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Tracking the Trucks : Lucas Oil 150

Tracking the Trucks : Lucas Oil 150

*In a Nutshell:* Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag 0.940 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Lucas Oil 150 Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick led the field to the green flag with eight laps remaining, and despite the hard charge Kyle Busch made, the driver and owner of the No. 2 Chevrolet went on to win his first Truck Series race of 2008. Todd Bodine, Brian Scott, and Mike Skinner rounded out the Top 5 finishers. *Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch.* Busch started on the outside pole and led the first lap after Ron Hornaday, Jr. wrecked. Even after being challenged for the lead after just 50 laps, Busch fought hard on the outside and refused to give up quickly; he went on to lead 90 laps on the way to his fourth runner-up finish of the season. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : E-Z-GO 200

Tracking the Trucks : E-Z-GO 200

*In a Nutshell:* Ryan Newman took the checkered flag 0.377 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to win the E-Z-GO 200 Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Newman made a last lap pass on teammate Ron Hornaday, Jr. to score a win in his first ever Truck Series start. Denny Hamlin, Todd Bodine and Scott Speed rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. Hornaday, Jr. ran sixth quickest and started on the outside pole in a field set by owner's points. By the time the field made it to lap 59, Hornaday, Jr. held a six second lead over Kyle Busch and had lapped nearly half of the field. The driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet took the lead for the first time on lap 10 and went on to lead 110 of the 130 laps run on his way to a runner-up finish. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Kroger 200

Tracking the Trucks : Kroger 200

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.785 seconds ahead of Dennis Setzer to win the Kroger 200 Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. The driver of the No. 23 Toyota took the lead with 44 laps to go and never gave up the top spot on his way to his first career Martinsville win. Rick Crawford, Kyle Busch and Todd Bodine rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. Hornaday, Jr. led the final practice and backed up that run by winning the pole position in qualifying. The driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet led the first 155 laps before Johnny Benson took the lead from him. With four laps remaining, Ron Hornaday, Jr. ran out of fuel and ended up with a 29th place finish. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Mountain Dew 250

Tracking the Trucks : Mountain Dew 250

*In a Nutshell:* Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 0.074 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to win the Mountain Dew 250 presented by Toyota Saturday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. Bodine took the lead in the final turn of the last lap to win his third consecutive superspeedway race. Kyle Busch, Colin Braun and Mike Wallace rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Erik Darnell. Erik Darnell ran sixth quickest in the final practice session and started on the pole with teammates Jon Wes Townley and Colin Braun right there with him. Within the last 15 laps, Darnell got out of line, went four wide and ended up losing several positions, dashing any hopes of a visit to victory lane. Darnell led a total of 48 laps and ended up finishing 12th. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350

*In a Nutshell:* Mike Skinner took the checkered flag 0.020 seconds ahead of Erik Darnell to win the Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350 Saturday night. Several cautions set up the green-white-checkered finish that allowed Skinner to pull past Darnell at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Matt Crafton, John Andretti and Ron Hornaday, Jr. rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Erik Darnell.* Darnell ran second quickest in the first practice but dropped off considerably in the final practice. The problems the No. 99 team had during the final practice turned around when the team took the track under the lights. Darnell lead 56 laps only to be passed by Mike Skinner on the sixth green-white-checkered finish of the season. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Camping World RV Sales 200

Tracking the Trucks : Camping World RV Sales 200

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.960 seconds ahead of Johnny Benson to win the Camping World RV Sales 200 Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet held off a hard charging Benson in a three lap shootout to win his second consecutive race. Travis Kvapil, Erik Darnell and Rick Crawford rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Ron Hornaday, Jr.* Hornaday, Jr. started on the outside pole after qualifying was rained out and took the lead going into Turn 3. The driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet managed to avoid a spinning Timothy Peters and retake the lead with 25 laps to go and never looked back. Ron Hornaday, Jr. led 149 of the 200 laps run to score his fifth victory this season. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Camping World 200 presented by Honda Power Equipment

Tracking the Trucks : Camping World 200 presented by Honda Power Equipment

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.646 seconds ahead of Dennis Setzer to win the Camping World 200 presented by Honda Power Equipment Saturday afternoon at Gateway International Raceway. The driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet took the lead for the final time on lap 130 and led the final 30 laps to score his fourth win this season. Johnny Benson, Todd Bodine and Jack Sprague rounded out the Top 5. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Toyota Tundra 200

Tracking the Trucks : Toyota Tundra 200

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.889 seconds ahead of Erik Darnell to win the Toyota Tundra 200 Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, TN. Benson held onto an extremely loose truck early in the race and led just three laps on his way to his third consecutive win this season. Todd Bodine, Jack Sprague, and Ron Hornaday, Jr. rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Todd Bodine.* Bodine started on the pole and held a 4.2 second lead over Stacy Compton just 30 laps into the race. Bodine went on to lead 74 laps before Stacy Compton took the top spot on lap 75. After losing the lead to Compton, Bodine's truck remained strong enough to run in the Top 5 for the majority of the night; he ended up taking third at the checkered flag, but looked to be far better than where he wound up at the finish. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Power Stroke Diesel 200

Tracking the Trucks : Power Stroke Diesel 200

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.484 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to win the Power Stroke Diesel 200 Friday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis. Benson held the lead in a two lap shootout with Hornaday, Jr. to score his second win in a row, extending his point lead in the series to 15 over the defending Truck Series champ. Erik Darnell, Matt Crafton, and Shelby Howard rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Ron Hornaday, Jr.* Hornaday, Jr. qualified fourth and clearly had one of the strongest Trucks on the track, taking the lead just five laps into Friday night's race. The driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet held off Johnny Benson through multiple restarts before relinquishing the lead when the driver of the No. 23 used the high line to make a pass with 38 laps left. In the end, Hornaday, Jr. led 153 of 200 laps, but was never able to retake the lead from Benson. Read More »