April 2006 Truck Series News Archive

  • Bodine wins the Dodge Ram Tough 200 at Gateway(Top five)
    1) #30 Todd Bodine
    2) #9 Ted Musgrave
    3) #17 David Reutimann
    4) #60 Jack Sprague
    5) #23 Johnny Benson
    First Ford; 6th #10 Terry Cook
    First Dodge; 7th #18 Bobby Hamilton Jr.
    First Chevy, 9th #16 Mike Bliss
    Raybestos Rookie of the Race: Aric Almirola #75
    Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award: Steve Park
    Mobile 1 Oil Comm and Performance Driver of the Race: Todd Bodine
    Wix Filters Lap leader Award: Todd Bodine
    Sunoco Diamond Performance Award: Todd Bodine
    Checkers/Ralley’s Double Drive-Thru Challenge: Todd Bodine
    For complete results:
  • Truck Series News & Notes
    Crafton leads NASCAR Day Challenge … Employees of the top company in North Carolina’s NASCAR Day Corporate Challenge will serve as honorary crew chiefs for Matt Crafton (#88 Menards/Energizer Chevrolet) during the May 19 Quaker Steak & Lube 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The winning firm will be drawn from the first 10 companies to sell 500 NASCAR Day pins. All 10 finalists will receive two tickets to the race, a VIP tour for two and a meet and greet with Crafton among other prizes. “NASCAR Day has received a great response from business communities across the state since we launched NASCAR Day, and we want to continue that momentum while also educating those companies not familiar with the program,” said Sandy Marshall, executive director of The NASCAR Foundation. “NASCAR Day gives organizations a fun way to celebrate the spirit of NASCAR at work, while also contributing to some great charitable initiatives that help so many in need.” Each truck will carry a NASCAR Day decal on its B post during the Lowe’s event.Interest grows in Craftsman for a Cure … Race fans will have the opportunity to meet, race or even have dinner with some of their favorite NASCAR drivers during this month’s Craftsman For a Cure event. Among those participating – in addition to Bobby Hamilton, Bobby Hamilton Jr. and up to a dozen NASCAR Craftsman Truck competitors – are NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers Ken Schrader, Ryan Newman, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace and Michael Waltrip and former champion and FOX announcer Darrell Waltrip. The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 at the NASCAR SpeedPark in Concord (N.C.) Mills near Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Funds raised support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Tickets for Craftsman For a Cure are available by calling 866-227-3264. Tickets are limited and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.

    News & Notes Part II
    Charting the owner standings’ top 30 … Two in and two out describes the continuing drama as to which teams will gain guaranteed starting positions by virtue of ranking among the top 30 in championship owner standings. Solid performances by Kraig Kinser (17th) and Chad McCumbee (11th) moved David Dollar (#46 Centrix Auto Finance Chevrolet) and Dave Malcolmson (#06 MRD Motorsports Chevrolet) from 31st to 26th and 33rd to 30th, respectively. Dropped from the top 30 were Bill Davis’s #22 Waste Management Toyota driven by Bill Lester and Hamilton’s #4 Dodge Motorsports Dodge of Timothy Peters. With just 44 points covering positions 29 through 35, the drama is certain to continue.

    Toyota trucks finished first through fifth at Gateway International Raceway marking the first time the manufacturer swept the top five since joining the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2004. Bodine is the 24th different driver to lead the series point standings. Three former champions with a total of five titles occupy top-10 positions: Musgrave, Sprague and seventh-place Mike Bliss (# 16 U.S. Graphix Chevy). … Inclement weather cancelled Budweiser Pole qualifying at Gateway where the field was set via the series rule book. David Ragan (#6 Scotts Ford) was awarded the # 1 starting position by virtue of Jack Roush’s status in the truck owner standings. The last time the field was set without time trials was Aug. 5, 2005 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. … A Gateway record 13 cautions consuming 50 laps resulted in the slowest of nine races at the 1.25-mile track. Winner Bodine averaged 84.966 mph. … Justin Martz (#07 www.justinmartz.com Chevy) made his debut at Gateway. The first series starter from the state of Montana finished 20th. … Aric Almirola (#75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet) finished 10th to end Erik Darnell’s (#99 Simply Wow Ford) four-race lock on Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors. He climbed to second in award standings, 13 behind Darnell, who suffered his first DNF of the year and dropped out of the overall top-10 rankings.

    In the Loop
    Johnny Benson (#23 Newbold Toyota Toyota) solidified his position among the top 10 while Bobby Hamilton Jr. (#18 Fastenal Dodge) made his first appearance of the season following the Ram Tough 200. Both drivers have proved to be fast when it counts. Benson is the series’ leading Closer with 11 positions improved during the last 10 percent of the five races – an average of 2.2. Hamilton is second best in the category with nine and 1.8. Mark Martin (#6 Scotts Ford) didn’t compete in the race at Gateway but continues to hold the season’s best Driver Rating of 138.1. Bodine, 120.9 and Musgrave, 112.9 are next best.(NASCAR PR)(5-1-2006)

  • Starting Line Up — due to rain, field set by points for the Dodge Ram Tough 200(Top five)
    1) #6 David Ragan
    2) #9 Ted Musgrave
    3) #30 Todd Bodine
    4) #17 David Reuitmann
    5) #11 David Starr
    Did not make the field: #63 JR Patton, #91 JC Stout, #31 Nick Tucker
    For complete starting lineup: nascar.com or truckseries.com(4-29-2006)
  • Final Practice for the Dodge Ram Tough 200(Top Five)
    1) #60 Jack Sprague, 133.116
    2) #17 David Reutimann, 132.751
    3) #14 Rick Crawford, 132.318
    4) #30 Todd Bodine, 132.271
    5) #9 Ted Musgrave, 132.271
    1st Dodge 9th-#18 Bobby Hamilton Jr. 131.748
    1st Chevy 12th-#88 Matt Crafton 131.540
    For complete practice results: truckseries.com(4-29-2006)
  • News & Notes:
    This week’s Truck Series leaders — through four races of the 25-race season:
    Points leader – Mark Martin (720)
    Money won – Mark Martin ($191,810)
    Laps led – Mark Martin (343)
    Miles led – Mark Martin (380.46)
    Victories – Mark Martin (2)
    Budweiser Poles – 4 drivers (1)
    Top-five finishes – Mark Martin and Ted Musgrave (4)
    Top-10 finishes – Mark Martin and Ted Musgrave (4)
    Raybestos Rookie Leader – Erik Darnell (22 over Kyle Krisiloff)
    Races led – Todd Bodine and Mark Martin (3)
    Weeks in Top 10 – 7 drivers (4)Etc:
    Chad Chaffin’s #40 Russell E. Garwood Electrical Contractor Chevrolet will be powered by Fischer Engineering engines beginning with this week’s race at Gateway. The team added veteran crew chief Barry Dodson earlier this month…Gaughan’s truck will carry the decal of the U.S. Air Force’s 422 Squadron (A-10 aircraft school) headquartered at Nellis Air Force Base near the team’s Las Vegas shops…As many as 18 drivers – half the starting field – never have turned a lap in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck at Gateway. Fourteen of 16 Raybestos Rookie of the Year contenders are among a preliminary entry list of 39 competitors. Gateway’s highest-finishing official rookie candidate is Carl Edwards, who finished fourth in 2003. …Sprague’s Wyler Racing Toyota will debut a new paint scheme and logo for sponsor Con-Way Freight this week…Kevin Harvick’s weekend wins at Phoenix International Raceway made him the third competitor to win NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series races at the same track. Harvick won back-to-back NASCAR Craftsman Truck races at Phoenix in 2002-03. Martin accomplished the feat earlier this year at California Speedway. Bobby Labonte completed his triple in April 2005 at Martinsville Speedway…Truck drivers will sign autographs for season ticket holders from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday in Gateway’s Turn 4 hospitality area.On the right track:
    Crawford, Setzer have Gateway combination …Crawford and Dennis Setzer (#85 GM FlexFuel E85 Chevrolet) count six of eight Gateway starts among the top-10 finishers. Four of Crawford’s finishes have been top fives – the most by any competitor. Setzer, meanwhile, is the leading money winner at Gateway with $169,245 and has completed the most laps/miles – 1,290/1,612.5 of a possible 1,294/1,617.5.

    In the loop:
    With two distinctly different sets of corners linking Gateway International Raceway’s straightaways, a team must compromise on chassis setup. In 2005, winner Musgrave’s Dodge was perfect at both ends of the racetrack. Musgrave led 158 of 160 laps and here’s why: The winner was the fastest in turns 1 and 2 at 104.558 mph, in turn 3 at 131.066 and in turn 4 at 126.742. Musgrave didn’t record the fastest lap of the race, but he posted the next six quickest laps and seven of the top-10 best lap times.

    From the archives:
    Musgrave is the only driver to win at Gateway International Raceway in his championship season, although two other series champions have victories at the 1.25-mile facility. Greg Biffle’s victory was one of a record nine wins in 1999. Three-time champion Jack Sprague was the winner in 2000. With a third victory, Musgrave would become the first series driver to win three times at two different racetracks. The 2005 champion won back-to-back-to-back at California Speedway in 2001-03.(4-24-2006)

    Fast Facts:
    What: Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200 (Race 5 of 25)
    Where: Gateway International Raceway
    When: 8:15 p.m. ET Saturday, April 29
    Track layout: 1.25-mile paved oval
    Race length: 200 miles/160 laps
    Posted awards: $596,350
    TV: Speed Channel, 8:15 pm/et
    Radio: MRN, XM Satellite
    2005 winner: Ted Musgrave
    2005 polesitter: Ted Musgrave
    Pre-race schedule (all times local): Satrday – Practice 9:05 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. Rookie Practice 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Final Practice 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Qualifying 4 p.m. Trucks impounded after qualifying(4-24-2006)

  • Starting Line Up — due to rain, field set by points for the Dodge Ram Tough 200(Top five)
    1) #6 David Ragan
    2) #9 Ted Musgrave
    3) #30 Todd Bodine
    4) #17 David Reuitmann
    5) #11 David Starr
    Did not make the field: #63 JR Patton, #91 JC Stout, #31 Nick Tucker
    For complete starting lineup: nascar.com or truckseries.com(4-29-2006)
  • Final Practice for the Dodge Ram Tough 200(Top Five)
    1) #60 Jack Sprague, 133.116
    2) #17 David Reutimann, 132.751
    3) #14 Rick Crawford, 132.318
    4) #30 Todd Bodine, 132.271
    5) #9 Ted Musgrave, 132.271
    1st Dodge 9th-#18 Bobby Hamilton Jr. 131.748
    1st Chevy 12th-#88 Matt Crafton 131.540
    For complete practice results: truckseries.com(4-29-2006)
  • Gateway field set by points: Persistent rain has caused Truck Series qualifying to be canceled at Gateway International Raceway and the field will be set by points. For the complete lineup: (nascar.com)(4-29-2006)
  • Aflac to sponsor Patton at Gateway: Aflac – Missouri East has partnered with the Mittler Brothers #63 America’s Most Wanted Ford driven by JR Patton as the primary sponsor at Gateway. The #63 truck features the photos of Samuel and Lindsey Porter (no relation to team sponsor Dave Porter Truck Sales). Sam and Lindsey have been missing from Independence, Missouri since June of 2004.(MB Motorsports)(4-29-2006)
  • Aric Almirola will make Busch Series debut: Aric Almirola will try to qualify Joe Gibbs Racing’s #19 Chevy for the May 5 Circuit City 250 at Richmond International Raceway, according to JGR officials. Almirola, a JGR developmental driver, is 20th in the Truck Series point standings driving the #75 Spears Motorsports Chevrolet. He tested a Busch Series car at Richmond during the open session in March. Almirola has driven for JGR since 2004 as part of the Joe Gibbs Racing/Reggie White Drive for Diversity program.(scenedaily.com)(4-27-2006)
  • Stout to run Gateway: The only Truck Series team headquartered in the Northeast will debut their #91 Chevy this weekend at Gateway International Raceway. JC Stout will join the field of trucks at Gateway International Raceway this Saturday April 29th carrying the Hunter’s Hope Foundation logo on the hood and the Alyssa’s Army decal on the rear spoiler(jcstout.com)(4-27-2006)
  • Richardson to switch to Chevy: Robert Richardson Racing has made the switch from Dodge, to Chevy starting with this weekend’s Dodge Ram Tough 200 at Gateway International Raceway. Robert Richardson will take his experience at the 1.25-mile oval and apply that to his new race truck in hopes of improving on his 2006 season.(robertrichardson.net)(4-26-2006)
  • Moore to sub for Chaffin: Due to Chad Chaffin’s conflict with his obligation to his Nextel Cup Series team, Key Motorsports has tapped Ryan Moore to practice its #40 Chevrolet Silverado in preparation for Saturday night’s Truck Series race at Gateway International Raceway.(keymotorsports.com)(4-26-2006)
  • NFL players will perform Truck Series pit side duties: Four members of the National Football League’s St. Louis Rams will be honorary pit crew members at this week’s race, continuing a traditional begun several years ago. Center Andy McCollom out of Toledo University will join the #75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet team and driver Aric Almirola. Rod Trafford, an offensive tackle from the University of South Carolina, will back up 2003 Gateway winner Brendan Gaughan (#77 The Orleans Dodge). Rice University products Jeremy Calahan (defensive tackle) and Brandon Green (defensive end) will be part of Rick Crawford’s #14 Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford unit.(paddocktalk.com)(4-25-2006)
  • Brevak Racing enters Gateway race: Nick Tucker will be driving the #31 Brevak Racing Dodge at Gateway International Raceway on April 29th. Crew chief for the #31 is Joe Stonkasky; sponsorship has not been announced. (brevakracing.com)(4-24-2006)
  • News & Notes from the Raybestos Rookie contenders: Erik Darnell was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the April 1 Kroger 250 at Martinsville. Timothy Peters was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2005 Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200 at Gateway, posting a 16th-place finish. The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie in eight races at Gateway is fourth by Carl Edwards in 2003. Greg Biffle (1998) is the only Raybestos Rookie to win a pole in eight races at Gateway. Where they stand: #99-Erik Darnell 52, #15-Kyle Krisiloff 30, #12-Joey Miller 24, #98-Erin Crocker 23, #13-Kerry Earnhardt 23, #1-Robert Richardson 19, #06-Chad McCumbee 19, #21-Bobby East 18, #25-Boston Reid 13, #47-Kraig Kinser 12, #07-Sean Murphy, #4-Scott Lagasse Jr. 6, #20-Marcos Ambrose 2, #62-J.R. Patton 1.(Raybestos PR)(4-24-2006)
  • Darnell has successful return to Late Model competition: Darnell showed he hadn’t missed a beat at Lake Geneva Raceway. Due to field inversion, Darnell started the feature in the 12th position. He took the lead on lap 15 and held onto the lead for the win. At Slinger Speedway the following weekend, Darnell started the first 75 lap feature in the 19th position; finished 8th. The second race, started 10th, finished 16th.(roushracing.com)(4-24-2006)
  • Gaughan to run special color scheme at Gateway: The #77 Orleans Racing Dodge will be sporting the colors of the Casino Queen for the Illinois / Missouri Dodge Dealers 200. The sponsorship brings the Queen back for its annual run in the Truck Series, where it visited victory lane in 2003. The Casino Queen is an award winning facility located just on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. Also, the team will be hosting a special guest during the Saturday night event when St. Louis Rams tight end, Rod Trafford joins the crew in the pits. (orleansracing.com)(4-24-2006)
  • Roush ramping up truck efforts: Roush Racing is stepping up its marketing efforts to bring new primary sponsors into the Truck Series. The team is working closely with NASCAR in redoing, and enhancing, its series research data and marketing messages to make a stronger case on behalf of the truck series. The goal, according to Roush Racing President Geoff Smith, is to persuade would-be sponsors that becoming a primary NCTS sponsor is a better overall value than being a small associate sponsor on a Nextel Cup team. “The marketing community in general has closed their eyes to truck racing,” Smith said Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway. “When they have $1 million or $2 million to spend, they’ll call us and say, ‘What do you have in Cup?’ “And we’ll say, ‘We’ve got a truck program we’d like to show you.’ “And they’ll say, ‘Not interested. My client has to be in Cup.’ Which is a faulty premise. … They’ve got their 10 reasons why they shouldn’t be in trucks, and none of ’em are bona fide. The type of exposure you get from being the primary sponsor in 25 (NCTS) races, with all the media following that goes with it, all the branding elements that go with that … We’re trying to get the argument articulated in a persuasive way. The truck series has great racing, it’s a great value proposition. Sponsors should not be declining to participate in our sport because they can’t get a 3-inch square on a Nextel Cup car.” Smith said that the team should have its new NCTS marketing package put together by the middle of next month.(speedtv.com)(4-22-2006)
  • Sprague to sport new Con-Way Freight logo and colors: Jack Sprague and his #60 Toyota Tundra truck will unveil a new Con-Way Freight logo and paint scheme beginning with the Truck Series race at Gateway International Raceway next weekend. Sprague will pilot Con-Way Freight’s new colors for the remainder of the 2006 season.(jacksprague.com)(4-21-2006)
  • Gateway announces pre and post race shows: Gateway International Raceway will kick off its 10th Anniversary major event schedule next Saturday, April 29 with the Missouri/Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for Charter qualifying at 4:00 pm and a pre-race show including a special tribute to the 124 fallen soldiers from Missouri and Illinois that have lost their lives in the war in Iraq. Following the Truck Series race will be a concert by Charlie Daniels and a fireworks show to be highlighted by a tribute to Dale Earnhardt on what would have been his 55th birthday.(gatewayraceway.com)(4-20-2006)
  • Ragan set to take over #6 at Gateway: Truck Series point leader Mark Martin will sit out his first of 11 races in 2006, giving driving duties of the #6 Scotts Ford F-150 to David Ragan for the April 29 race at Gateway International Raceway. Ragan was initially to compete in 18 Truck Series events in 2006, driving the Scotts Ford when Martin was not entered. Roush Racing made the decision to field a third truck for Ragan beginning with the Atlanta race in March, in an effort to afford the 20-year old additional seat time in preparation for his driving duties in the #6 F-150. The #6 team currently leads both the driver and owner championship point standings, but will focus their efforts on the owners championship beginning with the event at Gateway. They enter the event with a 55 point lead over Bob Germain’s #9 team. (roushracing.com)(4-20-2006)
  • Evernham Motorsports names team director, engineer for #98: Beginning this week, Patrick Donahue will take the lead as the Team Director of Evernham Motorsports 98 Cheerios/Betty Crocker truck team. Scott McDougal, will now serve as the team’s engineer. Ronnie Hornaday will continue his duties as truck director and front tire carrier.(evernhammotorsports.com)(4-20-2006)
  • National Pork Board new sponsor for ThorSport Racing: ThorSport Racing has secured the National Pork Board as an associate sponsor for the #13 Chevy driven by Kerry Earnhardt and the #88 Chevy driven by Matt Crafton in the Truck Series. Starting with the May 19 race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, the National Pork Board will adorn both Earnhardt and Crafton’s trucks for the remainder of the 2006 season.(thorsport.com)(4-19-2006)
  • Greenlight Racing drivers announced for Gateway: Greenlight Racing has announced its drivers scheduled to run at Gateway International Raceway on April 29th.. In the #07 will be Justin Martz (who drove the #63 Ford at Martinsville) and in the #08 will be Boris Jurkovic. Sponsorship has yet to be announced.(greenlightracing.com)(4-18-2006)
  • KHI, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation team up for May race: Kevin Harvick Inc. officials say the company’s #33 Truck Series entry will carry the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s banner in the May 19 race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. In addition, KHI and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation are sponsoring “Fast Lane to a Cure,” a dinner to be held on May 16 featuring silent and live auctions, entertainment and a guest speaker. Three KHI drivers, including Ron Hornaday Burney Lamar and Kevin Harvick will be present at the benefit dinner. (Scene Daily Newsletter)(4-17-2006)
  • Hornaday returns to the #33: Ron Hornaday will make his second NASCAR Busch Series start of the 2006 season this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. Hornaday, who will drive 13 races for KHI in the #33 Outdoor Channel Chevrolet, made his first start at Bristol Motor Speedway three weeks ago where he picked up a seventh-place finish.(ronhornaday.com)(4-11-2006)
  • Ambrose cleared for Gateway, also gets new sponsor: Marcos’ next race is Gateway in St Louis on April 29. NASCAR has passed Marcos to start the St Louis race under observation, as he has been granted a license up to 1.5 mile speedways, but he has not yet passed for the Charlotte race, which will be determined after Gateway. Ambrose is also very pleased to welcome Millpro as a new sponsor part of Milligan Food Group, in business since 1896.(marcosambrose.com)(4-11-2006)
  • Muskogee native, Chad Wheeler, may race trucks: Over the last three weeks Muskogee, OK native Chad Wheeler has had a glimpse of the fast pace world of big time racing. A month ago, the Muskogee High School graduate was preparing to race his Modified car in the upcoming dirt track season. Two weeks ago, he was in Hampton, Ga., for the Truck Series’ John Deere 200 and the Busch Series’ Nicorette 300 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway as the guest of sports marketing executive Doug Bland. Earlier this past week, Wheeler was at the Carraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C., where he ran close to 50 laps during a test session in a Craftsman truck(Green Light Racing owned). On Tuesday, Bland will turn in Wheeler’s application for a NASCAR license, the first step to being a driver in any of the three series. If all goes as planned, Wheeler will race in four to six Truck Series races this season. Wheeler and Bland are targeting the May 27 race at the Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Speedway as his debut into the series.(muskogeephoenix.com)(4-10-2006)
  • New deal close for Martin: Mark Martin says he’s close to signing a contract to drive full time in the Truck Series for Roush Racing in 2007 and 2008. Martin said he would consider running a Cup race but only on the same weekend and at the same track as a truck event.(roanoke.com)(4-9-2006)
  • Stout Partners With SAS Tools & Castle Products: Stellar-Quest Racing Team, LLC for which JC Stout drives the #91truck, has announced their new partnerships with Stars & Stripes Tool, Inc. and Castle Products, Inc. Stars & Stripes Tool, Inc. (SAS Tools) is owned by the husband and wife team of Tim and Nicole Schnobrich. They have recently launched their new internet store at www.sastool.com. Castle Products, Inc. headquartered in Rochester, NY is in their fifth decade of manufacturing and distributing high quality products around the world. To learn more about what Castle Products, Inc. has to offer, visit www.castlepackspower.com.(jcstout.com)(4-9-2006)
  • Todd Bodine wins Pro Category in Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race: Professional skateboarder Bucky Lasek led from start to finish to win the 30th Anniversary Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. Todd Bodine, who worked his way from the 25 second handicap imposed on all professionals behind the celebrity participants, earned the top spot in the Pro Category and finished fourth overall. David Reutimann finished 9th. Toyota donates $5,000 in the name of each celebrity participant to Racing for Kids, which benefits Long Beach and Orange County hospitals. Another $50,000 will be donated of the charity of the winner’s choice.(businesswire.com)(4-8-2006)
  • Retired Red Sox outfielder Mike Greenwell is ready to go truckin: After racing late-model stock cars in Lakeland, Fl, for a number of years and a handful of starts in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup series, Greenwell will likely make his debut in the Truck series May 27 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Ohio. Greenwell, who started racing stock cars in 1999 in Florida, will compete in three other events for Green Light Racing, Inc., after its driver, Bobby Hamilton Jr., left to substitute for his father, 2004 Truck champion Bobby Hamilton, who is battling cancer. Greenwell will race at Memphis Motorsports Park, July 15; Indianapolis Raceway Park, Aug. 4, and in the Sylvania 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway, Sept. 16. Greenwell, who played 12 seasons for the Red Sox, will test at a short-track in North Carolina early in May and again at Mansfield before attempting to make the field for the Mansfield 250.(bostonherald.com)(4-8-2006)
  • Musgrave Heads to Texas for the second round of IROC: UPDATE As he comes off of his second place finish in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville, Ted Musgrave heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the second round of racing in the Crown Royal IROC racing series. This marks the 30th Anniversary of the Crown Royal International Race of Champions racing series. This weekend’s race in Texas will be Musgrave’s second IROC Series career start.(germainracing.com)(4-6-2006)
    UPDATE: Ted Musgrave finished 9th in the 2nd IROC race of the season. Tony Stewart was the winner; his first win at Texas Motor Speedway.(germainracing.com)(4-7-2006)
  • Mansfield tickets still available – for now: Mansfield Motorsports Speedway still has a limited number of good seats available for its upcoming Truck Series race, scheduled for May 26-27. “Ticket sales have been very good for the return of the Truck Series,” said MMS president and general manager Chris Mize. “I encourage everyone that wants to come to this race to get their tickets soon, because race weekend will be here before you know it and we expect it to be a complete sellout again this year. Mize suggests that fans wanting to attend this year’s Mansfield 250 either call the speedway ticket office (419-525-7223) or log on to the track’s newly updated website.(Mansfield-speedway.com)(4-7-2006)
  • DeLoach to appear on Good Morning America Weekend Edition: Red Horse Racing team owner Tom DeLoach celebrated a victory in the Truck Series last weekend with his #11 Red Horse Racing Toyota and driver David Starr at Martinsville. This weekend, DeLoach’s other racing endeavor – PIT Instruction and Training – will celebrate a victory in its own right as the school will be featured on ‘Good Morning America Weekend Edition’ on Sunday morning. On Saturday morning, five pit crew members (which include three team members from Red Horse Racing) will train the Good Morning America anchors on what to do during a pit stop. They will then perform a live pit stop on the Sunday morning broadcast. Check your local listings for viewing information in your area.(redhorseracing.net)(4-7-2006)
  • Even with cancer battle, Hamilton still has grit: Race drivers show their mettle every time they go out on the track. But as Marty Smith writes, Bobby Hamilton’s battle with cancer requires a different kind of courage. An excerpt: Bobby Hamilton stood anxiously on pit road at Atlanta Motor Speedway a couple weeks back, set to strap into the #18 Dodge truck for the final time for the foreseeable future, when Mark Martin strode by with a message. “Kick its ass,” Martin said. “I will,” Hamilton nodded. “See ya later,” Martin said. With that, he was gone. “I’ll probably never talk to Mark Martin again, but [that shows] Mark cares,” Hamilton said. “That’s just how we [drivers] are.” Hamilton has cancer. It forced him from the seat. The very thought of it terrifies his colleagues. Drivers are apt to ignore such things. For the rest of Marty’s article please visit: (nascar.com)(4-7-2006)
  • KHI, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation work together for a cure: Kevin Harvick Inc. has partnered with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to raise awareness and funds to support vital research and care programs. The companies have joined forces to sponsor “Fast Lane to a Cure,” a dinner to be held on May 16 featuring silent and live auctions, entertainment and a guest speaker. Three drivers from the KHI family will be in attendance at the event, including Burney Lamar, Ron Hornaday and Kevin Harvick. The dinner will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Later that week, KHI will put the #33 race truck, driven by two-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, to good use; it will banner the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation logo under the lights of the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 race on May 19 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.(kevinharvickinc.com)(4-6-2006)
  • Woodard and Sharp end partnership: Truck Series owner, Rick Woodard has announced that he and partner, Eddie Sharp will be parting ways in their newly-formed team, Woodard & Sharp Racing. Effective immediately, the team will change its name to Woodard Racing. Boston Reid will continue to be the driver of the #25 Dodge.(woodardracing.com)(4-5-2006)
  • Kevin Harvick Inc. and Chris Rice part ways: Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) has announced that Chris Rice, crew chief of the #33 Truck Series team and two-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, have agreed to part ways. A replacement for Rice will be named at a later date.(kevinharvickinc.com)(4-5-2006)
  • Benson to race in Berlin’s opener: Johnny Benson will race in Berlin Raceway’s season opener in the Coors Light Late Model division on April 15th. The Trucks are off for a three-week period in April, leaving time in Benson’s schedule to make the visit to his home track. Benson is also scheduled to race at Berlin in the ASA Challenge Series 200 on Wednesday, June 14, and in “The Chet” 100-lap Coors Light Late Model race on Wednesday, August 16, along with Cup driver Kyle Busch.(johnnybenson.com)(4-5-2006)
  • Truck Series News & Notes:
    Ron Hornaday Jr. (# 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet) was the top finishing Truck Series driver among five who competed in Saturday’s Busch Series Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. Hornaday placed 17th after starting at the rear of the field in a backup car…One hundred forty different series competitors have raced for more than $3.5 million in eight previous events at Gateway International Raceway. Dennis Setzer (# 85 GM FlexFuel E85/Shell Rotella Chevrolet) is the leading money winner with $169,245…A victory in the Ram Tough 200 would make Ted Musgrave (# 1 Team ASE/Germain Toyota) the first driver to win three races at two different Truck Series tracks. Musgrave, the defending Gateway winner, won three consecutive events at California Speedway between 2001 and 2003…Veteran motorsports writer John Close is wrapping up his historical overview of the Truck Series. The MBI Publishing book will join nearly 20 volumes licensed by the NASCAR Library Collection and will be released in conjunction with the 2007 season-opening events at Daytona International Speedway Gateway International Raceway will host its annual Craftsman Truck driver autograph session for season-ticket holders on April 28 following close of technical inspection.In the Loop:
    With four finishes among the top four and starts of 10th or better including a pair of Budweiser Poles, it isn’t surprising that Mark Martin (# 6 Scotts Ford) tops the series in average running position through the April 1 Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Martin’s average running position is 3.300 – more than four positions higher than Musgrave, the # 2 competitor in current Truck Series championship standings. Setzer, the championship runner-up in each of the past three seasons, has yet to finish higher than ninth but his team’s consistency is reflected in his fifth-place ranking in average running position – 11.184.(NASCAR PR)(4-17-2006)
  • Truck Series News & Notes:
    Series competitors have busy Easter weekend slate – including racing
    Martin to step aside but Roush Racing’s #6 remains title contenderEaster is a time for religious observances and family activities but not every Truck Series competitor will be away from the track this week. The NASCAR Busch Series’ first visit of the season to Nashville Superspeedway will draw at least two crossover drivers – David Reutimann (# 17Team Tundra Toyota) and Erin Crocker (#98 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge). Reutimann hopes to become the second to win both the Pepsi 300 and Truck Series Toyota 200 at the 1.33-mile concrete-surfaced facility. Scott Riggs won the inaugural truck race in 2001 and captured back-to-back Pepsi 300 events in 2002-03. Crocker will get a double-dose of Nashville as she competes in both Pepsi 300 and supporting ARCA RE/MAX PFG 150. Crocker won the pole and finished third in the ARCA event a year ago. Greg Pollex, owner of Terry Cook’s #10 Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford, will be in Nashville where his NASCAR Busch Series driver Kenny Wallace will compete in the Pepsi 300. But he’ll go home for a big celebration. Relaxation is on Kerry Earnhardt’s (#13 ThorSport Chevrolet) agenda. “We may head down to Durhamtown Plantation Resort in Georgia with a big group of people to go four-wheelin,” he said. “It’s a really neat place with all kinds of stuff to do for the kids, too. It’ll be nice to be with family and friends and just kind of relax a bit.” David Starr (#11 Red Horse Racing Toyota) is looking forward to spending some time with his new nephew, his sister Melissa’s son Matthew, whose arrival on April 1 coincided with the team’s victory at Martinsville Speedway.News & Notes Part II:
    David Ragan will take the controls of the #6 Scotts Ford when competition resumes April 29 at Gateway International Raceway, effectively ending Mark Martin’s four-race reign as the championship leader. Martin won’t resume his 14-race schedule until May 19 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The Cup Series veteran won’t win this year’s title – he’s planning a fulltime assault in 2007 – but the Martin/Ragan combination could give owner Jack Roush a championship nonetheless. Driver and owner points are scored separately and Roush’s tabulation will continue regardless of which driver is in the seat of the #6 truck. Should this occur, it would mark the third time in NASCAR national touring series history that different teams win the driver and owner championships. In 1963, Joe Weatherly captured the Cup crown while the Wood Brothers scored the owner title. More recently, in 2003, Richard Childress’ #21 team won the NASCAR Busch Series owner championship as Brian Vickers became the driver champion. The # 6 truck, however, will have to outscore a number of rivals including its sister entry. Martin’s teammate Erik Darnell (#99 Simply Wow Ford) is 68 points back in sixth position.
    No green-white-checker for this one …Todd Bodine (#30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota), fourth overall and first in the pro category, wanted a green-white-checker finish to Saturday’s Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the Long Beach (Calif.) Grand Prix which ended a lap early due to a blocked course. It didn’t happen and pro skateboarder Bucky Lasek collected the hardware. Bodine, who started from the pro pole with a 30-second handicap, wasn’t sure he could have caught and passed former shifter kart racer Lasek anyway. “He’s as good as the pros,” said Bodine. “I had a great time. It was really cool. I never thought I’d have to opportunity to come here.” Reutimann finished fourth among the pro drivers after having a “meeting” with Boston Legal’s William Shatner in Turn 1. “I wanted to get out of there without turning anybody – especially William Shatner,” he said. “It was a blast and a phenomenal deal. I’m hoping to get invited back.” SPEED will air event highlights at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 22.

    Pit Instruction and Training (PIT) was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America this past weekend. The enterprise is owned by Tom DeLoach, head of Red Horse Racing that fields the #11 Toyota for Starr. Its corporate clients include United Airlines, which uses PIT’s methods to more effectively direct baggage handling operations. ““United Airlines is coming out of bankruptcy so they can’t buy more airplanes,” DeLoach said. “They need to have faster turns – what we call faster pit stops in racing – to have more planes in the sky during the day. Our classes help get their average turn-around time down.” …Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Mike Greenwell will make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway on May 27. The Florida native has competed in late model cars in Florida since 1999, scoring 37 victories. He’ll drive for Gene Christensen’s Green Light Racing. … Kurt Busch’s victory in Saturday’s NASCAR Busch Series O’Reilly 300 made him the 16th driver to win in all three of NASCAR’s national touring series. Kurt and Kyle Busch are the second set of brothers to complete the sweep. The Labontes – Terry and Bobby – finished the triple in 2005…Woodard & Sharp Racing, which fields the # 25 Dodge for Raybestos Rookie Boston Reid, has reorganized with partner Eddie Sharp departing the team, which has been renamed Woodard Racing. Owner Rick Woodard said, “Eddie has been a big part of this team (and) although we hate to lose him, I think it’s going to be better for both sides. We have good people here at the shop and a rookie driver that has the potential to take this team to the top.”

    In the Loop:
    Raybestos Rookie of the Year leader Darnell is having a sensational freshman season – both in the point standings and Driver Ratings, which are based upon eight different statistical categories. Darnell, with a pair of top-10 finishes and an average finish of 9.0 carries a rating of 90.3. That’s 12th overall in the series and tops – by more than 12 points – among Raybestos rookie contenders. Darnell rates more than 24 points higher than his closest Raybestos rival Kyle Krisiloff (# 15ditech.com/Krud Kutter Chevrolet). A perfect score is 150. Martin is the series leader after four races at 138.1.(NASCAR PR)(4-10-2006)

  • Truck Series News & Notes:
    Rick Crawford, Mike Skinner weigh in with Masters golf predictions
    Winners and losers as Kroger 250 sets 2006 starting guaranteesGolf, not racing, will be front and center for several Truck Series competitors as the series takes its longest hiatus of the season. This is Masters Week at Augusta National, an event that Rick Crawford (#14 Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford) and Mike Skinner (# 5 Toyota Tundra Toyota) look forward to each year. Both are avid players who would carry single-digit handicaps if not for a busy racing schedule. But they’re also fans of the game and can’t wait to see the likes of Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen tee it up in the season’s first major. Skinner went to last year’s tournament and may be in the gallery later this week. Crawford won’t be able to attend this year’s tournament but has in the past. His son, Adam, will be competing in his first late model event this weekend in Mobile. The drivers’ pick for who will wear the traditional green jacket on Sunday afternoon? “When you go to The Masters it is hard to not predict Tiger Woods to be a contender,” said Skinner of the four-time winner. Crawford agrees, but is going in another direction. “I’m going with the southpaw and the 2004 winner Phil Mickelson,” he said. “If you look at the year he’s had so far, it is very similar to the year he was having in 2004 before he won the Masters.”News & Notes Part II:
    Last Saturday’s race at Martinsville Speedway closed out the season’s first four races in which top 35 guaranteed starting positions are based upon 2005 truck owner championship points. A number of drivers breathed a sigh of relief as they won’t have to qualify for the April 29 Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200 on speed. Five unranked teams raced their way into the top 30. Conversely, five which held top 30 rankings from a year ago dropped out. (See chart below.)

    Truck Owners In:
    2nd, 665, #9-Toyota Bob Germain, Ted Musgrave
    7th, 544,#22-Toyota Jeff Wyler, Jack Sprague
    16th, 447, #21-Ford Eddie Wood, Bobby East
    19th, 416, #20-Ford Tad Geschickter, Marcos Ambrose
    25th, 352, #02-Chevy Ed Sutton, Kelly Sutton

    Truck Owners Out:
    31st, 336, #29-Chevy Kay Keselowski, Kraig Kinser
    32nd, 328, #1-Dodge James Smith, Robert Richardson
    34th, 283, # 59-Dodge James Harris, Steve Park
    35th, 277, # 25-Dodge Michael Gaughan, Boston Reid
    37th, 155 #8-Dodge Ray Montgomery, Chase Montgomery

    Among the first group are former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champions Ted Musgrave (#9 Team ASE/Germain Motors Toyota) and Jack Sprague (# 60 Con-Way Toyota). “I’m just glad that we won’t have to worry about qualifying on time as much as we have had to these first four races,” said Sprague, whose team wasn’t eligible for a top-30 guaranteed starting position because Wyler Racing didn’t join the series until June. Two teams new to the series in 2006 – the #20 and #21 Wood Brothers/JTG Racing Fords of Raybestos rookie of the year contenders Marcos Ambrose and Bobby East – also made the top 30. The final spot among the current top 30 was decided by a single point. Erin Crocker (#98 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge) can make her first trip to Gateway International Raceway knowing the Ray Evernham team has a place in the field. Conversely, fellow freshman Kraig Kinser (#29 Ginn Clubs and Resorts Chevy), will have to qualify on speed for one of six remaining positions. In winning the Kroger 250, David Starr (#11 Red Horse Racing Toyota) became the 14th different winner in 15 series events at the .526-mile track. No other track has produced more than 10 winners. Starr was victorious in his fourth start with the Tom DeLoach and Jeff Hammond-owned team, a single-race winner in 2005. The Houston,Texas driver becomes the 10th member of a select group of drivers who have won races in two different makes of truck. Starr won three previous races – the most recent at Phoenix in 2004 – in Chevrolets. Five active drivers in the series have won races for two manufacturers.

  • News & Notes, Part III:
    Todd Bodine (#30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota) and David Reutimann (#17 Team Tundra Toyota) will be racing this week – but not in the traditional sense. Both will suit up Saturday in the 30th anniversary running of the Toyota/Pro Celebrity Race over the 1.97-mile, 11-turn Long Beach Grand Prix course in Long Beach, Calif. The field of 20 includes a number of well-know figures from the entertainment and sports world including X-Games gold medalist and professional skateboarder Bucky Lasek, FOX TV’s Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz, tennis legend Martina Navratilova, actor William Shatner and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway. Qualifying will be held Friday with PEOPLE magazine donating $15,000 to the pole winner’s charity. Toyota will donate $5,000 in the name of each celebrity racer to a non-profit program benefiting children’s hospitals in Long Beach and Orange County, Calif. Another $5,000 will be donated to the race winner’s charity of choice. For the first time ever, the 10-lap sprint race will feature celebrities competing against professional drives in identically prepared, race-ready Scion models. “The Scions are fun to drive,” said Bodine, who along with Reutimann recently tested the cars at a southern California road course. “The front wheel drive on those cars is a lot different from what I am used to. It took me a couple of runs to get used to the car but I finally got the hang of it.” Reutimann is looking forward to “hanging out” with some celebrities. “Being that I am a Star Trek fan from way back, meeting William Shatner (the show’s Capt. James T. Kirk) was huge for me,” he said. “Racing in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity event is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Guys like me don’t get to hang out with people like that.”Etc:
    Mark Martin (#6 Scotts Ford) continues to lead the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings following his fourth-place finish in the Kroger 250. He leads runner-up finisher Musgrave by 55 points. Roush Racing announced last week that Martin would compete in an additional seven races, bringing his total for the season to 14. … Dennis Setzer (# 85 GM FlexFuel E85 Chevrolet) posted his 125th top-10 finish at Martinsville Speedway where he is the only two-time race winner. Setzer’s ninth-place finish leaves him 36 top 10s short of Sprague’s series record. … Bobby Hamilton Jr., who won the Kroger 250 Budweiser Pole, became the 14th # 1 starter failing to win at Martinsville. Hamilton is the fourth different pole winner of 2006. His only previous pole was recorded in 2004 at his hometown track, Nashville Superspeedway. … Craftsman Motorsports in conjunction with Bobby Hamilton Racing will host the May 23 “Craftsman For A Cure” charity event which will support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and the Victory Junction Gang Camp. The event will be held at the NASCAR Speedpark at Concord Mills near Lowe’s Motor Speedway and will enable fans to race go-kart race against drivers, obtain autographs and even spend quality time with select drivers at a private dinner. Tickets for the “Craftsman For a Cure” will go on sale Monday, April 17 at 9 a.m. ET. For tickets, call 866-227-3264.In the loop:
    Martinsville winner Starr ran among the top 15 on 248 of 250 laps. He recorded the top seven fastest laps, topping the charts at 93.323 mph. … Terry Cook (# 10 Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford) was the Kroger 250’s top closer, moving up six positions (25th to 19th) over the final 25 laps. … Although a mid-race spin cost him a possible shot at victory in his first series race, Clint Bowyer (# 07 Jack Daniel’s Chevrolet) recorded the second-best driver rating of the event at 123.4. Bowyer, who finished seventh, trailed only Starr at 141.7.(NASCAR PR)(4-3-2006)
  • Driver standings following Martinsville(top five)
    1) #6-Mark Martin, 720
    2) #9-Ted Musgrave, 665
    3) #30-Todd Bodine, 662
    4) #17-David Reutimann, 576
    5) #11-David Starr, 556See full standings at:
  • David Starr wins Kroger 250 (fop five)
    1) #-11-David Starr, Red Horse Racing Toyota
    2) #9-Ted Musgrave, Team ASE/Germain Motorsports Toyota
    3) #88-Matt Crafton, Menards/Energizer Chevy
    4) #6-Mark Martin, Scotts Ford
    5) #16-Mike Bliss, Xpress Motorsports Chevy
    1st Dodge (6th) #77-Brendan Gaughan,The Orleans Dodge
    1st Rookie (11th) #99-Erik Darnell, Simply Wow Ford
  • Race awards:
    Budweiser Pole Award: #18-Bobby Hamilton Jr, 19.895 seconds, 95.180 mph
    Checkers/Rally’s Double-Drive Thru Challenge Award: #11-David Starr
    Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award: #11-David Starr (14 places)
    Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Award: #16-Mike Bliss
    Raybestos Rookie of the Race Award: #99-Eric Darnell
    Sunoco Diamond Performance Award: #11-David Starr
    WIX Filters Lap Leader Award: #11-David Starr 121 Laps)For complete results see:
  • Qualifying for the Kroger 250 is over: Hamilton Jr. breaks record (top five)
    #18-Bobby Hamilton Jr. 95.180
    #6-Mark Martin Scotts Ford 95.161
    #07-Clint Bowyer 95.103
    #14-Rick Crawford 94.836
    #50- David Ragan 94.836
    #1st Toyota (6th) #12-Joey Miller
    #1st Rookie (6th) #12-Joey Miller
    Going home: #70 Tam Topham, #40 Chad Chaffin, #63 Justin Martz
    Top six drivers all break previous qualifying speed record
    For complete starting lineup visit:truckseries.com(4-1-2006)
  • Darnell rookie of the race, 4 in a row: Erik Darnell was the top finishing Raybestos rookie at every race held so far this season. Where the rest finished; East 13th, Miller 16th, Almirola 18th, Earnhardt 20th, McCumbee 21st, Krisiloff 23rd, Crocker 25th, Richardson 28th, Kinser 29th, Reid 31st. (Raybestos PR)(4-3-2006)
  • Starr wins at Martinsville: David Starr, driving the #11 Red Horse Toyota stayed free of the cautions Saturday at Martinsville Speedway to win the Kroger 250.There were a record 16 cautions during the race, including a red flag. Starr led 121 laps. It was Starr’s fourth career victory. His previous best finish at Martinsville was eighth. Starr moved to fifth in points. Mark Martin, who finished fourth, leads the point standings. Ted Musgrave was second and moved to second in points.(nascar.com)(4-1-2006)



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September 2005 Truck Series News Archive


  • Winners of a race in Cup, Busch and Truck Series races: see my Misc Stats page for this and many others.

  • Key Motorsports moves to NC: Key Motorsports’ founder, Curtis Key, announced that he has relocated his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series operation from Chesapeake, VA to RACE CITY U.S.A. – Mooresville, NC. Key Motorsports was first formed in Mooresville in 1993 and competed in the NASCAR Busch Series through the 1998 season. After taking a 5-year hiatus to reorganize his plumbing contracting business, Key reformed as a Craftsman Truck Series team in 2003 in a brand new shop located on the Curtis Key Plumbing business campus in Chesapeake. “Virginia is rich in NASCAR history and fans”, stated Key “I wanted to have a team close to my business so I built the race shop right behind my plumbing warehouse. But running a NASCAR team in Virginia just proved to be quite difficult due primarily to a lack of experienced mechanical and technical personnel. It also should be easier to attract sponsorship for race team based in the same market were 90% of existing NASCAR teams are currently based”‘ Key added. Key Motorsports follows the Woods Brothers, Nextel Cup Series team operation in leaving Virginia for North Carolina, with the team of veteran driver Ricky Rudd making the move last year. Currently, only Morgan-McClure Motorsports Nextel Cup and HT Motorsports Craftsman Truck Series organizations in NASCAR’s top three touring series maintain full-time ties to Virginia. “We tried very hard to make a NASCAR team work in Virginia”, Key explained. “We hired crew members from North Carolina, sought sponsorships from several Virginia based companies and even became a member of Governor Warner’s Virginia Motorsports Coalition, but we didn’t receive any help. Making the move to Mooresville should enable us to grow and secure the elements we need to succeed in this business”, he added. Key purchased the buildings and adjacent property in Mooresville previously owned by Logano Motorsports and located at 222 Pit Rd, just off highway 152. Key Motorsports has entered two Craftsman Truck Series races recently with their Chevolet Silverado’s with Andy Houston behind the wheel. Lance Hooper, like Houston a truck series veteran as both driver and crew chief, is the team’s crew chief and team manager. The team is currently negotiating for Primary and Associate level sponsorships for the balance of races this season and for the entire 2006 season. For more information visit www.keymotorsports.us or contact Zac Boals at 704-663-1670.(Key Motorsports PR)(9-29-2005)
  • Testing at Texas: three drivers tested at Texas Texas Motor Speedway on Wednesday, September 28th [in extremely hot conditions, over 100 degrees in the afternoon] in preparation for the Nov. 4 Silverado 350k NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, the drivers/speeds:
    #17-David Reutimann, 180.000
    #46-Dennis Setzer 178,510mph
    #6-=Chad Chaffin, no speed reported.(TMS PR)(9-29-2005)
  • Trucks Back at Vegas in 2006: Las Vegas Motor Speedway will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2006 with a return engagement by the first major NASCAR series to compete at LVMS. Speedway officials announced Saturday that the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will return to the 1.5-mile superspeedway on Sept. 23, 2006. The Truck Series was the first major NASCAR-sanctioned series to race at LVMS. Jack Sprague won the inaugural event on Nov. 3, 1996. The 2005 event will mark the 10th visit by the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to LVMS. The Truck Series event will be 350 kilometers (146 laps). Ticket information will be announced at a later date. The NASCAR Craftsman Trucks Series event will be the second major event weekend on the superspeedway in 2005. The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series events are scheduled for March 10-12, 2005.(LVMS.com)(9-27-2005)
  • Martin still to run Truck Series in 2006: Mark Martin’s future is finally coming into focus and that includes another stint behind the wheel of the #6 Roush Racing Ford. Martin started the 2005 season thinking this would be his last year as a full-time Nextel Cup driver. Those plans changed in midstream when car owner Jack Roush signed Jamie McMurray to fill Martin’s position. There was only one hitch. McMurray won’t drive the #6 until 2007. Chip Ganassi keeps saying he will hold McMurray to his driving contract, which expires at the end of the 2006 season. Since the beginning of summer, Roush has been chasing Martin to stay put for one more campaign. Martin said he will continue with his grand scheme to form a full-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team under the Roush Racing umbrella. He plans to make his debut run in the truck at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. “The first truck is finished,” he reported last week. “I sat in it on Monday.” Martin, who has secured the #6 for truck competition next season [Kevin Harvick Inc rus Hornaday in the #6 this year], said he will make at least seven truck starts in addition to his hustling, bustling Nextel Cup schedule in 2006. Another driver, or drivers, will occupy the seat of the #6 Ford to fill out the remainder of the schedule. If Martin’s long-range plans work this time, he will be a full-time NCTS driver beginning in 2007.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(9-25-2005)
  • Bodine wins at Las Vegas: #30-Todd Bodine won the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a last lap pass of #1-Ted Musgrave on a green-white-checker finish after dominating the race. It was Bodine’s second win of the season, the other was at Kansas, and 4th of his career. The win vaulted Bodine into 5th in the points and Toyota’s 6th win of 2005. Musgrave finished 2nd and with points leader #46-Dennis Setzer finishing 14th, Musgrave is only 5 points behind Setzer in the points standings. Rounding out the top-5 were #75-David Starr, #16-Jack Sprague and #04-Bobby Hamilton. Pole sitter, #5-Mike Skinner finished 6th. The highest finishing rookie of the year candidate was #50-Todd Kluever with an 8th. Bodine led 114 of the 152 laps and there were five cautions for 31 laps.
    For race results see:
    Motorsports One
  • Skinner wins the pole: #5-Mike Skinner won the pole for the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 165.258mph, for his fifth pole of the season [last at Nashville last month] 22nd carrer pole #22-Bill Lester is on the outside pole, followed by #30-Todd Bodine, #17-David Reutimann and #1-Ted Musgrave. Points leader,#46-Dennis Setzer will start 22nd. #50-Todd Kluever is the highest starting rookie, starting 10th.
    See qualifying results/starting lineup at:
    Truckseries.com – Starting Lineup
    Truckseries.com – Qualifying Results
  • Gilliland to drive the #15 at Las Vegas: Billy Ballew Motorsports returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway where the team captured the coveted victory in 2004. It was the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win for Billy Ballew Motorsports who has since captured two more victories with Kyle Busch piloting the #15 ditech.com Chevy. Busch is unable to compete in this weekend’s event due to his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup obligations, but recommended good friend David Gilliland to team owner Billy Ballew. Gilliland, 29, will make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut in Saturday’s Las Vegas 350. Gilliland recently tested with the BBM team at Richmond International Raceway to get a feel for the Chevrolet Silverado and establish a level of communication with Wauters. Gilliland currently competes in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series. He has one victory and two poles this year and currently sits fourth in the series points standings. Gilliland’s father, Butch, competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in the mid to late 90s [and a few Cup races], as well as competing in the West Series, where he captured the 1997 championship with David serving as crew chief. Gilliland has two previous starts at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway which he hopes will help in the learning curve for the NCTS.(BBM PR)(9-23-2005)
  • Bailey cleared to run Vegas: Jack Bailey is cleared for Las Vegas to make his fourth start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on September 24, 2005 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Las Vegas 350. This will be Bailey’s first time in the seat of the #08 CENTURY 21Team/Bedslide.com Chevy for crew chief Scott Neal and owners Bobby Dotter and Gene Christensen. “I am really looking forward to running at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is by far the biggest and fastest track I have ever competed on. We welcome our new sponsor for this weekend, Bedslide.com, and hope to put their name at the front of the pack. It is nice to get the chance to race with these veterans. They have taught me so much, both on and off the track.” Bailey’s next planned Truck Series appearance will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 29, 2005. For more information on Jack Bailey or sponsorship, please visit jackbailey.com.(Jack Bailey Racing)(9-23-2005)
  • Las Vegas Autograph Sessions: Some of the biggest stars in both the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the Champ Car World Series will participate in separate autograph sessions during the week leading up to the Las Vegas Double in the Desert. All 18 Champ Car drivers including defending race and series champion Sebastian Bourdais, local favorites Paul Tracy and Jimmy Vasser and former Formula I star Christiano da Matta will be on hand at the ESPN Zone at the New York New York Hotel and Casino from 7-8 p.m. Thursday night, Sept. 22.
    Several of the top names in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series including series points leader Dennis Setzer, former LVMS winner David Starr and 2004 rookie of the year David Reutimann, Jimmy Spencer will be among those participating Friday night, Sept. 23 from 7-8 p.m. in an autograph session on the Third Street Promenade adjacent to the Lady Luck Hotel and Casino. Other Craftsman Truck drivers committed to the Lady Luck session include Rick Crawford, Todd Bodine, Eric Norris, Matt Crafton, Terry Cook, Robert Pressley, Timothy Peters and Justin Allgaier. Other drivers will be added later this week.
    LVMS mascot Pit Boss also will make appearances. Both autograph sessions are open and free to the public. Tickets are still available for the unique doubleheader comprised of the Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck event and the Hurricane Relief 400 Champ Car World Series race. Call 1-800-644-4444 or log on to www.lvms.com for tickets.(Las Vegas Motor Speedway)(9-23-2005)
  • Miller to debut in #12 Truck: Darrell Waltrip Motorsports announced that Joey Miller will drive the #12 Toyota Tundra in the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday evening. Miller, a 20-year-old from Lakeville (Minn.), makes his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut fresh off his fourth ARCA RE/MAX win this season with second-place locked up in the points standings. “I’ve been watching Joey Miller in the ARCA Series and he’s done a great job,” said Darrell Waltrip. “If he can come close to what he’s done in ARCA in the Craftsman Truck Series that would definitely be big for us. Right next to Frank Kimmel, Mr. ARCA and six-time champion, Joey’s had the car to beat every week. Hopefully, we’ll give him a truck as good as his car. Let me say this too, Mike Wallace has done a great job at performing up to our expectations and turning things around for us. He’ll be back with us at Atlanta after I run the 12 Toyota Tundra at Martinsville.” Miller’s had a strong season registering four wins (Berlin Raceway, Gateway International Raceway, Nashville Superspeedway and Salem Speedway), 12 top-fives and 17 top-10s in 22 ARCA starts. With no track experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Miller will rely on input from David Reutimann and both Darrell Waltrip Motorsports teams.(DW Motorsports PR)(9-21-2005)
  • Driver Eric Norris Reunites 2002 Championship Crew: The trek to Las Vegas is full of memories and opportunities for driver Eric Norris and the Green Light Racing #07 Pavestone Chevrolet. Norris is committed to showing the team’s strength this Saturday night in the Las Vegas 350. Norris won his 2002 Grand National West title at the Vegas track. Even though Norris is not in the hunt for a Championship this season, it is crystal clear he wants to run up front and win. Eric Norris and the Green Light Racing team are focused on producing performance results. Under the leadership of veteran owner and driver Bobby Dotter and Crew Chief Doug Howe, The #07 “Over the Wall Crew” will be comprised of Norris’ 2002 Grand National West Series Championship Team.(RPG Event Services PR)(9-21-2005)
  • Harvick protégé prepares for Vegas Truck race: Burney Lamar signed with NASCAR Nextel Cup star Kevin Harvick as a developmental driver and the two laid out a two-year plan. But a sudden rise to prominence has accelerated Lamar’s career path. The 25-year old driver was expected to spend most of this season competing in NASCAR’s Southwest and West divisions with the possibility of running some Truck races on short tracks such as Martinsville and Memphis. That all changed when he won in his second career West start driving for Harvick at Phoenix. Lamar recently tested #92 Chevrolet Silverado in preparation for the Sept. 24 Las Vegas 350. “Las Vegas will be my first Truck race, and we are going to plan on running the Busch race in Kansas and some others. This has come together much quicker than I expected.” Lamar is set to make his Craftsman Truck Series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His only other appearance at LVMS was a Southwest Series race in 2001 in which he was caught up in a multi-car accident early in the race. Lamar, who will have to qualify on time because his truck is not in the top 30 in owner points, spent most the test session under the watchful eye of NASCAR veteran and former Truck champion Ron Hornaday.(Las Vegas Motor Speedway PR)(9-21-2005)
  • News and Notes – Las Vegas:
    Crawford’s win sets one record, closes on another … Rick Crawford (#14 Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford) became the 10th different winner in succession at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sept. 17 to set a record for a series track. Crawford, with victories in three consecutive years, was the 13th winner of 2005. That’s one short of the season mark of 14 established in 1998. There also were 13 different winners a year ago.
    Ford back in victory lane – finally … Crawford ended nearly 13 months and 39 races of frustration for the manufacturer, which last tasted victory on Aug. 25, 2004 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The two wins had one significant, common denominator. Kevin “Cowboy” Starland was crew chief for both Crawford and Bristol winner Carl Edwards. Chevrolet, with nine wins, continues to lead series manufacturer standings by a 128 to 103 count over Dodge. Toyota is third and Ford fourth.
    Setzer rights ship, adds to point lead at NHIS … After losing nearly 80 percent of a 227-point championship lead in three races, Dennis Setzer (#46 Chevrolet Z71 Silverado Chevrolet) got things turned around in New Hampshire. But Setzer had to prevail in an end-of-race duel with his closest rival to build his lead to 59 points with six races remaining. Setzer finished second in the Sylvania 200 by Lowe’s with Ted Musgrave (#1 Mopar Dodge) third after the pair spent most of the race’s final 25 laps side-by-side and bumper-to-tailgate.
    ETC. … Several competitors new to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will debut at LVMS. They include Joey Miller (#12 Toyota Tundra Toyota), winner of the most recent ARCA/REMAX event at Salem, Ind.; David Gilliland (#15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevrolet), currently fourth in NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series points standings; and Burney Lamar, a two-time NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series winner in 2005, making his first start in Kevin Harvick Inc.’s #92 HPS/Groeniger Chevrolet. … Gilliland’s father, Butch, competed in the 1996 Las Vegas 350. They would become the 14th father and son to start a NASCAR Craftsman Truck race. … Setzer has become the second driver in series history to win $4 million. His career total is $4,010,574, second only to the $5,572,545 won by Jack Sprague (#16 Chevy Trucks Chevrolet).
    Nobody more dominant in Vegas than Sprague … Pick a Las Vegas Motor Speedway record – any record – and it’s odds on that you’ll find the name Sprague. Here are a few: Most wins (two), most money won ($317,165), most top five and top-10 finishes (six), most laps/miles led (298/447) and most laps/miles completed (919/1,378.5). Four former Las Vegas 350 winners in field … Sprague and Gaughan are joined in this week’s entry by Musgrave (2001) and David Starr (#75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet, 2002). Three of eight races and two of the last three have been won from the Bud Pole. This week’s Craftsman Win from the Pole Bonus is $12,000. Brandon Whitt (#38 Red Horse Racing Toyota) was the award’s last winner on July 23 at Memphis Motorsports Park.
    Greg Biffle holds the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series record for wins in a season – nine. He broke Mike Skinner’s eight-win record at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sept. 24, 1999.
    While the Las Vegas 350 has determined the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion on three occasions – 1996 through 1998 – the race winner never has worn that season’s crown. Second place would seem to be the key the success. Jack Sprague was the runnerup finisher in 1997, ‘99 and 2001 – all championship years. Ron Hornaday Jr. finished second in 1998, the season in which he won his second title. Mike Bliss was the second-place finisher when he captured the title in 2002.
    Fast Facts
    Next Event: Las Vegas 350. (Race #20 of 25).
    Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, Nev.).
    When: 9:15 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 24.
    Track layout: 1.5-mile paved oval.
    Race length: 350 kilometers/219 miles/146 laps.
    Posted awards: $489,222.
    TV: SPEED Channel, 9 p.m. ET.
    Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.
    2004 winner: Shane Hmiel.
    2004 polesitter: Mike Skinner.
    Pre-race schedule (all times local): Saturday – Practice 9 – 10 a.m. and 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Qualifying 3 p.m. Trucks impounded after qualifying.(NASCAR PR)(9-21-2005)
  • Crawford wins at New Hampshire: #14-Rick Crawford won the Sylvania 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway for his first win since Martinsville last season and the first for Ford since Carl Edwards at Bristol in Aug 2004, and his 4th of his career. Crawford became the 10th consecutive different series winner at NHIS and is the season’s 13th winner, one short of the series record. Crawford, who started fifth, led three times for 26 laps. He and #46-Dennis Setzer traded the lead three times over the 200-lap race’s last 25 laps. He took the point from Setzer for the final time on lap 186. Setzer finished 2nd, followed be #1-Ted Musgrave, #65-Clay Rogers [career best and #6-Ron Hornaday Jr. Pole winner #88-Matt Crafton finished 35th after being involved in an accident that triggered the sixth caution. In all, 31 laps were run under the yellow. Eight drivers traded the lead 17 times – the latter number a series record at NHIS. Setzer, who entered the race with a 49-point lead over Musgrave, extended the margin to 59 with six races remaining. The next event is Sept. 24 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    For race results see:
    Motorsports One
  • Busch back in the #15: After a disappointing run last week in the Truck Series’ event at Richmond, Kyle Busch aims to recapture the momentum he carries while piloting the #15 Ditech.com Chevy for Billy Ballew Motorsports. This weekend, Busch will take to the New Hampshire International Speedway for the running of the Sylvania 200 on Saturday afternoon. Busch has two previous starts at NHIS, once earlier this year in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and n last year’s Busch Series race, but will be making his first start in a Truck Series event. Busch had an impressive run in his debut in the Cup Series race at NHIS back in July, qualifying seventh and finishing in fourth position. The Billy Ballew Motorsports team qualified in the eighth position in this race last year, and was the most dominant truck until running out of gas with less than 10 laps to go, placing the #15 Chevy in 20th position in the final rundown. Ditech.com also returns as the primary sponsor on the #15 Chevy. Originally planned as a two-race deal with Busch at Bristol and Richmond, Ditech.com’s support has increased to include this weekend’s event at New Hampshire International Speedway. Last week’s misfortune cost the team three spots in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Owners’ Points standings. Billy Ballew Motorsports and the #15 team sit in ninth position, after being as high as fourth earlier this year.(BBM)(9-15-2005)
  • Almirola back in the #47 at NHIS: After a strong 10th place finish at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP), rookie driver Aric Almirola has been ready to jump back in the cockpit for more laps in Truck Series (NCTS) competition. The rookie driver will get his wish behind the wheel of the #47 FedEx Kinko’s Chevy at New Hampshire on September 16 and 17. The Sylvania 200 will mark Almirola’s third career NCTS start. He made a successful debut in the Morgan-Dollar Motorsports fielded truck at Memphis Motorsports Park on July 23rd. FedEx Kinko’s will be on board the #47 Silverado at NHIS in support of Almirola’s third NCTS race. FedEx is the primary sponsor on the #11 fielded in the NEXTEL Cup Series by Joe Gibbs Racing. The Home Depot and Joe Gibbs Racing Performance Oil will serve as major associates on the truck with critical support from GM Racing as part of the Team Silverado program. Almirola has spent the past two seasons as a member of the Reggie White/Joe Gibbs Racing Diversity Program racking up wins and top-five finishes in a late model at short tracks all over North Carolina. For additional information on the Reggie White/Joe Gibbs Racing Late Model Diversity Program, log on to www.joegibbsracing.com.(9-15-2005)
  • Skinner wins at Richmond: #5-Mike Skinner won the Cheerios Betty Crocker 200 at Richmond International Raceway for his 2nd wins of the season and in a row and 18th of his career. #30-Todd Bodine was 2nd, followed by #47-Kevin Harvick, #1-Ted Musgrave and #13-Tracy Hines. Points leader, #46-Dennis Setzer had tire problems that damaged the truck and he finished 34th, droping his points led over Musgrave from 143 to 49. Pole sitter #75-David Starr never led a lap, wrecked late and finished 21st. There were a record 12 cautions for 57 laps. There 8 lead changes among 5 drivers.
    For race results see:
    Motorsports One
  • Crafton wins pole at NHIS: #88-Matt Crafton won the pole for the Sylvania 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway with a track record lap of 128.819mph for his first career Truck Series pole. Starting 2nd is #38-Brandon Whitt, followed by #17-David Reutimann, #60-Chad Chaffin and #14-Rick Crawford. The highest starting Dodge is #04-Bobby Hamilton at 10th. Points leader #46-Dennis Setzer will start 6th, with 2nd in points, #1-Ted Musgrave starting 22nd. Missing the race were: #27-Frank Wilson Jr. and #91-J C Stout.
    See qualifying results/starting lineup at:
    Truckseries.com – Starting Lineup
    Truckseries.com – Qualifying Results
  • Qualifying Notes: This is Matt Crafton’s first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Bud Pole. His best previous start, second, came at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 19, 2004. Crafton is the 13th different Bud Pole winner of the season. The Bud Pole winner has gone on to win the Sylvania 200 in two of the past four years. The last to win from the pole was Jimmy Spencer in 2003. The Craftsman Win from the Pole bonus is worth $8,000. The last driver to win from the pole in 2005 was Dennis Setzer at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Brandon Whitt will start second – his second time to qualify for the front row. Whitt won from the Bud Pole at Memphis Motorsports Park. The top two qualifiers broke the existing track record of 29.637 seconds, 128.515 mph set Sept. 18, 2004 by Jack Sprague.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(9-17-2005)
  • News and Notes – New Hampshire:
    Hornaday, Skinner make championship noise … For the first time since the final race of 1996, former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champions Mike Skinner (#5 Toyota Tundra Toyota) and Ron Hornaday Jr. (#6 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet) hold top-five rankings together in the title chase. Skinner, 11th in points as recently as Aug. 5, moved to fourth after his Sept. 8 victory at Richmond International Raceway. Hornaday’s 10th-place performance boosted the 1996 and 1998 champion from fourth to third.
    Don’t look back, here comes Ted … Talk about making up ground: Ted Musgrave (#1 Mopar Dodge) was a distant, 227 points behind championship leader Dennis Setzer (#46 Chevrolet Z71 Silverado Chevrolet) just three races ago. The margin is now 49 following Richmond’s event in which Musgrave finished fourth and Setzer 34th. Musgrave has finishes of second, sixth and fourth in his past three starts while Setzer has failed to finish higher than 14th. A finish of first or second at New Hampshire will make Setzer the series’ second $4 million career winner. Setzer has won $3,972,249.
    Chevrolet still leads manufacturer standings but … Toyota’s fifth win of the season at Richmond marked the first time the second-year series manufacturer has won three consecutive races. The streak began at Nashville Superspeedway on Aug. 13. Tundra trucks won four times in 2004. Chevrolet, with nine victories, remains the manufacturer championship leader with 122 points to Dodge’s 99. Toyota has scored 98 and Ford 77.
    Mexico City driver Ramirez eyes series debut … Jose Luis Ramirez (#08 Chevrolet) has entered Saturday’s New Hampshire event. Ramirez finished 31st in the NASCAR Busch Series’ Telcel Motorola Mexico 200 presented by Banamex in March. The 26-year-old Ramirez competed fulltime on the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series in 2004. Carlos Contreras was the first native of Mexico to start a series race. Contreras appeared in 70 events. His best New Hampshire finish was 15th in 2002.
    NASCAR Craftsman Truck graduates cut to The Chase … Three competitors who honed their driving skills in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, which begins Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway. One – Greg Biffle – is the 2000 series champion. All three – Biffle, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards – are former series Raybestos rookies of the year. Biffle, the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series champion, bids to become the first to win a championship in all three of NASCAR’s national touring series.
    ETC. … At Richmond, Mike Wallace became the season’s 35th different driver to lead a lap matching the series season record established in 2004. … Jack Sprague (#16 Chevy Trucks Chevrolet) has finished first or second in four of his seven starts at NHIS. Sprague also has won the Bud Pole three times – most recently last year. … The Sylvania 200 by Lowe’s has been won twice from the pole. Winners have started no worse than fifth in each of the past five races. … Last year’s race saw 19 drivers complete all 200 laps, a series record at NHIS. … The New Hampshire winner has gone on to capture the NASCAR Craftsman Truck title twice – Hornaday in 1996 and Sprague in 2001.
    Five bid to become NHIS’ first repeat winner … Five of New Hampshire’s nine series winners are expected to compete in Saturday’s Sylvania 200 by Lowe’s. They are Hornaday (1996), Setzer (1999), Sprague (2001), Terry Cook (#10 Ford Power Stroke Diesel Ford, 2002) and Jimmy Spencer (#2 Team ASE Dodge, 2003). Two former NHIS NASCAR Busch winners also are entered: Ricky Craven (#99 Superchips Ford, 1991) and Robert Pressley (#59 Harris Trucking Co. Dodge, 1993).
    The 1996 season saw the greatest number of new tracks – six – added to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule. New Hampshire International Speedway joined the series along with Homestead-Miami Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nashville Speedway USA, Nazareth Speedway and Watkins Glen International.
    New Hampshire International Speedway will be looking for its 10th consecutive different race winner on Saturday. It is the third track to bid for #10. Neither Texas Motor Speedway nor The Milwaukee Mile reached that number thanks to repeat wins, respectively, by Brendan Gaughan (#77 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Dodge) in 2002 and Musgrave in 2004. Homestead-Miami Speedway, site of the season-ending Ford 200 on Nov. 18, also has hosted nine series races without a repeat winner.
    Next Event: Sylvania 200 presented by Lowe’s. (Race #19 of 25).
    Where: New Hampshire International Speedway, (Loudon, N.H.)
    When: 3:15 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 17.
    Track layout: 1.058-Mile paved oval.
    Race length: 211.6 miles/200 laps.
    Posted awards: $515,630.
    TV: SPEED Channel, 3 p.m. ET.
    Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.
    2004 winner: Travis Kvapil.
    2004 polesitter: Jack Sprague.
    Pre-race schedule (all times local): Friday – Practice 10:45 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. and 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Saturday – Qualifying 10:05 a.m. Trucks impounded after qualifying.(NASCAR PR)(9-14-2005)
  • Gill Returns to BHR: Bobby Hamilton: “Danny Gill was released from PPI on Monday and I scooped him right up for BHR. I recommended him there to work with my kid and that shows how much faith I have in him. He is being added to our roster to be extra hands for the engineering guys, not as a crew chief or to take anyone’s position. I know he has a ton of talent and I have always believed in Danny’s ability. He has worked for me in the past and we seemed to run really well together. Danny is a go getter; he demands results and works hard to make strides in racing. I think he did a tremendous job with Bobby Jr.’s program at PPI, but also don’t think you can make a huge difference in only a few races. It takes time in this sport and you have to grow on what you are learning. That takes trials and tribulations and a lot of persistence.”(BHR PR)(9-11-2005)
  • Starr wins pole at Richmond: #75-David Starr won the pole for the Cheerios Betty Crocker 200 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 126.648mph with a new track qualifying record [was held by Jamie McMurray, 125.436 in Sept 2004] in the last Truck Race at Richmond for his 2nd pole of the season and 5th of his career. Starr went out first and just held off the outside pole sitter, #5-Mike Skinner who ran a lap of 126.642. The rest of the top five are #1-Ted Musgrave, #16-Jack Sprague and #47-Kevin Harvick. Points leader, #46-Dennis Setzer starts 20th. Missing the race were #92-Tony Stewart [was 29th fastest], #33-Bobby East, #7-Ron Hornaday III, #06-Mike Bliss, #40-Andy Houston, #70-Tam Topham, #02-Kelly Sutton, #24-Rob Ferguson and #73-Craig Wood.
    See qualifying results/starting lineup at:
    Truckseries.com – Starting Lineup
    Truckseries.com – Qualifying Results
  • News and Notes – Richmond:
    NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitors are closing in on a record that’s stood for six years. With 12 different winners in the season’s first 17 races, the series is on track to eclipse the 14 who won in 1998. The record was in jeopardy last year when 13 drivers posted victories. Significant, perhaps, is that four competitors got their first win of the 2004 season during the final eight races – the same number remaining on this year’s schedule. Three active winners from a year ago – Rick Crawford (#14 Lilly Trucking of Virginia Ford), Chad Chaffin (#60 Jeff Wyler Racing Toyota) and David Starr (#75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet) – have yet to visit victory lane in 2005, something each hopes to remedy with Thursday’s Cheerios Betty Crocker 200 at Richmond International Raceway.
    The .75-mile Richmond track has produced three first-time series winners. On four occasions, the race has added a name to that season’s list of winners, most recently in 2002 when Tony Stewart (#92 Kevin Harvick Racing Chevrolet) captured the first of back-to-back victories. Stewart and Jack Sprague (#16 Chevy Trucks Chevrolet) are the only drivers with multiple wins during the first 10 Cheerios Betty Crocker 200s. Both will compete in Thursday’s race.
    It’s been a year of highs and lows for Chaffin, who recorded victories last season at Dover International Speedway and Indianapolis Raceway Park. He left the #30 Germain Motors Toyota in mid-June and caught on with a new team. Chaffin was in position to win last month at Bristol Motor Speedway until being put out of contention by tire trouble.
    Starr’s 2004 wins came at Gateway International Raceway and Phoenix International Raceway. He’s currently 10th in points but hasn’t finished higher than fifth. Like Crawford and Chaffin, Starr also tested at Richmond and was pleased with the results.
    Father-son entered in same race for first time in ’05 … The Hornaday family will have plenty of rooting interest in Thursday’s Cheerios Betty Crocker 200 as Ron Hornaday Jr. (#6 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet) competes against son Ronnie III (#7 Ultra Motorsports Dodge) for a series record-extending sixth time. They last raced head-to-head on Oct. 8, 1999 at the old Louisville (Ky.) Motor Speedway. The most recent father-son battle, between Bobby Hamilton (#04 Bailey’s Dodge) and Bobby Jr., took place at Darlington Raceway on Nov. 13, 2004. Fathers and sons have competed against each other on 13 different occasions.
    New faces in the field at Richmond … Four competitors of note hope to debut in the Cheerios Betty Crocker 200. They include Bobby East, the 2004 U.S. Auto Club national midget champion whose Indianapolis Raceway Park drive in the #33 Roush Racing Ford was scuttled by inclement weather. Also entered are Jarit Johnson (#8 Levi Strauss Signature Chevrolet), younger brother of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series star Jimmie Johnson; J. R. Norris (#32 Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevrolet), current points leader in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southeast Series and Justin Hobgood (#9 Germain Motor Company Toyota), runnerup for the NASCAR Goody’s Dash Series crown in 2001, the final year of the tour for compact cars.
    Richmond race, as usual, is magnet for visiting stars … Both Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart will compete at Richmond with a twist. Stewart will drive the #92 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet owned by DeLana Harvick while Harvick is ensconced in Morgan-Dollar Motorsports’ #47 KISS/Ray-Sat Chevrolet – the truck in which Stewart finished third in last year’s race. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup regulars Mike Bliss (#06 MRD Motorsports Chevrolet), Kyle Busch (#15 ditech.com Chevrolet) and Ken Schrader (#52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet) also are entered. Harvick, Stewart, Johnny Sauter (#43 Menards/Curb Records Chevrolet) and Mike Wallace (#12 Toyota Tundra Toyota) are doing the Richmond triple: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR Busch and NASCAR Craftsman Trucks. In addition, Hamilton will race in Thursday’s Crown Royal International Race of Champions
    California Speedway winner Kyle Busch joins club … Busch is the 14th competitor to win a race in each of NASCAR’s three national touring series following Sunday’s victory in the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway. Busch, 20, is the third and youngest driver to complete the “triple” in the same season. Terry Labonte was the first in 1995. Harvick had been the most recent in 2003.
    ETC. … The preliminary entry list for the Cheerios Betty Crocker 200 includes 24 competitors who have won at least one NASCAR Craftsman Truck race. That includes Richmond winners Sprague, Stewart, Ted Musgrave (#1 Mopar Dodge) and Mike Skinner (#5 Toyota Tundra Toyota). … The race marks the 27th time a NASCAR Craftsman Truck event has been contested in the state of Virginia – most of any state. … Musgrave’s 2004 victory was the most dominant in 10 series races at Richmond. Musgrave led 199 of 209 laps. … Shawn Parker has been named crew chief for the #8 Heritage Dodge driven by Deborah Renshaw. Parker previously was the team’s truck chief. … Checkers will raise awareness of the Cure Autism Now Foundation through its association with Bill Lester (#22 SunTrust Toyota) and Bill Davis Racing.
    Plenty of Richmond winners in field … While Stewart is the only entered driver with NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Craftsman Truck wins at Richmond – he has three, in 1999, 2001 and 2002 – seven former NASCAR Busch Series winners expect to start on Thursday. They are Busch, Hamilton, Harvick, Sauter, Steve Park (#62 Orleans Dodge), Robert Pressley (#59 Harris Trucking Co. Dodge) and Jimmy Spencer (#2 Team ASE Dodge). Spencer won both races in 2001. Three team owners have wins at Richmond in all three of NASCAR’s national touring series: Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick and Jack Roush.
    Sprague tops the Richmond record book … The Michigan driver has failed to complete just three laps and 2.25 miles – all in 1996 – in eight appearances at Richmond International Raceway. The only competitor to win at Richmond in his championship year, Sprague has finished outside the top 10 just once. His average finish is 7.8.

    In 1996, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series scheduled two races during the same weekend. Competitors raced at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday night in an abbreviated, 124-lap event impacted by Hurricane Fran, then packed up and headed to New Hampshire International Speedway for a Sunday afternoon date. The “double” was repeated two more times, most recently with a Richmond-Memphis Motorsports Park combo on Thursday and Sunday, respectively, in 1998.
    Last year’s event was the first with a green-white-checkered finish at Richmond International Raceway. The race ended under caution, however, with an accident in Turn 3 on lap 209. There have been three yellow flag finishes at Richmond – most of any series track. Races in 1996 and 1999 ended prematurely due to inclement weather. Only two tracks on the current schedule – California and Michigan International Speedway – haven’t seen a race extended past the scheduled distance.
    Fast Facts
    Next Event: Cheerios Betty Crocker 200. (Race #18 of 25)
    Where: Richmond International Raceway.
    When: 8:15 p.m. ET, Thursday, Sept. 9.
    Track layout: .75-Mile paved oval.
    Race length: 200 laps/150 miles.
    Posted awards: $411,821.
    TV: SPEED Channel, 8:00 p.m. ET.
    Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.
    2004 winner: Ted Musgrave.
    2004 polesitter: Jamie McMurray.
    Pre-race schedule (all times local): Thursday – Practice 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Qualifying at 5:00 p.m. Trucks impounded after qualifying.(NASCAR PR)(9-7-2005)
  • Crawford Hauling Lilly Trucking Colors in Richmond: #14-Rick Crawford will be hauling the silver and black colors of home state Lilly Trucking of Virginia this weekend in Richmond for the Cheerios 200. Lilly Trucking was founded 35 years ago by Dennis Lilly and specializes in the transportation of machinery for the paper industry. Lilly started the company with just one tractor-trailer rig and, today he and his wife, Sharon, operate a fleet of rigs hauling cargo from coast to coast.(Circle Bar PR)(9-8-2005)
  • Star Studded Silverado Field Set for Richmond Run: Stars is the theme for Chevrolet Team Silverado as the powerhouse rolls in to Richmond International Raceway to race under the lights. As a part of the big Chevrolet Rock & Roll 400 weekend, Team Silverado drivers Dennis Setzer, Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday will have musical celebrity paint schemes for the September 8 running of the Cheerios Betty Crocker 200 for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Current series points leader Setzer will have Blue County featured on the hood of his #46 Chevrolet Silverado. Sprague’s #16 Chevy Trucks Silverado will sport the image of country music heartthrob Trace Adkins. Ron Hornaday’s #6 GM Goodwrench Silverado will carry the likeness of up-and-coming group, Los Lonely Boys. The #47 Chevrolet Celebrity All Star Silverado will make its fourth appearance of 2005. Teaming with Setzer will be NASCAR NEXTEL Cup star Kevin Harvick in the cockpit of the RaySat KISS/KISS Army sponsored truck fielded by Morgan Dollar Motorsports. Stewart, piloting the # 92 GM Goodwrench/KHI Sponsor Appreciation Silverado, will be looking to capture his third NCTS victory at Richmond. The 2002 NASCAR Cup champion won back-to-back races at the .75-mile Virginia track in 2002 and 2003.(GM Racing)(9-7-2005)
  • Pressley tests at Atlanta: Robert Pressley tested his #59 HT Motorsports truck today gathering as much information as possible for the upcoming EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 29, 2005. Pressley tested two trucks today starting around 10:30 a.m. The first truck is painted red and is the same truck the team ran in March during the World Financial Group 200. The second truck, just in primer paint, is brand new and has never been raced. Pressley’s best lap in the red truck was 31.85 seconds (174.006 mph) and the primer truck ran a 31.72-second lap (174.779 mph).(AMS PR)(9-2-2005)
  • Changes at Key Motorsports: Hearing Key Motorsports Director of Marketing, Ken Lake, has left his role due to insightful indifferences with the team.(9-2-2005)
  • General Mills to sponsor Truck Series race at Richmond: General Mills, one of the world’s premier consumer foods companies, announced today it will be the title sponsor of the upcoming NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Richmond International Raceway. The Cheerios Betty Crocker 200 is set for Thursday night, September 8 “under the lights” as part of a double header with the Crown Royal International Race of Champions (IROC) Series. The Cheerios Betty Crocker 200 is set to run “under the lights” with the green flag drop scheduled for 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 8. Race tickets, which are only $30, include the Crown Royal IROC Series race, which is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are also available for Friday’s Emerson Radio 250 NASCAR Busch Series race and Fas Mart Pole Qualifying for the sold out Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. Friday’s tickets are just $45 for a reserved seat and $35 for a general admission seat. Children 12 and under are admitted free in the general admission sections both nights when accompanied by a ticketed adult. For tickets and information, fans can call 1-866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com.(RIR PR)(9-2-2005)
  • Shawn Parker named Renshaw’s crew chief: BHR2 announced today that Shawn Parker is assuming the crew chief duties for the #8 Dodge driven by Deborah Renshaw beginning next week with the Truck Series event at the Richmond International Raceway. Parker, a native of New York, has been with the BHR2 team all season serving as the truck chief. Shawn brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience that will be beneficial to the team – which is in its second year of competition. He has been in the NASCAR ranks since 1992 when he joined Hendrick Motorsports as part of the #24 crew of Jeff Gordon. He would go on to hold positions as such organizations as Penske Racing, Roush Racing and Robert Yates Racing. He reached the pinnacle of his career in 2003 when he served as crew chief for Dale Jarrett and his #88 car in the Cup Series. “This is a great opportunity for me and I look forward to helping this team grow further,” said Parker. “The team has progressed along really well so far this season and there is a solid nucleus of guys assembled here. Our goal is to help Deborah finish out the season strong these last eight races and possibly build on something for next season.” Renshaw currently sits 26th in the overall driver’s standings in the Truck Series with a season best 12th place finish earlier this season at Dover. She has also garnered two top-ten qualifying efforts in her first full season in the series.
    To learn more about Deborah and the team, please visit them at deborahrenshaw.com.(Integrity Sports Marketing), no word on what former crew chief Bob Bissinger’s plans.(9-1-2005)

  • 2004 CTS Yearbook can now be ordered: UMI Publications, Inc. is proud to announce two brand new exciting books, The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Yearbook and The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Yearbook. These two books continue the celebrated history of the yearbook series by delivering unsurpassed quality and value to NASCAR fans since 1988. Both of the yearbooks are beautiful leather-bound coffee table books that cover each of their respective series and capture all of the action-packed racing in words and pictures from every event during the 2004 season. These books are licensed by NASCAR and are part of the “NASCAR Library Collection.”- ***”First Edition”*** Introducing the Inaugural edition of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Yearbook. For 10 years, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has offered some of the most exciting and competitive racing in the country, and now all of the action is presented in a beautiful, hardback coffee-table book for you to enjoy over and over again for years to come. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to own the FIRST-EVER edition of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Yearbook. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Yearbook 2004 contains 176 pages of amazing full color photos from some of the best photographers on the circuit.Each of these books may be ordered directly at www.umibooks.com or by calling 800-747-9287. Delivery by Christmas is guaranteed in the continental United States if ordered by December 10th 2004. Also, orders can be shipped via UPS Air as late as December 20th for a small additional fee.(11-19-2004)





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