Kentucky: News of note, schedule

* Michael Gaughan To Enter PCRA Hall Of Fame NCTS Etc. Former NASCAR Busch Series champion David Green (No. 1 RFMS/Red Horse Racing Toyota) returns to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this week at Kentucky Speedway. Green has made four ...

* Michael Gaughan To Enter PCRA Hall Of Fame


Former NASCAR Busch Series champion David Green (No. 1 RFMS/Red Horse Racing Toyota) returns to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this week at Kentucky Speedway. Green has made four previous appearances, the most recent in 1997, with a best finish of eighth at the old Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania.

Bill Lester (No. 15 Christian Debt Consolidation Chevrolet) set Kentucky Speedway's one-lap record of 178.141 mph in 2005 -- a week after also winning the Bud Pole at Kansas Speedway. "Our finish didn't warrant the start. Some mechanical issues foiled a top-10 finish and I'd really like to go back there this weekend and bring one home for this Billy Ballew Motorsports team," said Lester, who logged his fourth top-15 finish of the season at Memphis.

Seven champions will compete in Saturday's Built Ford Tough 225 with the addition of 2002 winner Mike Bliss as driver of Bobby Hamilton Racing's No. 4 Open Joist Dodge. Teammate Ken Schrader (No. 18 Fastenal Dodge) will be making his first appearance at Kentucky Speedway.

Mike Skinner has led all 12 of the season's races and goes for a record-breaking 13th in a row in Saturday's race. Skinner has led three previous Kentucky Speedway races for a total of 78 laps. He now has led at least one lap in 16 consecutive starts beginning Oct. 28, 2006 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. That is a continuing series record. Owner Michael Gaughan Gets Hall Of Fame Nod

The B post of Brendan Gaughan's No. 77 South Point Resort Chevrolet will carry the logo of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in honor of his father, Michael Gaughan's induction into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Unfortunately for both Gaughans, the induction will take place Saturday while Brendan is competing in the Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway.

He will, however, be with his father in spirit.

"Over the years, I have had to miss quite a few special occasions with football, basketball and racing and that's just part of trying to live your own life," said driver Gaughan. "But this is one event that I would really like to be at. He was at my induction into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame a few years back. For this induction, he's going to have all his buddies around. It's going to be hard not to be there to see him. I think the best thing we can do, though, is to go out and try to win a race for him on this day, which would be kind of fun."

The elder Gaughan is a longtime PRCA member, stock contractor and supporter of the association's championship finals in Las Vegas.

Leader Toyota Seeks First Kentucky Victory

Toyota, the 2006 manufacturers' champion and current point leader, is 0-for-3 in races at Kentucky Speedway.

Chevrolet is the track's leader among truck makers with three victories including the past two.

Dodge and Ford have won twice.

Chevrolet and Mike Bliss hold the track's race record at 143.515 mph set in 2002.

In The Loop: Sprague, Darnell And Setzer Strong In Memphis

Going into the second half of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule, the story will focus on those drivers chasing point leader Mike Skinner.

Problem is, this weekend's race at Kentucky Speedway might not offer the best chance to make up ground.

Skinner is a master of the 1.5-mile track -- which Kentucky is -- and has excelled at there in recent years.

He finished fourth in 2005 and last year led 24 laps before an accident took him out of the race. He also leads many of the Loop Data categories going into this race.

Of those competing this weekend, Skinner owns the top marks in Kentucky-specific Average Running Position (6.8), Driver Rating (117.3), Fastest Laps Run (37), Fastest Green Flag Speed and Speed in Traffic (speed when there is another truck within one truck-length under green).

Ron Hornaday Jr is the only driver within striking distance of Skinner -- 103 points. He's also one of the few drivers besides Skinner who could end up in Kentucky's Victory Lane. Hornaday won there last year -- if he does it again Saturday, he would be the first repeat winner at Kentucky -- and has impressive stats at the Sparta track.

Over the last two Kentucky races, Hornaday has an Average Running Position of 8.5, a Driver Rating of 109.7, 277 Laps in the Top 15 and 52 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green).

Tim Sauter (No. 07 Lester Buildings Chevrolet) went five races into the season before scoring his first top-20 finish. The Wisconsin driver, one of three Sauter brothers to compete in the series, has been out of the top 20 in just one of the most recent seven events with a best finish of 11th at Memphis Motorsports Park. Sauter has climbed from sixth to second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year rankings.

Up Next: O'Reilly Raceway Park

It's back home in Indiana for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on July 27 with the tour's 13th consecutive visit to the .686-mile O'Reilly Raceway Park.

The Power Stroke Diesel 200 presented by Ford and International kicks off NASCAR's annual Indianapolis speed fest that concludes with the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 29.

As many as seven former ORP winners will be in the starting field as Mike Skinner and Jack Sprague attempt to become the track's first three-time winner.


Next Race: Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers

The Place: Kentucky Speedway
The Date: July 14

The Time: 8 p.m. (ET)
TV: SPEED, 7:30 p.m. (ET)

Track Layout: 1.5 mile oval

Race Purse: $767,050

2006 Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr.
2006 Pole: Marcos Ambrose

Schedule: Friday -- Practice 2:30 p.m. -- 3:40 p.m.; 3:50 p.m. -- 4:20 p.m. (rookies) and 6:30 p.m. -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday -- Qualifying 4:00 p.m

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Mike Skinner , Ken Schrader , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , David Green , Tim Sauter , Marcos Ambrose , Bill Lester , Brendan Gaughan , Mike Bliss
Teams Red Horse Racing