On November 4th, The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rolls into Texas Motor Speedway to start race twenty four out of twenty five on the Truck Series Season Schedule. Last season as well as in 2009, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader wrapped up the championship with a race remaining on the schedule. That's not likely to happen in 2011. With 15 points covering the top four title contenders it's virtually assured the championship won't be settled until the final lap of the last race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 18. Practice and Qualifying for the Truck Series took place Thursday, November 3rd.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series had two practice sessions on Thursday. Johnny Sauter, driving the #13-SafeAuto/Curb Records Chevrolet for ThorSport Racing, had the fastest lap with a top speed of 181.391 mph to lead the opening practice session for the Win Star World Casino 350k at Texas Motor Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #29-Parker Kligerman, #18-Kyle Busch, #88-Matt Crafton, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #8-Nelson Piquet Jr., #60-Cole Whitt, #2-Kevin Harvick, #21-Ty Dillon #31-James Buescher. There were 34 trucks on track for the opening session.
James Buescher, driving the #31-Exide Chevrolet for Turner Motor Sports, was quickest in the final practice session for the Win Star World Casino 350k at Texas Motor Speedway with a top speed of 180.626 mph. Rounding out the top ten were; #8-Nelson Piquet Jr., #88-Matt Crafton, #21-Ty Dillon, #3-Austin Dillon, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #22-Joey Coulter, #2-Kevin Harvick, #13-Johnny Sauter, #18-Kyle Busch. There were 37 trucks on track for the final session.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying was Thursday night. James Buescher won the Keystone Light Pole for the Wind Star World Casino 350K at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 181.062 mph. This is his third career pole; all coming in 2011.Starting Lineup for the 13th Annual Win Star World Casino 350 k at Texas Motor Speedway: 1.) James Buescher 2.) Austin Dillon 3.)Blake Feese 4.) Kyle Busch 5.)Ricky Carmichael 6.)Justin Lofton 7.) Nelson Piquet Jr 8.) Ty Dillon 9.) Ron Hornaday Jr 10.) Kevin Harvick 11.)Matt Crafton 12.)Johnny Sauter 13.) Parker Kligerman 14.) Joey Coulter 15.) Timothy Peters 16.) David Star 17) Miguel Paludo 18.) Cole Whitt 19.)Todd Bodine 20.) Johanna Long 21.) Brendan Gaughan 22.) Johnny Chapman 23.)Jason White 24.) Max Papis 25.) BJ McLeod 26.) Ryan Sieg 27.)Clay Greenfield 28.) Rick Crawford 29.)Jake Crum 30.) Mike Garvey31.) TJ Bell 32.) Mike Harmon 33.) Ross Chastain 34.) Jack Smith 35.) Chris Jones 36.) Jennifer Jo Cobb DNQ: #65 Tim Andrews; #57 Norm Benning; #76 Derek White.
The 19-year-old RCR driver, grandson of team owner Richard Childress, will make his first start at Texas Motor Speedway and second career NCWTS start this weekend in the WinStar Casino 350k. Dillon made his first career NCWTS start at Kentucky Speedway in October. This weekend's #21 Chevrolet will adorn a new design for the WinStar World Casino 350k at Texas Motor Speedway. Dillon and Company welcome Sherwin-Williams and Cain Food Industries to the truck. Sherwin Williams joins Dillon and the #21 team this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway -- the nation's largest specialty retailer of paint, stains, coatings, wall coverings and sundry items. Also on board, Cain Food Industries, Inc. providing a local link to the Lone Star State for the #21 team this weekend. Founded by Ernie and Billie Cain and now in its third generation of family ownership, Cain takes pride in being your preferred supplier of technical baking ingredients and has more than 40 years of experience in their business.
The Big Red Tundra has taken to the track twice this season, once with Germain Racing driver Brendan Gaughan behind the wheel at Texas Motor Speedway in June, and in July with Germain Racing driver Todd Bodine steering the #5 Big Red/International Trucks Tundra for Randy Moss Motor sports at Indianapolis Raceway Park. This weekend, Texas fans are in for another Big Red weekend as Bodine will race the Big Red Tundra on Friday night. Bodine has amassed six wins at Texas Motor Speedway as part of Germain Racing's win count of seven at the Fort Worth track.
Jake Crum and Bandit will once again be joining forces for the Win Star World Casino 350, November 4th at Texas Motor Speedway. Crum will be behind the wheel of the #55 Bandit Chippers.com Chevrolet Silverado. Bandit will once again be the sole sponsor for Jake and Team Crum Racing, though the Tree Care Industry Association and the American Loggers Council will also be displayed on the truck. With the annual TCIA Expo taking place in Connecticut during the race and the largest, cleanest biomass power plant in Texas now up and running just a few hours from the speedway, the timing couldn't be better to help raise awareness for these two organizations.
Johanna Long and the Panhandle Motors sports team will return to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series action on Friday, November 4 in the WinStar World Casino 350K at Texas Motor Speedway. Long and the Panhandle Grading and Paving team are pleased to welcome Pegasus Helicopter Group on board at Texas Motor Speedway. The Pegasus Helicopter is a new unique helicopter design concept using pressure jet technology. The technology is so significant that it reduces demands on the pilot by dramatically reducing torque and virtually eliminating the dead man's curve. The vehicle is as easy to operate as a five-speed car. Robert Zummo, CEO Pegasus Helicopter Group says, "We are thrilled to team with Panhandle Grading and Paving and Long. This is our first teaming arrangement in NASCAR and we specifically chose Long because we believe she is on the brink of stardom. Her driving ability is astonishing for a 19 year old female and we look forward to watching her mature in the 2012 season.
MB Motor sports and Seal Wrap will wrap up their 2011 program to support Operation Home front at Texas Motor Speedway in the Win Star World Casino 350K. Jack Smith will be making his third start at the fast 1.5 mile quad-oval in the #63 Seal Wrap / Operation Home front Ford for MB Motor sports. MB Motor sports and Seal Wrap will wrap up their 2011 program to support Operation Home front at Texas Motor Speedway in the Win Star World Casino 350K. Jack Smith will be making his third start at the fast 1.5 mile quad-oval in the #63 Seal Wrap / Operation Home front Ford for MB Motor sports. Operation Home front provides direct services to alleviate a military family's or individual's actual/complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support. To volunteer, contact your local operation home front chapter. You can make an automatic $5 donation by texting HERO to 50555.
Kyle Busch Motor sports is thrilled to announce that 10-year-old Gabe Bridges-Aldridge from Justin, Texas was selected the winner of the "Riding Shotgun with Kyle Busch Motor sports" essay contest for Texas Motor Speedway. Bridges-Aldridge's name and picture will adorn the area above the passenger side window of the #18 Traxxas Tundra for the WinStar World Casino 350k NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday, Nov. 4. Bridges-Aldridge and his family will have the opportunity to attend Friday's event compliments of Texas Motor Speedway and will get the chance to meet Busch on the starting grid prior to the race. Bridges-Aldridge, a student at Clara Love Elementary School, had his essay selected as the winner among submissions from children ages 5-12 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. "The most important thing in life is when you play your best and that's what makes a winner," Brides-Aldridge proclaimed in his essay. "I know even if we lose, we still win with him as our coach. He teaches us to never give up on the team or ourselves and I will never give up”.
The #32 Chevy Silverado will have a new look on track this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen will adorn the hood of Blake Feese's #32 machine. Created by former Mexican professional wrestler Cyclone Anaya, the Mexican eatery has become a staple in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston areas. The restaurant serves up "Fine Mex," a blend of the traditional and the modern. This will be Blake Feese's first NASCAR Truck Series start at Texas Motor Speedway.
Every time you have Sprint Cup drivers in a Truck Series race, you know they have a really good shot at winning. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are in the field this weekend at Texas so keep an eye on them two! Austin Dillon is currently the points leader by 11 points over James Buescher, so expect to see Austin doing his best to run upfront and compete for the win so he can stay the points leader. Race Fans you do not want to miss the second to last race in the 2011 Truck Series Season. To watch the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Wind Star World Casino 350K Race at Texas Motor Speedway, you have to tune into the SPEED Channel at 8p.m ET Friday and get ready to be at the edge of your seat until the Checkered flag waves in the air!