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Tracking the Trucks : Camping World RV Sales 200

Tracking the Trucks : Camping World RV Sales 200

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.960 seconds ahead of Johnny Benson to win the Camping World RV Sales 200 Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet held off a hard charging Benson in a three lap shootout to win his second consecutive race. Travis Kvapil, Erik Darnell and Rick Crawford rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Ron Hornaday, Jr.* Hornaday, Jr. started on the outside pole after qualifying was rained out and took the lead going into Turn 3. The driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet managed to avoid a spinning Timothy Peters and retake the lead with 25 laps to go and never looked back. Ron Hornaday, Jr. led 149 of the 200 laps run to score his fifth victory this season. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Camping World 200 presented by Honda Power Equipment

Tracking the Trucks : Camping World 200 presented by Honda Power Equipment

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.646 seconds ahead of Dennis Setzer to win the Camping World 200 presented by Honda Power Equipment Saturday afternoon at Gateway International Raceway. The driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet took the lead for the final time on lap 130 and led the final 30 laps to score his fourth win this season. Johnny Benson, Todd Bodine and Jack Sprague rounded out the Top 5. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Toyota Tundra 200

Tracking the Trucks : Toyota Tundra 200

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.889 seconds ahead of Erik Darnell to win the Toyota Tundra 200 Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, TN. Benson held onto an extremely loose truck early in the race and led just three laps on his way to his third consecutive win this season. Todd Bodine, Jack Sprague, and Ron Hornaday, Jr. rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Todd Bodine.* Bodine started on the pole and held a 4.2 second lead over Stacy Compton just 30 laps into the race. Bodine went on to lead 74 laps before Stacy Compton took the top spot on lap 75. After losing the lead to Compton, Bodine's truck remained strong enough to run in the Top 5 for the majority of the night; he ended up taking third at the checkered flag, but looked to be far better than where he wound up at the finish. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Power Stroke Diesel 200

Tracking the Trucks : Power Stroke Diesel 200

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.484 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to win the Power Stroke Diesel 200 Friday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis. Benson held the lead in a two lap shootout with Hornaday, Jr. to score his second win in a row, extending his point lead in the series to 15 over the defending Truck Series champ. Erik Darnell, Matt Crafton, and Shelby Howard rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Ron Hornaday, Jr.* Hornaday, Jr. qualified fourth and clearly had one of the strongest Trucks on the track, taking the lead just five laps into Friday night's race. The driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet held off Johnny Benson through multiple restarts before relinquishing the lead when the driver of the No. 23 used the high line to make a pass with 38 laps left. In the end, Hornaday, Jr. led 153 of 200 laps, but was never able to retake the lead from Benson. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Built Ford Tough 225

Tracking the Trucks : Built Ford Tough 225

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.474 seconds ahead of Michael Annett to win the Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Dealers at Kentucky Speedway. Benson held off a charge from his rookie teammate with just 18 laps remaining to win his second race this season and take over the point lead. Matt Crafton, Dennis Setzer, and David Starr rounded out the Top 5 finishers. *Who Should Have Won: Johnny Benson.* Shortly after the green flag flew, Benson made a strong charge behind teammate Mike Skinner and nearly challenged Skinner for the lead. He then took the top spot again for the final time after completing a four wide pass with just 32 laps remaining, well on his way to his first victory at Kentucky Speedway. Read More »

It’s Official: Newman And Penske Part Ways After 2008. Now What?

It’s Official: Newman And Penske Part Ways After 2008. Now What?

One of the hottest rumors in the garage became fact on Monday afternoon, with the announcement by Penske Racing that Ryan Newman will no longer drive for the team after the 2008 season. The dissolution of the Newman / Penske relationship marks the end of a nine-year run between the two, one that produced 21 wins in NASCAR’s top divisions -- including the 2002 All-Star Race and the 2008 Daytona 500. Newman, who was brought up from the USAC ranks to stock cars in the team’s ABC development program, has driven for Roger Penske since 2000 and full-time in the No. 12 Cup car since 2002. After qualifying for the Chase in 2004 and 2005, however, things have gone from feast to famine for Newman in the Cup Series. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : O’Reilly 200

Tracking the Trucks : O’Reilly 200

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.269 seconds ahead of Erik Darnell to win the O'Reilly 200 Saturday night at Memphis Motorsports Park. Hornaday, Jr. held the lead after a short red flag to clean up the track and through a green-white-checker finish to score his second win of the season. Matt Crafton, Rick Crawford, and David Starr rounded out the Top 5 finishers. *Who Should Have Won: Ron Hornaday, Jr.* Hornaday, Jr. qualified third and wasted no time trying to take the lead, as he drove his No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet down to the inside of pole sitter Johnny Benson in turn one right after taking the green flag. Though he didn't win the battle for the lead then, Hornaday, Jr. took the top spot for the first time on lap 44 and went on to stay up front for 139 of the 204 laps run. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Camping World RV Sales 200

Tracking the Trucks : Camping World RV Sales 200

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 2.530 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton to win the Camping World RV Sales 200 Friday night at the Milwaukee Mile. Benson took the lead coming off of pit road under caution for light drizzle and held on to win his third consecutive race at the West Allis, WI track. Landon Cassill, Erik Darnell and Todd Bodine rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Johnny Benson.* Benson and the No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles team looked decent during both practices, running fifth in the first session and thirteenth in the final. The points leader started on the pole and led 130 of 200 laps on his way to victory lane. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Cool City Customs 200

Tracking the Trucks: Cool City Customs 200

*In a Nutshell:* Erik Darnell took the checkered flag 0.005 seconds ahead of Johnny Benson to win the Cool City Customs 200 Saturday afternoon. Darnell survived a late race restart and a photo finish with Benson to score his first win since Kansas last April. Scott Speed narrowly beat Todd Bodine to finish third; Brendan Gaughan rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Todd Bodine. Bodine ran second in the first practice and led the final practice before qualifying third in his No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra. Early in the race, Bodine was in place to become the beneficiary of contact between Mike Skinner and Jack Sprague and went on to lead 39 of the 100 laps run; Bodine finished fourth. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Sam’s Town 400K

Tracking the Trucks : Sam’s Town 400K

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.283 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to with the Sam's Town 400K Friday night. The driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet held onto the lead through a green-white-checker finish to score his first career Texas Motor Speedway victory. Johnny Benson, Jack Sprague and Todd Bodine rounded out the Top 5 finishers. *Who Should Have Won: Ron Hornaday, Jr.* Hornaday, Jr's No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet was strong straight off of the truck. Despite high cross winds during both practice sessions, Hornaday, Jr. led the first session and ran third quickest in the second session before qualifying his truck third for the race. And once the green flag dropped, Hornaday checked out as he led the most laps -- 140 of 172 -- on his way to the victory. Read More »