Have I mentioned my name is on Brad Keselowski's truck?
Brad Keselowski launched a promotion for his sponsor a couple of weeks ago. Any of us who follow him, @keselowski, were invited to also follow his sponsors, @CooperStandard (Cooper Standard) and @ReeseTowpower (Reese Towpower) and to post what position we believed he would finish in the Camping World Truck Series at Daytona.
Of course, I said first.
A week ago, Brad announced that the names of those tweeters would be painted/decaled on his truck's deck lid, and five lucky fans would have their handles on the side of the truck. Well, I wasn't so lucky to have that honor, but I'm still stoked to have my name on the deck lid. It has been a huge promotion for both Cooper Standard, who make automotive supplies, such as fluid handling systems and anti vibration products, and Reese Towpower who make towing packages. Imagine my surprise to find that the hitch on my truck for hauling my toyhauler around is actually made by Reese!!
In any case, the trucks have been on the track for practice, and the names in the trucks are so different this year that even Michael Waltrip stuttered and stammered more than normal. For example, Ron Hornaday is no longer in a Kevin Harvick machine, given that Kevin and DeLana closed up shop at the end of the 2011 season. Instead, Ron is running the 9 truck for Joe Denette Motorsports.
Austin Dillon, last years champion, is replaced this year by his younger brother, Ty Dillon. Is Ty expected to win the championship in his first year out? Well, that will remain to be seen, but certainly eyes will be on him.
Jennifer Jo Cobb is set to run the full series this year, with sponsorship from Drive2honor.org for the Daytona race.
Kyle Busch Motorsports is still out on the track, but this year Jason Leffler is behind the wheel. I'm not a Leffler fan, so maybe that's why I think the two are a perfect fit, as I'm not a Kyle Busch fan either, even though the man can drive anything with wheels.
In addition to Brad racing in the truck race this year, his full time driver, Parker Kligerman (I just really like his name) is driving the 29.
Oh and who can forget the Burton brother born in the south side of the house, Ward. Ward will be piloting the number 27 for Hillman Racing. We might not understand what he says, but we can sure respect his driving ability. Ward has won at Daytona, in the sport's premiere series. He will definitely be up front and driving hard.
And in case you think the truck race won't be exciting, let me remind you of one of the most memorable truck races. The Trucks started racing in NASCAR as the Craftsman Truck Series. In 2000 Geoffrey Bodine was driving the number 15 Line-X Ford for Billy Balew.
Hopefully nothing like this will happen in this year's race, as Geoffrey was lucky to be alive after this. He did return to racing, and finished third in the same race, two years later.
I won't be around for the race tomorrow, but Kramer will hopefully have a Live Thread up and running, so join in if you wish. Oh, and I'm picking Ward for the win.