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Tracking the Trucks: SFP 250

Tracking the Trucks: SFP 250

*In a Nutshell:* James Buescher took the checkered flag 5.320 seconds ahead of Timothy Peters in Saturday afternoon's SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway. Buescher chased down Brad Keselowski following a round of green-flag pit stops where Buescher took four tires compared to Keselowski's two-tire strategy. From there, the driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet didn't look back, leading the final 11 laps en route to his first career victory. Keselowski, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Todd Bodine rounded out the top 5. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200

Tracking the Trucks: Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200

*In a Nutshell:* Kasey Kahne won his fourth Camping World Truck Series race in five tries as NASCAR held its first race in eight years at historic Rockingham Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina. Nelson Piquet, Jr. dominated the race early around the slick 1-mile long track, and opened up big leads during long green-flag stretches, but a key pit-road penalty with just over 20 laps to go allowed Kasey Kahne to streak to the checkered flag unchallenged. James Buescher, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter and Timothy Peters rounded out the top 5. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Kroger 250

Tracking the Trucks: Kroger 250

*In a Nutshell:* Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway could have been renamed the Kevin Harvick show as the Cup driver led 248 of 250 laps en route to his 14th career victory. In an uncharacteristically calm race that was slowed by just seven cautions, Harvick easily led the field and often pulled out front by more than a second during each green-flag run. James Buescher, Justin Lofton and Timothy Peters rounded out the top 5. Read More »

Tracking The Trucks: John King Prevails In Wild NextERA Energy Resources 250

Tracking The Trucks: John King Prevails In Wild NextERA Energy Resources 250

*In a Nutshell:* After spinning out Johnny Sauter to take the lead, rookie John King was in front when the caution fell during the last lap of a green-white-checkered finish. Since it was the third attempt, NASCAR ended the race under yellow and the rookie took the checkers in just his eighth career start in the series. Buzzwords to describe this one: Bizarro. Surreal. Wild wrecks. And... easily one of the top 3 upsets in Truck Series history, ever. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Ford 200

*In a Nutshell:* With just 17 laps remaining, the rain started to fall once again over Homestead-Miami Speedway, and just two laps later the field sat on pit road under the red flag with Johnny Sauter in the top spot. Less than ten minutes after drivers parked on pit road, NASCAR called the race, ending the 2011 season 22.5 miles short. Kevin Harvick, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Joey Coulter rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Johnny Sauter* In a rain-shortened race, it's always hard to guess who would have come out on top had the full distance been run. But Sauter had quite the truck in the laps leading up to the caution that ultimately ended the race. For the final 40 laps, the driver of the No. 13 Chevrolet held the top spot, though competitor Denny Hamlin kept closing the gap. Despite a move by Hamlin to the outside, a loose Sauter managed to hang on to the top spot before exclaiming, 'It's raining!' on his radio right after he nearly slid up the track into Hamlin. Sauter led a total of 44 laps en route to his second victory this season. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: WinStar World Casino 350K

Tracking the Trucks: WinStar World Casino 350K

*In a Nutshell:* Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag 0.294 seconds ahead of points leader Austin Dillon to win the WinStar World Casino 350K Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway. In a race that was slowed by just six cautions--four came within the first 60 laps--Harvick held the lead on a green-white-checkered finish for his fourth win of the season. Ty Dillon, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Matt Crafton rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Kevin Harvick* clearly had a strong truck in the late stages of the race Friday night. After starting tenth, the driver of the No. 2 Hunt Brothers Chevrolet worked his way through the field, pulling out to a nearly four-second lead before a caution with just five laps remaining. Harvick led four times for a race high 61 laps en route to his fourth victory this season. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Kroger 200

Tracking the Trucks: Kroger 200

*In a Nutshell:* Denny Hamlin passed Austin Dillon and Ron Hornaday, Jr. to take the checkered flag by 1.210 seconds over Hornaday on Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. Dillon, Johnny Sauter, and Joey Coulter rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Denny Hamlin.* Driving the powerhouse No. 18 for Kyle Busch Motorsports at a track where he has dominated in the Cup Series, Hamlin led twice for 68 laps, more than any other driver. Hamlin was masterful on the final restart, when it looked as if the battle was going to come down to Hornaday and Dillon, but both of them got a slow start and Hamlin was able to capitalize, diving to the inside to pass the title contenders. He then drove away to take the checkers for his first CWTS win and to become the 23rd driver to post wins across all three national touring series. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Coca-Cola 250 powered by Fred’s

Tracking the Trucks: Coca-Cola 250 powered by Fred’s

*In a Nutshell:* Mike Wallace took the checkered flag 0.057 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to win the Coca-Cola 250 powered by Fred's Saturday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. Wallace held onto the top spot during a two-lap sprint to the finish despite a hard-charging James Buescher and Ricky Carmichael to score his first Truck Series victory since 2000 (he's made 43 series starts since that victory). Buescher, Carmichael and Jason White rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Mike Wallace. Throughout the race, the two-truck tandem of Ron Hornaday, Jr. and Kevin Harvick, Inc. teammate Mike Wallace was clearly the pair to beat as they pulled out to as much as an eight-second lead over the rest of the pack. And though the two did swap and allow Hornaday to lead a few laps, the tandem worked better with Wallace's No. 33 Chevrolet out front. Wallace led for 54 of 94 laps en route to his fifth career victory. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Smith’s 350

Tracking the Trucks: Smith’s 350

_(Author's Note: It is with a heavy heart that I submit Tracking the Trucks this week. While working on it this week, I caught wind of the vicious accident in the IndyCar season finale and was drawn in, waiting for news while fearing the worst and hoping and praying for the best. Then, the word came that Wheldon had passed away, it hit like a ton of bricks. I sat next to my husband in tears watching the five-lap tribute after the news came out. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dan Wheldon's wife Susie, his two boys Sebastian and Oliver, Dan's friends and family along with the entire racing world. Life is too short ... Dan Wheldon you will be missed. For this week only, I'm going with a shortened Tracking the Trucks. The full breakdown will return next week with the Coca-Cola 250 powered by Fred's from Talladega.)_ Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Kentucky 225

Tracking the Trucks: Kentucky 225

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.438 seconds ahead of Austin Dillon to win the Kentucky 225 Saturday evening at Kentucky Speedway. Hornaday fought off a hard-charging Dillon to score his 50th career Truck Series victory. James Buescher, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Brian Ickler rounded out the top 5. Ricky Carmichael finished sixth and was the last driver left on the lead lap thanks to a late-race round of green-flag pit stops. *Who Should Have Won:* Though Austin Dillon was the fastest truck in both practices and started on the pole, it was veteran *Ron Hornaday, Jr.* who taught the youngster a thing or two about holding a late race lead. Read More »