
#2-Kevin Harvick returns to the seat, 1st time in trucks at Dover, Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet for KHI
#07-Johnny Chapman as driver for the SS Green Light Racing Chevrolet
#10-Driver TBA, DrivenMale.com Ford, Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing
#51-Chris Fontaine listed as driver for the Vision Airlines/Wounded Warrior Project Chevrolet [switch from Toyota]
#84-Driver TBA, Chris Fontaine owned Glenden Enterprises Chevrolet
#87-Chris Jones makes his first 2011 start, Copy Wizard Chevrolet
#99-J.R. Fitzpatrick subbing for Chase Mattioli was not on initial entry list...may be a late entry?(5-9-2011)
#10-Chris Lafferty named as driver for JJC's DrivenMale.com Ford
#99-J.R. Fitzpatrick added for CMR's CollegeComplete.com Ford(5-11-2011)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 6 – Lucas Oil 200
Dover International Speedway (1.0-mile oval) – Dover, Del.
Fast Facts for May 13-15, 2011
Tire: Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials
Number of Tires: Left-side -- 375 Right-side -- 450
Set limits: 5 sets of left-sides and 6 sets of right-sides for weekend
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4394 Right-side -- D-4444
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.1 in. Right-side -- 88.3 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation: Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Dover this weekend will run the same 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" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in these series ran at Dover last season . . . this tire set-up was re-confirmed at a Goodyear tire test at Dover last month . . . teams/drivers participating in that test were the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Denny Hamlin, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Jeff Gordon and No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with A.J. Allmendinger . . . Dover is unique in that it is the only NASCAR oval one mile or less in length on which teams run inner liners in all four tire positions . . . generally, on mile tracks and short tracks, teams do not run any inner liners, while Bristol is the other exception on which teams run liners in their right-side tires only . . . air pressure in the inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear Tire PR)(5-13-2011)
Camping World Truck Series News & Notes - Dover International Speedway
Regan Smith Latest Mittler Alum To Score NASCAR Sprint Cup Victory
Mike Mittler sure knows how to pick them.
Mittler, a part-time series owner who has competed in each of the series' 17 seasons, watched yet another alumnus, Regan Smith, go to Victory Lane last Saturday in Darlington Raceway's prestigious SHOWTIME Southern 500.
The list of NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series winners that spent time behind the wheel of a Mittler Brothers truck is impressive: Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 winner Jamie McMurray, current points leader Carl Edwards, NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Brad Keselowski and current NASCAR Nationwide standings leader Justin Allgaier.
Edwards finished second in the Southern 500 followed by Keselowski, who scored his first top-five finish since joining Penske Racing.
"I listened to the race on SIRIUSXM and then was able to make it home and see the end on TV (on FOX)," said Mittler. "I was so excited for Regan because he is such a great person. It was pretty neat because the top-three finishers had driven our truck at some point."
Edwards was part of Smith's pit crew at Phoenix International Raceway in 2002 -- stepping out of the driver's seat to protect his rookie of the year status. "I'm a race car driver and I didn't want to go work on that truck while somebody else was driving it, and I went there and I felt kind of honored after it was all over to have worked with him and to have met his family. They're really good people," Edwards said.
"We changed the engine right there in the garage and I just decided I was gonna go ahead and work and swallow my pride here, and I'm glad I did because I got to know Regan a little bit better and he's a good guy. He could have treated me any way and he treated me like gold then, so I've got a lot of respect for him."
First Timers, Long Shot Winners The Norm At The Monster Mile
In a year of competitive balance, Dover International Speedway exists as the poster-track for unique -- and first-time -- race winners.
Eleven races have produced 11 different winners -- five of them first timers. A few of those winners were among pre-race favorites. Others were not.
The biggest case of "where did he come from?" was 2008 when Scott Speed wound up in Victory Lane, showing off his blue-polished toenails to the assembled photographers.
The two most recent winners, Brian Scott and Aric Almirola, weren't as surprising. Jason Leffler and Chad Chaffin also collected their first NCWTS victories at Dover.
Jeff Hensley, Scott's crew chief in 2009, had the right pit strategy to overcome a dominant Kyle Busch, who led 133 laps but needed a late pit stop thus opening the door for Scott. "The two things you are going to concentrate on at Dover are fuel and tires," said Hensley, who backs 2007 Dover winner Ron Hornaday Jr. this year. "I've seen this race go green for 150 laps and people are just running out of gas."
A couple of things to consider when picking this week's winner:
Johnny Sauter is due to throw out the first pitch May 11 at Camden Yards where the Baltimore Orioles host the Seattle Mariners....Steve Turner's No. 32 Chevrolet driven by Brad Sweet holds the 25th and final locked in qualifying position for this week's Lucas Oil 200. Four points cover positions 22 through 27....Cole Whitt leads Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by a 63-43 margin over Miguel Paludo. A rookie,Kurt Busch, won Dover's inaugural event in September 2000.... Busch and Hornaday are the series' most prolific winners on concrete with six and four victories respectively. They are the only drivers to have won on all three concrete tracks: Bristol, Dover and Nashville....Sixteen NCWTS teams will host service men and women from the Dover Air Force Base on Friday during the running of the Lucas Oil 200 at the Monster Mile. They will serve as honorary pit crew members. ThorSport Racing and Red Horse Racing team members will take a private tour of the Air Force Base on Thursday night following truck series practice.... NCWTS owner DeLana Harvick has been selected as a recipient of the Business Journal's 12th-annual Woman in Business award. (NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(5-10-2011)
Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Off Week Beginning May 2, 2011
Countdown To 400th Series Race Begins
For the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series it's 397 races and counting.
After a pair of events in May, at Dover International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, drivers roll into Kansas Speedway to celebrate the series' 400th race -- more than 16 years after it all began in February of 1995.
Four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr., winner of the milestone 100th race in 1999 at Monroe, Wash. and the 300th race in 2007 at Dover, will be in the field. Champion Ted Musgrave won race No. 200 in 2003 at Memphis, Tenn. Hornaday won the Keystone Light Pole for the series' inaugural race at on Feb. 5, 1995 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Voting by members of the media begins this week on NASCARMedia.com to select the top 10 greatest moments in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history. Click here to vote.
Each truck's B-post will carry a commemorative 400th race decal in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250.
Other activities surrounding the 400th series race will be announced over the coming weeks.
Bodine: Four Not Too Many For Germain Crew
Take it from defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine: Fielding an unprecedented four full-time entries in 2011 hasn't overtaxed Germain Racing.
Although Bodine still is working his way toward the top of the points standings, he's solidly among the top 10. Three of Germain's drivers -- Bodine, Max Papis and Brendan Gaughan -- rank among the top 15 in what Bodine calls";the most competitive" season yet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
"It hasn't gone quite the way we liked but we've run well," said Bodine, seventh in points with one top-five finish. Papis is ninth and Gaughan 14th. Justin Lofton currently stands 19th).
Deals with Gaughan and Lofton didn't come together until shortly before the season and the team played catch-up to get new trucks built.";We didn't get a big jump on getting trucks prepared," said Bodine.";It takes a lot of work to keep four trucks running but they (the crew) do a good job. It's incredible how well prepared the trucks are. Every truck, every week, (they're) 110 percent."
Hornaday Bounces Back To Contend For Fifth Championship
In hindsight it appears a 28th-place finish in the 2011 season opening race at Daytona International Speedway -- and a 26-point standings deficit - just made Ron Hornaday Jr. mad. His subsequent finishes -- third, second, third and fourth -- have boosted Hornaday to fourth overall, just five points behind leader Johnny Sauter.
The 52-year-old Hornaday definitely has his sights set on a fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck championship having won his most recent titles in the past two odd-numbered seasons. Hornaday, Sauter and Timothy Peters also occupied top-five positions after five races in 2010. Sauter, however, was the only one of the three to rank there -- third -- at season's end.
NCWTS Etc.The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes this weekend off, with competition resuming May 13 at Dover International Speedway. ... The Lucas Oil 200 has yet to see a repeat winner in 11 previous editions. The past three winners, Aric Almirola, Brian Scott and Scott Speed, collected their first NCWTS victories. ... Austin Dillon threw out the first pitch at Monday's Pittsburgh Pirates-San Diego Padres game at Petco Park in San Diego to kick off the Ronald Reagan 100-Major League Baseball Tributes celebration. Dillon will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in a Reagan Centennial-sponsored car later this year.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(5-3-2011)
Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Off Week Beginning April 25, 2011
Peters A Championship Contender For Second Season
Timothy Peters led the championship standings several times in 2010 before sliding into a sixth-place finish overall.
Building on that solid foundation, which included last year's victory at Daytona International Speedway, Peters and his Red Horse Racing team hew to the old adage, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."
Peters hasn't reached Victory Lane in 2011, but that's likely just a matter of time. Meanwhile, Peters keeps stacking up points on a regular basis with every finish among the top 12 and stands second in the standings just three markers behind leader Johnny Sauter.
Peters, aided by a late-race, two-tire strategy executed by crew chief Butch Hylton, came out of last weekend's Bully Hill Vineyards 200 with a third-place finish... the driver's best at Nashville Superspeedway. Peters has finished sixth, fifth and third in his most recent three starts and is one of four drivers to have completed all 800 laps run this season.
"What we did tonight is a championship caliber deal for our team,"Peters said.
The fifth of 25 races produced a 12-point spread from Sauter to fifth-place Cole Whitt. Sauter holds the top spot for the second consecutive race followed by Peters, Matt Crafton, four-time series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. and Whitt.
All but Whitt, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year leader, finished among the top 10 in Nashville with Whitt 12th among 25 drivers completing all 150 laps.
Piquet Proving To Be Quick Study In NASCAR
Success in NASCAR usually comes one rung up the ladder at a time but Nelson Piquet Jr.'s late-race charge to a second-place finish at Nashville Superspeedway suggests the former Formula 1 competitor may be ready to skip a step or two.
Last weekend's race marked the first time the Brazilian had seen the 1.333-mile oval and Piquet's introduction to competing in NASCAR on a concrete surface.
The finish was Piquet's series best trumping a sixth-place debut last season at Daytona International Speedway. It effectively righted a rocky start to the 25-year-old's season in which Piquet had posted a single top-15 finish.
Road racing specialists historically have taken longer to master the art of NASCAR racing; however, Piquet's Nashville charge brings to mind another day...also on a concrete surfaced track...when ex-F1 driver Scott Speed won the 2008 NCWTS race at Dover International Speedway.
Piquet found his way into the right seat at the right time, partnering with 47-time series winner Ron Hornaday Jr. at Kevin Harvick Inc. To say that he is learning at the feet of giants would be an understatement.
Virginians Jason White and Hermie Sadler, who covers NCWTS pit road for SPEED and occasionally competes in the series, are among invitees for Thursday's Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway. ... Kyle Busch's Nashville victory marked the 21st time that Eric Phillips has backed a series winner. He ties Germain Racing's Mike Hillman Jr. for third among winning crew chiefs. ... On lap 114 of last Friday night's race, Busch reached 20,000 laps led in his NASCAR national series career.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(4-27-2011)
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