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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. …

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Tracking The Trucks: NextEra Energy Resources 250

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Sauter waited patiently, spending the first half of the race riding in the back while others took their turn out front. After going 4-for-4 on wrecks at Daytona during his career, he dodged them, scuttled out front on Lap 85 and used teammate Todd Bodine to hold on for his first ever victory at Daytona. *Who Should Have Won:* *Ty Dillon.* Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 truck was dominant during the first half of the race; in all, Dillon led three times for a race-high 56 laps. But as wrecks popped up during the second half, Dillon lost track position and fell towards the back half of the top 10. Whether others had recognized Dillon's speed or the sophomore just made some bad moves, he was never able to assert himself up front when it counted down the stretch. Dillon, who finished sixth has to be sitting there this Saturday morning wondering what could have been.

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2012 Truck Series Wrap-Up: Buescher, Dillon, Larson, and Gale

_Author's Note: Hey readers! As the 2012 draws to a close, we're planning for next year. Please click here to send me an email or let me know in the comments below what you'd like to see in Tracking the Trucks that currently isn't in there. Is there something you don't like about this format? I want to know that too! I'll collect your comments throughout the rest of the year and the offseason and debut the new and improved Tracking the Trucks in February for the season opener at Daytona. Thank you for your dedicated readership! --Beth_

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Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 150

*In a Nutshell:* Brian Scott took the checkered flag 0.666 seconds ahead of Kyle Larson to win the Lucas Oil 150 Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway. Scott took advantage of a green-white-checkered finish, pulling ahead on the restart to become the 15th different winner this season. Joey Coulter, Timothy Peters, and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-5 finishers.

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Tracking the Trucks: WinStar World Casino 350

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Sauter took the checkered flag 2.199 seconds ahead of Parker Kligerman to win the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night. The driver of the No 13 SealMaster / Curb Records Toyota led 28 of 147 laps en route to a sweep at the 1.5-mile oval this season. Polesitter Nelson Piquet, Jr., Kyle Busch, and rookie Ty Dillon rounded out the top 5.

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Tracking the Trucks: Kroger 200

*In A Nutshell:* Denny Hamlin pushed and shoved his way past Matt Crafton with five laps to go to take the win in the Kroger 200 over a charging Nelson Piquet, Jr. Hamlin drove the No. 51 Toyota by Crafton after the final restart of the race to take home his second career Camping World Truck Series win in 15 starts. Hamlin had to come from the back of the pack after missing the drivers' meeting due to Sprint Cup practice. Both of Hamlin's wins have come at Martinsville Speedway; he also won the fall race last year. Joey Coulter, Crafton, and Scott Riggs rounded out the top 5.

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Tracking the Trucks: Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola

*In a Nutshell:* Parker Kligerman took the checkered flag under caution to win the Fred's 250 presented by Coca-Cola Saturday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. With a big push from runner-up Johnny Sauter, the driver of the No. 7 Red Horse Racing Toyota took the lead with just two laps remaining en route to his first career Camping World Truck Series victory. James Buescher, Ty Dillon, and Timothy Peters rounded out the top-5 finishers.

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