Kentucky Speedway: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 Preview

July 7, 2011 No Comments

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Information
Date: Thursday, July 7th, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Track: Kentucky Speedway – 1.5 Mile Oval
Laps: 150; Miles: 225
Broadcast: TV – SPEED Channel; Radio – MRN/Sirius XM NASCAR

Weather
Thursday: High-90° ; Lo-69°
30% Chance of Rain
Wind: NE at 3 mph

Courtesy of Weather.com

History
Defending Race Winner: Todd Bodine
Defending Pole Sitter: Austin Dillon

Race Record: Mike Bliss, 2002 (143.515 mph)
Qualifying record: Bill Lester, 2005 (178.141 mph)

Following a three week absence, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be back on the track under the bright lights in Sparta, Kentucky. The last time we saw truck racing was June 10th at Texas Motor Speedway, where the No. 33 of Ron Hornaday Jr. won the Winstar World Casino 400K, capitalizing on a late-race mistake made by Johnny Sauter. Sauter changed lanes before the start-finish line on the last restart, earning him the black flag from NASCAR and a 22nd place finish.

Sauter will not only be returning to Kentucky with the bitter taste in his mouth from the Texas defeat, but he will also have the memory of finishing second in last year’s race. Will we see redemption from the NCWTS point’s leader?

Defending race-winner Todd Bodine currently sits 13th (-89) in the point’s standings, win-less in 2011. In nine starts this season, Bodine has 3 DNF’s and only two top-10′s (both third place finishes), resulting in an average finish of 17.8. Regardless of Bodine’s season, the 2010 race-winner is certainly someone to watch for Thursday night.

The young guns in the NCWTS are also drivers to keep an eye on Thursday night. Parker Kligerman (20) is coming off a career best finish at Texas Motor Speedway (2nd) and continues his quest for his first career win in the No. 29 Dodge Ram. Rookie Cole Whitt (20) not only leads the rookie point’s standings, but also sits second in the 2011 NCWTS standings. Whitt has five top 10 finishes in 2011, including a third place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5 mile track).

Sprint Cup regular and truck owner Kyle Busch will be returning to the truck series after watching Brian Ickler pilot his No. 18 Toyota Tundra at Texas. Busch will be looking for his fifth win in only eight starts and will be searching for his first ever Kentucky Speedway sweep.

Here is the entry list for the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway:
1. #2 Elliott Sadler
2. #3 Austin Dillon
3. #4 Ricky Carmichael
4. #5 Travis Kvapil
5. #07 Johnny Chapman
6. #7 Miguel Paludo
7. #8 Nelson Piquet Jr.
8. #9 Max Papis
9. #10 Jennifer Jo Cobb
10. #13 Johnny Sauter
11. #15 Josh Richards
12. #16 John King Edward
13. #17 Timothy Peters
14. #18 Kyle Busch
15. #20 Johanna Long
16. #22 Joey Coulter
17. #23 Jason White
18. #29 Parker Kligerman
19. #30 Todd Bodine
20. #31 James Buescher
21. #32 Steve Arpin
22. #33 Ron Hornaday Jr.
23. #38 Mike Garvey
24. #39 Ryan Sieg
25. #46 Justin Lofton
26. #57 Norm Benning
27. #60 Cole Whitt
28. #62 Brendan Gaughan
29. #63 Jack Smith
30. #66 Justin Marks
31. #68 Clay Greenfield
32. #81 David Starr
33. #84 Chris Fontaine
34. #88 Matt Crafton
35. #92 Clay Rogers
36. #93 Shane Sieg
37. #99 Charles Vest

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