NASCAR - Camping World Truck - VFW 200 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, August 18th
SITE: Michigan International Speedway (1968) -- Brooklyn, Michigan
TRACK: two-mile oval - 3,600 feet (Frontstretch); 2,242 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 84,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 13th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 12:30 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kevin Harvick (Not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Timothy Peters
POLE WINNER: Matt Crafton (Finished 21st)
LAPS: 100
MILES: 200
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2005 (181.612 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Brendan Gaughan, 2003 (154.044 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $489,938 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $33,150; 2nd Place - $29,975; 3rd Place - $23,650
2011 Finish
1Kevin Harvick66Jason White18
2Timothy Peters127Ron Hornaday Jr3
3Miguel Paludo98Brendan Gaughan23
4James Buescher49Brendan Gaughan15
5David Starr1910Cole Whitt17
2011 VFW 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 126.338 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 36 minutes, 53 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 22 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Matt Crafton (177.489 m.p.h.)
Past VFW 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Kevin Harvick (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 126.338 m.p.h.
2010 -- Aric Almirola (10th) -- Toyota -- 118.558 m.p.h.
2009 -- Colin Braun (12th) -- Ford -- 130.838 m.p.h.
2008 -- Erik Darnell (11th) -- Ford -- 140.433 m.p.h.
2007 -- Travis Kvapil (1st) -- Ford -- 135.364 m.p.h.
2006 -- Johnny Benson (5th) -- Toyota -- 116.534 m.p.h.
2005 -- Dennis Setzer (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 122.387 m.p.h.
2004 -- Travis Kvapil (8th) -- Toyota -- 125.479 m.p.h.
2003 -- Brendan Gaughan (6th) -- Dodge -- 154.044 m.p.h. (race record)
2002 -- Robert Pressley (8th) -- Dodge -- 142.208 m.p.h.
2001 -- Not Held
2000 -- Greg Biffle (2nd) -- Ford -- 138.408 m.p.h.
1999 -- Greg Biffle (11th) -- Ford -- 121.889 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called 200 (1999), Michigan 200 (2000, 2002, 2007,
2009), Sears 200 (2003), Line-X Spray-on Truck Bedliners 200 (2004),
Paramount Health Insurance 200 (2005), Con-way Freight 200 (2006), Cool
City Customs 200 (2008).
Past VFW 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Matt Crafton -- 21st
2010 -- Austin Dillon -- 5th
2009 -- Brian Ickler -- 3rd
2008 -- Mike Skinner -- 8th
2007 -- Travis Kvapil -- 1st
2006 -- Mike Skinner -- 11th
2005 -- Kyle Busch -- 2nd
2004 -- Dennis Setzer -- 10th
2003 -- Jason Leffler -- 4th
2002 -- Ted Musgrave -- 32nd
2001 -- Not Held
2000 -- Jamie McMurray -- 6th
1999 -- Stacy Compton -- 6th
Last Race Results
RACE: Pocono Mountains 125 (August 4th)
SITE: Pocono Raceway -- Long Pond, Pennsylvania
MILES: 125
LAPS: 50
WINNER: Joey Coulter
RUNNER-UP: James Buescher
THIRD: Nelson Piquet Jr
FOURTH: Matt Crafton
FIFTH: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Nelson Piquet Jr (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 1 minute, 43 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 121.523 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1,224 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 12 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: N. Piquet Jr. 1-21; J. Buescher 22; T. Peters 23-24; J. White
25-26; N. Piquet Jr. 27-33; J. Buescher 34-38; N. Piquet Jr.
39-43; J. Coulter 44-50.
VFW 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
0T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Ford/
2Tim George Jr.(New York, NY)Chevrolet/Applebee's
3Ty Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
5Paulie Harraka (Fair Lawn, NJ)Ford/TBA
6Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Chevrolet/Lofton Cattle
07Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Toyota/Wear Your Gear/
7Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
08Ross Chastain (Alva, FL)Toyota/Melon 1/Engine Parts Plus
09John Wes Townley (Waitville, GA)Toyota/TBA
9Ron Hornaday Jr. (Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/Joe Denette Motorsports
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Dodge/
11Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/Toyota Care
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Toyota/Hot Honeys/Curb Records
14Brennan Newberry (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/NTS/IronClad Performance
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
18Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Shore Lodge
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/Rip-It
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Ford/
25Brandon Knupp (Sidney, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
27To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
29Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Cooper Standard
30Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Auto Trac
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/TBA
32Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Chevrolet/Duroline Brakes
33Cale Gale (Mobile, AL)Chevrolet/Rheem
38Chris Jones (Forest, VA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/Norm Benning Racing
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Koma Unwind
75To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
84Chris Fontaine (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Glenden Enterprises
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Toyota/Menards
93Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
98Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Toyota/
99Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/Rockingham Speedway
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Timothy Peters------25th35th------8th7th2nd
Miguel Paludo------------------------3rd
James Buescher------------------33rd16th4th
Jason White------------27th28th14th7th6th
Ron Hornaday Jr------30th7th10th23rd7th4th7th
Todd Bodine------9th4th7th4th13th2nd11th
Johnny Sauter------------------16th14th13th
Justin Lofton---------------------18th15th
Nelson Piquet Jr---------------------10th16th
Joey Coulter------------------------18th
Matt Crafton25th12th22nd5th34th15th4th27th21st
Brad Keselowski------35th------------------
Kurt Busch---------------------------
Ty Dillon---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Justin Lofton - Started in the 35th position and finished 9th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Timothy Peters
Darkhorse - Cale Gale
Last Week's Pick to Win (Denny Hamlin) - Finished 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ty Dillon) - Finished 6th
Following a week off, the Camping World Truck Series resumes its season this week at Michigan International Speedway.

Just 18 points separate first-place Timothy Peters from fourth-place Justin Lofton heading into the 12th race of the season. Peters saw his advantage dwindle to eight points ahead of Ty Dillon after placing 22nd in the Poconos. Peters had finished in the top-10 in nine of 10 previous starts.

Although not defending his title, Kevin Harvick bounced back from an ill- handling truck and an early-race pit road blunder to defeat Peters last year.

Harvick dealt with a loose truck and then had a lengthy stop on pit road shortly before the halfway point. Just after he passed Mark Martin for the lead on a restart on lap 90, Martin and Parker Kligerman made contact and then spun around, triggering a five-truck wreck on the backstretch.

An incident involving rookie Joey Coulter in the closing laps setup the two- lap green-white overtime finish.

After the final restart, Peters moved ahead of Miguel Paludo to take second. Peters then challenged Harvick for the lead before Nelson Piquet Jr got loose and slammed into the inside wall along the backstretch to end the race under caution.

Back in 2010, Aric Almirola captured his second victory in the Camping World Truck Series, defeating Todd Bodine by 0.111 of a second.

There have been 10 different winners in 12 previous truck races at Michigan. In fact, the last seven races at this track have been won by a different driver, including three first-time winners in the series (Johnny Benson, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun).

With 24 laps remaining, Colin Braun assumed control of the 2009 race and held on to the bitter end to defeat Kyle Busch by 1.790 seconds for his first and only Truck Series title. Busch led four times for a race-high 62 laps, while pole sitter Brian Ickler finished third.

Starting from the 11th position, Erik Darnell claimed the lead on lap 76 and led the final 25 laps, as he defeated Johnny Benson by the slimmest of margins for his second career Truck Series title in 2008. Darnell, who's first career title came in 2007, clipped Benson by 0.005 of a second.

Travis Kvapil became the first and only pole sitter to capture this race when he won in 2007, as he took the checkered flag 0.292 of a second ahead of Kyle Busch. The victory was his sixth career Truck Series title. Kvapil led three times for 18 laps, while Busch led four times for a race-high 38 laps. Kvapil regained the lead with just two laps remaining and held on for the first of four wins in 2007.

Kurt Busch will make his first NCWTS appearance in 11 years at the wheel of the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Busch made just one start after his four- win, rookie of the year season, finishing fifth at The Milwaukee Mile in 2001

Just four days after the VFW 200, the Camping World Truck Series race moves to Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22nd for the UNOH 200. Kevin Harvick is the defending race winner.

08/14 17:37:30 ET

As of August 14, 2012, at 05:37 PM ET
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