|1||16||23||Johnny Benson||Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota||150||190||5||$57,200||Running||1||3|
|2||10||99||Erik Darnell||Northern Tool + Equipment Ford||150||175||5||$33,875||Running||1||29|
|3||1||30||Todd Bodine||Lumber Liquidators Toyota||150||175||10||$28,845||Running||1||74|
|4||7||2||Jack Sprague||Camping World Chevy||150||165||5||$14,010||Running||1||1|
|5||12||33||Ron Hornaday Jr.||VFW Chevy||150||160||5||$14,110||Running||1||3|
|6||4||6||Colin Braun #||Con-way Freight Ford||150||150||$12,835||Running|
|7||2||4||Stacy Compton||BobFrensley.com Chrysler Jeep Dodge Dodge||150||151||5||$10,935||Running||1||40|
|8||13||59||Ted Musgrave||Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota||150||142||$10,585||Running|
|9||17||11||David Starr||Red Horse Racing Toyota||150||138||$10,485||Running|
|10||20||8||Chad McCumbee||Malcolmson Construction Chevy||150||134||$13,685||Running|
|11||23||88||Matt Crafton||Menards/Ideal Door Chevy||150||130||$10,360||Running|
|12||14||60||Terry Cook||Wyler.com Toyota||150||127||$10,260||Running|
|13||21||15||David Stremme||Hyprene-Ergon Toyota||150||124||$7,960||Running|
|14||25||16||Brian Scott #||Albertsons Chevy||150||121||$10,185||Running|
|15||11||17||Timothy Peters||Dickey's Barbeque Pit Dodge||150||118||$9,210||Running|
|16||24||71||Donny Lia #||Nationrides.com Chevy||150||115||$10,010||Running|
|17||3||5||Mike Skinner||Toyota Tundra Toyota||150||112||$9,960||Running|
|18||8||18||Dennis Setzer||TAHOE Dodge||150||109||$9,910||Running|
|19||15||7||T.J. Bell||Home 4 the Holidays Chevy||150||106||$9,860||Running|
|20||34||9||Justin Marks #||Construct Corps/crocs Toyota||150||103||$10,510||Running|
|21||26||19||Robb Brent||Brad Keselowski Racing Chevy||150||100||$7,235||Running|
|22||22||13||Shelby Howard||FarmPaint.com Chevy||150||97||$8,160||Running|
|23||6||14||Rick Crawford||Circle Bar Truck Corral/Powerstroke Diesel by Int Ford||150||94||$8,110||Running|
|24||27||10||Brendan Gaughan||Int'l MAXXFORCE Diesel Ford||150||91||$7,060||Running|
|25||19||51||Shane Sieg||Miccosukee Resorts Toyota||149||88||$7,035||Running|
|26||29||40||Jeff Green||Westerman Companies Chevy||147||85||$6,985||Running|
|27||28||81||Willie Allen||Rascal Flatts/GoDaddy.com Chevy||122||82||$6,960||Accident|
|28||30||08||Jason White||GunBroker.com Dodge||73||79||$6,935||Accident|
|29||9||21||Keven Wood||Air Force Ford||42||76||$6,910||Accident|
|30||18||09||John Wes Townley||Zaxby's Ford||42||73||$6,895||Accident|
|31||32||07||Brandon Knupp||ASI Limited Chevy||11||70||$6,885||Electrical|
|32||31||0||Chris Jones||Chevy||4||0||$6,870||Fuel Pump|
|33||5||22||Michael Annett||Pilot Travel Centers/Brangos Toyota||4||64||$6,845||Accident|
|34||33||57||Norm Benning||Benning Motorsports Chevy||1||61||$6,820||Vibration|
|Race Comments:||Before an estimated crowd of 26,750, Johnny Benson won the Toyota Tundra 200, his 13th career NASCAR Craftsman
Truck Series victory. Before the green flag the the following drivers, under penalty, dropped to the rear of the field for the
reasons indicated: #57 Norm Benning (adjustments outside impound).
|Failed to Qualify:||N/A|
|Time of Race:||1 Hrs, 44 Mins, 03 Secs.|
|Average Speed:||115.300 MPH|
|Margin of Victory:||0.889 Seconds|
|Caution Flags:||7 for 29 laps: Laps: 5-8 (#22 accident frontstretch); 37-41 (Debris); 44-47 (#09, 21, 51, 60 accident turn 3); 65-68
(#59 spun frontstretch); 75-78 (#07, #8 accident turn 2); 115-118 (Debris); 124-127 (#71, #81 accident turn 1).
|Lead Changes:||5 among 6 drivers: T. Bodine 1-74; S. Compton 75-114; J. Sprague 115; R. Hornaday Jr. 116-118;
E. Darnell 119-147; J. Benson 148-150.
|Pos||Driver||BPts||Pts||Ldr||Starts||Pole||Wins||Top 5||Top 10||DNFs||Winnings|
|2||Ron Hornaday Jr.||90||2216||-45||15||2||3||8||11||0||$423,360|
|14||Colin Braun #||5||1729||-532||15||0||0||1||5||2||$202,335|
|18||Donny Lia #||5||1587||-674||14||0||1||1||3||1||$196,055|
|19||Justin Marks #||5||1526||-735||15||1||0||0||1||3||$180,485|
|21||Brian Scott #||0||1418||-843||15||0||0||0||1||5||$168,475|
|30||TJ Bell Jr.||0||698||-1563||7||0||0||0||1||1||$77,970|
|39||John Wes Townley||0||364||-1897||4||0||0||0||0||1||$39,025|
|40||J C Stout||0||329||-1932||5||0||0||0||0||4||$50,750|
|54||P J Jones||0||152||-2109||2||0||0||0||0||1||$24,495|
|79||A J Allmendinger||0||0||-2261||1||0||0||0||0||0||$11,360|
|80||Gary St Amant||0||0||-2261||1||0||0||0||0||0||$7,910|
|4||Billy Ballew||51||2,064||-197||15||5||Bill Davis||5||2,026||-235||15|
|1||30||Todd Bodine||Lumber Liquidators Toyota||30.244||158.669|
|2||4||Stacy Compton||BobFrensley.com Chrysler Jeep Dodge Dodge||30.270||158.533|
|3||5||Mike Skinner||Toyota Tundra Toyota||30.326||158.240|
|4||6||Colin Braun #||Con-way Freight Ford||30.327||158.235|
|5||22||Michael Annett||Pilot Travel Centers/Brangos Toyota||30.421||157.746|
|6||14||Rick Crawford||Circle BarTrckCorral/Pwrstrke Diesel Ford||30.504||157.317|
|7||2||Jack Sprague||Camping World Chevy||30.528||157.193|
|8||18||Dennis Setzer||TAHOE Dodge||30.539||157.137|
|9||21||Keven Wood||Air Force Ford||30.564||157.008|
|10||99||Erik Darnell||Northern Tool + Equipment Ford||30.577||156.941|
|11||17||Timothy Peters||Dickey's Barbeque Pit Dodge||30.587||156.890|
|12||33||Ron Hornaday Jr.||VFW Chevy||30.658||156.527|
|13||59||Ted Musgrave||Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota||30.660||156.517|
|14||60||Terry Cook||Wyler.com Toyota||30.712||156.252|
|15||7||T.J. Bell||Home 4 the Holidays Chevy||30.756||156.028|
|16||23||Johnny Benson||Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota||30.780||155.906|
|17||11||David Starr||Red Horse Racing Toyota||30.818||155.714|
|18||09||John Wes Townley||Zaxby's Ford||30.818||155.714|
|19||51||Shane Sieg||Miccosukee Resorts Toyota||30.831||155.649|
|20||8||Chad McCumbee||Malcolmson Construction Chevy||30.851||155.548|
|21||15||David Stremme||Hyprene-Ergon Toyota||30.876||155.422|
|22||13||Shelby Howard||FarmPaint.com Chevy||30.877||155.417|
|23||88||Matt Crafton||Menards/Ideal Door Chevy||30.887||155.366|
|24||71||Donny Lia #||Nationrides.com Chevy||30.920||155.201|
|25||16||Brian Scott #||Albertsons Chevy||31.074||154.431|
|26||19||Robb Brent||Brad Keselowski Racing Chevy||31.124||154.183|
|27||10||Brendan Gaughan||Int'l MAXXFORCE Diesel Ford||31.131||154.149|
|28||81||Willie Allen||Rascal Flatts/GoDaddy.com Chevy||31.307||153.282|
|29||40||Jeff Green||Westerman Companies Chevy||31.359||153.028|
|30||08||Jason White||GunBroker.com Dodge||31.422||152.721|
|32||07||Brandon Knupp||ASI Limited Chevy||32.100||149.495|
|33||57||Norm Benning||Benning Motorsports Chevy||37.778||127.026|
|34||9||Justin Marks #||Construct Corps/crocs Toyota||0.000||0.000|
|1||4||Stacy Compton||BobFrensley.com Chrysler Jeep Dodge||30.032||159.790||24|
|2||14||Rick Crawford||Circle Bar/Powerstroke Diesel by Int'l Ford||30.053||159.678||30|
|3||22||Michael Annett||Pilot Travel Centers/Brangos Toyota||30.100||159.429||35|
|4||*17||Timothy Peters||Dickey's Barbeque Pit Dodge||30.128||159.280||20|
|5||2||Jack Sprague||Camping World Chevy||30.188||158.964||30|
|6||11||David Starr||Red Horse Racing Toyota||30.201||158.895||29|
|7||18||Dennis Setzer||TAHOE Dodge||30.232||158.732||25|
|8||59||Ted Musgrave||Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota||30.270||158.533||26|
|9||30||Todd Bodine||Lumber Liquidators Toyota||30.308||158.334||27|
|10||7||T.J. Bell||Home 4 the Holidays Chevy||30.315||158.298||33|
|11||09||John Wes Townley||Zaxby's Ford||30.322||158.261||40|
|12||33||Ron Hornaday Jr.||VFW Chevy||30.328||158.230||31|
|13||8||Chad McCumbee||Malcolmson Construction Chevy||30.348||158.126||24|
|14||88||Matt Crafton||Menards/Ideal Door Chevy||30.365||158.037||32|
|15||60||Terry Cook||Wyler.com Toyota||30.371||158.006||32|
|16||6||Colin Braun #||Con-way Freight Ford||30.460||157.544||30|
|17||23||Johnny Benson||Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota||30.461||157.539||31|
|18||71||Donny Lia #||Nationrides.com Chevy||30.469||157.498||39|
|19||15||David Stremme||Hyprene-Ergon Toyota||30.484||157.420||20|
|20||99||Erik Darnell||Northern Tool + Equipment Ford||30.502||157.327||25|
|21||16||Brian Scott #||Albertsons Chevy||30.555||157.054||30|
|22||9||Justin Marks #||Construct Corps/crocs Toyota||30.555||157.054||41|
|23||81||Willie Allen||Rascal Flatts/GoDaddy.com Chevy||30.601||156.818||26|
|24||51||Shane Sieg||Miccosukee Resorts Toyota||30.658||156.527||19|
|25||40||Jeff Green||Westerman Companies Chevy||30.704||156.292||23|
|26||13||Shelby Howard||FarmPaint.com Chevy||30.707||156.277||30|
|27||10||Brendan Gaughan||Int'l MAXXFORCE Diesel Ford||30.748||156.069||28|
|28||5||Mike Skinner||Toyota Tundra Toyota||30.771||155.952||24|
|29||21||Keven Wood||Air Force Ford||30.831||155.649||35|
|30||08||Jason White||GunBroker.com Dodge||30.838||155.613||24|
|31||*19||Robb Brent||Brad Keselowski Racing Chevy||30.944||155.080||46|
|33||*57||Norm Benning||Benning Motorsports Chevy||38.841||123.550||1|
|*Required to qualify on time|
|1||18||Dennis Setzer||TAHOE Dodge||30.279||158.486||23|
|2||30||Todd Bodine||Lumber Liquidators Toyota||30.286||158.449||17|
|3||2||Jack Sprague||Camping World Chevy||30.442||157.637||20|
|4||33||Ron Hornaday Jr.||VFW Chevy||30.487||157.405||30|
|5||59||Ted Musgrave||Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota||30.553||157.065||13|
|6||6||Colin Braun #||Con-way Freight Ford||30.559||157.034||33|
|7||7||T.J. Bell||Home 4 the Holidays Chevy||30.579||156.931||27|
|8||8||Chad McCumbee||Malcolmson Construction Chevy||30.614||156.752||22|
|9||09||John Wes Townley||Zaxby's Ford||30.635||156.644||32|
|10||10||Brendan Gaughan||Int'l MAXXFORCE Diesel Ford||30.638||156.629||28|
|11||22||Michael Annett||Pilot Travel Centers/Brangos Toyota||30.641||156.614||31|
|12||5||Mike Skinner||Toyota Tundra Toyota||30.709||156.267||23|
|13||9||Justin Marks #||Construct Corps/crocs Toyota||30.711||156.257||35|
|14||15||David Stremme||Hyprene-Ergon Toyota||30.721||156.206||18|
|15||11||David Starr||Red Horse Racing Toyota||30.760||156.008||33|
|16||4||Stacy Compton||BobFrensley.com Chrysler Jeep Dodge||30.768||155.967||27|
|17||21||Keven Wood||Air Force Ford||30.785||155.881||40|
|18||23||Johnny Benson||Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota||30.799||155.810||20|
|19||*17||Timothy Peters||Dickey's Barbeque Pit Dodge||30.800||155.805||26|
|20||88||Matt Crafton||Menards/Ideal Door Chevy||30.801||155.800||20|
|21||71||Donny Lia #||Nationrides.com Chevy||30.814||155.734||41|
|22||16||Brian Scott #||Albertsons Chevy||30.851||155.548||38|
|23||14||Rick Crawford||CircleBarTrckCorral/PwrstrkeDiesel Ford||30.863||155.487||30|
|24||60||Terry Cook||Wyler.com Toyota||30.909||155.256||36|
|25||99||Erik Darnell||Northern Tool + Equipment Ford||30.981||154.895||32|
|26||81||Willie Allen||Rascal Flatts/GoDaddy.com Chevy||31.059||154.506||25|
|27||51||Shane Sieg||Miccosukee Resorts Toyota||31.090||154.352||11|
|28||40||Jeff Green||Westerman Companies Chevy||31.113||154.238||24|
|29||13||Shelby Howard||FarmPaint.com Chevy||31.210||153.758||32|
|30||08||Jason White||GunBroker.com Dodge||31.278||153.424||37|
|31||07||Brandon Knupp||ASI Limited Chevy||31.483||152.425||20|
|32||*19||Robb Brent||Brad Keselowski Racing Chevy||31.491||152.386||41|
|*Required to qualify on time|
|1||0||Chris Jones||Chevy||Bobby Dotter||Jim Schneider|
|2||2||Jack Sprague||Camping World Chevy||Delana Harvick||Ernie Cope|
|3||4||Stacy Compton||BobFrensley.com Chrysler Jeep Dodge||Lori Hamilton||Bryant Frazier|
|4||5||Mike Skinner||Toyota Tundra Toyota||Bill Davis||Joe Lax|
|5||6||Colin Braun #||Con-way Freight Ford||Jack Roush||MIke Beam|
|6||07||Brandon Knupp||ASI Limited Chevy||Ken Smith||Bobby Dotter|
|7||7||T.J. Bell||Home 4 the Holidays Chevy||Kevin Buckler||Butch Hylton|
|8||08||Jason White||GunBroker.com Dodge||Bobby Dotter||Bobby Dotter|
|9||8||Chad McCumbee||Malcolmson Construction Chevy||David Malcolmson||Randy Dean|
|10||09||John Wes Townley||Zaxby's Ford||Jack Roush||Chad Norris|
|11||9||Justin Marks #||Construct Corps/crocs Toyota||Bob Germain||Jason Overstreet|
|12||10||Brendan Gaughan||Int'l MAXXFORCE Diesel Ford||Tom Mitchell||Bryan Berry|
|13||11||David Starr||Red Horse Racing Toyota||Tom DeLoach||Jamie Jones|
|14||13||Shelby Howard||FarmPaint.com Chevy||Duke Thorson||Chris Rice|
|15||14||Rick Crawford||Circle Bar/Powerstroke Diesel by Int'l Ford||Tom Mitchell||Kevin Starland|
|16||15||David Stremme||Hyprene-Ergon Toyota||Billy Ballew||Doug George|
|17||16||Brian Scott #||Albertsons Chevy||Joe Scott||Dave McCarty|
|18||*17||Timothy Peters||Dickey's Barbeque Pit Dodge||Steve Stallings||Chad Hendrick|
|19||18||Dennis Setzer||TAHOE Dodge||Clay Campbell||Marcus Richmond|
|20||*19||Robb Brent||Brad Keselowski Racing Chevy||Brad Keselowski||Wayne Setterington|
|21||21||Keven Wood||Air Force Ford||Eddie Wood||John Monsam|
|22||22||Michael Annett||Pilot Travel Centers/Brangos Toyota||Bill Davis||Doug Wolcott|
|23||23||Johnny Benson||Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota||Gail Davis||Trip Bruce|
|24||30||Todd Bodine||Lumber Liquidators Toyota||Steven Germain||Mike Hillman Jr.|
|25||33||Ron Hornaday Jr.||VFW Chevy||Delana Harvick||Rick Ren|
|26||40||Jeff Green||Westerman Companies Chevy||Curtis Key||Lance Hooper|
|27||51||Shane Sieg||Miccosukee Resorts Toyota||Billy Ballew||Richie Wauters|
|28||*57||Norm Benning||Benning Motorsports Chevy||Norm Benning||Stan Hover|
|29||59||Ted Musgrave||Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota||James Harris||Danny Rollins|
|30||60||Terry Cook||Wyler.com Toyota||Jeff Wyler||John Quinn|
|31||71||Donny Lia #||Nationrides.com Chevy||Kevin Buckler||Jason Miller|
|32||81||Willie Allen||Rascal Flatts/GoDaddy.com Chevy||Randy Moss||Eric Phillips|
|33||88||Matt Crafton||Menards/Ideal Door Chevy||Rhonda Thorson||Bud Haefele|
|34||99||Erik Darnell||Northern Tool + Equipment Ford||Jack Roush||Matt Puccia|
|* Required to qualify on time|
Elite Group Of Three-Time Winners Exists In Series
It is widely known that the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is full of tough competition. So it's a rare accomplishment for a driver to win three races in a row. It's only happened five times.
Should Johnny Benson and his #23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota find Victory Lane Saturday, it would mark Benson's third consecutive victory. He won twice last month at Kentucky Speedway and O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.
Hopefully, the third time will be a charm for Benson. Last season, the series veteran won at Bristol Motor Speedway followed by a victory at Gateway Int'l Raceway. The next race, however, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, saw Benson end his day in eighth.
In 2006, Benson brought home back-to-back wins at Michigan and Milwaukee. Going for the third win, he had to settle for a ninth-place finish at Kansas.
Benson's teammate and former series champion Mike Skinner (#5 Toyota Tundra Toyota) has managed the feat twice. Skinner nabbed three in a row in 1997 and most recently in 2007. His third win came at Martinsville, a track where he won in 1996.
Maybe that's a good omen. Benson found Victory Lane at Nashville Superspeedway in 2006 and goes into this week's race as the only previous winner in the Toyota Tundra 200 field.
Three other drivers have brought home three wins in a row. Ron Hornaday Jr. (#33 Camping World Chevy) made it three in 1997. Todd Bodine (#30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota) also accomplished this in 2005, winning the last three races of the season.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle won three straight in 2000, the same year he won the series championship.
Benson is aware of the challenge. “Winning three races in a row would be tremendous,” Benson said. “The competition in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is so tight, and to be able to put together race wins is quite an accomplishment.”
The driver also knows he has the team and support to end the race No 1. “Trip Bruce (crew chief) has done a great job all year giving me good enough trucks to win. We have had great pit stops which has really helped us get to the front,” he said.
Another Sam Bass Custom Gibson Guitar, Please
Johnny Benson is no doubt racing towards his first series championship. Sitting atop the championship point standings, the driver will take all his recent momentum to a place where he knows how to get to Victory Lane. With a win in 2006 to his credit, the driver admits he loves going to Nashville. “It is a great place to race and has one of the most coveted trophies in NASCAR,” said Benson.“I would love nothing more than to bring our Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota to Victory Lane on Saturday night. I need another Gibson to add to my trophy case,” Benson said. Ultimately, though, it all goes back to the championship. “We know what we have to do to be able to get more wins and hopefully the championship,” he said. “We have to finish in the top five week-in and week-out to be able to compete for the championship. (Ron) Hornaday and (Matt) Crafton are both really having a great year and we have to be on our A game in order to keep our chances alive.”
Rookies Look For Better Luck At Nashville
Rookie points leader Colin Braun (#6 Con-Way Freight Ford) is heading to familiar territory this weekend. The young Texan competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway in March. Braun started the race ninth and brought home a 15th- place finish.
I'm looking forward to going to a track that I've already raced at this year,” said Braun. “It's a great track and it's a lot of fun for a driver.”
Braun and fellow Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate Justin Marks (#9 Crocs Toyota) stayed busy over the off- week break. The pair headed to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal with the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Braun practiced the #16 Citi-Financial Ford for Greg Biffle. Marks competed in the #10 Furniture Electronics Toyota for Braun Racing.
NASCAR Raybestos Rookie of the Year Standings after 14 races of the 2008 season:
1. Colin Braun, 143 2. Donny Lia, 130 3. Justin Marks, 123 4. Brian Scott, 110 5. Marc Mitchell, 100 6. Andy Lally, 62 7. Scott Speed, 61 8. Phillip McGilton, 38
Who Is The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' Most Popular Driver?
Have you cast your vote yet? Don't forget to make it count. For the first time in series history, voting for the Series' Most Popular Driver is in the hands of the fans. Be sure to check out NASCAR.com and vote for your favorite. More than 30,000 votes have been cast since voting began July 5.
Director's Take: Wayne's Words
“Racing at Nashville Superspeedway means visiting the home of Country music, the Sam Bass custom guitar and racing on concrete.
“Just about everyone, at one time or another, has visited the various attractions: the Grand Ole Opry, Printers Alley, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the clubs on Broadway.
“There is definitely plenty to do before drivers and teams get down to the serious business of racing.
“And serious it is with the traditional Gibson guitar trophy up for grabs. We've been to Nashville a dozen times and nobody's won that trophy more than once. It seems like the guitar—and not the points—is the biggest topic of conversation whenever we go to Nashville Superspeedway.
“We always seem to have a competitive race in Nashville. The concrete surface definitely is a challenge but it takes at least one element out of the equation.
“Once a driver and crew chief agree on a setup, that's it; the conditions aren't going to change a lot.
“The 2006 race was one of the best in series competition. Johnny Benson led only the final lap proving, once again, that no NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race is over until that checkered flag falls.” — Wayne Auton, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Director.
This Week's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Leaders (Through 14 races of the 25-race season) Points leader – Johnny Benson (2,071) Driver Rating – Ron Hornaday Jr. (114.9) Laps led – Ron Hornaday Jr. (714) Victories – Johnny Benson, Ron Hornaday Jr. (3) Keystone Light Poles – Johnny Benson, Mike Skinner (3) Top-five finishes – Johnny Benson, Matt Crafton (8) Top-10 finishes – Mike Skinner (12) Raybestos Rookie Leader – Colin Braun Races led – Ron Hornaday Jr. (12) Weeks in Top 10 – Three drivers with 14
As the series makes it way to Tennessee, three manufacturers look to break a deadlock. With two wins, Ford, Dodge and Toyota are tied for the most wins at Nashville Superspeedway.
Dodge's last win came in 2004 with the late Bobby Hamilton. Toyota made its most recent trip to Victory Lane in 2006 with Johnny Benson.
Ford is the defending winning manufacturer. Travis Kvapil won last year's Toyota Tundra 200. While Kvapil won't be in the field to defend the win, his two former Roush Fenway Racing teammates, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun, could help Ford take the lead. Darnell started from the pole in 2006 and last season brought home a ninth-place finish.
Chevy trails the other three with just one win at the track in 2002. Luck could swing their way, however, as Ron Hornaday Jr. looks to take his success on other concrete tracks to Nashville. Hornaday finished second to Kvapil last year.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2008 Manufacturers' Championship Point Standings following Race 14 of 25 at O'Reilly Raceway Park: Toyota 96 Chevy 94 Ford 67 Dodge 51
In The Loop: Two Veterans Could End Drought At Nashville
This season has morphed into an odd one for both Mike Skinner and Jack Sprague.
Both entered 2008 with optimism galore. Skinner just missed his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship last season and Sprague joined a new team – the one that nabbed the title last season.
Though neither has suffered a poor season (Skinner's in fifth and Sprague's in ninth), the two former series champions have yet to visit Victory Lane.
The winless drought could end this weekend, and extend the streak of different race winners at Nashville (it's currently at seven).
According to the statistics, Skinner has to be considered the favorite. Really, he's done just about everything but win. Skinner has led the most laps in each of the past three races, but only has a best finish of third to show for it.
Over that span, he has a Driver Rating of 136.1, an Average Running Position of 2.2, 82 Fastest Laps Run and has run all but six of the Laps in the Top 15 (98.7%). All those are series-best marks.
So, Skinner is doubly due. He's come achingly close at Nashville and has nine consecutive top-10 finishes this season. A win looks likely to come sooner than later.
Ditto for Sprague, who has notched two runner-up finishes this year and a second-place finish at Nashville in 2006.
Over the past three Nashville races, Sprague has a Driver Rating of 106.3 (fourth-best), an Average Running Position of 7.6 (fourth), 41 Fastest Laps Run (tied for second) and 389 Laps in the Top 15 (86.3%), which is second-most behind Skinner.
The series will stay in the Volunteer State rolling east from Nashville to Bristol Motor Speedway for short-track racing on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Johnny Benson is the defending winner at the short track and definitely on a hot streak as the season moves down Interstate 40.(NASCAR PR)(8-4-2008)<BR><BR>
Compton: We May Be Older But We Haven't Forgotten How To Race
Stacy Compton (#4 Dodge), like a number of drivers, returned to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series after several recent seasons in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. Compton departed after the 1999 season during which he finished fourth in the point standings. Then, he had to beat the likes of Ron Hornaday Jr. (#33 Camping World Chevy), Jack Sprague (#2 American Commercial Lines Chevy) and Dennis Setzer (#18 Dodge).
When Compton returned this year, it was a case of NASCAR déjà vu. Same series; same rivals. "It proves just because we are getting older, doesn't mean we can no longer drive," said Compton, now age 41. You take me, Ron, Jack and (BHR-VA teammate) Setzer. We've seen this sport go through a lot. We are who we are as race car drivers because of the ups and downs of the sport. "The older you get you realize that everything comes full circle." Compton, however, believes that dynamic helps younger drivers; several in grade school in 1999. "We don't cut them any slack;" he said. "It is a process for them to learn; when to give and take; and I have gotten caught up in the learning process several times. They don't always listen but in time, they will learn."
1. Jack Sprague
3. Dennis Setzer
4. Stacy Compton
7. Ron Hornaday Jr.
14. Rick Crawford
15. Terry Cook
2. Ron Hornaday Jr.
4. Rick Crawford
8. Terry Cook
9. Jack Sprague
11. Dennis Setzer
19. Stacy Compton
'Triple Double' For ORP Winner Johnny Benson
Victories, like grapes, come in bunches for Johnny Benson (#23 Vemma Toyota).
Benson "doubled up" for the third time in his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career when he won the July 25 Power Stroke Diesel 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. He won six days earlier at Kentucky Speedway. Benson also won consecutive races in 2006 and 2007.
The latest victory -- the 45-year-old Michigan driver's 12th overall and third of 2008; preserved his standings lead for the fourth time in the past five races. Benson, however, doesn't have much breathing room after the 14th of 25 scheduled events.
Defending champion Ron Hornaday Jr. , led 153 of the race's 200 laps and chased Benson to the checkered flag. Hornaday trails Benson by 15 points as Matt Crafton (#88 Menards Chevy) slipped from second to third in the standings, 31 points back.
"We're hoping we're one of the guys to beat but, we no way have our hands around this thing," said Benson, who counts three wins and a second in his last five races. "We've been 50 points ahead and fell to fourth (place) in one race."
Johnny's Twin Wins
2008 Kentucky, O'Reilly
2007 Bristol, Gateway
2006 Michigan, Milwaukee
Etc: Firsts For ThorSport, The Racers Group
The back-and-forth battle for Manufacturers' Championship honors swung back in Toyota's favor as the truck maker won for the seventh time in 2008.
Toyota posted its 45th series victory as it reached 1,001 total entries since entering competition in 2004.
Toyota hopes to become the second manufacturer to win three consecutive titles. Chevy won four straight between 1995 and 1998.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2008 Manufacturers' Championship Point Standings following Race 14 of 25 at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
This Week's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Leaders (through 14 races of the 25-race season)
Points leader – Johnny Benson (2,071)
Driver Rating – Ron Hornaday Jr. (114.9)
Laps led – Ron Hornaday Jr. (714)
Victories – Johnny Benson, Ron Hornaday Jr. (3)
Keystone Light Poles – Johnny Benson, Mike Skinner (3)
Top-five finishes – Johnny Benson, Matt Crafton (8)
Top-10 finishes – Mike Skinner (12)
Raybestos Rookie Leader – Colin Braun
Races led – Ron Hornaday Jr. (12)
Weeks in Top 10 – Three drivers with 14
In The Loop:
During his impressive run of three wins in four races, Johnny Benson has statistically improved in practically every category.
The most dramatic – and most telling – move came in the key Average Running Position and Driver Rating stats.
Prior to Milwaukee – the start of his three-of-four stretch – Benson had an Average Running Position of 10.2 and a Driver Rating of 100.2. Currently, those numbers have improved to 9.2 and 109.1, respectively. Benson has also seen an increase in the percentage of laps he has run among the top 15. Prior to Milwaukee, Benson had a Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 76.4. Now, that number is 78.8 percent.
Another key number that Benson has improved over the stretch is Fastest Laps Run. Prior to Milwaukee, Benson sat in third place with 89 Fastest Laps Run – 133 laps behind then-leader Kyle Busch and 99 behind second-place Ron Hornaday Jr. Currently, Benson has 263 Fastest Laps Run, which puts him second in the series behind Hornaday's 316 (a difference of 53).
NASCAR Raybestos Rookie of the Year Standings after 14 races of the 2008 season:
1. Colin Braun 143
2. Donny Lia 130
3. Justin Marks 123
4. Brian Scott 110
5. Marc Mitchell 100
6. Andy Lally 62
7. Scott Speed 61
8. Phillip McGilton 38
Teams will spend the month of August competing on concrete surfaces with stops at Nashville Superspeedway and Bristol Motor Speedway.
The Aug. 9 Toyota 200 in Music City follows a one-week break in the schedule.(NASCAR Media)(7-28-2008)