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Running Their Mouth : Gateway 250

"It's been a long time since we won, and we knew we had a good shot coming in here. Everybody on the team was real excited about coming in here, and the car was just dominant all night. I'm just real proud of everybody. We knew we had a good car after practice - we didn't know it was going to be this good, though." _Reed Sorenson on his Busch Series victory_ "I don't know who's driving the 24 - he looks like a 10-year-old out there. He waved me by, then he ran into me." _Mike Bliss on 18-year-old Landon Cassill_ "(As far as the wreck), I was down on the yellow line as far as I could go, where I was supposed to be. I don't know whether he checked up or he came down the track." _Landon Cassill on Mike Bliss_ Read More »

Tearing Apart the Trucks : Mid Season Review

The Craftsman Truck Series is going into their twelfth off weekend of the season, and beside Travis Kvapil and Mike Beam getting penalized for infractions at Kentucky, not much is going on. But the truck series has passed an important milestone. Saturday night's race at Kentucky was race number 13 in the 25 race season. We have officially made it past the halfway point of the season. So how is everything going with the truck series? Mike Skinner has been the class of the series since the beginning of the season. He opened the season with his worst starting position of the year; ninth. Two weeks later, Skinner began a stretch of six poles in a row; he has seven this season. He holds the current series record for leading the most consecutive races at 13 and is only the second truck series driver over 50 to win a race; Joe Ruttman is the other. As the weeks go on, Skinner's season is looking more and more like his championship season in 1995. Read More »

Running Their Mouth: USG Sheetrock 400

_Editor's Note : Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race to capture 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 some select few were thinking after the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway._ "Matt Yocum was telling me I looked like I was struggling a little bit, but I told him to get his fat butt up there and see what he can do. That's not as easy as it looks. It's leaning out over the track." _Tony Stewart, when asked about his fence climb_ "What won us the race is (crew chief Greg) Zippy (Zipadelli) and these guys - the pit crew - did an awesome job today. They kept us the track position at the end, and that's what we needed. Track position was so important to let us run our pace and run the line that we wanted to run without having to worry about getting in dirty air. Thanks to these guys around me, that's what got us in Victory Lane again." _Tony Stewart_ Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Built Ford Tough 225

*In a Nutshell:* Mike Skinner won his fourth race of the season Saturday night in the Built Ford Tough 225 at the Kentucky Speedway. Skinner beat runner-up Travis Kvapil by 5.570 seconds. Ted Musgrave, who returned to the No. 9 after a one week suspension, finished third. Ryan Mathews and David Green rounded out the Top 5. Read More »

Tearing Apart The Trucks : Fike’s Fall From Grace

The drivers of the Craftsman Truck Series got a break this past weekend, and while some drivers spent that time resting and relaxing, others spent it capturing headlines. Aaron Fike was arrested Saturday night with lady friend Cassandra Davidson at Kings Island after the park reported Fike's SUV as suspicious. Fike tried to drive away when the Mason City Police Department approached the vehicle, but another officer pulled in front, forcing him to stop. After a thorough search of the car, the two offenders were taken into custody and arrested after officers found heroin, syringes, and spoons with residue stashed inside. According to police, Fike admitted taking the drug; if that's true, those words will cause another promising Truck Series career path to be flushed down the tubes. NASCAR's substance abuse policy was instituted in 1988, and it's pretty straight forward. NASCAR may conduct random drug tests on a whim; if a driver refuses to take the test, he is suspended until he passes, giving NASCAR a reason to consider allowing him to return to the track. However, if he fails the test outright, he is immediately suspended, offered a treatment plan, and considered for reinstatement only after completing his recovery under the watchful eyes of NASCAR. Although it will consider lifting a suspension, NASCAR officials have said there is one rule they will not bend : a three strikes and you're out policy. Read More »

Running Their Mouth: Pepsi 400

"It was unreal. I'm just so happy for Jamie and all those guys on the Crown Royal No. 26, IRWIN Tools, Diaggio, all those fellows work really hard, and Jamie, that guy works harder than anybody else. I felt like I won. Just to know how hard Jamie works, to know how close that team's been. I hope the fans enjoyed that one. That was a lot of fun. I'm so proud of my Office Depot team. I was pushing Kyle and we went under the white flag and I'm like, ‘Man, I'm pushing the wrong guy here,' and I saw that gap open up and Jamie and Biffle on the outside, and I thought I'd just fill that gap and push Jamie for all I was worth there, and hoped he'd get the win. I'm just so happy for him. That guy works as hard or harder than anybody down here; he deserves it." _Carl Edwards_ Read More »

Tearing Apart the Trucks : A Series in Trouble?

After eight weeks straight, the Craftsman Truck Series drivers get a break in their 25-race schedule. Since off weeks tend to be slow on news, I got to thinking about the series and the shape it's in. Week in and week out, television coverage shows massive amounts of empty seating at every track, but is the lowest tier of NASCAR's "big three" in trouble? Read More »

Running Their Mouth: Lenox Industrial Tools 300

"Oh man, I will tell you, I was driving like a wuss those last few laps trying not to make a mistake. Those guys with fresh tires were coming and Martin (Truex, Jr.) held them off just long enough to get us this win. I have to thank Jeff (Gordon), he could have gotten himself two (ten) more bonus points there, but he chose not to and I appreciate that. The two-tire call by Mike (Ford) was definitely what got us the win. Our FedEx Ground team was pretty good all day. We were a top-four car for the most part, but I knew all we needed was clean air for this car to be good. I just can't thank everyone enough, Chevrolet, Coca Cola, Wiley X, the whole FedEx team, Joe Gibbs Racing, the pit crew for turning this deal around. It is amazing; finally, we got a win." _Denny Hamlin_ Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : O’Reilly 200

*In a Nutshell:* Travis Kvapil returned to victory lane at Memphis Motorsports Park Saturday night. He held off Ron Hornaday on a restart and ran away from Jack Sprague with just five laps remaining to win the O'Reilly 200. Ron Hornaday, Mike Skinner and rookie Aaron Fike rounded out the Top 5. Read More »

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 »