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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

*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

*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

*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

*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 »

Tracking the Trucks: Too Tough to Tame 200

*In a Nutshell:* Kasey Kahne took the checkered flag 1.116 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to win the Too Tough to Tame 200 Saturday evening at Darlington Raceway. In a race slowed by a record-tying ten cautions and a nearly eight-minute red flag, Kahne dominated much of the race leading 95 of 147 laps en route to his third victory in four Truck Series starts. Todd Bodine, Matt Crafton and James Buescher rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Kasey Kahne.* Kahne started on the outside pole behind the wheel of the Kyle Busch Motorsports' No. 18 Toyota and was quick to challenge polesitter Cole Whitt for the lead. But it wasn't until lap 42 when Kahne finally sniffed the top spot for the first time. Once out front, the driver of the No. 18 easily pulled away from the rest of the field, stretching out to a more than three-second lead by lap 53. Though Whitt, James Buescher and Elliott Sadler each took their turn out front in the latter stages of the race, it was Kahne who found the top spot again on lap 97. Despite facing three restarts, Kahne never relinquished the lead and held on for the second victory for KBM this season. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 150

*In a Nutshell:* Was this a Nationwide Series race? Because the Cup regulars certainly dominated like it was one. After leading the first 43 laps, polesitter Clint Bowyer lost the lead to Kyle Busch during yellow flag pit stops...who never lost it after that. Busch weathered a rash of late race cautions (five in the last 40 laps) to score his first win of the Truck Series season, his 25th in Truck competition. Bowyer, KHI teammate Ron Hornaday, Johnny Sauter and Austin Dillon rounded out the top 5, as eight Chevrolets finished in the top 10. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: NextEra Energy Resources 250

*In a Nutshell:* Michael Waltrip took the checkered flag 0.061 seconds ahead of Elliott Sadler to win the NextEra Energy Resources 250 Friday night at Daytona International Speedway. Waltrip took advantage of the classic last lap pass in turn 4 to score his first career Truck Series victory. Clay Rogers, rookie Miguel Paludo and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Elliott Sadler* Michael Waltrip ran an average race all night but knew exactly what he had to do to make the trip to victory lane. When the field took the white flag, he and Sadler were nose to tail, but that only lasted until the came out of turn 4. In what was a nearly perfectly executed last lap pass at Daytona, Waltrip stuck his nose outside of Sadler and took the victory. But because of an illegal part on Waltrip's truck, Sadler should have been the one in victory lane. Read More »

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

*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 »