Race Date:Saturday, August 16, 2014
TV: Fox Sports 1
Friday, August 15
Practice: 1:30 PM ET
Final practice: 3:00 PM ET
Saturday, August 16
Qualifying: 9:30 AM ET
Pre-race: 12:00 PM ET
Race: 12:30 PM ET
Thursday, August 14
1:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
1:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
2:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
7:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
Friday, August 15
11:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
12:40 PM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:30 PM 2:30 PM NCWTS PRACTICE
3:00 PM 4:25 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, August 16
6:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:40 AM NCWTS QUALIFYING
10:50 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
Sauter wins at Michigan: #98-Johnny Sauter won the Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway. #88-Matt Crafton, finished second followed by: #30-Ron Hornaday, Jr., #32-Tayler Malsam, #51-Kyle Busch, #77-German Quiroga, #17-Timothy Peters, #13-Jeb Burton, #21-Joey Coulter, and #8-Joe Nemechek. There were 1 caution for 6 laps and 10 lead changes among 5 leaders. Complete results are on the Michigan race results page (pdf).(8-16-2014)
Michigan Race Fast Facts:
Johnny Sauter won the 15th Annual Careers for Veterans 200 Presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation, his 10th victory in 142 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2014. His last victory came at Talladega on October 19, 2013.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in six races at Michigan International Speedway. Sauter has now won at least one race in six consecutive seasons. The all-time record is eight, by Dennis Setzer.
Today's average speed was 161.110 mph, the fastest average speed in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history. The previous record was 154.737 mph at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2012.
Matt Crafton (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 13 races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2014.
Ron Hornaday Jr. (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 11 races at Michigan International Speedway.
Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 9 points over Matt Crafton.
Driver standings following Michigan:
1) #98-Johnny Sauter, 448
2) #88-Matt Crafton, 439, -9
3) #29-Ryan Blaney, 432, -16
4) #30-Ron Hornaday, 429, -19
5) #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 412, -36
6) #77-German Quiroga, 403, -45
7) #17-Timothy Peters, 396, - 52
8) #31-Ben Kennedy, 389, -59
9) #21-Joey Coulter, 388, -60
10) #13-Jeb Burton, 360, -88
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(8-16-2014)
Owner Standings following Michigan are posted (pdf).(8-16-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
Caution 1: none
Blaney on pole at Michigan: #29-Ryan Blaney won the Keystone Light pole award for the Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 173.152mph. #19-Joey Logano will start second, followed by: #17-Timothy Peters, #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #98-Johnny Sauter, #05-Travis Kvapil, #13-Jeb Burton, #32-Tayler Malsam, #21-Joey Coulter, and #77-German Quiroga.
Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #19-Joey Logano.
#13-Jeb Burton was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 185.033mph.
See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(8-16-2014)
Michigan Qualifying Notes:
Ryan Blaney won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 15th Annual Careers for Veterans 200 Presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation with a lap of 41.582 seconds, 173.152 mph.
This is his third pole in 43 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first pole and 10th top-10 start in 2014.
This is his first pole in two races at Michigan International Speedway.
Joey Logano (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2014 and his first in two races at Michigan International Speedway.
Timothy Peters (third) posted his second top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his ninth in 12 races this season.
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Busch fastest in final practice: #51-Kyle Busch was fastest during final practice at Michigan International Speedway for the Careers for Veterans 200 with a speed of 186.989mph. #21-Joey Coulter was second, followed by #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #98-Johnny Sauter, #05-Travis Kvapil, #32-Tayler Malsam, #13-Jeb Burton, #31-Ben Kennedy, #88-Matt Crafton and #30-Ron Hornaday. 25 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Michigan practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-15-2014)
Busch fastest in practice: #51-Kyle Busch was fastest during the opening practice at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 186.485 mph. #20-Austin Dillon was second, followed by #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., ##17-Timothy Peters, #05-Travis Kvapil, #29-Ryan Blaney, #31-Ben Kennedy, #77-German Quiroga, and #19-Joey Logano. 28 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Michigan practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-15-2014)
Entry list: There are 28 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway. A few notes:
John Wes Townley returns to the #05;
Joey Logano is in the #19;
Tayler Malsam is in the #32;
UPDATE: John Wes Townley is being replaced by Travis Kvapil following his Pocono wreck.
UPDATE 2: Austin Dillon is in the #20.
See the complete list on the Michigan entry list page.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Race No. 12 - Careers for Veterans 200 Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile oval) - Brooklyn, Mich. Fast Facts for August 15-16, 2014
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Set limits: Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4604; Right-side -- D-4560
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.52 in. (2,223 mm); Right-side -- 88.43 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 -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi; Right Front -- 57 psi; Right Rear -- 54 psi
Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck and Sprint Cup Series will run different tire set-ups at Michigan this weekend . . . in Camping World Truck, this is the same right-side tire code (D-4560) they ran at Michigan last season . . . this is the first time Truck Series teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4604) at Michigan . . . truck teams did run this exact combination of left- and right-side tires at Kansas in May . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners on all four tire positions at Michigan . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Fresh Start Likely At Michigan
Not one regular in this weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race has won at Michigan.
In fact, the only entry who has taken a checkered flag there is two-time winner and past series champion Travis Kvapil (2004, '07). Kvapil has run mostly a part-time schedule in the truck series, starting only four races in the last three years combined. His last series win came in 2007.
So, consider it a strong possibility that a new victor will be crowned Saturday in the Careers for Veterans 200 (12:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1).
With 12 different winners in 14 seasons (Greg Biffle and Kvapil are the only repeat winners), Michigan has proven to be anyone's race.
Let's take a look at this year's prospects:
Ø Kyle Busch: Busch enters as the clear-cut favorite. He has finished first in all five NCWTS events he has entered this season and boasts six consecutive victories on the circuit dating back to 2013. Busch's five wins lead the series, as do his 143.8 driver rating and 500 laps led. The lone downside? He has yet to win at Michigan in seven starts.
Ø Jeb Burton: In 2013, Burton broke the track's qualifying record en route to the Keystone Light Pole and led for 41 laps before finishing 10th in his first start at Michigan. But that was last year. Burton has posted just three top-10 finishes and has yet to log a top-five in 11 starts in 2014.
Ø Johnny Sauter: The model of consistency in the series seems poised to break out with a victory. The No. 2-ranked driver in the points standings carries momentum from Pocono where he finished second and led 64 laps. He has five top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 11 starts this season.
These aren't the only drivers in the hunt. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Joey Logano will compete in his second NCWTS event of the year in Michigan, while points leader Ryan Blaney and two-race winners Matt Crafton and Darrell Wallace Jr. look to register top runs.
Hornaday Leans On Experience
There's no substitute for experience. Ron Hornaday brings plenty of it to Michigan.
The four-time series champion has the highest average finish (12.5) at the track among the top-five drivers in the point standings. He currently sits in fourth, 20 points behind Ryan Blaney. No stranger to the course, he has six top-10 finishes in 10 starts, including a best finish of fourth in 2010. In addition to his NCWTS appearances, Hornaday has competed in two Sprint Cup and five Nationwide Series events at the track.
The 56-year-old Hornaday has shown no sign of slowing down. He holds his spot in the top-five amongst Matt Crafton, 38, Johnny Sauter, 36 and young guns Darrell Wallace Jr. and Blaney, who at 20, are less than half his age. His eight top-10s this season rank third in the series.
While still successful as the Truck Series' elder statesman, Hornaday seems to be his toughest critic. The series leader in all-time wins (51) is dissatisfied with top-five finishes. He wants to win.
"I'm not doing this to go run third to fifth," said Hornaday in a July interview with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "I want to win races. I can go out there and ride around with the best of them but I don't want to ride around. I want to start winning races and if I don't, I'm probably going to retire early and I don't want to retire. I'm still having fun doing it."
Familiar Foes Feud For Owner Title
Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski can't get enough of racing...and of each other. Their rivalry as drivers boils over to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where they both own teams vying for the owner title.
A mere two points separate the pair in the owner standings. Keselowski, whose charity is a presenting sponsor of Saturday's race, currently leads the way with 408 points credited to the No. 29 Ford driven by Ryan Blaney. Nipping at its heels is the No. 51 Toyota of Kyle Busch Motorsports driven by Busch and Erik Jones.
Busch takes the wheel this weekend in Michigan as he goes for his seventh consecutive first-place finish at the Careers for Veterans 200 Presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation. Blaney should be up to the task of challenging the Sprint Cup star. The points leader has the most consecutive top-10 finishes (seven) this season, extending his streak at Pocono Raceway with a fifth-place finish. He leads the series with seven top-five finishes and ranks tied with Johnny Sauter for the lead in top-10 finishes, with nine. He also paces championship contenders with a 103.9 driver rating.
At the moment, Blaney is more concerned with victories than points.
"You always keep your eye on the big picture but at the same time we want to win and we want to win a bunch of races," he said following Pocono. "We want to get Ford and Cooper Standard back to victory lane. It's a little too early to be in a total point mindset but it's always in the back of our minds."
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)