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October 2009


  • Shock issue led to Dillon disqualification: The left front shock of Austin Dillon’s truck was built wrong and had no way to rebound following his qualifying run, which is what caused the Richard Childress Racing truck to fail post-qualifying inspection Friday, team vice president of competition Mike Dillon said Saturday morning at Talladega Superspeedway. Mike Dillon, Austin’s father, said RCR got the shocks from an outside group that has been helping the team. The error – no bleed shim that would allow the truck to raise to the minimum height after the run – was in the misconstruction of the shock and wasn’t done intentionally, Dillon said. Because RCR has not attempted all of the truck events this year, it did not have a guaranteed spot. With the qualifying time disallowed, Dillon failed to make the field for the race today. “It didn’t have any bleed shims in it – it wasn’t going to come back up,” Mike Dillon said. “It was just a major mistake. It’s embarrassing for us. … It was just an error on the build. It wasn’t purposely done.” “[Austin] did everything he was supposed to do,” Dillon said. “He was good in practice. He got up in the draft … and was really fast. We were like, ‘Wow, we’re going to be OK.’ He was relaxed and really enjoyed it. Just getting comfortable here is what we were trying to do for next year.” Dillon said he understood that NASCAR had to disallow the time. “It’s not fair for the other teams whose trucks came through and made it through heights,” Dillon said. “It’s our mistake, not NASCAR’s. They were doing the right thing.”(SceneDaily.com)(10-31-2009)
  • Image added: Schematic of the paint scheme for the #12-Mario Gosselin Chevy with new sponsor MyTireMonkey.com is posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(10-31-2009)
  • NASCAR announces NCWTS rule adjustments for 2010: NASCAR announced several rule adjustments to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series that will not only assist with cost control, but will continue to promote the same top-flight competition for which the series is known. Here are the amendments to the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Series rule book:
    *Double-file restarts “shootout style” will be implemented to further enhance the close competition and offer additional excitement for the fans. The format will be the same as in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series.
    *The addition of fuel and changing of tire(s) will be permitted on the same pit stop.
    *During any pit stop, under yellow-or green-flag conditions, six pit crew members will be permitted in the truck servicing area. This is an increase from five pit crew members in 2009.
    *A new self-venting fuel-can will be introduced as an option for teams to use in addition to the conventional fuel can.
    *The tire lease program will remain the same with these new options available to teams.
    *Tires will continue to be transferred between events with the same D-codes as recommended by Goodyear.
    *The transfer of tires between the different national series at combo events with the same D-codes will be permitted.
    *At track, Goodyear will provide surplus tires. Goodyear will notify teams weeks in advance of availability.
    *A team will run no more than two consecutive races without using an engine previously sealed by NASCAR officials. This excludes events at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. The current rule allows teams to run no more than three consecutive races without using a sealed engine.
    *A SPEC engine will be introduced as an option for teams at tracks less than 1.25-miles in length. This will help to reduce costs for current teams and encourage participation from the regional series.(NASCAR PR)(10-30-2009)
  • Dover Motorsports closes Memphis: UPDATE NASCAR revises schedule: Dover Motorsports, Inc. announced today that it was ceasing all operations at Memphis Motorsports Park and that it would not be promoting any events in Memphis in 2010. As previously announced, the Memphis facility had been under an agreement of sale to Gulf Coast Entertainment but Gulf Coast was unable to secure financing.(Dover Motorsports PR)
    UPDATE: NASCAR has also made a schedule change for the 2010 schedule. Easter weekend becomes a double-header in Nashville. The scheduled Memphis NCWTS race will be run at Nashville Superspeedway on Friday, April 2, preceding the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday night. Meanwhile, Gateway International Raceway will have a second NASCAR Nationwide Series race which will be held October 23.(NASCAR PR)(10-30-2009)
  • Buescher to run #1 in Nationwide for next two races: Camping World Truck Series competitor James Buescher and Phoenix Racing announce the 19-year-old Texas native will pilot the #1 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Chevy in the next two Nationwide Series races, to be held at Texas and Phoenix. In addition, Buescher will participate in the NNS Car of Tomorrow test session at Talladega Superspeedway this Monday, November 2nd, driving the new Chevy for team owner James Finch.(Buescher PR)(10-29-2009)
  • Goodyear Tire Notes – Talladega: Teams in both of these NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Talladega this weekend, though the Sprint Cup 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 teams ran at this track earlier this season . . . on the Cup side, this left-side tire code (D-4138) was run at Talladega last season, while this right-side code (D-4224) was introduced this year . . . this is the first time Camping World Truck teams will run either of these two tire codes . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . 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 Talladega Race Page.](10-29-2009)
  • Circle Bar Racing celebrates “Hallow-Dega” with special paint schemes: Circle Bar Racing is getting into the Halloween spirit by trading the familiar blue and orange colors on its race trucks for black and orange to celebrate Talladega’s “Hallow-Dega” race weekend. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, scheduled for October 31, will kick off the weekend’s festivities at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway, and Circle Bar Racing drivers Rick Crawford (#14 International Truck and Engine Ford F-150) and James Buescher (#10 International MaxxForce Diesel Ford F-150) are hoping to put a scare into the competition. Crawford, an Alabama native, finished second in the truck series race at Talladega in 2007, a mere .014 seconds behind race-winner Todd Bodine. . “This is a big weekend for me because I’m going home,” said Crawford, a 13-year veteran of the truck series. “The International Truck and Engine Ford F-150, decked out in orange and black for ‘Hallow-Dega’ just looks fast.” Crawford’s teammate James Buescher, currently third in the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year standings, sat on the pole in last year’s ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. This will be his first start at Talladega in the Camping World Truck Series. (Circle Bar Racing PR) [Images of the #14 & #10 “Hallow-Dega” trucks are posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.](10-28-2009)
  • Double-duty for Richardson at Talladega: Robert Richardson Jr. is attempting to pull double duty at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. Richardson will attempt to qualify for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Mountain Dew 250 with his R3 Motorsports team in the R3 Motorsports #71 Mahindra Tractors Chevrolet. Richardson will also attempt to qualify for his first NSCS start in the Amp Energy 500 driving for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the #36 Mahindra Tractors Toyota. Richardson made one NCWTS start at Talladega Superspeedway in 2006 when he started 35th and finished 16th in what was his first start at the 2.66-mile Superspeedway.(R3 Motorsports PR)(10-27-2009)
  • Congrats to Bobby East: Congratulations go out to Bobby East and his long-time girlfriend Courtney Kirts who were engaged on October 21. East, the 2004 USAC National Midget Series champion, drove in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2006 and 2008, and ran a partial Nationwide schedule in 2007. The couple originally met while competing against each other on the competitive Indiana quarter midget circuit.(Bobby East PR)(10-27-2009)
  • Martinsville images: Added a few images from Martinsville including: #1-Strutmasters.com/RHR Toyota driven by Timothy Peters; #15-Graceway/AKAwareness.com Toyota driven by Aric Almirola; #48-Virginia Lottery Chevy driven by Hermie Sadler; #71-Draco Springs/Mahindra Tractors Chevy driven by Rob Fuller; #-08-Fastwax.com Chevy driven by Tim Brown; #07-JRC Investments Chevy driven by Burt Myers. Check them out on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(10-27-2009)
  • Raybestos Rookie News & Notes – Talladega:
    *James Buescher was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the October 24 Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Buescher scored an 11th-place finish and took top rookie honors for the fourth time this season. He was the top rookie in both races at Martinsville this season, scoring an 11th-place finish in each race.
    *A Raybestos Rookie has scored top-10 finishes in 17 of the 21 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season.
    *Johnny Sauter leads Tayler Malsam by 36 points (212-176) in the overall Raybestos Rookie standings entering the October 31 Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
    *Sauter is eighth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, six points behind seventh-place Timothy Peters and 68 ahead of ninth-place David Starr.
    *Colin Braun was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2008 Mountain Dew 250, scoring a fourth-place finish. Braun is the only first-year driver to score a top-five in three Camping World Truck Series races at Talladega.(Raybestos PR) [Complete Rookie Point Standings are posted on the Talladega Race Page.](10-27-2009)
  • Peters to return to Red Horse Racing in 2010: Tom DeLoach [Red Horse Racing owner] said Peters will drive for him next season but that sponsorship is still at issue for 2010. “Tim will be with Red Horse Racing next year,” Deloach said. “We just don’t know what the paint scheme will be.”(SportingNews.com)(10-26-2009)
  • Dillon & RCR make first trip to Talladega; Realtree to sponsor: Lewisville, N.C., native Austin Dillon will not only make his restrictor plate debut driving the #3 Realtree Outfitters Chevy when he takes the green flag for Saturday’s 150-mile race at Talladega. Dillon will also become the first driver to start a restrictor-plate Truck Series race for RCR. Childress ended his truck series program in 1999 to purse racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, one year before the inaugural NCWTS restrictor-plate race occurred at Daytona International Speedway in February 2000. This is Dillon’s third truck race … In two previous truck series starts, Dillon has earned 12th and 15th-place finishes at Iowa Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, respectively. He boasts a 6.5 average start and has completed 399 of 400 laps contested. Columbus, Ga.,- based Realtree introduced the Realtree Outfitters collection this past fall. This collection offers a broad range of trendy casual apparel and headwear for outdoor enthusiasts. This collection is being sold through a wide range of distribution channels, including outdoor retailers, sporting goods stores and department stores.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(10-26-2009)
  • Busch returns to #51; 300th start for BBM at Talladega: Kyle “Rowdy” Busch will return to Billy Ballew Motorsports to pilot the #51 Miccosukee Resort Toyota Tundra in the final four 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. Busch has two previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the 2.66-mile superspeedway for Billy Ballew Motorsports with a best finish of third-place position posted in 2008. He has six previous Nationwide Series starts and nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts including one win. Billy Ballew Motorsports is making their 300th-Series start this weekend has five previous starts at Talladega Superspeedway with Busch posting a best finish of third-place in 2008.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(10-26-2009)
  • Hornaday/Bodine – Copart Challenge of Champions Finale at Talladega: UPDATE Bodine has the stats to beat: Ron Hornaday and Todd Bodine will end their battle to collect points in the Copart Challenge of Champions competition this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Each driver will be in a Copart sponsored truck during the Mountain Dew 250. Throughout the Challenge of Champions each driver has driven a Copart sponsored truck for a total of four races. When in a Copart truck the driver points earned during that race were applied toward the Copart Challenge of Champions title. Hornaday has driven the #33 Copart Chevrolet for a win at the Milwaukee Mile, finished second at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and then went on to finish sixth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Thus far in the challenge Hornaday has collected a total of 530 points to grab the lead by 106 points over Bodine. Bodine [#30-Germain Racing Toyota] has also completed three of four races during the Copart Challenge of Champions. Hornaday and Bodine have one last chance, this weekend during the Copart championship finale to see who goes home with the trophy and a $5,000 check to the winning driver’s charity of choice.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(10-26-2009)
    UPDATE: Todd Bodine has earned four consecutive wins at Talladega and Daytona beginning with Talladega’s win from the pole in 2007. Another part of the Copart Challenge of Champions is to crown a Copart Champion driver and give a special award on behalf of the champion that wins the Copart Challenge of Champions. Copart sponsors 2006 Truck Series champion Bodine, as well as 2007 Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. “It’s great to see Copart stepping in with the offer of the donation to the champion’s charity of choice. I picked the American Cancer Society-it is a great cause. We all need to do what we can to help. Hopefully we can win the American Cancer Society a little bit of money,” said Bodine, who will wear a pink helmet in the Talladega race to help promote National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.(Germain Racing PR)(10-26-2009)
  • Wimmer & Turner Motorsports set to make debut at Texas: Turner Motorsports, LLC is pleased to announce today that the racing organization will make its NASCAR debut in two weeks at Texas Motor Speedway. Team owners Steve and Sandra Turner have tapped veteran driver Scott Wimmer to pilot the #31 Wolfpack Rentals Chevrolet Silverado in Turner Motorsports’ first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Currently based out of Mooresville, North Carolina the newly formed Truck Series team has been competing on a part-time basis in the USARacing Pro Cup Series with driver Logan Ruffin. “Sandra (Turner, wife and co-owner) and I are very excited to finally make our first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start,” said Steve Turner. “A lot of hard work and preparation has gone into Turner Motorsports over the last 10 years and to be able to make our debut in our home state of Texas is extra special. Racing has always been a passion of mine and one of our goals as a company is to help up-and-coming drivers become the next NASCAR stars. As we prepare for the future, Scott (Wimmer) has agreed to drive for us in Texas and we are very confident that he will do a solid job for our team.(Turner Motorsports PR)(10-26-2009)
  • Carmichael in the #4 at Talladega: Ricky Carmichael, .driving the #4-Monster Energy Drink Chevy, will return to the site of his first Kevin Harvick Inc start this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The most successful motocross racer in history made his KHI debut last season at the 2.5-mile track in an ARCA car. Carmichael started the race from the ninth position and was running in the top 10 when the right-rear tire exploded, destroying the body of the car and was unable to finish.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(10-26-2009)
  • McCumbee returns to #07 for final four: Chad McCumbee will resume the driving duties of the #07 for the remaining four races of the NCWTS schedule including next week at Talladega as tiwi returns to the hood of the SS Green Light Racing Chevy.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(10-26-2009)
  • Racing Resources…Monday rundown:
    * Timothy Peters won the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. It was his first series win in his 64th start.
    * Peters is the fourth first-time winner in 2009. He becomes the sixth first-time winner at Martinsville.
    * Red Horse Racing posted its third series victory — its second at Martinsville.
    * Peters led once for 84 laps.
    * This is the series-leading 12th win for Toyota in 2009.
    * This is Peters’ 13th start with Red Horse Racing; he has scored 10 top-10s since joining the team. He has jumped from 19th to seventh in points since joining the team.
    * Todd Bodine (second) scored his seventh second-place short-track finish but is still looking for his first short-track win.
    * Colin Braun (third) scored his seventh top-5 finish in 2009. He moved up one spot to sixth in points.
    * Ron Hornaday Jr. (fourth) scored his sixth top-5 at Martinsville and 13th in 2009.
    * Kevin Harvick (fifth) scored his fourth top-5 finish in four starts this season. He was two laps down after a flat tire.
    * Matt Crafton (ninth) now trails Hornaday by 224 points. It is the largest point lead with four races to go.
    * Mike Skinner (23rd) was involved in two cautions and finished four laps down. He is 326 points behind Hornaday.
    * The top 10 consisted of five Toyotas, four Chevrolets and one Ford.(ESPN.com)(10-26-2009)
  • Gosselin & MyTireMonkey.com to debut at Talladega: Talladega marks the official start to a partnership between Gosselin’s #12 Chevy Silverado DGM Racing team and primary sponsor MyTireMonkey.com, a leading online tire superstore offering the Internet’s lowest tire prices. On Thursday, October 29, at 3:00pm, SPEED Channel will capture the unveiling at the track. Dressed in monkey costumes, Gosselin’s young daughters, Megan and Madison, will assist as his team whips the cover from the #12 pickup and reveals a colorful new racing theme destined to capture audience attention. Although DGM Racing competed in a handful of Camping World Truck Series races last year in a quest for sponsorship, the support of MyTireMonkey.com has given the team its first chance at the complete 25-race series circuit. “We’re a starting team in the Camping World series, and this is like a dream come true,” Gosselin said. “This is what this young racing team needed to go forward, to be able to go to the races and have the funding that we need to compete.” Launched in December 2008, MyTireMonkey.com is a relatively new entry to the corporate starting line. But with 1,500 dealer locations and nearly 90 independent distribution centers scattered across 48 states, the Edenton, North Carolina-based startup is quickly expanding operations and revolutionizing the way customers regard the online tire-buying process.(DGM Racing PR)(10-25-2009)
  • Future uncertain for several drivers for next season: As the 2009 campaign reaches the homestretch with just five races left, many drivers find themselves in a race to secure the funding to return to their team or move to a new one.
    [Timothy] Peters, who moved from Premier Racing to Red Horse earlier this year, is one of those looking for a commitment. His agreement with Red Horse is only through the end of 2009 and he says he hasn’t even discussed whether sponsor Strutmasters.com might return or go with him elsewhere. Peters’ situation is no more stable than that of many of his competitors, including teammate T.J. Bell.
    The longer a driver goes without firming up plans for the coming season, the harder it can be to find a ride. Just ask Terry Cook. “The end of 2006 was the first year that I really had to start looking for opportunities to race the next year and unfortunately every year thereafter I’ve done that,” said the HT Motorsports driver, noting that his Martinsville-based organization is expected to evaluate his future in the offseason. “And that’s the frustrating part of this business – the unknowns.
    It takes about $3 million annually to fully fund a Truck team, according to Wyler Racing driver Stacy Compton. Compton says he’s about 95 percent sure he’ll return to his seat in a full-time role next season but that the team needs an additional sponsor to chip in about $500,000. Compton isn’t ready to completely rule out the possibility of a part-time schedule.
    More certainty exists among drivers at or near the top of this year’s points standings. Team owner Kevin Harvick said on Friday that points leader and three-time champion Ron Hornaday will return to the #33 Chevrolet full-time and that Harvick and Ryan Newman will share time in the second Kevin Harvick Inc. truck.
    ThorSport Racing teammates Matt Crafton (second in points) and Johnny Sauter (fifth) are also set to rejoin their respective organizations. That also appears to be the case for Randy Moss Motorsports’ Mike Skinner (3rd), HT Motorsports’ David Starr (10th) and GunBroker.com Racing’s Jason White (14th).
    Starr is also entertaining the possibility of a part-time Nationwide schedule with a team that he would not disclose yet. Possibly joining him in the Nationwide ranks will be Circle Bar Racing rookie James Buescher, who says he expects an announcement regarding his future in the next two weeks.(SceneDaily.com)(10-24-2009)
  • KHI plans for 2010: During a post-qualifying interview, Kevin Harvick was asked the following:
    Q: Can you talk about where you are as far as funding or sponsorship or plans for your two trucks for next season?
    A: Well his (Hornaday) truck will race regardless. It’s going to race for a championship. We’ll probably do a lot like we did this year with the second truck. Hopefully we won’t have the third truck. We had to fulfill some commitments and wound up with the third truck on the track more than I would have wanted to but for the most part it will be myself and (Ryan) Newman and we’ll see how the rest of it falls on the second truck.”(Team Chevy PR)(10-23-2009)
  • Sauter resigns with ThorSport Racing for 2010: Johnny Sauter isn’t just coming to Martinsville Speedway this weekend off of his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory, but he’s also arriving with a new contract with ThorSport Racing to return in 2010. Sauter, who has 76 starts in what is now the Sprint Cup Series and 195 in what is now the Nationwide Series, won his first Truck race in 20 career starts four weeks ago at Las Vegas. Sauter said team owner Duke Thorson already had the paperwork done to sign him for another year prior to the Vegas race, but winning obviously didn’t hurt. Sauter has five consecutive top-five finishes – three fifths, a second and a first – in his last five races. What’s made the difference? Well at least part is new crew chief Joe Shear, whom Sauter has worked with at various times in his career. “He’s obviously a huge part of the equation,” Sauter said. “One of the biggest things he has done coming in is lean on our teammate [Matt Crafton] as far as setups. I have all the confidence in the world in him, and he believes in me, and it just works.”(SceneDaily.com)(10-23-2009)
  • Martinsville marks milestone for Compton: Stacy Compton [#60-SafeAuto Insurance/Wyler.com Toyota] will make his 400th career NASCAR start on Saturday when the green flag drops for the Kroger 200. To date, Compton has accrued 88 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 173 starts in the Nationwide Series, and 138 starts in the Camping World Truck Series. On another note…Compton and his wife Vickie opened “Olivia and Isabella’s”, a restaurant named after their two daughters, on Wednesday, October 7th. The restaurant, which is casual and fine dining, features an impressive menu of steaks and seafood. It is located at 2600 Dearing Ford Road in Altavista, Va., about an hour outside of Martinsville Speedway.(Wyler Racing PR)(10-23-2009)
  • Skinner makes 200th career start at Martinsville: UPDATE first driver in 200-200 Club: Camping World Truck Series veteran Mike Skinner [#5-PC*Miler Toyota] will make his 200th career truck series start when the green flag waves for the start of the Kroger 200 this Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Skinner began his career in the series in 1995, starting his first race – and going on to win – at Phoenix International Raceway. Mike Skinner has scored 28 victories in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition and has earned 88 top-five and 128 top-10 finishes during his NCWTS career. In addition to making his 200th start this weekend, Skinner will be gunning for the 50th pole position of his NCWTS career. Skinner tops all the competition in this category and has led the field to the green twice this season and on two previous occasions in Martinsville.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(10-19-2009)
    UPDATE: Mike Skinner, a member of this season’s distinguished over-50 club with Mark Martin and Ron Hornaday Jr., will carve out a unique distinction in NASCAR history in Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. It will be Skinner’s 200th start in the Camping World Truck Series, making him the first driver to have 200 starts in both the truck and Sprint Cup series. Skinner has 260 Cup starts, including four this season. Skinner is tied with Jack Sprague for second on the all-time victory list in trucks with 28. Hornaday, with six wins including five straight this year, is the leader with 45. Skinner is first in poles with 49.(SportingNews.com)(10-23-2009)
  • Goodyear Tire Notes – Martinsville: Teams in both of these NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Martinsville this weekend, though the Sprint Cup 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 teams in these two series ran at Martinsville this past March . . . this left-side tire code (D-4108) has been run at this track since last season, while this is the first year for this right-side tire code (D-4230) . . . while this left-side is unique to Martinsville, this right-side was also run on all four tire positions at the Sprint Cup race at Infineon Raceway earlier 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) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Martinsville Race Page.](10-23-2009)
  • Fuller & TRG Motorsports team up for Martinsville: R3 Motorsports and TRG Motorsports are teaming up to run the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Rob Fuller, co-owner of R3 Motorsports, will be behind the wheel of the #71 Mahindra Tractors Chevrolet with Tim Rice calling the shots as Crew Chief. Fuller will be making his first NCWTS start at Martinsville Speedway on Friday. He has two previous starts at the half-mile oval, one in a modified and one in a late model. Rob Fuller on Teaming Up With TRG Motorsports: “I am really excited every time I race at Martinsville Speedway. I really wanted to race the truck here but the R3 Nationwide teams are competing in Memphis. TRG stepped up to help out and give me the opportunity for a solid run at Martinsville this weekend. I can’t thank them enough for that.”(WhoWon.com)(10-22-2009)
  • Chrissy/Mike Wallace to run Talladega: UPDATE 4 Chrissy to run 2-3 races: From The Hot Pass: Chrissy Wallace will drive a truck for Rick Ware Racing at Talladega Superspeedway next month. And if her father, Mike, gets his wish, he’ll be racing alongside her. Mike Wallace is searching for sponsorship so the Wallace’s can be the first father-daughter combination to compete against each other in one of NASCAR’s top three divisions.(FoxSports.com)(9-26-2009)
    UPDATE: Chrissy Wallace will be in at Talladega; most likely in a RWR truck. Number TBA. Crew Chief will be Dave Fuge Jr.(RWR PR)(10-8-2009)
    UPDATE 2: For the first time in the history of a NASCAR national touring series, a father and daughter duo will compete against each other…and it’s all happening at Talladega Superspeedway. Mike Wallace announced today that he and daughter Chrissy will compete against each other during the Mountain Dew 250 fueled by Fred’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 31. “NASCAR, the sport and the series, has been good for the whole Wallace family. It’s personally very rewarding to have the opportunity to compete against Chrissy at Talladega, but the biggest reward is seeing a young person follow her dream and pursue her career. I’m happy that she’s picked this avenue, but more importantly, this is what she wants to do.” Wallace said Chrissy has everything she needs to be successful in NASCAR, but cited a tough economy as one of his concerns for race weekend. “We could also use some help with sponsorship dollars. We are both going to compete regardless, but anybody that would like to come along, we’d love to have them.” [Truck # TBA](Talladega Superspeedway PR)(10-9-2009)
    UPDATE 3: Mike Wallace will pilot the #48 Chevrolet for Andy Hillenburg. He has 113 series starts with four wins and finished fifth last season in the NCWTS race at Talladega. Chrissy will be behind the wheel of an entry for Rick Ware Racing. Though this will mark the first time for a father-daughter duo, father-son combinations have appeared across NASCAR’s national racing series all throughout its 61-year history. Lee and Richard Petty; Richard and Kyle Petty; Bobby and Davey Allison; Buck and Buddy Baker; Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are just a few. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Mike and Dustin Skinner, the late Bobby Hamilton and Bobby Hamilton Jr., and Ron Hornaday Jr. and Ronnie Hornaday have raced each other.(NASCAR PR)(10-12-2009)
    UPDATE 4 Chrissy Wallace regarding prospects for 2010: “As of right now I’ve been guaranteed to run two truck races this year for Rick Ware Racing. We might run a third race. But the big thing is just sponsorship. Rick Ware’s team is looking for sponsorship, I’m looking for sponsorship, and the big thing is anybody could come on board with us and have multitudes of different teams so their name was on the car. So we’ve just got to go out there and find a sponsorship, and once I’m able to do that, then I will be running full time.”(NASCAR PR)(10-22-2009)
  • Myers in the #07 at Martinsville: UPDATE series debut: Hearing a deal was put together recently with Bobby Dotter at SS Green Light Racing for Burt Myers to drive the # 07 Chevy Truck at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on October 24, 2009.(10-19-2009)
    UPDATE: When the NASCAR Camping World Trucks take to the Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon the two SS Green Light Racing entries will have a “modified look” as Burt Myers and Tim Brown take the wheel of the teams #07 and #08 Chevy Silverados. Both drivers will be making their NCWTS debut this weekend. The Myers name should be familiar to NASCAR fans as Burt will be the third generation of Myers to run in one of NASCAR’s top three touring series. The Myers Brothers Award is given annually by the National Motorsports Press Association and recognizes individuals or groups who have provided outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing. The award is named after two of NASCAR stock car racing’s pioneers, the late brothers Billy and Bobby Myers. (Burt’s grandfather and great uncle.) Burt’s father Gary Myers had 46 starts in the Grand National (now Sprint Cup) series from 1972 to 1978. Myers, a native of Walnut Cove, NC has 76 career feature victories and seven championships since getting behind the wheel in 1995 will pilot the #07 with support from The Wyatt Winstead Foundation, Capital Bank of Raleigh, NC, Dynamic Downhole Services and JRC Investments has goals of joining the series full time.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(10-22-2009)
  • White to make series debut at Martinsville: Derek White, a Native American (Mohawk) that hails from Kahnawake, an Indian reserve near Montreal, Quebec, will make his first series start in the #12 DGM Racing Chevy at Martinsville. White has prior experience in various forms of motorsports including: 22 yrs ice racing (cars), 20 yrs drag racing (Pro-Stocks–7 second quarter mile cars), motocross, etc. In the past year he began competing in Canada by participating in events with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the A.C.T. Series. He owns and operates O.C.R. Gaz Bar which is a full service gas-convenience store in his region. That is the primary sponsor for him this weekend at Martinsville. O.C.R. Gaz Bar was also the primary sponsor for Mario Gosselin at the Iowa event earlier this year.(DGM Racing PR)(10-21-2009)
  • HT Motorsports looking for that first win at home track: Martinsville-based HT Motorsports has proven it’s competitive. Throughout this season, the team’s veteran drivers, David Starr (#24 Zachry Toyota) and Terry Cook (#25 Harris Trucking/Cajun Industries Toyota), have been in and out of the top 10 not only at the end of races, but in the standings as well. Competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series since 2001, the team is still looking for that first win. As a former winner at Martinsville, Starr thinks he can be the one to deliver that victory for owner Jim Harris and his team. “We go into this race just like we would the rest of the year. We are going for the win. At this point for us we don’t have anything to lose championship-wise, so we don’t have to watch our points; we can just go for it,” said Starr. “The only difference in Martinsville for us to win there is the hometown correlation between Jim (Harris) and our team calling this track our home base. It would just be really great to get Jim his first win there.” In addition to his 2006 win, Starr has two top-five and four top-10 finishes. He is currently 10th in the standings. Cook has two top-five and five top-10 finishes at the .526-mile track and has led 190 laps. He sits 13th in the standings, 107 points of his teammate.(NASCAR PR) [More NASCAR prerace news & notes are posted on the Martinsville Race Page.](10-21-2009)
  • Skinner set for return to Randy Moss Motorsports in 2010: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Mike Skinner appears set for a return to Randy Moss Motorsports next season – with or without full sponsorship. Several sponsors, including Exide Batteries and PC*Miler Navigator, have sponsored Skinner on a part-time basis this season, and the driver expects both to return in a similar capacity in 2010. “We’re pursuing a couple of sponsors right now, and if we were to get one of those sponsors, it would really, really help Randy Moss Motorsports,” Skinner, the 1995 series champion, said earlier this week. “In the meantime, David Dollar called me this week and said that he and Randy had talked and they would like to retain my services next year regardless of whether or not we get the additional sponsors.” Skinner had previously indicated that his return to the two-truck organization could hinge on whether the group acquired additional sponsorship for his #5 Toyota. That doesn’t appear to be the case now, however. “We have a verbal agreement, and Exide Batteries, I think, will be back with us in some capacity next year and so will PC*Miler Navigator,” said Skinner, who has three victories this season. “So that’s the good news. The great news would be if we could announce another sponsor. “But we are in the process of putting something together for me to stay there next year.”(SceneDaily.com) [Previous news about Mike Skinner’s 2010 plans is posted on the September Archives Page)(10-20-2009)
  • Teledyne Continental Motors joins Circle Bar Racing for Talladega: Circle Bar Racing today announced that Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc., a Mobile, Ala. based aviation company, will be an associate sponsor on Rick Crawford’s #14 Circle Bar Racing Ford for the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Talladega Superspeedway. Continental Motors joins primary sponsors Circle Bar Truck Corral and International Truck & Engine for the Mountain Dew 250 on October 31. The truck series Halloween race at Talladega, HALLOW-DEGA, will be Continental Motors’ first foray into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. To help celebrate the event, Crawford will make a special visit to the company’s manufacturing plant on Tuesday, October 20 to tour the facility and sign autographs for the employees.(Circle Bar Racing PR)(10-19-2009)
  • Harvick returns to defend win at Martinsville: Kevin Harvick will climb behind the wheel of the #4 Bounty Chevy this weekend at Martinsville Speedway and attempt to defend Kevin Harvick Inc.’s first Truck Series victory of 2009, which came at the 0.526-mile track earlier this year. When Harvick takes the green-flag, he will make his 99th career Truck Series start in addition to his 317 Sprint Cup Series starts and 234 Nationwide Series starts for a total of 650 career starts in NASCAR’s top three series.(Kevin Harvick PR)(10-19-2009)
  • Hamlin helps-out Ballew at Martinsville: Denny Hamlin will take to the track in the #51 Miccosukee Resort/Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra at Martinsville Speedway Saturday, October 24, 2009 in the running of the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Kyle “Rowdy” Busch, who has typically piloted the Billy Ballew Motorsports entry at companion races, will be at Memphis Motorsports Park with the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Busch leads the Nationwide Series Driver Points Championship. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin will step-in for Busch and pilot the Billy Ballew Motorsports NASCAR Camping World truck at Martinsville, Virginia track for the first time since the spring 2008 event. In his last appearance for Ballew in 2008, Hamlin led 64 laps but was caught-up in an on track incident causing rear end damage relegating him to a 21st-place finish.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(10-19-2009)
  • Hornaday sponsored by VFW; looking for win: Ron Hornaday & the #33- Veterans of Foreign Wars Chevy head to Martinsville Speedway this weekend with a mission to check the 0.526-mile track off the list. There are currently eight tracks on the Truck Series schedule where the veteran has yet to tally a win and Martinsville Speedway tops that list. In 14 starts (the most of any track on the circuit) Hornaday has yet to visit victory lane and collect the famous Grandfather clock trophy. Earlier this season, Hornaday came ever so close finishing second to “the boss” Kevin Harvick.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(10-19-2009)
  • Almirola ready for remaining 2009 races with BBM: Aric Almirola is ready to return to the #15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra for the final five 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in the 25-event series schedule.. Almirola heads to the .546-mile track confident with the Billy Ballew Motorsports team and the short track program they have built this season. Almirola’s statistics show the proof after posting a fourth-place finish in Memphis, a third-place finish at ORP and a sixth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(10-19-2009)
  • Bainey to make final 2009 start at Martinsville: Tim Bainey Jr. and the #00 Aaron’s Lucky Dog NASCAR Truck Series Team will head to Martinsville Speedway to end out their season in the Kroger 200 October 24th. “I have to thank everyone at Aaron’s for making us a part of their family. It’s a great partnership that we get to talk to NASCAR Racing Fans everywhere we go. Nikki and I are having a great time on the road with the Aaron’s Dream Team Express Tour, and my family is looking forward to our future together” said Tim Jr. It will be Tim Jr. (along with the entire team’s) first ever trip to the famed half mile. The Kroger 200 will be televised live on Speed Saturday, October 24th at 1:00pm.(Tim Bainey Jr. PR)(10-19-2009)
  • Brown making debut at Martinsville: UPDATE 2 in the #08 fastwax.com Chevy for SS Green Light: Seven-time Bowman Gray Stadium Modified track champion, Tim Brown will now embark on the NASCAR Camping World Series in front of his native Virginians at the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on October 24th driving for Rick Ware Racing. Fastwax.com sponsorship will be on the hood and quarter panels. Brown finished second in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship standings three consecutive seasons, 2006-2008. Brown currently works with Michael Waltrip Racing as a suspension specialist as he prepares the next step as a NASCAR driver.(WareRacing.com)(9-26-2009)
    UPDATE: Tim Brown will be behind the wheel of the SS Green Light Racing’s #08 with sponsor Fastwax.com on board. Brown has been spotlighted in 2009 on the new television show “Madhouse” about NASCAR Modified drivers at the Winston-Salem, North Carolina track, Bowman-Gray. The show will air in January. Both Rick Ware Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing will add technical and race day support to SS Green Light Racing for Brown’s debut.(RWR PR)(10-8-2009)
    UPDATE 2: The #08-SS Green Light Racing Chevy with driver Tim Brown will be sponsored by Fastwax.com.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(10-19-2009)
  • Raybestos Rookie News & Notes – Martinsville:
    *Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the September 26 Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sauter won the race, crossing the finish line 2.474 seconds over second-place Matt Crafton. The victory was the first for Sauter in 31 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. He collected his fifth consecutive top-five and tenth top-10 finish of the season. Sauter claimed Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the FIFTH consecutive race and for the tenth time in 20 races this season.
    *The victory by Sauter is the first win by a Raybestos Rookie since Scott Speed captured the 2008 AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway, a span of 36 races.
    *Two other Raybestos Rookies finished inside the top-10 at Las Vegas: Brian Ickler and Tayler Malsam. Ickler claimed his third top-10 of the season while Malsam overcame an early race spin to post a 10th-place finish, his 10th top-10 in 2009.
    *Sauter leads Malsam by 35 points (210-175) in the overall Raybestos Rookie standings entering the October 24 Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.
    *Sauter climbed two spots in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings. He occupies fifth-place, 67 points behind fourth-place Brian Scott and two ahead of sixth-place Todd Bodine. *Scott Speed was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2008 Kroger 200 at Martinsville, scoring a seventh-place finish. *The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie in six fall races at Martinsville is second by Carl Edwards (2003) and Todd Kluever (2005).(Raybestos PR) [Complete Raybestos Rookie Point Standings are posted on the Martinsville Race Page.](10-19-2009)
  • Hermie Sadler & The Virginia Lottery team up at Martinsville: Former NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year and current analyst for NASCAR on SPEED Hermie Sadler will make his third appearance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next Saturday, October 24 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. Sadler will pilot the #48 Chevrolet owned by Andy Hillenburg that will be sponsored by The Virginia Lottery. Sadler and The Virginia Lottery have worked together in the past to promote the Lottery through NASCAR, and both are excited to team up again for Martinsville.(Hermie Sadler PR)(10-15-2009)
  • Park returning to series at Talladega: Bebida Beverages is proud to announce that former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Steve Park will be behind the wheel of the #02 Corrie Stott Racing Koma Unwind Chevy for the October 31st race at Talladega Super Speedway. CEO Brian Weber and Steve Park have a relationship that goes all the way back to their racing roots in New York. “Steve and I have known each other for quite some time. We raced together when we were both just kids, and I am pleased that he has agreed to get in the seat for us at Talladega” said Brian. Park has been a fan favorite in NASCAR for many years and Bebida Beverage Company is proud to be a part of his comeback in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.(Reuters.com)(10-14-2009)

    Benson, Con-way Freight & Busch in 2010? UPDATE Con-way moving to NNS with Braun: During Sunday night’s Speed Report on SPEEDtv, Ray Dunlap reported that word in the garage has it that Johnny Benson has secured the Con-way Freight sponsorship for 2010. Dunlap also said that he’s hearing there may be ownership in the team by the name of Kyle Busch.(9-20-2009)
    UPDATE: During the webcast unveiling the new Ford Mustang to be used in the Nationwide Series starting in 2010, Jack Roush & representatives from Con-way officially announced that Con-way Freight will be sponsoring Colin Braun in the Nationwide series in 2010. Roush Fenway and Con-way Freight recently agreed on a contract extension to remain as a primary sponsor for 18 Nationwide races within the organization.(Ford Racing PR)(10-13-2009)

  • Roush Fenway leaving series in 2010: The team with the most victories in what is now known as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series won’t be around for the 2010 season. Roush Fenway Racing co-owner Jack Roush said Tuesday his team, which has 50 victories in the series, will not return next year. “I don’t see a presence in the Truck series for Roush Fenway for 2010,” Roush said. The organization’s lone Truck team will follow driver Colin Braun to the Nationwide Series next year, and Roush won’t replace it.(SceneDaily.com)(10-13-2009)
  • Sellers to run Martinsville truck race: UPDATE 2 if Premier uses #17, Peters to run #1: Nearing the end of his first year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Peyton Sellers is going to bring it home – literally. Sellers will run in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on October 24th. The Danville, Virginia native will take to the half-mile track behind the wheel of the Premier Racing Toyota – [# TBA]. Premier Racing has brought on an experienced truck series crew chief for the race in Jason Overstreet, and the team will test this week at Rockingham Speedway. Final sponsorship support for the Martinsville race is still pending. (Peyton Sellers PR)(10-12-2009)
    UPDATE: Premier Racing representatives have confirmed that Peyton Sellers will be in the #17-Toyota at Martinsville replacing Timothy Peters. [status of Peters & Red Horse Racing?].(10-12-2009)
    UPDATE 2: Timothy Peters Will be running at Martinsville. The team is entered as # 117. If Premier Motorsports uses the #17 as planned, Peters will be running the #1-Toyota.(Red Horse Racing PR)(10-13-2009)
  • Piquet & Meira test with Red Horse Racing: UPDATE 4 Session rained out; rescheduled for Tuesday: Nelson Piquet Jr., who became the source of a recent scandal known as ‘crash-gate’, will be testing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with an eye towards a future in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series with in two years. Piquet Jr., will get behind the wheel of a Toyota Tundra for Red Horse Racing on October 12th. He is expected in the team’s Mooresville North Carolina shop Monday for a seat fitting. The Renault F1 team fired the 23-year-old Brazilian earlier this season for underperformance. Shortly after details emerged that Piquet had been ordered to cause a crash in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix that allowed his teammate Fernando Alonso to win. After an investigation and hearing, Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, held a hearing and banned Renault F1’s team boss Flavio Briatore for life and the team’s technical engineer Pat Symonds for five years. They also placed the team on a ‘suspended ban’ for two years. Piquet Jr., was given immunity from sanctions in exchange for his testimony and many in Formula One now consider the son of two time Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet to be ‘damaged goods’.(SPEEDtv)(10-4-2009)
    UPDATE: Piquet is understood to be eyeing a year in the Camping World Truck Series in 2010 followed by a year in the Nationwide Series in 2011, before moving to the headlining Sprint Cup Series in 2012.(Crash.Net)(10-5-2009)
    UPDATE 2: Brazilian natives, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Vitor Meira will test a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra at Little Rock for Red Horse Racing. The one day test scheduled for Monday, October 12th, will be the first time behind the wheel of a stock car for Formula 1 driver, Nelson Piquet, and IndyCar Series driver, Vitor Meira. Red Horse Racing will field two Toyota Tundras (both displaying #1) for Piquet and Meira to test on the short track at Rockingham Speedway. Red Horse Drivers Timothy Peters and TJ Bell will also be on hand to help the open wheel drivers acclimate to their first stock car test. Both Piquet and Meira plan to use this test with Red Horse Racing to evaluate a future career among the NASCAR ranks. Both extremely successful in their respective series, Piquet and Meira look forward to a new challenge. Pacific Mobile will be a sponsor of the test as they are also evaluating NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Racing.(Red Horse Racing PR)(10-5-2009)
    UPDATE 3: Vitor Meira wishes to make it clear that he is not contemplating a move to NASCAR now. “I plan to run in the IndyCar Series as long as it possible to do so,” said Meira. “I love racing the Indy cars and I hope to do it for as long as I am able. The opportunity to test a truck along with Nelson Piquet Jr. came up and it sounded like fun. I thought I might be able to give Nelson some pointers on running an oval because this will be his first time on an oval track. Before I agreed to do it, I asked both A.J. and Larry Foyt about it, and they gave their permission. It doesn’t mean I’m looking to go NASCAR racing now because my priority is racing with A.J.’s team in the IndyCar Series. I’ve really enjoyed working with A.J., Larry, our sponsor ABC Supply and Honda Racing this year and I want to continue to work with them as long as they want me. And we have some unfinished business at Indy.”(Victor Meira PR)(10-6-2009)
    UPDATE 4: The event was rained out today with only a few laps run by before the damping short track at Rockingham sent it back to the hauler. The test has been re-scheduled to run at The Motor Mile Speedway tomorrow (Tuesday Oct, 13) and will also include diversity development drivers Laura Hayes and Natalie Sather.[Image of the #1-GoPacificMobile.com Toyota is posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.](Pacific Group PR)(10-12-2009)
  • Buescher returning in 2010 with new team UPDATE more… During the Sunday night Speed Report broadcast on SPEEDtv, Ray Dunlap reported that James Buescher will be returning to the series in 2010, however it will be with a new team. Buescher is headed to Turner Motorsports. Dunlap also said that it will be a two truck team.(9-27-2009)
    UPDATE: During an interview on Sirius NASCAR Radio’s Sirius Speedway broadcast Wednesday, Rick Crawford was asked if James Buescher would be leaving Circle Bar Racing…Crawford’s response was that “unofficially there’s a bit of truth to that” and went on to say that he’s really going to let James report on it. “James and Steve Turner from Steve Turner Motorsports have spoken to me unofficially and confirmed that he’ll be moving along next year. We’ll let them announce that when the time is right for them, and then we’ll announce that the Circle Bar Racing #10 Ford F-150 is open for next year.” Asked whether the #10 Truck will definitely return to the series in 2010, Crawford said, “Whether or not it comes back is going to be determined by a sponsor. It’s going to take money. What I don’t need is a bombardment of drivers with nothing but a helmet.”(10-7-2009)
  • White & GunBroker.com Racing readying for 2010: During an interview on the Sirius Speedway radio program, Jason White said that he and the GunBroker Racing team will be returning in 2010 and have already started preparing for the new season. The team, which formed just prior to the 2009 Daytona race, has worked hard to build a strong team, and Jason stated their goal for 2010 is to “finish in the top five in points and win a couple of races.”(10-5-2009)
  • Chris Lafferty to drive at Martinsville: October 24th at Martinsville will start a new chapter in Lafferty Motorsports history when team owner Chris Lafferty climbs behind the wheel of the #89 Chevy for his first race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series. Since 2004 Lafferty Motorsports has fielded an entry on a part time basis with the hopes of competing full time in the years to come.(Lafferty Motorsports PR)(10-5-2009)
  • Drivers question pit-road procedures; changes being considered: To get an idea of just how strongly some people oppose NASCAR’s rule prohibiting Camping World Truck Series drivers from taking tires and fuel on the same pit stop, consider Mike Skinner’s view on the matter. “That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen in racing in 35 years,” says Skinner, the 1995 series champion. The rule was initially instituted to help teams save money because it reduced the number of men a team could have over pit wall from seven to five. But it also forced drivers to make separate stops for tires and fuel – potentially jumbling up the running order and increasing the possibility that a caution in the middle of a series of green-flag stops could impact the outcome of a race. Rick Ren, crew chief for points leader Ron Hornaday, understands why NASCAR opted to make the rule, but that doesn’t mean he supports the policy.”I don’t care for it,” Ren says. “I haven’t cared for it all year. It’s the rules that we’ve been dealt, and we have to deal within them.” Skinner and fellow veteran Rick Crawford suggest the rule might also jeopardize competitors’ safety because it makes teams willing to leave their drivers on the track on older tires to avoid a second pit stop and the risk of getting trapped a lap down. Crawford doesn’t see where forcing teams to have fewer men over the wall has done much to relieve the financial burden on teams in a sluggish economy. And he believes any savings haven’t been enough to justify drivers having to make separate stops for tires and fuel. Truck Series Director Wayne Auton says that NASCAR is aware that the rule hasn’t been popular among some drivers and teams and that the sanctioning body is considering changes for 2010. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton says the sanctioning body is also leaning toward implementing double-file restarts for the Truck series next year, as it already has for the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series. Unlike the much-maligned pit-stop rules, double-file restarts would be well-received based on early indications. “What we’re putting on a show for is the fans, and if it added any ounce of a show, we need to give it to them,” Crawford says. (read complete article on SceneDaily.com)(10-2-2009)
  • Compton in Captains Choice Golf Tournament: Following the Las Vegas 350, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will enjoy three weeks off before returning to action at Compton’s hometown track of Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, October 24th. During the break, Compton will participate in a Captains Choice Golf Tournament that is open to the public at Twin Oaks Golf Club in Statesville, N.C. The tournament will kick off with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 4th. [For more details visit the Jayski Appearances Page.](Wyler Racing PR.(10-1-2009)


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