Race Date:Wednesday, August 20, 2014
TV: Fox Sports 1
Wednesday, August 20
Qualifying: 4:30 PM ET
Pre-race: 8:30 PM ET
Race: 8:30 PM ET
Tuesday, August 19
10:00 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
11:00 AM NWMT & NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
11:30 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
4:30 PM NCWTS GARAGES CLOSE
5:00 PM NWMT & NCWTS REGISTRATIONS CLOSE
Wednesday, August 20
8:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
10:00 AM 10:50 AM NCWTS PRACTICE
12:00 PM 1:30 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
4:40 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING
6:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (CONFERENCE ROOM)
8:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTION-SECURITY -CLEAR PIT ROAD
8:30 PM NCWTS RACE (200 LAPS, 106.6 MILES)
9:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES followed by 10:30 PM Approx. Concert
Keselowski wins at Bristol: #19-Brad Keselowski won the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr. finished second followed by: #30-Ron Hornaday, Jr., #88-Matt Crafton, #98-Johnny Sauter, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #21-Joey Coulter, #00-Cole Custer, #32-Ben Rhodes, and #92-Corey LoJoie. There were 4 caution flags for 27 laps and 5 lead changes among 2 leaders.
Kyle Busch started today's race from the pole and led three times for a total of 81 laps (of 200) before cutting a tire in the closing laps and finishing 24th.
Complete results are on the Bristol race results page (pdf).(8-21-2014)
Keselwoski 25th driver to win in all three series: with
Brad Keselowski's Camping World Truck win at Bristol Motor Speedway on
Thursday morning, he becomes the 25th driver to have at least one win in
all three National Series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World
Truck). Keselowski has 13 wins in Sprint Cup, 30 wins in Nationwide and
one in the Truck Series.
Keselowski becomes just the sixth driver to have a win in each of the series at one track [2 Cup wins at Bristol, 1 in Nationwide and now 1 in Trucks], joining Kyle Busch (10 tracks), Kevin Harvick (5), Mark Martin (4), Carl Edwards (Dover) and Bobby Labonte (Martinsville).
Keselowski also is the fifth driver to score a win in the same season across NASCAR's three national series having won 3 Cup races in 2014, 3 Nationwide races and one Truck Series race.
For the lists and more stats, see my NASCAR Wins in all three National Series page.(8-21-2014)
Bristol Race Fast Facts:
Brad Keselowski won the 17th Annual UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP, his first victory in 62 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in seven races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Keselowski also has two NASCAR Sprint Cup wins (Aug. 2011, March 2012) and one NASCAR Nationwide Series win (Aug. 2008) at Bristol.
Keselowski becomes the 25th driver to win a race in all three of NASCAR's national series. His first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win came at Talladega Superspeedway on April 26, 2009. His first NASCAR Nationwide Series win came at Nashville Superspeedway on June 7, 2008.
Brad and his father Bob Keselowski become the first father/son duo to win races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Darrell Wallace Jr. (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2014.
Ron Hornaday Jr. (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 15 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Tyler Young (18th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 8 points over Matt Crafton.
Driver standings following Bristol:
1) #98-Johnny Sauter, 487
2) #88-Matt Crafton, 479, -8
3) #30-Ron Hornaday, 470, -17
4) #29-Ryan Blaney, 463, -24
5) #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 454, -33
6) #77-German Quiroga, 433, -54
7) #21-Joey Coulter, 425, - 62
8) #17-Timothy Peters, 414, -73
9) #31-Ben Kennedy, 412, -75
10) #13-Jeb Burton, 360, -94
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(8-21-2014)
Owner Standings following Bristol are posted (pdf).(8-21-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #80-Jody Knowles, 31st
Caution 2: #02-Tyler Young, 18th
Caution 3: #92-Corey LaJoie, 10th
Caution 4: #23-Max Gresham, 12th
Busch on pole at Bristol: #51-Kyle Busch won the Keystone Light pole award for the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 124.662mph. #00-Cole Custer will start second, followed by: #30-Ron Hornaday, Jr., #19-Brad Keselowski, #20-Gray Gaulding, #77-German Quiroga, #98-Johnny Sauter, #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #32-Ben Rhodes, and #33-Brandon Jones.
#19-Brad Keselowski was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 124.492mph.
Did not qualify: #03-Michael Affarano.
See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(8-20-2014)
Wallace fastest in practice: #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr. was fastest during the one and only practice at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 125.264mph. #51-Kyle Busch was second, followed by #20-Gray Gaulding, #30-Ron Hornaday, Jr., #00-Cole Custer, #33-Brandon Jones, #17-Timothy Peters, #32-Ben Rhodes, #98-Johnny Sauter, and #88-Matt Crafton. 37 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Bristol practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-20-2014)
Entry list: There are 37 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Wednesday's UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. A few notes:
Cole Custer in the #00;
Jake Crum in the #01;
Michael Affarano in the #03;
Brad Keselowski in the #19;
Max Gresham in the #23;
Justin Boston in the #25;
Bryan Dauzat in the #28;
Ben Rhodes in the #32;
Brandon Jones in the #33;
Blake Koch in the #36;
Caleb Holman in the #75;
Jody Knowles in the #80;
Corey Lajoie in the #92; (8-18-2014)
UPDATE: TJ Bell added in the #50;
See the complete list on the Bristolentry list page.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 13 - UNOH 200 Bristol Motor Speedway (0.533-mile oval) - Bristol, Tenn. Fast Facts for August 20-23, 2014
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Set limits: Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4416; Right-side -- D-4526
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm); Right-side -- 88.50 (2,248 mm)
Technical Inspection Inflation: Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi; Right Front -- 42 psi; Right Rear -- 40 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi; Right Front -- 41 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Bristol this week will run the same Goodyear tire codes . . . this is a different tire set-up than Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Bristol in March, though these teams did run this same combination of left- and right-side tires at this track in 2013 . . . unlike on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, on which teams generally do not run inner liners in their tires, teams are required to run liners in their right-side tires only at Bristol . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
ThorSport Packs 1-2 Punch
ThorSport has not one, but two drivers at the top of NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series standings following a record-setting performance at Michigan this weekend.
Team drivers Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton finished 1-2 in Saturday's Careers For Veterans 200, blazing away from the field in the fastest race in series history with an average speed of 161.110 mph. The new mark demolished the previous record of 154.737 mph set at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012.
On top of their display of speed, Sauter and Crafton ousted Ryan Blaney as the standings leader, taking the top two spots, respectively. Going into Wednesday's UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at Bristol Motor Speedway (8:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1), Sauter leads Crafton in the standings by nine points.
The Sandusky, Ohio-based outfit owned by Duke and Rhonda Thorson and partnered with Mike Curb now has trucks ranked first and third in the owner standings: Sauter's No. 98 and Crafton's No. 88 Toyota Tundras. ThorSport also owns the 14th-ranked truck in the series, the No. 13 Toyota Tundra driven by Jeb Burton.
"(I'm) just proud of this effort from everybody at ThorSport," said Sauter following the race. "This is a great day for us. This puts us in the points lead, just halfway through the season - with some really good races coming up for us."
His first of the season, Sauter's victory also marks his lone checkered flag at Michigan. He has now won at least one series race in six consecutive seasons, trailing Dennis Setzer's all-time record of eight. Sauter boasts 10 top-10 finishes and the highest average finish on the season (7.2).
ThorSport will attempt to keep its momentum heading into Bristol. Sauter has two top-five finishes in six starts there, while Crafton owns six top-10 finishes in 11 starts. Burton took 12th last season in his first-career start at Bristol.
The Last Coliseum Hosts Next Generation
Bristol brings a young flavor to this week's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Eight combined current and former NASCAR Next members will attempt to tackle the .533-mile course. Present NASCAR Next members Cole Custer, 16, Gray Gaulding, 16, and Ben Rhodes, 17, make their first truck starts at the track while alumni Ryan Blaney, 20, Darrell Wallace Jr., 20, Jeb Burton, 22, Corey LaJoie, 22, and Ben Kennedy, 22, are all also entered.
This season, the program has produced three victories claimed by Wallace (two) and current member Erik Jones (one). Kyle Busch will be racing in place of Jones, 18, who became the youngest driver to win a NASCAR national series event last year at Phoenix (17 years, five months, nine days), in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra for the second consecutive race. In fact, Busch hopes to keep his record as the youngest NCWTS Bristol winner (21 years, 10 months, 23 days) by fending off his junior peers.
Contributing to the youth in the field is NASCAR's rule that drivers between 16-18-years-old can compete on tracks 1.1 miles or less.
This week's 2014-15 NASCAR Next entries have a combined 10 races of Truck Series experience - all this year. Custer has two top-10 finishes in four starts and won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award at Gateway, making him the youngest winner of a NASCAR national series pole (16 years, four months and 22 days). Rhodes has posted one top 10 in his two starts, while Gaulding is searching for his first top-10 finish after coming up short in four starts this season.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
Bristol Bits: Former motocross competitor Justin Boston will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with Venturini Motorsports at Bristol Motor Speedway driving the No. 25 Toyota. Boston was motivated to switch from motorcycles to stock cars after attending a NCWTS race with his family at Dover, which, like Bristol, is a concrete, high-banked track. ... Corey LaJoie, son of two-time Nationwide Series champion Randy LaJoie, will compete in his second NCWTS race of the season, driving the No. 92 truck owned by Ricky Benton. ... Country music artist Dierks Bentley will close out Wednesday night at Bristol, headlining a concert immediately following the UNOH 200. CMT will record a portion of the concert and feature one of Bentley's top hits during a "Hot 20 Countdown" episode next month.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)