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Truckin’ Thursdays: A Quintet Of Strong 2014 Starts

With just two races under their belts already, the Camping World Truck Series doesn’t return to the track for another month. But in those first two events a few drivers have already shown some promise for what could be an outstanding season for them. I already touched on Ron Hornaday, Jr.‘s success last week, scoring two solid …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Musings From Martinsville

Once again, the Camping World Truck Series is in for another month off, before its first intermediate track event of the season at Kansas Speedway on May 9th. The four week wait notwithstanding, an exciting race at Martinsville was just what the doctor ordered for so many fans longing for the beating and banging that …

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Tracking the Trucks: Kroger 250

In a Nutshell: Matt Crafton held off fall Martinsville winner Darrell Wallace, Jr. on two green-white-checkered finishes. It was the first win for Crafton at the speedway and his fourth overall. Rookie Ben Kennedy came home third in his second start at Martinsville, while Crafton’s teammate Johnny Sauter was fourth. Ryan Blaney, Timothy Peters, German …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: A Trio Of Favorites With Something To Prove

This weekend, the Camping World Truck Series returns to action at Martinsville after more than a month off-track. Do you remember what happened at Daytona? Don’t worry, I had to think about it for a moment before I remembered that it was Kyle Busch who came out victorious with an impressive last-lap pass on Timothy …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Five Young Guns To Watch At Martinsville

After a thrilling season opener at Daytona International Speedway last month, the Camping World Truck Series will be back on track next weekend at Martinsville Speedway. It marks a huge change of pace for the drivers as they go from high-banks and big packs at Daytona, to the tight confines of Martinsville. Heading into next …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Drivers Worth Watching This Season

Sometimes, it’s a struggle to come up with something to talk about in a series that takes five weeks off after its first event. With just one race under their belts, it’s hardly time to start talking about championship favorites, though you’d have to look at Matt Crafton’s near-invincibility last season and wonder who might …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Meet Your 2014 Rookie Class

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Following an exciting race at Daytona International Speedway, opening the 2014 season, the Camping World Truck Series heads off to … a five-week break before returning to the track at Martinsville Speedway on March 29th. It’s not all that exciting, huh? In the meantime, we’ll take a look at this year’s rookie class. *Tyler Young, …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Peters’ Roots, King’s Return and Newberry’s Experience

Once again, the Camping World Truck Series sits idle while the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series head off to Darlington Raceway. And during down times like the ones that have plagued the early parts of the year for a while now, there’s little going on that’s worth talking about. So to help keep the Truck Series in your mind ahead of next Friday night’s showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway, I’m here to share some of the latest and greatest news coming out of the series.

Truckin’ Thursdays: Matt Crafton On ThorSport’s Recent Success

Just four races into the 2013 season, ThorSport Racing has visited Victory Lane in three of four events, while drivers Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter sit one-two in the Camping World Truck Series championship standings. Despite a lackluster year last season, both Crafton and Sauter have finished in the top 10 in points for six and four consecutive year, respectively, making their organization the closest thing to “dynasty” you can get in one of NASCAR’s lower divisions. So what is the key to their success and longevity in the sport? I sat down with Crafton at Kansas Speedway almost two weeks ago, after the Truck Series’ final practice session, to talk a little about just that.

Truckin’ Thursdays: Miguel Paludo on Rockingham, Boston And The NHRA

We made a ton of progress at Rockingham last weekend. It’s a track that I struggled a lot at last year. We started outside the top 20 and worked our way into the top 10, before dropping back to where we finished. I was just ready to be done at Rockingham last year, but now I started liking it. When you run good at a race track, you want to go back. I felt like we did a great job our second time there. We ran in the top 10, and the guys did awesome pit stops. We’re putting everything together that we need to. Especially at Rockingham, it’s easy to spin your tires on the restart. Overall, it was a great effort for us and we gained in the championship battle, and it means a lot at a special place like that.

We had a really fast truck at Kansas right off of the truck, and we ran so well in both practices. I almost thought we would get the pole, until James [Buescher] beat us at the last second. We started on the front row with both of my teammates right there with me, and I led some laps there. That truck was so fast but someone got loose inside me and the damage when I hit the wall ended the day for us.