NCWTS: Kentucky Motor Speedway- Kentucky 225 Race Preview

September 28, 2011 No Comments

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Date: Saturday October 1st, 2011

Time: 8 p.m.(ET)

Track: Kentucky Motor Speedway – Sparta, Kentucky

Laps/Miles: 150 Laps/225 Miles

Broadcast: Television- SPEED ; Radio-MRN ; Sirius XM Channel (Check Listings)


Saturday: High-59°F ; Low-41°F

0% Chance of rain

Winds N at 4mph

Driver Watch 

To Watch: Austin Dillon, Ron Hornaday Jr., Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton

To Avoid: Max Papis and Brendan Gaughan

Analysis: Austin Dillon is on a tear after finishing first and second respectively in the past two races, claiming the points lead last weekend in New Hampshire. Ron Hornaday has two wins at the Kentucky Speedway in seven career starts, and with being in the “dominant” #2 truck for KHI this weekend, he could pick up his 50th career win Saturday night. Johnny Sauter all but had this race won back in July until the rear axle broke in the closing laps of the event. Being in the points chase, Sauter needs to have a solid run for a chance a wrestling the points lead away from Dillon. Matt Crafton is a guy that just flies under the radar, but always seems to have good runs. In 11 starts at Kentucky, Crafton has seven top 10′s with a best finish of third (twice).

Sleepers: Nelson Piquet Jr., Parker Kligerman, Ty Dillon


-Austin Dillon holds a one point advantage over James Buescher after his performance last Saturday at Loudon, New Hampshire.

-For the first time, the “tailgaters” make a second stop at the Kentucky Speedway. In the July event, Sauter had what appeared to the be truck to beat throughout the race. That was until Sauter broke a rear axle in the closing laps of the race. Kyle Busch went on to win the event after starting in the back of the pack and beating Joey Coulter on a late race restart.

-With another week in the books, the title fight gets a little more interesting. The points gap between the contenders is even closer with Dillon leading Buescher by just one point with six races remaining. Sauter sits just six points back from first. Timothy Peters, Ron Hornaday and Matt Crafton all remain in striking distance of the lead but will need to continue to contend for wins if they want to remain “in the hunt”.

Entry List 

#2 Ron Hornaday Jr. Hollywood Casino Chevrolet

#3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/ Tracker Boats Chevrolet

#4 Ricky Carmichael Monster Energy Chevrolet

#5 Todd Bodine International Trucks/ Monaco RV’s Toyota

#6 Justin Lofton Chevrolet

#7 Miguel Paludo Stemco Duroline Toyota

#07 John King TBA Toyota

#8 Nelson Piquet Jr. KHI Chevrolet

#9 Max Papis GEICO Toyota

#13 Johnny Sauter Safe Auto Curb Records Chevrolet

#17 Timothy Peters Big O Tires-Service Central Toyota

#18 Brian Ickler Toyota Toyota

#21 Ty Dillon Bad Boy Buggies-Realtree Chevrolet

#22 Joey Coulter RCR Graphics Center Chevrolet

#23 Jason White Chevrolet

#29 Parker Kligerman Penske Truck Rental Dodge

#31 James Buescher Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet

#32 Blake Feese TBA Chevrolet

#33 Cale Gale Rheem Heating & Cooling Chevrolet

#39 Ryan Sieg S&W Services Chevrolet

#51 Josh Richards Joy Mining Machinery Toyota

#57 Norm Benning TBA Chevrolet

#60 Cole Whitt Fuel Doctor/ Red Bull Chevrolet

#62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel and Casino Toyota

#66 Ross Chastain National Watermelon Promotion Board Chevrolet

#68 Clay Greenfield TBA Dodge

#81 David Starr Allegro Marinades

#87 Chris Jones Copy Wizard Chevrolet

#88 Matt Crafton Menards Chevrolet

#92 Clay Rogers QMI / Fleet HQ/ BTS Tire & Wheel Chevrolet

#93 Mike Garvey S&W Services Chevrolet

#98 Dakoda Armstrong Ferrellgas-Agrisure Chevrolet

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