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Tracking the Trucks: Kroger 250

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Sauter took the checkered flag 0.453 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Kroger 250 Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. Sauter led three times for 48 laps to score his third career Truck Series victory and his first at the half-mile paperclip. Ron Hornaday, Jr., Kevin Harvick and a heavily damaged Timothy Peters rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Johnny Sauter* Sauter started on the pole and quickly pulled out front at the drop of the green flag. Though he was on different pit strategy than half of the field, the driver of the No. 13 Chevrolet easily drove toward the front of the pack. With just two laps remaining, Sauter executed a nearly perfect bump and run on Kyle Busch to become the first Truck Series regular to score a win this season.

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Tracking the Trucks: Too Tough to Tame 200

*In a Nutshell:* Kasey Kahne took the checkered flag 1.116 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to win the Too Tough to Tame 200 Saturday evening at Darlington Raceway. In a race slowed by a record-tying ten cautions and a nearly eight-minute red flag, Kahne dominated much of the race leading 95 of 147 laps en route to his third victory in four Truck Series starts. Todd Bodine, Matt Crafton and James Buescher rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Kasey Kahne.* Kahne started on the outside pole behind the wheel of the Kyle Busch Motorsports' No. 18 Toyota and was quick to challenge polesitter Cole Whitt for the lead. But it wasn't until lap 42 when Kahne finally sniffed the top spot for the first time. Once out front, the driver of the No. 18 easily pulled away from the rest of the field, stretching out to a more than three-second lead by lap 53. Though Whitt, James Buescher and Elliott Sadler each took their turn out front in the latter stages of the race, it was Kahne who found the top spot again on lap 97. Despite facing three restarts, Kahne never relinquished the lead and held on for the second victory for KBM this season.

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Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 150

*In a Nutshell:* Was this a Nationwide Series race? Because the Cup regulars certainly dominated like it was one. After leading the first 43 laps, polesitter Clint Bowyer lost the lead to Kyle Busch during yellow flag pit stops...who never lost it after that. Busch weathered a rash of late race cautions (five in the last 40 laps) to score his first win of the Truck Series season, his 25th in Truck competition. Bowyer, KHI teammate Ron Hornaday, Johnny Sauter and Austin Dillon rounded out the top 5, as eight Chevrolets finished in the top 10.

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Tracking the Trucks: NextEra Energy Resources 250

*In a Nutshell:* Michael Waltrip took the checkered flag 0.061 seconds ahead of Elliott Sadler to win the NextEra Energy Resources 250 Friday night at Daytona International Speedway. Waltrip took advantage of the classic last lap pass in turn 4 to score his first career Truck Series victory. Clay Rogers, rookie Miguel Paludo and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Elliott Sadler* Michael Waltrip ran an average race all night but knew exactly what he had to do to make the trip to victory lane. When the field took the white flag, he and Sadler were nose to tail, but that only lasted until the came out of turn 4. In what was a nearly perfectly executed last lap pass at Daytona, Waltrip stuck his nose outside of Sadler and took the victory. But because of an illegal part on Waltrip's truck, Sadler should have been the one in victory lane.

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Tracking the Trucks: Ford 200

In a Nutshell: Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.577 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to win the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday night. The driver of the No. 18 Traxxas Toyota took the lead for the final time on a lap 131 restart and never looked back on the way to his eighth win in 16 starts this season. Johnny Sauter, Todd Bodine and Aric Almirola rounded out the top 5. Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch Busch started on the outside of the front row and wasted little time swapping the lead with polesitter Austin Dillon. At times, the driver of the No. 18 Toyota managed to pull out to a more than one second lead over the field. Then, following contact with Johnny Sauter, Busch was the beneficiary of a questionable caution and was able to run through the field from outside the top 20. (Author’s Note: For more on the questionable caution, see question number two below.) He went on to lead a total of six times for 57 laps on the way to victory lane.

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Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 150

*In a Nutshell:* Clint Bowyer took the checkered flag 1.038 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway Friday night. Bowyer took the lead for the final time on a lap 96 restart and never looked back. Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, and Aric Almirola rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Clint Bowyer.* Bowyer started third and took the lead from Austin Dillon following the first caution. He stretched out to a more than five-second lead until Jason White's blown motor brought out the second caution. He continued leading until Kyle Busch pulled ahead following the third caution, but the fourth caution allowed Bowyer to gain a spot on pit road and restart on the front row with James Buescher. With new tires, the driver of the KHI-fielded No. 2 Chevrolet easily pulled to the front, leading the final 55 laps and 80 overall Friday night in a well-deserved victory.

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Tracking the Trucks: WinStar World Casino 350K

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.386 seconds ahead of Johnny Sauter to take the victory in the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night. Busch took the lead for the final time on a lap 127 restart and held point to score his seventh victory in 14 starts this season. Polesitter Matt Crafton, who started from the back after unapproved adjustments, points leader Todd Bodine and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Kyle Busch* Busch started in the top spot by virtue of polesitter Matt Crafton being forced to drop to the back at the start and easily pulled out ahead of outside polesitter Elliott Sadler when the green flag flew. He relinquished that lead for just one lap until Johnny Sauter passed him on lap 61 after chasing him down on the track. Once the field restarted for the final time on lap 127, Sauter briefly challenged Busch, but the driver of the No. 18 Toyota held point to score the victory.

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Tracking the Trucks: Mountain Dew 250 Fueled by Fred’s

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.002 of a second ahead of Aric Almirola to win the Mountain Dew 250 Fueled by Fred's Saturday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. Busch pushed Almirola during a green-white-checkered finish but pulled ahead just before the start / finish line to score the smallest margin of victory in the history of the series. Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Ricky Carmichael rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Kyle Busch.* In a plate race, it's really anyone's game until the checkered flag flies. Anyone from Ron Hornaday, Jr. to Todd Bodine to Aric Almirola to even Chris Fontaine had a chance Saturday afternoon. But it was Kyle Busch who was out front when it mattered most. He managed to push Matt Crafton to the front early in the race and stayed out of the "big one" to score his sixth win this season.

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Tracking the Trucks: Kroger 200

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.305 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Kroger 200 Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. Hornaday, Jr. took the lead right before the final caution flew with three laps remaining and held on through a green-white-checkered finish to score his first win in 17 starts at the 0.526-mile oval. Todd Bodine, Jason White and Aric Almirola rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Todd Bodine. Bodine ran inside the top 10 during both practice sessions but struggled during qualifying. Starting 24th, he had his work cut out for him as he methodically drove through the field and used pit strategy to gain valuable track position. He took the lead for the first time on lap 92 and went on to lead a race-high 83 laps en route to his 15th top-5 finish this season.

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Tracking the Trucks: RaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.280 seconds ahead of James Buescher to win the RaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Busch took the lead for the final time after driving across James Buescher's nose and held on despite a hard bounce off of the outside wall. Kevin Harvick, Matt Crafton and Austin Dillon rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Kyle Busch. If Kyle Busch is in the race, he's almost always a threat to the win, barring any major disasters on track, and Saturday afternoon was no different.

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