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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 »

Tracking the Trucks: North Carolina Education Lottery 200

Tracking the Trucks: North Carolina Education Lottery 200

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.317 seconds ahead of Clint Bowyer to win the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night. Busch took the lead for the first and only time with seven laps remaining and never looked back. Cole Whitt, James Buescher and Ron Hornaday, Jr. rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Kyle Busch* In a departure from the usual, Kyle Busch seemed to struggle with handling for much of the race and even spun his No. 18 Toyota to bring out the fourth caution of the night. But despite the handling issues, Busch and crew chief Eric Phillips worked on the truck and managed to pull enough out of it to take the lead when it counted the most. The win marks Busch's third consecutive this season and his 28th career Truck Series victory. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 200

Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 200

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag under caution ahead of Cole Whitt to win the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway Friday night. Busch took the lead from Whitt on a restart with 17 laps to go and survived two more restarts before scoring his 27th career Truck Series victory. Matt Crafton, Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 5. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Bully Hill Vineyards 200

Tracking the Trucks: Bully Hill Vineyards 200

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 1.061 seconds ahead of Nelson Piquet, Jr. to win the Bully Hill Vineyards 200 at Nashville Superspeedway Friday night. Busch restarted second with three laps remaining but was able to dispose of then-leader Ron Hornaday, Jr. by the time the field made it to turn four and held the top spot until the end. Timothy Peters, Hornaday, Jr. and James Buescher rounded out the top-5 finishers. *Who Should Have Won:* *Kyle Busch* It was clear that the No. 18 was the truck to beat from the time it rolled off the hauler. Busch led both practice sessions and backed up that performance with a blistering fast lap that edged 2010 Rookie of the Year Austin Dillon by 0.03 seconds. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Kroger 250

Tracking the Trucks: Kroger 250

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Sauter took the checkered flag 0.453 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Kroger 250 Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. Sauter led three times for 48 laps to score his third career Truck Series victory and his first at the half-mile paperclip. Ron Hornaday, Jr., Kevin Harvick and a heavily damaged Timothy Peters rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Johnny Sauter* Sauter started on the pole and quickly pulled out front at the drop of the green flag. Though he was on different pit strategy than half of the field, the driver of the No. 13 Chevrolet easily drove toward the front of the pack. With just two laps remaining, Sauter executed a nearly perfect bump and run on Kyle Busch to become the first Truck Series regular to score a win this season. Read More »