Series off-week notes 2010-05-24

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News And Notes - Open Week Charlotte Shakes Up Standings; Bodine Takes Lead The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings danced to the tune of "shake, rattle and roll" during Friday night's running of the...

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News And Notes - Open Week

Charlotte Shakes Up Standings; Bodine Takes Lead

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings danced to the tune of "shake, rattle and roll" during Friday night's running of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. A total of two points now separates the front two -- the closest points battle in series history after seven races.

Former series champion Todd Bodine (No. 30 Germain Racing Toyota) resembled the racer of old as he drove to a second-place finish while gaining the standings lead.

"Our Tundra was good tonight. For us, as a team, it was a great night because we've struggled all season with this new generation tire that Goodyear's got and the way our trucks have been driving with it," said Bodine. "Tonight we ran with the leaders and it was great to have fun and be so competitive."

Despite scoring a seventh-place finish, Aric Almirola (No. 51 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota) still turned over the standings lead to Bodine -- proving every position counts.

Timothy Peters (No. 17 Crescent Tools/Red Horse Racing Toyota), who led the series standings the first five races of the season, is down but not out. He sits in third, 86 points out of the lead.

Defending Champion Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 Longhorn Chevrolet) finished third at Charlotte and continues to make his climb back to the top spot after a slow start to the season -- just 103 points from the top spot.

"I had a lot of fun racing with Todd (Bodine) and Kyle (Busch)," said Hornaday Jr. "It's a good points day and we will take the solid finish."

Busch Scores 70th NASCAR Victory At Charlotte

Kyle Busch's (No. 18 KBM Toyota) win Friday night in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 was not only Toyota's first Camping World Truck Series victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but it was Busch's 70th NASCAR national series victory -- ninth on the all-time list.

"I have been fortunate to be surrounded by great people," said Busch during the post-race press conference. "When they come (the wins) and you get another one, it's just another tally. I can count probably a good 20 to 30 that I've given up. The scary part is that I have 70 now."

Busch made his first NCWTS start in 2001 at the age of 16. He scored his first career win four years later at Charlotte.

Ron Hornaday Jr. is the only other NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver in the top 10 on the combined win list. He sits eighth with 49 victories -- only five away from scoring his 50th victory in the series.

Three drivers who began their NASCAR national series careers in the series -- Busch, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards -- rank first, fourth and ninth.

Seven of the top 10 have won at least one NCWTS race.

Drivers Looking Forward To "Tricky Triangle" In July

It is not every day you can get drivers to all agree on one thing but Pocono Raceway has done it. Following the race at Dover International Speedway five teams (Germain Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Green Light Racing and Randy Moss Motorsports) made the journey to Pocono to test out the "tricky triangle." The good thing is everyone is in agreement -- the race is going to be one to watch. "Pocono was not like any track I have ever driven," said Austin Dillon (No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet). "The track has characteristics of a road course. You have to be good in each corner to do well."

Though the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has never competed at Pocono, Todd Bodine (No. 30 Germain Racing Toyota) has 13 starts at the track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

"I have been going to Pocono my whole life and I have always ran well," said Bodine. "We learned a lot at the test."

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will hit the track at Pocono on Saturday, July 31.

NCWTS Etc.

Several NASCAR Camping World Series drivers -- Narian Karthikeyan, TJ Bell and Brad Sweet -- will join forces with the NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers at the NASCAR Speedpark at Concord Mills Mall on Wednesday. Drivers will sign autographs for fans and race gokarts head-to-head for charity.

NCWTS drivers and owners are using their good fortune to support others over the next few weeks. Kevin Harvick (No. 2 KHI Chevrolet) will host the JPL Memorial Golf Tournament Presented by The Kevin Harvick Foundation on Wednesday. Ron Hornaday Jr. and Ricky Carmichael (No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet) will play alongside Harvick in the tournament. Kyle Busch will bring his game face to the table Friday when he plays host to the Kyle Busch Foundation Texas Hold'em tournament. Former series champion Todd Bodine will host the first annual Onion Slice Open on July 29 during the Pocono Raceway weekend to benefit pediatric patients with traumatic brain injury and brain disease.

Austin Dillon found adversity at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night, losing the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings lead to Justin Lofton (No. 7 visit-pit.com Toyota), who finished 15th. Lofton now leads Dillon by two points.

Texas native James Buescher (No. 31 Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet) is on a roll, scoring his second consecutive top-five finish of the season at Charlotte. Buescher spent the first part of the 2010 season competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series before focusing on the Truck Series full time beginning in May. He scored his first career top-five finish at Dover in only his second Truck Series start this season.

Toyota leads the way in series victories after seven races with four in 2010. Timothy Peters (Daytona), Kyle Busch (Nashville and Charlotte) and Aric Almirola (Dover) have led the charge in the manufacturers' championship standings.

Up Next: Texas

One week left till the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series celebrates its silver anniversary at Texas Motor Speedway on June 4 with the running of The WinStar World Casino 400. Texas Motor Speedway held its first NCWTS race in 2007. The late Kenny Irwin Jr. scored his second career victory in the inaugural event. Current standings leader Todd Bodine is the defending race winner and the only driver to win at the track five times. Former Truck Series competitor Brendan Gaughan is the only driver to win four races in a row at Texas. He dominated the 1.5-mile oval during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. No driver has ever won in all three series at TMS.

Fast Facts

Next Race: WinStar World Casino 400K
The Place: Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)

The Date: Friday, June 4
The Time: 9 p.m. ET

Race Distance: 400 kilometers/167 laps

TV: SPEED, 8:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SIRIUS XM. (Listen locally on KRLD FM.)

2009 Polesitter: Johnny Sauter
2009 Winner: Todd Bodine

Schedule prior to race: Thursday -- Practice, 11-12:15 p.m. and 12:45-2 p.m. Qualifying, 6 p.m.

-source: nascar

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Johnny Sauter , Ricky Carmichael , Brendan Gaughan , Carl Edwards , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola , Justin Lofton , James Buescher , Brad Sweet , Austin Dillon , Kyle Busch
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Germain Racing , Red Horse Racing