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Tracking the Trucks: Ford 200

Tracking the Trucks: Ford 200

In a Nutshell: Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.577 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to win the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday night. The driver of the No. 18 Traxxas Toyota took the lead for the final time on a lap 131 restart and never looked back on the way to his eighth win in 16 starts this season. Johnny Sauter, Todd Bodine and Aric Almirola rounded out the top 5. Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch Busch started on the outside of the front row and wasted little time swapping the lead with polesitter Austin Dillon. At times, the driver of the No. 18 Toyota managed to pull out to a more than one second lead over the field. Then, following contact with Johnny Sauter, Busch was the beneficiary of a questionable caution and was able to run through the field from outside the top 20. (Author’s Note: For more on the questionable caution, see question number two below.) He went on to lead a total of six times for 57 laps on the way to victory lane. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 150

Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 150

*In a Nutshell:* Clint Bowyer took the checkered flag 1.038 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway Friday night. Bowyer took the lead for the final time on a lap 96 restart and never looked back. Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, and Aric Almirola rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Clint Bowyer.* Bowyer started third and took the lead from Austin Dillon following the first caution. He stretched out to a more than five-second lead until Jason White's blown motor brought out the second caution. He continued leading until Kyle Busch pulled ahead following the third caution, but the fourth caution allowed Bowyer to gain a spot on pit road and restart on the front row with James Buescher. With new tires, the driver of the KHI-fielded No. 2 Chevrolet easily pulled to the front, leading the final 55 laps and 80 overall Friday night in a well-deserved victory. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: WinStar World Casino 350K

Tracking the Trucks: WinStar World Casino 350K

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.386 seconds ahead of Johnny Sauter to take the victory in the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night. Busch took the lead for the final time on a lap 127 restart and held point to score his seventh victory in 14 starts this season. Polesitter Matt Crafton, who started from the back after unapproved adjustments, points leader Todd Bodine and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Kyle Busch* Busch started in the top spot by virtue of polesitter Matt Crafton being forced to drop to the back at the start and easily pulled out ahead of outside polesitter Elliott Sadler when the green flag flew. He relinquished that lead for just one lap until Johnny Sauter passed him on lap 61 after chasing him down on the track. Once the field restarted for the final time on lap 127, Sauter briefly challenged Busch, but the driver of the No. 18 Toyota held point to score the victory. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Mountain Dew 250 Fueled by Fred’s

Tracking the Trucks: Mountain Dew 250 Fueled by Fred’s

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.002 of a second ahead of Aric Almirola to win the Mountain Dew 250 Fueled by Fred's Saturday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. Busch pushed Almirola during a green-white-checkered finish but pulled ahead just before the start / finish line to score the smallest margin of victory in the history of the series. Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Ricky Carmichael rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Kyle Busch.* In a plate race, it's really anyone's game until the checkered flag flies. Anyone from Ron Hornaday, Jr. to Todd Bodine to Aric Almirola to even Chris Fontaine had a chance Saturday afternoon. But it was Kyle Busch who was out front when it mattered most. He managed to push Matt Crafton to the front early in the race and stayed out of the "big one" to score his sixth win this season. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Kroger 200

Tracking the Trucks: Kroger 200

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.305 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Kroger 200 Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. Hornaday, Jr. took the lead right before the final caution flew with three laps remaining and held on through a green-white-checkered finish to score his first win in 17 starts at the 0.526-mile oval. Todd Bodine, Jason White and Aric Almirola rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Todd Bodine. Bodine ran inside the top 10 during both practice sessions but struggled during qualifying. Starting 24th, he had his work cut out for him as he methodically drove through the field and used pit strategy to gain valuable track position. He took the lead for the first time on lap 92 and went on to lead a race-high 83 laps en route to his 15th top-5 finish this season. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: RaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175

Tracking the Trucks: RaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.280 seconds ahead of James Buescher to win the RaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Busch took the lead for the final time after driving across James Buescher's nose and held on despite a hard bounce off of the outside wall. Kevin Harvick, Matt Crafton and Austin Dillon rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Kyle Busch. If Kyle Busch is in the race, he's almost always a threat to the win, barring any major disasters on track, and Saturday afternoon was no different. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Built Ford Tough 225

Tracking the Trucks: Built Ford Tough 225

*In a Nutshell:* Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 5.630 seconds ahead of Johnny Sauter to win the Build Ford Tough 225 Friday night at Kentucky Speedway. Bodine managed to stretch a nearly two-lap fuel shortage following his final pit stop to hold on and score his fourth win this season. Aric Almirola, Jason White and Ricky Carmichael rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Todd Bodine. After qualifying a disappointing 14th, crew chief Mike Hillman, Jr. was apprehensive, wondering whether the No. 30 Toyota would be any good in race trim. As it turned out, there was nothing to worry about. Bodine steadily worked his way through the field, taking the lead for the first time on lap 44. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: EnjoyIllinois.com 225

Tracking the Trucks: EnjoyIllinois.com 225

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.186 seconds ahead of Todd Bodine to win the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway. A blown engine for Timothy Peters with just three laps remaining set up a green-white-checkered finish in which Busch had no trouble pulling out front, scoring his second straight victory and fourth overall in 2010. Ron Hornaday, Jr., Johnny Sauter and Justin Lofton rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch.* Once again, Kyle Busch had the strongest truck on the track Friday night. It took him just 12 laps to take the lead for the first time after starting fourth. Despite dropping to fifth during his second pit stop after trouble getting their first can of fuel in, Busch once again took the lead on lap 98. Despite a hard charge from Todd Bodine after that, Busch managed to hold onto the lead and, ultimately, the win. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota led three times for 121 of 154 laps. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Too Tough to Tame 200

Tracking the Trucks: Too Tough to Tame 200

*In a Nutshell:* Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 0.531 seconds ahead of Timothy Peters to win the Too Tough to Tame 200 Saturday night at Darlington Raceway. Bodine made his final pit stop on lap 77 and managed to come out on top of a fuel gamble thanks to several laps run under caution on the way to the checkers. Ron Hornaday, Jr., Johnny Sauter and Austin Dillon rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Todd Bodine. Again Timothy Peters dominated the early stages of Saturday night's race, leading the first 47 laps before giving that lead up on pit road. Ultimately it was Todd Bodine's fast truck that worked steadily through the field all night until he finally found himself out front when Austin Dillon pitted for fuel under the night's seventh caution. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Nashville 200

Tracking the Trucks: Nashville 200

*In a Nutshell:* Point leader Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 4.164 seconds ahead of Austin Dillon to win the Nashville 200 Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway. Bodine overcame an early flat tire and led 91 of 150 laps to score his second win of the season. Aric Almirola, Timothy Peters, and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Todd Bodine.* Bodine started his No. 30 Germain.com Toyota on the pole, but faded quickly within the first 20 laps. A timely caution flew that ultimately saved his day, allowing service for what turned out to be a flat right-rear tire. By virtue of being on a different pit schedule after that, Bodine took the lead again around lap 65 when the rest of the field completed a round of green-flag stops. Read More »