NASCAR - Camping World Truck - Smith's 350 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, September 29th
SITE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1998) -- Las Vegas, Nevada
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 2,275 feet (Frontstretch); 1,572 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 137,000
ANNUAL: 16th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8:30 p.m. (ET)
RUNNER-UP: Matt Crafton
POLE WINNER: Ron Hornaday Jr (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 146
MILES: 219 (350 kilometers)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Mike Skinner, 2006 (178.065 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: David Starr, 2002 (135.394 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $485,175 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $38,375; 2nd Place - $25,350; 3rd Place - $20,700
2011 Finish
1Ron Hornaday Jr16Nelson Piquet Jr7
2Matt Crafton57David Mayhew20
3Timothy Peters118Cole Whitt12
4Johnny Sauter49Brendan Gaughan21
5Todd Bodine1310Parker Kligerman3
2011 Smith's 350 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 104.065 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 6 minutes, 16 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.629 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 44 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ron Hornaday Jr. (176.056 m.p.h.)
Past Smith's 350 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Ron Hornaday Jr (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 104.065 m.p.h.
2010 -- Austin Dillon (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 118.378 m.p.h.
2009 -- Johnny Sauter (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 127.593 m.p.h.
2008 -- Mike Skinner (3rd) -- Toyota -- 101.070 m.p.h.
2007 -- Travis Kvapil (1st) -- Ford -- 115.061 m.p.h.
2006 -- Mike Skinner (1st) -- Toyota -- 117.812 m.p.h.
2005 -- Todd Bodine (3rd) -- Toyota -- 126.238 m.p.h.
2004 -- Shane Hmiel (21st) -- Chevrolet -- 123.865 m.p.h.
2003 -- Brendan Gaughan (1st) -- Dodge -- 123.826 m.p.h.
2002 -- David Starr (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 135.394 m.p.h. (race record)
2001 -- Ted Musgrave (10th) -- Dodge -- 128.091 m.p.h.
2000 -- Not Held
1999 -- Greg Biffle (5th) -- Ford -- 127.229 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jack Sprague (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 130.801 m.p.h.
1997 -- Joe Ruttman (8th) -- Ford -- 125.849 m.p.h.
1996 -- Jack Sprague (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 120.782 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Carquest Auto Parts 420K (1996-1997), Sam's Town 250
(1998), The Orleans 350 (1999-2001), Las Vegas 350 (2002-05, 2009),
Smith's Las Vegas 350 (2006-07), Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350 (2008).
Past Smith's 350 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Ron Hornaday Jr -- 1st
2010 -- Austin Dillon -- 1st
2009 -- Todd Bodine -- 4th
2008 -- Ron Hornaday Jr -- 5th
2007 -- Travis Kvapil -- 1st
2006 -- Mike Skinner -- 1st
2005 -- Mike Skinner -- 6th
2004 -- Mike Skinner -- 6th
2003 -- Brendan Gaughan -- 1st
2002 -- David Starr -- 1st
2001 -- Jack Sprague -- 2nd
2000 -- Not Held
1999 -- Stacy Compton -- 6th
1998 -- Jack Sprague -- 1st
1997 -- Jack Sprague -- 2nd
1996 -- Bryan Reffner -- 9th
Last Race Results
RACE: Kentucky 201 (September 21st)
SITE: Kentucky Speedway -- Sparta, Kentucky
MILES: 201
LAPS: 134
WINNER: James Buescher
RUNNER-UP: Parker Kligerman
THIRD: Ty Dillon
FOURTH: Joey Coulter
FIFTH: Brian Scott
POLE WINNER: Joey Coulter (Finished 4th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 53 minutes, 43 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 106.053 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.292 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 42 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Coulter 1-17; R. Chastain 18; B. Silas 19-20; B. Scott 21-33;
J. Buescher 34-42; B. Scott 43; J. Buescher 44-46; R. Blaney
47-59; J. Coulter 60-81; J. Agnew 82; J. Buescher 83-134.
Smith's 350 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00To Be AnnouncedFord/TBA
2Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point Hotel/Casino
3Ty Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
5Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Ryan's Mission/
6Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Chevrolet/Lofton Cattle
07Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Chevrolet/Wear Your Gear/
7Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
08Ross Chastain (Alva, FL)Toyota/SS Green Light
09John Wes Townley (Waitville, GA)Toyota/Zaxby's
9 *Ron Hornaday Jr. (Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/Smokey Mt. Herbal Snuff
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)RAM/
11Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/Toyota Care
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Toyota/Hot Honey/Curb Records
14Brennan Newberry (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/NTS/IronClad Performance
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
18David Mayhew (Atascadero, CA)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/Richard Childress Racing
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Ford/
27Travis Miller (Chesapeake, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
29Grant Enfinger (Fairhope, AL)RAM/Reese Towpower
30Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Qualcomm
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Great Clips
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
65Chris Lafferty (Concord, NC)Chevrolet/Certified Power
84Chris Fontaine (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/JPO Absorbents
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Toyota/Menard's
93Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
98Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, MD)Toyota/AM PM
99Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/Rockingham Speedway
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Ron Hornaday Jr------13th5th22nd5th6th11thWon
Matt Crafton9th22nd11th21st26th3rd2nd5th2nd
Timothy Peters---------------26th5th26th3rd
Johnny Sauter------------------Won2nd4th
Todd Bodine---2ndWon12th28th9th4th4th5th
Nelson Piquet Jr---------------------20th6th
David Mayhew---------------------15th7th
Brendan GaughanWon---35th15th30th20th------9th
Parker Kligerman------------------------10th
James Buescher------------------13th3rd21st
Joey Coulter------------------------22nd
Ty Dillon---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Norm Benning - Started in the 34th position and finished 15th.
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Matt Crafton
Darkhorse - Ryan Sieg
Last Week's Pick to Win (Parker Kligerman) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Cale Gale) - Finished 19th
Heading down the backstretch of the season, only four points separate the top two drivers, as six races remain on the Camping World schedule.

Ty Dillon owns a slim advantage over James Buescher heading into Las Vegas. Buescher trimmed Dillon's lead by seven points thanks to his win in Kentucky last week. Despite a 17th place finish two weeks ago, Buescher has been the driver to beat recently, posting six top-7 finishes in the last eight races with two wins.

Dillon has been no slouch either in recent weeks, recording a first, second and a third in the past three races and has 14 top-10s in 16 2012 starts.

Last year, Ron Hornaday Jr captured the Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Hornaday, the four-time series champion, started on the pole and put on a dominating performance by leading 107 of 146 laps for his fourth win of the 2011 season and the 51st of his career. It's was the first time Hornaday had won at Las Vegas in 11 races.

In 2010, Ty's brother Austin Dillon put on a dominating performance to win his second career Truck Series title. Dillon, the grandson of NASCAR multi-team owner Richard Childress, started on the pole and led 93 of 146 laps to become the youngest series winner at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas track. Dillon lost the lead to Buescher after two late-race restarts, but he grabbed the top spot from Buescher for good with 35 laps remaining.

Johnny Sauter became a first-time winner in the Truck Series in 2009, as he raced to victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sauter, who started second on the grid, passed Matt Crafton for the lead with 17 laps to go and then held off his ThorSport Racing teammate at the finish for his first win in his 31st series start. He became the first rookie driver on the circuit to win a race since Carl Edwards won in 2003 at Nashville. Sauter joined David Starr (2002) and Shane Hmiel (2004) as the drivers who recorded their first truck wins at Las Vegas.

Mike Skinner overtook Erik Darnell with just two laps remaining and held on for his 25th career Truck Series title by 0.020 of a second in 2008. Pole sitter Ron Hornaday Jr led the opening lap and finished fifth. Darnell led for a race-high 56 laps, while Skinner held the advantage for 38 circuits.

In 2007, pole sitter Travis Kvapil reclaimed the lead with just four laps remaining and held off Johnny Benson by less than a second for his ninth career Truck Series title.

Skinner dominated this race in 2006, as he led for 114 laps, including the final 21, to edge Ted Musgrave by 0.309 of a second for his only win in 2006 and the 19th of his Truck Series career. Skinner, who started on the pole, led on four separate occasions.

The pole sitter has had excellent success in this race over the years with seven wins in 15 races, including four of the last six. In fact, the pole sitter has never finished outside the top-10.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway joined the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1996 and has held 15 events. There was no race in 2000. The 1998 Sam's Town 250 decided the closest championship in series history. Jack Sprague won the race but Ron Hornaday Jr finished second to claim the title by three points. The track was reconfigured in 2006 with banking in the turns increased from 12 to 20 degrees.

The next Camping World Truck Series race is the October 6 Fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mike Wallace won last year's race there.

09/25 14:55:51 ET

As of September 25, 2012, at 02:56 PM ET
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