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Tracking the Trucks : O’Reilly Auto Parts 250

Tracking the Trucks : O’Reilly Auto Parts 250

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag ahead of Jack Sprague to win the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway Saturday evening. The defending series winner led the final 55 laps in a caution-filled race, holding off his teammate during the final restart with two laps to go. Colin Braun, Johnny Benson, and Mike Skinner rounded out the Top 5 finishers. *Who Should Have Won: Hornaday, Jr.* Hornaday, Jr. and teammate Jack Sprague were fast straight off of their haulers. The driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet led the first practice, and followed that up in qualifying with a pole-winning run. That strength carried over to the race itself; Hornaday, Jr. led 136 of the scheduled 167 laps. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Kroger 250

Tracking the Trucks : Kroger 250

*In a Nutshell:* Dennis Setzer took the checkered flag ahead of Matt Crafton to win the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway Saturday afternoon. Setzer held onto the lead during a green/white/checkered finish that ended under caution as Kyle Busch and Johnny Benson wrecked in turn 3. Rick Crawford, Ken Schrader and Erik Darnell rounded out the Top 5 finishers. *Who Should Have Won: Dennis Setzer.* Setzer qualified tenth and had a great truck all day; the driver of the No. 18 Duck Head Footwear / Aquadock Dodge took the lead on lap 128 and led all 126 of the remaining laps to score the victory with ease. *Questions You Should Be Asking After the Race:* *1. Should Mike Skinner and Johnny Benson be upset with Kyle Busch?* Within five laps, Kyle Busch managed to take Bill Davis Racing teammates Mike Skinner and Johnny Benson out of contention for a win and well out of the Top 5. On lap 249, Mike Skinner ran out of gas, and Kyle Busch ran hard into the back of the No. 5 Toyota Tundra, sending him spinning and the yellow flying with just two laps remaining in the scheduled distance. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : American Commercial Lines 200

Tracking the Trucks : American Commercial Lines 200

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 1.116 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. Friday night in Atlanta to win the American Commercial Lines 200. Busch restarted in the lead with just four laps remaining after a short rain delay and ran away from the field, scoring his second consecutive win in the truck series. Mike Skinner, Matt Crafton and Chad McCumbee rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. The defending truck series champion started from the pole Friday night and led 81 laps on the night. Hornaday, Jr. clearly had the fastest truck on the track, but rain hampered his run for the win. After pitting with just 16 laps remaining, the driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevy found himself stuck in traffic that allowed Kyle Busch to take a nearly two-second lead. A four lap sprint to the finish turned out to be too much for Hornaday, Jr. whose truck was best on long runs. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : San Bernardino County 200

Tracking the Trucks : San Bernardino County 200

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle "Rowdy" Busch took the checkered flag 1.415 seconds ahead of Todd Bodine to win the San Bernardino County 200 at the Auto Club Speedway Saturday afternoon. Busch took the lead for the final time when the field cycled through green flag pit stops inside 20 laps to go. Johnny Benson, Terry Cook and 2007 champion Ron Hornaday, Jr. rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Kyle Busch. Busch had the truck to beat all weekend, running in the Top 5 in both practice sessions. With the field set by 2007 owner's points, the 22-year old found himself with a 20th starting position. It didn't take long for "Rowdy" to work his way to the front, and he first took the lead on lap 25. The driver of the No. 51 Toyota Tundra went on to lead 51 laps on his way to his seventh career truck series win. *Questions You Should Be Asking After the Race:* 1. How are the 2007 points leaders faring so far this season? Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Chevy Silverado 250

*In a Nutshell:* Todd Bodine took the checkered flag ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Craftsman Truck Series' season opener at Daytona International Speedway Friday night. Bodine held off a late-race charge by Kyle Busch and Johnny Benson and crossed the finish line just 0.077 seconds ahead of Busch in the Chevy Silverado 250 to score his first win at the superspeedway. David Starr and Rick Crawford rounded out the Top 5. Read More »