Almirola makes a name for himself: The VFW 200 Camping World Review

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On lap 93, No. 51 Aric Almirola, No. 30 Todd Bodine and No. 18 Kyle Busch got three-wide across the start-finish line in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200 Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com.  Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR


What a truck race.  Seriously.  Did anyone else watch this?  Even with the short rain delay, this was a great race.  I feel like we can finally say that Austin Dillon has talent.  Dillon spent the entire race up in the top 10.  Dillon sat on the pole and the only time he wasn’t up front was during green flag pit stops.  Dillon would finish in 5th place.  It was another young gun who would take the checkered, and I’m not talking about Kyle Busch.  Aric Almirola won just his second ever win.  It was also the second of this year for him and Billy Ballew won his first ever Michigan race.  More over, Almirola moved within 55 points of Todd Bodine for 1st place in points.   

Results, Points and More after the JUMP!

Finish Start Trk # Driver Team Laps Status
1 10 51 Aric Almirola Zyclara / Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota 100 Running
2 7 30 Todd Bodine Germain.com Toyota 100 Running
3 8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Tundra Toyota 100 Running
4 2 33 Ron Hornaday Jr. Longhorn Chevrolet 100 Running
5 1 3 Austin Dillon # Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet 100 Running
6 12 17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota 100 Running
7 16 23 Jason White GunBroker.com / www.rmef.org Ford 100 Running
8 24 81 David Starr Randy Moss Motorsports Toyota 100 Running
9 5 2 Elliott Sadler Grange Insurance Chevrolet 100 Running
10 14 15 Nelson Piquet Qualcomm / ArcSight Toyota 100 Running
11 9 60 Stacy Compton SafeAuto Insurance Chevrolet 100 Running
12 19 5 Mike Skinner International Trucks / Monaco RV Toyota 100 Running
13 13 07 Donny Lia Outdoor Channel Outfitters Dodge 100 Running
14 6 13 Johnny Sauter ez Grill / Curb Records Chevrolet 100 Running
15 11 4 Ricky Carmichael Monster Energy Chevrolet 100 Running
16 3 31 James Buescher Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet 100 Running
17 20 84 Chris Fontaine Glenden Enterprises Chevrolet 100 Running
18 18 7 Justin Lofton # visitPIT.com Toyota 100 Running
19 23 90 Brad Sweet Great Clips Toyota 99 Running
20 15 48 Hermie Sadler www.shoptna.com Chevrolet 99 Running
21 27 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb # DrivenMale.com Ford 99 Running
22 25 39 Ryan Sieg S&W Services Chevrolet 99 Running
23 17 12 Mario Gosselin TireMonkey.com Chevrolet 98 Running
24 32 47 Brett Butler # Fuel Doctor Chevrolet 97 Running
25 33 6 Donnie Neuenberger EZ Slider Cylinder Liners Chevrolet 93 Running
26 35 01 Michael Guerity Koma / Unwind / Iamafootsoldier.com Chevrolet 91 Running
27 4 88 Matt Crafton NIBCO / Menards Chevrolet 83 Engine
28 34 57 Norm Benning Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 58 Engine
29 28 85 Brent Raymer Ford Drive one. Ford 30 Vibration
30 21 21 Chad McCumbee ASI Limited Dodge 29 Fuel Pump
31 29 93 Mike Garvey S&W Services Chevrolet 24 Handling
32 36 95 Terry Jones Team Gill Racing Dodge 23 Engine
33 22 87 Chris Jones Copy Wizard Chevrolet 21 Transmission
34 30 89 Mike Harmon Darrell Abbott Ride for Dime Ford 13 Suspension
35 26 46 Chase Austin Walgreens Dodge 10 Engine
36 31 16 J.C. Stout Fuel Doctor Chevrolet 6 Ignition

Oh Yeah!  The #51 back in victory lane again.  There was a great three wide battle between Almirola (whose name I can't seem to spell right the first time) Bodine and Busch with 7 laps to go.  Almirola took over the lead, and never gave it up.  It's great to see a guy who's been kicked around the past few years get to shine.  Almirola was a Gibbs driver, who kept gettin passed up by guys like Brian Ickler, Brad Coleman, and Joey Logano.  Almirola left Gibbs to join DEI.  After Budweiser and US Army left DEI, Almirola was trying to get the #8 car full time sponsorship.  Almirola finally was given the car for the full season, but without money, the #8 team closed.  Almirola then kicked around a few different teams before landing with James Finch.  But Miccosukee left the #09 Chevy, and again Almirola was without a sponsor.  Aric left Finch to focus on the Truck Series.  And now he's got two wins and is second in points.  Aric is still young, and there's a great chance that he will be back in Cup soon.  Lets take a look at the point standings:

1 30 Todd Bodine Geico Toyota Steve Germain 1,443
2 51 Aric Almirola Graceway Pharmaceuticals Chevy Billy Ballew 1,388
3 17 Timothy Peters K&N/Strutmasters.com Toyota Tom Deloach 1,278
4 33 Ron Hornaday (PC) Longhorn Chevy Delana Harvick 1,273
5 13 Johnny Sauter Easy To Install Chevy Mike Curb 1,179
6 5 Mike Skinner International Truck Toyota David Dollar 1,171
7 23 Jason White Gunbroker.com Dodge Steve Urvan 1,145
8 81 David Starr Zachry Toyota Randy Moss 1,132
9 4 Ricky Carmichael Monster Energy Drink Chevy Delana Harvick 1,107
10 88 Matt Crafton Menards Chevy Rhonda Thorson 1,098
11 3 Austin Dillon ® Bass Pro Shops Chevy Richard Childress 1,093
12 7 Justin Lofton ® Visitpit.com Toyota Tom Deloach 995
13 18 Kyle Busch Heluva Good/Dollar General Toyota Kyle Busch 957
14 12 Mario Gosselin MyTireMonkey.com Chevy Michelle Gosselin 949
15 39 Ryan Sieg ® S&W Services Chevy Susan Bates 883
16 47 Brett Butler ® Fuel Doctor Chevy Rick Ware 842
17 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb ® drivenmale.com Ford Jennifer Jo Cobb 840
18 31 James Buescher Wolf Pack Rentals Chevy Steve Turner 834
19 57 Norm Benning Benning Chevy Norm Benning 807
20   Tayler Malsam     798
21 18 Johnny Benson (PC) Toyota Tundra Toyota Kyle Busch 735
22 60 Stacy Compton SafeAuto Insurance Toyota Chad Kendrick 654
23 85 Brent Raymer Ford Drive One Ford Chrissie Raymer 611
24 07 Donny Lia ASI Limited Dodge/Chevy Steve Urvan 600
25 2 Kevin Harvick E-Z-Go/Tide Chevy Delana Harvick 560
26 15 Nelson Piquet Qualcomm Toyota Billy Ballew 541
27 76 Rick Crawford Superseal Ford Ray Hackett 527
28 2 Elliott Sadler Best Buy/Hunt Bros. Chevy Delana Harvick 497
29 6 Donnie Neuenberger EZ-Slider Chevy Rick Ware 439
30 60 Narian Karthikeyan SafeAuto Insurance Toyota Chad Kendrick 421
31 73 Chris Fontaine Glenden Enterprizes Chevy Chris Fontaine 379
32 2 Ken Schrader E-Z-Go Chevy Delana Harvick 372
33 21 Chris Eggleston H20 Fire Protection Chevy Steve Urvan 370
34 95 Terry Jones Dodge Danny Gill 346
35 48 Hermie Sadler TNA Wrestling Chevy Andy Hillenburg 346
36 90 Brad Sweet Great Clips Toyota Doug Stringer 333
37 18 Brian Ickler Toyota Tundra Toyota Kyle Busch 330
38 07 Tony Jackson Jr ASI Chevy Ken Smith 326
39 9 Max Papis Geico Toyota Bob Germain 323
40 92 Dennis Setzer Plane Guts Dodge Danny Gill 319
41 93 Shane Sieg S&W Services Chevy Pam Sieg 317
42 89 Mike Harmon Lafferty Perf Ford Chris Lafferty 296
43 15 Steve Wallace Red Top Toyota Billy Ballew 292
44 63 Jack Smith Mittler Brothers Ford Michael Mittler 244
45 01 Michael Guerity Koma Unwind Chevy Daisy Ramirez 243
46 16 J. C. Stout Fuel Doctor Chevy Rick Ware 219
47 01 Carl Long Koma Unwind Chevy Daisy Ramirez 217
48 87 Chris Jones D.W. Campbell Chevy Rick Jones 216
49 21 Chad McCumbee Dodge Steve Urvan 200
50 76 Ryan Hackett Sears Sand and Gravel Ford Ray Hackett 191
51 29 Brad Keselowski Dodge Brad Keselowski 188
52 93 Mike Garvey S&W Services Chevy Pam Sieg 180
53 21 Johnny Chapman ASI Limited Dodge Steve Urvan 155
54 46 Brian Rose Team Gill Dodge Danny Gill 152
55 76 Brian Johnson Jr Superseal Ford Ray Hackett 140
56 01 JJ Yeley Koma Unwind Chevy Daisy Ramirez 139
57 48 Tim Bainey Jr Delgrosso Chevy Andy Hillenburg 134
58 00 Carlos Contreras Potencia Energy Chevy Daisy Ramirez 126
59 07 Sean Murphy Dietz & Watson Chevy Ken Smith 124
60 89 Chris Lafferty Lafferty Perf Chevy Chris Lafferty 119
61 6 DJ Kennington Chevy Rick Ware 112
62 86 Jamie Dick Viva Auto Group Chevy Jimmy Dick 103
63 46 Clay Greenfield Dodge Danny Gill 100
64 01 Dillon Oliver Koma Unwind Chevy Daisy Ramirez 94
65 01 Joe Aramendia Koma Unwind Chevy Daisy Ramirez 91
66 95 Geoff Bodine Team Gill Dodge Danny Gill 85
67 50 T.J. Bell Ronald McDonald House Dodge Mark Beaver 82
68 90 Jesse Smith Great Wolfe Toyota Doug Stringer 76
69 46 Willie Allen Team Gill Dodge Danny Gill 76
70 15 Ted Musgrave Hope for Haiti Toyota Billy Ballew 70
71 21 Butch Miller Dodge Steve Urvan 67
72 48 Bryan Silas Rockingham Speedway Chevy Andy Hillenburg 67
73 95 Tim Andrews Team Gill Dodge Danny Gill 67
74 95 Lance Fenton Team Gill Dodge Danny Gill 61
75 16 Wes Burton Green Burton Chevy Green Burton 61
76 65 Wayne Edwards Lafferty Perf Chevy Chris Lafferty 61
77 46 Chase Austin Team Gill Dodge Danny Gill 58
78 98 Landon Cassill Easy To Install Chevy Duke Thorson 55
79 50 GR Smith Ronald McDonald House Dodge Mark Beaver 55

This is the points race I'm most interested in right now. Bodine, Almirola, Peters, Hornaday, Sauter and Skinner all have a great chance at taking home the Camping World Title.  It should get interesting here soon.  The race for the top 25 in points heated up.  Here's a look at the battle:

23 57 Norm Benning Benning Chevy Norm Benning 807
24 01 JJ Yeley/Carl Long/Dillon Oliver/Michael Guerity/Joe Aramendia Koma Unwind Chevy Daisy Ramirez 806
25 6 Donnie Neuenberger/DJ Kennington/Brian Rose/J.C. Stout/Michael Guerity EZ-Slider Chevy Rick Ware 785
26 21 Donny Lia/Butch Miller/Chris Eggleson/Johnny Chapman/Chad McCumbee ASI Limited Dodge Steve Urvan 743
27 31 James Buescher Wolf Pack Rentals Chevy Steve Turner 710
28 85 Brent Raymer Ford Drive One Ford Chrissie Raymer 651

James Buescher has only raced in 5 races, the #21 and #6 have raced in 9.  Yet Buescher is about to skyrocket past both of them.  Should be interesting. 

The Camping World Trucks will be taking a month off for who knows why.  So we will have to put our excitement on hold.  I'll let you all know when the trucks are coming back.  July 12th they will head to Iowa.  Stay tuned!

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