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Racin News: Foyt Back In A Truck

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Tuesday, October 26 2010

Larry Foyt back in NASCAR.

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In Racin’ news today:

Larry Foyt, son of A.J. Foyt, will return to a NASCAR driver’s seat this weekend when he competes in the Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Foyt will drive the No. 01 DougHanson.com Chevy truck in the Mountain Dew 250 Saturday afternoon. Daisy Ramirez Motorsports, a first year team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will field the truck for Foyt.

The race marks Foyt’s fourth appearance in the series in as many years but it will be his first time at Talladega in a truck, although he has competed at the 2.66-mile track in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. Back in a race truck for the first time since February 2009, Foyt is not concerned about the 18-month layoff.

“In my situation, I’m going back to a place where I did a ton of testing for Evernham and I have a lot of laps there,” Foyt said.  “Plus I really enjoy racing the superspeedways–they’re a lot of fun because of the drafting.  I have watched a couple truck races a little more closely lately so that I can recognize most of the trucks and know who I’m going to be racing with. That’s really important knowing who to draft with and who not to. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve got a lot of friends in NASCAR so I hope to go down and have an enjoyable, competitive weekend and come out with a good finish.”

Sharp and Gill partner up: Eddie Sharp Racing and Team Gill Racing announced a partnership Tuesday for the remainder of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event to prepare for continued NCWTS competition in 2011.

Craig Goess will drive the No. 46 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota Tundra this weekend at Talladega in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut.

The 29-year-old driver competed in the ARCA Racing Series in 2010 with Eddie Sharp Racing. He finished the season second in points with one win, three pole awards, 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes in 20 races.

“We are thrilled to partner with Team Gill Racing,” team owner Eddie Sharp said. “I am really looking forward to working together this season and beyond. I’m excited to compete in the final races of the season with the Truck team and for Craig Goess to make his NASCAR debut this weekend at Talladega.”

Team Gill Racing, formed in 2009, is owned by veteran NASCAR crew chief Danny Gill. “I’m excited for the partnership with Eddie and ESR,” said Gill. “With four races left in the season, we are going to work together to continue to strengthen our teams and talented drivers.”

Truck ratings up again: According to Nielsen Media Research, ratings for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Martinsville were up 41 percent year-to-year, with Saturday’s live coverage on SPEED scoring a .69 (536,000 households) against last year’s .49 (365,000 households). The race, won by Ron Hornaday Jr., peaked at a .89 (690,000 households), up 53 percent from last year’s peak of .58 (429,000 households).

After early season postponements at Daytona (rain) and Gateway (electrical outage) put the series in a ratings hole, the trucks continue to build momentum with viewers, scoring increases in six of the last nine events (Pocono up 78 percent, Darlington up 19 percent, Bristol up 3 percent, Kentucky percent and Las Vegas 17 percent). Since July, NCWTS ratings are up 12 percent year-to-year.

(This story will be updated as news breaks)

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Tuesday, October 26 2010
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