One of the other exciting things that has been happening recently, as far as our Red Horse Racing team, is that we may finally be getting close to a possible second Craftsman Truck Series team. While there hasn’t been an announcement yet, it’s been no secret that we have been trying to expand our organization. Rick Gay has been hired by Red Horse Racing, and while he’s already a huge help for our No. 11 team, he has also been getting people hired for the possible second team. I’m sure there will be an announcement pretty soon, but right now they are just trying to get everything in place and situated. It’s a cool thing for me because I’m excited to have a teammate, and I think it’s going to be awesome for everyone at RHR.
Q: Joey Logano is going to make his first Sprint Cup start at Richmond. First, how do you think he’ll do against the big boys and second, do you see him running the last 10 races in Stewart’s car or in a fourth Gibbs car?
Well, it’s another fairly slow news cycle for the second week of August. Silly Season has quieted down a bit, although we’re all pretty much waiting to hear Ryan Newman make it official that he will be driving for Tony Stewart — and of course, we’re still waiting with baited breath to hear where Casey Mears will end up next. So, with nothing new in the pipeline, I could have gone to the well and written another Kyle-Busch-Is-Pretty-Good piece after his eighth win of the season; but instead, we’ll explore a few random thoughts and observations that are dancing through my head as the season is just over 60% complete.
1. Artifacts – Dale Earnhardt Inc.’s driver of the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, Martin Truex Jr., has agreed to contract terms with his current employer that will keep him with the organization and his team at least through 2009. Last week, rumors had Truex Jr. agreeing in principal to resigning with DEI, leading to a vehement denial from Truex Jr. himself and a reported heated discussion with DEI’s President of Global Operations Max Siegel, who was accused of leaking the story to media outlets. But Friday, it was Truex who was singing a far different tune.
Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.889 seconds ahead of Erik Darnell to win the Toyota Tundra 200 Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn. Benson held onto an extremely loose truck early in the race and led just three laps on his way to his third consecutive win this season. Todd Bodine, Jack Sprague, and Ron Hornaday Jr. rounded out the top five.
After taking a weekend off, the Craftsman Truck Series heads to Nashville Superspeedway this weekend for the Toyota Tundra 200. When the green flag flies, Brad Keselowksi Racing will make their Truck Series debut with Robb Brent behind the wheel of the No. 19 Chevrolet. Brent just started racing four years ago, at age 16, at Kart2Kart, an indoor carting track.
Scott Speed has certainly spent a large part of his life living up to his last name. After years of success in go karts and road racing culminated in a full-time ride in Formula 1, this California native appeared destined for the fast track of auto racing success. But after a change in direction was made with his Toro Rosso program, Speed’s focus turned from open-wheel to stock cars — and it hasn’t taken him long to pick up the pace. He won in the Truck Series in just his sixth career start — taking the checkered flag at Dover — and a runner-up finish Saturday at Pocono gave him the lead in the ARCA Re/Max championship standings. At this point, it’s not a matter of if this talented 25-year-old can make it to the Cup Series… it’s a matter of when.
I had some folks in from out of town for my birthday that used to help me early in my racing career and we still remain friends today. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I had some friends come in from Mr. Mitchell’s family from southwest Texas, and Lisa and Michael Mitchell attended the birthday party. We had over 100 guests, I believe, and had a really nice time. Even the King performed in my backyard and that was cool. Not everybody can say that Elvis has performed in their backyard! We had a private band and we had a good time.
1. Yuck! – Max Mosley, President of the governing body that oversees Formula 1 racing — the most widely followed form of automobile racing in the world — won a breach or privacy lawsuit against a British tabloid this week. The magazine ran a story about the 68-year old’s sexual escapades that quickly got picked up by the international press, including one that included a role playing scenario which appeared to have Nazi overtones behind it. The Judge, in awarding $120,000 in damages to the F1 head said, “There was bondage, beating and domination, which seem to be typical of S&M behavior.”
Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.484 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday Jr. to win the Power Stroke Diesel 200 Friday night at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis. Benson held the lead in a two-lap shootout with Hornaday Jr. to score his second win in a row, extending his points lead in the series to 15 over the defending Truck Series champ. Erik Darnell, Matt Crafton, and Shelby Howard rounded out the top five.