NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Rumors Archives
April 2010


    • Goodyear Tire Notes – Kansas: This is the first time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams will have run either of these two tire codes . . . compared to the tire set-up run at Kansas last season, Goodyear has brought a new left-side construction and a new right-side compound to help the trucks have more grip . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR Nationwide Series teams ran at California earlier this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kansas . . . air pressure in those liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Kansas Race Page.] (4-30-2010)

    • Jackson makes 2nd start for SS Green Light: Tony Jackson Jr. has run hundreds of races over the last dozen years in and around the Missouri area he calls home, but this Sunday he will make the biggest start of his career when he takes the green flag in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at the Kansas Speedway. The Kansas Speedway is only about three hours from Tony’s Lebanon, Missouri home and a large following of friends, fans and family are planning to make the trip to see Tony compete against tough competition in the NCWTS. Kansas is the second of seven scheduled races for Jackson with the SS Green Light #07 team this season. By running a seven-race schedule Jackson will retain his status for NCWTS rookie of the year in 2011.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(4-29-2010)

    • In Country Television sponsors Sauter at Kansas: UPDATE Image added: In Country Television and will be the primary sponsor on the #13 ThorSport Racing Chevrolet Silverado driven by Johnny Sauter at the upcoming O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway May 2. Additionally, What A Horse, a 60-minute program focused on the Tennessee Walking Horse, will partner with ThorSport and In Country Television for the Kansas event. The Kansas event marks the second time In Country Television has been on board with Sauter and the #13 team. In Country Television also sponsored the team at Nashville in early April. What A Horse will start airing Monday May 3rd at 9:00 Eastern and then weekly thereafter.(ThorSport Racing PR)(4-28-2010)
      UPDATE: Schematic for the In Country Television – What A Horse Chevy being driven by Johnny Sauter at Kansas is posted on the #13 Paint Schemes Page.(4-29-2010)

    • Double duty weekend for Buescher: This weekend, James Buescher will pull double duty – but not the double duty that most drivers will be doing. After the completion of the Nationwide Series race at Richmond, Buescher will fly to Kansas City, Kansas to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway. For the first time this season, Buescher will pilot the #31 Wolfpack Rentals Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports. Kansas also marks another first for crew chief Michael Shelton. Shelton will call his first race on top of the pit box this weekend.(Turner Motorsports PR)(4-28-2010)

    • McGuire-Nicholas on the #88 hood for Crafton: McGuire-Nicholas, providers of quality work wear since 1932, will be on the hood of the #88 Menards Chevy for the first of four 2010 races at Kansas Speedway. Other races include Charlotte, the November race at Texas, and the season finale at Homestead. The McGuire-Nicholas product line includes tool aprons, knee pads, work gloves, plastic storage systems, back support belts, and other products for use in all work fields.(ThorSport Racing PR)(4-28-2010)

    • Crawford not entered at Kansas UPDATE 3 Official announcement, Crawford in the #76 at Kansas: Rick Crawford and #14 Circle Bar Racing Ford are not listed on the Preliminary Entry List for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway, and Rick’s status on making the race is still unknown at this point. If Crawford does not enter with the #14 Circle Bar Racing Ford’s owner points, that moves the #01-Daisy Ramirez Motorsports Chevy with driver Carl Long into the final locked in position at Kansas.(4-26-2010)
      UPDATE: During the The Morning Drive w/ Mike Bagley & Pete Pistone broadcast on Sirius NASCAR Radio, Rick Crawford said that he will be at Kansas, but unless something changes dramatically in the next few hours, it would not be with the the #14 Circle Bar truck. Crawford said he had the “Superseal” deal signed and would be at Kansas. [Superseal is a sponsor for the #76 with Hackett Racing].(4-27-2010)
      UPDATE 2: Preliminary Entry List for the O’Reilly 250 at Kansas Speedway has been updated and lists Rick Crawford as driver for the #76 Superseal Ford for Hackett Racing.(4-28-2010)
      UPDATE 3: Ray Hackett Racing is pleased to announce that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran Rick Crawford will be behind the wheel of its #76 SUPERSEAL Construction Products Ford F-Series truck for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway. This weekend’s pairing of Hackett Racing and Rick Crawford will allow Crawford to extend his current Truck Series record starts to 327 and will give the first year team valuable input from a Truck Series mainstay. Crawford is no stranger to the 1.5 mile oval at Kansas either. He is one of only four drivers that have raced in all nine previous truck races at the Speedway. In those nine races Crawford has scored three top-5 finishes including back-to-back second place finishes in 2006 and 2007, and six top-10s. Crawford stated about his new relationship with Ray Hackett Racing: “While we continue to search for sponsorship that will allow the 14 Circle Bar Racing team to return to competition, I appreciate the opportunity to work with Hackett Racing this weekend. Travis (Sharpe, crew chief) has assembled a solid crew of racers and I’m looking forward to helping them baseline their Ford F-150 this weekend at Kansas.” SUPERSEAL Construction Products will provide the primary sponsorship for the team and Crawford at Kansas. The North American leader in dimpled membranes for waterproofing or damp-proofing previously partnered with Ray Hackett Racing at Martinsville and Nashville and is enthusiastic to come aboard once again with Crawford in the driver’s seat.(Rick Crawford PR)(4-28-2010)

    • RHR’s Peters & Lofton to fly with Blue Angels: Series point leader, Timothy Peters and teammate Justin Lofton are used to going fast for a living; on Friday, they will take flight with the “Fat Albert” Airlines, a division of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels fleet. Fat Albert cruises at a speed of more than 320 knots (approximately 360 miles per hour) at 27,000 feet. Four Allison turboprop engines, which produce more than 16,000 shaft-horsepower, provide “Fat Albert” Airlines with the power to land and depart on runways as short as 2,500 feet.(Red Horse Racing PR)(4-28-2010)

    • Kansas Fast Facts – Todd Bodine:
      *Bodine and Hillman Jr. collected their first win in their fourth race together as driver and crew chief at Kansas Speedway, 2005
      *Bodine ranks third of all Truck Series drivers at Kansas in the “Driver Rating” statistics from NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics package
      *Bodine also ranks third in Green Flag Passes and number of Fastest Laps
      *Bodine leads his competitors in the “Fastest Drivers Late in a Run” category
      *Bodine has earned 17 wins and five pole awards of Germain Racing’s Truck Series total of 18 wins and seven pole awards(Germain Racing PR)(4-28-2010)

    • Kids Embrace signs with Ware Racing:UPDATE Fuge as crew chief: Kids Embrace, the manufacturer of children and toddler automobile safety seats has signed on as the primary for Rick Ware Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series for several select races. Executive Vice President and VP of Sales , David Williams of Kids Embrace understands the market of NASCAR fans and has instilled the same high quality of safety that drivers utilize in their race cars in the same capacity for the safety of our youth. “After working with RWR for several months, we have modeled the same safety features into our child seats,” stated Williams. “Our seats feature the 5-point harness, head, neck, shoulder and rib protection as the seats that are mandatory in NASCAR.” Kids Embrace has even went a step further and their first edition seat is a Dale Earnhardt Jr., National Guard seat, featuring the same uniform that Dale wears himself once he is strapped into race. William and Kids Embrace will be launching another popular figure in the summer as well, Sponge Bob Square Pants. Brian Rose will race the #6 Kids Embrace NASCAR Camping World Truck in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday.(Ware Racing PR) [Image of the #6 Kids Embrace Chevy is posted on the #6 Paint Schemes Page.](4-27-2010)
      UPDATE: Brian Rose, driver of the #6 Kids Embrace Chevrolet Silverado, has teamed up with veteran NCWTS crew chief Dave Fuge, Sr. for the O’Reilly 250 at Kansas Speedway. Fuge is a prior two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship crew chief and owner with Xpress Motorsports.(Brian Rose Racing PR)(4-28-2010)

    • Kansas Fast Facts – Mike Skinner:
      *Skinner will be competing in a brand new Toyota Tundra prepared specially for the 167-lap race at Kansas Speedway.
      *Mike Skinner drove to victory at Kansas Speedway just one year ago to record his first win of the 2009 season, and his first win with his new team at Randy Moss Motorsports.
      *Skinner starts up front…In the last four races at the 1.5-mile oval, Skinner has started on the front row on three occasions and recorded back-to-back poles in 2006 and 2007.
      *Skinner is the only driver to have piloted a Toyota Tundra in every NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(4-27-2010)

    • Lilly Trucking becomes associate sponsor for RWR: Lilly Trucking, a Virginia based trucking company that specializes in reliable transportation of fine machinery and parts for the paper industry, will be an associate sponsor for all Rick Ware Racing entries for the remaining 2010 season. The sponsorship will span 36 events across the NASCAR Nationwide, Camping World Truck, and ARCA series. Lilly’s first event will be with the #6 truck of Brian Rose and the #47 truck of Brett Butler this weekend in the NASCAR Camping World series O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at the Kansas Speedway. (Rick Ware Racing PR)(4-27-2010)

    • BeBevCo signs Carl Long to drive at Kansas: BeBevCo and Daisy Ramirez Motorsports are proud to announce that NASCAR veteran Carl Long will again pilot the [#01] KOMA UNWIND ‘ Chillaxation Drink ” Chevy in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250, at KANSAS Speedway Sunday, May 2, 2010, 1:00pm Eastern. Coming off a 23rd place finish at NASHVILLE a few weeks ago with Dillon Oliver driving, We are looking for another solid run keeping all the fenders and wheels on the KOMA UNWIND Chevy ,” Said Daisy Ramirez . “As we continue to build equipment and infrastructure our expectations will continue to grow as well. We just moved into our own 23,000 square foot shop as our foundation and will continue to make adjustments and additions” added Daisy.(Ramirez Motorsports PR)(4-27-2010)

    • Cobb heads to hometown track with sponsor on board: Jennifer Jo Cobb couldn’t be happier to take the green flag in front of her hometown for this weekend’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway. Cobb’s prior experience at the 1.5-mile speedway, combined with the support from her local community, has her fueled with anticipation to hit the track. Mark One Electric has come on board as our sponsor for the race. Metro Ford, Time Warner, Big Bob’s Outlet and Candlewood Suites have also chipped in to help fund the race.(Cobb Racing PR)(4-26-2010)

    • Schrader in the #2 for KHI at Kansas UPDATE E-Z-GO to sponsor: Ken Schrader has been tapped to drive KHI’s #2 Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway on May 2nd. The race conflicts with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Richmond International Raceway.( NASCAR PR’s News & Notes.(4-5-2010)
      UPDATE: Kevin Harvick Inc. and the #2 team continue their bid for the Owner’s championship with a new face behind the wheel. Veteran driver Ken Schrader will drive the #2 Chevrolet Silverado at Kansas Speedway, making his first career start for KHI. Schrader is the third driver to compete in the No. 2 this season, with Elliott Sadler making one start and team co-owner Kevin Harvick making three starts. Ken Schrader is one of NASCAR’s most veteran drivers, having made 732 Cup Series starts, 115 Nationwide Series starts and 91 Truck Series starts, totaling 938 races in NASCAR’s top three series. In addition to making his first start for KHI, it will also be his first Truck Series start at Kansas Speedway. But don’t count Schrader out: he has made seven Cup Series starts at the track and has made 47 Truck Series starts at intermediate tracks (tracks between 1-2 miles in length). E-Z-GO, a Textron Company, returns to the No. 2 Chevy Silverado to promote its consumer-direct e-commerce site, E-Z-GO appeared on the #2 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where Kevin Harvick drove the truck to Victory Lane for the first time in 2010.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(4-26-2010)

    • Raybestos Rookie News & Notes – Kansas:
      *Austin Dillon was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the April 2 Nashville 200 at Nashville (Lebanon, Tenn.) Superspeedway. Dillon scored a 14th-place finish and took top rookie honors for the third consecutive race.
      *Dillon leads James Lofton by five points (43-38) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the May 2 O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway.
      *Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2009 O’Reilly Auto Parts 250, scoring a ninth-place finish.
      *A Raybestos Rookie has finished in the top-10 at Kansas in the last FIVE consecutive races.
      *Ricky Hendrick is the only Raybestos Rookie to win in nine previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Kansas. Hendrick captured the 2001 event by 2.841 seconds over Ted Musgrave.
      *The best qualifying effort by a Raybestos Rookie is second, shared by Ricky Hendrick (2001) and Tyler Walker (2007).(Raybestos PR)(4-26-2010)

    • KHI trucks to honor Jaret’s Angels at Kansas: 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the Jaret’s Angels organization. Jaret’s Angels is a family-and-friend support group for 11-year-old Jaret Arneson, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (often referred to as juvenile diabetes) at the age of two. All of the donations collected by Jaret’s Angels go directly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Jaret’s Angels has collected over $100,000 over the last 10 years to support efforts to find a cure for this disease. This year Jaret surpassed the 10,000 shot mark. 10,000 times Jaret has rolled up his sleeve, his pants leg, his shirt offering his arms, his leg, his stomach to a sharp needle and syringe loaded with life-saving insulin. While KHI is racing at Kansas Speedway with the Jaret’s Angels logo on the trucks, Jaret will participate in his annual Walk to Cure Diabetes that will be held in Charlotte, NC on May 1st.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(4-26-2010)

    • Jessie Smith to make debut at Kansas: Jesse Smith is making his NASCAR debut May 2 at Kansas Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series race. The 20-year-old, who started his racing career at age five, has won national titles in quarter midgets and Bandoleros, as well as in legend car competition against such NASCAR stars as Joey Logano, David Ragan, and two-time Gateway International Raceway winner Reed Sorenson. Smith is racing in the #90 truck of Stringer Motorsports, a team owned by Doug Stringer and affiliated with Nationwide Series’ regulars, Braun Racing, owned by Todd Braun. Making the calls atop the pit box during the race is Tripp Bruce. This season, the #90 team has fielded trucks for James Buescher and USAC racer Brad Sweet, both of whom have finished in the top-15 in their respective races. Smith said while this is only scheduled to be a one-race deal, he has a high comfort level with them.(St. Louis Globe-Democrat)(4-23-2010)

    • ThorSport drivers visit Ronald McDonald House: ThorSport Racing drivers Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter will make an appearance at the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City on Friday April 30. The NASCAR Foundation is partnering with Sprint and Turner Construction to build a playground in honor of Tom Murphy, the Sprint vice president who passed away in an accident one year ago. ThorSport Racing is assisting with the build by donating over two tons of FunSand colored play sand. Crafton and Sauter will tour the Ronald McDonald House and the playground site then meet with the children and their families. Fun Sand colored play sand can be used both indoors and outdoors, and thanks to the Dust Lock Formula additive provides a clean, dustless play environment. It can be molded into shapes without water and its brilliant blue or purple color will not run or stain. Its lifelike textural experience is ideal for childhood development and it is also perfect for non-traditional uses such as in reptile enclosures.(ThorSport Racing PR).(4-22-2010)

    • Karl Chevrolet to join KHI in Iowa: Kevin Harvick Inc. announced today that Karl Chevrolet, the third largest Chevrolet dealership in the United States, has joined forces with four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday to sponsor the #33 Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway on July 11th. Carl Moyer, Dealer Principle of Karl Chevrolet, is thrilled to have his dealership align with Hornaday and KHI. The Truck Series will return to Iowa Speedway on July 11th for the second time in the series’ 15-year history.(Kevin Harvick Inc.)(4-22-2010)

    • Make Motorsports adds Kansas to schedule: MAKE Motorsports continues its grassroots campaign as the newest team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series by entering the race at Kansas Speedway in the May 1st O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 race with young driver GR Smith & the #50 MAKE Motorsports Dodge Ram. NC-based railroad repair company Twin Oaks Services South also joins the MAKE Motorsports NCWTS family for the rest of 2010 as Associate Sponsor. MAKE Motorsports plans to run a select number of 2010 races in Camping World Truck Series in the #50 Dodge – to include Nashville, Charlotte, Talladega, Kentucky & Darlington; it is their hope to then run an entire 2011 season for their rookie year. Kansas was added to the schedule in late April. Driver GR Smith will pilot the #50 MAKE Motorsports Dodge Ram for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 race, as well as the other planned races with MAKE Motorsports entries. (Make Motorsports PR)(4-22-2010)

    • Dillon tests at Wilkesboro: One week before Austin Dillon’s 20th birthday, Richard Childress’ grandson tested his NASCAR Camping World Series truck at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Wednesday, however, was Austin Dillon’s day at the historical 0.625-mile track. The test session provided seat time for the young driver, as well as an opportunity for him to develop better communication with his first-year crew chief and team. Wednesday, however, was Austin Dillon’s day at the historical 0.625-mile track. The test session provided seat time for the young driver, as well as an opportunity for him to develop better communication with his first-year crew chief and team.(

    • Benson racing Kansas & Dover: UPDATE 2 returning to the #15 for Ballew: Johnny Message Board says Benson will be racing at Kansas and Dover…more news to come.(
      UPDATE: Johnny Benson is returning behind the wheel of the #15 Toyota Tundra for two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) events, Billy Ballew Motorsports (BBM) announced today. The Grand Rapids, Wis., native will compete in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on May 2 and the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 14. Benson has one prior start with BBM, which netted a fifth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway last March. Benson has three top-five finishes in five previous NCWTS starts at Kansas. At Dover International Speedway, Benson has accrued one top-five in five NCWTS starts. He has one win at Dover in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition, which came in September 1994.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(4-19-2010)
      UPDATE 2: Cartersville, Georgia based Red Top Auto Auction will continue to show their Collector Car Auction logo on the hood of Johnny Benson’s #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra for the next two races.(

    • Piquet to race three events for Billy Ballew Motorsports: Billy Ballew Motorsports announced today that Nelson Piquet Jr. will drive its #15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry for three events this season. Piquet will pilot the Qualcomm, ArcSight Toyota Tundra at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21, Texas Motor Speedway on June 4 and Michigan International Speedway on June 12. Piquet got his first taste of stock car competition this season. He competed in the ARCA Series and NCWTS events at Daytona International Speedway, finishing 27th and sixth respectively. His most recent stint was in Texas Motor Speedway’s Rattlesnake 150 [ARCA event]. Piquet started first and finished ninth.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(4-21-2010)

    • McCumbee picks up ARCA ride for remainder of 2010: Team ModSpace is proud to announce the addition of a second car to its racing program and the introduction of driver Chad McCumbee to the Andy Belmont Racing lineup. McCumbee will drive the #1 ModSpace-American Red Cross Ford Fusion for the remainder of the 2010 ARCA Racing Series season. (

    • PC*Miler returns to Randy Moss Motorsports; first up, Starr at Kansas: Transplant GPS returns to Randy Moss Motorsports as a partner for the 2010 season beginning with the race at Kansas Speedway on May 2. After a highly successful partnership in 2009, the two organizations decided to continue their alliance for a second consecutive year. Transplant GPS, which is known for its PC*MILER Navigator all-in-one GPS for professional drivers, will have their logo featured prominently on the hood of three Randy Moss Motorsports-prepared Toyota Tundras throughout the 2010 season with veteran drivers David Starr and Mike Skinner taking turns behind the wheel. The pilot of the #81 Toyota Tundra, David Starr, will wear the PC*MILER Navigator colors for the race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, May 2. The PC*MILER Navigator will return to the hood of David Starr’s #81 RMM Tundra at O’Reilly Raceway Park on Friday, July 23. Both Starr and the #81 RMM Toyota Tundra team finished in the top-10 at ORP in 2009 and hope to visit victory lane this year. On Sunday, July 11, PC*MILER Navigator will adorn the #5 Toyota Tundra as Mike Skinner fights to defend his title.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(4-20-2010)

    • Benson to return to Berlin Raceway: Berlin Raceway is proud to announce that former NASCAR Champion Johnny Benson, Jr. will compete at the track on Saturday, May 8. Benson will drive the #51 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry for NASCAR star Kyle Busch, in preparation for the June 15 special. The Grand Rapids native driver will again return home to compete in the CRA Super Series sanctioned event, which is presented by Keyser’s Port City Racing. The last time Benson saw racing action at Berlin was when he was severely injured in his own ISMA SuperModified. Benson will be looking to help dial in the setup for 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Kyle Busch. Busch will return to the driver’s seat of his Camry in an attempt to capture the checkered flag in his second attempt at the track in his template car, in a race named Rowdy’s Revenge [June 15th].(Berlin Raceway PR)(4-16-2010)

    • Carmichael Hard Charger Award returns to AMA MX: With the season-opening Rockstar Energy Hangtown Classic just around the corner, MX Sports Pro Racing and Ricky Carmichael announce the return of the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award for 2010. While the Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.) continues to develop his stock car racing résumé by competing in the NASCAR-sanctioned Camping World Truck Series, his legacy is forever enshrined in motocross history by giving the now prestigious award to the rider who passes the most competitors in a single moto each weekend.(SPEEDtv PR)(4-16-2010)

    • Sauter to run more Cup races for TBR: Tommy Baldwin Racing has tapped Johnny Sauter to drive the #36 Wave Energy Drink Chevrolet for this weekend’s Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will mark Sauter’s first time behind the wheel of the #36, which was driven by Mike Bliss for the season’s first seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Sauter will also take control of the #36 for next week’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.(Tommy Baldwin Racing PR)(4-13-2010)

    • Lofton to attempt a few Nationwide races UPDATE more info: Camping World Truck Series driver Justin Lofton has bought two NASCAR Nationwide Series cars and will compete in three or four Nationwide races with his truck team, Red Horse Racing. Lofton’s first race he’ll attempt to make is at Texas on April 17. Lofton bought the Toyotas from CJM Racing, one he drove at Michigan last year and another CJM didn’t quite finish. Lofton said he’ll also race at Charlotte in May and at Kansas in October. If the two cars survive, he said he’ll likely race them at California in October. Red Horse will be listed as the official owner and will supply crew members and its hauler, Lofton said.(NNS Racing)(4-3-2010)
      UPDATE: This weekend Lofton and Rette will return to the Nationwide ranks with the RHR team, fielding the No. 71 Toyota Camry. The event will be the first of several runs for Lofton and the RHR team within Nationwide competition this season, with goals of hitting the track again as soon as next month at Charlotte Motor Speedway.(Justin Lofton PR)(4-13-2010)

    • No sophomore slump for Carmichael: The American Motorcyclist Association’s all-time greatest, Ricky Carmichael (#4 Monster Energy Chevrolet), came to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last season with one of the biggest learning curves to overcome, switching from two wheels to four. Though, he dominated the AMA circuit posting 15 championships over the years, he only posted two top 10s last season in 18 starts and finished the season 22nd in the points. But this season Carmichael has already matched his last season record with two tops 10s finishing sixth at Atlanta and 10th at Martinsville. He is currently seventh in the standings, 10 points behind Ron Hornaday Jr. in sixth and 188 points behind the points leader, Timothy Peters.(NASCAR PR)(4-13-2010) [For more of NASCAR’s Open Week News & Notes visit the Kansas Race Page.](4-13-2010)

    • NASCAR suspends crew member: Ryan Sebek, a crew member for the #76 team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy. On April 8, Sebek was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the 2010 NASCAR rule book.(NASCAR PR)(4-13-2010)

    • Almirola leaves Cup; focus is on trucks with BBM: Aric Almirola, who qualified for four of the first seven Sprint Cup races for Phoenix Racing, said Monday he has mutually agreed to part ways with the team and will focus on competing for the Camping World Truck Series title with Billy Ballew Motorsports. Phoenix Racing lost its sponsorship from Miccosukee Resort & Gaming prior to the start of the season and has dropped out of the four races with Almirola within 60 laps. “We both agreed it was time to do something different,” Almirola said in a phone interview. “I am going to focus a lot more on my truck program, which is really important to me and Billy Ballew Motorsports and all the guys over there. The 26-year-old Almirola is second in the truck standings, just 82 points behind leader Timothy Peters. Almirola has three top-10s in four truck events this year. While he valued the experience of getting laps in a Cup car, Almirola was going to have to make a decision between the truck race in Kansas and the Cup event in Richmond May 1. It just seemed right, Almirola said, to make the decision now after he failed to qualify for the race at Phoenix last weekend. “Who gets in a race car and gets excited about going out and running a few laps and parking?” Almirola said. “Nobody does. But I understand it and don’t blame James for any of it. He lost his sponsorship on the way to going to Daytona for the Daytona 500. It put him in an odd situation and everybody in an odd situation. “When I signed on to go race for him over the winter, none of that was in the plans. We had banked on having a sponsor and racing and doing things the way we needed to do them to be competitive.” Almirola said the Ballew team can win a truck title.(

    • Daisy Ramirez Motorsports closing up? UPDATE denied: Hearing that Daisy Ramirez Motorsports has trucks up for sale online and appears to be liquidating some of their vehicles. Driver Dillon Oliver’s website states that future race plans are yet to be determined; however there is a possibility of continuing in the #01 truck. Also of note, the Daisy Ramirez Motorsports website has recently been taken offline.(4-12-2010)
      UPDATE: A team representative has informed us that they are just selling one speedway truck, and the website was inadvertently taken offline when they had cancelled a different account. Itt should be back up shortly. The team has long range plans and said that last week they relocated to their own 20,000 ft building in Statesville in an ongoing effort to get more organized and settled for a long term future.(Daisy Ramirez Motorsports PR)(4-12-2010)

    • Keselowski talks about truck team, future plans:
      Q: You’ve also dipped into car ownership this season, running the No. 29 Ram in NASCAR’s Truck Series. Tell me what your biggest challenge has been in being an owner/driver.
      A: The biggest challenge is trying to find the money to pay for it. It’s really hard in those lower two series to find enough funding. I feel like I can do what it takes to win, but I have to find the money to be able to do it. So that’s a constant challenge, and one that everybody has, regardless of whether you’re Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Mike Skinner or whoever.
      Q: What are your future plans with that program?
      A: The plan is to put other drivers in the seat. Although I don’t have any drivers at this point, I’d love to get other drivers in there. It gives me a level of pride to watch other drivers. But it’s all about finding the money to be able to do that.(

    • Hornaday honored in hometown: UPDATE more info: The City of Palmdale is inviting the public to join in celebrating Ron Hornaday, Jr. Day in Palmdale at a press conference/meet and greet event slated for April 8 at 1 pm on the roundabout in front of Rally Chevrolet, Palmdale Auto Mall, 39012 Carriage Way in Palmdale. Hornaday, a former Palmdale resident and NASCAR Champion, will be in attendance to receive a proclamation and banner from the City and address and meet the crowd. The Palmdale City Council will proclaim April 8 as Ron Hornaday, Jr. Day in Palmdale at its April meeting, in honor of the former Palmdale resident’s achievements in his sport of racing. In addition, the area around the Palmdale Auto Mall, which now features street banners with Hornaday’s image and number “16” car, will be designated as Ron Hornaday, Jr. Way. The 51-year-old Hornaday, known as the “Pride of Palmdale,” is a four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion. He has competed in all of NASCAR’s three elite divisions, but has found a home in the NCWTS and with Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI). Among his achievements include: All-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner with 45 victories; four-time Camping World Truck Series champion (2009, 2007, 1998 & 1996).(City of Palmdale PR)(4-5-2010)
      UPDATE: The City of Palmdale California will honor four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) driver Ron Hornaday on Thursday, April 8th by renaming all access roads to the Antelope Valley Auto Center “Ron Hornaday Way.” Hornaday, a former Palmdale resident, grew up in and around the small southern California city. Not only will the city rename all the entrances around the Antelope Valley Auto Center “Ron Hornaday Way,” the city will also deem April 8th as Ron Hornaday day, presenting Hornaday a key to the city.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(4-7-2010)

    • Images added: A few images added from Nashville including; #18-Kyle Busch, Dollar General Toyota; #2-Kevin Harvick, Charter Communications Chevy; #23-Jason White, Dodge; #3-Austin Dillon, Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Chevy; #48-DelGrosso/Rockingham Speedway Chevy. A couple from Martinsville; #15-Johnny Benson, Red Top Collector Car Auction Toyota; #06-Brackett Racing Chevy. Check them out on the 2010 Camping World Truck Series Paint Scheme Page.(4-7-2010)
    • Butler suffers bizarre injury after freak incident in Nashville: At first, a punctured tire on the first lap of the Nashville 200 Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway didn’t seem like a big deal for Rick Ware Racing driver Brett Butler. But a bizarre injury made it a big deal for the 24-year-old driver. When the tire deflated, it blew out part of the crush panel in the floorboard of his truck and fiberglass from the tire got into Butler’s helmet cooling system, sending fiberglass into his face. Butler drove the rest of the race with his helmet shield open to help cool his face, which was cut and scratched from the fiberglass. He was also breathing carbon monoxide. Butler was treated in the infield medical center after the race, where medical personnel took fiberglass out of his face and eyes and treated him for carbon monoxide poisoning. He said he was given four different sets of eye drops that he used for the next two days. Butler said he will be ready for the May 2 Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway. “I’m fine right now,” Butler said. “We pretty much got everything taken care of in the infield care center.”(

    • Sauter in the #23 at Phoenix NNS race: UPDATE confirmed: R3 Motorsports hopes to enter Johnny Sauter in the team’s #23 Chevy in next weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Speedway. R3 moved into a tie for 29th-place tie in the Nationwide owner standings, locking the team into the race at Phoenix. The team hopes the veteran Sauter can keep the #23 in the top 30. Sauter drove for Baker Curb Racing in Nashville, finishing 13th.(NNS Racing)(4-4-2010)
      UPDATE: For this Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, Johnny Sauter will make a one-race appearance driving the #23 Chevrolet for R3 Motorsports. Sauter, a three-time winner in the series, was called upon to help keep the team’s upward momentum in the all-important Owner’s Points standings. Coming into last week’s race at Nashville Superspeedway, the No. 23 team was 31st in points trailing 30th by 15 markers. This will also reunite Sauter with crew chief Steve Plattenberger. The two last worked together at Jay Robinson Racing in 2007.(R3 Motorsports PR)(4-5-2010)

    • Karthikeyan receives prestigious award from India: Narain Karthikeyan (#60 Safe Auto Insurance/ Toyota) will receive India’s prestigious Padma Shri Award on Wednesday in ceremonies at the presidential palace in New Delhi. The honor will be bestowed by India’s President, Pratibha Pratil. The Padma Shri Award recognizes a citizen’s exceptional and distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity. Karthikeyan, the first native of India to compete in Formula 1, is being honored along with five of India’s noteworthy sporting figures: Virender Sehwag and Ramakant Vithal Achrekar (cricket), Saina Nehwal (badminton), Ignace Tirkey (field hockey) and Vijender Singh (boxing). Karthikeyan, who finished 13th in his NCWTS debut at Martinsville Speedway, expects to rejoin the series at Kansas on May 2.(NASCAR PR)[For more of NASCAR’s off-week notes visit the Kansas Race Page.](4-5-2010)

    • Brackett to attempt six more races; first up, Dover: Dale Brackett may not have qualified for his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway two weeks ago, but it doesn’t have him down. In fact, he’s thinking much more positively now than he was before the event. The 31 year-old Maine racer took what he described as “a huge jump” by breaking into the Truck series. His wife, Valerie, purchased two trucks from Tim Bainey, Jr.’s team with the modest goal of her husband — a former asphalt racer at Unity (Maine) Raceway and dirt Late Model driver in the Carolinas — simply qualifying for races and getting approved to run bigger tracks. Brackett fell victim to the NASCAR rulebook when qualifying was cancelled by rain, and as a first-timer with the series and no provisional starting spot to fall back on, he was sent home to Maine. He [Brackett] will focus on returning to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in six more events: Dover Int’l Speedway (May 14), O’Reilly Raceway Park (July 23), Bristol Motor Speedway (Aug. 18), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sept. 18), a return trip to Martinsville (Oct. 23), and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19. “We’re running Homestead so that NASCAR can hopefully declare us eligible to run the superspeedways,” Brackett explained. “I don’t want to be a big talker, and it all depends on sponsorship of course, but we’re looking at racing the full schedule in 2011.”(Vermont Motorsports Magazine)(4-5-2010)

    • Gill & Fenton part ways: During the pre-race setup on SPEEDtv, Ray Dunlap reported that following the qualifying session, when Fenton failed to qualify the #95 Dodge, that Danny Gill and Lance Fenton have officially parted ways.(4-2-2010)

    • Green performing pre-race concert at Kansas: In 2003, Pat Green hit the country music scene with his breakout hit “Wave on Wave.” On Sunday, May 2, Green will hit the stage at Kansas Speedway for the first time prior to the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250. “We look forward to having Pat Green perform prior to the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race,” said Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren. “This concert is just another added entertainment element for our fans and with individual tickets available, fans can enjoy the concert and an exciting truck series race.” The Texas native released his most recent album “What I’m For” in January, which begins with a powerful song called “Footsteps of Our Fathers” and is the stirring sound of Green arriving as a major American singer-songwriter who has managed to make his own way in country music and beyond.(Kansas Speedway PR)(4-2-2010)

    • Buescher’s next race, Kansas with Turner Motorsports: During the race broadcast on SPEEDtv, Phil Parsons reported that Buescher will be making his first start with Turner Motorsports beginning at Kansas Speedway..[At Nashville, Buescher drove the #90 Toyota for Stringer Motorsports.] Buescher said the plan is to run most of the remaining truck races this season with his Turner Motorsports ride.(4-2-2010)

    • India’s Karthikeyan makes series debut: UPDATE 2 next race Kansas; plus European racing: Starbeast Motorsports Founder Miguel Abaroa is pleased to announce that driver Narain Karthikeyan will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on March 27 in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Karthikeyan, who is India’s first NASCAR driver, will drive the Wyler Racing #60 SafeAuto Chevrolet Silverado. Karthikeyan previously tested an ARCA car at Daytona International Speedway in December and brings 22 seasons of experience in open wheel racing including Formula 1 and the Le Mans Series. Starbeast Motorsports and Karthikeyan have entered into an agreement with Wyler Racing for the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Karthikeyan will race the #60 in select races to be announced at a later date. SafeAuto Insurance will serve as the primary sponsor after signing a multi-year agreement with Wyler Racing and driver Stacy Compton in 2009. “We have always had a desire to work with drivers to help with their transition into NASCAR,” said Stacy Compton, who has driven in 27 events for Wyler Racing since partnering with the team last year. Compton will serve as a driver coach to help assist Karthikeyan as he makes the transition from open wheel racing to NASCAR.(Wyler Racing PR)(3-17-2010)
      UPDATE: Karthikeyan will race in at least nine more NASCAR truck races this season with his next race being on May 2 at Kansas Speedway. The Kansas race will be shown in India on NEO Sports and in the USA on Speed Channel(Starbeast Motorsports PR)(3-28-2010)
      UPDATE 2: After making his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series late last month in the USA, India’s first Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan will now race for the Dutch squad PSV Eindhoven in the 2010 summer racing season in the Superleague Formula series. PSV Team Principal Jan Lammers, a former Formula One and Le Mans 24-hour racer, confirmed the 33-year-old Indian will be at the wheel for the Dutch team starting this weekend at Silverstone. The other races will be held at famous tracks in Assen (the Netherlands), Magny-Cours (France), Nurburgring (Germany), Brands Hatch (UK) among others.(

    • Rose returns to NASCAR with RWR UPDATE TrueView Live to sponsor: Bowling Green, Kentucky native Brian Rose is gearing up and making his final preparations to return to NASCAR which is set to re-ignite this week at Nashville Superspeedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Rick Ware Racing in the #6 Chevy. Rose will make a humble return to NASCAR since being suspended back in 2003 for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy. Now, nearly seven years later Rose is drug-free and ready to get back behind the wheel and gain the trust and support that he once embraced. Rose is planning on running a limited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule to readapt to the trucks, cars and tracks before making a decision on which direction he’ll take for a hopeful full-schedule in 2011. From 2001-2003 Brian Rose competed in 38 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events driving for car owners such as the late Bobby Hamilton Sr., Billy Ballew and Ware.(Rick Ware Racing PR)(3-29-2010)
      UPDATE: Today, officials from Brian Rose Racing and TrueView Live announce-that TVL will enter the world of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series by sponsoring Bowling Green, Kentucky native Brian Rose in tonight’s Nashville 200 from Nashville Superspeedway. TrueView Live delivered via the internet, offers the highest quality viewing experience, drastically longer viewing times than flash, efficiently more accurate reporting than any other streaming provider in between.(Brian Rose Racing PR)(4-2-2010)

    • David Starr – Nashville Fast Facts: Driver of the #81-Zachry Toyota for Randy Moss Motorsports
      *Starr is currently tied for third place on the all-time top-10 list with four top-10 finishes in eight starts at the Tennessee superspeedway.
      *Starr is tied for second-place on the list for the most top-five finishes, with three top-ten finishes.
      *Since Nashville Superspeedway made its debut on the Truck Series schedule in 2001, Starr has competed in eight races at the track making him one of the most experienced drivers on the short track in Friday night’s field.
      (Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(4-1-2010)

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