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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News And Notes - Open Week April 19, 2010 Young Guns Making Strong Statement Early In Season In 2010, it is good to be 30 and under with just four races complete on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ...

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News And Notes - Open Week
April 19, 2010

Young Guns Making Strong Statement Early In Season

In 2010, it is good to be 30 and under with just four races complete on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. Six of the top 10 in the point standings are under the age of 30 and changing the face of this series.

Series standings leader Timothy Peters (No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota) was born Aug. 29, 1980 (29) and he leads the young contingent of drivers this season posting a win at Daytona, three top fives and four top 10s in the first four races of the season.

Second in the standings, Aric Almirola (No. 51 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota) is 82 points behind Peters. Almirola was born March 14, 1984 (26) and the young driver is carrying the Billy Ballew Motorsports banner this year, posting one top five and three top 10s this season.

Seventh and eighth in the standings are two 30-year-olds, Ricky Carmichael (No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet) and Jason White (No. 23 Dodge). Carmichael, born Nov. 27, 1979, has posted two top 10s in the first four races of the season, and White, born July 5, 1979, has been hot out of the gate, sitting on the pole at Daytona and going on to finish in the top five at the famed 2.5 mile superspeedway.

Rounding out the six young drivers in the top 10 are the two youngest, Tayler Malsam (No. 56 Toyota Tundra Toyota) was born Feb. 15, 1989 (21), and the only owner-driver of the group, Kyle Busch (No. 18 Dollar General Toyota) born May 2, 1985 (24). Busch is coming off a win at Nashville Superspeedway, giving his new organization, Kyle Busch Motorsports, its first victory. Busch has posted one win, two top fives and a pole in the three starts he has made this season.

Skinner Can Rebound With This Next Stretch Of The Season

Last season, Randy Moss Motorsports signed Mike Skinner (No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RV Toyota) and in just five races, he gave team owner Randy Moss his first win in the series. Skinner captured the checkered flag in the weather-shortened event at Kansas Speedway. He went on to finish the 2009 season third in the points. He posted three wins (Kansas, Iowa and Gateway), eight top fives and 17 top 10s.

Following his win at Kansas, Skinner rallied off three top fives and six top 10s in the next eight races, making this next stretch of the season pivotal in his climb back into championship contention in 2010.

Skinner's last season win at Kansas was no fluke. Skinner has made six starts at the 1.5-mile speedway and has one win, five top fives and two poles.

Skinner has started 2010 off slow, with a DNF at Daytona, followed up by a 14th-place finish at Atlanta and 27th-place finish at Martinsville. But Skinner rebounded at Nashville, posting his first top 10 of the season.

The 2010 NASCAR Season-to-Date Loop Data shows Skinner is ranked fifth in the Average Running Position category (9.908) and is ranked fifth in Laps In The Top 15 with 82.7% of his laps completed in the top 15.

In The Loop: Hornaday Picking Up Speed After Slow Start

A sixth-place points position after four races is no reason to panic.

But that's where Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 Longhorn Chevrolet) currently resides, and it's the second-worst standings spot of his career after four races.

Hornaday has normally gotten off to strong starts. Only this season and 2006, when he was 19th, has Hornaday been outside the top five in points after four events.

But, again, there's no need to fret. Hornaday's standings position has everything to do with poor finishes in the first two races. At Daytona, he finished 27th; at Atlanta he was 34th.

His last two finishes -- a second at Martinsville and a third at Nashville -- were more befitting a four-time series champion.

Hornaday's season is a tale of two halves.

In the first two, Hornaday had an average finish of 30.5, a Driver Rating of 85.9, an Average Running Position of 24.2, a Pass Differential (passes minus times passed) of minus-3, a Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 24% and three Fastest Laps Run.

In the last two, Hornaday had an average finish of 2.5, a Driver Rating of 112.2, an Average Running Position of 5.9, a Pass Differential of plus-28, a Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 88% and 32 Fastest Laps Run.

Now Hornaday heads to a track at which he has had great success -- Kansas Speedway. In the previous five Kansas races, Hornaday has a Driver Rating of 118.9, an Average Running Position of 5.9, 217 Laps Led and a Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 90.3%. In his 2008 Kansas win, Hornaday scored a perfect Driver Rating of 150.0.


More From Series Leader Timothy Peters

"During the off weeks I've just been itching to get back racing," Peters said. "I've been at the shop a lot, and working on some things that needed to be taken care of at home. I've been going to South Boston Speedway for my racing fix as well. This Saturday I have the honor of serving as the Grand Marshall for the spring fling in my hometown of Providence, N.C.

"It feels good to be atop the point standings right now. We are doing whatever is takes to stay up there. It increases the stress when everyone is chasing after you. The most important thing we are focused on is to stay out of trouble on the race track. If we are going to keep the points lead, I have to be making smart decisions each and every lap. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going."

KBM: A Powerhouse Team Early

The country music center, Nashville, Tenn., was the site of Kyle Busch Motorsports' first win of the season. And how fitting was it for the owner-driver, Kyle Busch (No. 18 Dollar General Toyota), to get his team their first win, becoming the second-youngest owner-driver to win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series?

"I'm very fortunate that I have great people, starting with Rick Ren, but a lot of other guys who work really hard and have enabled KBM to get off to a good start," said Busch.

"The support from Toyota has been great. You want to make sure everybody is achieving and striving for the right goals. I've learned more lessons in this short time period than I ever have."

Busch has posted one win and two top five finishes in his three starts this season.

Also, Busch's teammate, Tayler Malsam, (No. 56 Toyota Tundra Toyota) is doing well this season. He currently is ninth in the series standings after posting four top-20 finishes in the first four races of the season.

2008 Series Champion Benson Returns

Johnny Benson (No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota), the 2008 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, will make his series return driving for owner Billy Ballew at Kansas Speedway and Dover International Speedway.

Benson has already made two starts this season, finishing eighth at Daytona driving for Danny Gill and finishing fifth at Martinsville driving for Ballew.

Carmichael Staying Active In ARCA

Ricky Carmichael (No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet) participated in the ARCA event at Texas this past weekend, finishing 25th. He is scheduled to race at Talladega this coming weekend as well.

Up Next: Kansas Speedway

One week left until the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to high impact, side-by-side racing at Kansas Speedway for the May 2 O'Reilly 250.

Kansas Speedway hosted its first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in 2001, which was won by Ricky Hendrick. In the nine events hosted by the 1.5-mile speedway there has never been a repeat winner, but owner Jack Roush leads the way amongst truck owner wins, with 3.

Fast Facts

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

2009 Polesitter: Ron Hornaday Jr.
2009 Winner: Mike Skinner

Saturday -- Practice, 9-10:10 a.m., 10:40-11:50 a.m. Qualifying, 3:35 p.m.

-source: nascar

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Johnny Benson , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ricky Hendrick , Jason White , Ricky Carmichael , Jack Roush , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola , Tayler Malsam , Kyle Busch
Teams Red Horse Racing