* NCTS Etc.: Skinner Ready For Annual Charity Event
* In The Loop: Hornaday Excels At New Hampshire
Mike Skinner To Host Second Annual Charity Event
"Rounding Up" For A Good Cause ... Mike Skinner and his wife Angie are set for the second annual "Toyota Tundra Skinner Round Up" on Sept. 27-28 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
It's a charity fundraiser the Skinners co-host with Toyota, and newly expanded to two days this year, thanks to the success of last year's inaugural event.
The schedule begins Thursday, Sept. 27 with the "Hoe Down Bash" at Daytona International Speedway's Boardwalk Pavilion, which includes displays, live and silent autions and live music.
On Friday, Sept. 28, expect star-studded golf and poker tournaments hosted by Spruce Creek Country Club. Participants include recording artists Edwin McCain, Stacy Mitchart, Eddie Money and Bo Bice; drivers Ron Hornaday Jr., Rick Crawford and Steve Park; NHRA drivers Matt Smith and Scott Kelley; NASCAR Assistant Secretary & International Community Relations Director Betty Jane France and World Series of Poker champion Brian Wilson. Last year's Round Up raised more than $104,000 for myriad Daytona Beach-area charities; this year's goal is $125,000.
Chaffin Replaces Miller ... Key Motorsports team owner Curtis W. Key Sr. announced Monday that Chad Chaffin will replace rookie Brandon Miller in the No. 40 Chevrolet for the final eight races on the 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule.
Chaffin drove the first six races of the 2006 season for Key Motorsports, in the team's first attempt to run the full 25-race schedule. He remained in contact with Key and returns for a second tenure.
"This team has come a long way since I last drove for it," said Chaffin, 39, a two-tiime series winner. "And has now qualified for and competed in the last 35 races run over the last two seasons, so I know that I am coming back to a much different situation."
Key said Miller has the opportunity to remain with the team.
"Brandon can learn a lot by watching and listening to a veteran like Chad," Key said, "and if he believes that this can help his own driving career, then he will be with us at the next few races."
Green Going For The Double ... David Green (No. 1 RFMS/Red Horse Racing Toyota) has a unique opportunity Saturday at New Hampshire. The former NASCAR Busch Series champion has one Hew Hampshire victory in that series (2003) and is expected to be the only entrant in Saturday's event with such a distinction.
Which means Green could become the first driver to win both a NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at New Hampshire. Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch are the only competitors who have won NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events at New Hampshire. Lia To Attempt To Qualify ... Whelen Modified Tour standings leader Donny Lia will attempt to qualify a fourth truck for Bill Davis Racing this weekend at New Hampshire.
Anyone looking for clues for the winning manufacturer this weekend should glance at Chevrolet, which won the series' first three races there in 1996, '97 and '98 -- and is the top winning manufacturer with four New Hampshire victories.
Chevrolet's last win there came in 2001, with Jack Sprague.
Meanwhile, Toyota has won two of the past three races at New Hampshire. Travis Kvapil's 2004 win was the manufacturer's second and final victory of its inaugural season.
Toyota also is the defending champion of Saturday's event, thanks to Johnny Benson's triumph last September.
In The Loop: Hornaday Jr. Excels At New Hampshire
Mike Skinner's standings lead disappeared two weeks ago at Gateway, and now the 1995 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion finds himself in unfamiliar territory this season -- second place.
Skinner took the standings lead after the second race of the season, and saw his point total grow to a maximum of 164 after his win in Kentucky. Now, after a 28th-place finish at Gateway, Skinner trails new leader Ron Hornaday Jr. by four points.
And this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway might be where the fun starts for Hornaday.
If Skinner's not careful, Hornaday's lead could balloon. Hornaday has a win there, and recently, he's been more consistent at New Hampshire than Skinner.
Over the last two New Hampshire races, Hornday has the top Average Running Position (5.3), the second-best Driver Rating (114.7) and has spent all but one of the 400 Laps in the Top 15. He has finishes of fifth and sixth over that span.
Skinner, with finishes of 24th and second over the past two years, has a Driver Rating of 106.6 (sixth-best), an Average Running Position of 7.7 (fifth-best) and 38 Fastest Laps Run (second-most).
Also watch for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series mainstay Rick Crawford (No. 14 Power Stroke by International Ford). He won there in 2005, and over the past two years has accumulated some of the best stats on the series.
Crawford has the top Driver Rating at 117.8, the third-best Average Running Position (5.8) and has spent all but three of his laps over the past two years in the top 15.
Next stop for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: The annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Smith's Las Vegas 350 on Sept. 22.
Mike Skinner beat Ted Musgrave by 0.309 seconds to secure his first victory of 2006 and the 19th of his NASAR Craftsman Truck Series career.
It was the first NASCAR event held on Las Vegas' newly-recontructed track -- a 1.5-mile venue that also received a complete infield reconstruction with new garage, fan and media facilities.
Todd Bodine, then en route to his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series title, finished 12th at Las Vegas and remained the standings leader, by 91 points over Johnny Benson.
Next Race: New Hampshire 200
The Place: New Hampshire International Speedway
The Date: Sept. 151
The Time: 3:00 p.m. (ET)
TV: SPEED 2:30 p.m. (ET)
Track Layout: 1.058-mile oval
Race Purse: $558,210
2006 Winner: Johnny Benson
2006 Pole: Mike Skinner
Schedule: Friday -- Practice 9:40--10:50 a.m.; Rookie practice 11:20-11:50; Final practice 1:45 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday -- Qualifying 10:05 a.m.