NASCAR Camping World Truck 2009 Review
Ron Hornaday, Jr. drove Kevin Harvick’s Chevrolet Silverado to the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship title with a dominant effort, winning six races and posting a series-leading fifteen Top Five races in the 25-race season. He also earned twenty Top Ten finishes, second only to points runnerup Matt Crafton’s twenty-one Top Ten finishes. Crafton, however, scored no wins and only eleven Top Five finishes.
The 2009 season’s leading winner didn’t rank in the Top Ten in points as he was only a part-time competitor, but Kyle Busch led the series with seven wins in the Billy Ballew Toyota Tundra.
Nine drivers won the twenty-five races. Kyle Busch won seven times, Hornaday, Jr. six. Kevin Harvick and Mike Skinner each won three races. Todd Bodine won two races. Single wins were taken by four drivers, each a first-time winner in the series: Colin Braun, Timothy Peters, Johnny Sauter, and Brian Scott.
Kyle Busch’s seven wins came on all three track types. He won at Talladega, won five races on the other non-Daytona/Talladega speedways, and won on the Bristol short track.
Todd Bodine won at Daytona to take the other Daytona/Talladega race.
In the other seventeen speedway races, eight drivers took victories, with Kyle leading with five to Hornaday, Jr.’s four. Harvick and Skinner took two wins apiece, with Todd Bodine, Braun, Sauter, and Scott winning one each. Six short track events were held, with Hornaday, Jr. winning two to one each for Kyle Busch, Harvick, Peters, and Skinner.
Eight entrants won the twenty-five 2009 races. Kevin Harvick Inc won nine, six on the superspeedways, three on the short tracks. Billy Ballew won seven, the Moss/Dollar team three with Mike Skinner, two for Germain with Bodine, and one apiece for Mike Curb (Johnny Sauter), Red Horse/DeLoach (Peters), Roush (Braun), and Scott (Scott). Ballew and KHI each won seven superspeedway races. KHI led all entrants in short track wins with three.
Toyota led the manufacturers in wins with fourteen over Chevrolet’s ten and Ford’s one. Toyota led in superspeedway victories with eleven to Chevrolet’s seven but on the short tracks Chevrolet and Toyota tied at three apiece.
Hornaday, Jr. did not win until the season’s sixth race, at Charlotte on May 15, but he put the field away by winning a series-record five consecutive races at midseason, taking the win June 20 at Milwaukee and then winning at Memphis Motorsports Park, Kentucky, IRP, and on the Nashville Superspeedway August 1. Three two-race win streaks were posted by Kyle Busch (California in February, Atlanta in March; Bristol and Chicagoland in August; October 31 Talladega, November 6 Texas). Mike Skinner won consecutively at Iowa and Gateway in September. Kevin Harvick concluded the season by winning the last two races, at Phoenix and Homestead!