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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 »

Tracking the Trucks: F.W. Webb 175

Tracking the Trucks: F.W. Webb 175

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 3.816 seconds ahead of Austin Dillon to win the F.W. Webb 175 Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Busch led all but ten laps on the way to scoring his 30th career Camping World Truck Series victory. Kevin Harvick, Ron Hornaday, Jr. and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top 5. Matt Crafton finished sixth and was the last truck on the lead lap. *Who Should Have Won:* Hands down, *Kyle Busch* had the truck to beat Saturday afternoon. After leading the final practice and starting on the pole, Busch wasted no time pulling out front. Pulling out to as much as a six-second lead at times, Busch led the first 130 laps until a round of green flag pit stops. And it only took ten laps after that for the field to cycle through and the driver of the No. 18 to reclaim the lead, a spot he never relinquished until the checkered flag flew. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Fast Five 225

Tracking the Trucks: Fast Five 225

*In a Nutshell:* Kevin Harvick had everyone covered for most of Friday night’s race, but in the closing laps had a vibration which forced the team to change four tires on their final pit stop. Austin Dillon’s team performed a two-tire stop faster than anyone else during the late-race fuel stops and Dillon maintained the lead he gained from that exchange of stops to outdistance Harvick to take his fourth career Truck Series win. Nelson Piquet, Jr., Parker Kligerman, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Kevin Harvick* There was no question that Harvick had the best truck in the race on Friday night, but circumstances conspired against him as the laps were winding down. While everyone was planning on doing two-tire stops with around 20 laps to go to the finish of the race, Harvick reported a vibration, and his team was forced to perform a four-tire stop which took much longer than Dillon’s two-tire effort. While Harvick was reeling in the Bass Pro Shops driver as the race wound down, there just wasn’t enough time, leaving Harvick to think about what could have been. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Good Sam Club 200

Tracking the Trucks: Good Sam Club 200

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 1.596 seconds ahead of Clint Bowyer to win the Good Sam Club 200 Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Hornaday used pit strategy and was able to stay out on the track while many of the front runners pitted for fuel in the closing laps. Kyle Busch, Blake Feese and Ryan Newman rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Clint Bowyer* Simply put, Clint Bowyer had the truck to beat Friday night. Bowyer ran eighth quickest in the first practice session, and the team didn't even participate in the final practice because they were so happy with their truck. In fact, Bowyer was just edged by 0.005 seconds by Ricky Carmichael and started on the front row. The driver of the No. 2 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet easily pulled out to a large lead but was forced to pit for fuel. Had the caution flown sometime during the final 49 laps of racing, there's no doubt that Bowyer would have taken the lead from Ron Hornaday, Jr. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: VFW 200

Tracking the Trucks: VFW 200

*In a Nutshell:* Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag and the caution flag ahead of Timothy Peters to win the AAA Insurance 200 Friday night at Michigan International Speedway. Harvick held onto the top spot on a green-white-checkered finish to score his second victory in four starts this season. Miguel Paludo, James Buescher and David Starr rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Kevin Harvick* The driver of the No. 2 TapouT Chevrolet started sixth and dropped back thanks to an early pit stop. And while he didn't necessarily have the truck to win the race at the beginning, tire strategy and a large number of trucks that were knocked out late in the running of the VFW 200 opened the door for Harvick. He led just 13 of the 102 laps run to become the first driver to win in all three series at Michigan. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125

Tracking the Trucks: Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125

*In a Nutshell:* See Kevin Harvick. See Kevin Harvick go fast. See Kevin Harvick have enough horsepower and saved fuel on the final restart to get away from Kyle Busch. See Kevin Harvick win. Caution flags are the only one that kept this one close, with Harvick leading 44 of the 53 laps run en route to the win. Kyle Busch made his way up to second and managed to keep up with Harvick during the final green-white-checker restart, but Happy managed to get a drive on the high side through turn 1 that put this one away. Busch, James Buescher, Johnny Sauter and Austin Dillon rounded out the top 5. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: AAA Insurance 200

*In a Nutshell:* Timothy Peters took the checkered flag 2.645 seconds ahead of James Buescher to win the AAA Insurance 200 Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway. With just six laps remaining, Peters passed Buescher during a more than 100-lap green flag run and went on to score his third career victory. David Starr, Miguel Paludo and Ron Hornaday, Jr. rounded out the top 5. Matt Crafton and Joey Coulter were the last two trucks on the lead lap, finishing sixth and seventh respectively. *Who Should Have Won:* *Timothy Peters* After running 14th quickest in the first practice session and improving to fourth quickest in final practice, Peters qualified 16th. But at that point, the excitement was just beginning. Read More »