Camping World Truck Series News Archives
- Hornaday among drivers named to AARWBA All-America First Team: Each year the AARWBA [American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association, Inc.] members select a 7-driver All America Team from Open Wheel, Stock Car, Sports Car, Drag Racing, Short Track, Touring Series and At Large championship categories. A banquet is held to honor these drivers each January. The driver receiving the most votes is presented the “Jerry Titus Memorial Award™,” which is AARWBA’s “Driver of the Year” award. Jerry Titus was a member of AARWBA who was a motor sports journalist and a winning race driver. Schumacher, a Titus Award winner in 2006 and 2008, is joined on the First Team by Dario Franchitti (Open Wheel), Mark Martin (Stock Car), Jon Fogarty/Alex Gurney (Road Racing), Donny Schatz (Short Track), Ron Hornaday (Touring Series), and J.R. Hildebrand (At-Large). The Jerry Titus Award, which is given in remembrance of the late racer/journalist, will be presented to the top vote-getter among the eight First Team drivers at the conclusion of the AARWBA All-America ceremonies in Brownsburg, Ind., Jan. 16.(AARWBA PR)(11-30-2009)
- Benson helping out with Snowball Derby team UPDATE: Coopersville’s Tim Steele has put together the ultimate dream team when it comes to local short-track stock car racing. Steele, a retired three-time ARCA champion who now is a car owner, is pulling out all the stops to win the prestigious Snowball Derby. The 300-lap Late Model race will be run Dec. 6 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. Tom Thomas of Grandville will handle the driving duties. Thomas is a three-time Berlin Raceway track champion, with two of his titles coming in the Late Model division. Grand Rapids native Johnny Benson Jr. will join the crew and work as Thomas’ spotter. “We are really excited to have Johnny on the team,” Steele said. “Tom and Johnny are good friends and they will work well together.”(MLive.com)(11-6-2009)
UPDATE: According to Johnny Benson’s website, he will not be attending the Snowball Derby.(11-29-2009)
- Some truck races for Kligerman? “Right now we’re trying to figure out how to start it simple,” [Penske Racing president Tim] Cindric said, calling to mind the ‘ABC [ARCA, Busch and Cup]’ schedule executed by Penske graduate Ryan Newman. “We’d like to run [Kligerman] in a limited schedule of at least 10 Nationwide races next year, [including] the new car races. In addition to that we may be in a position to run him in a few Truck races.” Cindric said Penske newcomer Brad Keselowski’s own Truck program, which Keselowski has styled as a driver development vehicle, could be used for those.(NASCAR.com)(11-27-2009)
- Homestead images added: Added a few images from the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway including; #30-Todd Bodine, Copart Toyota; #13-Johnny Sauter, FunSand/Rodney Atkins-Curb Records Chevy; #17-Timothy Peters, Strutmasters/Red Horse Racing Toyota; #08-Brett Butler, Fuel-Doctor.com Chevy; #14-Rick Crawford, Circle Bar Racing/Int’l Truck Engine Ford; #19-Marc Davis, Howard Univ. Radio/WHUR Chevy; #11-TJ Bell, Sea Land/TimeBandits.tv Toyota; #6-Colin Braun, Con-way Freight/TrueLTL.com Ford; #39-Ryan Sieg, S&W Services, Chevy, #73-Lance HooperCounty Bulding Center Chevy, #21-Nick Tucker, Denny Hamlin Fdn. Dodge; #38-Mike Garvey, S&W Services Chevy; #60-Stacy Compton, SafeAuto Insurance Toyota; #47-Richard Harriman, FT 11 Degreaser Chevy; #41-Dan Brode, Mike Berg Trucking Dodge. Images are posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(11-25-2009)
- HT Motorsports / David Dollar merging? Randy Moss out? UPDATE 2 HT trims employees; Moss not leaving series: Hearing that HT Motorsports and RMM co-owner, David Dollar are merging teams and that Randy Moss may be out as an owner. Also, hearing that there has already been some cutbacks at HT Motorsports that have already taken place.(11-23-2009)
UPDATE: HT Motorsports, which consists of the #24 and #25 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Teams, trimmed employees on Monday for the winter months due to the current economic climate. Jim Harris, owner of HT Motorsports, took the measures until more substantial sponsorship is confirmed. “We are still beating the bushes and have a lot of things in the works,” said Harris. “But the best thing for us all to do right now is cut back until those things come to fruition. We have a lot to offer a company who sponsors our team and with the proper tools in place we can make a great run for victories, or even the championship.”(HT Motorsports PR)(11-23-2009)
UPDATE 2: From SPEEDtv Reporter Ray Dunlap:The rumor that HT Motorsports and Randy Moss may merge certainly has some merit. It appears that many different sponsors these two teams have relationships with can benefit from a combined team. One of the great things about sponsoring a race team is growing business to business relationships! I can tell you for sure that Randy Moss has no plans of leaving NASCAR racing. In fact, Randy has been actively working on a new charity event designed to benefit the people who live around the team race shop in Statesville.(11-24-2009)
- NASCAR Trucks score highest-rated TV season ever: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on SPEED enjoyed its highest-rated television season ever in 2009, averaging a Nielsen Household Rating of .81 (597,000 households), up one percent from last year’s .80 and 35 percent from the .60 the series averaged in 2003, its first year on SPEED. “It’s just great racing … and more and more fans are watching,” said SPEED President Hunter Nickell. “The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is the highest rated racing series on the network and, like all the race teams, the SPEED crew will get some rest and go back to Daytona ready to keep that momentum going.”(SPEEDtv PR)(11-24-2009)
- Wyler Racing lays off employees: Hearing that Wyler Racing has shut down and laid off the majority of its employees — also hearing that hopefully this is just a temporary layoff.(11-24-2009)
- Hornaday honored at Awards Banquet; Carmichael voted Most Popular Driver: Kyle Busch and Ron Hornaday Jr. officially were crowned as champions of their respective series for the 2009 season on the Americana Ballroom stage at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Busch was honored with his first NASCAR national series title as champion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Hornaday received his fourth championship ring in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, joining Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Richard Petty as the only four-time champions in NASCAR’s three national series. And after a fan vote on NASCAR.com, each series’ Most Popular Driver also was revealed. Brad Keselowski and Ricky Carmichael were chosen by the fans in the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, respectively. Rick Allen and Krista Voda from NASCAR on SPEED served as hosts of the event. Matt Crafton, Mike Skinner, Todd Bodine and Colin Braun were second through fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings, and joined Hornaday on stage. The NASCAR Nationwide Series/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards Banquet will air on Dec. 4 from 7:00 – 9:00pm/et on SPEED, prior to the live telecast of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony from Las Vegas. Subsequent broadcasts will air on Friday, Dec. 11 from 8:00-11:00pm/et, Saturday, Dec. 12 from 12:00pm – 2:00am/et and again from 2:00 – 4:00am/et.(NASCAR PR)(11-23-2009)
- Busch’s truck team “not looking good,” maybe back to Ballew in 2010 UPDATE 2: KB Motorsports to run after all? During a testing session for the upcoming Snowball Derby [Dec. 2-6] at Five Flags Speedway located in Pensacola, Florida, I had the opportunity to ask Kyle Busch how things were progressing with the truck team he’s been trying to put together.
Q: You and your truck team — how are things progressing on that?
A: It’s going nowhere fast. I’ve got no shop to put my stuff in, my builders can’t build a building in three years, got no hauler, no trucks no equipment….so, it’s pretty late in the year. Obviously we’re already to Homestead; we only have two months before Daytona so it’s a short amount of time to put a lot together. I don’t think it’s going to happen. So if Billy’s [Ballew] got an open seat for me over at Ballew, I’d be happy to take it again and hopefully we can get Miccosukee to return. They’ve been a great partner for us, as well as Toyota.
Q: So it looks like you are going back to Billy Ballew next year?
A: Yeah right now. I’d love to run some truck races. He’s got Aric Almirola over there…he’s done a great job for them…if he wants to run one deal. If he wants to stay two, I’d take it.
Q: It’s been reported that you were talking to Johnny Benson about the new team?
A: We talked to Johnny Benson; we had some conversations with the Con-way people. Unfortunately for us, fortunately for Jack [Roush], they decided to go the Nationwide route. So that deal feel through…there’s nothing else that JB’s dragged up. He’s got championship driver points, where he can make any race he wants too, but for me, I’ve got no equipment. All I have is my late model stuff here and these things don’t translate anything close to what a truck is. None of the suspension parts are the same; nothing. So I’d have to start over, buy all new.
Q: Rumor has it that you are buying Brian Scott’s trucks?
A: We’ve been in discussions with Brian Scott. Nothing has come close to being finalized…the price is way too high. Of course they want to get their money’s worth from what they bought, so, for whatever the economy is, for whatever the price of the Truck Series is, I feel it’s a bit expensive. You know if I wanted to do it right, I would be sure that I would have the right stuff and the right people built up before I got to Homestead.
Q: You said the new shop’s not done yet?
A: Not even close. It started out being 62,000 sq ft and we’ve added on a couple of different areas for toys and stuff like that because I’m putting my late models in there. We’re also going to start building our own late model chassis’. I was going to put my play toys in there – I’ve got sand cars and four-wheelers some Corvettes some Toyota Tundra’s. I’ve got some nice stuff that I want to keep indoors and that’s what I’m building it for and every time we take a step forward it’s like we take three or four steps back … the process is not going good. I started this project back in ’07 and I’m still nowhere close. It’s frustrating. It’s been an ongoing process for three years. The building looks great, it’s awesome from the outside…. love to be inside of it…we’re working as hard and as fast as we can.
Q: So it’s not looking good for the truck team?
A: It’s not looking good. I’d love to do it and I wish I could do it, but it’s not looking good.
UPDATE: During the qualifying broadcast on SPEEDtv, Phil Parsons reported that he had spoken with Billy Ballew. Ballew said that he had been notifed that Kyle Busch would be leaving Billy Ballew Motorsports and starting his own team in 2010.(11-20-2009)
UPDATE 2: During Sunday night’s SPEED Report broadcast on SPEEDtv, Ray Dunlap reported that although Kyle Busch has been waivering over the last couple of weeks as to whether or not he will have a team in 2010, Dunlap said Busch will have a team, and it will definitely be at least two trucks. Dunlap reported that he was also hearing in the garage this week that Taylor Malsam will join Kyle Busch — Kyle will run the companion weeks and there will be another driver in the #51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports.(11-23-2009)
- NASCAR & Craftsman name winners of Craftsman Wrenchman Awards: Craftsman, the official tools of NASCAR, and NASCAR have announced the winners of the first annual NASCAR Craftsman Wrenchman Award SM. The Wrenchman Award SM recognizes behind-the-scenes NASCAR crew members from each of the three national NASCAR Series who “turn the wrenches” in the shop and along pit row, but rarely get the recognition they deserve. Winners were announced at The Wrenchman Award SM Ceremony in Miami from November 20-22. The winner from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was selected by a committee. Bob Rahilly, Truck Chief, Jim Rosenblum Racing #28, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is the winner. All NASCAR Craftsman Wrenchman Award SM winners will receive a cash prize of $14,000 and $10,000 in Craftsman gift cards. At The Wrenchman Award SM Ceremony in Miami, the winners were also rewarded with a trophy from NASCAR and Craftsman representatives.(NASCAR PR)(11-23-2009)
- Giuffres out of Milwaukee Mile deal: In unusually caustic language, the presumptive promoter of the Milwaukee Mile on Friday accused the Wisconsin State Fair Park Board and its chairwoman, Susan Crane, of sabotaging a proposed operating agreement. “Apparently, Sue Crane and her board just simply don’t understand business, business protocol or good faith contract negotiations,” Frank and Dominic Giuffre wrote in a letter to the board. “We now have no intention of going anywhere with Sue Crane and her board, because you quite simply can’t be trusted,” they wrote. “As far as I’m concerned, I’m out of auto racing,” Frank Giuffre said Friday afternoon. The Giuffre group would have become the fourth promoter in six seasons, following State Fair Park, Milwaukee Mile Holdings (2006-’08) and Wisconsin Motorsports. NASCAR included the Mile on its 2010 Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series schedules. Officials have said they want to return but won’t do so until debts left by the previous promoter are satisfied. Wisconsin Motorsports LLC, led by Claude Napier, left owing NASCAR upward of $1 million for 2009. With the Mile contract a dead issue, at least for now, those races and the future of the track are again in doubt. A NASCAR official could not be reached for comment.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(11-21-2009)
- Awards Ceremony – next up: The 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season will culminate with the annual awards banquet at the Loew’s Miami Beach Hotel on Monday, Nov. 23. For the first time it will be held in conjunction with the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The banquet will honor the series champions and their teams and also the drivers who finished 2-4 in the final championship standings in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The two series’ Raybestos Rookie of the Year award winners will be honored as well as their Most Popular Drivers (via fan vote) on stage at the black-tie event. Drivers in each series who finish 6-10 will also be recognized at the banquet. Highlights of the combined Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series Awards Ceremony will be broadcast Friday, December 4 at 7:00pm Eastern.(NASCAR PR)(11-21-2009)
- KHI claims second Owners Championship: With his eighth place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Hornaday and the #33 Silverado team led by Rick Ren delivered the 2009 NCWTS owners championship for the second time to Kevin and DeLana Harvick, co-owners of Kevin Harvick, Inc. In claiming both the 2009 NCWTS driver and owner crowns, KHI claimed nine victories this season. Hornaday captured his title with six wins this season. Harvick contributed to KHI’s owner’s title with three trips to victory lane. “On behalf of everyone at Chevrolet, congratulations to Ron, Kevin and DeLana on their outstanding season that netted them both the driver and owner championships in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Brent Dewar, Vice President, Chevrolet Global. “For Ron to become the only four-time NCWTS champion with his Rick Ren-led team is a remarkable achievement. There is a great sense of pride at Chevrolet that all of his 45 wins have come behind the wheel of a Chevy Silverado.”(Chevy Motorsports PR)(11-21-2009)
- KHI’s Stockman to RCR as crew chief for Dillon: During the post-race interview with Kevin Harvick, Kevin said there will be a lot of changes made at KHI over the next month. Harvick said Danny Stockman, [truck chief at KHI] is headed to Richard Childress Racing to be the new crew chief for the #3 Chevy with driver Austin Dillon.(11-20-2009)
- Sauter Clinches 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year title: Johnny Sauter clinched the Raybestos Rookie of the Year title following the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sauter scored a ninth-place finish in tonight’s race, his third consecutive top-10 and 13th top-10 of the 2009 season. He was the top Raybestos Rookie in 14 races this season. Sauter scored his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where he finished 2.474 seconds ahead of teammate Matt Crafton. The victory came in his 31st career start. Sauter also led the most laps in the event (64 of 146). Sauter finished the season with two poles: Las Vegas and Phoenix. He became the first Raybestos Rookie pole winner in 17 races at Phoenix and joined Bryan Reffner is the only Raybestos Rookie to win a pole position in 13 previous races at Las Vegas.(Raybestos PR)(11-20-2009)
- Toyota marks milestone at Miami – 150th NCWTS race: When the green flag waves to start Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, it will mark the 150th race for Toyota in the series since the beginning of the 2004 season. During the past six years, Tundra drivers have recorded 65 victories and captured 68 pole positions, and have helped Toyota win four consecutive Camping World Truck Series manufacturer’s championships (2006 to 2009). In 149 races, 17 teams and 75 drivers have combined to make a total of 1,421 NCWTS starts. Mike Skinner is the only driver who has started all 149 races. In addition to Skinner, just two other drivers have been a part of all four manufacturer’s titles – Todd Bodine (133 starts) and Johnny Benson (121 starts). Bodine and Benson have both been driving Tundras since 2004, although Benson only ran a partial NCTWS schedule this season. Skinner leads all Toyota drivers with 35 pole positions, including a series-record 11 in 2007, in his 149 starts in a Tundra. The Susanville, Calif. native has also recorded 12 victories in a Tundra. Bodine, who has 133 starts in a Tundra, has recorded 17 victories for Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series, the most of any Tundra driver. He also has started from the pole five times.(Toyota Motorsports PR)(11-20-2009)
- Raymer picks up Ford Drive One. as sponsor for Homestead UPDATE definite partial schedule in 2010 – looking for full-time: #85-Brent Raymer will have Ford Drive One. on board as sponsor for the season finale this week at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(Brent Raymer PR) [Image of the truck is posted on the #85 Paint Scheme Page.](11-19-2009)
UPDATE: From Raybestos Rookie practice notes: Brent Raymer [#85 Ford] “For 2010 we’re just going to do more of the same. We want to do a lot more of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series but we’re just going to kind of pick and choose here and there, unless things change. We’re talking to some people and hopefully have a sponsor on board and then of course we’d run the whole year and that’s what we’re hoping to do. But worse-case scenario we’re going to be hitting tracks here and there, probably run about 70 percent of the races next year. Our short track program got a lot better this year but our mile-and-a-half stuff has been off. That’s what we here in Homestead doing, trying to make things better, trying to figure out where we’re lacking and trying to get better for next year.” (Raybestos PR)(11-20-2009)
Goodyear Tire Notes – Homestead: While teams in all three NASCAR series in action this weekend will be running the same right-side tire code (D-4136), teams in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series will be running a different left-side code (D-4134) . . . Nationwide and Truck teams ran this same combination of left- and right-side tires at Homestead in 2008 . . . in addition to Homestead, teams in these two series have run this this same tire set-up at Texas and Chicagoland over the past two seasons . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Homestead . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Homestead Race Page.](11-20-2009)
- Carmichael making first start at HMS: Ricky Carmichael will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the #31-Monster Energy Chevy for Turner Motorsports in the season-finale NCWTS event. The rookie will see the 1.5-mile oval for the first time on Thursday evening as the trucks roll out for their first practice session in preparation for Friday night’s race. Despite his lack of experience at Homestead, Carmichael has competed at seven 1.5-mile ovals this season, with his best finish of seventh coming at Kentucky.(Turner Motorsports PR)(11-18-2009)
- McCumbee makes 100th NASCAR career start at HMS: This Friday night at the Miami-Homestead Speedway SS Green Light Racing’s Chad McCumbee will reach a milestone in his NASCAR racing career. The Ford 200 will mark his 100th start in NASCAR’s top-three series since making his truck series debut in California in 2006.When the No. 07 tiwi/Valvoline “Fuel Proof Guarantee” Chevrolet takes the green on Friday night it will be McCumbee’s 92nd start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series along with eight starts in the Sprint Cup Series. The race will mark the 60th start in an SS Green Light Racing truck for the 25-year old from Supply, NC.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(11-17-2009)
- Trulli looking at truck series? Formula One driver Jarno Trulli, who was a guest of Michael Waltrip Racing last weekend at Phoenix, has applied for a NASCAR truck license, according to a sanctioning body source.(FoxSports.com)(11-17-2009)
- Hornaday making 250th start; magic # for Owner’s Championship – 9th: Ron Hornaday is arguably the most recognizable driver in the Truck Series. When he climbs behind the wheel of the #33 Longhorn Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he will make his 250th career Truck Series start. DeLana Harvick left Phoenix 60 points ahead of Billy Ballew and the #51 truck for the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner’s championship. Hornaday’s magic number this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway is ninth. No matter what Kyle Busch does if the #33 team can finish in the ninth position [or better] they will win the Owner’s championship for Kevin and DeLana Harvick.(Kevin Harvick Inc PR)(11-17-2009)
- New sponsor on board with Bell at Homestead: Land Environmental and Time Bandit Fishing Vessel are teaming up with the #11 Red Horse Racing team with driver TJ Bell for the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Time Bandit joined forces with Sea Land Environmental, a company that develops and manufactures eco-friendly products, to make the Time Bandit the first boat in the Bering Sea to “go green.” The partnership will make the environment cleaner because the Time Bandit will burn 30% less fuel than before and have 90% cleaner emissions coming from the exhaust stack.(Red Horse Racing PR)(11-17-2009)
- Special paint scheme for Malsam at Homestead: The #81 RMM Toyota Tundra, normally adorned with One Eighty logos, will have a different look for the season’s final race. Like last year at this racetrack, Malsam’s truck will be adorned with Stocks for Tots decals. An annual event since 1989, this year’s edition will take place the evening of Tuesday, December 8 at the Charles Mack Citizen’s Center in downtown Mooresville, North Carolina. Please visit www.stocksfortots.com for additional information.[Schematic for the #81 Stocks for Tots Toyota is posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page. (Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(11-17-2009)
- Cook looking for ride at HMS: From Terry Cook’s Facebook page: Terry will not be in the #02 Stott Racing Truck this weekend at Homestead. Corrie Stott is not participating in the Season Finale. Terry at this point has no truck ride for Homestead, potentially ending his record holding consecutive starts of 296! Terry will be participating in the Nationwide Series for MSRP in the #91.(Terry Cook – Facebook.com)(11-17-2009)
- Paint scheme honors Xpress Motorsports employees UPDATE image added:The paint scheme for the #16-Toyota Tundra at the season finale in Homestead will be a fitting tribute to the employees at Xpress Motorsports. The Xpress Motorsports logo and the names of each employee are prominently displayed on the #16 for the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “I can’t say enough about the efforts that this team has put forth this year,” Xpress Motorsports President and General Manager Emmett Byrd said. “Everyone on this team has given a great effort each and every week. When we won, we won together and when we lost, we lost together. We wanted to do something that at least in a small way shows the appreciation of all the hard work this group has produced. We are just 13 points from finishing in the top-five in points, hopefully this paint scheme will bring us some well deserved good luck.”(Xpres Motorsports PR)(11-16-2009)
UPDATE: Image of the #16-Xpress Motorsports tribute truck is posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(11-17-2009)
- Crafton to practice, qualify #7 Dodge for Robby Gordon: While Jimmie Johnson focuses on a fourth straight championship, Robby Gordon has a title of his own to clinch this week. Leading the SCORE International Off-Road Standings, Gordon plans to race the #77 Monster Energy / Toyo Tire Trophy Truck in the Baja 1000, the final event of the season held November 19th-22nd on the Baja peninsula in Mexico. Truck Series driver Matt Crafton has been hired to practice and qualify Gordon’s #7 Sprint Cup Series Toyota, with the driver/owner expected to return in time for the start of the 400-mile race on Sunday. (Frontstretch.com)(11-17-2009)
- Raybestos Rookie News & Notes – Homestead:
*Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the November 13 Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix (Avondale, Ariz.) Int’l Raceway. Sauter claimed a fifth-place finish, his seventh top-five and 12th top-10 of the 2009 season. He scored the second consecutive top-five by a Raybestos Rookie at Phoenix. Sauter grabbed top rookie honors for the third consecutive race and for the 13th time this season.
*Sauter leads Tayler Malsam by 43 points (223-180) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the November 20 Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.
*Sauter is fifth in the series championship standings, best of any Raybestos Rookie. He is 84 points behind fourth-place Todd Bodine and 13 ahead of sixth-place Brian Scott.
*Sauter won the pole at Phoenix, his second in 35 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. He also nabbed the top starting spot earlier this season at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway (race No. 20). Sauter became the first Raybestos Rookie pole winner in 17 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Phoenix.
*The 2009 Raybestos Rookie class have won three pole positions this season: Sauter (Las Vegas and Phoenix) and Brian Ickler (Milwaukee).
*The only Raybestos Rookie to win in 13 previous races at Homestead is Kenny Irwin. Irwin captured the 1997 Ford 200 by .289 seconds over Mike Bliss.
* David Reutimann (2004) is the only Raybestos Rookie to win a pole in 13 previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Homestead.
*Brian Scott was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2008 Ford 200. Scott scored a second-place finish, .232 seconds behind race winner Todd Bodine. He also led the race once for four laps.(Raybestos PR)[Complete Raybestos Rookie point standings are posted on the Homestead Race Page)(11-17-2009)
- NCWTS continues to see TV ratings increase: According to Nielsen Media Research, ratings for Friday’s coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from Phoenix were up 14 percent from a year ago. Race coverage on SPEED scored an average Nielsen Household Rating of .72 (534,000 households), up from last year’s .63 (466,000 households). Friday night’s race peaked at a .89 (665,000 households), up 17 percent from last year’s peak of .76 (559,000 households). The season finale for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is set for Friday from Homestead-Miami Speedway. SPEED coverage begins at 7:30pm/et with the popular pre-race show, NCWTS Setup with Krista Voda. Race coverage begins at 8:00pm/et.(SPEEDtv PR)(11-16-2009)
- Harvick in the #4 Georgia Boot Chevy at HMS: Kevin Harvick Inc. co-owner Kevin Harvick will close out the 2009 Truck Series season behind the wheel of the #4 Georgia Boot Chevrolet Silverado this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In four previous Truck Series starts at HMS, Harvick has recorded two top-five and two top-10 finishes, both for KHI. Since 1937, Georgia Boot has been a manufacturer and marketer of quality work and outdoor footwear. (Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(11-16-2009)
- Brett Butler teams up with Rick Ware Racing/SS Green Light at Homestead: Brett Butler looks forward to racing for RWR/SS Green Light Racing at the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway this Friday in the #08 Chevy. Butler, who finished 9th in the USAR Pro Cup Series final point standings in 2009 has seen limited action in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series but looks to the future. Butler joins the RWR team and is optimistic about his future. “I am looking forward to racing with this team. They have many of the pieces put together to run for a title in 2010. With another solid performance, I’m sure we can add the most important final piece to the puzzle…sponsorship.”(Rick Ware Racing PR)(11-16-2009)
- Hornaday makes history winning 4th Championship UPDATE more: Kevin Harvick took his #4 Longhorn Silverado to victory lane at Phoenix International Raceway for the fourth time in the last five years. At the same time, he celebrated with dual burnouts down the front straightaway alongside his Kevin Harvick, Inc. driver Ron Hornaday, Jr. who made history by becoming the first four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion. Hornaday secured the unprecedented feat with a fourth place finish in tonight’s race. Heading in to the season’s final race next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the battle for the 2009 NCWTS owners’ title is still undecided. DeLana Harvick holds a 60-point lead over second place.(Team Chevy Racing PR)(11-13-2009)
UPDATE: Ron Hornaday became only the second driver in Truck Series history to clinch the Truck Series championship before the final race (Greg Biffle was the first in 2000). Hornaday joins the ranks of Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon as the fourth driver in NASCAR history to win four championships in one of NASCAR’s three elite divisions. Hornaday also becomes the oldest champion in NASCAR history at 51 years of age.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(11-14-2009)
- #07 image added: Image of the #07-tiwi/Valvoline “Fuel Proof Guarantee” Chevy driven by Chad McCumbee for SS Green Light Racing. Image is posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(11-13-2009)
Goodyear Tire Notes – Phoenix: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Phoenix this weekend, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded “Goodyear Eagle,” while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded “Goodyear Wrangler” . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tire codes that Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at this track in April . . . teams in those two series also ran this tire set-up at Richmond in 2009 . . . Camping World Truck teams have run this exact tire set-up at Milwaukee, Memphis and New Hampshire this season . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Phoenix Race Page.](11-13-2009)
- Sweet to Stringer Motorsports #90 Toyota in select events in 2010; debut at PIR this week: Stringer Motorsports is pleased to announce that USAC open-wheel sensation, Brad Sweet, will pilot the #90 Great Clips Toyota Tundra in a select number of races during the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck (NCWTS) season. This weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, the 23-year-old will get a jump start on his new endeavor with Stringer Motorsports by making his series debut behind the wheel of the Great Clips-sponsored truck in Friday evening’s Lucas Oil 150. The Grass Valley, Calif.-native, made his stock car debut in July, racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Kentucky Speedway for Stringer Motorsports. Tentative plans call for Sweet to compete in the following NCWTS races in 2010. He will continue to run in the World of Outlaws series next season in events that do not conflict with his NCWTS events for Stringer Motorsports. Races include: Dover International Speedway (May 14), Lowe’s [Charlotte] Motor Speedway (May 21), The Milwaukee Mile (June 18), Gateway International Raceway (July 16), O’Reilly Raceway Park (July 23), Bristol Motor Speedway (August 18), Phoenix International Raceway (November 12), Homestead-Miami Speedway (November 19).(Stringer Motorsports PR)(11-12-2009)
- Image added: Image of the #31-Monster Energy Chevy being driven by Ricky Carmichael in debut with new team, Turner Motorsports at Phoenix Int’l Raceway. Image is posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(11-12-2009)
- Cook running final two races with Corrie Stott Racing; keeps consecutive race record intact: From Terry Cook’s Facebook page: Terry will be behind the wheel of Corrie Stott’s #02 Truck this weekend in Phoenix. Terry, who holds the record for most consecutive starts in the series at 295, looks to keep the streak alive by participating this weekend and in Homestead’s Season Finale.(Terry Cook-Facebook)(11-11-2009)
- RCR fielding entry for Tim George Jr. at PIR: Richard Childress Racing will field the #22 Chevrolet Silverado for up-and-coming driver Tim George Jr. in the November 13 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Veteran crew chief Billy Wilburn will oversee the #22 Truck Series program. George, 28, recently completed his first full season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, finishing 11th in the 2009 point standings driving for Eddie Sharp Racing. “I’m very excited to drive the #22 RCR Chevrolet at Phoenix this weekend. My first time in a truck was last week when the team tested at Little Rock. I thought we had a great test and I hope that translates over to the race on Friday. The guys working on this Silverado were all very helpful, and I learned a lot from my crew chief Billy Wilburn. My goal this weekend is to gain experience and get the feel of where I should be in 2010. Richard has been very supportive, and I’m extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to partner with one of the most historic teams in our sport.”(Richard Childress Racing PR)(11-11-2009)
- Brand making first series start at Phoenix: Barstow [CA] racer Robbie Brand and his team are gearing up to race in the Lucas Oil 150 at 6 p.m. Friday at the Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The team was finalizing work on the red and black #37 truck Tuesday afternoon and expected to leave Barstow early Wednesday. Friday will mark the team’s first venture with their new truck. excitement set in. While this will be Brand’s first foray into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, it likely won’t be the last. This is the second to last NASCAR race of the year, but Brand’s team is gearing up to race with the truck again in May and at a handful of other events in 2010.(Desert Dispatch)(11-11-2009)
- Harriman picks up sponsor for Phoenix: Richard Harriman will make his third series start this Friday at Phoenix International Raceway. Richard will be behind the wheel of the #47 PWRKOOL17 Silverado. PWRKOOL17 is an aftermarket alkaline water that enhances your cooling system performance, and has an ultra low PH level, less surface tension, and will not rust inside your cooling system.(RH Motorsports PR)(11-11-2009)
- Circle Bar Racing still looking for the #10: Hearing that Circle Bar Racing has been talking to potential drivers for the #10 team, but no decision has been made yet regarding final plan for the 2010 season.(11-10-2009)
- Congrats to Aric & Janice: Congrations go out the Aric Almirola and Janice Goss on their recent engagement. Aric “twittered” that he asked Janice to marry him this past weekend and she accepted. Janice is the daughter of former series crew chief, Randy Goss.(11-10-2009)
- Cook out at HT Motorsports UPDATE Bliss in at Phoenix: Terry Cook and HT Motorsports have parted way effective immediately, according to a Facebook post on Terry Cook’s Facebook page at 6:50pm Pacific time. The announcement continued, “Terry will finish out the season with the MSRP Nationwide Series Team #91.(Terry Cook – Facebook.com)(11-10-2009)
UPDATE: This weekend for the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway the #25 Cajun Industries Toyota Tundra will be driven by driver Mike Bliss. HT Motorsports and driver Terry Cook have parted ways following last week’s race in Ft. Worth Texas. Bliss has led 219 laps at PIR and he has one win and two pole starting spots on the one-mile tri-oval in 1998. In the last five of seven races Bliss has attempted at PIR he has finished in the top 10. HT Motorsports Owner Jim Harris on the Driver Change: “We want to thank Terry (Cook) for his hard work and efforts for this HT Motorsports Racing Team this year. We have worked with Terry on and off for a few years in the Camping World Truck Series and see him as a key component in building HT Motorsports to what it is today. He is a huge advocate for the NCWTS series and we wish him the best in his racing career.”(HT Motorsports PR)(11-10-2009)
- Scott to Nationwide in 2010 with Braun Racing UPDATE 2 Scott selling trucks to Kyle Busch: Braun Racing announced tonight on SPEED’s “NASCAR Race Hub,” that it will be expanding its already successful organization to field four NASCAR Nationwide Series entries in 2010. Brian Scott, who has driven a select number of races for the team this season, has been named as driver of the team’s fourth Toyota Camry. Sponsor, car number as well as crew chief and personnel for Braun Racing’s fourth entry will be announced in the coming weeks.(Braun Racing PR)(11-9=2009)
UPDATE: Hearing that Xpress Motorsports, owed by Brian’s father Joe Scott, is selling the #16 trucks to Kyle Busch for the new truck teams Busch is putting together.(11-9-2009)
UPDATE 2: Brian Scott confirmed to Sirius NASCAR Radio’s /Sirius Speedway Tuesday that negotiations are ongoing to sell the Xpress Motorsports Camping World Truck Series team to Kyle Busch. “We have been in negotiations with Kyle to acquire the assets of Xpress Motorsports,” said Scott, “and I can’t think of anyone better than Kyle to allow Xpress and all its employees to carry on.”(11-10-2009)
- Triple duty for Harvick at Phoenix; 100th truck start UPDATE Ernie Cope as crew chief: Heading to Phoenix International Raceway, Kevin Harvick looks to defend his truck series win from one year ago, this time behind the wheel of the #4 Longhorn Chevy Silverado. This weekend when Kevin Harvick climbs behind the wheel of the # 4 Longhorn Chevy Silverado, he will make his 100th career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 99 previous starts, Harvick has accumulated four wins (three at PIR and all for KHI), 29 top-five and 42 top-10 finishes. Harvick will run the #33 Rheem Chevy in NNS for KHI, and his fulltime Cup ride in the #29-Shell Penzoil Chevy for RCR.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(11-9-2009)
UPDATE: Ernie Cope will be the crew chief for Kevin Harvick this weekend on both the #33 NNS car and the #4 Truck.(11-10-2009)
- Conway to attempt all series at Phoenix; debut for Cup & Trucks: UPDATE Quinn as crew chief: Kevin Conway and ExtenZe Racing have announced that they will attempt to run all three NASCAR national series races – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series (# 26 ExtenZe Chevrolet) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (# 71 ExtenZe Chevrolet) – at Phoenix International Raceway next weekend. Conway has never raced at Phoenix International Raceway, much less competed in NASCAR’s top three divisions in one weekend, but he is set to attempt to qualify for his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series debut at the one-mile oval. No driver in NASCAR history has ever attempted this feat. ExtenZe will appear as Conway’s primary sponsor in all three races. Together they will attempt to compete in 850 miles of racing at Phoenix International Raceway.(R3 Motorsports PR)(11-5-2009)
UPDATE: John Quinn will be calling the shots for Kevin Conway and his ExtenZe truck this weekend. This will be the first race for Quinn with R3 Motorsports. Quinn most recently worked with Circle Bar Racing and Rick Crawford.(R3 Motorsports PR)(11-10-2009)
- Raybestos Rookie News & Notes – Phoenix:
*Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the November 6 WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. Sauter claimed a sixth-place finish, his 11th top-10 of the 2009 season and ninth in 21 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series superspeedway starts. Sauter grabbed top rookie honors for the second consecutive race and for the 12th time this season.
*Sauter leads Tayler Malsam by 45 points (223-178) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the November 13 Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix (Avondale, Ariz.) International Raceway.
*Sauter is seventh in the series championship standings, best of any Raybestos Rookie. He is 17 points behind sixth-place Brian Scott and 24 ahead of eighth-place Timothy Peters.
*Brian Scott was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2008 Lucas Oil 150, scoring a fourth-place finish.
*The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie in 16 previous races at Phoenix is second by Greg Biffle in 1998.
*Biffle is also the only Raybestos Rookie to lead a lap at Phoenix, holding the top spot once for 31 laps.(Raybestos PR) [Raybestos Rookie point standings are posted on the Phoenix Race Page.](11-10-2009)
- Carmichael headed to Turner Motorsports: UPDATE 3 Formal announcement made; to start at Phoenix: Ricky Carmichael will have a new home next season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The 15-time American Motorcyclist Association champion, who made his first foray into NASCAR this year driving for Kevin Harvick Inc., said Thursday he is leaving KHI for the new Turner Motorsports organization, where he’ll compete as a teammate alongside incoming driver James Buescher. Carmichael isn’t severing all ties with KHI co-owners Kevin and DeLana Harvick; he’ll be receiving equipment and technical support from KHI in his new endeavor with a fellow Chevrolet team. Carmichael called his impending move “a great opportunity” and said he remains on good terms with the Harvick’s, who will once again field the #33 Truck of point leader Ron Hornaday in 2010. “I think there would always be room there but we couldn’t give them the yes or no on our sponsor for next year when we needed it and I think Kevin wants to focus on the 33 and his Nationwide stuff as well,” Carmichael said after practice at Texas Motor Speedway. “We’re great friends. There’s no problems there. He needed to make a business decision and I understand that.” The sponsor in question – Monster Energy drink – has had a lengthy relationship with Carmichael that began in his motorcycling days. Carmichael is still hopeful that he can carry the sponsor to his new ride. “I’ve been with Monster for a long time, just about longer than any other athlete they have,” said Carmichael, noting that he could possibly make a few Nationwide and ARCA series starts next season in addition to his Truck plans. “It’s hard to get them over here on this side. They’re a huge motorcycle sponsor and any kind of dirt racing. They’ve been very good to me and I hope that they’ll be along for the ride.” Carmichael wants to run a full Truck schedule in 2010, sponsorship permitting.(SceneDaily.com)(11-5-2009)
UPDATE: Also hearing that Carmichael’s current crew chief at KHI, John Monsam, will also be making the move to Turner Motorsports in 2010.(11-5-2009)
UPDATE 2: During an interview on SPEEDtv’s Race Hub broadcast, Ricky Carmichael said that even though he’s moving to Turner Motorsports he’ll be under Kevin Harvick’s “wing”. Carmichael said Harvick was instrumental in putting the deal together with Turner Motorsports. Carmichael said the plan is to run the full Truck Series season, 10 ARCA races and possibly some Nationwide races in 2010.(11-10-2009)
UPDATE 3: Turner Motorsports, LLC has announced former professional motocross and supercross racer Ricky Carmichael has joined the organization to pilot the #31 Monster Energy Chevrolet Silverado in the final two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events of the 2009 season, at Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. In addition, Carmichael has signed a multi-year contract and will compete full-time in the 2010 Truck Series season for owners Steve and Sandra Turner and the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team. In an effort to gain maximum seat time, Carmichael will also participate in 10 ARCA RE/MAX Series races throughout the 2010 season. Sponsorship details, truck number and personnel will be released at a later date.(Turner Motorsports PR)(11-10-2009)
- Reigning ARCA Champion Lofton joins RHR: Red Horse Racing is pleased to announce the recently crowned ARCA Re/Max Champion, Justin Lofton, will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series behind the wheel of a Toyota in 2010. Lofton will drive the #7 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra for the full 2010 season. His ARCA Re/Max Crew Chief, Mark Rette, will also be joining the RHR family to call the shots for the #7 team. Lofton Cattle will serve an associate sponsor. Red Horse Racing is still seeking sponsorship partners for the #7 Toyota Tundra.(Red Horse Racing PR)[Prior news on this story is posted on the November Archives Page](11-9-2009)
- Racing Resources says…Monday Rundown:
*Kyle Busch won the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch won his 16th series race in his 67th start. Busch posted his first series victory at Texas in his sixth start; he had finished second three times at Texas. Busch led twice for 54 laps including the final 50.
*Busch posted his seventh win of 2009, most of all drivers. His seven wins in a season are the most by a driver since Ted Musgrave won seven in 2001. Busch has won in his last five Truck starts.
*It was the sixth win for Toyota at Texas and 14th of the season.
*Billy Ballew Motorsports posted its 17th series victory.
*Matt Crafton (finished second) scored his fourth runner-up finish in 2009.
*Ron Hornaday Jr. (third) scored his 14th top-5 finish of 2009.
*Hornaday lost five points to Crafton but still leads the championship race by 197 points; it is the second-largest point lead with two races to go in series history.
*If Hornaday averages 22nd-place points in the next two races, he will win the championship no matter what any other driver does.
*Johnny Sauter (sixth) was the highest-finishing rookie of the year contender among the six in the race.
*The top 10 consisted of five Toyotas, three Chevrolets and two Fords. Jason White (11th) drove the highest-finishing Dodge.(ESPN.com)(11-9-2009)
- Lofton looking toward Truck Series for 2010 UPDATE to Red Horse Racing: Fresh off winning the 2009 ARCA Re/Max Series championship, Justin Lofton appears to be headed to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for 2010. Lofton said Friday at Memphis Motorsports Park that he has sponsorship for a full Truck season through his family’s Lofton Cattle company and associated vendors. Lofton had hoped to race in the Nationwide Series next season but doesn’t have enough backing for a full season. “But I have it for the Truck series,” Lofton said. “We’ve been talking to a couple Truck teams. I was really hoping to have something secured up this weekend, and I was planning on going to Martinsville originally. But it’s kind of been postponed since I’ve been here.” Lofton went to Memphis to serve as a backup for Roush Fenway Racing’s Matt Kenseth in case Kenseth couldn’t make it from Martinsville Speedway. Lofton said he hopes teams notice that Roush Fenway picked him, sparking future interest for a Nationwide ride. But the Truck series is the likely destination for Lofton. Lofton said he’ll run the Truck schedule for one of three Toyota teams next year. Toyota and Triad Racing Development helped Lofton’s team in ARCA this year.(SceneDaily.com)(10-24-2009)
UPDATE: During the Sunday night SPEED Report broadcast on SPEEDtv, Ray Dunlap reported that Justin Lofton will be headed to Red Horse Racing in 2010 as a possible third team.(11-9-2009)
- Cup team down the road for RMM? From an interview with Randy Moss Motorsports co-owner, David Dollar:
Q: Is your goal to move up from trucks to Nationwide or even Sprint Cup eventually?
A: Being the business that it is, I think you’ve got to move forward and grow. National sponsors have a Cup mentality. Randy and I don’t want to leave our truck roots, by any means, but it’s our goal to grow into a Cup program down the road.(NewsOK.com)(11-6-2009)
- Red Horse Racing to three teams in 2010: During the race broadcast on SPEEDtv, Ray Dunlap reported that Red Horse Racing is working hard on finding sponsorship for the #11 of TJ Bell. He also reported that Red Horse Racing will be running a third team in 2010; more info to be announced on Sunday night’s SPEED Report.(11-6-2009)
- Goodyear Tire Notes – Texas: While teams in all three NASCAR series in action this weekend will be running the same right-side tire code (D-4136), teams in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series will be running a different left-side code (D-4134) . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Nationwide and Truck teams ran at Texas in April and June, respectively . . . in addition to Texas, teams in these two series have run this exact tire set-up at Chicagoland earlier this season and will run it again at Homestead in two weeks . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressures in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Texas Race Page.](11-6-2009)
- Buescher 2010 plans; full-time Nationwide; part-time NCWTS: The 2010 NASCAR season will prove to be a busy one for current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competitor James Buescher. The 19-year-old will compete full-time for Phoenix Racing, piloting the No. 1 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS). In addition to the 35-race schedule for NASCAR’s second-tier series, Buescher will drive the #31 Chevrolet Silverado for Turner Motorsports, LLC in a minimum of 19 Truck Series events.(James Buescher PR) [For past news on this story, visit the October Archives Page.](11-4-2009)
- Milwaukee Mile promoter pulls out: Tony Machi, whose investor group wanted to promote races at the Milwaukee Mile, told Wisconsin State Fair Park officials on Tuesday that his group is pulling out. Machi’s decision means the future of the historic racetrack is in jeopardy. The 106-year-old track is the oldest continuously operated speedway in the country. Machi said Tuesday that his group, which includes local businessman Jim Beaudoin, could not reach agreement with NASCAR. NASCAR has scheduled two races next summer at the track, but wanted Machi’s group, Historic Mile LLC, to pay sanction fees run from last summer’s races as well as the fees for the two races next summer. Machi said he had funding for the 2010 races, but could not come up with funds to pay NASCAR. With Historic Mile out, the focus now shifts to the Giuffre brothers, local businessmen who have promoted races at the track before. The Giuffres had made their intentions known months ago, but State Fair officials elected to negotiate with Historic Mile first.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(11-4-2009)
- tiwi & Valvoline team up with McCumbee for final three: Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway marks the debut of the #07 tiwi/Valvoline Chevrolet in the WinStar World Casino 350. With an updated look, tiwi and Valvoline have teamed up to finish out the season with Chad McCumbee and the #07 SS Green Light Racing team as they will co-sponsor the truck in the final three races of the season at Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, respectively. The tiwi/Valvoline paint scheme is being revealed in conjunction with a product launch that will be unveiled on Thursday, November 5.(PPR Plus/SS Green Light Racing PR)(11-3-2009)
- Double-duty for Buescher at Texas: In addition to driving the #10 MaxxForce International Ford for Circle Bar Racing on Friday night, Buescher will also compete at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday afternoon. The rookie will pilot the #1 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing.(James Buescher PR)(11-3-2009)
- NCTWS scores highest Talladega rating ever on SPEED: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Talladega scored a Nielsen Household Rating of 1.34 (999,000 households), up 21 percent from last year’s 1.11 (816,000 households), making it the highest rated Talladega Trucks race ever and the second highest rated Truck race of the 2009 season (season opener in Daytona was No. 1). The Halloween afternoon race peaked at 1.67 (1,243,000 households) and carried more than one million households for two hours. Last year’s Talladega coverage peaked at 1.36 (1,000,000 households). During the NCWTS race, SPEED was the third highest rated basic cable network in Households, Men 18-49, Men 25-54 and Men 50-plus. The ratings increase continues a long-running trend this season on SPEED, as only one event (rain-delayed Martinsville) has seen a Nielsen Rating decline since July. Younger audiences continue tuning into the series, as the Nielsen Rating among Men 18-49 for Talladega was up 76 percent (.88 vs. .50). Coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series continues Friday on SPEED from Texas Motor Speedway with NCWTS Setup at 8:30 p.m. ET and race coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET.(SPEEDtv PR)(11-3-2009)
- Andrews & MB Motorsports reunite at Texas: Tim Andrews will be back behind the wheel of the [#36] MB Motorsports Ford F-150 at Texas Motor Speedway. Andrews made his inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Chicagoland Speedway in an MB Motorsports Ford F-150 earlier this season. There, Andrews qualified twenty-seventh and finished twenty-fifth after suffering a broken valve in the engine. “Even though we didn’t get the finish we were looking for, I think we can build on the experience we gained at Chicagoland,” stated Andrews.(MB Racing PR)(11-3-2009)
- Talladega images added: Added a few images taken during the weekend at Talladega Superspeedway: #51-Kyle Busch, Miccosukee Resort/Graceway Pharmaceutical Toyota; #8-Dennis Setzer, Malcolmson Construction Chevy; #16-Brian Scott, Albertsons Toyota; #12-Mario Gosselin, MyTireMonkey.com Chevy; #08-Chrissy Wallace, Fuel-Doctor.com Chevy; #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., Copart Chevy; #48-Mike Wallace, Rockingham/Polar Bear 150 Chevy; #53-Justin Hobgood, Georgia Beef Board Chevy; #02-KOMA Unwind Chevy; #76-Ryan Hackett, JandRSupply.com Ford. Check them out by visiting the 2009 NCWTS Paint Scheme Page.(11-3-2009)
- New truck chief for Bell: Tim Rice will be taking over the Truck Chief duties on the #11 starting this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Rice has most recently been serving as a Mechanic on the #71 Sprint Cup Series car for TRG Motorsports. Rice worked with TJ Bell in 2008 when he drove the #7 truck for TRG. Rice also served as Truck Chief for Rick Gay in the fall of 2007 at Wyler Racing with driver Jack Sprague. The two nearly won a race in their second outing together, which came at Texas Motor Speedway.(Red Horse Racing PR)(11-3-2009)
- Raybestos Rookie News & Notes – Texas:
*Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the November 1 Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Sauter posted a 14th-place finish and took top rookie honors for the 11th time this season.
*A Raybestos Rookie has scored top-10 finishes in 17 of the 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season.
*Sauter leads Tayler Malsam by 38 points (215-177) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the November 6 WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.
*Sauter is eighth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, best of any Raybestos Rookie. He is 20 points behind seventh-place Timothy Peters and 34 ahead of ninth-place David Starr.
*Colin Braun was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2008 Chevy Silverado 350K, scoring a fifth-place finish.
*A Raybestos Rookie has won two of the 10 fall races at Texas: Travis Kvapil (2001) and Brendan Gaughan (2002).(Raybestos PR) [Rookie point standings following Talladega are posted on the Texas Race Page.](11-2-2009)
- Busch heads to Texas truck race undefeated in previous four: Kyle Busch heads to the Texas Motor Speedway for the running of the WinStar World Casino 350k NASCAR Camping World Truck Series undefeated in the series since late August after being pushed to the win by his Billy Ballew Motorsports teammate last weekend in Talladega. In unprecedented style Busch has won in the last four consecutive races he was entered in the #51 Miccosukee Resort Billy Ballew Motorsports entry. (Bristol, Chicagoland Speedway, New Hampshire and Talladega). Busch has never posted a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth, Texas racetrack with a best finish of second-place in 2006 and 2008 for Ballew in six prior starts.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(11-2-2009)
- Copart signs on with Bodine for final 3 races: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champions Germain Racing and Copart, Inc., a leading online vehicle auction company, have extended their relationship to include primary sponsorship of the #30 Copart Tundra and driver Todd Bodine to include the final three races of the 2009 season. Starting with Friday night, Nov. 6th at Texas Motor Speedway, the Truck Series racing is a series of three “Friday Night Fights” to cap off the 2009 season. Phoenix International Raceway follows the Texas event on Friday, Nov. 13th and the Truck Series season concludes at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20th. Bodine has been to victory lane at each of these race tracks – Texas (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009), Homestead (2005, 2008) and Phoenix (2005). Note:The Copart Tundra will be known as the Copart/PurpleHeartCars.org Tundra for the Texas race weekend. It will feature PurpleHeartCars.org on the upper quarter panels of the truck.(Germain Racing PR)(11-2-2009)
- Hornaday & KHI battling for two titles; VFW adorns #33 at Texas: Not only is Ron Hornaday racing for the driver’s championship, owner of the #33 truck DeLana Harvick is also racing for the owner’s title. Hornaday currently holds a 202 point lead over Matt Crafton in the driver’s battle. On the other side Harvick leads Billy Ballew, owner of the Kyle Busch driven #51 truck, by 100 points going into the final three races. VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States) will, once again, sponsor the #33-KHI Chevy for the WinStar World 350 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, November 6, 2009 beginning at 9:00pm Eastern.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(11-2-2009)
- Silas returns to the #48 at Texas: It’s been seven months since Fast Track Racing driver Bryan Silas has sat behind the wheel of a NCWTS truck but Silas will put that stat to rest as he’ll climb aboard the $48 Rockingham Speedway-Polar Bear 150 Chevrolet Silverado for Friday night’s Lone Star 350K at Texas Motor Speedway. The Stuart, Florida native will make his 10th career NCWTS start and his first at the ultra-fast one-and-a-half mile oval this weekend. The Rockingham Speedway logo will adorn Silas’s Chevrolet for the 23rd race of the season but the team will utilize the TMS event to promote the upcoming Polar Bear 150 [January 1, 2010] a street-stock event pioneered by nine-time ARCA Champion Frank Kimmel.(Bryan Silas PR)(11-2-2009)
- Racing Resources says…Monday Rundown:
* Kyle Busch won the Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. It was his 15th Truck win in his 66th career start and his first series victory at Talladega in his third start there.
* Busch posted his sixth win of 2009, tying him with Ron Hornaday Jr. for the most. Busch has won in his last four truck starts. He is the third different race winner at Talladega.
* This is the third win for Toyota at Talladega and 13th of the season. Toyota won its fourth manufacturers championship.
* Billy Ballew Motorsports posted its 16th series victory.
* Busch led twice for 10 laps.
* It is the 26th last-lap pass in the series and second at Talladega.
* Aric Almirola (second) tied his career-best finish.
* It was Billy Ballew Motorsports’ first 1-2 finish in their 300th and 301st career starts.
* Todd Bodine (third) broke a streak of four consecutive wins on superspeedways.
* Mario Gosselin (sixth) scored his best career finish. His previous best was 17th at Lowe’s earlier this year.
* Justin Hobgood (ninth) scored his best career finish. His previous best was 20th at Daytona in 2008.
* Hornaday (17th) lost 22 points to Matt Crafton (10th) in the Truck standings and now leads Crafton by 202. It is the second-largest points lead with three races to go.
* Hornaday has still not led at Talladega, but he has led on 38 of the 42 tracks he has competed on.
* Johnny Sauter (14th) was the best-finishing rookie of the year contender among the six in the race.
* The top 10 consisted of six Toyotas and four Chevrolets.(ESPN.com)(11-2-2009)
- Toyota takes fourth straight NCWTS Manufacturer’s title: When Kyle Busch crossed the finish line first Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway, it enabled Toyota to clinch its fourth consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) manufacturer’s championship. Toyota has won the NCWTS manufacturer’s championship each year since 2006, along with a pair of driver titles for Todd Bodine (2006) and Johnny Benson (2008). Overall, this is the sixth time Toyota has earned a NASCAR manufacturer’s title since the start of the 2004 season. Toyota recently also captured its second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series manufacturer’s crown. The performance of seven full-time teams fielding nine Tundras — Billy Ballew Motorsports, Germain Racing, HT Motorsports, Randy Moss Motorsports, Red Horse Racing, Wyler Racing and Xpress Motorsports — all contributed to the NCWTS manufacturer’s title. In addition, Premier Racing and Stringer Motorsports ran partial seasons with Tundras in 2009. Tundra drivers have combined for 13 wins, eight poles, 58 top-five results and 118 top-10 finishes this season with three races remaining on the schedule.(Toyota Racing PR)(11-1-2009)
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