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Tracking the Trucks: AAA Insurance 200 presented by J.D. Byrider

Tracking the Trucks: AAA Insurance 200 presented by J.D. Byrider

*In a Nutshell:* After nearly a year of waiting, Ron Hornaday, Jr. returned to victory lane Friday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park. He took the lead for the final time with 48 laps remaining and held on to beat Kyle Busch to the checkered flag by 2.095 seconds. Matt Crafton, his teammate Johnny Sauter and James Buescher rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Ron Hornaday, Jr.* Though Timothy Peters started out as the strong truck, leading the first 62 laps, but Peters' truck faded just as Hornaday's started coming to him. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: CampingWorld.com 200

Tracking the Trucks: CampingWorld.com 200

*In a Nutshell:* After a blackout at Gateway International Raceway forced the postponement of Friday night's CampingWorld.com 200, it was Kevin Harvick who came out victorious on a steamy Saturday afternoon, beating Brad Keselowski to the checkers by 5.241 seconds. Harvick overcame a stiff neck and back to dominate, leading 143 of 160 laps on the way to his third win in four starts this season. Johnny Sauter, point leader Todd Bodine, and Matt Crafton rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Kevin Harvick.* After scoring his first career Truck Series pole in his 105th start, Harvick made it clear he had the truck to beat, pulling out to a nearly eight second lead over second-place Ron Hornaday, Jr. before the second caution flew on lap 50. When pit road strategy saw the driver of the No. 2 Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q / Kroger Chevrolet restart fifth on lap 78, it took just four green flag laps for him to once again assume the lead and ultimately the win. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 200

Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 200

*In a Nutshell:* After yet another month off and the threat of rain before the green flag, the Truck Series did not disappoint Sunday afternoon. Austin Dillon beat Johnny Sauter to the checkers by 0.635 seconds to win the Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway. The driver of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet took the lead for the final time on lap 154 and held on through the final two cautions and a green-white-checkered finish. Matt Crafton, Ken Schrader and James Buescher rounded out the top 5. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: VFW 200

Tracking the Trucks: VFW 200

*In a Nutshell:* In a race that featured a track record 20 lead changes, as well as a 40-minute red flag for rain, over the course of 100 laps, Aric Almirola beat out truck series stars Todd Bodine and Kyle Busch. Almirola came through with a three-wide charge through the middle on lap 93 and never looked back, scoring his second win of the truck season and of his career. Bodine, Busch, Ron Hornaday and polesitter Austin Dillon rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Todd Bodine. He came into the weekend with all of the momentum after winning at Texas Motor Speedway for the umpteenth time, led the most laps, and was driving away before a lap 89 incident between Nelson Piquet Jr. and Justin Lofton brought out a late-race caution. It was on this late-race restart that Busch and Almirola were able to snatch the lead...and the race, from the “Onion.” Despite losing the win, Bodine did manage to maintain the points lead. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: WinStar World Casino 400K

Tracking the Trucks: WinStar World Casino 400K

*In a Nutshell:* Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 1.007 seconds ahead of Johnny Sauter to win the WinStar World Casino 400K at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night. Bodine held the lead through one green-white-checkered finish to score his sixth career win at the mile and a half track. Rookie Austin Dillon, Mike Skinner and Ken Schrader rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Todd Bodine. Bodine started fourth and caught a lucky break when the first caution flew on lap 19. Prior to that yellow flag, the driver of the No. 30 Toyota reported a severe vibration on his truck, but it took just eight laps after the field restarted for Bodine to take the lead for the first time on lap 32. At one point he pulled out to over a six second lead in the first half of the race. He went on to lead three times for a total of 106 of 169 laps. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: North Carolina Education Lottery 200

Tracking the Trucks: North Carolina Education Lottery 200

*In a Nutshell:* After a three-hour rain delay, Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.228 seconds ahead of Todd Bodine to win the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 in the early hours of Saturday morning. Busch started on the pole and never dropped out the top 10 on the way to his 18th career Camping World Truck Series win. Ron Hornaday, Jr., James Buescher and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Kyle Busch. Busch led much of the early part of the race before brushing the wall and damaging the right side of his No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota on lap 41. Under the third caution, the 25-year-old driver made an extended pit stop to repair the damage, and that was enough for him to work through the field and into the lead on lap 118. He went on to become the first pole sitter to visit Victory Lane at Charlotte and is now tied with Dennis Setzer for fourth on the truck series all-time win list. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Dover 200

Tracking the Trucks : Dover 200

*In a Nutshell:* Aric Almirola took the checkered flag 0.898 seconds ahead of James Buescher to win the Dover 200 Friday afternoon at Dover International Speedway. Almirola came from two laps down and maintained the lead on a green-white-checkered finish to score his first career Camping World Truck Series win. Rookie Justin Lofton, Ricky Carmichael and Todd Bodine rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Kyle Busch. Busch's No. 18 Toyota-sponsored Tundra was the truck to beat from the moment on-track activities began Thursday afternoon. Busch led both practice sessions before qualifying on the pole Friday morning. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: O’Reilly Auto Parts 250

Tracking the Trucks: O’Reilly Auto Parts 250

*In a Nutshell:* After a month off and an hour-long rain delay, Johnny Sauter took the checkered flag 5.032 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to win the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 Sunday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. Sauter started third and remained inside the top 10 all afternoon on the way to his second career Truck Series victory the day after his 32nd birthday. Todd Bodine, Brian Ickler and Johnny Benson rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Johnny Sauter. Sauter started third and led multiple times Sunday afternoon for a total of 101 laps. If there was any doubt the No. 13 Chevrolet was one of the two strongest trucks on the track, that was proven in the closing laps of the race when Sauter pulled out to as much as a five-second lead over second place. And even though there were tense moments with the defending series champion, Sauter managed to keep his head and drive on to his first win this season. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Nashville 200

Tracking the Trucks: Nashville 200

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.426 seconds ahead of Kevin Harvick to win the Nashville 200 Friday night at Nashville Superspeedway. Busch managed to lap all but seven of the other competitors on the track to score his 40th career Truck Series win and the first for his newly formed team, Kyle Busch Motorsports. Defending series champion Ron Hornaday, Jr. took third, with points leader Timothy Peters and Todd Bodine rounding out the Top 5. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Kroger 250

Tracking the Trucks: Kroger 250

*In a Nutshell:* Kevin Harvick showed up and vanquished everyone again. A qualifying rain-out on Friday gifted Harvick the pole, and he took full advantage of it. Harvick led a race high 187 of the 250 laps on his way to the victory in Saturday afternoon's Kroger 250. It is his eighth career Camping World Truck Series victory, and his second this year. It also marks Harvick's fourth victory in as many truck races, dating back to Phoenix in November last season. KHI teammate Ron Hornaday Jr. finished second, followed by Brian Ickler, making his debut for Kyle Busch Motorsports, in third. Timothy Peters and Johnny Benson rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Harvick. Read More »