Camping World Truck Series News Archives
- Racing Resources says…
*Kevin Harvick won the Kroger 250 on Monday at Martinsville Speedway. It was his fourth series victory in his 97th race. His last victory came at Phoenix in November 2008.
*Harvick scored his first Truck series victory at Martinsville in his eighth race. It is his first series win at a track other than Phoenix.
*Chevrolet posted its seventh Truck series win at Martinsville and first since Bobby Labonte won there in 2005.
*Kevin Harvick Inc. scored its 16th series victory and its first at Martinsville.
*Harvick, who started sixth, became the third winner in the four races of 2009. He led only once. It was the 14th race at Martinsville, including the past four, when the race winner led only once.
*Ron Hornaday finished second. Monday’s race was the third career 1-2 finish for KHI.
*Kyle Busch was running second with four laps to go but was penalized for a commitment-line violation after trying to fix his fender by rubbing up against the inside wall on the backstretch. Busch finished 17th.
*Both Busch and Todd Bodine (18th) ended streaks of finishing in the top 10. Busch had finished in the top 10 in his previous 15 starts. Bodine had finished in the top 10 in his previous nine starts.
*Four drivers made their series debut: Ryan Sieg (34th), Mikey Kile (12th), Dillon Oliver (30th) and Brett Butler (26th).
*James Buescher (11th) was the highest-finishing rookie contender among the six rookies in the race.
*The top 10 consisted of four Toyotas, five Chevrolets and one Ford. The best Dodge finished 23rd.(ESPN.com)(3-31-2009)
- New team, BNB Racing plans to make first start at Memphis: BNB Racing, a newly formed team based out of Southhampton, New Jersey plans to attempt at least four races in 2009 starting with the June 27th race at Memphis Motorsports Park. Driver is Paul Bamburak in the #34-Chevy with crew chief, Steve Herbert.(BnB Racing)(3-30-2009)
- Cook needs backing to get to Kansas: #25-Terry Cook is still hoping to land at least enough sponsorship to get to Kansas. His HT Motorsports group only committed to field Cook’s Toyota for the season’s first four races if more sponsorship couldn’t be procured. Cook’s truck has been underwritten by team owner Jim Harris’ Lynchburg, Va.-based Harris Trucking Co. so far this season, but the driver doesn’t expect that to continue. “As long as we can keep the momentum of racing well together, hopefully, we’ll continue to race,” Cook said. “We have a lot riding on this weekend whether we put funding together or have a great run to get to Kansas. Even though we’ve got Harris Trucking on the side of the truck, it’s Jim Harris that owns the team and it’s a self-funded team.” Cook is off to a solid start this season. After three races, the series veteran has two top-10s and is seventh in points.(SceneDaily.com)(3-30-2009)
- Bliss making 200th start at Martinsville: During the broadcast on Saturday, it was noted that Mike Bliss will be making his 200th career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. When he starts the race, he will become the 8th driver with at least 200 starts in the series.(3-30-2009)
- Sieg starts second; picks up sponsor: After a soggy Saturday in Martinsville, Virginia, Shane Sieg in the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota Tundra will take to the track Monday for the rain delayed Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. . Sieg posted the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota Tundra on the outside pole for the 250 lap event with a speed of 94.326 mph. Sieg’s solid start prompted Woodard Pools of Waycross, Georgia to come onboard as the primary sponsor for the #15 Camping World Truck for Monday’s race.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(3-29-2009)
- NASCAR allowing teams to adjust crew rosters for rescheduled Kroger 250: NASCAR is relaxing its maximum of 12 crew members per Camping World Truck Series team for the rescheduled Kroger 250 on Monday at Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said Sunday. Truck teams are limited to 12 total crew members per race weekend, but teams often use non-contract employees to change and carry tires. With the race being rescheduled from Saturday to Monday because of rain, some teams might have to adjust who will be on their pit crew. Teams will be permitted to change their list of 12 crewmen for Monday but they still cannot have more than 12 per truck, Tharp said.(SceneDaily.com)(3-29-2009)
- Strutmasters on board for more races with Peters: During the final practice session on SPEED/tv, it was reported that Strutmasters.com will be sponsoring the #17-Toyota of Timothy Peters for the upcoming races at Kansas Speedway and Lowes Motor Speedway. Peters is currently 9th in the driver point standings going into this weekend’s Kroger 250 at Martinsville.(3-27-2009)
- Blacks Tire & Auto Service to back Chad McCumbee: Sitting fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points has paid off for Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light Racing team as Blacks Tire & Auto Service Centers have come aboard to support the teams #07 for Saturday afternoons Kroger 250 at the Martinsville Speedway as the team makes it’s 200th consecutive NCWTS start Blacks Tire & Auto Service has supported grass roots racing in the Carolina’s for many years. Black’s Tire & Auto Service was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Whiteville, NC. Black’s Tire Service operates 31 retail/commercial locations throughout the Carolinas and a wholesale division (BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors) with two distribution centers in Whiteville, NC and Charlotte, NC. The company is family-owned and is committed to friendly service and is highly consumer focused.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(3-27-2009)
- Martinsville Tire Notes:Teams in both the NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Martinsville this weekend, however the Sprint Cup tires will be branded “Goodyear Eagle,” while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded “Goodyear Wrangler” . . . this left-side code (D-4108) is the same one run by these teams at Martinsville last season . . . this right-side code (D-4230) is brand new to the Goodyear tire lineup . . . this right-side features a slight compound change compared to last year to offer cars more grip . . . while this left-side is unique to Martinsville, this right-side will also be run on all four tire positions on Sprint Cup road courses this season . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.(Goodyear PR) See pressures, codes and more on the Martinsville Race Page.(3-27-2009)
- Images added: Schematic for the #30-Whelen Toyota being driving by Todd Bodine at Martinsville and #30-Tilted Kilt Toyota photo at Atlanta; #84-Glendan Enterprises Chevy of Chris Fontaine are posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(3-26-2009)
- Hermie Sadler to return to the track at Martinsville UPDATE 2 TNA Wrestling & Acredale sponsoring: Former Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year and current SPEED analyst Hermie Sadler will return to the track for the NASCAR Camping World Series race on March 28 at Martinsville Speedway. Sadler will pilot the #48 Chevrolet owned by Fast Track Racing and Rockingham Speedway owner Andy Hillenburg. Acredale Vending will be on as an associate sponsor. Primary sponsorship opportunities are still available. (Hermie Sadler PR)(3-4-2009)
UPDATE: Acredale Vending (VA Beach) is proud to return to Hermie Sadler as an associate sponsor at Martinsville. Owner Scott Abshire is excited about the deal. This is our 25th. year in business and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate. Abshire also serves as a part time pit crew member for Jay Robinson Racing (Nationwide teams #28 & #49)(Acredale Vending PR)(3-11-2009)
UPDATE 2: Hermie Sadler who is returning to the track this weekend in the truck series race at Martinsville will be sponsored by TNA Wrestling. Sadler according to sources is good friends with TNA Owner Dixie Carter.(Pro Westling Journal)(3-26-2009)
- Martinsville, new experience for Papis: Awaiting ‘Mad’ Max Papis’s arrival this week is the half-mile paperclip-shaped oval of Martinsville Speedway. He will be attempting to qualify the #9-GEICO Toyota Tundra in his third of seven scheduled NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. Built in 1947, Martinsville is one of the most historic tracks on the NASCAR circuit and provides a challenge to even NASCAR’s most experienced veterans. A week from now, Papis will be traveling to Texas Motor Speedway to attempt to qualify the #13 GEICO Camry in his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the 2009 season. (Player Mgmt/Germain Racing PR)(3-26-2009)
- Ryan Sieg to drive Gun Broker Racing entry at Martinsville: Gun Broker Racing announced today that Ryan Sieg, younger brother of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Shane Sieg will make his first NCWTS start Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway driving the #21 GunBroker.com Dodge Ram. Sieg will make his first start in NASCAR’s top-three divisions in Saturday’s Kroger 250, the fourth installment on the 2009 schedule. Gun Broker Racing is still actively seeking funded drivers for its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign.(Gun Broker Racing PR)(3-26)
- Buescher makes first visit to Martinsville: James Buescher will be making his first visit to Martinsville Speedway driving the #10-Maxx Force Diesel Ford this weekend. Buescher, who will celebrate his 19th birthday on Thursday, March 26, is scheduled to compete in his fifth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Adam Crawford, the son of driver Rick Crawford, is the rear-tire carrier for Buescher’s #10 team on race day. This is younger Crawford’s first year performing over-the-wall duties.(Circle Bar PR)(3-26-2009)
- New crew chief for Compton at Martinsville: Marcus Richmond has come onboard as the new crew chief for Wyler Racing’s #60-Wyler.com Toyota with driver Stacy Compton. [Richmond was the crew chief for the #18 BHR-VA team and Dennis Setzer in 2008]. “We’re excited to have Marcus Richmond on board. Obviously we hated that things didn’t work out with Gary [Cogswell], said Compton. “Gary is a great guy and a great Crew Chief, but things just didn’t work out. I think he had some other opportunities as well.”(Wyler Racing PR)(3-25-2009)
- Kile to make series debut with BKR at Martinsville: Mikey Kile has partnered with Brad Keselowski Racing and Greased Lightning for seven Camping World Truck Series races during the 2009 season beginning with the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Kyle piloted the #29 Greased Lightning Chevy in the season-opening ARCA event in Daytona and is also slated to run eight additional races in ARCA with BKR. That team will be led by crew chief Wayne Setterington Jr., a veteran crew chief and former racer. Bolstering Kile’s efforts in 2009 will be the addition of Greased Lightning as primary sponsor. Greased Lightning has a storied history in motorsports marketing and Kile hopes to add a few chapters this season.(BradKeselowskiRacing.com)(3-25-2009)
- Benson & Bell test at the Rock: Two Truck teams tested at the half mile “Little Rock” track at Rockingham Speedway on Wednesday, March 25th. Also testing were the Sprint Cup teams of #41-Jeremy Mayfield and the #09-Sterling Marlin.(3-25-2009)
- Fontaine & the CFI team to trucks; first race, Martinsville UPDATE 2 Glenden Enterprises/Yellowstone Energy Services to sponsor #84: Chris Fontaine and the CFI team are shifting gears to run the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series after running their best ever Late Model season in 2008. The team has purchased three trucks from TRG Motorsports and is in the process of preparing them for the March 28 NCWTS race at Martinsville. The race will be televised on FOX network. Fontaine will be driving the #48 Glenden Enterprises Chevrolet in the team’s season debut. The 27 year old Lakeland, Florida native also plans to run six other NCWTS races in 2009, including Dover, Memphis, Indianapolis, Bristol, Madison, and the fall race at Martinsville. The lack of sponsorship is holding us back from running more races, and we are able to do what we are doing with the support of Glenden Enterprises” Fontaine said. Fontaine said his goal for the 2009 NCTWS season is to be able to finish a race in the top ten. Chris ran three NASCAR Craftsman Truck races driving the #4 for Bobby Hamilton Racing in 2005.(Chris Fontaine PR)(2-10-2009)
UPDATE: Chris Fontaine Inc. has announced that Yellowstone Energy Services has come on board for the NASCAR Camping World Truck race at Martinsville next week. Yellowstone Energy Services is a premier supplier of Construction, Startup, Commissioning and Operations personnel for Power Generation Facilities with a global reach with locations in Georgia and Florida.(Chris Fontaine Inc .PR)(3-19-2009)
UPDATE 2: Fontaine will be driving the Glenden Enterprises/Yellowstone Energy Services Chevy Silverado #84 in the Kroger 250.(Chris Fontaine Inc. PR)(3-25-2009)
- #2 Images added: Schematic for the KHI #2-Bounty Chevy being driven by Kevin Harvick at Martinsville along with the #2-Charter Chevy Harvick drove at Atlanta are posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(3-24-2009)
- Harvick in the #2 at Martinsville; Bounty to sponsor: Kevin Harvick Inc. co-owner and driver, Kevin Harvick, will be making his eighth career start at Martinsville Speedway in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition this week in the Kroger 250. Harvick will pilot the #2 Bounty Chevrolet Silverado in the 250-lap event, marking his second series start for the 2009 season. In seven previous Truck Series starts at Martinsville, Harvick has recorded two top-five and three top-10 finishes. Harvick is being sponsored by Bounty; America’s most popular paper towel for over 30 years. In the U.S., P&G offers the following premium two-ply paper towel products: Bounty Select-a-Size; Bounty White; Bounty Extra Soft; and Bounty Fun Prints. Additionally, P&G offers Bounty Basic, a quality one-ply paper towel as well Bounty Quilted Napkins.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(3-24-2009)
- Congrats to TJ & Alexis: TJ Bell, driver of the #11-Red Horse Racing Toyota became engaged to long time girlfriend Alexis Gamboa this past weekend in Las Vegas. There has been no date set for the upcoming wedding.(RHR PR)(3-24-2009)
- Benson heads to Martinsville to defend win; still searching for sponsor: The Kroger 250 will mark 2008 NCWTS Champion Johnny Benson’s 12th Camping World Truck Series start at Martinsville Speedway. In 11 previous races, he has earned one win, three top-five and five top-10 finishes. When the Camping World Truck Series last visited Martinsville Speedway, Benson earned his first win at the Virginia “paperclip” shaped short track. The reigning 2008 Camping World Series Champion is still seeking sponsorship for his #1 Tundra. Red Horse Racing is currently running both the #1 Toyota Tundra driven by defending Champion Johnny Benson as well as the #11 driven by TJ Bell, without primary sponsorship.(Red Horse Racing PR)(3-24-2009)
- Key Motorsports welcomes back Westerman as #40 sponsor: Key Motorsports welcomes back Westerman Companies as primary sponsor of the #40 Chevy Silverado for their first race of the 2009 season. The Ohio-based company, which performs a variety of design, engineering, manufacturing, and machining services for the oil, nuclear, and marine industries, will be entering its third consecutive season as a sponsor of the Key Motorsports Chevy Silverado, having first come on board in 2007.Mike Bliss, driver of the #40 Westerman Companies Chevrolet, will be stepping out of his Camping World Truck Series ride for the series’ next race at Kansas Speedway. Bliss, who also races full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Phoenix Motorsports, will be racing in the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway, which schedule conflicts with Kansas’ O’Reilly Auto Parts 250. Announcements regarding his replacement for the Kansas race are forthcoming.(Key Motorsports PR)(3-24-2009)
- Sad News – Ronnie Renegar: Mr. Ronnie W. Renegar, Sr., 58, passed away on March 21, 2009 at Kate B.Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born June 11, 1950 in Forsyth County to the late William R. and Hazel H. Renegar. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather (Papaw, Grandpa), son, brother and friend. His sense of humor continued to the very end and was priceless. He was employed with UPS for 21 years. He was also a NASCAR Inspector with Goody’s Dash Series and more recently, Craftsman Truck Series (Camping World Truck Series). Services were held Monday, March 23, at Gentry Family Chapel in Yadkinville. Memorials may be directed to Hospice and Palliative Care Center (Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home), 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or Cancer Service, 3175 Maplewood Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made at GentryFuneralService.com.(3-24-2009)
- Brett Butler set to make NASAR debut at Martinsville: Officials from Fast Track Racing have announced that Lilburn, Georgia native Brett Butler will take the wheel of the #47 Rockingham Speedway-Palm Beach Grading Chevrolet Silverado for Saturday’s Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Butler, the brother of NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie Ken Butler III looks to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the series’ first short track event of the season. The 23-year old driver rises to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series after a healthy stint in the USARacing Series and most recently in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.(Butler Bros Racing/Fast Track PR)(3-24-2009)
- Malsam to make first Martinsville start: Tayler Malsam, a 20-year-old rookie, has never before raced at Martinsville Speedway. Friday morning’s practice session will be the first laps that Malsam has completed at the legendary Virginia short track. Malsam and the #81 One Eighty Toyota team tested their Martinsville chassis Tuesday, March 24th at the Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia. The laps paced at the test session where the first laps that Malsam has completed in this Tundra. Once again this weekend, the familiar colors of One Eighty will be back on board the #81 Randy Moss Motorsports Toyota Tundra.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(3-24-2009)
- Raybestos Rookie News and Notes – Martinsville: Tayler Malsam was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the March 7 American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Malsam scored a 13th-place finish and claimed Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the first time this season. J.R. Fitzpatrick leads Ricky Carmichael by three points (33-30) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the March 28 Kroger 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Donny Lia was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2008 Kroger 250 at Martinsville, scoring a ninth-place finish. The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie at Martinsville Speedway is second, shared by Travis Kvapil (2001), Carl Edwards (2003 fall) and Todd Kluever (2005 fall race). Two Raybestos Rookies have won a pole at Martinsville in the Camping World Truck Series: Greg Biffle (1998) and Carl Edwards (2003).(Raybestos PR)(3-23-2009)
- Busch/Ballew look for three in a row: Kyle “Rowdy” Busch will take to the track at Martinsville Speedway Saturday, March 29, 2009 for the running of the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in the #51 Miccosukee Resort Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota Tundra. Busch is coming off back to back Camping World Truck Series wins at Auto Club Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway looks to make it three in a row for the independent team owner on the .546-mile paper-clip shaped racetrack. He has 14 NASCAR Series starts at the Martinsville, Virginia track without a victory but posting five top-five and seven top-10 finishes.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(3-23-2009)
- Longhorn returns as sponsor; Hornaday has yet to win at Martinsville: Longhorn/Swedish Match returns as primary sponsor the #33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevy with driver Ron Hornaday Jr. Longhorn/Swedish Match adorned the #33 previously at the season opener in Daytona. Hornaday is the all-time leader in career wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. There are only nine venues on the current Truck Series schedule that Hornaday has yet to notch a victory. After 13 starts, Martinsville Speedway remains one track where Hornaday has yet to record a victory. The closest he has come to victory lane at the half-mile track are three third-place finishes (’98,’05 and ’07).(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(3-23-2009)
- Whelen to sponsor Bodine at Martinsville UPDATE more info: been told that Whelen will be the primary sponsor for #30-Todd Bodine at Martinsville Speedway. The hood will display the familiar Whelen logo with “All Products Made In America” and the Whelen logo will also be on the rear quarter panels.(3-17-2009)
UPDATE: Whelen Engineering Company has stepped in to insure that Todd Bodine will race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway. Sonny Whelen is a long-time friend of Todd and the Bodine family, and Whelen Engineering is a familiar name in auto racing. Whelen has been the title sponsor of the Whelen Modified Series for several years and also sponsored two SPEED GT cars in the 2008 season. While Whelen, who is a key sponsor of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, will cover the hood and quarter panels of the #30 Whelen Tundra for the 250-lap race at Martinsville on March 29th, Germain Racing has the bed top and tailgate (or TV panel) available for sale for the Kroger 250 race weekend and the team is still seeking local, regional and national sponsorship in order to compete for the remainder of the season.(Germain Racing PR)(3-20-2009)
- Teams test at Rockingham UPDATE More testing for Crawford & Buescher: On Thursday several truck teams tested at the “Little Rock” [nickname for the half-mile oval with concrete turns that was built adjacent to the Rockingham Speedway] in preparation for the upcoming race at Martinsville Speedway. Teams testing were; #15-Shane Sieg, #6-Colin Braun, #30-Todd Bodine, #9-Max Papis, #14-Rick Crawford, #10-James Buescher, #16-Brian Scott. Brad Keselowski Racing also participated; driver name unknown.(3-19-2009)
UPDATE: On Friday, Rick Crawford and James Buescher stayed over and tested on the one-mile track in their trucks at Rockingham.(3-20-2009)
- Bad Boy Mowers sponsoring Skinner at Martinsville: Randy Moss Motorsports announced that Bad Boy Mowers has signed with the team to sponsor Mike Skinner for next weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. Skinner, the inaugural 1995 Truck Series Champion, will drive the #5 Bad Boy Mowers Toyota in the fourth race of the NCWTS season, as the veteran currently sits third in the championship point standings. (RMM PR)(3-19-2009)
- Oakley to sponsor Carmichael at Martinsville: Ricky Carmichael has been entered in the #4 Oakley / KHI All-Stars team Chevrolet Silverado for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway Saturday, March 28. Carmichael was not originally scheduled to compete at this event, but Oakley has signed a sponsorship agreement with Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) to back the rookie driver and the KHI All-Stars team at Martinsville for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race. The global leader in performance sunglasses, goggles and prescription eyewear, Oakley also offers technical and lifestyle apparel, footwear, watches and accessories. [For past news on Carmichael, visit the March Archives Page.] (KHI PR)(3-19-2009)
- Many images added… Added 38 new images from the first three races of the season. Check them out on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(3-18-2009)
- “Toyota Skinner Round UP” raises big bucks for Charity: Celebrities gathered at Daytona International Speedway and Spruce Creek Country Club in Daytona Beach, Fla last week to raise money for charity during the 2009 Third Annual Toyota Skinner Round Up hosted by Mike and Angie Skinner. Over $134,000 was raised to benefit Volusia County charities over the two-day event.(Mike Skinner PR)(3-18-2009)
- Benson to compete in Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race: A star-studded field of Hollywood’s elite will attempt to outpace and out-maneuver each other Saturday, April 18 in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, part of the 35th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.. The field of 20 drivers will compete in brand new race-ready Scion tCs in what has become the world’s longest-running, most successful celebrity racing event. Jamie Little, ESPN/ABC pit reporter for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, who was the celebrity and overall winner of the 2008 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, returns to compete in the “Pro” category this year against Al Unser, Jr., the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, two-time CART Series Champion and overall winner of the 1985 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, Johnny Benson, 2008 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and Coy Gibbs, owner of the JGRMX Supercross/Motocross Team.[For more information on the event, see the Jayski Charities Page.](Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race PR)(3-16-2009)
- Hernandez looking to race in top series: One of NASCAR’s most successful Drive for Diversity participants and graduates Jesus Hernandez continues to look for opportunities to race in 2009. The 27-year-old developmental driver for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing is currently speaking to potential sponsors to help make him the only Mexican-American driver to race in one of NASCAR’s top touring series in 2009. Hernandez has already has proven success in multiple series in which he has competed. Starting at the grassroots level of NASCAR racing, he won back-to-back track championship titles, two rookie-of-the-year honors, and broke a track record while running at the Madera Speedway and Irwindale Speedway in California. “For me, now is the time to make it at the next level,” said Hernandez. “We have potential to reach the Hispanic market unlike most other drivers. A sponsor can really target that demographic through our team. We’ve got great people and support from a top-level Sprint Cup team. We’ve proven ourselves on the track and can get the job done. We’re talking to a lot of potential sponsors, but nothing is solidified today.” Hernandez is exploring a partial schedule in the Camping World Truck, Nationwide or a possible return to the Camping World East Series in 2009.(Breaking Limits PR)(3-16-2009)
- Peters off to good start; more sponsorship needed for full-season run: In a sport where it’s often said that money buys speed, Timothy Peters [#17-Toyota] is hoping that speed buys money. If not, there’s a chance he won’t run the full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Despite being ninth in the series standings with a pair of top-10s in the season’s first three races, Peters has only enough sponsorship to attempt the first four events, although at least a couple more appear likely. While the team does have two sponsors that Peters considers primary – Strutmasters.com and the Providence, N.C.,-based Hayes Iron & Metal – neither is planning to support Peters in that role for the full 25-race season. That makes his performance in the races he is guaranteed all the more important. So no matter how hard it gets to find sponsorship right now, Peters won’t give up easily. “It’s my job to get up on the wheel and see what we can do to extend our schedule,” he said. “And if it comes down to possibly having to do a race-by-race [schedule] and it comes down to nail-biting time hoping that the check gets in the mail before you leave to go to the race track, I guess that’s the way we’re going to have to survive it.”(SceneDaily.com)(3-13-2009)
- Congrats to David & Kim Starr: Congratulations to David and Kim Starr on the birth of their son, David Starr, Jr., who was born at 11:21am March 12, 2009. He weighed in at 7 lbs. and is 17 inches long. He is perfect and healthy. All is good. Mom and baby are doing great and David is “very proud!”(DavidStarr.com) (3-13-2009)
- Carmichael could run entire schedule? NASCAR Camping World Truck Series newcomer Ricky Carmichael may wind up running more races this season than originally scheduled. Carmichael, a 15-time American Motorcyclist Association champion, could run the entire 25-race schedule after being originally slated to make just 14 starts, Kevin Harvick Inc. co-owner Kevin Harvick said Friday. The team is looking to find additional sponsorship for Carmichael to run all of the remaining races. “He’s kind of sent us in a tailspin to be honest with you, because he’s done so well,” Harvick said during a stop at Lowe’s Motor Speedway to promote the Sprint All-Star Race. “We’re kind of backpedaling. We’ve got [the next race at] Martinsville situated for him to race. “We’ll race three [KHI] trucks there at Martinsville. We’re struggling to keep up with him from a sponsorship side because we didn’t really expect him to do everything that he’s done.” Carmichael’s former motocross sponsor, Monster Energy drink, is backing the Clearwater, Fla., native in the majority of the races. “Right now I mean we’re looking to fill the gaps,” Harvick said. “He had 14 scheduled, and then we ran Atlanta, and everything looks good for Martinsville so we’re up to 16 already, so we’ve got nine to fill, and if we can find that funding we’ll fill it.”(SceneDaily.com)(3-13-2009)
- Mike Skinner hosting annual Charity Round-Up this week: The Third Annual “Toyota Skinner Round-Up” will take place on Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13, at Daytona International Speedway and Spruce Creek Country Club in Daytona Beach, Florida. Among the celebrities participating are jazz & blues superstar Stacy Mitchhart, NFL star Randy Moss, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, award-winning singer/songwriter Edwin McCain, daredevil Robby Knievel, Betty Jane France, and NASCAR drivers A. J. Allmendinger, Boris Said, Rick Crawford, Ron Hornaday and Steve Park. Over the last two years, celebrities and the community have joined Mike in raising more than $250,000 for area charities. [More information can be found on the Jayski Charities Page.](MikeSkinner.com)(3-11-2009)
- Series continues double-digit Nielsen Ratings growth: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series broadcast from Atlanta Motor Speedway scored a Nielsen Household Rating of 1.29 (943,000 households), peaking at 1.63 (1,197,000 households. The Nielsen Rating is a 23-percent increase over last year’s 1.05 (753,000 households) and a 61-percent increase over the 2007 Atlanta race (.80). After 19 of 22 NCWTS races on SPEED saw Nielsen Ratings growth in 2008, 15 in double digits, numbers continue to climb in 2009 on SPEED as Daytona enjoyed a 21-percent increase to open this season.(SPEEDtv PR)(3-10-2009)
- AMS Images added: Images added from Atlanta Motor Speedway including; #9-GEICO Toyota, #40-Oakland Metal Bldgs Chevy, #88-Menards/Tide Chevy, #1-Red Horse Racing Toyota, #14-Circle Bar Truck Corral/Int’l Truck Engine Ford, #60-Wyler.com Toyota, #15-Phoenix Construction Toyota, #07-ASI/SS Green Light Racing Chevy, #11-Red Horse Racing Toyota, #25-Harris Trucking/Zachry Toyota. Check them out on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(3-10-2009)
- Monday Rundown — Racing Resources says…
*Kyle Busch won the American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, retaining his points lead in the series. He posted his fourth win in five series races at Atlanta. Busch is the only repeat winner in 10 series races at Atlanta. He posted his 11th series victory in 57 races. Busch was ninth with seven laps to go.
*Busch gave Billy Ballew Motorsports its 12th series win: 11 by Busch and one by Shane Hmiel.
*Busch posted his second win in three races this season; he won the previous race at Auto Club Speedway.
*Busch led four times for 33 laps, including the final five laps.
*Busch passed Todd Bodine with five laps to go; it was the first time Busch has passed Bodine for the win.
*Doug George, Busch’s crew chief, scored his second career win.
*Busch now has 46 NASCAR wins, 13 Cup, 22 NNS and 11 NCWTS.
*This is the third time the pole winner won in the 10 Truck races at Atlanta, joining Mike Skinner (March 2007) and Todd Bodine (March 2006).
*Busch has finished in the top 10 in his past 15 series starts, dating back to Texas in June.
*Bodine, who finished third, has finished in the top five in the past nine series races.
*Tayler Malsam (13th) was the highest-finishing rookie contender among the seven rookies in the race.
*The top 10 consisted of six Toyotas and four Chevrolets. The highest-finishing Ford was James Buescher, 14th. Ford has yet to win at Atlanta. The only other active track that Ford has not won at is Lowe’s. The best Dodge finish was 23rd by Jason White.(ESPN.com)(3-9-2009)
- Bodine picks up sponsor for Atlanta; possibly entire season UPDATE If no sponsor, no Martinsville: During an interview with Speedtv’s Ray Dunlap prior to qualifying, Todd Bodine announced that the #30 Germain Racing Toyota had picked up a new sponsor for Atlanta and possibly the rest of the season and beyond. The new sponsor is Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery based out of Tempe, Arizona.(3-7-2009)
UPDATE: During a postrace interview, Todd Bodine said the Germain Racing team had made the decision not to go to Martinsville if no sponsorship had been secured for the #30-Toyota Tundra. Bodine said the team has a meeting scheduled with Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery representatives next week to discuss the possibility of future sponsorship this season.(3-7-2009)
- Image added: Image of the #14-Circle Bar Truck Corral/Int’l Truck Engine Ford celebrating the 300th start for driver Rick Crawford is posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(3-7-2009)
- Malsam top Raybestos Rookie at Atlanta: Tayler Malsam [#81-One Eighty Toyota scored a 13th-place and claimed Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the first time this season. Unofficially J.R. Fitzpatrick leads Ricky Carmichael by three points (33-30) in the Raybestos Rookie standings; Malsam is third with 28 points.(Raybestos PR)(3-7-2009)
- Jones plans to run 10-15 races this season: When asked how many races he would be attempting this season, Rookie Chris Jones, driver of the #87 Copy Wizard Chevy responded that it all depends on sponsorship. The teams plan is to run between 10 and 15 races this season(Raybestos PR)(3-7-2009)
- DiCarlo unsure of next series start, possibly Kansas? During a prerace interview with SPEEDtv’s Adam Alexander, Gabi DiCarlo said possibly Kansas would be the next race for the #90-Great Clips Toyota, although there’s nothing definite yet. [Originally, DiCarlo was scheduled to make her series debut at Martinsville, however following NASCAR approval to run larger tracks, DiCarlo ran both Fontana & Atlanta].(3-7-2009)
- Kyle Busch a future Truck team owner? UPDATE Ownership plans on hold: Kyle Busch said he might be interested in buying the Camping World Truck Series team owned by Billy Ballew. Busch, who won the San Bernardino County 200 at Auto Club Speedway in Ballew’s #51 Toyota two weekends ago, will drive the truck in 12 to 15 events this year. “There might be a day when Billy wants me to take over the operation,” Busch said. “We’re still in the talking stage about all that, so who knows when that will happen.(ESPN.com)(3-6-2009)
UPDATE: You can back-burner those rumors about Kyle Busch buying his own Truck or Nationwide series team for the foreseeable future. He admits that in business, he’s not exactly another Tony Stewart. “I’ve got enough going on with my late model team that I’m having a hard time keeping track of that stuff,” Busch said Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. “First off, I have to get a better business model going — we spent way too much money last year with the late model team,” he said. “As soon as we get a better plan going to where we’re not blowing through the sponsorship money and using a lot of my money, then we’ll look into buying something else. “But you’ve got to have sponsorship dollars to even look at getting a Truck team or a Nationwide team. You can’t just do it on your own. “In these times, if I started a Truck deal out of my own pocket, it would probably take about $8 million to buy all the assets you would need. And then to keep it going, it’s another $3 million a year.” So, “the first year you’re looking at about $11 million of your own money.” Then this surprise line from Wild Thing, who reportedly went through about $5,000 worth of champagne at his victory party in Las Vegas on Sunday night: “I’ve got to work on retirement first.”(ESPN.com)(3-7-2009)
- Trail Motorsport relocates; adjusts race schedule UPDATE Austin on hold: After two successful outings with Chase Austin in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Trail Motorsport is shifting their focus from on-the-track to off-the-track. Newly formed Trail Motorsport find themselves moving into the Mecca of all race shops-the former building for teams Robert Yates Racing and Petty Enterprises. With this move comes difficult decisions regarding their plans for racing. In an effort to focus on moving into a new shop and building a successful platform for the race team, Trail Motorsports has decided to scale back their race program for a few weeks. “Chase is our guy,” said Patrick Shelton, Managing Director for Trail Motorsport. “I hope to get the opportunity to work with him for a very long time.” “We need time to get our house in order. We want to put the pieces in place to secure Trail Motorsport’s long term future.”(Trail Motorsport PR)(3-4-2009)
UPDATE: Chase Austin on hold? Wait a minute. African-American driver Chase Austin, 19, was supposed to be in for the entire Truck season, but his name is missing from the entry list for Saturday’s race at Atlanta. What’s the deal? Housekeeping — moving into the building previously occupied by Petty Enterprises, says Patrick Shelton, managing director of Trail Motorsport, the African-American owned team that’s developing around Austin. They’re sitting out Atlanta because “we had to shift a lot of operating funds into capital funds,” Shelton said Wednesday — i.e., lease the building. Austin finished 13th at Daytona in his first time ever in a truck, and 23rd at Fontana, Calif. “We did a two-race deal, but we’re still working for a full-time, multi-year deal,” Shelton said. “Chase is definitely our guy.” “Things are still moving along,” Austin said by cell phone. “We’ve moving into a new shop right now and just have a lot on our plate.” Thing is, a source close to the situation said that “Chase was mad they aren’t running Atlanta ? He was furious.” “When we made a decision to skip Atlanta and get our house in order, Chase was part of the decision,” said Shelton. Austin’s response: “I can’t comment on that right now.” Another source close to the situation says the next Truck race, at Martinsville, Va., on March 28, is “iffy” for the team. The full-time contract is “tied up with the lawyers right now,” Shelton said.(ESPN.com)(3-6-2009)
- Setzer & MRD team up for Atlanta & Martinsville; looking for more: Dennis Setzer and MRD Motorsports are now scheduled to run two races beginning with the American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The #8-MRD Motorsports Chevy is also planning to enter at Martinsville Speedway later this month. The team is still looking to secure additional sponsorship to enable them to run more races in 2009. [For past news on this story, visit the NCWTS February Archives Page.](3-5-2009)
- Papis returns to trucks at AMS: UPDATE: Adding Martinsville; GEICO helping Bodine again: Max Papis will be back in the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second of six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races slated for 2009 with the Germain Racing team. His first outing in the GEICO Tundra netted a Top 10 finish in Fontana. (Germain Racing/Player Mgmt PR)(3-3-2009)
UPDATE: GEICO announced this morning that they will be adding Martinsville to the schedule. This will bring their Truck Series program with Max Papis to seven races, and allow him to hit the track a week before attempting his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Texas on April 5th. GEICO will also lend a hand to Todd Bodine again this weekend in Atlanta, just as they did in Fontana on February 21st when Bodine finished second in the San Bernardino County 200. GEICO will appear on the rear quarter panels of Bodine’s #30 Germain Racing Toyota Tundra. While Papis’s schedule continues to increase, Bodine’s is headed the other direction. Bodine, the 2006 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, is sponsorless and unless a sponsor is found, Atlanta could be his final race.(Germain Racing/Player Mgmt. PR)(3-5-2009)
- Crawford makes 300th start at AMS: Rick Crawford arrived in the Truck Series for the 1997 opener with one truck, one engine and the crew from his late-model car. “A wing and a prayer,” he described it. He finished 11th at Walt Disney World Speedway that day, the prayer answered. His Circle Bar Racing team kept on going. Hasn’t stopped yet, in fact. Crawford, now a Truck Series institution and one of its nicest guys, will make a record 300th start Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Some things have changed since that 1997 opener (there’s a backup truck now), but a lot hasn’t: the team, owner Tom Mitchell, the Ford trucks. There aren’t many relationships more enduring in any form of motorsports. “I think I’m proudest of [that] fact,” said Crawford, 50, a five-time race winner and series runner-up in 2002. The Mobile, Ala., native has never made a start in Nationwide or Cup racing, a true Truck guy through and through.(ESPN.com)(3-4-2009)
- McCumbee new car owner in Whelen series; Evans to drive: NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series driver Chad McCumbee has announced his plans to try ownership in the Whelen All-American Series. Terry Evans from Supply will be the driver of the #20 Chad McCumbee Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Evans will compete on a weekly basis at Myrtle Beach Speedway during the 2009 racing season.(Brunswick Beacon)(3-5-2009)
- Crafton to make 200th series start: Matt Crafton makes his 200th career Camping World Truck Series start in the American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, and hopes to make it an afternoon to remember. “It’s awesome to think about making my 200th start in this series, and to be doing it for ThorSport Racing and owners Duke and Rhonda Thorson,” Crafton said. “Duke and Rhonda have always believed in me, have stuck with me thru thick and thin over the years, and I’m grateful for that. We’ve been together a long time, and we’ve focused on finding ways to make this team better each year, and we’ve done it. I expect us to put ourselves in position for a special win on Saturday.” Crafton made his first start for ThorSport in the final race of the 2000 season, and drove to a top-10 finish. With the exception of the ’04 season, he has started every race since for ThorSport. As he approaches his 200th Truck Series start, Crafton thrives on the ultra-competitive nature of the NCWTS.(Thorsport Racing PR)(3-4-2009)
- Compton grateful for Firefighting Cub Scout’s efforts: NASCAR truck series driver Stacy Compton was in Altavista [VA this week] to show his gratitude to a local Cub Scout. Eleven year old Forrest Taylor was returning home from shopping in February and saw one of a number of brush fires that started that day. He told his brother to stop the car and dialed 911, and Forrest and his brother and father got out and battled the flames with T-shirts. Compton, the land’s owner, came to town Monday to thank the young boy and his brother and father for their quick action, citing it as a key factor in preventing the fire from causing even further damage. The mayor of Altavista and a local Boy Scouts leader also came to show their admiration for the boy. Compton called the boy’s actions a good example for both adults and children.(MSNBC.com)(3-4-2009)
- Sieg returns to home track; picks up associate sponsors: Shane Sieg will take to the track in the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota Tundra for the running of the American Commercial Lines 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday, March 7th at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Both Sieg and team owner Billy Ballew are from Georgia and consider Atlanta Motor Speedway as their home track. World Toyota Scion Collision Center and Bo Phillips Company both of Atlanta will serve as associate sponsors on the #15 Toyota Tundra.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(3-4-2009)
- DiCarlo to make second series start at Atlanta: In her debut into the Camping World Truck Series two weeks ago at Auto Club Speedway, Gabi DiCarlo posted an impressive 19th place finish after starting 23rd. This weekend DiCarlo will attempt to conquer the famed Atlanta Motor Speedway in just her second career start in the series. DiCarlo, a Phoenix, Ariz.-native will race Stringer Motorsport’s Great Clips Toyota Tundra #90, in a truck acquired from the successful stable at Germain Racing.(Stringer Motorsports PR)(3-4-2009)
- Exide extends partnership at Atlanta with RMM: The familiar Exide Batteries sponsorship will once again be on the #5 Randy Moss Motorsports Toyota for this weekend’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Exide, whose headquarters are located in Atlanta, was on the Mike Skinner-driven truck for the first two races of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. During Mike Skinner’s off-weekend after the Atlanta race, he and his wife, Angie, will be hosting their third annual “Toyota Skinner Round Up” presented by Halifax Health. On March 12th and 13th, the Round Up will take place at the famous Daytona International Speedway and Spruce Creek Country Club in Daytona Beach, Fl. [For more info on the Round Up, visit the Charities Page.](Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(3-3-2009)
- Oliver to make series debut at Martinsville: 19 year old Bowling Green, KY native, Dillon Oliver, is set to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway on March 28th, 2009 behind the wheel of the #89 Lafferty Motorsports Chevrolet. Primary sponsorship is still open, however associate sponsors: Race Fumes, Potencia Energy Drink, and Weber Associates Contracting are on board.(Dillon Oliver PR)(3-3-2009)
- Bell & RHR seek sponsor to ensure full season run: Red Horse Racing and T J Bell are still looking for a sponsor to partner with them for the remainder of the season. “We are hoping to run the full 2009 NCWTS season, but the lack of a full primary sponsorship makes that a tough decision,” says Bell. Red Horse Racing is currently running both the #1 Toyota Tundra driven by defending Champion Johnny Benson as well as the #11 driven by TJ Bell, without primary sponsorship.(Red Horse Racing PR)(3-3-2009)
- McCumbee still needs sponsorship for ten races: Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light Racing team are heading to Atlanta on a high note fresh off their best finish ever at Auto Club Speedway they are heading to one of Chad’s favorite tracks, the Atlanta Motor Speedway. McCumbee is looking to repeat the top-five finish he had last year at the fast mile and one half high-banked track outside of Atlanta. The SS Green Light #07 is running without primary sponsorship for the American Commercial Lines 200. Currently the team has ten races without a primary sponsor on the hood and quarter panels of McCumbee’s Chevy. Team co-owner Ken Smith is hoping another strong run will help the team secure additional support to run the team the full twenty-five race NCWTS season. “Since the last race of 2008 we have planned to improve the performance of our race team to help us attract sponsorship,” said Smith. “I believe if we can back up our third place run at California with another strong finish it will help us to accomplish that goal.” (SS Green Light Racing PR)(3-3-2009)
- Busch returns to Ballew’s hometown track: Kyle “Rowdy” Busch will again take to the track in the #51 Billy Ballew Motorsports Miccosukee Resort, Saturday, March 7th for the running of the American Commercial Lines at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch has posted victories in three of his four starts in the Series at AMS. Georgia resident, Billy Ballew [truck owner] will head to his hometown track where he made his entry into auto racing by fielding a car at the track in an ARCA RE/MAX Series race. Ballew loved racing so much after the event he decided to form his own NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team and has fielded a truck in the Series since 1996.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(3-3-2009)
- Todd Bodine to run Atlanta Cup race for Germain: Germain Racing has entered the Kobalt Tools 500 this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a move a top team official hopes will boost its NASCAR Sprint Cup program. The team, which is fielding the #13 Toyota for Max Papis in half of the Cup races this season, will enter the #35 this weekend for Todd Bodine. Team general manager Mike Hillman Sr. is listed as the owner, and Randy Goss will serve as the crew chief. The number of races the team will run with the #35 is still to be determined. “We are running the #35 Camry at Atlanta to gain more data for our Cup program and help us keep looking toward the future …,” said Hillman. “The primary focus … is to collect more data to continue to improve Germain Racing’s Cup Series program.”(SceneDaily)(3-3-2009) Comment here
- Malsam to make first laps at AMS: Malsam has never before raced at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Friday’s morning practice sessions at the 1.54-mile quad-oval will be the first laps on the fast-banked track for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender. For the third consecutive race, One Eighty will be the primary sponsor of the #81 Randy Moss Motorsports Toyota Tundra for this weekend’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Randy Moss, NFL All-Pro Wide Receiver and co-owner of RMM, is scheduled to be at the American Commercial Lines 200 this Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(3-3-2009)
- Raybestos Rookie News & Notes – Atlanta: Ricky Carmichael was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the February 21 San Bernardino County 200 at Auto Club Speedway.. Carmichael scored an eighth-place finish, his best effort in two NASCAR Camping World Series starts and claimed Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the first time this season. JR Fitzpatrick leads Carmichael by four points (26-22) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the March 7 American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway. A Raybestos Rookie has scored a top-10 finish in each of the last 14 consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. Justin Marks was the top Raybestos Rookie in the 2009 American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta, grabbing a 14th-place finish. The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie at Atlanta is third by Erik Darnell (2006 fall race) and David Reutimann (2004 spring race).(Raybestos PR)(3-3-2009)
- Atlanta marks return of VFW sponsorship for #33 & Hornaday: The American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway marks the return of VFW as sponsor of the #33-KHI Chevy & Ron Hornaday Jr. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United State) is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the sacrifice and ensuring the rights of America’s veterans through advocacy, support and community service, while promoting patriotism. The VFW offers a wide array of services to support veterans and their families throughout their military career, from active duty to honorably discharged. For more information, visit: VFW.org. The VFW is scheduled to sponsor Hornaday for six events in 2009.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(3-2-2009)
- Harvick to make first series start at AMS: For the first time in his career, Kevin Harvick will enter a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS). Harvick will pilot the #2 Charter Communications Chevrolet Silverado when the series runs the American Commercial Lines 200 on March 7, 2009. Harvick has made 95 NCWTS starts, but none have come at AMS. Charter Communications, Inc. is a leading broadband communications company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(3-2-2009)
- Carmichael’s next race – Kansas UPDATE 5 Carmichael in the #4 at Atlanta: During a post-race interview on Fox/TV, Ricky Carmichael said his next race in the #4 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevy would be at Kansas Speedway [April 25th]. Carmichael posted an 8th place finish at California in just his second series start.(2-21-2009)
UPDATE: Former motocross star Ricky Carmichael had been scheduled to race fourteen Camping World Truck Series races this season for Kevin Harrick, Inc. with Monster Energy as the primary sponsor of the #4 truck. It now appears that Carmichael will race more than the 14 races originally schedule. According to sources close to Carmichael, team owner Kevin Harvick will pick up the tab for next weekend’s truck series race at Atlanta, a race Carmichael was not scheduled to run. Carmichael is coming off a career best finish of 8th at California where he ran up front with the leaders for much of the race. Harvick feels the former motocrosser has made enough progress to warrant funding him out of his own pocket for the American Commercial Lines 200 on March 7th. The only catch? Monster Energy will get a free ride. Sources confirmed that Carmichael’s contract does not allow him to race without Monster Energy on the truck. Therefore, Monster Energy will enjoy free exposure on Carmichael’s truck while Harvick picks up the tab. No word on whether Harvick will fund future races, but you can expect to see Carmichael at Atlanta in the black #4 Chevy.(CaptainThunderRacing.com)(2-24-2009)
UPDATE 2: According to Kevin Harvick’s website, Harvick is scheduled to drive the #4-KHI Chevy in the American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta.(KevinHarvick.com)(2-27-2009)
UPDATE 3: Ricky Carmichael told Sirius NASCAR Radio’s Sirius Speedway Friday that he is confident he will get to race at Atlanta next week. “Kevin (Harvick) talked to me about it after California and asked me if I’d be interested in running,” he said. “I told him, heck yeah”! Carmichael said there are still a few details to be ironed out, but pegged the odds of him competing at AMS at 75 percent.(2-28-2009)
UPDATE 4: Hearing that Kevin Harvick Inc. plans to enter three trucks in the American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway; Ron Hornaday in the #33, Kevin Harvick in the #2, Ricky Carmichael in the #4 truck.(3-1-2009)
UPDATE 5: Ricky Carmichael has been entered in the # 4 Monster Energy/ KHI All-Stars team Chevrolet Silverado for Saturday’s American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS). Carmichael was not scheduled to run the Atlanta race, but because of the on-track success for the #4 team in the first two races of the season, Kevin Harvick Inc. decided to enter Carmichael after an eighth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in California. Carmichael has qualified sixth and third in his two career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts and is currently tied for 14th-place in driver’s point standings.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(3-2-2008)
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