NCWTS: WinStar World Casino 350K at Texas Preview

November 3, 2011 No Comments

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Information

Date: Friday, November 4, 2011

Race Time: 8 p.m. ET( “Set-up on SPEED at 7:30 p.m. ET)

Track: 1.5 mile Speedway

Race Distance: 350 Kilometers/ 147 Laps

Broadcast: TV-SPEED Channel — Radio- MRN ( Motor Racing Network) Sirius XM Channel 90

Weather

High:65° F

Low:42° F

Chance of Rain: 0%

Humidity: 38%

UV Index: Moderate 5

Drivers To Watch

Target: Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick,Todd Bodine Ron Hornaday Jr., Johnny Sauter

Avoid: Justin Lofton, Jason White

Sleepers: Nelson Piquet Jr., Brendan Gaughan, James Buescher, Parker Kligerman

Analysis: Whenever Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick make an appearance in the Truck Series,you know they are going to be among the main contenders for the win. When both are in the field, watch out! There may be no one better at the Texas Motor Speedway than Todd Bodine. Ever since his series debut, Texas has been a great track to say the least for ‘The Onion’.  With six career wins at ‘The Great American Speedway’ Bodine could very well pick up his first victory of the season Friday night in Texas. The stars of the June race, Ron Hornaday and Johnny Sauter, are back looking to do damage again. Hornaday is the all-time laps led leader with 681. That one coming when Sauter was shown the black flag coming to what should have been the checkers, but a lane change penalty on the races final restart forced the dominant truck of Sauter back to the twenty-second position.

There was a point in time when Brendan Gaughan was the master of the Texas Motor Speedway. Gaughan won his first NCWTS race at Texas back in 2002, and went on a tare. Winning the next three races consecutively. Looking to rekindle some lost magic, Gaughan could very well be a sleeper this weekend.

Whenever Nelson Piquet Jr. returns to a track, he always seems to improve on past results. Piquet comes back to the Texas Motor Speedway for not the second time, but the third. The fast 1.5 milers have been very kind to Piquet over the course of the season, earning his best career finishes at them. Don’t be shocked to see the #8 in victory lane Friday night.

Notes:

-23 down, 2 to go in the fight for the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck championship

- Austin Dillon leads the season standings with an 11 point lead over Texas native, James Buescher. Ron Hornaday and Johnny Sauter sit tied for third, 15-points back.

-Last time we were at Texas, Sauter had the field covered, leading the most laps on the night. However, Sauter’s night went ‘down the drain’ when he was penalized for an early lane change on the final restart of the night. Hornaday went on to win the race that night.

-While the main focus is on the championship race, there is in fact a tight rookie battle going on. Cole Whitt, Joey Coulter and Nelson PIquet Jr are all in the mix, with Parker Kligerman also able to stir things up. Texas will be a major hurdle for the rookies as each one of them are strong on the 1.5-mile ovals.

-For the first time, defending series champion Todd Bodine may go win less in the NCWTS for a season. Ever since he began competing full-time in the series, Bodine as claimed at least one victory per season. With only two races left (Texas and Homestead), Bodine looks to Texas as a prime place to claim victory as he has a record six victories at the track.

Entry List for the 13th WinStar World Casino 350K at Texas Motor Speedway

#0 T.J. Bell Sudden Link Media Ford

#07 Johnny Chapman BOBBER info- ASI Limited Toyota

#2 Kevin Harvick Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet

#3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/ Tracker Boats Chevrolet

#4 Ricky Carmichael Monster Energy Chevrolet

#5 Todd Bodine Big Red Toyota

#6 Justin Lofton CollegeComplete.com Chevrolet

#7 Miguel Paludo Duroline Toyota

#8 Nelson Piquet Jr. QUALCOMM/ TAGG Pet Tracker Chevrolet

#9 Max Papis  No. 9 GEICO Toyota

#10 Jennifer Jo Cobb DrivenMale.com Ford F-150 Ford

#13 Johnny Sauter Safe Auto/ Curb Records Chevrolet

#17 Timothy Peters NTB/ Service Central Toyota

#18 Kyle Busch TRAXXAS Toyota

#20 Johanna Long Panhandle Graving and Paving Toyota

#21 Ty Dillon Rheen Heating Cooling and Water Heating Chevrolet

#23 Jason White GunBroker.com Chevrolet

#24 Elliot Sadler AM-FM Energy Chevrolet

#29 Parker Kligerman Copper Standard Dodge

#31 James Buescher TBA Chevrolet

#32 Blake Feese TBA Chevrolet

#33 Ron Hornaday Jr. OneMain Financial Chevrolet

#39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Chevrolet

#55 Jake Crum Make Motorsports-Bandit Chippers Chevrolet

#57 Norm Benning TBA Chevrolet

#60 Cole Whitt Fuel Doctor/ Red Bull Chevrolet

#62 Brendan Gaughan International Trucks/ Monaco RV’s Toyota

#63 Jack Smith Seal Wrap Ford

#65 Tim Andrews Trans Pecos Trucking-Lumbermen’s Millwork & Supply Chevrolet

#66 Ross Chastain National Watermelon Promotion Board/Melon1/ JDI Farms

#68 Clay Greenfield Rock on Farming Dodge

#73 Rick Crawford Trans Pecos Trucking-County Building Centers Chevrolet

#74 Mike Harmon TBA Chevrolet

#76 Derrick White OCR GAZ BAR Chevrolet

#81 David Starr ZACHARY/NCCER “Build You Future”/ Boot Campaign

#87 Chris Jones Cop Wizard Chevrolet

#88 Matt Crafton Menards Chevrolet

#93 Mike Garvey RSS Racing Chevrolet

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