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February 2009


 

  • Raymer returning at Atlanta; new associate sponsor: Brent Raymer will be making his second Camping World Truck Series start of 2009 in the American Commercial Lines 200 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. VIP Realty of North Georgia is on board as an associate sponsor for the race. [Raymer is the driver of the #85 Ford for Brent Raymer Motorsports].(BrentRaymerMotorsports.com)(2-27-2009)
  • Lia back to Whelen Modifieds UPDATE Will also run some truck races: Donny Lia, who will replace[Chuck] Hossfeld for Mystic car owner Bob Garbarino, returns to the [Whelen Modified] division after a year of struggling to make it in the Camping World Truck Series. Lia got chances with two lower tier Truck teams and couldn’t make it work and is on his way back. The division will run a 14-race schedule in 2009 at eight different tracks.(Hartford Courant)(2-26-2009)
    UPDATE: Bob Garbarino, who got his first championship ring after 47 years as a Modified team owner with Lia at the helm of his #4 Dodge in 2007, has announced that he will bring back the Jericho, N.Y., native for the upcoming 14-race schedule. In addition to coming back to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour full-time in 2009, Lia hopes to also run as many as 10 races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.(NASCAR.com)(2-26-2009)
  • Lori Hamilton urges fans to attend free cancer screening at AMS: Lori Hamilton, wife of late NASCAR racing legend Bobby Hamilton, is urging local fans take advantage of a free screening for oral, head and neck cancer that will be held on Saturday, March 7th and Sunday, March 8th during the NASCAR Race Weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia. The screening will be conducted by medical professionals from the Georgia Chapter of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA]. Screenings will be available from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on both March 7th and 8th in the vendor area. For more information, please visit the OHANCAW website.( MCS Healthcare PR)(2-25-2009)
  • Gabi DiCarlo, Stringer Motorsports and Great Clips add another race for ’09: Catchfence.com has learned that based on Gabi DiCarlo’s top-20 performance at Auto Club Speedway last Saturday, Great Clips and Stringer Motorsports have agreed to add Atlanta Motor Speedway to DiCarlo’s limited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. DiCarlo will drive the #90 Great Clips Toyota Tundra in the American Commercial Lines 200 with DiCarlo’s ARCA RE/MAX Series crew chief Randy Nelson continuing to call the truck shots. (Catchfence.com)(2-25-2009)
  • Images added – California: Added several images from Auto Club Speedway including; #33-Camping World Chevy, #90-Great Clips Toyota, #1-RHR Toyota, #51-Miccosukee Resort/Red Top Auto Auction Toyota, #88-Menards/Quaker State Chevy, #10-Int’l MaxxForce Diesel Ford, #07-Garmin/GPS Store.com Chevy, #7-TRG Motorsports Chevy, #24-Zachry/Harris Trucking Toyota, #13-Fun Sand Chevy, #15-Phoenix Construction/Red Top Toyota, #47-FT-11 Multi-purpose Degreaser[Daytona]. Check them out on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(2-25-2009)
  • Racing Resources says…
    *Kyle Busch won the San Bernardino 200 at Auto Club Speedway. He scored his second win in his second series start at California. Busch has scored 10 career series victories in 56 starts (17.8 percent). Busch dominated the race, leading three times for 95 laps, including the final seven laps. Busch led all but two green-flag laps.
    *All 10 of Busch’s series victories have come with Billy Ballew Motorsports.
    *His previous series victory came at Bristol last August.
    *Busch gave Billy Ballew Motorsports its 11th series win. (10 by Busch and one by Shane Hmiel.)
    *Doug George, Busch’s crew chief, scored his first career win.
    *Busch has finished in the top 10 in his past 14 series starts, dating back to Texas in June.
    *Todd Bodine, who finished second after winning last week, has finished in the top five in the past eight series races.
    *Busch joins Ted Musgrave (three wins) and Jack Sprague (two) as the only multiple race winners at California.
    *This marked the third straight victory for Toyota at the speedway: Mike Skinner (2007) and Kyle Busch (2008 and ’09).
    *This is just the third time in 13 series races at California that the pole winner won the race: Mike Bliss (1997), Kurt Busch (2000) and Kyle Busch (2009).
    *Busch scored three series wins in 2008. *Gabi Dicarlo scored a 19th-place finish in her series debut. She is the 12th female driver to compete in the series.
    *Ricky Carmichael (eighth) was the highest-finishing rookie contender among the six rookies in the race.
    *The top 10 consisted of six Toyotas and four Chevrolets. The best Ford was 13th, by James Buescher and the best Dodge finish was 21st, by Brett Thompson.
    (ESPN.com)(2-23-2009)
  • NASCAR tweaks fueling rule for trucks: NASCAR has tweaked the pit-stop rules for Camping World Truck Series teams as it will force them to use one crewman to fuel the car instead of giving them option of using two crewmen. NASCAR instituted a rule this year that allowed only five crewmen over the wall on a pit stop, and a team can no longer change tires and fuel the car on the same stop. In the past, when teams were allowed to change tires and fuel the car on the same stop with a limit of seven crew members, teams would use five crewmen to change tires, one to fuel the car and one to hold the catch can for fuel overflow. But with the new rule, some teams last week used two crewmen to fuel the car at Daytona International Speedway since they had an extra person available and it takes two gas cans of fuel to fill the tank. When one can was emptied, the first fuel man would move away from the car and the second crewman would be standing by with another gas can to finish the fueling. Tweaking the rule this week, NASCAR will allow only one crewman to fuel the car, so teams will have to go back to the original method of the fuel man handing the empty gas can to a crew member across the pit wall and have the second gas can given to him to finish fueling the car. NASCAR announced the rule change during the prerace drivers meeting Saturday morning at Auto Club Speedway in California.(SceneDaily.com)(2-21-2009)
  • DiCarlo to enter at least five more truck races this season: Gabi DiCarlo, the Phoenix, Arizona native finished 19th in the San Bernadino County 200 and arguably completed all of her goals in the first of at least six confirmed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events this season. Additional NCTWS events for DiCarlo this season include Martinsville Speedway, The Milwaukee Mile, Iowa Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and her hometown track of Phoenix International Raceway. The team may swap New Hampshire Motor Speedway for O’Reilly Raceway Park.(Catchfence.com)(2-22-2009)
  • KHI & Geogia Boot extend partnership: Georgia Boot, America’s Hardest Working Boot is once again partnering with and serving as the official boot sponsor of Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) for 2009. In 2008, Georgia Boot was a proud sponsor of the KHI #2 Chevrolet entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 2009, Georgia Boot will move over as an associate sponsor of KHI’s #33 Chevrolet Silverado driven by three-time NCWTS champion Ron Hornaday. Georgia Boot will also serve as the primary sponsor for Hornaday in the NCWTS race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 19. In this role, Georgia Boot will see the $33 Truck painted to feature its logo and colors. Additionally, Hornaday will wear a Georgia Boot fire suit and his crew will sport Georgia Boot crew shirts. A hospitality chalet and garage tours will also be available for select Georgia Boot guests.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(2-19-2009)
  • Keystone Light makes smooth entry into NCWTS: The official beer sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is giving fans yet another reason to reach for the “Always Smooth” beer as they tune into the racing action each week: The complete 2009 NASCAR Truck Series schedule is printed along the side of limited-edition, 24-ounce cans of Keystone Light. The collectable, 24-ounce Keystone Light “schedule can” is available as a single serve beer nationwide in convenience stores, liquor stores and supermarkets. “The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will benefit from this unprecedented nationwide exposure on Keystone Light packaging,” said Jim O’Connell, VP of Corporate Marketing for NASCAR. “This is a great wayfor fans to keep up with the Truck Series 25-race schedule. As the series has grown and entered new markets, you need a tall, 24-ounce can to list all those events.” Built on a foundation of great beer brands and more than 288 years of brewing heritage, Miller/Coors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers. Miller/Coors is the second largest beer company in America, capturing nearly 30 percent of U.S. beer sales.(Miller/Coors PR)(2-19-2009)
  • Bodine starts year on top; still lacking sponsorship UPDATE 2 GEICO to sponsor Bodine at Calif: Germain Racing has lacked primary sponsorship before, but rather than running blank cars or trucks it would use Germain Motor Company or Germain Toyota decals. Doing that makes a team appear to be in not as much of a bind financially. But going into the Camping World Truck Series opener at Daytona, Germain was desperate. This was no time for cosmetic solutions — it was a time to scream “help wanted.” Hence the completely blank #30 Toyota for Todd Bodine — nothing on the hood or the truck bed, and nothing on Bodine’s firesuit. There’s no reason to think he wouldn’t contend again this year, except that as of Tuesday, the team couldn’t absolutely say it is racing past this weekend at California. Winning at Daytona didn’t solve its financial problem, the same problem many teams across motorsports are still facing, even with seasons under way. Germain isn’t throwing in the towel on the entire season, however. Not with Bodine’s prowess on the big tracks and one of the toughest trucks in the sport. The Tundra that won last week has been Bodine’s ride throughout the superspeedway winning streak and even survived a midair somersault with driver Chad Chaffin in 2005 at Daytona.(ESPN.com)(2-19-2009)
    UPDATE: During an interview on ESPN’s NASCAR Now program, Todd Bodine said that GEICO would be sponsoring the #30 truck at California — a one race deal.(2-19-2009)
    UPDATE 2: GEICO, who is kicking off a four-year relationship with world-class driver Max Papis in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, is prepping their guy by providing him the opportunity to hop in the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra this weekend in Fontana, CA, for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. A week from now in Las Vegas, Papis and the Germain Racing team will be attempting to qualify for the first of twenty Sprint Cup Series races slated for the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry this season. . On Tuesday, luck came calling and GEICO provided funding to help give Bodine and his Germain Racing team the opportunity to participate in Saturday’s San Bernardino County 200.(GEICO Racing/Player Mgmt. PR)(2-20-2009)
  • New NCWTS team formed UPDATE Gunbroker Racing – moves to ownership role fielding two full-time teams: Catchfence.com has learned that Dwayne Gaulding, a representative of GunBroker.com Motorsports department will form a two-truck NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team beginning with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 13. Jason White is expected to drive one of the team’s Dodge trucks with another driver to be announced. A formal announcement is expected next week.(Catchfence.com)(1-28-2009)
    UPDATE: Dwayne Gaulding, who has been GunBroker.com’s point man for its racing sponsorship the last few years, says his company has opted to own its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams this year instead of being a sponsor. The online business bought a few trucks from the defunct Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia team and is getting motors from Joey Arrington. The other trucks have come from other organizations, and Gaulding bought a hauler and more equipment from Haas CNC Racing. Jason White will drive the entire season in the team’s #23 truck, Gaulding said, and he plans for Wayne Edwards to do the same in the #22 truck. The #21 truck will be part time. It had Dennis Setzer driving it in Daytona and has Marc Mitchell in the seat for the race this weekend at Auto Club Speedway in California. Doug Howe moved to the team from SS Green Light to be the crew chief for White. “We wanted to get our feet wet in here as owning teams in the Camping World Truck Series, and next year we’d like to own one full-time truck and focus on that one truck,” Gaulding said. “You have to field other trucks to help get a little bit of knowledge. The ultimate goal is to run a team in the Nationwide Series.”(SceneDaily.com)(2-20-2009)
  • #33 Team penalized for Rule infractions at Daytona Int’l Speedway: NASCAR announced today penalties and fines to the #33 team that competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, as a result of rule infractions found last Friday at Daytona International Speedway. The #33 truck was found to be in violation of Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); Section 12-4-1 (any determination by NASCAR Officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and Section 20B-12.3B (all approved shock absorbers must be of nitrogen-gas pressurized mono-tube, deflective disc valve type with an integral gas reservoir with all components as displayed on each manufacturer’s display board: unapproved shock absorber piston) of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rule book. The violations were found during post-race inspection on Feb. 13. Driver Ron Hornaday Jr. has been penalized with the loss of 25 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship driver points and truck owner DeLana Harvick has been penalized 25 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship owner points due to the violations. Crew chief Rick Ren has been fined $5,000 and placed on probation until June 30, 2009 as a result of the infraction.(NASCAR PR)(2-19-2009)
  • Starr in the #51 for Cup race: UPDATE: Starr makes Cup Debut with Allegro Marinade as sponsor: Hearing that David Starr, will attempt to make the Sprint Cup race at California this week for #51 Blackjack Racing. Kelly Bires attempted to make the Daytona 500 in the car, but failed to race into the field in the Gatorade Duel. If Starr makes the field, he will be making his Sprint Cup Series debut. Dexter Bean is scheduled to attempt the Cup race at Las Vegas in the #51.(2-16-2009) Comment here.
    UPDATE: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran David Starr heads to California looking to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend at the Auto Club Speedway. The Texas-native will be behind the wheel of the #51 Dodge fielded by BlackJack Racing. Starr and the team will be sponsored by Allegro Marinade in a one race sponsorship for the Auto Club 500. Starr, drives the #24 Zachry Toyota Tundra full-time.(David Starr PR)(2-19-2009)
  • Double Duty weekend for Bodine: Todd Bodine, just as planned, will drive the #64 Toyota for Gunselman Motorsports at the Auto Club Speedway in the Auto Club 500. The youngest of the racing Bodine brothers takes over for Geoff, who attempted the Daytona 500. The team is doing the West Coast swing consisting of the California and Las Vegas races. Larry Gunselman, team owner: “Everything is going to plan. We are putting Todd in the car for the races that don’t conflict with his Truck Series schedule. [First up for Daytona winner, Bodine will drive the #30-Germain Racing Toyota in the San Bernardino 200 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday.](Gunselman Motorsports PR)(2-19-2009)
  • Wisconsin Motorsports signs on as promoter of Milwaukee Mile: Wisconsin Motorsports, LLC has signed an agreement to retain promoter rights at The Milwaukee Mile motor speedway. The historic venue is located on the Wisconsin State Fair Park grounds in West Allis, Wis. and continues to be the oldest active auto racing facility in the country, dating back to 1903. The new promoter agreement ensures the near-term and long-term future of auto racing at America’s Legendary Oval. All purchased tickets for 2009 events at The Milwaukee Mile will be honored. Wisconsin Motorsports is led by President & CEO Claude Napier, who has signed a new license agreement with the Wisconsin State Fair Park Board for an initial term of ten years, with the option of up to 30 years. The Wisconsin State Fair Park Board elected to terminate the promoter license agreement it held with former promoter Milwaukee Mile Holdings LLC on February 12th, and worked diligently with Napier in the best interest of the continuance of auto racing going forward.(Milwaukee Mile PR)(2-19-2009)
  • Trucks continue double-digit ratings climb: UPDATE #1 show on cable in time slot: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on SPEED picked up right where it left off in 2008 with a double-digit Nielsen Ratings increase from the season opener in Daytona. The Friday night race, won by Todd Bodine, scored a Nielsen mark of 1.90 (1,393,000 households), up 21 percent from last year’s 1.57 (1,128,000 households). The race peaked at a 2.28 (1,673,000 households), up 29 percent from last year’s peak of 1.77 (1,272,000 households). The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series enjoyed its most-watched season to date in 2008, as 19 of the 22 races on SPEED saw year-to-year Nielsen Ratings increases, 15 in double digits. The next Truck race will be on FOX with the SPEED broadcast team Friday at 4 p.m. ET from Auto Club Speedway in California. The series returns to SPEED on March 7 at 1 p.m. from Atlanta Motor Speedway.(SPEEDtv PR)(2-17-2009)
    UPDATE: The Friday night race, won by Todd Bodine, scored a Nielsen mark of 1.90, making it the No. 1 show on cable during that time period. The next Truck race will be on FOX Saturday at 3 p.m. ET from Auto Club Speedway in California, with Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Mike Joy in the booth; Chris Myers, Jeff Hammond and Phil Parsons in the Hollywood Hotel and Krista Voda, Dr. Dick Berggren and Matt Yocum in the pits. .(SPEEDtv PR)(2-18-2009)
  • Setzer teams up with Fast Track Racing for Calif: Dennis Setzer will take the wheel of the #48 Fast Track Racing Chevrolet Silverado at California this weekend with owner Andy Hillenburg. Bryan Silas is scheduled to return to the seat making his first appearance at Atlanta Motor Speedway next month.(Fast Track Racing PR)(2-18-2009)
  • Raybestos Rookie News & Notes – California:
    *J.R. Fitzpatrick was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the February 13 NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
    *Fitzpatrick scored a fourth-place finish, his best in four NASCAR Camping World Series starts.
    *Fitzpatrick leads Tayler Malsam by seven points (18-11) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the February 21 San Bernardino County 200 at Auto Club Speedway.
    *Fitzpatrick also claimed WIX Filters Lap Leader of the Race honors at Daytona, leading the race once for 17 laps.
    *A Raybestos Rookie has scored a top-10 finish in each of the last 13 CONSECUTIVE NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    *Colin Braun was the top Raybestos Rookie in the 2008 San Bernardino County 200, scoring a ninth-place finish.(Camp & Associates/Raybestos PR)(2-18-2009)
  • Thompson to make first start of season at Calif: Brett Thompson is looking to make his fifth career NCWTS start and first of the 2009 season. The team will enter their #61 Rich Thompson Trucking, Inc/Windmill Inn & Suites Dodge in three NCWTS races this year. This will be Thompson’s first start at Auto Club Speedway. Crew chief for the #61 team is Lonnie Rush Jr.(Thompson Motorsports PR)(2-18-2009)
  • Oakland Metal Buildings Inc. continues sponsorship of #40: The night before last week’s race at Daytona International Speedway, Curtis Key received a phone call from Phillip May, President of Oakland Metal Buildings, Inc., stating that he wanted to sponsor Mike Bliss in the No. 40 Key Motorsports Chevrolet for the Truck Series season opener. After Bliss was forced to resign from the race after a lap 6 crash, Key has decided to run Oakland Metal Buildings, Inc. once again this weekend at no cost. The Florence, Alabama-based company has also signed on to sponsor the #40 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (March 7) and Talladega Superspeedway (October 31).(Key Motorsports PR)(2-17-2009)
  • Exide Batteries on board #5 again in California: Exide Batteries will once again be the primary sponsor on the No. 5 Randy Moss Motorsports (RMM) Toyota Tundra for this Saturday’s race at Auto Club Speedway in California. Last week, Exide was on Mike Skinner’s Toyota as the 1995 Champion finished in the seventh position. Exide is the Official Battery of NASCAR and will continue their partnership with Mike Skinner and Randy Moss Motorsports in the future. Returning Home: Mike Skinner will be returning to his home-state this week, as the Truck Series veteran is from Ontario, Calif., a neighboring city to Fontana – home of Auto Club Speedway. (Note: Skinner was raised in Susanville, Calif.) (Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(2-17-2009)
  • Sponsor returns for Sieg’s first trip to Calif: Shane Sieg and the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota Tundra team head to the Auto Club Speedway for the running of the San Bernardino County 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday, February 21, 2009. Phoenix Construction and RedTop Auto Auction will return as the primary and associate sponsors for the #15 Toyota Tundra. This will be Sieg’s first race at Auto Club Speedway.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(2-17-2009)
  • Racing Resources says…
    *Todd Bodine won the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
    *Bodine posted his 16th Truck Series victory in his 116th start. The 16 wins ties him with Greg Biffle for sixth all-time.
    *Bodine won the last four Superspeedway races (Talladega ’07, Daytona, Talladega ’08 and Daytona ’09). It was his second consecutive NCWTS victory at Daytona, the first repeat winner at Daytona.
    *Bodine was penalized on Lap 10 for passing for the lead below the double yellow line, and he never went a lap down.
    *Bodine has finished in the top 5 for the seventh consecutive Truck race, the longest current streak.
    *Germain Racing posted its 17th career win, which includes all of Todd Bodine’s wins.
    *Bodine’s truck was unsponsored. The last time an unsponsored truck won a race was 62 races ago at Kentucky, when Ron Hornaday won in July 2006.
    *Bodine became the ninth Daytona race winner over the age of 40. Carl Edwards was 24 years, 5 months, 29 days when he won at Daytona in 2004, the only Daytona winner under the age of 40.
    *Kyle Busch finished second to Todd Bodine for the second consecutive year.
    *J.R. Fitzpatrick finished fourth, the highest finisher of the six rookie of the year contenders in the race. Fitzpatrick’s previous best finish was 21st at Martinsville (October 2008).
    *Ricky Carmichael, 24th, and Chase Austin, 13th, made their Trucks debut.
    *Rick Crawford is now the all-time leader with 298 series starts. Crawford was tied with Jack Sprague going into this race.
    *The top 10 consisted of six Toyotas, three Chevrolets and one Ford. The highest-finishing Dodge was Dennis Setzer in 18th.
    (ESPN.com)(2-16-2009)
  • Germain Racing, Bodine win four in a row on superspeedways: The first race of the 2009 season proved to be an exciting one for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Two drivers received penalties for crossing over the yellow line in the first 20 laps of the race and one of those drivers, Todd Bodine, ended up being the first driver to cross the finish line. Bodine’s victory made him the first driver to win two races in a row at Daytona International Speedway in Truck Series history. The win also increased the Germain Racing streak to four superspeedway victories in a row with the #30 Toyota Tundra. Germain Racing is actively seeking primary and associate sponsorship on the No. 30 Toyota Tundra, and can combine these programs with the team’s entries in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series and NNS.(Germain Racing PR)(2-15-2009)
  • DiCarlo to compete in some truck races UPDATE 2 Debut pushed up to Calif: Stringer Motorsports is pleased to announce that the Great Clips Race Team with driver Gabi DiCarlo will again compete in the ARCA RE/MAX Series during the 2009 season. The team plans to run a majority of the series races while also competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Crew Chief Randy Nelson will head the Great Clips crew in what will be his first full season with Stringer Motorsports. Nelson joined the team for the last third of the 2008 season and the on track performance showed immediate improvement. Great Clips Inc. will again be the major sponsor on the Stringer Motorsports Toyota Camry’s and will again receive product help from Lucas Oil.(Stringer Motorsports PR)(12-29-2008)
    UPDATE: The 2009 racing season will be a major turning point in the career of Phoenix, AZ native, Gabi DiCarlo. In addition to competing in select ARCA RE/MAX Series events, the talented young driver, sponsored by Great Clips, will make her debut in the Camping World Truck Series set for Martinsville Speedway.(Stringer Motorsports PR)(2-5-2009)
    UPDATE 2: Gabi DiCarlo, who has competed in the Automobile Racing Club of America the last couple of years, will make her Camping World Truck Series debut next week at Auto Club Speedway. Her team had originally planned for her to make her debut at Martinsville in March. But after competing in the ARCA race at Daytona earlier this month, the 23-year-old DiCarlo was approved for the race at California. She will be driving for Doug Stringer, a former Nationwide Series owner and still a partner in Braun Racing. Stringer bought trucks from Germain Racing.(SceneDaily.com)(2-14-2009)
  • Raymer okay following hard wreck: Following the late race hard double-hit to the outside wall, Brent Raymer [#85 Ford] was taken to the infield care center where he received oxygen and later released with just minor bruises.( Brent Raymer PR)(2-14-2009)
  • The GPS Store.com & Garmin to join SS Green Light: SS Green Light Racing is pleased to announce another familiar name returning to the team for 2009. The GPS Store.com and Garmin have agreed to be the primary sponsor for Chad McCumbee and the #07 Chevy Silverado in two upcoming NCWTS races at California and Kansas. They had previously sponsored McCumbee when he drove the SS Green Light Racing teams #08 back in 2006 and 2007. The GPS Store.com and Garmin will adorn the quarter panels of the #07 at the San Bernadino County 200 on February 21st at Auto Club Speedway and O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on April 25th. The additional sponsorship will allow the SS Green Light Racing team to compete in two races that were not originally on the team’s 2009 schedule.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(2-13-2009)
  • Oakland Metal Buildings to sponsor Bliss at Daytona: Team owner Curtis Key has just announced that Oakland Metal Buildings, Inc. will sponsor Mike Bliss for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. The eleventh hour deal, which was signed late last night, will put Oakland Metal Buildings, Inc. on the #40 Chevy Silverado for tonight’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Oakland Metal Buildings, Inc., which operates out of Florence, Alabama, is a manufacturer of pre-engineered metal building packages for general purpose, manufacturing, light industrial, church, retail, and agricultural facilities.(Key Motorsports PR)(2-13-2009)
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts establishes NASCAR Contingency Award: O’Reilly Auto Parts, the official auto parts store of NASCAR, will sponsor a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) contingency special award this season. The O’Reilly Auto Parts “People, Service and Performance” award recognizes the team effort made both on the track and in the pits. The NSCS and NCWTS driver who records the fastest lap time and lowest cumulative pit stop time of the event will be the award winner. In order to be eligible, the driver must finish the race on the lead lap. In the event of a tie, the award will be presented to the driver with the highest finishing position in the event. The winning NCWTS team will receive a $1,000 check each race and the team which wins the most awards during the course of the season will be awarded with a $10,000 year-end bonus.(NASCAR PR)(2-13-2009)
  • Single file restarts now begin with 20 to go: NASCAR will implement single-file restarts over the final 20 laps instead of the final 10 in all three series during the 2009 season, officials said on Thursday. The rule was changed to give lead-lap drivers a better chance to go for the victory instead of having to battle lapped traffic on the inside as they do on double-file restarts.(ESPN.com)(2-12-2009)
  • Austin to Truck Series: UPDATE 4 Randy Dean for 2 races; Dennis Connor as crew chief beginning race 3: Negotiations were ongoing late Tuesday night to put 19-year-old African-American driver Chase Austin into a full-time Truck series ride this season with a newly forming team. Austin’s mother and business manager, Marianne Austin, said details of a multi-year contract had not been finalized, but that the potential deal would take him into Trucks, then into the Nationwide Series and eventually to Cup. Austin is scheduled to participate in a press conference here Wednesday morning called by Fitz Motorsports, an existing organization which is expected to be revamped and enhanced into Trail Motorsports, with new majority ownership. “What we’re carving out with them would be full time for 2009 and beyond,” Marianne Austin said.(ESPN.com)(1-21-2009)
    UPDATE: Former owner of the #22 Fitz Motorsports Dodge team, Armando Fitz, co-announced the birth of Trail Motorsport, LLC., with owner Arthur Shelton. The team laid out an all new look, competitive approach, and driver line-up for the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series. Chase Austin will drive the new team’s Camping World Truck while Jarit Johnson takes the reigns of the team’s Camping World East Series ride. A driver for the #22 Nationwide Series entry will be announced in the next couple of weeks. No sponsors where unveiled, but the team does have verbal agreements on some with announcements to come. With the unveiling came the Trail Motorsport “Fan Forward” philosophy that stresses the role of the average fan in the path this team will take. With unprecedented access to the team, fans will experience the opportunity to have their “voice” truly heard. The Team has made the commitment to ensure that a fan-member of the Trail Motorsport will be featured on the side of the car in every race, beginning in their first at Daytona.(RacingOne.com)(1-21-2009)
    UPDATE 2: [Arthur] Shelton said he has a five-year commitment of his own finances, and “a five-year plan,” for the team. He will return mainly to his Chicago businesses, while Trail will be run day-to-day by his son, Patrick Shelton, who has extensive experience in motorsports marketing and business.(ESPN.com)(1-21-2009)
    UPDATE 3: The #32 Chevy Silverado will be piloted by Chase Austin of Kansas, and the crew will be led by Crew Chief, John Monson.(TrailMotorsport.com)(2-4-2009)
    UPDATE 4: The Trail Motorsport website lists Jon Monson as crew chief for the #32, but sources have told us this is not the case. I’ve been told that John Monson is working as crew chief for the #2-Eddie Sharp Racing ARCA team with driver Tim George Jr.(2-4-2009)
    UPDATE 5: During the final practice session on SPEED/TV, it was reported that Trail Motorsport has leased both crew & trucks from MRD for the first two races of 2009. Beginning with race three, Dennis Connor will be the full-time crew chief.(2-12-2009)

  • Musgrave announcement soon? Note from Debi on message board…We have not fallen off the face of the earth and you have all probably figured out we are not in Daytona. If all goes as planned we should have an announcement by Atlanta for 2009 and beyond. This new team will have Ted in GOOD equipment and also surrounded by some familiar faces who most definitely know how to get the job done. We have spent the off season working hard on a lot of sponsorship deals. The economy has made it tough…and hard. I will let you all know as soon as we get everything up and running. As always keep the faith.(TedMusgrave.net)(2-11-2009)
  • Camping World and Little Guy join together to celebrate the opening of the Truck Series: Camping World, the nation’s largest and fastest growing RV and outdoor retailer, will award the winner of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 13 with a customized Little Guy Teardrop Trailer detailed with their winning team’s paint scheme. “We are very excited about our sponsorship with the NASCAR Truck Series as well as our recent partnership with the Little Guy Worldwide Company,” remarked Marcus Lemonis, Camping World Chairman and CEO. “This giveaway promotion of the lightweight trailer will not only congratulate the winner for completing an extraordinary race but will also be a great way to kick off our 2009 race season at Daytona International Speedway.” The Little Guy Teardrop campers have increased in popularity due to their affordability, low maintenance and ease of towing. Currently the Teardrop Camper Trailers are available at seven Camping World locations throughout the U.S. In addition a prototype “Little Guy” trailer featuring the Camping World decal scheme will be on display beginning Friday morning in the Sprint FANZONE just outside the DIS media center. Following the Nascar Camping World Truck Series race, the lightweight trailer will be presented to the winning driver during a special photo session at trackside.(MSNBC.com)(2-11-2009)
  • Heluva Good! to sponsor NCWTS race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Officials of New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Heluva Good!, a leading producer of real sour cream dips, cheese, and condiments, announced today that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will have a “Heluva Good!” Saturday at the speedway on September 19, 2009. The NASCAR Truck Series event will be named the “Heluva Good! 200.” This is a significant addition to their already strong support of NASCAR racing at the speedway. Currently, Heluva Good! sponsors pole qualifying for all five NASCAR divisions competing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June and September and both of the NASCAR Camping World Series East races in June and September.(New Hampshire Motor Speedway PR)(2-11-2009)
  • Crawford stats; most starts, most miles and more: Rick Crawford will make his 298th start – extending a Series record – this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Crawford’s impressive string of race starts began at the Walt Disney World Speedway on January 19, 1997. Crawford has logged over 50,000 miles in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition, the most of any driver in the series. In his truck series career, Crawford has been running at the finish of 268 races, the most of any driver in the series and a mark of 90.2%. In the previous six truck series races at Daytona, Crawford has accrued the most points of any driver (841).(Circle Bar Racing PR)(2-11-2009)
  • Buescher vying for ROTY honors: James Buescher will challenge for Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year honors this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, competing in the full 25-race schedule for Circle Bar Racing in the #10 International MaxxForce Diesel Ford F-150. Buescher has one career truck series start, a 19th-place finish in last year’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(Circle Bar Racing PR)(2-11-2009)
  • Busch returns to Daytona with BBM: Kyle “Rowdy” Busch will take to the track Friday, February 13, 2009 for the running of the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the World Center of Racing in the #51 Toyota for Billy Ballew Motorsports. This will be Busch’s second start at the 2.5-mile famed Daytona International Speedway for Ballew. In these difficult financial times Ballew welcomes primary sponsor Miccosukee Resort back in 2009 with Georgia based Red-Top Auto Auction as the primary associate sponsor in Daytona. Ballew is still seeking sponsorship for both teams in the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(2-10-2009)
  • Mess with a sealed engine? Be ready for 100-point penalty and more: NASCAR considers tampering with the engine seals a major offense and worthy of a penalty of “a minimum of 100 championship driver and truck owner points,” according to a bulletin available in the Camping World Truck Series garage today. NASCAR added wording to its harshest penalty provision to include any alteration, modification or repair of any part that has been “sealed” by NASCAR in addition to the existing wording about altering or changing anything previously certified. NASCAR also added that it could confiscate race equipment as a penalty for messing with a sealed engine. Other potential penalties would be fines, disqualification, probation and suspension.(Scene Daily)(2-10-2009)
  • Sieg gets sponsor for Daytona: Shane Sieg has 10 previous career starts for Ballew but will make his first start for the team at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway in the #15 Phoenix Construction/ RedTop Auto Auction Toyota Tundra. In 2009, Sieg will also team up with winning crew chief Richie Wauters. Wauters has led the Billy Ballew Motorsports team to 10 NCWTS victories.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(2-10-2009)

  • Setzer part-time deal in the #8 for MRD: UPDATE 3 Setzer, one race deal for Daytona: Dennis Setzer – who just last Friday agreed to a part-time deal – has announced he has a ride for the 2009 season. “I got a deal in the last couple of days with Dave Malcomson and the #8 MRD truck,” said Setzer. “It’s only for 12 races, but I’m pretty happy about that. Atlanta will be my first race with them. Anything that I can get to fill in the other races would be nice. Right now, I don’t have anything scheduled for Daytona, California or the spring Martinsville race. Heck, I won the spring Martinsville race last year. It would be hard to miss that one, so I am hoping I can find something for that race and something to fill in the other ones too.”(CloseFinishes.com)(1-26-2009)
    UPDATE: Carl Long plans to have veteran racer Dennis Setzer at the helm of his #46 Dodge at Martinsville Speedway in March.(Carl-Long.com)(1-27-2009)
    UPDATE 2: Hearing that Dennis Setzer will not be driving the #8 for MRD as a potential sponsorship deal fell through earlier this week. Also hearing that Setzer has a couple of Nationwide rides lined up with Bob Keselowski [starting in Calif.] but as of right now no truck ride.(2-4-2009)
    UPDATE 3: Dennis Setzer has a one-race deal driving the #21 for Gunbroker Racing at Daytona. Setzer is still looking for a full-time ride in either the Camping World Truck or Nationwide Series.(2-9-2009)
  • Chad McCumbee reunited with SS Green Light Racing UPDATE Dotter as crew chief; #07 image added: SS Green Light Racing is pleased to announce the signing of Chad McCumbee as the driver of its Chevy Silverado truck entry for the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Season. The team is planning to run the #07 ASI LIMITED Chevy Silverado in twelve races in 2009 beginning with the season opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona on February 13th. The team is hopeful to profile this exciting driver and secure additional sponsorship to compete in the balance of the races in 2009. The 24 year-old native of Supply, NC drove for the Mooresville, NC based team during the 2006 and 2007 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. ASILimited, Akzo Nobel and Spectrum Metal Finishing will adorn the #07 Silverado for the 2009 season. A complete schedule will be released soon.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(1-29-2009)
    UPDATE: Bobby Dotter will be the crew chief for Chad McCumbee.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(2-9-2009)
    Image added: Image of the #07-ASI Limited #07 Chevy is posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.
  • Truck races for Yeley? UPDATE: Pending sponsorship: In 2009, you will find Yeley competing at various Camping World Truck and Nationwide series events, with plans to hit as many sprint and midget events as possible. Next weekend you can catch him in action at the USAC sanctioned Copper on Dirt event at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona.(Who Won)(2-9-2009)
    UPDATE: Been told that a ride for Yeley in either the truck or NNS series is dependent on sponsorship which is currently not finalized.[More info on Yeley’s USAC race can be found on the Jayski Appearances Page](2-9-2009)
  • Carmichael making series debut at Daytona: Ricky Carmichael will make his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Friday evening at Daytona Int’l Speedway in the 10th-annual running of the NextEra Energy Resources 250. Carmichael, the most successful motocross racer in history, will drive the #4 Monster Energy Silverado for the KHI All-Star Team in at least 14 truck events during the 2009 season. The #4 KHI team is led by crew chief Billy Wilburn, a veteran of many years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.(KHI PR)(2-9-2009)
  • Buescher wins ARCA race at Daytona: One of the best ways to avoid the “big one” at Daytona is to stay out front. That’s exactly what 18-year-old James Buescher did most of the way to win the wild ARCA RE/MAX Series Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 Saturday afternoon at Daytona Int’l Speedway. {Buescher is set to run full time in the #10 Circle Bar Racing Ford in 2009]. Buescher, who led the final 44 laps in the Kevin Cywinski-owned Wolfpack Toyota, held off NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Joey Logano in a one-lap shoot-out to earn the biggest victory of his career.(ARCA Racing PR)(2-8-2009)
  • One Eighty Racing to back Malsam in 2009: Last week, Randy Moss Motorsports (RMM) named Malsam, 19, as driver of the #81 Toyota Tundra for the full 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.. One Eighty Racing, a part of the One Eighty family of brands, announced it will kick-off Malsam’s rookie year by sponsoring him in the first two rounds of the 2009 season, including the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on February 13 at Daytona Int’l Speedway and the second race at Auto Club Speedway on February 21. One Eighty Racing will also continue their relationship with Randy Moss Motorsports through the entire NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. (Randy Moss Motorsports PR) [Image of the #81-One Eighty Toyota is posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.](2-7-2009)
  • New crew chief for Sauter, Connor released: UPDATE 3 Giles leaves Thorsport already; Joiner at Daytona: Hearing that crew chief, Dennis Connor has been released from Thorsport Racing and the #13 Chevy team and there is a new crew chief already in place for Johnny Sauter.(1-10-2009)
    UPDATE: ThorSport Racing has named Walter Giles crew chief for Johnny Sauter’s #13 Chevy Silverado for the ’09 season. Giles is a former chief race engineer at DEI and crew chief for Robby Gordon. The native of Australia moved to the U.S. a decade ago, after winning more than 200 races and seven championships in various racing series as a driver.(Thorsport Racing PR)(1-20-2009)
    UPDATE 2: Hearing that Walter Giles has already left Thorsport racing and the #13 truck team.(1-28-2009)
    UPDATE 3: Hearing that Ty Joiner will be the crew chief for Johnny Sauter at Daytona. Ty is the full time crew chief for Eric Holmes, the 2006 and 2008 Grand National West Champion.(2-6-2009)
  • RaceTalkRadio.com to sponsor Fast Track #47 at Daytona: RaceTalkRadio.com, will be the primary sponsor of the #47 Fast Track Racing Camping World Truck driven by Brandon Knupp in the season opening race at the Daytona Int’l Speedway on February 13, 2009. Sponsorship includes introduction of the Fast Track Radio Show Harrisburg, NC. Crew chief will be Dave McClure. The sponsorship program will also include associate sponsorship of the truck for the 2009 season. Beginning on February 26th, RaceTalkRadio.com will introduce Fast Track Radio, a weekly 30 minute show airing on Thursday evenings at 8:00pm/et. The unique program will feature a Driver Development and Training format which will include interviews with some of the top future stars in racing as well as question and answer shows designed to give aspiring racers some of the tools they will need to be successful in racing. The shows hosts are Andy Hillenburg, owner of Rockingham Speedway, Fast Track High Performance Driving School and Fast Track Racing, and Rolfe Schnur the company’s VP of Business Development.(Fast Track Racing PR)(2-6-2009)
  • Drivers pass preseason drug tests, but… All drivers in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Nationwide Truck Series passed the first round of drug testing under NASCAR’s new policy, officials said on Thursday, but that wasn’t the case for crew members. Kevin Harvick said two pit crew members for his Truck Series team were released after failed tests and he expects there are others throughout all three series. “There’s definitely more out there,” Harvick said during media day at Daytona International Speedway. “There’s a lot of people that are looking for jobs right now that are straight-up people. It couldn’t have come at a better time.”. Random testing will be done at the track almost every race weekend, beginning at Daytona next week. Anywhere from 12 to 14 crew members and two drivers per series will be tested each weekend. A failed test by a driver will be made public, but not those by crew members. Three failed tests will result in an automatic lifetime ban. In the past, testing was done only on “reasonable suspicion.”(ESPN.com)(2-6-2009)
  • Cajun Industries to sponsor Cook & more at Daytona: Cajun Industries, LLC a nationally recognized construction leader will sponsor the #25 HT Motorsports Toyota Tundra in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. As well, the Cajun Industries banner will be placed on the hood of the #91 MSRP Motorsports driven by Terry Cook and the #90 driven by Johnny Chapman in the Nationwide Series. Cajun Industries also will be placed as an associate of the #00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota driven by David Reutimann in the Nextel Cup Daytona 500 event. Cajun Industries, LLC and its subsidiaries are nationally recognized companies providing a broad range of construction services to various markets including government infrastructure, industrial, water quality, power, manufacturing, and oil and gas.(HT Motorsports PR)(2-5-2009)
  • RMM to Toyota UPDATE 5 Skinner & Malsam to RMM; Crew chiefs confirmed; Skinner gets the #5: Hearing that Randy Moss Motorsports is making the switch from Chevy to Toyota with Tayler Malsam as driver. [Malsam had previously signed with the now defunct BDR team]. Also hearing that RMM is trying to put a deal together to run a second truck for Mike Skinner.(1-27-2009)
    UPDATE: Randy Moss Motorsports has announced today that it will partner with Toyota for the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season. “We are extremely excited to be joining the Toyota team this season,” stated co-owner Randy Moss. “Toyota has proven year in and year out that they are competitive on the track and can provide the resources to run for a championship. We are pleased to be a part of their camp.” “We look forward to working with the Randy Moss Motorsports organization in 2009. TRD, USA will provide technical support to assist the team’s efforts to get to victory lane”, said Les Unger, Toyota national motorsports manager. Randy Moss Motorsports will compete full-time in the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season and will announce its driver line-up in the upcoming days.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(1-28-2009)
    UPDATE 2: As the 2008 NFL season comes to a close, New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss is getting ready to kick off his first full season as a NASCAR team owner. Moss and co-owner David Dollar have tapped Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contender Tayler Malsam to drive the #81 RMM truck and former Truck Series Champion Mike Skinner to drive the #46 RMM truck in the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. “We are very pleased to have both Tayler and Mike come on board at Randy Moss Motorsports for the 2009 season,” stated team co-owner Randy Moss. “Tayler has shown a lot of promise in his performance on the track in 2008 and we look forward to helping him to continue to grow as a driver in 2009. Mike will be able to help mentor Tayler while going for his second championship all at the same time. It’s the perfect combination.” “We have set a plan in motion to have a championship caliber team in 2009,” added co-owner David Dollar. “We see a lot of potential in Tayler and are excited to have him be a part of that plan. Having Mike come on board puts the last piece of the puzzle together for us to be able to run for the championship. We look forward to Tayler running for Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year and both he and Mike making a run for the 2009 championship.” Announcements regarding crew chiefs and sponsorship for the 2009 RMM team will be made in the near future.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(1-30-2009)
    UPDATE 3: Hearing that Eric Phillips will move to the #46 team as crew chief for Mike Skinner.(2-2-2009)
    UPDATE 4: Hearing that Doug Wolcott [formerly with BDR] is the new crew chief for Tayler Malsam.(2-3-2009)
    UPDATE 5: Randy Moss Motorsports (RMM) is pleased to announce that Eric Phillips and Doug Wolcott will assume duties as crew chiefs for the two full-time RMM Toyota Tundras in the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate Tayler Malsam and the #81 Toyota Tundra team will be coached by Doug Wolcott, while Eric Phillips will lead Truck Series veteran Mike Skinner. In addition, Randy Moss Motorsports has obtained the #5 for driver Mike Skinner. Skinner has driven the #5 Toyota truck since the end of the 2004 season and will continue his Truck Series legacy with this familiar number.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(2-4-2009)
  • T.J. Bell to pilot the #11 for RHR at Daytona: Red Horse Racing has announced that it will field a two truck team in Daytona with TJ Bell piloting the #11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra in NextEra Energy Resources 150. Bell will partner with 2008 defending series champion Johnny Benson, who announced his ride in RHR’s #1 Toyota truck in December. For Daytona, Bell’s #11 truck will feature the charity Home4theHolidays.org in the primary hood location. Bell is spokesperson for the organization that urges families to adopt their new pets from shelters and rescue groups during the holiday season. The 2009 inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck race will mark Bell’s first time racing at Daytona in one of NASCAR’s top three elite series. In the off-season, Bell concentrated on his personal training and is eager to see it payoff in improved performance on-track. Bell will be paired with RHR crew chief, Rick Gay, who worked with former RHR driver David Starr for several races in 2008. Red Horse Racing and Bell may continue to field the #11 truck if sponsorship prevails. RHR and Johnny Benson remain in pursuit of a sponsor for Daytona.(RedHorseRacing.com)(2-4-2009)
  • NCWTS television broadcast times announced: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, with new title sponsor Camping World, returns to SPEED for a seventh consecutive season, beginning with the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Feb. 13 at 8:00pm/et at Daytona. The season-finale Ford 200 on Nov. 20 at Homestead-Miami begins at 8:00pm/et. SPEED will broadcast 23 of the 25 races. For the third consecutive season, FOX will broadcast two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. The first will be at Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 21 at 3:00pm/et. The race is part of a NASCAR “double header” involving the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series The NASCAR Nationwide Series race will be televised on ESPN2 at 7:45pm/et. FOX also will broadcast the NCWTS Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28 at 2:00pm/et.(NASCAR PR)(2-3-2009)
    [Complete NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule is posted on the 2009 Truck Series Schedule Page.(2-3-2009)
  • PIR & Lucas Oil announce 2-year renewal of partnership: Phoenix International Raceway president Bryan R. Sperber announced today the extension of an existing partnership with Lucas Oil Products, Inc. for title sponsorship of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at the track in 2009 and 2010. Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes and problem-solving additives. The green flag will drop on the 2009 Lucas Oil 150 on Friday, November 13.(Phoenix Int’l Raceway PR)(2-3-2009)
  • Double-duty for Carmichael & KHI at Daytona: Ricky Carmichael will drive the Monster Energy #33 Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) Chevrolet in Saturday’s season-opening Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Lucas Oil Slick Mist 250 at Daytona Int’l Speedway. Carmichael, a 29-year-old resident of Clearwater, Fla., is slated to make his second career ARCA start for KHI after racing last season at Talladega, Ala. In addition to the ARCA start, Carmichael and Monster Energy have teamed with KHI to race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) during the 2009 season. Carmichael, the most successful motocross racer in history, will drive the #4 Monster Energy Silverado for the KHI All-Star Team in at least 14 truck events. The #33 KHI team is led by crew chief Billy Wilburn, a veteran of many years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.(KHI PR)(2-2-2009)
    [More info on Carmichael & KHI can be found on the January Archive Page.](2-2-2009)
  • Sad News – Robert “Hoot” Auton: Robert “Hoot” Auton passed away Sunday, February 1, 2009 following a lengthy illness. He was 75. Robert, father of NCWTS Competition Director, Wayne Auton, and Buster Auton, who works in the Sprint Cup Series, was a former NASCAR official and known by many in the racing community. Robert was also survived by his wife of 56 years, Jerolyn Stallings Auton; two daughters, Theresa Parker and husband Don of Conover, Brenda Abernethy and husband Randy of Vale as well as several brothers and sisters. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 from 6:00-8:00pm. at Burke Mortuary located at 2516 North Main Avenue, Newton, NC [address corrected]. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 2:30pm at Springs Road Baptist Church located at 3580 Springs Road, NE in Hickory, NC. Dr. Bob Philbeck and Dr. Spencer Edmonds will officiate. Memorials may be made to Springs Road Baptist Church Debt Retirement Fund.(2-2-2009)
  • Fitzpatrick to drive for TRG at Daytona: UPDATE Double-duty with TRG: Canada’s youngest ever stock car racing champion, John Ryan (J.R.) Fitzpatrick is set to realize a childhood dream next month when he gets behind the wheel to race at the World Center of Racing, Daytona International Speedway. J.R. Fitzpatrick will pilot the #7 Chevrolet Silverado for TRG Motorsports in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on February 13th the opening round in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. As the February 13th NextEra Energy Resources 250 race date draws closer preparations continue and complete details on J.R. Fitzpatrick’s 2009 race schedule will be finalized. The plan includes select NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races along with several NASCAR Nationwide Series events. Sponsorship details are being finalized and more announcements will be forthcoming prior to the Daytona event.(Inside Track Motorsports News)(1-16-2009)
    UPDATE: John Ryan (J.R.) Fitzpatrick, Canada’s youngest ever stock car racing champion has been selected to drive in two entries for TRG Motorsports, in both the ARCA RE/MAX Series race and the Camping World Truck Series event at the 2.5-mile super speedway. Fitzpatrick will make his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut driving the #48 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet on Saturday, February 7th in the season-opening Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200, before climbing in behind the wheel of the #7 Mammoet Chevrolet for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday, February 13th.(TRG Motorsports PR)(2-2-2009)
  • Hornaday becomes spokesperson for Indian Motorcycle Company: When the Indian Motorcycle Company started looking for a well-known face to place on their just-released bikes, they found the perfect rider in NASCAR driver Ron Hornaday. Hornaday, three-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, picked up his new 2009 Vintage Chief Indian just as Speedweeks in Daytona Beach, Florida are about to begin. As a spokesperson, Hornaday will wear an Indian Motorcycle logo on his uniforms this season. In addition to the full 25-NCWTS schedule, he is scheduled to run two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, as well.(IMC/Packman PR)(2-2-2009)


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