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Truckin’ Thursdays: Exciting Reasons To Keep Watching At Halfway

Truckin’ Thursdays: Exciting Reasons To Keep Watching At Halfway

Saturday's Pocono Mountains 125 marked the halfway point of the Camping World Truck Series schedule. That's right ... it took nearly six months to get the first half completed, a bit unbalanced as the series will run its final 11 events in right around three months. But despite the lack of momentum, thanks to a poorly designed schedule there have been plenty of exciting moments to keep viewers interested. In just 11 events, the Truck Series has seen four different drivers grab their first career victories, a potpourri of new personalities gracing the top spot. Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Is The Camping World Truck Series Healthier Than Nationwide?

Truckin’ Thursdays: Is The Camping World Truck Series Healthier Than Nationwide?

Not that long ago, many though the Camping World Truck Series was in danger of dissolving thanks to sponsorship woes that resulted in teams scaling back at the least and shutting down at the worst. But the 2012 season has brought with it a breath of fresh air in what appeared to be a quickly dying series. Despite having the best racing on the track, the division suffered from a variety of maladies that could have easily seen NASCAR make the decision to quit supporting it. Now, the Truck Series stands on a much healthier ground and has even surpassed the Nationwide Series in lasting power. First and foremost, fans finally have the opportunity to get to know the drivers that make up the fields week in and week out. Having endured a 2011 season that focused mostly on Kyle Busch and rest the of the Sprint Cup drivers overshadowing the series regulars, there has been a rebound in the popularity and coverage. Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Miguel Paludo on Chicagoland, Pocono and Paintballing

Truckin’ Thursdays: Miguel Paludo on Chicagoland, Pocono and Paintballing

Chicagoland was a great race for us. We were just in the wrong place one, two, even three times. But we had a really great truck. We went from 30th to the top 10 after the first problem and even lead or stayed in second for a while. Then we ran up there toward the top 5 but kept having problems. I'm really proud of my team though because we were finally headed the right direction. The problem we've had has been entry into the corners. We've always been too loose or too tight, but we changed a rear end housing and used something different. We had been using the same one we used all last season, but with the new one, it gave me a much better feel for what I was looking for. We were actually neutral going into the corners this weekend and that made it easier to drive. Plus Mike (Hillman, Jr., Crew Chief) is getting a better feel for what I like on the track every week and that helps a lot. Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Peeling Back The Onion – Inside Todd Bodine’s 200th Start

Truckin’ Thursdays: Peeling Back The Onion – Inside Todd Bodine’s 200th Start

As the Camping World Truck Series heads to Chicagoland Speedway for a companion weekend with the Nationwide Series, Todd Bodine will make his 200th career start. While there have been other drivers that have reached this milestone--and others, including David Starr, who will make his 300th start this weekend--Bodine will become the only driver to have made at least 200 starts in each of NASCAR's top three series. The 48-year old made his debut during the series' inaugural 1995 season at Heartland Park Topeka, a 1.8-mile road course in Topeka, Kansas. Piloting the No. 61 Roush Performance Products Ford, Bodine qualified third and finished fourth behind race winner Ron Hornaday, Jr., Joe Ruttman and Terry Labonte. Though he only ran five races that season, his worst finish came when he finished eighth at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, California. Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Debuting Drivers, Gresham On The Market And More

Truckin’ Thursdays: Debuting Drivers, Gresham On The Market And More

vWith just a two-week hiatus, the Camping World Truck Series heads back to the track for a standalone Saturday night showdown at Iowa Speedway. In the first of two visits to the 0.875-mile track situated in the heart of the Midwest, the series makes just its third visit to a facility that has featured three very different winners. From Mike Skinner, who won the inaugural race to Austin Dillon, who won last season, age doesn't seem to matter at Iowa and neither does experience apparently. Despite the off week, there has definitely not been a shortage of news in the series since visiting Kentucky Speedway. So without further ado, it's time to play catch up in the world of Truck Series news. Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Dreaming Big HELP!

Truckin’ Thursdays: Dreaming Big HELP!

With the Camping World Truck Series off this weekend, there's not a whole lot of news going on at this point. In fact, most off weeks often make the series seem like a ghost town until they return. In the past, "I've given you reasons to watch the Truck Series,":http://www.frontstretch.com/blunkenheimer/38767/ and this time, I'm playing a little game of what if. If I were in charge of the Truck Series what would I change? *The Schedule* The schedule obviously has to be the number one thing to change. From the moment NASCAR announced the 2012 season had been cut by three races to just 22, I objected to it. Part of the problem came with the closure of Nashville Superspeedway and the removal of Lucas Oil Raceway Park from the docket, however it looks more like the sanctioning body was focused on solidifying the Nationwide and Sprint Cup schedules, while keeping the Truck Series on the back burner. Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Who’s Next? Three Drivers Vying for First Series Win

Truckin’ Thursdays: Who’s Next? Three Drivers Vying for First Series Win

*Who Will Be The Next First-Time Winner?* In "Mirror Driving on Wednesday,":http://www.frontstretch.com/md/39793/ the question of which driver will become the next first-time winner came up. Suggestions from Ty Dillon, the current Sunoco Rookie of the Year leader to Joey Coulter, who scored his career-best finish Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, so I decided to take a closer look at those who are just about to break through to victory lane. Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: A Trio Of “Texas-Sized” Favorites For 2012

Truckin’ Thursdays: A Trio Of “Texas-Sized” Favorites For 2012

The Camping World Truck Series once again descends on Texas Motor Speedway for this Friday night's WinStar World Casino 500K. While the entry list is only 34 Trucks long, three drivers who have combined to win 13 of the last 20 events (65 percent) at the 1.5-mile oval are looking to add to their totals this week. Leading the pack with six victories at Texas, *Todd Bodine* comes in with momentum on his side after a rain-shortened victory at Dover last weekend. The Onion wasn't the strongest truck on the track, even spinning out midrace and likely wouldn't have visited Victory Lane if it hadn't been for pit strategy. But a win is a win, no matter how you score it and it's amazing what a trophy can do for the attitudes within a race team. Just one race removed from a suspension of the team's No. 7 truck, Bodine still needs financial support to finish the season and that "survivor instinct" can now be paired with the confidence this team can finish first. Besides, I'd be willing to bet the Red Horse Racing driver would like to have a win that doesn't come thanks to rain. Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: From King To Canned – Sponsorship Woes Claim Another

Truckin’ Thursdays: From King To Canned – Sponsorship Woes Claim Another

As the Camping World Truck Series haulers rolled into Dover International Speedway Wednesday afternoon, one team was notably missing -- John King's No. 7 Red Horse Racing Toyota. The team announced Tuesday that sponsorship issues had forced them to suspend operations of the No. 7 team until further notice, ending a freshman season that had started with such promise. The one area lacking on King's resume, though, was money, a financial gap that became too big for investors at RHR to close. After running the first two races this year without primary backing, CONSOL Energy funded King at Rockingham, Kansas and Charlotte, but they won't be returning this weekend at Dover. Still viable with its other two trucks, RHR will continue to field Timothy Peters' No. 17 and Todd Bodine's No. 11 entries. Read More »