NASCAR - Camping World Truck - Good Sam Club 200 Preview

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DATE: Friday, September 2nd
SITE: Atlanta Motor Speedway (1960) -- Hampton, Georgia
TRACK: 1.54-mile oval - 2,332 feet (Frontstretch); 1,800 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 124,000
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kevin Harvick (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Ron Hornaday Jr (Finished 34th)
LAPS: 130
MILES: 200.2
QUALIFYING RECORD: Rick Crawford, 2005 (182.735 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Ron Hornaday Jr, 2005 (142.424 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $505,804 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $42,565; 2nd Place - $32,055; 3rd Place - $27,500
2010 Finish
1Kevin Harvick46Ricky Carmichael12
2Kyle Busch27Timothy Peters30
3Aric Almirola78Johnny Sauter9
4Steve Wallace69Rick Crawford24
5Todd Bodine1010Austin Dillon5
2010 Good Sam Club 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 120.926 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 39 minutes, 20 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.308 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ron Hornaday Jr (177.721 m.p.h.)
Past Good Sam Club 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kevin Harvick (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 120.926 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (1st) -- Toyota -- 130.188 m.p.h.
2008 -- Kyle Busch (3rd) -- Toyota -- 127.561 m.p.h.
2007 -- Mike Skinner (1st) -- Toyota -- 105.739 m.p.h.
2006 -- Todd Bodine (1st) -- Toyota -- 133.388 m.p.h.
2005 -- Ron Hornaday Jr (18th) -- Chevrolet -- 142.424 m.p.h. (race record)
2004 -- Bobby Hamilton (12th) -- Dodge -- 123.675 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called EasyCare Vehicle Services Contracts 200 (2004), World
Financial Group 200 (2005), John Deere 200 (2006), American Commercial
Lines 200 (2007-09), E-Z Go 200 (2010).
Past Good Sam Club 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Ron Hornaday Jr -- 34th
2009 -- Kyle Busch -- 1st
2008 -- Ron Hornaday Jr -- 2nd
2007 -- Mike Skinner -- 1st
2006 -- Todd Bodine -- 1st
2005 -- Rick Crawford -- 29th
2004 -- David Reutimann -- 3rd
Last Race Results
RACE: O'Reilly 200 (August 24th)
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tennessee
MILES: 106.6
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Johnny Sauter
THIRD: Todd Bodine
FOURTH: James Buescher
FIFTH: Timothy Peters
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (Finished 9th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 31 minutes, 26 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 69.953 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.434 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 62 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 2 among 3 drivers
LAP LEADERS: E. Sadler 1-53; J. White 54-97; K. Harvick 98-200.
Good Sam Club 200 Entry List
Leading Contenders (Finish the last seven years)
Kyle Busch------------WonWon2nd
Todd Bodine---12thWon2nd9th3rd5th
Ricky Carmichael---------------21st6th
Timothy Peters------33rd------15th7th
Johnny Sauter---------------18th8th
Austin Dillon------------------10th
David Starr36th5th15th22nd21st17th15th
Matt Crafton5th14th9th3rd4th11th27th
Ron Hornaday Jr---Won20th11th2nd7th34th
Clint Bowyer---------5th---------
Ryan Newman------------Won------
James Buescher---------------14th---
Parker Kligerman---------------------
Mover of the Week
Justin Lofton - Started in the 29th position and finished 7th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Timothy Peters
Darkhorse - Brendan Gaughan
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - Finished 30th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jason White) - Finished 16th
The hottest driver in the series is not only the 2010 winner of this event, but also the winner of three straight Camping World Truck races. But guess what, he's not racing this week.

That's right, Kevin Harvick, who scorched the field last year by leading 100 of the 130 laps, will not be on hand to defend his title, as he attempts to solidify his position in the race for the Chase.

In five truck starts this season, Harvick has five top-5s, including winning all three races during the month of August.

Last season, Harvick easily beat Kyle Busch by 1.3 seconds for his seventh career victory in the series and third straight Truck win. He ended the 2009 season by winning at Phoenix and Homestead. With his win, he has now won all three of NASCAR's national touring series races at Atlanta. He won his first Cup race in March 2001 at Atlanta, in just his third start. His Nationwide win here came in September of 2009. Harvick also has a win in each one of the top three series at Martinsville, Michigan and Phoenix.

Heading down the stretch for the 2011 season, Johnny Sauter owns a slim 7- point lead over James Buescher. In fact, the top-11 drivers are bunched within 100 points of each other. Although he did not lead a single lap last week at Bristol, Sauter still managed to finish second

Starting from the pole in 2009, Kyle Busch edged Harvick by less than one second for his 11th career truck win. Busch led the final five laps. Harvick, who started third, led four times for a race-high 68 laps, while Busch led for 33.

In 2007, Mike Skinner, who started on the pole, outran Todd Bodine to claim the 21st of his 28 career Truck Series title. Skinner, who led five times for a race-high 67 laps, reclaimed the lead on lap 124 and held on to edge Bodine by less than a second.

Back in 2006, Bodine cruised to a six-length victory over Mark Martin, for his eight career Truck Series title. Bodine, who started on the pole, led for the first 14 laps, until Martin took the lead for the next 17 laps. The two traded for the lead throughout the race, until Bodine reclaimed the top spot with 10 laps remaining. The win, in front of 45,000 fans, was the first of three checkered flags in 2006. Bodine led seven times for 38 laps, while Martin led six times for 97 laps. Bodine, the 2006 Truck Series champion, now totals 21 career victories.

Ron Hornaday Jr, starting from the 18th position, edged Bobby Labonte by less than a second for his 27th career title in 2005. The result was the third closest finish in Truck Series history, as he finished 0.008 seconds ahead of Labonte. Only Butch Miller's 0.001-second win over Mike Skinner (July 15, 1995) and Terry Labonte's 0.006-second victory over Geoffrey Bodine (September 5, 1995) were closer finishes. Hornaday now has 48 Truck titles.

Toyota had won this race four straight seasons prior to 2010. The pole sitter has captured this race three times in the past five seasons.

The next Camping World Truck Series race is the September 16 Fast Five 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Kyle Busch is the defending race winner.

09/01 12:42:53 ET

As of September 1, 2011, at 12:47 PM ET
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