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Official Race Report
Race Date: Friday, May 18, 2012
Final practice: 10:30am/et
Thursday, May 17th
8:30 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
9:30 AM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS (INSPECTION ONLY)
3:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
Friday, May 18th
7:30 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDON DRAWING
9:00 AM 10:00 AM NCWTS PRACTICE
10:20 AM 11:50 AM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
4:00 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
5:15 PM 6:30 PM NCWTS MINORS ADMITTED IN NASCAR GARAGE AREA WITH PROPER CREDENTIALS
5:50 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
7:30 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
8:00 PM NCWTS RACE (134 LAPS, 201 MILES)
8:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Note: All times listed are Eastern Time Zone and are tentative, subject to change.
Charlotte Official Race Report Page (pdf).(5-21-2012)
Lofton wins at Charlotte: With less than ten laps remaining, Justin Lofton, driving the #6-CollegeComplete.com Chevrolet for Eddie Sharp Racing, retook the lead from #19-Brad Keselowski; surviving two restarts to win the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is Lofton's first victory in 55 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts. Keselowski finished second. Rounding out the top ten were; #11-Todd Bodine, #18-Jason Leffler, #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., #23-Jason White, #22-Joey Coulter, #27-Jeb Burton, #17-Timothy Peters, #3-Ty Dillon. There were 8 lead changes among 7drivers, with 8 caution flags for laps. Complete race results are posted on the Charlotte Race Results page (pdf).(Unofficial)(5-18-2012)
Post-Race Fast Facts
Charlotte Motor Speedway
10th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200
Race Winner: Justin Lofton
Team: No. 6 - CollegeComplete.com Chevrolet
Owner: Eddie Sharp
Crew Chief: Daniel Bormann
*Justin Lofton won the 10th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200, his first victory in 55 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*Lofton's previous best finish was third (twice), most recently at Daytona International Speedway earlier this season.
*Lofton is the third first-time winner of 2012, joining John King (Daytona) and James Buescher (Kansas).
*This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2012.
*This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in three races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
*Brad Keselowski (second) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2012.
*Todd Bodine (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in nine races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, May 18, 2012 @ 10:20 PM Eastern)(5-18-2012)
Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Jeb Burton, #27 28 Places
Keystone Light Pole Award: Ty Dillon, #3 181.616 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Earnhardt-Childress Racing, #6
Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race: Justin Lofton, #6
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Jeb Burton, #27
Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and finish)
Caution 1: No benefactor
Caution 2: #38-Dennis Setzer, 34th
Caution 3: No benefactor
Caution 4: #19-Brad Keselowski, 2nd
Caution 5 #22-Joey Coulter, 7th
Caution 6: #33-Cale Gale, 19th
Caution 7: #31-James Buescher, 22nd
Caution 8: #31-James Buescher, 22nd
Driver point standings following race #5 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:
1) #6-Justin Lofton, 200
2) #17-Timothy Peters, 199 -1
3) #3-Ty Dillon, 184 -16
4) #31-James Buescher, 182 -18
5) #29-Parker Kligerman, 170 -30
6) #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., 169 -31
7) #23-Jason White, 158 -42
8) #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., 155 -45
9) #11-Todd Bodine, 151 -49
10) #22-Joey Coulter, 145 -55
Complete driver point standings are posted on the Charlotte Driver Standings page (pdf).(Unofficial)(5-18-2012)
Owner point standings: following the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway are posted on the Charlotte Owner Standings page (pdf).(Unofficial)(5-18-2012)
Ty Dillon wins pole at Charlotte: #3-Ty Dillon was the fastest qualifier with a top speed of 181.616 mph to win the pole for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is Dillon's first series pole in just eight starts. #6-Justin Lofton was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #22-Joey Coulter, #17-Timothy Peters, #18-Jason Leffler, #88-Matt Crafton, #23-Jason White, #33-Cale Gale, #19-Brad Keselowski, #31-James Buescher. Did Not Qualify: #07-Johnny Chapman, #70-Jeff Agnew, #57-Norm Benning, #93-BJ McLeod, #28-Wes Burton. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Charlotte Lineup (pdf)(5-18-2012)
Qualifying Fast Facts:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
10th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200
Keystone Light Pole Winner: Ty Dillon
Team: No. 3 - Bass Pro Shops / Allstate Chevrolet
Owner: Richard Childress
Crew Chief: Marcus Richmond
*Ty Dillon won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 10th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200 with a lap of 29.733 seconds, 181.616 mph.
*This is his first pole in eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his fourth top-10 start in 2012.
*Justin Lofton (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2012 and his first in three races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
*Joey Coulter (third) posted his first top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his third in five races this season.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, May 18, 2012 @ 05:05 PM Eastern)(5-18-2012)
Buescher quickest in final practice: James Buescher, driving the #31 Exide Batteries Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports, was the fastest in the final practice session for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 with a top speed of 179.922 mph. Rounding out the top ten were; #6-Justin Loftin, #33-Cale Gale, #2-Brendan Gaughan, #19-Brad Keselowski, #3-Ty Dillon, #88-Matt Crafton, #13-Johnny Sauter, #29-Parker Kligerman, #22-Joey Coulter. There were 40 trucks on track for the final session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Charlotte Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(5-18-2012)
Ty Dillon leads opening practice at Charlotte: Ty Dillon, driving the #3-Bass Pro Shops/NWTF Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, was the fastest on track with a top speed of 181.378 mph to lead the opening practice session for the North Carolina Education Lottery at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #17-Timothy Peters, #22-Joey Coulter, #88-Matt Crafton, #6-Justin Lofton, #18-Jason Leffler, #31-James Buescher, #19-Brad Keselowski, #33-Cale Gale, #7-John King. There were 38 trucks on track for the opening session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Charlotte Practice Speeds page (pdf).(5-18-2012)
Official Entry List: There are now 41 trucks listed as entered for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Charlotte Entry List page.(5-18-2012)
Preliminary Entry List: There are 42 trucks listed as entered for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Charlotte Entry List Page.(5-14-2012)
#2-Brendan Gaughan, makes 2nd 2012 start as driver of the Southpoint Chevrolet for RCR
#09-John Wes Townley; new sponsor, Toyota Save In May Sales Event Toyota
#19-Brad Keselowski, 3rd 2012 start, driving the Cooper Standard RAM for BKR
#23-Jason White; new sponsor, JW Demolition/ Ford for Gunbroker Racing
#24-Max Gresham; new sponsor, BugBand Chevroelt for JDM
#30-Nelson Piquet Jr.; new sponsor, Alpinestars Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports
#31-James Buescher, Exide returns as sponsor, Turner Motorsports Chevrolet
#57-Norm Benning; new sponsor, G.L. Hubbard & Sons, Inc.Chevrolet for NBR(5-14-2012)
#01-Jake Crum - added entry; Bandit Chippers Chevrolet
#38-Dennis Setzer, driver for the RSS Racing Chevrolet
#93-BJ McCleod, replaces Chris Cockrum as driver for the RSS Racing Chevrolet.(5-16-2012)
#60-Chad McCumbee named as driver of the Turn One Racing Chevrolet(5-17-2012)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 5
N.C. Education Lottery 200
Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) -- Concord, N.C.
Fast Facts for May 18-19, 2012
Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Left-side -- 325
Set limits: 4 sets for the weekend
Left-side -- D-4428
Right-side -- D-4552
Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,223 mm)
Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 mm)
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi
Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi
Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi
Notes: Teams in both NASCAR series in action at Charlotte this weekend will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . for Sprint Cup teams, this is the same left-side tire code (D-4428) they ran at Charlotte last season, but this is a new right-side code (D-4552) . . . compared to what was run at Charlotte last year, this right-side features just a slight construction change . . . for Camping World Truck teams, this is the first time they have run either of these two tire codes . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR)(5-18-2012)
Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Charlotte Motor Speedway
Close But Not Quite For Bodine At Charlotte Motor Speedway
Nine seasons of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition have sent only two champions to Charlotte Motor Speedway's Victory Lane. Ted Musgrave won the track's inaugural race in 2003. Four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr. collected the hardware twice, in 2007 and 2009.
Todd Bodine, a two-time titleholder, bids to add his name to that short list in Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200. A victory would erase a major gap in Bodine's resume. Despite winning 21 times in trucks and another 15 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Bodine has yet to capture a points-paying race in Charlotte. Bodine has done just about everything but win at CMS. He finished second to Kyle Busch in 2010, the best of a trio of NCWTS top fives. His Nationwide record shows five top fives in 21 starts. Friday's race will be Bodine's 49th at Charlotte in NASCAR's three national series. He has won what's now called the Sprint Showdown, Saturday's last-chance entry into the Sprint All-Star Race. "I have always run well here but never got to victory lane in the points race," Bodine said.
Red Horse Racing will roll out the same #11 Toyota in which Bodine finished fifth last month at Kansas Speedway. "Charlotte is definitely its own animal. The corners have a sharper radius than most of the other 1.5-mile tracks. The majority of them have long sweeping corners, where Charlotte does not," Bodine said. "You're challenged with the handling of the track because of the tighter turns, which makes Charlotte a lot more difficult than the others."
Hornaday Ready To Resume Winning Ways
Ron Hornaday Jr., a month shy of his 54th birthday, can set one record and extend another at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hornaday has won at least one race in seven consecutive seasons -- including four a year ago -- a NASCAR Camping World Truck mark he shares with Kyle Busch. He's also working on a streak of seven consecutive pole-winning campaigns and 11 overall.
Charlotte has been one of Hornaday's best tracks, on which he ranks first in Driver Rating (115.1), Average Running Position (6.088), Fastest Laps Run (100), Laps in the Top 15 (855) and Laps Led (169). He's the only currently active series driver with multiple victories but continues to look for his first Keystone Light Pole at the 1.5-mile track. Hornaday got off to a slow start in 2012 as he moved from Kevin Harvick Inc. to Joe Denette Motorsports. A sixth-place finish at Kansas Speedway, however, boosted the four-time champion to seventh in the standings, 11 points out of the top five. "We have done some testing, found a few things and the boys have been working hard making updates on our intermediate trucks, getting the drag out and getting good down force," said Hornaday, whose last victory came at Las Vegas last October. "We weren't far off, but I feel like these changes will put us back in the hunt."
Consistency Crafton's Hallmark In Charlotte
Four years have elapsed since Matt Crafton scored his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2008. Another "W" could put Crafton, 10th in the standings, back in the championship picture. Crafton finished on the lead lap in his first eight starts at CMS, a streak that came to an end with a 26th-place finish a year ago. Both he and ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter, 16th in points, could use a little intermediate track tonic. Both of Sauter's series victories came on 1.5-mile tracks (Kansas and Las Vegas). Crafton, driver of the #88 Toyota, needs one top-five finish to become the 13th driver to reach 50 career top fives.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
Timothy Peters has run well at Charlotte, winning the pole in 2010, but has only a single top 10 to show for his six starts. The NCWTS points leader finished second in his most recent start at Kansas Speedway. ... Two full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will compete in Friday's race: Brad Keselowski and David Reutimann. Brendan Gaughan, splitting his time between all three national series this season, returns to the seat of DeLana Harvick's #2 Chevrolet, which ranks eighth in Owner Championship points. ... Friday's race is the first of the year to use 2012 Owner Championship points to determine locked-in starting positions.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(5-15-2012)
Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Open Week, May 8, 2012
Keselowski Pursues Pair Of NASCAR Truck Goals
Job 1 for Brad Keselowski Racing is backing Parker Kligerman to the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. So far, so good as Kligerman -- coming off an eighth-place finish last month at Kansas Speedway -- ranks sixth in the standings. "We're solidly knocking off finishes, picking up valuable points and bringing home clean trucks," said Kligerman, who's competing in his second full season in the series. "We've got good speed in our Ram [truck]. We've got what it takes. We just have to execute better."
The team owner, however, has some unfinished business. Brad Keselowski competed in only one full season before climbing the ladder to Penske Racing, a NASCAR Nationwide Series championship and six NASCAR Sprint Cup victories. He still lacks a truck win. "I'm just motivated; I want to make that happen," said Keselowski after finishing third in Kansas. A victory in the May 18 Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway would make him the 24th different driver to win in all three national series. He also would join his father, Bob Keselowski, as a NCWTS winner -- an unprecedented achievement.
The elder Keselowski, whose family team was a charter member of the series in 1995, won at Richmond in 1997. Brad's NASCAR career, as crew member, team engineer and later driver, grew with the Michigan operated organization. "I know we've had some seconds and thirds in this deal. It's a lot harder when you do it with your own team versus a Cup--affiliated team, that's for sure. It makes it that much more worthwhile," he said.
Charlotte Meister Wauters Hopes To Work Magic With Rookie
Richie Wauters' debut as a NCWTS owner has been bumpy, to say the least. Unaccustomed, as a crew chief, to seeing his driver outside Victory Lane, the top five and top 10, Wauters #5 Ford driven by Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Paulie Harraka has yet to experience success.
Charlotte, where Wauters is a magician, could be a great reset for the first-year team and driver, who stands 20th in points after four races. In seven starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway with three different drivers -- Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola and Shane Hmiel -- Wauters counts two wins, three top fives and six top 10s. "We've been fortunate to have some awesome drivers that have helped with that success," said Wauters, who wears both owner and crew chief hats in 2012. "Coming into Charlotte with a rookie driver is a bit more challenging, but with seat time and laps logged, Paulie will adapt quickly," he said. "Charlotte is the fastest track we've run other than Daytona."
Sunday will be a big day for Harraka, who will receive his bachelor's degree in Markets and Managements at Duke University's Wallace Wade Stadium. "Graduating from Duke is an amazing milestone in my life. It's taken a lot of hard work, but I'd do it all again if I had the chance," Harraka said.
Ty Dillon Holds Solid Rookie Lead -- For Now
Ty Dillon's got a great jump on a NCWTS first: joining his older brother and 2011 champion Austin Dillon as the Sunoco Rookie of the Year. With four of 22 races down, Dillon is the top-ranked of 13 freshman candidates. He leads Daytona winner John King by 16 points with Cale Gale third. Dillon has been the top-finishing rookie contender in three consecutive races.
History suggests the double-digit lead will shrink. Although Dillon continues to rank fourth in overall series standings, the rookie award -- which Austin Dillon won in 2010 -- is based upon a candidate's 17 best finishes. Rookies placed two finishers among the top 10 in last year's North Carolina Education Lottery 200: Cole Whitt (third) and Parker Kligerman (eighth).
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
Cale Gale returns to his home state Saturday to compete in late model racing at Montgomery (Ala.) Motor Speedway. ... James Buescher goes to Darlington Raceway on Friday for NNS action, having finished seventh at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5. ... Jason Leffler, with a car recently purchased from Rockingham winner Kasey Kahne, will drive in sprint car events at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind., Saturday and Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway Sunday. ... Justin Lofton and his father, Bob Lofton, finished seventh in 1500 P class and 13th overall in last weekend's off-road racing Best in the Desert Silver State 300 near Las Vegas.
Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Open Week, May 1, 2012
Crafton Gives 'Thumbs Up' To Pocono Raceway Repaving
There's something to be said for being late to the party -- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers staged their first race at Pocono Raceway in 2010. You don't have much to unlearn. With the track's first repaving since 1995, the 2.5-mile triangular layout will be a fresh canvas when the series returns to eastern Pennsylvania on Aug. 4. It's doubtful the bumps and gouges navigated over the past two seasons will be missed.
Matt Crafton, part of a group of seven who participated in last week's Goodyear tire test, pronounced the new surface interesting, fun and fast. "They outdid themselves on the pavement. It's definitely one groove right now, but I'm sure, as you get more race cars on the track, they'll be running side-by-side, and it'll be interesting to see," said Crafton, who finished third and eighth in his two trips to the "Tricky Triangle."
Like the majority of his rivals, Crafton had no preconceived notions of Pocono, only what he'd seen on television. "Everybody always talks about the tunnel turn, and you have no idea how tight that tunnel is. TV doesn't do it justice at all," said Crafton. "I took my crew chief (Carl Joiner Jr.) around it in my truck, and I said, "Yeah, I think we'll be wide open through here." He goes, 'You're an idiot. There's no way." I said, "I guarantee it." By his third lap of testing, Crafton was up to 90 percent throttle. "I love coming to the place. It's like they always say, it's like a road course but kind of going in a circle, but it's a blast," he said.
Off-Roader Lofton Bringing Series Full Circle
Figuratively speaking, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was born in the desert. Its original owners were off-road racers who had a desire to race trucks on oval trucks. When the dust settled, one -- Jimmy Smith -- had won a NCWTS title but long after the likes of off-road legend Walker Evans had returned to their racing roots. That could change in 2012, as Justin Lofton, a former Best in the Desert off road class championship, could become the first desert racer to win a trucks title.
Lofton currently ranks third in NCWTS standings 11 points behind leader Timothy Peters. The Westmoreland, Calif., driver will be back in the Class 1500 unlimited buggy on Saturday competing in the Canidae Tap It Silver State 300 north of Las Vegas. "When the truck schedule was released, we saw we had a few less races than last year, so we decided to run more off-road races this year," said Lofton, who finished seventh at Kansas Speedway on April 21 -- one of four top-10 finishes of the campaign. "We're going to be picking up a stretch of races during the summer in the trucks, so my dad will take over some races on the off-road schedule. It's a lot of fun, and it's neat doing that with my family."
Odds Favor Another First-Time Series Champion
Out with the old, in with the new. That's the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title picture four races into the 2012 season. The first six -- and nine of the top 10 -- in current points have not won a series title. Ron Hornaday Jr. is a formidable adversary, a four-time champion, but the 53-year-old Californian (seventh) is taking a back seat to his youthful rivals. Of the top six, only leader Timothy Peters (31) is over the age of 30. Ty Dillon (20), fourth, hopes to unseat his older brother Austin (21) as the series' youngest champion in 2011.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
Jason White finished ninth in last week's Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown won by Tony Stewart. â¬¦ Ward Burton and the Ward Burton Wildlife foundation will host a Friday event at his "Cove" focusing on employment challenges facing returned veterans of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Among the 50 expected attendees are 10 who have lost limbs in combat. â¬¦ Max Gresham is participating in this week's 67th Annual National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. His sponsor, Made In USA Brands, is a supporting partner of the event.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(5-1-2012)
Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Open Week, April 24, 2012
Win Puts Busy Buescher On Championship Trajectory
James Buescher's long-sought NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Kansas Speedway was the product of persistence -- and a busy racing schedule.While most series competitors have run just four times in 2012, Buescher has been behind the wheel of either Turner Motorsports-prepared trucks or the team's NASCAR Nationwide Series cars virtually every weekend since the 2012 season kicked off at Daytona International Speedway Buescher's Kansas victory was his first in 76 starts that included four second-place finishes. The 22-year-old Texan was the surprise winner of Daytona's NASCAR Nationwide Series opener. He's run four more times with each finish among the top 15 and plans to compete in this Friday's race at Richmond International Raceway and subsequent NNS stops at Talladega Superspeedway and Darlington Raceway.
Buescher is positioning himself to become the NASCAR Camping World Truck's second consecutive "young gun" champion. Austin Dillon became the youngest at age 21 a year ago. Buescher's victory boosted him to second in the standings, just four points behind leader Timothy Peters "I think we were definitely due [for a win]," said Buescher, who finished third at Martinsville and second at Rockingham. "We've had strong trucks at every style of race track we've gone to and all four have been completely different. It says a lot about the diversity of trucks we have in this organization."
The victory was the second in a row for Turner, which collected its initial truck win with Kasey Kahne the previous Sunday at Rockingham Speedway.
No Stumbles At Kansas As Peters Keeps Red Horse Perfect
Red Horse Racing isn't perfect. Not quite, but just about With Timothy Peters successfully defending his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship lead with a second-place finish at Kansas Speedway, the Toyota organization has gone four-for-four heading the points during the opening stages of the 2012 season. He also entered last year's Kansas race #1 in points, but a 14th-place finish led to a subsequent standings drop Peters took the lead at Rockingham Speedway on April 15. Teammate John King, winner of the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, was the point leader through the March 31 Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.
Both Peters and King (eighth) occupy top-10 positions. A third Red Horse driver, two-time series champion Todd Bodine, is 11th Peters, last year's fifth-place championship finisher, is the only series driver to have finished all four races among the top five. The team's three drivers have accumulated six top fives and eight top 10s.
Five Teams Score 'Lock-Ins' For Charlotte Race
Last weekend's SFP 250 bid farewell to the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owners' championship points table upon which starting spots in the first four races of the season were guaranteed.
Locked in for next month's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, after having to qualify on speed thus far, are the #9 of Joe Denette driven by four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr the #09 of Robby Benton driven by John Wes Townley; the #11 of Tom DeLoach driven by Todd Bodine; the #81 of Billy Ballew driven by David Starr and the #98 of Duke Thorson driven by Dakoda Armstrong. The cut-off finds Susan Bates' #39 in the 25th position, scoring the same number of points as Pam Sieg's #93. Bates prevailed on best finish. Ironically, both trucks race out of the same shop.
Among those barely inside the top 25 is the #18 Toyota of Kyle Busch Motorsports. The 2010 championship owner team, with driver Jason Leffler, is 24th after two finishes outside the top 30 and a single top-10 performance.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
Buescher's crew chief, Mike Shelton, recorded his first series victory. Shelton is a former Joe Gibbs Racing suspension technician and NASCAR Nationwide Series car chief.... Turner's win was the first since the series began for a Hendrick Motorsports-assembled Chevrolet engine. Although HMS won a trio of NCWTS titles with Jack Sprague, its power plants were built out of house. ... Three drivers, Peters, Dillon and Justin Lofton, have recorded top-10 finishes in all four 2012 races. Not so coincidentally, they occupy three of the first four positions in the championship standings.... Tim George Jr. posted his first Keystone Light Pole at Kansas with a speed of 172.436 mph.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(4-24-2012)
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