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History of the Truck Series

With the Craftsman Truck Series taking three weeks off after only two races, what is there for a truck racing columnist to do? I started thinking about how the truck series originated, and I learned one thing; I didn't have a clue. When I got into watching truck races, the series was well underway, so I turned back to the truck series' roots to see just what started it all. Read More »

In Case You Missed It – 2/23/07 to 3/1/07

After a strenuous two weeks, the Nextel Cup Series has decided to take a break while the Busch Series heads south of the border to Mexico. However, that doesn't mean that there isn't still plenty to talk about. Old adversaries Jack Roush and Ray Evernham are making plans to duke it out next week, while current plans for the Car of Tomorrow may be scrapped. Not quite sure what all that means? Check out this week's version of In Case You Missed It to find out all the details! Read More »

Running Their Mouth : Auto Club 500

"It's a special win. It's not without Robbie, though. He spent the week at home while we were at Daytona building this car. Robbie built this team. Those guys didn't let some bad luck stop them or slow them down. Everybody on this team knows what Robbie would expect them to do, whether he is here or not. I thought I was going to have a problem because I really thought the No. 29 [Harvick] was going to run me down. Then, he had his problem and Jeff [Gordon] moved up to second and I thought he might run me down. But we got a real good restart and, after that, we were OK. It's really nice to get some of our points back from the Daytona deal." _Race Winner Matt Kenseth_ Read More »

Frontstretch Breakdown : San Bernardino County 200

*In a Nutshell:* Mike Skinner celebrated his 20th career Craftsman Truck Series win Friday night in the San Bernardino County 200 by 0.554 seconds over 2nd place finisher Ron Hornaday. Skinner took the lead for the final time with just a few laps remaining when Mark Martin spun after contact with Ron Hornaday. Last week's winner, Jack Sprague, finished third, followed by pole-sitter Carl Edwards and Ted Musgrave. Read More »

Running Their Mouth : Daytona 500

"I was cheering for Greg Biffle or Mark Martin to win, obviously. Mark is my mentor and got me where I'm at. Obviously, I wanted him to win and if he couldn't win, I wanted to Greg to win because he's a teammate, but it didn't work out that way. If there are cars on both sides, there's only so much you can do. I was on the outside and Mark was on the inside, so I really couldn't do anything." _Matt Kenseth_ "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed right now, but when we look back a week or two from now to win two races this week is a pretty strong week. We had an awesome Speedweeks. We had two of the three days go absolutely perfect, so this is the only one that didn't go right!" _Tony Stewart_ Read More »

Frontstretch Breakdown : Chevrolet Silverado HD 250

*In a Nutshell:* In true Daytona fashion for the Truck Series, it was another fantastic finish in the season opener. Jack Sprague took the lead from Travis Kvapil just a few hundred feet from the finish line, taking Johnny Benson with him as both attempted to sneak by the No. 6 Truck. Both passed him easily, with Benson diving low to try to take the win himself, but Sprague held on to win the Chevrolet Silverado HD 250 at Daytona by a mere 0.031 seconds, almost breaking the record for the smallest margin of victory. Kvapil had to settle for third, finishing just 0.003 seconds behind 2nd place Benson; Mike Skinner and Todd Bodine rounded out the Top 5 finishers. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Sponsorships

Since the season hasn't even started yet, I struggled trying to come up with a topic to talk about this week. My husband brought up a good point, though. The Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona this year is called the *Chevrolet* Silverado 250, yet Chevrolet has never visited Daytona's victory lane in a truck series race. Ironically, Daytona is one of just two tracks on the schedule where Chevrolet has yet to earn a victory (Talladega, where Mark Martin's Ford won the inaugural truck race in 2006, is the other). Read More »

In Case You Missed It : 2/9/07 – 2/15/07

Don't have enough time to read all the NASCAR news each week? Get tired of sifting through hundreds of news stories trying to find the latest news? Let us do it for you. Each week we'll give you a quick rundown of all the stories that were newsworthy, so you don't have to search high and low for what made the headlines this week. Whether you are an avid NASCAR news reader or a casual fan, _In Case You Missed It_ will keep you up to date on all of the major happenings in the world of NASCAR racing. This week just in case you were on a vacation on Neptune, we'll recap the penalties dished out at Daytona and let you know what might be in store at Vegas in three weeks, plus much more. Read More »

Best of Beth Lunkenheimer : Chase For The Cup In Trucks? Nope.

A few weeks ago when the new official Kurt Busch Message Board debuted, an interesting question was posted for everyone to weigh in on. Should the Craftsman Truck Series and the Busch Series go to a Chase for the Championship format? It's easy for me to look at Kevin Harvick sitting more than 700 points ahead in the Busch Series to say maybe they should consider a Chase format, but it's alot more difficult for me to say that about the Craftsman Truck Series. Read More »