|Finish||Start||Trk #||Driver||Team||Laps||Points||Bonus||Award||Status||Times||# Led|
|1||3||51||Kyle Busch||Miccosukee Resorts/NOS Energy Drink Toyota||203||195||10||$50,075||Running||2||145|
|2||4||30||Todd Bodine||Lumber Liquidators Toyota||203||170||$32,000||Running|
|3||1||22||Scott Speed #||Red Bull Toyota||203||165||$25,270||Running|
|4||2||23||Johnny Benson||EXIDE Batteries Toyota||203||165||5||$16,285||Running||1||29|
|5||24||14||Rick Crawford||Circle Bar/PowerStroke Diesel by Int'l Ford||203||155||$15,610||Running|
|6||10||7||T.J. Bell||Heathcliff's Cat Litter Chevy||203||150||$11,510||Running|
|7||14||5||Mike Skinner||Toyota Tundra Toyota||203||146||$11,360||Running|
|8||8||18||Dennis Setzer||TAHOE Dodge||203||142||$11,310||Running|
|9||30||15||David Stremme||Hyprene-Ergon Toyota||203||138||$9,010||Running|
|10||28||59||Ted Musgrave||Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota||203||134||$12,660||Running|
|11||31||8||Chad McCumbee||Malcolmson Construction Chevy||203||130||$11,760||Running|
|12||15||71||Donny Lia #||Nationrides.com Chevy||203||127||$11,010||Running|
|13||16||10||Brendan Gaughan||Int'l MAXXFORCE Diesel Ford||203||124||$11,260||Running|
|14||12||2||Jack Sprague||American Commercial Lines Chevy||203||121||$10,910||Running|
|15||23||99||Erik Darnell||Northern Tool + Equipment Ford||203||118||$11,785||Running|
|16||34||21||Jon Wood||The Barnhill Group Ford||203||115||$10,760||Running|
|17||26||07||Sean Murphy||ASI Limited Chevy||203||112||$11,105||Running|
|18||21||08||Jason White||GunBroker.com Dodge||202||109||$10,635||Running|
|19||22||16||Brian Scott #||Albertsons Chevy||200||106||$10,585||Running|
|20||36||87||Chris Jones||Copy Wizard Chevy||199||103||$8,985||Running|
|21||29||88||Matt Crafton||Menards/IDEAL Door Chevy||198||100||$10,485||Running|
|22||5||9||Justin Marks #||crocs Toyota||189||97||$9,210||Running|
|23||17||60||Terry Cook||Wyler.com Toyota||186||94||$9,185||Running|
|24||6||33||Ron Hornaday Jr.||Camping World Chevy||183||91||$9,160||Running|
|25||25||04||Patrick Carpentier||SMS Equipment Dodge||180||88||$8,110||Accident|
|26||13||13||Shelby Howard||FarmPaint.com Chevy||176||85||$8,060||Accident|
|27||32||40||Jeff Green||Key Motorsports Chevy||169||82||$8,035||Running|
|28||35||48||Bryan Silas||RockinghamSpeedway.com Chevy||165||79||$8,010||Accident|
|29||20||11||David Starr||Red Horse Racing Toyota||141||76||$7,960||Accident|
|30||7||17||Timothy Peters||Dickey's Barbeque Pit Dodge||123||73||$7,935||Accident|
|31||19||4||Stacy Compton||CGJohnsoncity.com Chrysler Jeep Dodge||123||70||$7,500||Accident|
|32||11||6||Colin Braun #||Con-way Freight Ford||107||67||$7,435||Running|
|33||27||52||Ken Schrader||Federated Auto Parts Toyota||106||64||$7,410||Accident|
|34||9||81||Jimmie Johnson||LOWE'S/Kobalt Tools Chevy||101||66||5||$7,385||Accident||1||29|
|35||18||09||John Wes Townley||Zaxby's Ford||78||58||$7,360||Accident|
|36||33||41||Tayler Malsam||ThunderBoats.org Dodge||53||55||$7,324||Accident|
|Race Comments:||Before an estimated crowd of 45,000, Kyle Busch won the O'Reilly 200, his ninth NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory.
Prior to the green flag, the following driver dropped to the rear for the reason indicated: #9 Marks (backup truck).
|Failed to Qualify:||(1) 57 Norm Benning|
|Time of Race:||1 Hrs, 39 Mins, 17 Secs.|
|Average Speed:||65.388 MPH|
|Margin of Victory:||0.386 Seconds|
|Caution Flags:||12 for 69 laps: Laps: 10-13 (#48 accident turn 2); 41-45 (#6 accident turn 1); 56-63 (#41,88 accident turn 2);|
80-92 (#07,09 accident frontstretch); 103-108 (#40,81 accident turn 1); 118-122 (#07 accident turn 2; #40 accident turn 4);
125-134 (#4,11,17 accident turn 2); 147-150 (#48 accident turn 2); 179-184 (#2,13,33,48 accident turn 1
[Red Flag 10:30-lap 179]); 189-191 (Debris); 195-196 (#08 accident turn 4); 199-201 (#99 spun turn 2)
|Lead Changes:||4 among 3 drivers: S. Speed # (Pole); J. Benson 1-29; K. Busch 30-41; J. Johnson 42-70; K. Busch 71-203|
|Pos||Driver||BPts||Pts||Ldr||Starts||Pole||Wins||Top 5||Top 10||DNFs||Winnings|
|2||Ron Hornaday Jr.||90||2307||-119||16||2||3||8||11||0||$432,520|
|15||Colin Braun #||5||1796||-630||16||0||0||1||5||2||$209,770|
|16||Donny Lia #||5||1714||-712||15||0||1||1||3||1||$207,065|
|20||Justin Marks #||5||1623||-803||16||1||0||0||1||3||$189,695|
|21||Brian Scott #||0||1524||-902||16||0||0||0||1||5||$179,060|
|26||Scott Speed #||10||1150||-1276||9||1||1||3||5||2||$184,475|
|39||John Wes Townley||0||422||-2004||5||0||0||0||0||2||$46,385|
|42||J C Stout||0||329||-2097||5||0||0||0||0||4||$50,750|
|56||P J Jones||0||152||-2274||2||0||0||0||0||1||$24,495|
|84||A J Allmendinger||0||0||-2426||1||0||0||0||0||0||$11,360|
|85||Gary St Amant||0||0||-2426||1||0||0||0||0||0||$7,910|
|1||22||Scott Speed #||Red Bull Toyota||15.491||123.865|
|2||23||Johnny Benson||EXIDE Batteries Toyota||15.507||123.738|
|3||51||Kyle Busch||Miccosukee Resorts/NOS Energy Drink||15.539||123.483|
|4||30||Todd Bodine||Lumber Liquidators Toyota||15.599||123.008|
|5||9||Justin Marks #||crocs Toyota||15.606||122.953|
|6||33||Ron Hornaday Jr.||Camping World Chevy||15.630||122.764|
|7||17||Timothy Peters||Dickey's Barbeque Pit Dodge||15.668||122.466|
|8||18||Dennis Setzer||TAHOE Dodge||15.683||122.349|
|9||81||Jimmie Johnson||LOWE'S/Kobalt Tools Chevy||15.712||122.123|
|10||7||T.J. Bell||Heathcliff's Cat Litter Chevy||15.712||122.123|
|11||6||Colin Braun #||Con-way Freight Ford||15.722||122.046|
|12||2||Jack Sprague||American Commercial Lines Chevy||15.728||121.999|
|13||13||Shelby Howard||FarmPaint.com Chevy||15.736||121.937|
|14||5||Mike Skinner||Toyota Tundra Toyota||15.744||121.875|
|15||71||Donny Lia #||Nationrides.com Chevy||15.752||121.813|
|16||10||Brendan Gaughan||International MAXXFORCE Diesel Ford||15.768||121.689|
|17||60||Terry Cook||Wyler.com Toyota||15.785||121.558|
|18||09||John Wes Townley||Zaxby's Ford||15.801||121.435|
|19||4||Stacy Compton||CGJohnsoncity.com Chrysler Jeep Dodge||15.807||121.389|
|20||11||David Starr||Red Horse Racing Toyota||15.809||121.374|
|21||08||Jason White||GunBroker.com Dodge||15.816||121.320|
|22||16||Brian Scott #||Albertsons Chevy||15.822||121.274|
|23||99||Erik Darnell||Northern Tool + Equipment Ford||15.839||121.144|
|24||14||Rick Crawford||Circle Bar/PowerStroke Diesel by Int'l Ford||15.850||121.060|
|25||04||Patrick Carpentier||SMS Equipment Dodge||15.851||121.052|
|26||07||Sean Murphy||ASI Limited Chevy||15.905||120.641|
|27||52||Ken Schrader||Federated Auto Parts Toyota||15.909||120.611|
|28||59||Ted Musgrave||Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota||15.927||120.475|
|29||88||Matt Crafton||Menards/IDEAL Door Chevy||15.935||120.414|
|30||15||David Stremme||Hyprene-Ergon Toyota||15.943||120.354|
|31||8||Chad McCumbee||Malcolmson Construction Chevy||15.998||119.940|
|32||40||Jeff Green||Key Motorsports Chevy||16.034||119.671|
|33||41||Tayler Malsam||ThunderBoats.org Dodge||16.139||118.892|
|34||21||Jon Wood||The Barnhill Group Ford||16.232||118.211|
|35||48||Bryan Silas||RockinghamSpeedway.com Chevy||16.300||117.718|
|36||87||Chris Jones||Copy Wizard Chevy||16.305||117.682|
|DNQ - #57-Norm Benning|
|1||23||Johnny Benson||EXIDE Batteries Toyota||15.585||123.118||30|
|2||7||T.J. Bell||Heathcliff's Cat Litter Chevy||15.685||122.333||39|
|3||33||Ron Hornaday Jr.||Camping World Chevy||15.689||122.302||46|
|4||6||Colin Braun #||Con-way Freight Ford||15.718||122.077||66|
|5||71||Donny Lia #||Nationrides.com Chevy||15.720||122.061||44|
|6||22||Scott Speed #||Red Bull Toyota||15.729||121.991||39|
|7||14||Rick Crawford||Circle Bar/PowerStroke Diesel Int'l Ford||15.734||121.952||30|
|8||51||Kyle Busch||Miccosukee Resorts/NOS Energy Drink||15.740||121.906||38|
|9||5||Mike Skinner||Toyota Tundra Toyota||15.743||121.883||39|
|10||*17||Timothy Peters||Dickey's Barbeque Pit Dodge||15.749||121.836||30|
|11||18||Dennis Setzer||TAHOE Dodge||15.765||121.713||42|
|12||81||Jimmie Johnson||LOWE'S/Kobalt Tools Chevy||15.790||121.520||44|
|13||10||Brendan Gaughan||Int'l MAXXFORCE Diesel Ford||15.815||121.328||53|
|14||9||Justin Marks #||crocs Toyota||15.835||121.175||46|
|15||4||Stacy Compton||CGJohnsoncity.com Chrysler Jeep Dodge||15.842||121.121||34|
|16||2||Jack Sprague||American Commercial Lines Chevy||15.863||120.961||41|
|17||16||Brian Scott #||Albertsons Chevy||15.870||120.907||44|
|18||59||Ted Musgrave||Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota||15.871||120.900||31|
|19||99||Erik Darnell||Northern Tool + Equipment Ford||15.886||120.786||54|
|20||60||Terry Cook||Wyler.com Toyota||15.887||120.778||31|
|21||30||Todd Bodine||Lumber Liquidators Toyota||15.895||120.717||32|
|22||11||David Starr||Red Horse Racing Toyota||15.919||120.535||37|
|23||*52||Ken Schrader||Federated Auto Parts Toyota||15.952||120.286||39|
|24||15||David Stremme||Hyprene-Ergon Toyota||15.967||120.173||31|
|25||*04||Patrick Carpentier||SMS Equipment Dodge||16.015||119.813||54|
|26||08||Jason White||GunBroker.com Dodge||16.024||119.745||32|
|27||88||Matt Crafton||Menards/IDEAL Door Chevy||16.051||119.544||31|
|28||09||John Wes Townley||Zaxby's Ford||16.052||119.537||57|
|29||*41||Tayler Malsam||ThunderBoats.org Dodge||16.060||119.477||38|
|30||13||Shelby Howard||FarmPaint.com Chevy||16.112||119.091||41|
|31||40||Jeff Green||Key Motorsports Chevy||16.156||118.767||30|
|32||*48||Bryan Silas||RockinghamSpeedway.com Chevy||16.168||118.679||35|
|33||21||Jon Wood||The Barnhill Group Ford||16.210||118.371||34|
|34||8||Chad McCumbee||Malcolmson Construction Chevy||16.279||117.870||29|
|35||*87||Chris Jones||Copy Wizard Chevy||16.396||117.029||35|
|36||07||Sean Murphy||ASI Limited Chevy||16.529||116.087||21|
|37||*57||Norm Benning||MotorsportsDecals.com Chevy||17.115||112.112||20|
|*Required to qualify on time|
|1||18||Dennis Setzer||TAHOE Dodge||15.548||123.411||30|
|2||7||T.J. Bell||Heathcliff's Cat Litter Chevy||15.671||122.443||27|
|3||23||Johnny Benson||EXIDE Batteries Toyota||15.703||122.193||33|
|4||10||Brendan Gaughan||Int'l MAXXFORCE Diesel Ford||15.713||122.115||36|
|5||51||Kyle Busch||Miccosukee Resorts/NOS Energy Drink||15.724||122.030||50|
|6||14||Rick Crawford||Circle Bar/PowerStroke Diesel Int'l Ford||15.747||121.852||41|
|7||6||Colin Braun #||Con-way Freight Ford||15.783||121.574||48|
|8||22||Scott Speed #||Red Bull Toyota||15.785||121.558||38|
|9||30||Todd Bodine||Lumber Liquidators Toyota||15.841||121.129||37|
|10||*17||Timothy Peters||Dickey's Barbeque Pit Dodge||15.851||121.052||43|
|11||*04||Patrick Carpentier||SMS Equipment Dodge||15.851||121.052||33|
|12||99||Erik Darnell||Northern Tool + Equipment Ford||15.896||120.710||43|
|13||13||Shelby Howard||FarmPaint.com Chevy||15.900||120.679||36|
|14||*52||Ken Schrader||Federated Auto Parts Toyota||15.920||120.528||26|
|15||2||Jack Sprague||American Commercial Lines Chevy||15.926||120.482||31|
|16||59||Ted Musgrave||Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota||15.941||120.369||18|
|17||71||Donny Lia #||Nationrides.com Chevy||15.949||120.308||31|
|18||15||David Stremme||Hyprene-Ergon Toyota||15.951||120.293||27|
|19||4||Stacy Compton||CGJohnsoncity.com Chrysler Jeep Dodge||15.955||120.263||16|
|20||9||Justin Marks #||crocs Toyota||15.961||120.218||53|
|21||60||Terry Cook||Wyler.com Toyota||15.977||120.098||34|
|22||08||Jason White||GunBroker.com Dodge||15.989||120.008||30|
|23||33||Ron Hornaday Jr.||Camping World Chevy||15.990||120.000||22|
|24||16||Brian Scott #||Albertsons Chevy||16.001||119.918||51|
|25||81||Jimmie Johnson||Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevy||16.005||119.888||47|
|26||21||Jon Wood||The Barnhill Group Ford||16.010||119.850||28|
|27||8||Chad McCumbee||Malcolmson Construction Chevy||16.019||119.783||24|
|28||5||Mike Skinner||Toyota Tundra Toyota||16.020||119.775||24|
|29||09||John Wes Townley||Zaxby's Ford||16.051||119.544||51|
|30||11||David Starr||Red Horse Racing Toyota||16.061||119.470||28|
|31||88||Matt Crafton||Menards/IDEAL Door Chevy||16.089||119.262||32|
|32||*41||Tayler Malsam||ThunderBoats.org Dodge||16.109||119.114||35|
|33||*48||Bryan Silas||RockinghamSpeedway.com Chevy||16.173||118.642||39|
|34||40||Jeff Green||Key Motorsports Chevy||16.251||118.073||20|
|35||*87||Chris Jones||Copy Wizard Chevy||16.285||117.826||46|
|36||07||Sean Murphy||ASI Limited Chevy||16.341||117.422||33|
|37||*57||Norm Benning||MotorsportsDecals.com Chevy||17.495||109.677||11|
|*Required to qualify on time|
|1||2||Jack Sprague||American Commercial Lines Chevy||Delana Harvick||Ernie Cope|
|2||*04||Patrick Carpentier||Tow Truck In A Box/SMS Equipment/Komatsu Dodge||Joey Arrington||Mike Shiplett|
|3||4||Stacy Compton||CG-JohnsonCity.com Chrysler Jeep Dodge||Lori Hamilton||Charlie Wilson|
|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||Sean Murphy||ASI Limited Chevy||Ken Smith||Butch Miller|
|7||7||T.J.Bell||Heathcliff's Cat Litter Chevy||Kevin Buckler||Butch Hylton|
|8||08||Jason White||GunBroker.com Dodge||Bobby Dotter||Bobby Dotter|
|9||8||Chad McCumbee||Malcolmson Construction Chevy||Dave Malcolmson||Randy Dean|
|10||09||John Wes Townley||Zaxby's Ford||Jack Roush||Chad Norris|
|11||9||Justin Marks||Crocs Toyota||Bob Germain||Jason Overstreet|
|12||10||Brendan Gaughan||Int'l MAXX Force 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||David 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||21||Jon Wood||The Barnhill Group Ford||Eddie Wood||John Monsam|
|21||22||Scott Speed||Red Bull Toyota||Bill Davis||Doug Wolcott|
|22||23||Johnny Benson||Exide Batteries Toyota||Bill Davis||Trip Bruce|
|23||30||Todd Bodine||Lumber Liquidators Toyota||Steve Germain||Michael Hillman Jr.|
|24||33||Ron Hornaday Jr.||Camping World Chevy||Delana Harvick||Rick Ren|
|25||40||Jeff Green||Key Motorsports Chevy||Curtis Key||Lance Hooper|
|26||*41||Tayler Malsam||ThunderBoats.org Dodge||Carl Hartman||TBA|
|27||*48||Bryan Silas||RockinghamSpeedway.com Chevy||Andy Hillenburg||Jeff McClure|
|28||51||Kyle Busch||Miccosukee Resorts/NOS Energy Drink Toyota||Billy Ballew||Richard Wauters|
|29||52||Ken Schrader||Federated Auto Parts Toyota||Ken Schrader||Donald Richeson|
|30||*57||Norm Benning||MotorsportsDecals.com Chevy||Norm Benning||Stanton Hover|
|31||59||Ted Musgrave||Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota||Jim Harris||Danny Rollins|
|32||60||Terry Cook||Wyler.com Toyota||Jeffrey Wyler||John Quinn|
|33||71||Donny Lia||Nationrides.com Chevy||Kevin Buckler||JonWolfe|
|34||81||Jimmie Johnson||Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevy||Randy Moss||Eric Phillips|
|35||*87||Chris Jones||Copy Wizard Chevy||Rick Jones||Mark Parks|
|36||88||Matt Crafton||Menards/Ideal Door Chevy||Rhonda Thorson||Bud Haefele|
|37||99||Erik Darnell||Northern Tool & Equipment Ford||Jack Roush||Matt Puccia|
|*Required to qualify on time|
Carelli Knows Bristol Motor Speedway From Bottom To The Top
Little did Rick Carelli know his sponsor's slogan, “Above The Crowd,” would have a different meaning a decade or so after his 1996 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory at Bristol Motor Speedway. When the engines fire for Wednesday night's O'Reilly 200, Carelli will have one of the best seats in the house high atop Bristol's control complex.
Carelli, who retired from active competition after finishing fifth at Daytona International Speedway in 2002, is the spotter for defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. (#33 Camping World Chevy). In a way, Hornaday and Carelli might be said to have the unfair advantage this week. Both are winners of the O'Reilly 200 — the only such driver-spotter combination in the field.
“As a past driver you can watch the lines a driver is using in practice and suggest a different way around the track because you have an understanding of what the truck needs to do to go faster,” said Carelli, who began spotting for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Mike Dillon in 1999. That led to a stint with Dale Earnhardt and finally Kevin Harvick in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Harvick formed a truck team and Carelli followed.
"A past driver also can give the crew chief different ideas," he said. “I'm always looking ahead on the racetrack and constantly aware of what's going on all over and on some days, it is almost the same as sitting in the seat.” Carelli agrees that his job this week will be one of the season's biggest challenges. “Anywhere the closing rate is fast, things happen in a hurry,” he said.
At Bristol, You Need A Program To Keep Up With Jack Sprague
Jack Sprague (#2 American Commercial Lines Chevy) is best at Bristol Motor Speedway in top-five and top-10 finishes with four and seven, respectively. He'll also lead another category when he starts Wednesday's O'Reilly 200.
Sprague has driven for five different owners in his nine previous Bristol races. Kevin Harvick Inc. will be his sixth. It hasn't seemed to matter whether he drove a Chevy (for four owners) or a Toyota. Sprague has at least one top-10 finish in each truck. He won for Rick Hendrick in 1999 en route to his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series title.
Different Owners, Similar Results Jack Sprague has driven for five different owners at Bristol Motor Speedway. This week, DeLana Harvick will be his sixth. Years Owner Best Finish 1995 Bruce Griffin 6th 1996-2001 Rick Hendrick 1st 2004 Steve Coulter 28th 2005-06 Dave Fuge 3rd 2007 Jeff Wyler 7th
Etc. & Quotable:
A Fourth Win So Far Is Unobtainable
Four drivers on five occasions have failed to win a fourth consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Johnny Benson (#23 Exide Toyota) gets his shot at the record this week. Here's how the previous streaks ended.
Year Driver Track Finish 1996 Mike Skinner Bristol 3rd 1997 R. Hornaday Jr. Topeka 3rd 2000 Greg Biffle Milwaukee 3rd 2006 Todd Bodine Daytona 2nd 2007 Mike Skinner Kansas 5th
Rick Carelli's Five Toughest Spots
Rick Carelli's spotting career began in 1999 as he recovered from injuries suffered in an accident at Memphis Motorsports Par. He developed a relationship with Richard Childress Racing and Kevin Harvick.
Here are Carelli's five most difficult places to spot:
...Bristol, Martinsville and Dover: "They're short and you have to be able to watch everything at once."
...Phoenix: "The spotters' stand is in Turn 1 and it makes it harder to see over to the turns on the opposite end of the track."
...Texas: "From the spotters' location, you can't really tell how close other trucks are going away from you through the dogleg into Turn 1. Actually, all of the superspeedways are difficult because of closing rates and how the trucks move from lane to lane down the backstretch."
Bristol's Top Rookie Locks Up Title Five Years Running
Call it deferred gratification.
No Raybestos Rookie of the Year has managed to win at Bristol Motor Speedway.
That's the bad news but here's the good:
In each of the five seasons since the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returned to the .533-mile track, the highest-finishing freshman candidate has gone on to claim the Raybestos Rookie of the Year crown.
That said, no rookie has been able to crack the top 10 since 1998 when Kevin Cywinski placed eighth.
Jay Sauter turned in the lone top-five performance in 1996. The Wisconsin driver finished third.
Willie Allen had the best results a year ago finishing 19th.
NASCAR Raybestos Rookie of the Year Standings after 15 races of the 2008 season:
1. Colin Braun 155 2. Donny Lia 139 3. Justin Marks 127 4. Brian Scott 116 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
“A year ago, nobody really knew what to expect as Bristol Motor Speedway finished one of the track's most significant reconstruction projects.
“Simply put, the Old Bristol was gone. What the week would bring was anyone's guess. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was honored to be the first to test the track and did the drivers put on a show for the fans! Where Bristol used to be a bump-and-run kind of place — where you pushed and shoved to advance — the track architects produced compound banking with multiple grooves. Amazingly, a fast driver could take the high line and make his passes without so much as scuffing his truck's paint.
“Who would have thought? The race was won from the eighth starting position. That was only the second time in 10 races that the winner started outside the top five. In one respect, the track is the same, old Bristol. Making a truck handle remains a challenge to every crew chief.
“Last year was interesting in another way. Johnny Benson won the race with an engine that hadn't been rebuilt from earlier competition. This factored into the decision to cut horsepower and give our owners the opportunity to reduce their costs.
“Speaking of Johnny, he's truly on a roll — one that doesn't come around very often. Being able to win four out of five races is pretty much unheard of in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Greg Biffle was the last to do so; and that was in 2000. Nobody's ever won four in a row, something Johnny has a chance to do this week. Some pretty impressive drivers have tried and failed: Biffle, Todd Bodine, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Mike Skinner; champions all. So Johnny's got his work cut out for him. But the way the #23 team is running, he has a pretty good chance of making history.”
— Wayne Auton, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Director.
This Week's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Leaders (Through 15 races of the 25-race season) Points leader – Johnny Benson (2,071) Driver Rating – Ron Hornaday Jr. (114.5) Laps led – Ron Hornaday Jr. (717) Victories – Johnny Benson (4) Keystone Light Poles – Johnny Benson, Mike Skinner (3) Top-five finishes – Johnny Benson (9) Top-10 finishes – Mike Sinner (12) Raybestos Rookie Leader – Colin Braun Races led – Ron Hornaday Jr. (13) Weeks in Top 10 – Three drivers with 15
Bristol Motor Speedway was part of the series' 1995 inaugural season schedule holding five stand-alone races through 1999.
The race returned in 2003 as a Wednesday night affair drawing crowds of up to 60,000.
In The Loop:
Mike Skinner's 2008 looks a bit like his 2005.
They share many of the same characteristics. After 16 races in 2005, Skinner was winless. After 15 races this season, the same holds true.
After 16 races in 2005, Skinner was eighth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings. Currently, after 15 races, Skinner is in fourth – the highest he's been all season. For the much of 2008 though, Skinner hovered around sixth and seventh.
But luck turned around for Skinner in 2005 at race #17 – Bristol Motor Speedway. This season, Bristol sets up as race #16, but Skinner hopes the same holds true once again. In that 2005 Bristol event, Skinner led an unbelievable 190 of the 200 laps for his first victory of the season. He also scored a rare perfect Driver Rating of 150.0.
Overall, Skinner's Bristol record is strong. In six career starts, he has four top-10 finishes, including runs of first, seventh and fourth over the last three races.
Over that three race span, Skinner has a Driver Rating of 125.7, an Average Running Position of 4.3, 61 Fastest Laps Run and has run a stunning 595 of the 600 laps among the top 15 – a Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 99.2.
But, likely, much the focus will be on Johnny Benson's quest for four-in-a-row. It's not an impossible feat by any means. Benson won there last year and since 2005 has a Driver Rating of 123.1 and an Average Running Position of 4.6.
One other note of interest, going into the previous three Bristol races, the eventual Bristol winner had a season-to-date Driver Rating of at least 95.5. (Skinner had a 101.3 in 2005; Mark Martin had a 134.7 in 2006; Johnny Benson had a 95.5 in 2007). Five drivers currently have a 2008 Driver Rating over 95.5: Ron Hornaday Jr., Benson, Todd Bodine, Skinner and Kyle Busch.
The drive to 50 victories is a race between Toyota and Roush Fenway Racing.
The truck maker won for the 46th time in series competition at Nashville Superspeedway. Toyota has two wins at Bristol.
2008 Manufacturers' Championship Point Standings following Race 15 of 25 at Nashville Superspeedway:
Toyota, 105 Chevy, 98 Ford, 73 Dodge, 54 Ford stalwart Jack Roush hopes to win for the 50th time this week. His trucks have two of Ford' three Bristol victories in 2004 and 2006.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams get the opportunity to spend the Labor Day Weekend with family and friends before heading to Gateway International Raceway for the Sept. 6 Camping World 200 presented by Honda Power Tools.
Johnny Benson is the defending winner at the 1.25-mile speedway in Madison, Ill.(NASCAR PR)(8-18-2008)
Third Time's A Charm For Points Leader Benson
Johnny Benson (#23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota) earned his way into an elite group of drivers in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Saturday with his win at Nashville Superspeedway.
Benson became the fifth driver to win three races in a row joining drivers Ron Hornaday, Jr. (#33 Camping World Chevy), teammate Mike Skinner (#5 Toyota Tundra Toyota) and former series champions Greg Biffle and Todd Bodine (#30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota).
Third time was the charm for Benson, who previously fell short in 2006 and 2007.
The series veteran's victory also marked additional firsts. The win was his fourth of the season each in the last five races. That hadn't happened since Biffle went on a similar hot streak en route to the title. Maybe that's an omen for Benson, who is looking for his first series championship.
Benson also became Nashville Superspeedway's first repeat winner in eight races dating to 2001.
While Benson retains his lead in the championship standings, he can't feel comfortable. He leads by only 45 points over defending champion Hornaday, the closest since 2003 when Brendan Gaughan led Travis Kvapil by seven.
History favors the Bill Davis Racing driver holding or extending his advantage when the series next competes at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 20.
Benson is the defending winner of the O'Reilly 200 as he bids to become the first to win four straight.
Erik Darnell Is Movin' On Up
With 10 races remaining in the 2008 season, Erik Darnell (#99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford) finds himself climbing the points ladder. In his third season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the Roush Fenway Racing driver got off to a strong start at Daytona winning the Keystone Light Pole. But his night ended early after being caught up in an accident. That set the tone for an up-and-down run of nine stars in which Darnell recorded only two top 10s.
Then came race 10. Darnell edged Benson in June's photo finish at Michigan International Speedway marking the closest margin of victory in series history since electronic scoring was implemented. Since that second career victory, Darnell has posted four top-five finishes including a pair of seconds. He's also moved from 12th to sixth in points.
As the Roush camp looks for it's golden 50th victory in the series, Darnell heads to tracks where he's made strong runs. Darnell has been solid on the short tracks with a second at Memphis and fifth at Martinsville. Take that success, add recent momentum and chances are good Darnell could bring home his second win of the season at Bristol.
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This Week's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Leaders
(Through 15 races of the 25-race season)
Points leader – Johnny Benson (2,071)
Driver Rating – Ron Hornaday Jr. (114.5)
Laps led – Ron Hornaday Jr. (717)
Victories – Johnny Benson (4)
Keystone Light Poles – Johnny Benson, Mike Skinner (3)
Top-five finishes – Johnny Benson (9)
Top-10 finishes – Mike Sinner (12)
Raybestos Rookie Leader – Colin Braun
Races led – Ron Hornaday Jr. (13)
Weeks in Top 10 – Three drivers with 15
Toyota maintains the lead after Nashville in the race for the Manufacturers' Championship title. The trucks head to Bristol where Ford and Toyota have alternated trips to Victory Lane over the last four races.
Manufacturers' Championship Point Standings following Race 15 of 25 at Nashville Superspeedway:
With a top-10 finish in the Music City, Roush Fenway Racing driver Colin Braun (#6 Con-Way Freight Ford) extends his lead to 16 points over Donny Lia (#Nationrides.com Chevy) in the competition for Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors.
Braun started the race fourth and finished sixth.
NASCAR Raybestos Rookie of the Year Standings after 15 races of the 2008 season:
1. Colin Braun 155
2. Donny Lia 139
3. Justin Marks 127
4. Brian Scott 116
5. Marc Mitchell 100
6. Andy Lally 62
7. Scott Speed 61
8. Phillip McGilton 38
In The Loop: Still Chasing A Victory
Jack Sprague has gone winless over an entire season only twice. Once was 1995, the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. The second was 2003, when he ran only two of the 25 races. Otherwise, he's won at least one race. But in this 2008 season, Sprague has yet to visit Victory Lane. But the statistics suggest it'll come sooner than later. Sprague has been strong this season, and compares favorably with those drivers who have won in 2008. Sprague has a Driver Rating of 90.9 (sixth-best), an Average Running Position of 12.0 (eighth), 120 Fastest Laps Run (fifth) and has spent 71.6% of the total laps running among the top 15 (seventh).
Mike Skinner has also gone winless in 2008 and, like Sprague, ranks among the best in the series in most Loop Data statistics. Skinner has a Driver Rating of 97.1 (fourth), an Average Running Position of 9.6 (fourth), 63 Fastest Laps Run (eighth) and has a Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 83.3% (second).
Both past champions have contended for a victory in 2008. Skinner leads the series in top-10 finishes with 12, while Sprague has four top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
The series heads east on Interstate 40 to swap paint at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday, Aug. 20.
The Johnny Benson show could continue. The driver is the defending winner of the O'Reilly 200.(NASCAR PR)(8-11-2008)