NASCAR - Camping World Truck - Ford 200 Preview

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DATE: Friday, November 18th
SITE: Homestead-Miami Speedway (1999) -- Homestead, Florida
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 1,760 feet (Frontstretch); 1,760 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 65,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 16th
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: Kyle Busch (Not Defending)
RUNNER-UP: Ron Hornaday Jr
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (Finished 31st)
LAPS: 134
MILES: 201
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jon Wood, 2007 (173.188 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Johnny Benson, 2007 (134.513 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $576,655 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $51,775; 2nd Place - $29,940; 3rd Place - $23,460
2010 Finish
1Kyle Busch26Matt Crafton7
2Ron Hornaday Jr97Justin Lofton6
3Johnny Sauter38Mike Skinner10
4Todd Bodine89Miguel Paludo24
5Aric Almirola510Tayler Malsam11
2010 Ford 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 118.565 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 41 minutes, 43 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.577 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 26 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (170.622 m.p.h.)
Past Ford 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kyle Busch (2nd) -- Toyota -- 118.565 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kevin Harvick (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 132.015 m.p.h.
2008 -- Todd Bodine (18th) -- Toyota -- 127.179 m.p.h.
2007 -- Johnny Benson (2nd) -- Toyota -- 134.513 m.p.h. (race record)
2006 -- Mark Martin (6th) -- Ford -- 126.019 m.p.h.
2005 -- Todd Bodine (9th) -- Toyota -- 119.920 m.p.h.
2004 -- Kasey Kahne (13th) -- Dodge -- 114.930 m.p.h.
2003 -- Bobby Hamilton (1st) -- Dodge -- 120.439 m.p.h.
2002 -- Ron Hornaday Jr (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 133.260 m.p.h.
2001 -- Ted Musgrave (3rd) -- Dodge -- 118.176 m.p.h.
2000 -- Andy Houston (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 129.755 m.p.h.
1999 -- Mike Wallace (10th) -- Ford -- 109.813 m.p.h.
1998 -- Rick Crawford (12th) -- Ford -- 114.475 m.p.h.
1997 -- Kenny Irwin (5th) -- Ford -- 98.565 m.p.h.
1996 -- Dave Rezendes (10th) -- Ford -- 102.000 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Florida Dodge Dealers 400K (1996-2001).
Past Ford 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Austin Dillon -- 31st
2009 -- Colin Braun -- 3rd
2008 -- Mike Skinner -- 26th
2007 -- Jon Wood -- 13th
2006 -- Mike Skinner -- 35th
2005 -- David Reutimann -- 36th
2004 -- David Reutimann -- 4th
2003 -- Bobby Hamilton -- 1st
2002 -- Mike Bliss -- 5th
2001 -- Scott Riggs -- 4th
2000 -- Joe Ruttman -- 4th
1999 -- Randy Tolsma -- 17th
1998 -- Jack Sprague -- 2nd
1997 -- Joe Ruttman -- 26th
1996 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 33rd
Last Race Results
RACE: WinStar World Casino 350k (November 4th)
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas
MILES: 222
LAPS: 148
WINNER: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Austin Dillon
THIRD: Ty Dillon
FOURTH: Nelson Piquet Jr
FIFTH: Matt Crafton
POLE WINNER: James Buescher (Finished 19th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 49 minutes, 50 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 121.275 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.294 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Buescher 1-16; A. Dillon 17-26; K. Harvick 27-34; J. Lofton
35-39; J. Buescher 40; J. Lofton 41; J. Buescher 42-60; K.
Harvick 61; J. Sauter 62-76; J. Buescher 77-92; K. Harvick 93-99;
J. Buescher 100-103; K. Harvick 104-148.
Ford 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Hunts Brothers Pizza
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Ricky Carmichael (Clearwater, FL)Chevrolet/Monster Energy
5Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/Int'l Truck/Monaco RVs
6Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Chevrolet/
07Butch Miller (Coopersville, MI)Toyota/ASI Limited
7Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Toyota/Stop Diabetes
8Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Piquet Realty
09Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/Rockingham Speedway
9Max Papis (Como, Italy)Toyota/GEICO
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Ford/
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Chevrolet/Safe Auto/Curb Records
14Brennan Newberry (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
15Dusty Davis (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/TBA
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Tire Kingdom/Service Central
18Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/Dollar General/DirecTV
21Ty Dillon (Lexington, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/RCR Graphics Center
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Chevrolet/
24Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/AM FM Energy
27Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
29Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Dodge/Cooper Standard
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/TBA
32Blake Feese (Saybrook, IL)Chevrolet/TBA
33Ron Hornaday Jr. (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
38Mike Garvey (Lakeville, MN)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
45Tim George Jr. (New York, NY)Chevrolet/Applebee's/Potomac Dining
51German Quiroga (Mexico City, Mexico)Toyota/Telcel
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/TBA
60Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Fuel Doctor/Red Bull
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Int'l Trucks/Monaco RV's
66Max Gresham (Stockbridge, GA)Chevrolet/Gresham Motorsports Park
68Clay Greenfield (Clarksville, TN)Dodge/Anave Weight Loss
70Jeff Agnew (Copper Hill, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Racing for Marissa
76Derek White (Kahnawake, QB, Canada)Ford/Three Feathers Casino
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Chevrolet/Menards
93Brent Raymer (Concord, NC)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
98Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Chevrolet/Ferrell Gas/Agrisure
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Ron Hornaday JrWon------9th14th7th8th8th2nd
Johnny Sauter---33rd---20th---------9th3rd
Todd Bodine---------Won21st14thWon5th4th
Matt Crafton9th15th5th10th12th12th17th2nd6th
David Starr8th3rd3rd11th7th6th22nd7th11th
Elliott Sadler------------------------13th
Timothy Peters---------15th------15th4th17th
James Buescher------------------19th18th19th
Austin Dillon------------------------31st
Kevin Harvick---------------4th3rdWon---
Denny Hamlin---------------------------
Ty Dillon---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Ross Chastain - Started in the 33rd position and finished 16th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Ron Hornaday Jr
Darkhorse - Cole Whitt
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - Finished 33rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Matt Crafton) - Finished 5th
Unlike the past two seasons, this week's Camping World Truck Series finale will decide the championship. Austin Dillon increased his Series lead by nine points heading into the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Dillon, who finished second in Texas two weeks ago, now leads Johnny Sauter by 20 points, with James Buescher third, 28 points back and Ron Hornaday Jr a distant 48 back in fourth. Dillon needs to finish 16th or better in Friday's race to become the youngest champion in series history.

Kevin Harvick wrapped up the owners' championship in the Lone Star State, as he raced to victory for the fourth time this year and 13th overall. He became the 15th different driver to win a NCWTS race at Texas and posted Kevin Harvick Inc.'s 43rd career victory and third owner title.

Last year, Kyle Busch, who will be sitting the race out due to his NASCAR probation, led six times for 57 laps, including the final four, as he defeated Hornaday Jr by less than a second for his 24th of 30 career Camping World titles. Current points leader Austin Dillon was the pole sitter, but he placed a distant 31st. Todd Bodine, who finished fourth, captured the championship.

In 2009, Kevin Harvick celebrated his Camping World Truck Series owners' championship in style by winning the season-ending Ford 200 in dominating fashion at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Harvick ran in front for 108 of 136 laps, but had to pass Timothy Peters for the lead just after the final restart with two laps remaining. He then held off Matt Crafton by one second for his third victory of the season. A late-race caution setup the two-lap overtime finish. Harvick and several other drivers on the lead lap pitted for new tires, while Peters took a gamble and remained on the track prior to the restart.

Bodine, who started in the 18th position on the grid in 2008, captured the checkered flag, as he defeated Brian Scott by less than a second for his 15th career Truck Series title. Bodine led the final eight laps to defeat Scott by 0.232 of a second. Pole sitter Mike Skinner finished a distant 26th. Johnny Benson, who placed seventh, won the championship.

With his win in 2008, Bodine became the first repeat winner of this race, having also won in 2005. Bobby Hamilton is the only driver to win this race from the pole, when he captured the checkered flag in 2003. The top-10 starting positions have won this race 12 times in the 15 year history of the race.

In 2007, Benson held off Kyle Busch down the stretch to win for the ninth time in his Truck Series career. Benson, who overtook Busch on the final lap, claimed the checkered flag, 0.600 of a second ahead of Busch. Pole sitter Jon Wood, who led the first 18 laps, placed 13th. Hornaday placed seventh and captured the Championship.

Back in 2006, Mark Martin cruised to victory for his seventh career Truck Series title and sixth of that year, as he defeated Brendan Gaughan by 2.613 seconds. Todd Bodine, who finished 21st, captured the championship by 127 points over Johnny Benson.

Homestead-Miami Speedway was the first track of more than a mile in length to be added to the NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule and hosted the 1996 season-opening race won by Dave Rezendes. The South Florida facility has hosted the season finale since the 2002 season.

The 2012 Camping World Truck Series season begins February 24 at Daytona International Speedway. Michael Waltrip won this year's season-opener at Daytona.

11/15 18:36:02 ET

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