NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News And Notes Harvick's Season Starting Strong Across The Board Kevin Harvick (No. 2 Charter Communications Chevrolet) is currently fourth in the points standings in all three of NASCAR's national...
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News And Notes
Harvick's Season Starting Strong Across The Board
Kevin Harvick (No. 2 Charter Communications Chevrolet) is currently fourth in the points standings in all three of NASCAR's national series.
In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Harvick has only started three of the first four races, but has posted two wins (Martinsville and Nashville) and three top fives. He is 106 points behind standings leader Timothy Peters (No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota) and only 13 points back from third-place Todd Bodine (No. 30 Germain.com Toyota).
Harvick also is ranked first in NASCAR's Season- To-Date Loop Data with a Driver Rating of 139.9.
Harvick's success is trickling down to the whole Kevin Harvick Inc organization. His teammate, Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 Longhorn Chevrolet), has turned his season around after a slow start, posting a second-place finish at Martinsville and a third-place finish at Nashville.
But Harvick isn't just doing well in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season. He has posted two top fives and four top 10s in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and is 112 points behind the series' standings leader Jimmie Johnson.
And to boot, Harvick has posted two wins and five top fives in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season as well and is 45 points behind series standings leader Brad Keselowski.
Harvick and his wife, DeLana Harvick, also sit atop the NASCAR Camping World Truck owner points standings with a slim two-point lead over Tom DeLoach and his No. 17 truck driven by Timothy Peters.
Todd Bodine Poised For Another Championship Run
The 2006 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Todd Bodine (No. 30 Germain.com Toyota), finished the 2009 season fourth in the championship points standings and this season he has picked right back up where he left off. Bodine has three top fives and three top 10s and only one DNF this season after his truck overheated at Martinsville. Bodine finished second at Daytona to Timothy Peters and has a pair of fifth- place finishes at Atlanta and Nashville.
Bodine is third in the 2010 points standings after the first four races of the season. He is 11 points behind second-place Aric Almirola (No. 51 Graceway Pharmaceuticals) and 93 points back from the series' standings leader, Timothy Peters.
"We've started off good and that's what we needed to do," said Bodine. "We don't worry about momentum or anything like that. We just go to each race to win the race and if we can't win, we do the best we can. That's how to win championships. We have to be sure we get the best out of the race truck we can for that day, we just focus each week on putting the Germain.com Tundra out front," said Bodine.
Bodine won at Kansas Speedway in 2005, his first full season in the series. In six starts at Kansas he has one win and three top 10s.
By The Numbers: Loop Data Stats Tell Interesting 2010 Story
Unpredictability and competitive balance have highlighted the first four races of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.
The prime example: Timothy Peters holds the championship points lead, not a past champion like Ron Hornaday Jr. or Todd Bodine or Mike Skinner. Peters is ahead of another surprise -- Aric Almirola -- by 82 points.
Here are some other numbers that highlight the first four events:
.839 -- Average margin of victory, in seconds, over the first four races.
17 -- Different drivers who have led at least one lap this season.
73 -- Green Flag Passes for the Lead, all along the track, this season. That's the most through four races since the inception of Loop Data in 2005.
57 -- The Pass Differential (passes minus times passed) of Peters, best in the truck series. His passing statistics might illustrate why he's also the points leader. In addition, he heads the series in Green Flag Passes overall (167) and Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), with 149.
3 -- Number of different Keystone Light Pole Award winners and race winners. Speaking to the competitive balance, the only driver with multiple wins is Kevin Harvick, and no driver has multiple poles. (Qualifying was canceled at Martinsville Speedway.)
11 -- Average number of lead changes this season. In 2009, the average number of lead changes was nine.
166 -- Fastest Laps Run by Kevin Harvick, most in the series. Despite missing the Daytona race, Harvick leads a number of statistical categories: Laps Led (287), Driver Rating (139.9) and Average Running Position (2.2).
23 -- Drivers who have at least one top-10 finish this season. Only Peters has a top 10 in each race.
Ron Hornaday Jr. Honored In California
Ron Hornaday Jr. gets his way, literally. The four--time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion was honored this past week in Palmdale, Calif., by having a street named after him, the 'Ron Hornaday Way' .
"Ron has had the opportunity to do a lot of things in his life," said team owner Kevin Harvick. "He has raced with some of the greatest drivers, won championships and had a lot of fun along the way. I'm really proud of Ron for his accomplishments and grateful for his friendship. I'm glad that Palmdale is honoring him in such a fitting way," said Harvick.
Hornaday is sixth in the points standings after posting two top fives in the first four races of the season.
No Sophomore Slump For Carmichael
The American Motorcyclist Association's alltime greatest, Ricky Carmichael (No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet), came to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last season with one of the biggest learning curves to overcome, switching from two wheels to four. Though, he dominated the AMA circuit posting 15 championships over the years, he only posted two top 10s last season in 18 starts and finished the season 22nd in the points.
But this season Carmichael has already matched his last season record with two tops 10s finishing sixth at Atlanta and 10th at Martinsville.
He is currently seventh in the standings, 10 points behind Ron Hornaday Jr. in sixth and 188 points behind the points leader, Timothy Peters.
"I cannot tell you how much more confident I am this season than I was last season," said Carmichael. "Several races last year I just didn't feel like I deserved to be out there. This season I know I can race with them. Last year, I spent so much time concentrating on learning the track and what line to run each weekend. Now I feel like we can actually unload and go after it. Heading to the race track has always been fun for me, but now it really is."
During the down time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, he will be competing in two ARCA events at Texas and Talladega.
Next Race: O'Reilly 250
The Place: Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
The Date: Sunday, May 2
The Time: 1 p.m. ET
Race Distance: 250.5 miles/167 laps
TV: SPEED, 12:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SIRIUS XM
2009 Polesitter: Ron Hornaday Jr.
2009 Winner: Mike Skinner
Schedule Prior To Race Day:
Saturday -- Practice, 9-10:10 a.m., 10:40- 11:50 a.m. Qualifying, 3:35 p.m.