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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 »

Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Deep Clean 200

*In a Nutshell:* Austin Dillon took the checkered flag 3.981 seconds ahead of Johnny Sauter to win the Lucas Deep Clean 200 Friday night at Nashville Superspeedway. Dillon took the lead for the final time with 23 laps remaining and never looked back to score his third career Truck Series victory. Timothy Peters, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Parker Kligerman rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Austin Dillon* Dillon led the final practice session and started his No. 3 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet on the pole. He led the first 30 laps before being overtaken by Timothy Peters. After a round of pit stops under the second caution, Dillon restarted out front with 97 laps remaining but was quickly passed by Johnny Sauter. It wasn't until inside 30 laps to go that Dillon finally passed Sauter for the lead and opened up a large margin before becoming the fourth consecutive polesitter to visit victory lane in Nashville. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Coca-Cola 200 Presented By Hy-Vee

Tracking the Trucks: Coca-Cola 200 Presented By Hy-Vee

*In a Nutshell:* Matt Crafton took the checkered flag 0.337 seconds ahead of Austin Dillon to win the Coca-Cola 200 presented by Hy-Vee Saturday night at Iowa Speedway. After restarting fourth following the final caution of the night, Crafton spent just seven laps heading to the front and never looked back despite a tense side-by-side battle for the lead just inside ten laps to go. Polesitter David Mayhew, Johnny Sauter and rookie Joey Coulter rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Austin Dillon* For the second consecutive Truck Series visit to Iowa Speedway, Austin Dillon had a fast machine underneath him. Though he started fifth, Dillon wasted little time heading the front, taking the lead from Johnny Sauter by lap 30. At points throughout the race, Dillon held as much as a three-second lead and looked to be on his way to another victory at Iowa, but a late-race four tire pit stop left the driver of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet mired in eighth. Though he worked his way to the runner-up position, he just didn't have enough to make the pass on Crafton for the victory. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: UNOH 225

Tracking the Trucks: UNOH 225

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.302 seconds ahead of rookie Parker Kligerman to win the UNOH 225 Thursday Night at Kentucky Speedway. Busch drove from the back of the pack after missing the drivers' meeting to score his 29th career Truck Series victory. Brendan Gaughan, Todd Bodine and Jason White rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Kyle Busch* Busch posted the sixth quickest time in the first practice session and fifth quickest in final practice before qualifying his No. 18 Dollar General Toyota in eighth. However, because he missed the drivers' meeting, he was forced to start from the rear of the field, and in typical Kyle Busch fashion, he drove right on up to the front, leading his first lap after winning the race off of pit road under the third caution. Though polesitter Johnny Sauter and rookie Nelson Piquet, Jr. both managed to drive past the No. 18 under green, it was Busch whose truck held on until the end (Sauter broke an axle and Piquet found himself involved in the seventh caution with five laps remaining). Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: WinStar World Casino 400K

Tracking the Trucks: WinStar World Casino 400K

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.936 seconds ahead of rookie Parker Kligerman to win the WinStar World Casino 400K Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway. Though Hornaday actually crossed the start / finish line in second, he was the beneficiary of a black flag issued to then-leader Johnny Sauter and scored his first win this season. David Mayhew, Brian Ickler and Joey Coulter rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Ron Hornaday, Jr.* Johnny Sauter and Austin Dillon clearly had the fastest trucks in the field, but Dillon was involved in a wreck with a loose Matt Crafton that took him out of contention for the win though his crew did manage to keep him on the lead lap while making repairs to the No. 3 Chevrolet. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: O’Reilly Auto Parts 250

*In a Nutshell:* Clint Bowyer took the checkered flag 1.695 seconds ahead of Johnny Sauter to win the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway Saturday afternoon. Bowyer took the lead for the final time with 46 laps remaining and checked out from the rest of the field on the way to his third career win in 11 starts. Todd Bodine, James Buescher and rookie Joey Coulter rounded out the top 5. Read More »