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Tracking the Trucks: Cool City Customs 200

Tracking the Trucks: Cool City Customs 200

*In a Nutshell:* Erik Darnell took the checkered flag 0.005 seconds ahead of Johnny Benson to win the Cool City Customs 200 Saturday afternoon. Darnell survived a late race restart and a photo finish with Benson to score his first win since Kansas last April. Scott Speed narrowly beat Todd Bodine to finish third; Brendan Gaughan rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Todd Bodine. Bodine ran second in the first practice and led the final practice before qualifying third in his No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra. Early in the race, Bodine was in place to become the beneficiary of contact between Mike Skinner and Jack Sprague and went on to lead 39 of the 100 laps run; Bodine finished fourth. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Sam’s Town 400K

Tracking the Trucks : Sam’s Town 400K

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.283 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to with the Sam's Town 400K Friday night. The driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet held onto the lead through a green-white-checker finish to score his first career Texas Motor Speedway victory. Johnny Benson, Jack Sprague and Todd Bodine rounded out the Top 5 finishers. *Who Should Have Won: Ron Hornaday, Jr.* Hornaday, Jr's No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet was strong straight off of the truck. Despite high cross winds during both practice sessions, Hornaday, Jr. led the first session and ran third quickest in the second session before qualifying his truck third for the race. And once the green flag dropped, Hornaday checked out as he led the most laps -- 140 of 172 -- on his way to the victory. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : AAA Insurance 200

Tracking the Trucks : AAA Insurance 200

*In a Nutshell:* Scott Speed took the checkered flag 3.379 seconds ahead of Jack Sprague to win the AAA Insurance 200 Friday night at Dover International Raceway. A two tire pit stop with just 67 laps remaining helped Speed gain valuable track position and ultimately the win. Ron Hornaday, Jr, Travis Kvapil and Matt Crafton rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch*. Busch led the first 96 laps before smoke forced him to take the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota to the garage. It took his team just 19 laps to change his transmission. Once back on the track, Busch managed to gain two of his laps back but was left to finish 17th, 17 laps down. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Ohio 250

Tracking the Trucks : Ohio 250

*In a Nutshell:* Donny Lia took the checkered flag 0.241 seconds ahead of David Starr to win the Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Park. Lia survived a last lap three wide battle with Starr and Todd Bodine to score his first career Craftsman Truck Series win Saturday afternoon. Terry Cook and Mike Skinner rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: David Starr.* Starr started third and remained close to the front of the pack, taking the lead on lap 80 when contact with Dennis Setzer sent the driver of the unsponsored No. 18 Dodge Ram spinning. Starr then managed to hold off Todd Bodine for ten different restarts up front; but when the green flag waved over the field for the final time with just seven laps remaining, he finally found himself the victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : North Carolina Education Lottery 200

Tracking the Trucks : North Carolina Education Lottery 200

*In a Nutshell:* Matt Crafton took the checkered flag 0.184 seconds ahead of Chad McCumbee to win the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Friday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Crafton survived a green-white-checkered finish to score his first career victory after a flurry of late cautions changed the complexion of the race. Brendan Gaughan, Erik Darnell, and Rick Crawford rounded out the Top 5 finishers. *Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch.* In true Kyle Busch fashion, the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra rolled onto the track as the Truck to beat. He started on the pole and led 86 of the first 110 laps of the race. Unfortunately, his dominating run came to an end when a loose Ron Hornaday, Jr. ran up the track, sending Busch into the outside wall and doing irreversible damage to the No. 51. Kyle Busch was relegated to an 8th place finish after pitting multiple times to fix the damage. Read More »

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 »