Repave Has Potential to Shake Up Championship Hunt
When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series hits the pavement at Pocono Raceway in the Pocono Mountains 125 it will be the third time the series has competed at the 2.5-mile track, but the first time on the newly repaved surface. The new surface has potential to throw a wrench in the competition and shake up the championship hunt. However, statistics show the battle for the win could come down between the front runners in the points battle.
Three drivers inside the top-five in the championship standings – Timothy Peters, Justin Lofton and James Buescher – all have top-10 finishes at the famed Tricky Triangle. Peters increased his championship standings lead following Chicagoland to 23 points over Ty Dillon, Lofton, Buescher and Parker Kligerman. Dillon and Lofton are both former winners at the track in the ARCA series.
Hamlin Makes First NCWTS Start of 2012
Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin may be teammates in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but their roles will be somewhat reversed this weekend in Pocono. Denny Hamlin remains the driver piloting the No. 18 KBM Toyota with Kyle Busch taking over the reins as team owner. In 13 trucks series starts, Hamlin has garnered one win, three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Last season, at Martinsville, he became the 23rd driver in national series history to win at least one race in all three of NASCAR’s top three divisions. He finished ninth in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck event at Pocono Raceway in 2010.
Bodine Hosts Third Annual ‘Onion Slice Open’
Todd Bodine is taking his talents off the track this weekend in advance of Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 125. The former series champion will host the Third Annual ‘Onion Slice Open’ on Thursday, Aug. 2. The golf tournament will be held at the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club. Proceeds from the event will benefit the pediatric patients suffering from traumatic brain injury at Allied Services Rehabilitation in Wilkes Barre, Penn.