NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News and Notes for ORP

Race No. 13 of the 25 race season for the Camping World Truck Series will take place Friday July 23, 2010 at O’Reilly Raceway Park.

The AAA Insurance 200 will be run at 8:00pm EST, which will see 200 laps on the 0.686 mile track.

Speed will begin their broadcast at 7:30pm EST with the pre-race show, hosted by Krista Voda.
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Hoffman to make debut

Wave Energy driver Nick Hoffman is set to make his debut in the Camping World Truck Series this Friday night.

“I’m very excited and I almost can’t believe this opportunity that I have,” said Hoffman in the team preview. “I’ve worked very hard to get here, but there are so many talented drivers that won’t ever get the chance that I have here this weekend—so I’ve got to be humble about it. I’m here to learn, drive smoothly and above all—finish this race. I really can’t thank Carl [Edwards] and Mike [Mittler] enough for allowing me to chase my dream of driving in NASCAR. I’m pumped up and I’m going to give it all I’ve got.”

He’ll be making his debut aboard the No. 63 Mittler Brothers Ford, which was the same team that gave Carl Edwards his first year years ago.

The deal came together via a family connection as Hoffman’s father Darrell turned wrenches back when Edwards drove for the team.

Sauter Double-Dipping at ORP

SealMaster returns to the No. 13 ThorSport Racing truck as it’ll be sponsoring Johnny Sauter, along with Curb Records. SealMaster is the worldwide leader in pavement maintenance products and equipment.

Sauter will be driving the same truck that he ran earlier this year at Martinsville, in which he was running in the top five when he was spun by Ron Hornaday.

“I don’t know what it is about that place but I just love racing there,” Sauter said in the team preview with regards to racing at ORP. “I won the ASA race there in 2000 the same night we locked up the championship. The first time I raced a Nationwide car there we finished fourth. We ran second in both the Truck race and the Nationwide race in 2004. Joe and I seem to have a really good setup for that place and whenever you have that confidence that you’re going to run good you usually do.”

In the past, he has run three races at ORP, in which he finished second in first Truck start there in 2004 with a 14th place finish last season.

Sauter will also be running the Nationwide race Saturday night as makes his 200th Nationwide start, driving the No. 27 Curb Recors/The National FFA Organization Ford Fusion. It’ll be his 38 career start for Baker Curb Racing and his second in the No. 27 this year.

Narian Karthikeyan Returns

Narian Karthikeyan will be driving the No. 60 SafeAuto Chevrolet Truck for Starbeast Motorsports in this week’s AAA Insurance 200 at ORP.

This will be his fifth start of the season with his highest finish this year being eleventh at Texas Motor Speedway.

Randolph Partners Up With Carmichael

In an effort to improve the team, Tuner Motorsports announced that veteran crew chief Doug Randolph will be joining the organization as a Race Weekend Consultant for Ricky Carmichael and the No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet.

Randolph will be working with Carmichael and crew chief Mike Fritts on race weekend set-ups while Fritts remains in charge of duties in the shop.

Currently, Carmichael sits 11th in the points, 394 points behind points leader Todd Bodine. Carmichael only has one start at ORP, which came last year for Kevin Harvick Inc. where he finished 18th.

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