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Tracking the Trucks : Silverado 350K

*In a Nutshell:* Ted Musgrave took the checkered flag under caution ahead of Brendan Gaughan to win his first race since 2005 in St. Louis. Musgrave survived a green-white-checkered finish in the Silverado 350K at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night that saw the two frontrunners, Chad McCumbee and Jack Sprague, wreck each other shortly after taking the green flag. Mike Skinner, Mike Bliss and Rick Crawford rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Mike Skinner. Both Mike Skinner and Ron Hornaday, Jr. had very strong trucks Friday night. Skinner scored his tenth pole of the season, tying the record he set during his 1995 championship season. Skinner led early before relinquishing the lead to Kyle Busch. Read More »

Tearing Apart the Trucks : Wyler and Gaughan Join Forces

It's no secret it takes money to succeed in NASCAR. Typically a larger team with more resources at hand has more success than a small team. Perhaps that's why Craftsman Truck Series owners Jeff Wyler and Michael Gaughan have joined forces. Earlier this week, the two announced the formation of Wyler-Gaughan Racing, which will field two full-time truck teams in 2008. The team will attempt to qualify for at least six Sprint Cup races as well. Read More »

Running Their Mouth : Pep Boys Auto 500

"(Sunday) wasn't the best day for our car, (but) circumstances at the end really worked out for us. We were able to capitalize on a great pit call, but we need to make the most of every race because I know it's going to be a shootout to the end." _Jimmie Johnson_ "I would have loved to have had a shot (at Jimmie Johnson). I hate to see a race end like that. I think it would have been great. The No. 8 car and the No. 48 were both really fast, and we were gonna be pretty good on two tires and Matt had four; so, it was gonna be one heck of a finish. We just had a good day all around. We finished way better than we ran, and I appreciate the fans coming out here. It's a great place to race, and a really exciting place to be." _Carl Edwards, finished 2nd_ Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Easy Care Vehicle Service Contracts 200

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the lead with eight laps remaining to win the Easy Care Vehicle Service Contracts 200 over Ron Hornaday, Jr. Johnny Benson, Mark Martin and Mike Skinner rounded out the Top 5. Busch took the checkered flag 0.971 seconds ahead of his competition to become the first repeat Truck series winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway; he also won in 2005. Meanwhile, Hornaday's second place finish allowed him to retake the point lead over Skinner by just four points with three races left. *Who Should Have Won: Busch*. Busch led the first practice Friday afternoon and ran only four laps in the final practice session because he was so happy with the truck. The Nextel Cup regular took his No. 51 Red Top Auto Action Chevrolet to a third place starting position in his eighth race this season. That allowed Busch to jump out front early, but he was black flagged during the race because his window net was unhooked. However, just as he was getting ready to pull down pit road to get the net rehooked, the caution came out, allowing him to get his window net fixed without losing a lap and remain in contention for the win. He took the lead back with just eight laps remaining and led a race-high 65 laps overall. "It was vibrating off every lap and I was putting it back on every straightaway. That was an experience," Busch said of his window net, grinning. "I've never done that before." Read More »

Running Their Mouth : Subway 500

"I was happy to see the 12 (Newman) get by the 24 (Gordon), because I was thinking about the points we would gain on the 24. But then I said, 'Whoa, Ryan's hungry. He hasn't won in a while.' I was more worried about the 12 at the end there than I was about the 24. I washed up in the middle of the corner, and he (Newman) was inside of me going down the straightaway. I left the door open, and the caution certainly helped me." _Jimmie Johnson_ "It was a good run for the alltel Dodge Avenger. We weren't a very good car yesterday in practice at any point. We made some changes that worked, and the guys did a good job. In hindsight, I still wish we had the last lap on the outside of the 48. It was a good run for us. We had a little bump and run there with the 24. That is something that has happened to me in the past, so I didn't feel that bad giving it to him. In the end, it was a good finish for us." _Ryan Newman, finished 2nd_ Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Kroger 200

*In a Nutshell:* As the field wrecked behind him, Mike Skinner took the checkered flag ahead of Jack Sprague to win the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway Saturday afternoon. A late-race red flag set the field up for a three-lap shootout, and Skinner prevailed, winning his third race at the 0.526-mile short track. Ron Hornaday, Jr, David Starr and Rick Crawford rounded out the Top Five. *Who Should Have Won:* Terry Cook. Cook was the third fastest in practice Friday afternoon with speeds just four-tenths of a mile per hour off of Jack Sprague, who topped the leaderboard. The No. 59 Harris Trucking Toyota started deep in the field after posting the 24th quickest qualifying time. Cook took the lead on lap 27 under caution after Brian Scott spun off of turn one. He led the following 108 laps before contact with Sprague opened the door for Skinner to lead. Cook ended up 29th, 11 laps down. Read More »

Tearing Apart the Trucks : New Faces at Martinsville

When the Craftsman Truck Series takes the green flag Saturday afternoon for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville, there will be a few new faces. Travis Dassow, Chris Jones, Colin Braun (pronounced "Brown") will be making their truck series debuts. With an entry list of 40, the largest since the spring race at Martinsville when there were 41 entrants, each driver is guaranteed a starting position based on owner's points. Also, defending Indianapolis 500 winner will attempt to make the field for his first truck series race. Read More »

Running Their Mouth : Bank of America 500

_Each week, we'll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It's the most original commentary you'll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway:_ "This is just an incredible day for the DuPont Chevrolet. I've got to thank all these guys. They just never gave up. We had an awesome race car. Even on that last one, on the restart, the tires spun so bad that Clint Bowyer could have gone right by me, but he gave me a big shot in the rear bumper and kind of got me going again. So it was just a great day. This is what we've been looking for is getting us a win at Charlotte. What a great comeback." _Jeff Gordon_ "He (Gordon) slipped and I was gaining on him too fast and got into the back of him instead of going underneath of him. Gil and all the guys brought me a good hot rod. We ain't out of it. We're going to keep going and we're going to get Jack Daniels a championship. It was a great finish for us as far as the Chase points." _Clint Bowyer, finished 2nd_ Read More »

In Case You Missed It … Catching Up On A Week’s Worth Of News

*DEI's Gilmore Suffers Aneurysm* Dale Earnhardt, Inc. vice president of Competition Richie Gilmore was taken to a Birmingham hospital last weekend after suffering stroke-like symptoms while at the track at Talladega. He was later diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, and is now expected to be out of commission for at least one month. "He was released [Saturday] from the hospital and he's back home getting some rest, said Max Siegel, president of global operations for DEI. "He will undergo further evaluation and precautionary testing next week." Read More »

Running Their Mouth : UAW-Ford 500

_Each week, we'll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It's the most original commentary you'll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the much-anticipated UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway:_ "We avoided the wrecks, and all of a sudden found ourselves in the Top 15 with about 25-30 to go, and we held on there. What I don't understand is how I got by my teammate. I got a couple of pushes. When it got three-wide, I thought, `This is my opportunity.' Luckily, when I got high and Jimmie tried to block me, the No. 20 was there and had nowhere to go. He's the one who pushed me to the front." _Jeff Gordon_ Read More »