NASCAR - Camping World Truck - Lucas Oil 200 Preview

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DATE: Friday, May 13th
SITE: Dover International Speedway -- Dover, Delaware
TRACK: one-mile oval - 1,076 feet (Frontstretch); 1,076 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 135,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 12th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel (tape delay - 8 p.m. et)
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 4:45 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Aric Almirola (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: James Buescher
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 16th)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 200
QUALIFYING RECORD: David Starr, 2005 (157.577 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 2006 (120.200 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $587,559 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $59,100; 2nd Place - $23,900; 3rd Place - $28,185
2010 Finish
1Aric Almirola76David Starr15
2James Buescher107Matt Crafton9
3Justin Lofton198Mike Skinner5
4Ricky Carmichael359Ryan Sieg21
5Todd Bodine1110Johnny Benson4
2010 Lucas Oil 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 97.881 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 5 minutes, 3 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.898 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 42 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (156.481 m.p.h.)
Past Lucas Oil 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Aric Almirola -- Toyota -- 97.881 m.p.h.
2009 -- Brian Scott (3rd) -- Toyota -- 92.819 m.p.h.
2008 -- Scott Speed (4th) -- Toyota -- 100.279 m.p.h.
2007 -- Ron Hornaday Jr (15th) -- Chevrolet -- 107.463 m.p.h.
2006 -- Mark Martin (13th) -- Ford -- 120.200 m.p.h. (race record)
2005 -- Kyle Busch (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 96.735 m.p.h.
2004 -- Chad Chaffin (9th) -- Dodge -- 98.996 m.p.h.
2003 -- Jason Leffler (10th) -- Dodge -- 97.232 m.p.h.
2002 -- Ted Musgrave (2nd) -- Dodge -- 104.545 m.p.h.
2001 -- Scott Riggs (1st) -- Dodge -- 99.256 m.p.h.
2000 -- Kurt Busch (1st) -- Ford -- 97.168 m.p.h.
NOTE: Race name changed from MBNA 200 (2000-05), AAA Insurance 200 (2006-09),
Dover 200 (2010).
Past Lucas Oil 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Kyle Busch -- 16th
2009 -- Ron Hornaday Jr -- 26th
2008 -- Mike Skinner -- 7th
2007 -- Mike Skinner -- 7th
2006 -- David Reutimann -- 5th
2005 -- David Starr -- 8th
2004 -- Carl Edwards -- 14th
2003 -- None -- Weather
2002 -- Rick Crawford -- 3rd
2001 -- Scott Riggs -- 1st
2000 -- Kurt Busch -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: Bully Hill Vineyards 200 (April 22nd)
SITE: Nashville Superspeedway -- Lebanon, Tennessee
MILES: 200
LAPS: 150
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Nelson Piquet Jr
THIRD: Timothy Peters
FOURTH: Ron Hornaday Jr
FIFTH: James Buescher
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 40 minutes, 27 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 119.433 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.061 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 5 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Busch 1-53; T. Bodine 54-55; J. Johnson 56-57; K. Busch
58-141; R. Hornaday Jr 142-147; K. Busch 148-150.
Lucas Oil 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
2Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Kevin Harvick Inc.
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Ricky Carmichael (Clearwater, FL)Chevrolet/Monster Energy
5Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Int'l Truck/Monaco RVs
07Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
7Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Toyota/Stemco Duroline
8Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Autotrac
9Max Papis (Como, Italy)Toyota/GEICO
10To Be AnnouncedFord/
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Chevrolet/Safe Auto/Curb Records
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Traxxas
20Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Toyota/Panhandle Grading & Paving
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/RCR/Rip-It
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Chevrolet/
29Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Dodge/Penske Truck Rental
30Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Space Coast Center
32Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
33Ron Hornaday Jr. (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Utz Snacks
38Mike Garvey (Lakeville, MN)Chevrolet/S&W Services
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/S&W Services
46Craig Goess (Woodbury, NJ)Toyota/Greenville Toyota
51Chris Fontaine (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Vision Airlines
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/TBA
60Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Red Bull
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/South Point Hotel & Casino
66Justin Marks (Rocklin, CA)Chevrolet/Go-Pro
77Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Toyota/Lofton Cattle
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry
84To Be DeterminedChevrolet/Glenden Enterprises
87Chris Jones (Forest, VA)Chevrolet/Copy Wizard
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Chevrolet/Menards
92Clay Rogers (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/Fleet HQ/BTS Tire & Wheel
93Shane Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/S&W Services
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
James Buescher---------------------24th2nd
Justin Lofton------------------------3rd
Ricky Carmichael------------------------4th
Todd Bodine---------28th3rd11th29th18th5th
David Starr4th3rd8th8th11th25th6th3rd6th
Matt Crafton27th22nd29th9th15th26th5th6th7th
Ron Hornaday Jr---------4th7thWon3rd26th12th
Johnny Sauter---------------------5th15th
Kyle Busch---------Won10th12th27th9th16th
Austin Dillon------------------------21st
Timothy Peters---------6th14th------17th25th
Kevin Harvick---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Jason White - Started in 29th position and finished 13th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Ron Hornaday Jr
Darkhorse - Parker Kligerman
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Nelson Piquet Jr) - Finished 2nd
The Monster Mile takes center stage this weekend, as NASCAR invades Dover International Speedway. First on tap is the Truck Series running of the Lucas Oil 200 on Friday, May 13th.

Last season, Aric Almirola overcame a one-lap deficit and then had enough fuel to get him through a green-white-checkered finish to pull off a stunning victory.

Kyle Busch put on a dominating performance by starting on pole and leading 172 of 204 laps. He ran in front when an incident involving Johnny Sauter forced a caution in the closing laps. Busch spun his tires on the restart, while second- place runner Johnny Benson failed to come up to speed. But rookie Austin Dillon's truck blew an engine and dropped fluid on the track to bring out the caution flag and set up a green-white-checkered finish. Busch was running third prior to the final restart, but he unexpectedly slowed on the track and pitted before the green flag was displayed. Several drivers ran out of fuel just after the restart, allowing Almirola to finish almost one second ahead of James Buescher and claim his first win in the series.

Almirola, who finished second on the 2010 Camping World points list, will not be on hand to defend his title, as he is racing exclusively on the Nationwide circuit. Almirola ranks sixth on that points list with four top-10's in 10 starts.

Brian Scott capitalized on a late-race pit strategy to win this race in 2009, on a day when tires wreaked havoc for several Camping World Truck Series drivers at Dover. During the 10th and final caution for separate accidents involving Kyle Busch and Colin Braun, Scott and crew chief Jeff Hensley elected to stay on the track and inherit the lead, while several of the leaders pitted for new tires. Scott's old tires held up for his first career Truck Series victory in his 39th start. The Boise, ID-native led only the last 14 laps in the race that was postponed one day due to rain.

In just his sixth career Truck Series start, Scott Speed raced to victory in 2008, as he defeated Jack Sprague by 3.379 seconds. After starting fourth, Speed led the final 51 laps for the title. Pole sitter Mike Skinner placed seventh, while Kyle Busch, who led for a race-high 96 laps, finished 27th.

All-time Camping World Trucks wins leader Ron Hornaday Jr raced to victory in 2007, as he crossed the finish line seven seconds ahead of Stacy Compton. Hornaday, who started 15th, claimed the lead for the first time on lap 107, but relinquished the top spot 23 laps later. Hornaday regained the advantage on the 137th lap, and then held it for the rest of the way for the 31st of his 47 career Truck Series titles.

In 2006, Mark Martin defeated Carl Edwards by more than three seconds to record his fourth career Truck Series title. Martin, who started 13th, took the lead on lap 165 and ran in front for the remaining 35 circuits.

When Kyle Busch crossed the finish line in 2005, he won by just 0.745 of a second ahead of Tony Stewart for his second career Camping World title. His win total now stands at 26, placing him 4th on the all-time wins list, two behind Mike Skinner and Jack Sprague for second on the list.

The pole sitter has captured this race twice, the first two years of its existence. Kurt Busch was the first to accomplish the feat in 2000, followed by Scott Riggs in 2001. The pole position is the only starting position that has produced multiple winners. The furthest a driver has started and won at Dover occurred in 2007 when Hornaday rolled off 15th at the start.

Mike Skinner is the only driver with multiple poles at Dover, 2007 and 2008. Dodge leads all manufacturers with four victories at Dover, though the last came in 2004. David Starr leads all drivers in top 10s at Dover with seven. The closest finish at Dover came in 2000, when Kurt Busch won by 0.210 of a second.

The next Camping World Truck Series race is the May 20 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch is the defending race winner.

05/10 16:41:00 ET

As of May 10, 2011, at 04:41 PM ET
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