Talladega: Series round 22 preview

*Bodine vs. Busch: Battle Worth Watching *Inside The Cockpit With Turner Motorsports' Buescher *'HallowDega' Brings Back Halloween Memories Bodine Vs. Busch: Battle Worth Watching Though it would seem Todd Bodine (No. 30 Germain.com Toyota)...

*Bodine vs. Busch: Battle Worth Watching
*Inside The Cockpit With Turner Motorsports' Buescher
*'HallowDega' Brings Back Halloween Memories

Bodine Vs. Busch: Battle Worth Watching

Though it would seem Todd Bodine (No. 30 Germain.com Toyota) has all but wrapped up the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers' standings, the owners' standings display a totally different story.

Bodine's team owner -- Steve Germain -- holds a mere 39 point lead over Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota Tundra TRAXXAS Toyota)

A battle so close that neither Bodine nor Busch gained or lost a point at Martinsville.

"We have a good set of four races to go," said Kyle Busch, owner of Kyle Busch Motorsports. "Of course Talladega is kind of a crap shoot. Anything can happen there. I look forward to it. I think we have a good shot at this. It is something I really want to do. I know Todd and the Germain Motorsports team want to make sure I don't win the owner's championship. Hoping I can go out there and steal a little bit of their thunder and win Kyle Busch Motorsports a championship in its first year out.

It would be easy to assume that Saturday's Mountain Dew 250 Fueled by Fred's would be an automatic wild card, but not with these two.

Busch is the defending race champion and Bodine is the only driver to score multiple wins (2007 and 2008) at the 2.66-mile tri-oval.

And when Busch won a year ago, Bodine finished third. When Bodine won in 2008, Busch also came home third.

"The truck we are racing is the same truck we've used for all four of our superspeedway wins," said Mike Hillman Jr., crew chief for Bodine. "We know this truck. A lot of that confidence comes from all of the hard work put into this truck by the guys in the paint shop, the fab shop, and by our team members. And a lot of our confidence comes from the guy behind the wheel--Todd Bodine. He has a unique talent for tracks like Talladega."

In the final four races of 2009, Busch won twice (Talladega Superspeedway /Texas Motor Speedway). Bodine has 11 wins at the final four tracks on the circuit.

Truck Series Venues Making 2011 More Fan Friendly

Nashville Superspeedway and Darlington Raceway announced fan-friendly ticket packages for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2011.

Nashville Superspeedway will offer seasons tickets for $129 and junior season tickets for $40 for fans 14 years old and younger for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series doubleheaders on April 22-23 and July 22-23.

"Combining our 2011 race dates into two race weekends was the first step towards giving race fans a more efficient way to come see a race," said Cliff Hawks, vice president and general manager of Nashville Superspeedway. "Now with our revised season ticket pricing, fans can take advantage of one of the most affordable season ticket packages available in the sport."

The series returns for the Too Tough To Tame 200 on Saturday, March 12 for the running of the sixth truck series race at Darlington Raceway. All general admission seating will be free for youths age 17 and under.

"NASCAR is a family sport and we want to make Darlington Raceway as family friendly as possible," said Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning. "We have free parking on our property and allow fans to bring outside food and drink into our facility, and the new special youth pricing will make the trip to Darlington even more affordable for families."

Inside The Cockpit With Turner Motorsports' James Buescher

At first glance you would have no idea James Buescher (No. 31 Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet) did not compete in the first three races of the season. In just 18 races he has garnished six top-fives and eight top-10s and sits 13th in the series standings only 113 points outside the top-10.

Though not originally what he planned for in 2010, a change early in the season proved to the right one for the Texas native.

Question: At the beginning of the 2010 season your plans included a limited NCWTS season and a full NNS season. You ended up parting ways with the NNS team and turning your focus to the remainder of the truck season. Obviously, now it was the right decision - Was that a hard decision at the time?

Buescher: I just wanted to have the opportunity to run for the win each and every week. I know that all the folks at Tuner Motorsports have worked hard all year to build competitive trucks that are capable of winning races and as a driver that is all I can ask for. Everyone on both the No. 31 and No. 4 teams have put in a lot of long hours to get us to this point. We have had fast trucks all year, but we are now able to put the entire package together. I am very fortunate to have this opportunity and I am making the most of it.

Question: Your average finish in 2009 was 16th out of 25 races. Your average finish in 2010 with four races to go is 10th. What did you learn last year that helped you not have the traditional sophomore slump?

Buescher: I think going back to race tracks with experience is invaluable. I know what the truck is going to do and we can focus our practice sessions on getting the truck better rather than get me comfortable with the track. I also think having confidence in my crew chief Mike Shelton and the No. 31 team are huge. When I say the truck is loose or tight they know what I mean and how to fix it. We spend a lot of time working on the adjustments we will make during the race so I know what to expect. It is the entire package. We have such great people at Turner Motorsports who all work together to make this team so strong.

Question: What do you think it will take to get that first win?

Buescher: At the beginning of the year we set some goals one of which was to win a race. We have been competitive and had opportunities to go to victory lane. We just need to continue to put ourselves in position and it will happen. The competition is so tough in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. There are so many great drivers. I know that we will win. It is just a matter of time.

Schrader: Will Start First Talladega Truck Race This Weekend

Ken Schrader will run his final race of the season with Kevin Harvick Inc. this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, and the versatile veteran will look to keep his perfect top-10 finish streak with the team alive.

Schrader has run six races with KHI, and all six have resulted in top 10s. Two those were top fives (at Texas and Iowa). Competing in arguably the top equipment in the series clearly suits Schrader. In those six races, he has averaged a finish of 8.0. In the two races this season he ran in a non-KHI truck (both with his own team's No. 52 Chevrolet), his average finish was 26.0.

Not surprisingly, Schrader's 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stats have been solid with KHI this year: a Driver Rating of 88.0, an Average Running Position of 11.0, seven Fastest Laps Run and an Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 89.2.

Though he has yet to start a Talladega truck race, Schrader is no stranger to the massive Alabama track. He has 53 combined starts in NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series competition -- two of which were wins.

He won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race there in 1988, and a NASCAR Nationwide event in 1994. Overall at Talladega, he has seven top fives and 15 top 10s.

NASCAR Nationwide Series/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Banquet 2010The 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series/ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards Banquet is set for Monday, Nov. 22 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

This is the second year the series have been combined and will celebrate the driver and owner champions in both series. Drivers in both series who finish in positions 2-5 in the standings also will be featured on-stage, while those drivers in positions 6-10 also will be recognized for their accomplishments.

SPEED personalities Rick Allen and Krista Voda will host the banquet for the second consecutive year. Additionally, comedian Tom Papa (http://www.tompapa.com/bio.html), who was personally chosen by Jerry Seinfeld to host the popular NBC show "The Marriage Ref" and has toured with Seinfeld for nearly a decade, will entertain the crowd. The banquet will air on SPEED on Friday, Dec. 3 from 7-9 p.m. ET as a lead in to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet broadcast, also on SPEED.

NCWTS, Etc.

The Mountain Dew 250 Fueled by Fred's will be the fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Toyota Tundra drivers (Todd Bodine and Kyle Busch) have won the last three races at the 2.66-mile tri-oval.

Ken Schrader (No. 2 Moore's Marinade Chevrolet) will make his final start for Kevin Harvick Inc. in 2010. He has finished in the top-10 in his six previous starts for KHI. However, Schrader will not be the only one representing Moore's Marinade -- a Birmingham, Ala.-based company -- this weekend. The Moore's Marinade cooking team will compete in DEGAQUE Alabama Barbeque Championship on Saturday, Oct. 30th on Talladega grounds for a grand prize of $50,000.

Jeffrey Earnhardt (No. 6 Firestop-FWI-Fuel Doctor Dodge) returns to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this weekend for his fourth start in the series this season. He scored a career-high 18th place finish in his last outing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last month. It will be his -- the grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s -- first start at Talladega.

Craig Goess (No. 46 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota) will make his NASCAR debut this weekend at Talladega this weekend. The 29-year-old driver finished second in the ARCA Racing Series standings in 2010. He finished fourth in the ARCA race held at the superspeedway in April.

More than 40,000 votes have been cast for the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series most popular balloting. Fans can visit www.nascar.com and vote for their favorite driver on the NCWTS page.

Fans also may write-in their favorite driver who is not among the nominees by sending an e-mail to fanfeedback@nascar.com to submit their write-in vote. Voting ends on Nov. 12.

The winner will be announced at the NCWTS postseason banquet. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series awards will again take place in South Florida at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on Monday, Nov. 22.

'HallowDega' Brings Halloween Memories

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors will not be the only thing rolling into Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. Plenty of ghosts and goblins will be onsite for the famed 'HallowDega' race weekend.

Mario Gosselin (No. 12 Tire Monkey Chevrolet) -- who scored his first career top 10 last season at Talladega -- reflects on his favorite Halloween memory. "My favorite costumes are last year's monkey costumes made for my girls by Granny for the sponsor debut of Tire Monkey. I trick or treat with my daughters, we go to the in-laws neighborhood and follow them on the John Deere gator - watch them run house to house. Then I inspect the candy for safety and dad gets all the "bad" kit kats."

"Angie and I have a blast dressing up our three year old Doberman (Tundra) each year for Halloween," said Mike Skinner (No. 5 Exide Toyota). "This year Tundra is going to dress up as SIRIUS NASCAR radio host Dave Moody."

Ricky Carmichael (No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet) used to host an annual Halloween party at his Tallahassee, Fla. home, but since the birth of his twins Halloween has a new meaning. "Seeing what everyone would come dressed up as was always my favorite thing about hosting a party, but now that I have kids, it puts a whole new meaning to dressing up," said Carmichael. "It's fun to watch them dress up and go trick or treating. I love seeing how excited they get when they get candy."

Up Next: Texas Motor Speedway

Bragging rights are on the line next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Todd Bodine (No. 30 Germain.com Toyota) and Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota Tundra TRAXXAS Toyota) are currently tide for the most wins at Texas in NASCAR competition with six.

Bodine won the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the speedway in June and Busch comes into the November 5th weekend the defending race winner.

The WinStar World Casino 350k will be the 26th running of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the 1.5-mile track.

In previous 25 races 13 different winners have visited victory lane.

Most Popular Driver 2010

More than 40,000 votes have been cast for the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series most popular balloting. Fans can visit www.nascar.com and vote for their favorite driver on the NCWTS page.

Fans also may write-in their favorite driver who is not among the nominees by sending an e-mail to fanfeedback@nascar.com to submit their write-in vote. Voting ends on Nov. 12.

The winner will be announced at the NCWTS postseason banquet. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series awards will again take place in South Florida at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on Monday, Nov. 22.

Fast Facts

The Race: Mountain Dew 250 Fueled By Fred's
The Place: Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile tri-oval)

The Date: Saturday, Oct. 30
The Time: 3 p.m. ET

Race Distance: 94 laps/250.04 miles

TV: SPEED, 3:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SIRIUS NASCAR Radio Channel 128 (Listen Locally on 92.7 WTDR-FM)

2009 Polesitter: Colin Braun
2009 Winner: Kyle Busch

Pre-Race Day Local Schedule (All times CT):
Friday: Practice, 9-11 a.m. Qualifying, 3:40 p.m.

-source: nascar

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , Ken Schrader , Kevin Harvick , Colin Braun , Ricky Carmichael , Mario Gosselin , James Buescher , Jeffrey Earnhardt , Craig Goess , Kyle Busch
Teams Turner Motorsport , Kyle Busch Motorsports