Camping World Truck Series News Archive
- Scott to run Kansas Nationwide race: Brian Scott takes the wheel of the CJM Racing #11 RIDEMAKERZ Toyota at Kansas Speedway this weekend. The Kansas race will be Scott’s second in the #11 RIDEMAKERZ Toyota. The 21-year-old has driven in a total of five Nationwide races in the 2009 season, with a season-best 15th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway. Scott drives full-time in the Camping World Truck Series, with one win (Dover), seven top-5 finishes and 12 top-10 finishes in 2009.(CJM Racing PR)(9-29-2009)
- Racing Resources says…Monday post-race rundown:
* Johnny Sauter won the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was his first series win in his 31st start. Sauter is the third first-time winner in 2009. He has three Nationwide Series wins.
* Sauter is the first rookie of the year candidate to win since Scott Speed (Dover, 2008).
* Thorsport Racing posted its third series victory.
* Sauter led four times for 62 laps, including the final 17.
* This is the eighth win for Chevrolet in 2009.
* Sauter’s win propelled him into the top five in series points. He has scored top-5 finishes in the past five races, all since Joe Shear Jr. began as crew chief.
* Matt Crafton (second) scored his ninth top-5 finish of 2009. It was the first 1-2 finish for Thorsport Racing.
* Ron Hornaday Jr. (sixth) scored his 16th top-10 finish of 2009.
* Crafton gained 20 points on Hornaday, who now leads the points by 197.
* Jason White (third) scored his best career finish.
* Todd Bodine (fourth) scored only his second top-10 finish in the past nine races.
* Timothy Peters (fifth) scored his sixth top-10 in the past seven races.(ESPN.com)(9-28-2009)
- Almirola returning full-time in 2010? During the race broadcast on SPEEDtv, Ray Dunlap reported that Billy Ballew Motorsports is close to locking up full sponsorship that would put Aric Almirola in one of his trucks for the entire 2010 season.(9-26-2009)
- Graceway & BBM promoting national public awareness program: Billy Ballew Motorsports along with its sponsor Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC are promoting a national public education campaign to raise awareness of actinic keratosis (AK) – a potential early warning sign of skin cancer – as well as the long-term consequences of accumulated sun damage. It is estimated that about 10 million Americans have AK, a common pre-cancer that often develops on skin frequently exposed to the sun. AK is a visible sign of sun damage caused by the accumulation of harmful rays under the skin. AKs are small, red, sometimes scaly or rough spots that can be found on skin most often exposed to the sun like the face, bald scalp, hands, shoulders and arms. Because you cannot predict whether an AK will develop into cancer, it is important to check any changes in your skin with a doctor. The “Is it AK or OK?” design will be featured on the #15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra for the remainder of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. For more information on AK please visit www.IsItAKorOK.com. “Is it AK or OK?” is sponsored by Graceway Pharmaceuticals, in partnership with the Skin Cancer Foundation.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(9-26-2009)
- Vegas a new truck series stop for Papis: Nearly seven months ago, Max Papis embarked upon his debut season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Las Vegas Motor Speedway was the site. This weekend he returns to LVMS in the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday evening. While the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Dover this weekend, Papis’ Sprint Cup Series schedule is slated for just 18 races and permits him to spend what would be an ‘off weekend’ gaining experience and additional seat time in NASCAR’s Truck Series.(Player Mgmt/Max Papis PR)(9-25-2009)
- Goodyear Tire Notes – Las Vegas Motor Speedway: This is the first time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams will be running this combination of left- and right-side tires at Las Vegas . . . it is the same tire set-up that Sprint Cup teams ran with great success at Las Vegas in March . . . Truck Series teams have run this right-side tire code (D-4234) once before — at Charlotte this past May. . . this is the first time these teams will run on this left-side tire code (D-4232) . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Las Vegas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire. [Complete tire specs are posted on the Las Vegas Race Page.](Goodyear PR)(9-25-2009)
- Skinner looking to return to RMM in 2010: UPDATE searching for more sponsors: From Mike Skinner’s blog: “We are still working on getting the entire new site [MikeSkinner.com] up and running for you again by end of season when we announce our new 2010 sponsors and partners…but thought I would give you all a quick update on this week! Randy Moss, David Dollar and myself are working hard to keep the team intact for 2010 – we have some sponsors returning for next season and some pitches in for a few more so we can continue a fight for another championship and trips to victory lane.(MikeSkinner.com)(9-21-2009)
UPDATE: Despite a strong points position and three wins this season, the chances of Skinner returning to his Randy Moss Motorsports team in 2010 are uncertain. He’d like to remain with the two-truck organization, which he joined just before the season started, but the group is still searching for additional sponsorship for next year on Skinner’s #5 entry. The 1995 series champion has been backed on a part-time basis this season by several sponsors, including Exide and PC*Miler Navigator, both of which Skinner expects to return in a part-time capacity in 2010. Skinner gives crew chief Eric Phillips much of the credit for his 2009 success and hopes the sponsorship situation will allow both to return in 2010. “Eric and I are going to these places together for the first time,” Skinner said. “That’s one of the reasons that I’m working pretty diligently at trying to keep this group together. We need another season together. “I think our best chance to win a championship is to stay together so when we come back around to these places we’ve got some notes.”(SceneDaily.com)(9-25-2009)
- Fontaine & Hooper driving for Tagsby Racing: Tagsby Racing truck #65 and #73 will have The Stratosphere Hotel & Casino as an associate sponsor for the Las Vegas 350 this weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Truck #65 will have Chris Fontaine at the wheel and veteran Lance Hooper will pilot the #73.(Tagsby Racing PR)(9-24-2009)
- New Hampshire images added: Added the following images from New Hampshire; #2-Dupli Color Chevy driven by Kevin Harvick, #4-Equpment Express Chevy driven by J.R. Fitzpatrick, #30-Lumber Liquidators Toyota driven by Todd Bodine, #33-Copart Chevy driven by Ron Hornaday Jr., #88-Menards/Sylvania Chevy driven by Matt Crafton. Also added a couple of older shots; #23-GunBroker.com Dodge driven by Jason White, #71-Draco Chevy driven by Rob Fuller. Check them out on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(9-23-2009)
- NASCAR announces 2010 testing policy: NASCAR announced today its 2010 testing policy for its three national and two regional touring series. The policy will again prohibit testing at tracks which host NASCAR national series events, by teams in the following series: NASCAR Sprint Cup; NASCAR Nationwide; NASCAR Camping World Truck; NASCAR Camping World East; and NASCAR Camping World West. In 2010, however, testing will be allowed at NASCAR-sanctioned tracks that host a regional touring event but do not host a national series event. Based on this season’s regional tour schedules, the following tracks would be eligible to host tests next year: Greenville-Pickens Speedway; Tri-County Motor Speedway; South Boston Speedway; Thompson International Speedway; Music City Motorplex; Adirondack International Speedway; Lime Rock Park; Thunder Hill Raceway; All American Speedway; Madera Speedway; Douglas County Speedway; Toyota Speedway at Irwindale; Portland International Raceway; Miller Motorsports Park; Colorado National Speedway.(NASCAR PR)(9-23-2009)
- Familiar face part of #25 team: Terry Cook will be making his 10th start this weekend in the HT Motorsports #25 Cajun Industries Toyota. Former team owner and crew chief, Dave Fuge recently joined the team. Cook comments on addition of Fuge; “”It’s a great thing when you have more dependable people to lean on each week and adding Dave Fuge to our team seems to be a big help to our team. In racing you don’t often see results overnight, but in time it will show in your finishes. Dave (Fuge) being there has given Danny (Rollins, Crew Chief) more time to focus on setups and not worry about the details of how the changes are getting made during practice. Dave has helped make those changes go smoother, and is there to double check the details. Races can be won or lost on the details so we are trying to cover all our bases. We look forward to great things in our future.”(HT Motorsports PR)(9-22-2009)
- Double file restarts in 2010? During Monday night’s “This Week In NASCAR” broadcast NASCAR President Mike Helton was in the SPEED studio to answer some questions and address some topics as the sport headed down the stretch. [Panelist Greg] Biffle raised the issue of double file restarts in the Camping World Truck Series. “We would like to get it into the truck series,” replied Helton. His explanation was that next year is the possible start date after NASCAR decides what to do with the current pit stop rules for the trucks.(DalyPlanet.com)(9-22-2009)
- NCWTS TV ratings up 40 percent at Loudon: Nielsen Household Ratings for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series continue to be up year-to-year on SPEED, as the race from Loudon scored a .74 (546,000 households), a 40-percent increase over last year’s .53 (387,000 households) from the New Hampshire track. The telecast peaked at a .86 (635,000 households), a 21-percent increase over last year’s .71 (518,000 households). In addition to the continued growth of the NCWTS audience on SPEED, the popular NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pre-race show, NASCAR RaceDay, has recorded ratings increases for nine of the last 10 weekends and is up year-to-year, as is NCWTS Setup, the Truck Series pre-race show.(SPEEDtv PR)(9-22-2009)
- Raybestos Rookie News & Notes – Las Vegas 350:
*Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the September 19 Heluva Good! 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Sauter posted a fifth-place finish, his fourth consecutive top-five and ninth top-10 finish of the season. He claimed Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the fourth consecutive race and for the ninth time in 2009.
*Sauter leads Malsam by 24 points (197-173) in the overall Raybestos Rookie standings entering the September 26 Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
*Sauter climbed three spots in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings. He is seventh in the standings, 28 points behind sixth-place Todd Bodine and 11 ahead of eighth-place Rick Crawford.
*Donny Lia was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2008 Las Vegas 350, collecting a 10th-place finish. [Complete Raybestos Rookie Point Standings are posted on the Las Vegas Race Page.](Raybestos PR)(9-22-2009)
- The GPS Store.com onboard with McCumbee at Vegas: Chad McCumbee will have no problems getting to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry will be guided by The GPS Store.com and Garmin to the mile and a half Speedway overlooking the famous Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas will be the third time this season that The GPS Store.com and Garmin have backed the twenty-four year old from Supply, NC. McCumbee had two great runs earlier this season when the companies joined the SS Green Light Racing team, finishing third at California and eighth in a rain-delayed affair at Kansas.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(9-22-2009)
- Owens & Venturini team up for 2010; some truck races? Alli Owens and ElectrifyingCareers.com have announced they will team with Venturini Motorsports in 2010. The team will compete in select ARCA Series events and potential NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. The team is in continued talks with potential partners to expand her 2010 schedule. Owens will pilot Venturini Motorsports Chevrolets.(9-21-2009)
- Almirola to make 100th career NASCAR start at LVMS: Aric Almirola will make his 100th career NASCAR start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday, September 26, 2009 in the running of the Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Almirola has a combined total of NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series races and will make his 100th-start piloting the # 51 Miccosukee Resort/Graceway Pharmaceuticals Billy Ballew Motorsports entry. Almirola has one prior NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where he posted a 10th-place finish. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is also where Almirola made his debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2007. He has two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the track.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(9-21-2009)
- Ickler in the #15; first start at LVMS: Brian Ickler will pilot the #15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Billy Ballew Motorsports, Saturday, September 26, 2009 in the running of the Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Ickler will make his first start on the 1.5-mile speedway. (Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(9-21-2009)
- Racing Resources says….post-race rundown:
*Kyle Busch won the Heluva Good! 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was Busch’s 14th series win in his 65th start and his first Trucks win at New Hampshire in his fifth start.
*Busch has now won in all three National Touring Series on six different tracks. He is the 12th different race winner at New Hampshire.
*Busch won his fifth race of 2009. He has won his past three starts.
*This is the third win for Toyota at New Hampshire and 11th of the season.
*Billy Ballew Motorsports posted its 15th series victory.
*Busch led four times for 75 laps, including the final 22.
*Teammates Ron Hornaday Jr. (second) and Kevin Harvick (third) battled each other hard the last 20 laps, allowing Busch to pull away and win. Hornaday scored his eighth top-two finish in 2009. Harvick scored his third top-three finish in three starts in 2009.
*Matt Crafton (fourth) scored his eighth top-5 finish of 2009.
*Hornaday led 101 of the 200 laps, the most of all drivers. He has led 424 of the past 600 laps raced at New Hampshire.
*Johnny Sauter (fifth) scored his fourth consecutive top-5. Sauter recovered after running out of gas with about 25 laps to go. Sauter was also the best-finishing rookie of the year contender.
*The event featured a race-record three cautions.
*The top 10 consisted of four Toyotas, two Ford and four Chevrolets.(ESPN.com)(9-21-2009)
- WIX Filters Lap Leader Notes following New Hampshire:
*Ron Hornaday Jr. led once for 101 laps to earn WIX Filters Lap Leader of the Race honors in the Heluva Good! 200.
*Hornaday Jr. has now led 967 total laps this season and at least one lap in 16 of the 19 races this season. Hornaday Jr. has now led 8,729 laps in 243 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. He has led 3,875 laps in 136 superspeedway races.
*Hornaday Jr. is now the all-time lap leader in the Camping World Truck Series at New Hampshire. He has led 560 laps in nine races, surpassing Jack Sprague (529).
*Hornaday Jr. scored a second-place finish in today’s race, .560 seconds behind race winner Kyle Busch.
*Hornaday racked up his third consecutive top-five at New Hampshire and fifth consecutive top-10. He has five top-five and seven top-10 finishes in nine races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
(WIX Filters PR)(9-19-2009)
- Gale looking for ride in 2010? Hearing that Cale Gale will be a free agent in 2010 and will no longer be under contract at Kevin Harvick Inc. Gale has been talking to several teams associated with both the Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide and is hopeful that he will be able to put something together for next year.(9-19-2009)
- Goodyear Tire Notes – New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Teams in NASCAR Camping World Truck and Sprint Cup Series will be running slightly different tire set-ups at New Hampshire this weekend . . . while both will share Goodyear’s left-side tire code (D-4238), they will be running distinct right-side codes . . . Camping World Truck teams will be on the same combination of left- and right-side tires they’ve run at Milwaukee and Memphis already this season . . . they will also run this same tire set-up at Phoenix in November . . . in addition, truck teams have run this left-side code at O’Reilly Raceway Park and this right-side code at Gateway . . . as on most NASCAR ovals this length or less, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.[Complete tire specs are posted on the New Hampshire Race Page.](Goodyear PR)(9-18-2009)
- McDowell in third entry for ThorSport at Loudon: UPDATE 2: Official announcement; image added: Look for Michael McDowell to be behind the wheel of a third entry for ThorSport in this weekend’s Truck Series race at New Hampshire. The effort will be led by crew chief Tommy Baldwin with McDowell strapping into the #98 Chevy.(TheNASCARInsiders.com)(9-16-2009)
UPDATE: Michael McDowell will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of the season for ThorSport Racing in the Heluva! Good 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday. McDowell has made previous starts at New Hampshire in Cup and Nationwide Series competition. He owns five top-10 finishes in Nationwide Series competition in ’09. McDowell will drive the #98 Perkins Police Silverado, in an effort to raise awareness of D.A.R.E. and the department’s Camp Pride program, designed to promote positive choices among early teenagers. ThorSport Racing is located in Perkins Township in Sandusky, OH. Joining McDowell for the race on Saturday will be crew chief Tommy Baldwin Jr., who has guided drivers to numerous Sprint Cup Series wins, including the crown jewel Daytona 500.(ThorSport Racing PR)(9-16-2009)
UPDATE 2: Image of ThorSport Racing’s #98-Perkins Police Chevy is posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(9-16-2009)
- Dillon & RCR return to series at NHMS UPDATE more info: Austin Dillon has been added to the preliminary entry list for the Heluva Good! 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Dillon will be driving the #3-RCR Chevy; sponsor TBA.(9-15-3009)
UPDATE: Austin Dillon will pilot the #3-RCR 40th Anniversary Chevrolet Silverado from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend’s Heluva Good! 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This Chevrolet Silverado was purchased from Kevin Harvick Inc. earlier this season, and Dillon finished 12th with it in his NCWTS debut two weeks ago at Iowa Speedway. In addition to his NCWTS start in the #3 at Iowa Speedway on Labor Day Weekend, Dillon has raced the No. 3 Chevrolet in 15 NASCAR Camping World Series East starts, earning one win, seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. He also has driven Team Dillon Racing’s #3 Asphalt and Dirt Late Models since 2005.(RCR Racing PR)(9-16-2009)
- Fast facts – Mike Skinner: The #5 Randy Moss Motorsports Toyota team with driver, Mike Skinner, has posted eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 18 events this season, including three wins, which came at Kansas Speedway in April, Iowa Speedway and Gateway International Raceway last weekend. Skinner holds down the third spot in the NCWTS driver point standings, 16 markers behind second place and 213 points out of first. Skinner will be sponsored by Exide for this weekend’s Heluva Good! 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(9-16-2009)
- Compton may not finish out season? UPDATE Team plans to run all races: There may be trouble brewing for Truck Series driver Stacy Compton and his Wyler Racing team. Word is the team is low on funding and may not be able to finish out the season. If you’ll remember, the team started out the season with no sponsorship but was able to sign SafeAuto Insurance to continue their run for the championship. With seven races remaining, Compton is currently 12th in the driver points and has six top ten finishes in 2009.(TheNASCARInsiders.com)(9-16-2009)
UPDATE: Statement from Wyler Racing GM: “It is our intention to finish out the year,” said General Manager, Tom Buzze. “We have an option to renew our agreement with SafeAuto for the 2010 season and we continue to seek out marketing partners that will compliment our sponsorship portfolio for this season and next.”(Wyler Racing PR)(9-16-2009)
- Milwaukee Mile gets 2010 race date: The Milwaukee Mile doesn’t actually have a racing promoter, or anyone selling tickets or soliciting sponsors for the 2010 season. Not yet, anyway. But here’s what the troubled 106-year-old racetrack does have, as of Tuesday: a place on the NASCAR calendar. “We’re very happy to see ourselves on there,” said Tony Machi, a partner in a group trying to save the track.”We’re not going to get into our financials, but we’re confident we’ll have an acceptable plan and lease agreement for State Fair Park to consider at the end of this month.” Historic Mile was given a Sept. 29 deadline to demonstrate to State Fair Park management it had the financial wherewithal to promote races and to secure race dates. That second condition was met Tuesday. The Mile holds June 18 on the Camping World Truck Series schedule and June 19 on the Nationwide Series schedule. Craig Barkelar, State Fair’s interim executive director, said negotiations continue with Historic Mile and he is confident the group will meet the fiscal conditions. It remains unclear how the debts left by previous promoter Claude Napier would be paid. “All I can say is that our discussions with the promoter have gone very well and Milwaukee is currently on the 2010 schedule; like all other events on the schedule, there is a sanction in place,” NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said in an e-mail.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(9-16-2009)
- Harriman making second series start: Richard Harriman will make his second series start Saturday afternoon in Loudon New Hampshire. Richard will return to the #48 Rockingham Speedway/RH Motorsports Silverado for Andy Hillenburg.(Richard Harriman PR)(9-16-2009)
- Harvick enters New Hampshire truck race: Kevin Harvick Inc. co-owner, Kevin Harvick returns behind the wheel of the #2 Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This will mark Harvick’s third appearance in the Truck Series thus far in 2009. Currently, Harvick has an average finish of 1.5 this season in the #2 truck following a win at Martinsville Speedway in the spring and a second-place finish the following week at Atlanta Motor Speedway.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(9-15-2009)
- Setzer back in the #8 at Loudon: Dennis Setzer returns as driver of the #8 Malcolmson Construction Chevy for the Helvua Good! 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “It was tough for sure to sit at home the last two weeks and lose our position in the top-10 in points. I think we were eighth in points after that strong run in Chicago,” said Setzer. “But we are back at it this week and that is my focus right now. I want to make the most of the races that we do go to and concentrate on running strong and getting the best finishes that we can so we can take advantage of the opportunities that we do have here the remainder of the season and hope that leads to a full-time opportunity in 2010.” Saturday will mark Dennis Setzer’s 11th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In the ten previous starts, Setzer has one win (1999), five top-five and six top-ten finishes.(MRD Motorsports PR)(9-15-2009)
- Lumber Liquidators returns to #30: Taking a trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway means taking a trip home for Chemung, NY, native Todd Bodine. Sponsor Lumber Liquidators also calls New England home as the company opened its first store in Boston and company chairman Tom Sullivan hails from the region. Race fans at New Hampshire will hear a call to action from Todd Bodine and the #30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra crew. The team is looking to generate web activity at a special Lumber Liquidators website, wwLLFLOORS.com. “Lumber Liquidators makes it fun for the fans with different promotions and contests from race to race. When the fans support our sponsors and become loyal customers, it makes them feel like part of the team- it’s a winning situation for everybody involved and we can’t wait to get Lumber Liquidators back to victory lane,” said Bodine. “Lumber Liquidators has a special promotion for race fans that starts on race day at New Hampshire. Fans need to visit www.LLFLOORS.com and watch the Truck Series race broadcast for details on a special savings program for fans of the #30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra.”(Germain Racing PR)(9-15-2009)
- Congrats to Lori & Danny Rollins: On behalf of the entire HT Motorsports family, Jim and Shari Harris would like to congratulate Lori and Danny Rollins on the birth of their son, Brody. Brody was born on Monday September 14 at 10:08 P.M. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces and is 21 and three-quarters inches long. Both mother and child are resting comfortably. Danny Rollins is crew chief for Terry Cook and the #25 Cajun Industries/Harris Trucking Toyota while Lori serves as the public relations representative for both Cook and the #24 Zachry/Harris Trucking Toyota with driver David Starr.(HT Motorsports PR)(9-15-2009)
- Raybestos Rookie News & Notes – New Hampshire:
*Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the September 12 Copart 200 at Gateway Int’l Raceway. Sauter claimed a second-place finish, .285 seconds behind race winner Mike Skinner. He racked up his third consecutive top-five and eighth top-10 of the season. Sauter grabbed top rookie honors for the third consecutive race and for the fourth time in the last five races.
*Tayler Malsam posted a fifth-place finish at Gateway, his first top-five and ninth top-10 of the season.
*Sauter leads Malsam by 16 points (188-172) in the overall Raybestos Rookie standings entering the September 19 Heluva Good! 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
*Sauter is 10th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, best of any Raybestos Rookie. He trails ninth-place Rick Crawford by five points and leads 11th-place Malsam by eight.
*Brian Scott was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2008 Heluva Good! 200, claiming an eighth-place finish.
*Two Raybestos Rookies have won the Heluva Good! 200 since the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series began competing at New Hampshire in 1996 (13 races): Andy Houston (1998) and Kurt Busch (2000).[Complete Raybestos Rookie Point Standings are posted on the New Hampshire Race Page](Raybestos PR)(9-15-2009)
- Kyle Busch to run trucks at Loudon: Kyle Busch will return to the #51 Miccosukee Resort/Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday, September 19, 2009 for the running of the Heluva Good! 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Busch last piloted the #51 Billy Ballew Motorsports entry at Chicagoland Speedway posting a win in the inaugural event. He has posted four wins, seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 10 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts for Billy Ballew Motorsports. (Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(9-14-2009)
- Hornaday locks up Wix Lap Leader Award; Copart sponsoring at NHMS: Hornaday has wrapped up the 2009 Wix Lap Leader Award with seven events left on the schedule. Hornaday has led a total of 866 laps thus far in 2009. Copart will be the sponsor for the #33-KHI Chevy at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Ron Hornaday has scored victories in the last two races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hornaday sat on the pole in 2007 and started second in 2008 on his way to his second and third career victories at the 1.058-mile flat track. Hornaday recorded a win in the inaugural event at NHMS in 1996. Hornaday would make history with a win in the Heluva Good! 200 becoming the first driver to win four race at NHMS.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(9-14-2009)
- Almirola back to the #15 at NHMS: Aric Almirola will take to the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway piloting the #15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals NASCAR Camping World Truck for the running of the Heluva Good! 200. Almirola comes off his fourth top-10 finish for Billy Ballew Motorsports after scoring a fourth-place finish at Gateway International Raceway last weekend. (Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(9-14-2009)
- Sylvania sponsoring Crafton at New Hampshire: Matt Crafton will be driving the #88 [Thorsport Racing] Sylvania Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Sept. 19th. Osram Sylvania is a leader in lighting solutions that feature innovative design and energy saving technology. The company sells products for homes, businesses and vehicles primarily under the Sylvania brand name, and also under the Osram brand.(Reuters/Sylvania PR)(9-14-2009)
- Fitzpatrick returns to the #4 at NHMS: J.R. Fitzpatrick returns to the #4 Equipment Express Chevrolet this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). This will mark his first trip to NHMS. Fitzpatrick is coming off a recent win in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on August 30th at the road course Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. The last time Fitzpatrick was behind the wheel of the #4 was in mid-August at Bristol Motor Speedway when he drove from a 27th-place starting position, to become top-finishing rookie taking the checkers in the 11th position. (Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(9-14-2009)
- Racing Resources says…rundown following Gateway:
*Mike Skinner won the Copart 200 at Gateway International Raceway. Skinner is the 11th different race winner at Gateway. He has now won on 21 different tracks in the Truck series. It was his third victory in 2009. Skinner’s last win came at Iowa last week; the last time he won in consecutive races was in March 2007, when he won three in a row.
*This is the third win for Toyota at Gateway and 10th of the season.
*Randy Moss Motorsports posted its third series victory — all have been with Skinner.
*Matt Crafton wrecked Ron Hornaday Jr. with four laps to go while Crafton was battling for the lead. Hornaday finished 17th; Crafton finished sixth. Hornaday now leads Crafton by 197 points in the driver standings.
*Hornaday led 116 of the 162 laps, the most of all drivers. He has led 323 of the 482 laps raced at Gateway in the last three races.
*Johnny Sauter (second) tied his career-best finish. He was the highest-finishing rookie contender.
*Brian Scott (third) posted his seventh top-5 finish of 2009.
*Aric Almirola (fourth) has posted top-10 finishes in his last seven starts.
*Tayler Malsam (fifth) posted his career-best finish.
*Ryan Sieg finished ninth, a career best.(ESPN.com)(9-14-2009)
- RCR going truck racing in 2010? During SPEEDtv’s Speed Report broadcast, Ray Dunlap reported that it appears that the #3 RCR Chevy truck, driven by Austin Dillon [grandson of Richard Childress], will be returning to the series in 2010. Dunlap reported word in the garage has it that Richard Childress Racing has ordered six brand new trucks.(9-13-2009)
- Papis enters NHMS truck race: Max Papis and the GEICO team will travel to Loudon, New Hampshire, this week for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Papis will be behind the wheel of the #9 Germain Racing GEICO Toyota Tundra. [This will be Papis’ sixth truck series start in 2009.].(Player Mgmt/Max Papis PR)(9-13-2009)
- Bainey adds Loudon to schedule: Tim Bainey Jr. and the #00 Aaron’s Lucky Dog NASCAR Truck Series Team will head to Loudon New Hampshire for this weekend’s Heluva Good 200 Event. “I’m looking forward to getting back on track after our run at Loudon last week.” said Tim Jr. “We decided to add this event just a few days ago and I think it will be a nice place for us to continue to improve on everything we are learning this season.” The Heluva Good 200 NASCAR Truck Series Event will be Televised Live on Speed at 2:00pm Saturday Sept. 19th.(Tim Bainey Jr. PR)(9-13-2009)
- Scott to Nationwide in 2010? During the Gateway race broadcast on SPEEDtv, Ray Dunlap reported that Brian Scott has received an offer to run the full Nationwide season in 2010, however, Scott has not yet decided on what he’ll be doing in 2010. Scott may opt to return for another season in the Camping World Truck Series.(9-12-2009)
- Bell driving for a cause at Gateway: With the recent recoveries of missing kids Richard “Ricky” Chekevdia and Jaycee Dugard, there is always hope for families of finding missing loved ones. Today NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver T.J. Bell will carry a picture of Charles Arlin Leon Henderson, a missing Moscow Mills boy, with hopes of re-igniting interest of people locally and nationally who might remember the disappearance of Henderson on July 25, 1991. Bell, 29 of Sparks, Nev., will have Henderson’s computer-generated photo on both sides and the rear of his #11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra today in the Copart 200 at Gateway International Raceway.(St. Louis Post-Dispatch)(9-12-2009)
- Doubleheader at Gateway in 2010: Although the sanctioning body has not yet released its schedule for the Sprint Cup, Nationwide or Camping World Truck series for 2010, it’s a certainty Gateway will host a doubleheader weekend involving the Nationwide cars and the Camping World Trucks, the Post-Dispatch has learned. The trucks will race on the 1.25-mile oval on Friday, July 16 and the Nationwide cars will compete on Saturday, July 17. Both races will take place at night, with the time to be determined. Gateway general manager Lenny Batycki declined to comment but said NASCAR plans to release the dates for all three series later this month. At that point, Batycki said he would release his dates “in conjunction” with NASCAR. It will be the sixth time in 13 years the date for the race has been changed, although the last three races have been in September.(St. Louis Post-Dispatch)(9-12-2009)
- Graceway teams up with #15 for remaining races: Graceway Pharmaceuticals teams up with the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota Tundra for the remainder of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season with Aric Almirola and Brian Ickler piloting the entry. Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC, headquartered in Bristol, TN came onboard with the team at Bristol Motor Speedway sponsoring the three Billy Ballew Motorsports entries. The company has continued with Billy Ballew Motorsports on both the #51 as the primary associate sponsor and will now sponsor the #15 Toyota Tundra for the remaining eight events. Aric Almirola will pilot the #15 entry in six events; New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Almirola will pilot the #51 Miccosukee Resort/Graceway Pharmaceuticals Camping World Truck at Gateway International Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Brian Ickler will pilot the #15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra at Gateway International Raceway and at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(9-11-2009)
- Tracy may run Las Vegas with BBM? UPDATE BBM ride no longer option: Paul Tracy “twittered” that he is working on a deal to drive a truck for Billy Ballew Motorsports in the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 26th. Sources have confirmed that Ballew and Tracy have talked, but at this point nothing has been finalized. Tracy also mentioned that he needs to find some sponsorship dollars.(9-9-2009)
UPDATE: With Graceway Pharmaceuticals coming on board for the remaining 2009 races, the majority of races in the #15-Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota will be driven by Aric Almirola. Brian Ickler will be the driver for both Gateway and Las Vegas.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(9-11-2009)
- Goodyear Tire Notes – Gateway: This is the first time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams have run this tire set-up at Gateway . . . they do have experience on these tire codes, however . . . truck teams ran this left-side tire code (D-4178) with a different right-side code at Iowa last week . . . these teams have run this right-side tire code (D-4240) with a different left-side code at Milwaukee and Memphis earlier this season . . . they are also scheduled to run this right-side at New Hampshire and Phoenix in the coming 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 Gateway . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.[Complete tire specs are posted on the Gateway Race Page.](Goodyear PR)(9-11-2009)
- Fast Facts – Colin Braun: Although sixth in points, Braun ranks in the top four in almost every key statistical category. He has a driver rating of 96.4 (fourth-best), an average running position of 9.07 (fourth-best), third of drivers in laps in the top 15 with a percentage of 86.3 (2389 laps) and seventh in laps led with 93 laps. The #6-Con-way Freight team gained one position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings after Iowa to move up to sixth. Braun and the team are now 14 points out of fifth and only 31 points out of fourth. They have made up 14 positions in the points since Dover at the end of May when they were 20th.(Roush Fenway Racing PR)(9-10-2009)
- Double-duty weekend for Oliver UPDATE Image added: Bebida Beverages with Potencia USA are proud to announce the continued support of Dillon Oliver in the ASALMS and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Oliver and his team will be running in the ASALMS with his family owned #33 Chevrolet Impala, as well as the #02 Corrie Stott Racing NASCAR Truck at Gateway Int’l Raceway this weekend.. Bebida Beverages will be the primary sponsor for the NASCAR portion of the weekend for the Bowling Green, KY driver, with KOMA Unwind showcased on the truck. Potencia will also unveil a new look for the ASA Late Model Series car driven by Dillon.(Dillon Oliver PR)(9-9-2009)
UPDATE: Image of the #02 Koma Unwind Chevy is posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(9-10-2009)
- MB Motorsports to run Gateway with Stancill & Smith: MB Motorsports will field two trucks in the “Copart 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday, September 12th at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Ayden, North Carolina’s Ben Stancill will wheel the familiar #63 for Owner Mike Mittler, while Medina, Ohio veteran Jack Smith will steer the #36 NCWTS entry.(MB Motorsports PR)(9-10-2009)
- Malsam making first trip to Gateway: Tayler Malsam will be making his 20th start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series when the green flag drops for the Copart 200 at Gateway International Raceway Saturday afternoon. Malsam has never before raced at the 1.25-mile Madison, Wisconsin venue. The #81 One Eighty Toyota team has posted eight top-10 finishes in 17 events this season. Malsam’s top-10 effort last weekend at Iowa Speedway helped boost him up two positions in the NCWTS driver points battle. He now holds down the 11th spot, 11 markers outside of 10th and 141 points out of the top five.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(9-9-2009)
- Bean to run Gateway UPDATE 2 Bean in the #73; team recognizing injured Yeley: Hearing that Dexter Bean will be back in a truck at Gateway possibly the #73 that Yeley has been driving for Tagsby Racing. J.J. Yeley recently suffered injuries resulting from a crash while competing in a Sprint Bandit race at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City. [For more info on Yeley see the August Archives Page.(9-6-2009)
UPDATE: According to the latest entry list information, Dexter Bean has been named as driver for the #73-Tagsby Racing Chevy at Gateway.(9-9-2009)
UPDATE 2: Tagsby Racing will display “Fast Recovery J.J.” on each side of their trucks #65 and #73 this weekend at the Copart 200 at Gateway Int’l Raceway. Although just stickers will be shown on the trucks, the team will be thinking of the injured driver J.J. Yeley. Yeley fractured three vertebrae in his neck competing in a USAC Sprint race at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City. The 32 year old driver has competed in 5 NCWTS events this year with Tagsby Racing. Tagsby will field truck #65 with Lance Hooper driving, and #73 with Dexter Bean.(Tagsby Racing PR)(9-9-2009)
- Young returns to #07 with SS Green Light Racing: Jason Young will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Saturday’s running of the Copart 200 in SS Green Light Racing’s #07 at the Gateway International Speedway. Gateway will be the third NCWTS event in 2009 for the 26 year-old native of Houston, Texas.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(9-9-2009)
- Ventrilo returns with Bodine to home town crowd at Gateway: When the #30 Ventrilo Tundra takes to the track at Gateway International Raceway for the Copart 200, the hometown fans of Ventrilo will see a special new blue and white paint scheme on a truck that many Gateway fans are accustomed to seeing at the front of the field in racing trim. Driver Todd Bodine has spent 86.4% of the 640 laps he’s raced at Gateway in the Top-15, according to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics. Bodine has one win, three top-5 and four top-10 finishes at the track located just outside St. Louis, MO. Flagship Industries Inc, located in Maryville, Illinois, was founded in 2003 to pursue the development and marketing of the Ventrilo product line which was originally started in the spring of 1999.(Germain Racing PR)(9-8-2009)
- Kluever in the #8 MRD Chevy at Gateway: On the preliminary entry list, Todd Kluever is listed as driver for the #8-MRD Chevy with owner Dave Malcolmson. Kluever drove the full season for Roush Racing in 2005, but has not competed in the series since then.(9-8-2009)
- Almirola to pilot #51 BBM entry at Gateway: Aric Almirola will take to the track at the Gateway International Raceway, Saturday, September 12, 2009 for the running of the Copart 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the #51 Miccosukee Resort/Graceway Pharmaceuticals Billy Ballew Motorsports entry. Almirola coming off his career-best finish of second in the Camping World Truck Series at Iowa Speedway last weekend heads to Gateway looking to pick up his first win. Almirola has one previous start on the 1.25-mile track in Madison, Illinois in the NASCAR Truck Series. He posted a 10th-place finish in 2006 after starting in the 22nd position, and racing the entire race without radio communication with his team. [Brian Ickler is entered as driver for the #15-Toyota for BBM.](Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(9-8-2009)
- Raybestos Rookie News & Notes – Gateway:
*Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the September 6 Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway. Sauter scored a fifth-place finish, his second consecutive top-five and seventh top-10 of the season. He collected top rookie honors for the seventh time this season.
*Tayler Malsam posted a 10th-place finish at Iowa, his eighth top-10 of the season. Malsam is 11th in the series championship standings, best of any Raybestos Rookie.
*Johnny Sauter leads Tayler Malsam by 13 points (176-163) in the overall Raybestos Rookie standings entering the September 12 Copart 200 at Gateway Int’l Raceway.
*Colin Braun was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2008 Camping World 200 at Gateway, posting a ninth-place finish.
*The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie in 11 races at Gateway is fourth by Carl Edwards in 2003.
*The most Raybestos Rookies to finish inside the top-10 in a race at Gateway are FOUR in 2001: Travis Kvapil (fifth), Ricky Hendrick (sixth), Matt Crafton (seventh), and Billy Bigley (tenth).
*Greg Biffle (1998) is the only Raybestos Rookie to win a pole in 11 previous races at Gateway. [Complete rookie point standings are posted on the Gateway Race Page.](Raybestos PR)(9-8-2009)
- Racing Resources – rundown following Iowa…
*Mike Skinner won the inaugural running of the Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway. He won his 27th series race in his 196th start. Skinner now has won on 20 tracks in the series in 15 different states. He won his second race of 2009; his last win came at Kansas in April. Skinner posted his ninth win in the series from the pole, and he crossed the 6,000 career laps led mark in the race, becoming only the third driver in series history to do so.
* Skinner led 180 of the 200 laps, the most of all drivers, and he scored his seventh win in the inaugural race at a track in the series. The victory was his 17th in a series race on a short track.
* Randy Moss Motorsports posted its second series victory; both have been with Mike Skinner.
* Aric Almirola (finished second) posted his career-best finish in his 41st start.
* Colin Braun (third) posted his sixth top-5 finish of 2009.
* Ron Hornaday Jr. (fourth) posted his 11th top-5 finish and 14th top-10 finish of 2009; he extended his point lead to 225 over Matt Crafton.
* Johnny Sauter (fifth) posted his third top-5 finish of the season and second consecutive. He was the best finishing of the six rookie of the year contenders.
* Austin Dillon finished 12th in his series debut after spinning on Lap 73 while battling for the eighth position.
* Jamie Dick finished 22nd in his series debut.
* Toyota posted its ninth series win of 2009, the most of all makes.
* The top 10 consisted of six Toyotas, one Ford and three Chevrolets.
* Brett Thompson (31st) was the best finishing Dodge.(ESPN.com)(9-8-2009)
- Danica to run some NNS and CWTS races in 2010? Danica Patrick will “all but certainly” be in NASCAR in 2010, but won’t give up Indy car racing and will limit next year’s activity to the Nationwide Series and Trucks, according to a source very close to the situation. Tony Stewart is the “star candidate” to be her partner and mentor in NASCAR, the source said, adding that Patrick’s recent visits to Stewart-Haas Racing were much more than social — that she and Stewart were discussing a deal, and are close to one. The plan is for Patrick to run a significant number of Nationwide races, with additional seat time in Trucks and ARCA cars. Stewart took a similar transitional path to NASCAR in 1998, running a full Indy car schedule and also 22 Nationwide (then Busch) races. Patrick’s likeliest first stock car race would be the ARCA event at Daytona during SpeedWeeks next February. There’s no way Patrick would a) plunge immediately into the Cup level next year, or b) give up Indy car racing until she’s sure she can do well in NASCAR, the source said. Because Stewart’s team has neither Nationwide cars nor trucks in its stable, a third partner will be brought into the mix, the source said — possibly Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports, or, more likely, Kevin Harvick Inc., which fields both Trucks and Nationwide cars. Sponsorship is not considered an issue for America’s top female driver, and the first car manufacturer to sign Patrick to a NASCAR deal would get a big boost in brand exposure.(ESPN.com)(9-5-2009)
- Iowa paint schemes added: UPDATE More images added: Added a few images from Iowa; #3-Austin Dillon, Bad Boy Mowers/RCR 40th Anniversary Chevy [no decals]; #5-Mike Skinner, Toyota of Des Moines Toyota; #6-Colin Braun, Con-way Freight Ford; #10-James Buescher, Int’ MaxxForce Diesel/Idealease Ford; #13-Johnny Sauter, Fun Sand/Karl Chevrolet Chevy; #16-Brian Scott, Albertsons Toyota; #30-Todd Bodine, Lumber Liquidators Toyota.(9-4-2009)
UPDATE: Added more images from Iowa; #00-Tim Bainey Jr., Aaron’s Lucky Dog Chevy; #3-Austin Dillon, Bad Boy Mowers/RCR 40th Anniversary Chevy [decaled]; #11-TJ Bell, Red Horse Racing Toyota; #12-Mario Gosselin, OCRGasBar.com Chevy; #81-Tayler Malsam, PC*Miler Navigator Toyota. Check them all out on the 2009 Camping World Truck Series Paint Scheme Page.(9-5-2009)
- New crew chief for Sauter: During the race broadcast on SPEEDtv, it was reported that Johnny Sauter has a new crew chief. Joe Shear Jr. replaces Jason Overstreet as crew chief for Thorsport Racing’s #13-Fun Sand/Rodney Atkins-Curb Records Chevy.(9-5-2009)
- Dillon makes series debut with RCR at Iowa: UPDATE 2 Bad Boy Mowers/RCR 40th Anniv. as sponsors: Austin Dillon will be making his series debut this weekend and with that, he’ll return Richard Childress Racing to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the first time since 1999. Dillon, grandson of RCR president and CEO Richard Childress, will be behind the wheel of the #3 Chevrolet. While he’ll be a rookie to the series, Dillon isn’t a rookie when it comes to Iowa Speedway. The young driver has four starts at the track: One start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the series’ inaugural race this season; two starts in the NASCAR Camping World Series East where he has one pole (2008) and two top-ten finishes and one start in the ARCA Re/MAX Series this season where he started 30th and finished second.(NASCAR PR) [More prerace News & Notes are posted on the Iowa Race Page.](8-31-2009)
UPDATE: Austin Dillon will pilot a Chevrolet Silverado purchased from Kevin Harvick Inc. earlier this season. Last year, this former # 2 KHI entry ran in five NCTWS races, earning one pole, two top-10 and four top-20 finishes. This chassis currently holds the Martinsville Speedway track qualifying record, set by Jack Sprague last March. Dillon will be piloting the #3 RCR 40th Anniversary Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway, commemorating the Welcome, N.C., based organization’s 40th year of NASCAR racing. The Altoona, Iowa Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, located approximately 26 miles west of Iowa Speedway, will be an associate sponsor on RCR’s #3 Silverado. The Bass Pro Shops decal will be located on both rear-quarter panels this weekend. The local outdoor sporting goods store celebrated its grand opening last Wednesday.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(9-1-2009)
UPDATE 2: Final entry list shows Bad Boy Mowers/RCR 40th Anniversary as sponsors for the #3-RCR Chevy.(9-4-2009)
- Lumber Liquidators returns to #30: Lumber Liquidators and the #30 Tundra are a pairing that set records in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. When the two joined forces in March, 2006, Todd Bodine drove the Lumber Liquidators Tundra to its first ever pole award, followed by a win, at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Just one race later, Bodine locked up the championship points lead and held it for a record-setting 21 races en route to putting the then rookie sponsor Lumber Liquidators on stage to celebrate the 2006 Truck Series championship. The Lumber Liquidators Tundra raced full time through the win at Homestead at the close of 2008 and the familiar winning combination will return to the Truck Series on Saturday night at Iowa Speedway. Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. is hoping Germain Racing will pick up where it left off when the #30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra races again at Iowa Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway. Lumber Liquidators, headquartered in Toano, Virginia, is the largest direct to consumer retailer of high-quality hardwood flooring in the United States.(Germain Racing PR)(9-4-2009)
- Toyota of Des Moines to sponsor Compton at Iowa: Toyota of Des Moines has joined Wyler Racing’s # 60-SafeAuto Insurance Toyota Tundra with driver Stacy Compton for the 200 lap Lucas Oil 200 on Saturday. “This will be the first time I’ve ever been to Iowa Speedway and I’m looking forward to it” said Compton. “I obviously watched the Nationwide race to see how that all transpired and to get a look at the race track for the first time. It looks like a neat race track; a lot like Richmond. I feel confident that we can go there and run good. We’ve ran really well the last 10 weeks, so every time that we go to a venue now we’re pretty excited. We unload on the right side of the time sheets and we’re usually in the top-five or top-10 in practice. We expect the same at Iowa.”(Wyler Racing PR)(9-4-2009)
- Goodyear Tire Notes – Iowa: This being the first ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway, Goodyear conducted a tire test at the track on May 11-12 . . . Camping World Truck drivers that took part in that test were Colin Braun and Matt Crafton . . . also participating were NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Justin Allgaier and Jason Leffler, in advance of their August 1 event at the speedway . . . Truck Series teams will be running the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Nationwide teams ran at Iowa last month . . . this is the only track at which these teams will use these two tire codes together, though they will run this left-side code (D-4178) at Gateway next weekend, and have run this right-side code (D-4160) at Bristol in 2008 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Iowa. [Complete tire specs are posted on the Iowa Race Page.](Goodyear PR)(9-4-2009)
- Karl Chevrolet to sponsor Sauter at Iowa: The #13 Fun Sand Chevrolet, driven by Johnny Sauter, will feature Karl Chevrolet of Ankeny [IA] on the hood during the Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway on Saturday. The #13 team has posted a pair of top-5 and 6 top-10 finishes thus far this season, including Sauter’s 5th place finish at Chicagoland last weekend. Sauter is currently leading the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings.(Thorsport Racing PR)(9-3-2009)
- Jamie Dick making series debut at Iowa UPDATE Teammate to McCumbee driving SS Green Light Racing’s #08: In addition to racing in the NASCAR Camping World Series West race, Jamie Dick (#88 Viva Auto Group/Johnnie Walker Performance Center Chevrolet) also plans to make his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Dick hopes to also race in that series at Phoenix International Raceway in November. “Ideally, we’d like to go to Phoenix, too, this year and do about five to seven truck races next year – along with the West races,” he said](RacingWest.com)(8-31-2009)
UPDATE: SS Green Light Racing will run two trucks at Iowa as Camping World West Series driver Jamie Dick will make his debut in the Truck Series in the #08. Following and impressive performance last week at the Chicagoland Speedway, Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light team heads west to another first time venue in the nations heartland as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series travels to the Iowa Speedway for the Lucas Oil 200. McCumbee and the #07 team are running without primary sponsorship this week. “We are trying hard to look at the big picture; showcase the talented team we have assembled and position ourselves for the future,” said owner Ken Smith. “The economy has made this the most challenging season I have ever seen. We’re thankful for the support the team has received this year and we are dedicated to build the rest of 2009 and beyond.”(SS Green Light Racing PR)(9-3-2009)
- Fact Fact – Timothy Peters: In just eight races, Timothy Peters and his #17 Strutmasters.com RHR Toyota team have earned six top-10 finishes, including three top-10 finishes in a row. Last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Peters battled a loose handling race truck but was able to bring home a ninth place finish and keep the top-10 streak alive. The Lucas Oil 200 will mark the first race at Iowa Speedway for both the Camping World Truck Series and Timothy Peters. Peters has never even been to the state but is looking forward to the new experience.(Red Horse Racing PR)(9-3-2009)
- Circle Bar Racing trucks promoting Idealease at Iowa: Circle Bar Racing is proud to display the Idealease associate sponsorship on the rear quarter panels of its #14 and #10 Ford F-150s, with drivers Rick Crawford & James Buescher, this weekend at Iowa Speedway. Idealease, which has served the truck leasing and rental industry since 1982, offers truck leasing, contract maintenance and truck rentals. With his fourth-place finish last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Crawford advanced one position to move into ninth place in the driver point standings and is 103 points out of the top five and 542 points out of the lead.(Circle Bar Racing PR)(9-2-2009)
- Two truck team members among three suspended: Mike Hennessy, a crew member for the #99 team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Gary St. Amant, a crew member for the #99 team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Richard Henninger, a crew member for the #6 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, have been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy. All three were found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 7-5 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the 2009 NASCAR rule book. Hennessy’s violation came on Aug. 27, while Henninger’s and St. Amant’s both came on Aug. 28.(NASCAR PR)(9-1-2009)
- Sponsor switch for RMM; PC*MILER Navigation to #81: PC*MILER Navigator will serve as primary sponsor on the #81 Randy Moss Motorsports Toyota with driver, Tayler Malsam this weekend. PC*MILER Navigator has partnered with RMM several times already this season, sponsoring the No. 5 machine at Nashville Superspeedway and last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. PC*MILER Navigator is the first GPS navigation system specifically designed for company drivers, owner operators, and leased operators and the only way to get industry standard PC*Miler directions in the cab. Malsam has some experience at the Newton, Iowa venue. Malsam ran the ARCA Series race at the track in 2008, starting 11th and earning a top-10 finish.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(9-1-2009)
- Bischoff Racing picks up sponsor for Iowa: Bischoff Racing with driver Duane Bischoff, will be making their third series attempt at Iowa Speedway this weekend. Karl Chevrolet of Ankeny Iowa will be the title sponsor for the weekend. AmericInn of Marshalltown Iowa will be an associate sponsor. PartBuddy.com will also stay on as an associate sponsor.(Bishoff Racing PR)(9-1-2009)
- Toyota of Des Moines to sponsor Skinner at Iowa: The # 5 Randy Moss Motorsports entry will feature Toyota of Des Moines as primary sponsor this weekend. Driver Mike Skinner, along with the race hauler and race truck, will make an appearance Thursday afternoon at the dealership. [see Jayski Appearance Page for details]. The #5 team has posted six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 16 events this season, including one win, which came at Kansas Speedway in April. Skinner holds down the third spot in the driver point standings, 96 markers behind second place and 316 points out of first.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(9-1-2009)
- Graceway returns for inaugural Iowa race with Almirola & Ballew: Graceway Pharmaceuticals will return as the primary sponsor for the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota Tundra for the inaugural Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway Saturday, September 5, 2009. Aric Almirola will return to pilot the #15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals entry at the 7/8-mile racetrack in Newton, Iowa. Almirola comes off his fifth top-10 finish for Billy Ballew Motorsports at Chicagoland Speedway, he has also posted three top-five finishes in seven starts in 2009.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR) [See image of the #15-Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.] (9-1-2009)
- Ballew signs Graceway Pharmaceuticals as major associate on #51 for remainder of year: Billy Ballew Motorsports announces the signing of a major primary associate sponsorship with Graceway Pharmaceuticals for the remainder of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season on the #51 Toyota Tundra. Brian Ickler will return to Billy Ballew Motorsports this week to pilot the #51 Miccosukee Resort/Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra in the inaugural Lucas Oil 200 (200 laps, 175 Miles) race at Iowa Speedway, Saturday, September 5, 2009.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(9-1-2009)
- Gosselin signs sponsor; plans full-time in 2010: UPDATE MyTireMonkey.com to sponsor: During the qualifying broadcast on SPEEDtv, Ray Dunlap reported that #12-Mario Gosselin has signed a new sponsor and plans to run the full season in 2010. A formal announcement is set to be made during the Talladega race weekend, and also a brand new paint scheme will be unveiled.(8-28-2009)
UPDATE: MyTireMonkey.com, a leading online tire superstore, announced today its first-ever NASCAR sponsorship as the company becomes the primary sponsor of Mario Gosselin’s #12 Chevrolet Silverado for a minimum of 10 races with full intent of funding all of the 25 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events to be held in 2010 and two remaining races in 2009. MyTireMonkey.com and DGM Racing will debut the #12 MyTireMonkey.com Chevrolet Silverado truck on October 31st unveiling the truck’s color scheme before the Camping World Truck Series Mountain Dew 250 at the Talladega Superspeedway. The following week, November 6th, Mario will suit-up to race the #12 MyTireMonkey.com truck in the WinStar World Casino 350 at the Texas Motor Speedway.(CarolinaNewswire.com)(9-1-2009)
- Benson in TV booth for 3 truck races: Johnny Benson, reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, will join Rick Allen and Phil Parsons in the SPEED booth for three upcoming NCTWS races. Benson will offer analysis in place of Michael Waltrip, whose NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driving duties conflict with three Truck Series races, at Iowa Speedway, and Las Vegas.(SPEEDtv.com)(9-1-2009)
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