May 2006 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.

  • Martin wins the AAA Insurance 200: For the third time this season, Mark Martin brought home the checkered flag in the Truck Series. Martin swapped the lead with front-runner Kyle Busch a couple of times, but Busch lost a lap after being black-flagged and had to return to the pits because of a loose hood pin. Finishing in second place was teammate, Carl Edwards in the #50; with series leader Todd Bodine 3rd, Mike Bliss 4th, and David Reutimann finishing in 5th position. Highest finishing rookie was Aric Almirola who finished in the 12th position. Kyle Busch managed to get his lap back, coming back through the pack to finish 10th.(6-2-2006)
  • Martin wins at Dover(Top Five)
    1) #6-Mark Martin, Scotts Ford
    2) #50-Carl Edwards, Scotts/Ortho Ford
    3) #30-Todd Bodine, Lumber Liquidators Toyota< BR> 4) #16-Mike Bliss, IWX Chevy
    5) #17-David Reutimann, Team Tundra ToyotaBR> 1st Dodge (13th) Bobby Hamilton Jr., Fastenal Dodge
    1st Rookie (12th) Aric Almirola, Spears Mfg. Chevy
  • Race Awards:
    Budweiser Pole Award: David Reutimann, #17, 153.905 mph, 23.391 seconds
    Checkers/Rally’s Double-Drive Thru Challenge Award: David Reutimann, #17
    Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award: Aric Almirola, #75 (18 places)
    Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Award: Todd Bodine, #30
    Raybestos Rookie of the Race Award: Aric Almirola, #75
    Sunoco Diamond Performance Award:Mark Martin, #6
    WIX Filters Lap Leader Award: David Reutimann, #17 (18 Laps)

    For complete results:

  • Busch returns in #51 at Dover: Kyle Busch returns to the #51 National Land Liquidations/B&G General Store/Peavey Electronics Chevy for the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway. Competing in the Truck Series for the second time this season.(
  • Chris Wimmer to drive #08 at Dover: Chris Wimmer is on the entry list as the driver of the #08 Bobby Dotter Dodge for this week’s event at Dover International Speedway. No sponsor has been announced yet.(
  • Raybestos Rookie News & Notes: Joey Miller took Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, the first time he has captured the honor in 2006. Miller finished fifth, his first top-five in 12 career Truck Series starts. He scored his first top-five and first top-10 finish this season and posted his best effort since a sixth-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2005. Erik Darnell leads the Raybestos Rookie standings by 18 points (75-57) over Aric Almirola entering the June 2 AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway. Darnell is 11th in the Truck Series championship standings, best of any Raybestos Rookie. He trails 10th-place Mike Bliss by eight points and leads 12th-place Rick Crawford by 24. Rookie Standings: Erik Darnell-75, Aric Almirola-57, Joey Miller-47, Kyle Krisiloff-45, Chad McCumbee-40, Erin Crocker-38, Boston Reid-38, Kerry Earnhardt-36, Bobby East-31, Kraig Kinser-31, Robert Richardson-24, Scott Lagasse Jr.-22, Marcos Ambrose-13, Sean Murphy-12, J.R. Patton-3, Tam Topham-1.(Raybestos PR)(5-30-2006)
  • #75 Spears Mfg. Chevy to make history at Dover: Wayne Spears and current driver Aric Almirola (#75 Spears Manufacturing Chevy) are ready to make history Friday at Dover International Speedway. The AAA Insurance 200 will be the 273rd race in which a Spears Chevy has competed – one more than the 272 in which 2005 owner champion Jim Smith rang up before retiring and transferring his interests to Ray Evernham. (NASCAR PR)(5-30-2006)
  • Moore in, Chaffin out as driver of #40: Rookie driver Ryan Moore, 22, who made his debut in the Truck Series last weekend at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway for Key Motorsports, has been tapped to replace Chad Chaffin in the team #40 Chevy truck for at least one more race. ‘Ryan accepted our offer to drive for us at Mansfield and Dover, and he will make a decision after the Dover race next week whether he intends to remain with us for additional races after that or move elsewhere”, team owner Curtis W. Key, Sr. said. Chad (Chaffin) has informed me that he would like to bow out of the trucks for now to dedicate more time and focus on his Nextel Cup Series effort with Front Row Motorsports, and we respect his decision.(
  • Larry Foyt Still Looking for Ride: Larry Foyt turns 30 next February, and he says it might be time to think about what his future holds. Foyt, the son of A.J. Foyt, doesn’t have a full-time ride in either the Indy Racing League or NASCAR. He will race Sunday in the Indy 500 in one of his father’s two IRL cars, but his future after that race is uncertain. With the exception of the Gatorade Duel at Daytona in February, Foyt hasn’t raced since last year’s Indy 500, when he suffered a lower back injury during a crash. He has been test-driving cars for Evernham Motorsports in North Carolina and trying unsuccessfully to find sponsorship for a ride in the Busch Series. Foyt also said he might like to shift the Foyt’s NASCAR operations from Mooresville, N.C., to Fort Worth and get into the Craftsman Truck Series on a full-time basis. So far, he hasn’t been able to find sponsors. (Houston Chronicle)(5-27-2006)
  • Another Toyota team? Heard from a good reliable source that Wyler Racing will be another Toyota team that makes the move up into the Cup Series in 2007.  The team is currently in discussions with sponsors and potential drivers.  There is also the possiblity of the team fielding a Toyota entry in the Busch Series in 2007.  Wyler Racing will continue to field at least one truck in the Truck Series as well.(5-26-2006)
  • Hamilton wins spirit award: National Motorsports Press Association officials say owner/driver Bobby Hamilton has been named the first-quarter winner of the NMPA/Pocono Spirit Award for 2006. The annual award recognizes “character and achievement in the face of adversity, as well as sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports.” Hamilton, a longtime NASCAR Cup competitor who now owns a Craftsman Truck Series team, has stepped out of his truck while undergoing treatment for cancer but expects to return later this season. (
  • Skinner to drive for Busch Series team: FitzBradshaw Racing officials say Mike Skinner will take over driving duties for regular driver Joel Kauffman at Dover International Speedway. “Dover is such a tough track, we felt we needed to put Mike Skinner in the car for that race, and give Joel a chance to watch and learn from a veteran like Mike,” team owner Armando Fitz said. (
  • 2FatGuys American Grill to sponsor #40 at Dover: One of northern Delaware’s most popular eateries, the 2FatGuys American Grill, has signed on as an associate sponsor of the Key Motorsports #40 Chevrolet Silverado race truck for the running of the AAA Insurance 200 NASCSAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Dover International Speedway on June 2.(
  • Truck Series News & Notes
    Only three competitors have competed in 200 or more NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races. Dennis Setzer (# 85 FlexFuel E85 Chevrolet) will join the exclusive club when the Newton, N.C. veteran starts Friday’s AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Raceway.

    Sprague moves up with third solid run at Mansfield … Three-time series champion Jack Sprague (#60 Con-way Freight Toyota) jumped three spots in the standings – ninth to sixth – with his third consecutive top-five finish at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway last Saturday. Sprague chased home Ron Hornaday Jr. (#33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevy), who fashioned his record-extending 28th series victory and became just the third driver to win a race in eight different seasons. Hornaday and Sprague together count 53 wins and five series titles. Hornaday’s last win came in March at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Germain teams finally falter but Bodine, Musgrave still lead … Despite finishes of 15th and 16th – their worst performances of the season – Todd Bodine (#30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota) and Ted Musgrave (#9 Team ASE Toyota) remain the standings leaders. Bodine gained three points on his teammate to lead by 20, but David Reutimann (#17 Team Tundra Toyota) is beginning to loom in their mirrors. Reutimann logged his sixth top-10 finish of the season to trail Bodine by 106 points entering this week’s Dover event. Last year, owner Darrell Waltrip gave an inspirational speech to his teams at Dover and put index card in the trucks that said ‘Don’t Beat Yourself’.’ Reutimann went on to finish fifth. Two in, two out in top 30 owner race … Bobby Hamilton Racing received good and bad news following owner point tabulations, which guarantee starting spots for each week’s race. The #4 Dodge Motorsports Dodge of Timothy Peters moved into the top 30 (24th) but the #04 Dodge Hemi Dodge of Scott Lagasse Jr. dropped to 31st. The #25 Woodard Racing Dodge of Boston Reid went from 31st to 25th displacing the #46 Centrix Auto Finance Chevy driven by Kraig Kinser, which fell to 32nd. Only 35 points separate teams from 23rd to 33rd place.

    Truck Series News & Notes Part II
    This Week’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Leaders … Through seven races of the 25-race season:
    Points leader – Todd Bodine (1,140)
    Money won – Todd Bodine ($270,730)
    Laps led – Todd Bodine (238)
    Miles led – Mark Martin (380.46)
    Victories – Todd Bodine, Mark Martin (2)
    Budweiser Poles – 5 drivers (1)
    Top-five finishes – Ted Musgrave (6)
    Top-10 finishes -Ted Musgrave, David Reutimann (6)
    Raybestos Rookie Leader – Erik Darnell (18 over Aric Almirola)
    Races led – Todd Bodine (5)
    Weeks in Top 10 – 4 drivers (7)

    Dover International Speedway is the first of three concrete tracks on which the series will compete in 2006. Teams will compete at Nashville Superspeedway on Aug. 12 and Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 23…Kyle Busch (# 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevrolet) heads this week’s field that includes 2002 Dover winner Musgrave. Mark Martin (# 6 Scotts Ford) will make his first series start at the track on which he has won a combined five Nextel Cup and Busch Series events… Dodge has won four times at Dover and is the only one of four series manufacturers without a victory though the season’s first seven races…Dover’s inaugural race in September 2000 produced the track’s greatest number of lead changes – 10. That race also saw the closest finish as Kurt Busch edged Roush Racing teammate Greg Biffle by .210 second…Each of Dover’s six winners is a current or former Nextel Cup competitor. Two, Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart, are series champions….Point leader Bodine counts three NASCAR Busch Series wins the most recent 1993 – a season he swept both spring and fall races…Last year, 27 drivers finished on the lead lap to gain a share of the series record…Joey Miller’s (#12 Curb Records Toyota) fifth-place finish at Mansfield was a career best (10th, 2005, Atlanta) and marked the first time a Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender has finished among the top five this season. Miller’s finish also is the best by a driver in a Darrell Waltrip-owned truck. Mike Wallace guided the team to a sixth-place performance last September in Richmond…Mansfield’s rookie practice was a busy affair with 20 of 38 entrants eligible to participate….Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Mike Greenwell (# 08 North Trail Travel Centers Chevrolet) finished 26th in the City of Mansfield 250. He was the final driver to complete all 250 laps…Inclement weather canceled qualifying at Mansfield for the second time in three trips to the Ohio track…Ryan Moore, who made his series debut at Mansfield, replaces Chad Chaffin in the #40 2FatGuys American Grill Chevy.

    On the right track
    Everything but a win for Crawford at Dover … Maybe this will be the week that Rick Crawford (# 14 Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford) gets his first win of the season. Dover would seem fertile ground. Crawford won the Budweiser Pole in 2002 and counts a trio of top-three finishes, including a second in 2004. He leads all drivers with three top-five finishes and shares the top-10 mark of four with David Starr (#11 Red Horse Racing Toyota) and Ken Schrader.

    In the Loop
    Six drivers – including the first four finishers – ran every one of 200 laps in the top 15 during last year’s AAA Insurance 200. By leading 134 laps en route to a fourth-place finish, Hornaday posted the best Driver Rating of 139.2, more than six points higher than the Driver Rating of winner Kyle Busch.

    From the archives
    Mile tracks have been a part of Truck Series history since the beginning. Mike Skinner won the inaugural race at Phoenix International Raceway, where he also won the season finale and wrapped up the 1995 title. At mid-season, he was victorious at The Milwaukee Mile. Hornaday and Sprague, however, are the series’ top winners on mile tracks with seven each. Hornaday has won on six different mile tracks; Sprague on four.

    Fast Facts
    What: AAA Insurance 200 (Race 8 of 25)
    Where: Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del
    When: 4:45 p.m. ET, June 2
    Track layout: 1-mile banked concrete speedway
    Race length: 200 miles/200 laps
    Posted awards: $643,503
    TV: SPEED Channel, 8 p.m. (ET), tape delay
    Radio: MRN, XM Satellite
    2005 winner: Kyle Busch
    2005 polesitter: David Starr

    Top 10 drivers: 1.Todd Bodine 1,140. 2. Ted Musgrave 1,120. 3. David Reutimann 1,034. 4. David Starr 948. 5. Johnny Benson 948. 6. Jack Sprague 935. 7. Dennis Setzer 922. 8. Matt Crafton 910. 9. Terry Cook 905. 10. Mike Bliss 888.

    Pre-race schedule (all times local): Thursday -Practice 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Rookie Practice 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Final Practice 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Friday – Qualifying 10:15 a.m. Trucks impounded after qualifying.

  • Driver standings after Mansfield: (Top five)
    1) #30-Todd Bodine, 1140
    2) #9-Ted Musgrave, 1120
    3) #17-David Reutimann, 1034
    4) #11-David Starr, 948
    5) #23-Johnny Benson, 948

    For complete standings:

  • Hornaday wins City of Mansfield 250: Ron Hornaday driving the #33 Kevin Harvick, Inc.led 131 laps and after surviving numerous restarts, managed to stay in the lead and win the City of Mansfield 250 at Mansfield Speedway. This was Hornaday’s 28th career win in the Truck Series. There were a record 18 cautions during the race. Late pit strategy twarted the “Germain duo” of Todd Bodine and Ted Musgrave, who finished 15th and 16th respectively. First rookie; #12 Joey Miller with a 5th place finish. Mike Greenwell; had his share of knocks and spins but managed to finish his first Truck Series event in 27th place. On lap 47 Kyle Krisiloff stopped on the track,causing the caution to come out. He was later penalized a lap by NASCAR.(5-27-2006)
  • Finish at Mansfield Speedway: (Top five)
    1) #33-Ron Hornaday, Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevy
    2) #60-Jack Sprague, Con-way Freight Toyota
    3) #11-David Starr, Red Horse Racing Toyota
    4) #23-Johnny Benson, Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota
    5) #12-Joey Miller, Curb Records Toyota
    1st Ford (12th) #14-Rick Crawford, Circle Bar Ford
    1st Dodge (10th) #59-Steve Park, Harris Trucking Dodge

    Race Awards:
    Budweiser Pole Award: None due to inclement weather.
    Checkers/Rally’s Double-Drive Thru Challenge Award: Joey Miller, #12
    Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award: Jack Sprague, #60 (32 places)
    Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Award: Ron Hornaday Jr., #33
    Raybestos Rookie of the Race Award: Joey Miller, #12
    Sunoco Diamond Performance Award: Ron Hornaday Jr., #33
    WIX Filters Lap Leader Award: Ron Hornaday Jr., #33 (131 Laps)

    For complete results:

  • Qualifying rained out at Mansfield Speedway: order set by owner points.(Top five)
    1) #30 Todd Bodine, Lumber Liquidators Toyota
    2) #9 Ted Musgrave,Team ASE Toyota
    3) #6 Auggie Vidovich, Scotts Ford
    4) #17 David Reutimann, Toyota Tundra Toyota
    5) #10 Terry Cook, Power Stroke Diesel by Int’l Ford
    For complete lineup:
  • Final practice results for the City of Mansfield 250: (Top five)
    1) #16-Mike Bliss 110.409
    2) #5-Mike Skinner 110.112
    3) #11-David Starr 109.589
    4) #23-Johnny Benson 109.416
    >5) #75-Aric Almirola 109.117
    1st Dodge (6th) #18-Bobby Hamilton Jr.
    1st Ford (19th) #14 Rick Crawford
    1st Rookie (5th) #75-Aric Almirola
    For complete results:
  • First practice results for the City of Mansfield 250: (Top five)
    1) #16-Mike Bliss 109.743
    2) #18-Bobby Hamilton Jr. 109.489
    3) #11-David Starr 109.290
    4) #33-Ron Hornaday Jr. 109.250
    5) #-04-Scott Lagasse Jr. 109.111 1st Ford – (17th) #99-Eric Darnell 108.043
    1st Rookie – (5th) #04-Scott Lagasse Jr.
    For complete
  • Open testing speeds at Mansfield:Top five in speed were; #16-Mike Bliss 109.536; #88 Matt Crafton 108.880; #11 David Starr 108.860; #4 Timothy Peters 108.421; #18 Bobby Hamilton Jr. 108.349. Top Ford, #59 Steve Park 107.972 with the 10th fastest time and the top rookie was #12 Joey Miller in 15th. Complete test results can be found at:

    Truck Series News & Notes
    Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, host to Saturday’s City of Mansfield 250, might be termed a “throwback” half-mile track. And that would be a compliment. More than 11 years ago, when the Truck Series debuted, more than half the schedule – 14 of 20 races – was contested on tracks measuring .375-mile to .686-mile in length. Saturday’s 250-lap, 125-mile race likely will play to a packed house thanks to constant action on the half-mile track.
    Two well-known figures will makeTruck Series debuts at Mansfield – one from racing and the other a former Major League Baseball all-star. Michel Jourdain Jr., a multiple Champ Car World Series winner and Busch Series competitor, climbs into Roush Racing’s #50 Ford while Mike Greenwell (#08 Yankee Candle Co. Chevy), the retired Boston Red Sox outfielder with a career batting average over .300, moves up from the Florida late model circuit. Greenwell, a 37-time late model winner in his native Florida, will drive the Chevy that Rich Bickle guided to a fifth-place finish in last year’s Mansfield 250. Jourdain has yet to visit Mansfield Motorsports Speedway; however, he is familiar with the area having competed at nearby Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a road course.
    Defending winner absent but team returns … With Hamilton sidelined while undergoing therapy for head and neck cancer, the race will be without last year’s winner. Hamilton, however, is sending a formidable replacement in the #18 Fastenal Dodge – son Bobby Hamilton Jr.
    Best finish in a year boosts Cook in standings … Terry Cook’s (#10 Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford) second consecutive runne-rup finish at Lowe’s Motor Speedway – and to the same winner, Kyle Busch (# 51 National Land Liquidation Chevy) – isn’t a bad rut in which to find one’s self, especially when Cook’s last top-five finish had been recorded in June 2005 at Dover International Speedway. Cook moved up five spots in the championship standings from 10th to fifth. on.

    News & Notes Part II
    This Week’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Leaders … Through six races of the 25-race season:
    Points leader – Todd Bodine (1,017)
    Money won – Todd Bodine ($260,265)
    Laps led – Mark Martin (202)
    Miles led – Mark Martin (380.46)
    Victories – Todd Bodine, Mark Martin (2)
    Budweiser Poles – 5 drivers (1)
    Top-five finishes – Ted Musgrave (6)
    Top-10 finishes -Ted Musgrave (6)
    Raybestos Rookie Leader – Erik Darnell (11 over Aric Almirola)
    Races led – Todd Bodine (4)
    Weeks in Top 10 – 5 drivers (6)

    Todd Bodine (#30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota) added five points to his championship with a third-place finish at Lowe’s Motor Speedway last week. He finished third one position ahead of Germain Racing teammate Ted Musgrave (#9 Team ASE/Germain Toyota), who trails by 17 points entering the City of Mansfield 250…Fewer than half of last year’s starters – 17 of 36 – have entered this year’s City of Mansfield 250…The series’ next short track event is nearly two months away on July 15 at Memphis Motorsports Park…Bill Lester (#22 SunTrust Toyota) saw his run of 102 consecutive starts end at Lowe’s Motor Speedway after a qualifying accident cost him a spot in the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 field. The streak was fifth-longest among current drivers…. Wayne Spears will match Jim Smith’s series leading starts by an owner – 272 races – when Aric Almirola (#75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet) starts the City of Mansfield 250. The Spears team has failed to start just two races – at Richmond and Martinsville in 1997.

    On the right track
    Sprague and Mansfield are good fit…With a win in 2004 and second-place finish a year ago, Jack Sprague (#60 Con-way Freight) obviously can’t wait for the green flag to drop on this year’s City of Mansfield 250. Sprague led 139 laps in winning the Mansfield inaugural. That’s 27.5 percent of all 506 laps contested at the track.

    In the loop
    With four of last year’s top-five finishers including winner Bobby Hamilton not competing this week, you’ll have to look further into the field to pick a favorite – at least based upon Driver Rating. Ron Hornaday Jr. (# 3 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevy) led current competitors at 123.2 followed by Rick Crawford (#14 Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford) at 114.7 and Sprague at 102.5. Sprague finished second, Crawford sixth and Hornaday 11th. Each completed all 254 laps. Mansfield’s Loop Data proves that Mansfield Motorsports Speedway wasn’t kind to current championship hopefuls. Leader Bodine rated at 77.3, defending champion and present runner-up Musgrave at 84.4 and this year’s #3 David Reutimann at 73.5.

    From the archives
    Tracks measuring less than .6-mile were a staple in the early years of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The first two champions, Mike Skinner (# 5 Toyota Tundra Toyota) and Ron Hornaday Jr., fattened their victory totals on these “bullrings” – each winning nine times. Dennis Setzer (#85 E85 FlexFuel Chevy) counts five wins with Jack Sprague, the 2004 Mansfield Motorsports Speedway winner, notching four.(NASCAR PR)(5-22-2006)

  • Vidovich to drive #6 at Mansfield:UPDATE: Roush Racing has announced that Auggie Vidovich, III will drive for Roush Racing in the #6 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford F-150 for the City of Mansfield 250 at the Mansfield Motorsports Speedway on Saturday. Vidovich, who has three career Truck Series starts, will replace David Ragan for the weekend’s race at Mansfield.(
    UPDATE: When David Ragan crashed the #6 Roush Racing truck in practice Thursday at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, his weekend was over. While he was unhurt in the incident, team owner Jack Roush has opted to put Auggie Vidovich in the truck for the City of Mansfield 250 Truck Series race Saturday. Roush would not say whether Ragan would race June 2 at Dover International Speedway. Ragan has competed in four races this season, failing to finish twice because of accidents and failing to finish on the lead lap in any of the four. Vidovich won the Toyota All-Star Showdown featuring the top drivers from NASCAR touring series at Iriwndale Speedway last November. He is scheduled to drive the #4 Biagi-DenBeste Dodge in the Busch Series for the rest of the season beginning next week in Dover.(
  • Greenwell Shifting From RBIs To RPMs: Mike Greenwell, a former Boston Red Sox all-star outfielder from Fort Myers, will make his Truck Series debut Saturday at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Ohio. Greenwell will drive a Chevrolet for Bobby Dotter’s Green Light Racing. It’s a team that occasionally will field drivers who can bring their own funding or sponsorship. Greenwell’s hope is that by running Mansfield and two other races – Memphis in July and Loudon, N.H., in September – he’ll attract sponsorship to race full time. Greenwell spent 12 seasons with the Red Sox. He batted .303, hit 130 home runs, made the all-star team twice and finished second to Jose Canseco for the 1988 American League MVP award.(
  • Sam’s Town signs multi-year title sponsor agreement for June event at Texas: Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino has signed a multi-year agreement to serve astitle sponsor of the Truck Series event held annually in June at Texas Motor Speedway. The Craftsman Truck Series race is scheduled for Friday, June 9, and will be titled the Sam’s Town 400. Financial terms of the three-year agreement were not disclosed.(
  • Gaughan to carry CCT emblem at Mansfield: This week the emblem of the Combat Control Team (CCT) will be displayed on the #77 Orleans Dodge. Their motto, “First There,” reaffirms the combat controller’s commitment to undertaking the most dangerous missions behind enemy lines by leading the way for other forces to follow.(
  • Team Australia expands interests into NASCAR market: Team Australia has expanded its stable of global motorsport interests with a new partnership with Wood Brothers/JTG Racing which will include the naming-rights sponsorship of Marcos Ambrose’s entry in the Truck Series. The new sponsorship will be weaved into a nation-wide marketing campaign designed to promote quality Australian and Australian-themed products and Australia as a tourism destination. Ambrose will now compete for the remainder of the 2006 season in the Craftsman Truck Series and is hoping to progress through the ranks to the NASCAR Busch Series and eventually NASCAR Nextel Cup. (
  • News from the Raybestos Rookies: Aric Almirola was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the May 19 Quaker Steak and Lube 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Almirola finished ninth, his second top-10 of the season, and took top Raybestos Rookie honors for the second time in 2006. Erik Darnell finished 10th at Lowe’s his third top-10 finish this season. Darnell leads Almirola by 12 points (65-54) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the May 27 City of Mansfield 250 at Mansfield. Darnell is 11th in the Craftsman Truck Series championship standings, best of any Raybestos Rookie. He trails 10th-place Matt Crafton by just four points. Rookie contender point standings; Erik Darnell 65, Aric Almirola 54, Kyle Krisiloff 39, Chad McCumbee 38, Erin Crocker 34, Kerry Earnhardt 31, Joey Miller 30, Bobby East 29, Boston Reid 29, Kraig Kinser 24, Robert Richardson 22, Scott Lagasse Jr. 14.(Raybestos PR)(5-22-2006)
  • Germain and Bodine could move up to Cup…with Toyota..UPDATE: The hottest Toyota driver in NASCAR is Todd Bodine, who has won five of the past eight Truck races and who leads the tour standings, ahead of teammate Ted Musgrave. The two ran 1-2 the last time out, at St. Louis’ Gateway track three weeks ago. So, with Toyota’s Cup teams and executives apparently running out of time to line up all the six or seven Nextel Cup drivers they’ll need next year, Bodine, 42 and a 14-year NASCAR veteran, would seem a logical option. But Bodine said he has had no calls, and said he’s having so much fun running for the Germain brothers (who own a number of luxury-car dealerships with $1 billion a year in sales) that it would take “a boatload of money to leave.” Bodine said he and the Germains have studied stepping up to Cup racing with Toyota. But they haven’t found sponsorship for what he estimates would be a $20 million to $30 million step.( Winston Salem Journal), the team did test an #03 Chevy at Las Vegas this past Jan.(5-20-2006)
    UPDATE: The Germain Motor Co. is on the fast track in NASCAR, and not all of it deals with drivers Todd Bodine and Ted Musgrave ranking first and second in the Truck Series point standings. Steve Germain, who owns the Columbus teams with brothers Rick and Bob, yesterday [Friday] said plans are under way to attempt to qualify for as many as five or six Nextel Cup races this season. The family’s first race probably would be the Brickyard 400 on Aug. 6 at Indianapolis. There also are tentative plans to enter races at Michigan, Atlanta, California and Texas in an attempt to gauge whether a team with Bodine as driver would be ready to run as many as 15 or 16 races in 2007. “We’re interested in the Cup series, and it looks like we might do a limited schedule,” Steve Germain said. “At this point, we’ll be at Indianapolis. We’d like to be in five or six races to help us understand the scope of Nextel Cup. We have a pretty good understanding of Cup, but we want firsthand experience so we can be confident before committing the resources for next year. We’re taking this one step at a time.” The Germains own Toyota and Lexus dealerships in Columbus and Florida and got into NASCAR to promote their dealerships and help Toyota get a foothold in truck and stock car racing. Both truck teams are based in Concord, N.C., which is considered the heart of NASCAR country.(Columbus Dispatch)(5-21-2006)
  • Moore to make debut at Mansfield: Ryan Moore, a DEI driver development selection, will take over the wheel of the Key Motorsports #40 Chevy Silver in Mansfield for Chad Chaffin who has a conflict the same weekend in Charlotte with his Cup Series obligation.(
  • Trucks headed to wind tunnel: NASCAR impounded four trucks to take to the wind tunnel for testing next week following Friday’s running of the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. In a rare occurrence, NASCAR did not let crew members touch any of the trucks immediately following the race. That was so NASCAR could inspect the vehicles for body damage before deciding which trucks to take to the wind tunnel, said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president for competition. “We parked them so we could evaluate the bodies,” Pemberton said. “We picked the ones that didn’t have damage.” The trucks NASCAR will take to the wind tunnel will be the #98 Evernham Motorsports Dodge of Erin Crocker, the #30 Germain Racing Toyota of Todd Bodine, the #10 ppc Racing Ford of Terry Cook and the #33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevry of Ron Hornaday. (
  • Craven back to the Truck Series? UPDATE2: Former Cup drivers/winner Ricky Craven said he may return to the Truck Series this month. He is currently mulling an attractive offer and expects to make a decision soon. Craven, who has 278 Nextel Cup races under his belt, including two wins, raced full time in the truck series for the first time a year ago for Roush Racing. His victory at Martinsville Speedway made him just the 15th [now up to 16] driver in history to win in all three major NASCAR series. He passed up his second and final year on his contract with Roush so he would be available to return to Nextel Cup racing if the right full-time offer came his way with a competitive multi-car team. It hasn’t. “I have an opportunity in the truck series that has my interest. We’ve had preliminary discussions and now it’s a matter of seeing how serious it is in the next couple of weeks,” said Craven. “”The bottom line is I need to either get in the game or out of it. I’m the type of person who has to be all in or all out. I’m pushing myself to make a decision. At this point, the Truck Series makes the most sense for me,” added Craven, who wouldn’t divulge the team but indicated it is a quality team that would supply him an opportunity to compete for wins. “The trucks are fun to drive and the series has its own identity. I miss racing.” Over the past year, Craven indicated he has had several truck offers and some Cup offers with single-car teams. “I can’t keep saying ‘No.’ People will stop calling,” said Craven who finished 14th in points last season.(Bangor News)(5-11-2006)
    UPDATE: hearing Craven will end up in a ppc Racing Truck, not sure if in the #10 Ford or a second team truck.(5-16-2006)
    UPDATE 2: ppc Racing driver Terry Cook told Sirius Speedway (MRN/Sirius Satellite Radio) that there is no truth to rumors that Ricky Craven will join the team in a second Ford F-150. “We are not set-up with the equipment or personnel to make that happen right now,” he said. “There has been talk of possibly adding a second team at some point in the future, but somebody definitely jumped the gun on this one. I can absolutely, 100-percent squash that rumor. Maybe somewhere down the line, but not now.” (MRN/Sirius Satellite Radio)(5-19-2006)
  • Labonte/Crawford Join Craftsman for a Cure Event Plus EBay Auction: Former Nextel Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte confirmed that he will participate in the Craftsman for a Cure charity event on Tuesday, May 23rd. Labonte will race on the Slidewayz go-kart track with fans from 7-7:20 p.m. He will also sign autographs as part of the Dodge autograph session from 7:30-8:15 p.m. Rick Crawford will also be participating. He and Kenny Shrader will take on some of the fans in a head to head battle on the SpeedPark road course. Race fans also will have the opportunity to donate to the cause by purchasing some unique items through an EBay charity auction that kicked off today. The week long EBay auction will run from today through Monday, May 22nd. For complete details visit the Charities Page.(5-16-2006)
  • Craftsman For A Cure Announced at Martinsville UPDATE 3: Craftsman Motorsports in conjunction with Bobby Hamilton Racing will host the ‘Craftsman For A Cure’ charity event which will support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and the Victory Junction Gang Camp. ‘Craftsman For A Cure’ will give race fans the opportunity to live their racing dream, to meet and race fender-to-fender with some of their favorite NASCAR drivers at NASCAR SpeedPark in Concord, N.C., while also helping out two very important charities on May 23rd. More info on my Racing Charities Page.(4-1-2006)
    UPDATE: Fans can buy tickets by calling 866-227-3264 starting April 17th for one of several unique opportunities to spend time with some of NASCAR’s top drivers. Drivers scheduled to attend include event host Bobby Hamilton, former Cup champion and FOX analyst Darrell Waltrip, former champion crew chiefs and FOX analysts Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond, Nextel Cup standouts Michael Waltrip, Ryan Newman, Kenny Schrader and Kyle Petty, and numerous Truck Series drivers including Todd Bodine, Ted Musgrave, Jack Sprague, David Starr, Dennis Setzer, Ron Hornaday and more.(
    UPDATE 2: Three more Nextel Cup Series drivers have committed to be part of the Craftsman For a Cure on Tuesday, May 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. at NASCAR SpeedPark in Concord, NC. Tickets are on sale now. Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch have been added to the driver lineup which already includes a variety of drivers from the Nextel Cup, Busch and Truck Series. Vickers will host a private dinner meeting with 20 fans, while Kahne and Busch will race with fans on some of the SpeedPark tracks. For complete details, call 1-866-227-3264 (or visit my Racing Charities Page).(Craftsman PR)(4-26-2006)
    UPDATE 3: In addition to participating in a variety of activities with NASCAR drivers, the Craftsman For a Cure charity event also will feature an impressive array of items available in a silent auction that day. Items scheduled to be auctioned off include: a specially-designed Sam Bass Craftsman For a Cure Gibson guitar, autographed Tony Stewart Home Depot uniform, an autographed Mike Skinner Albertson’s uniform and photo, autographed Charlie Daniels fiddle and photo, Craftsman Patriotic American Eagle 26″ tool chest and roll-away autographed by Truck Series drivers, autographed Patrick Dempsey Grey’s Anatomy DVD, three two-night stays and dinner at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, ticket packages to various races, autographed sheet metal, crew shirts, die casts and much more! Race fans will have the ability to bid on these items from 10 a.m. to 8 pm/et at the NASCAR SpeedPark at Concord Mills on Tuesday, May 23. Fans must be present at the close of the auction to claim their item. For more information call: 1-866-227-3264 (or visit my Racing Charities Page).(Craftsman PR)(5-8-2006)
  • Driver standings following Lowes
    1) #30 Todd Bodine, 1017
    2) #9 Ted Musgrave, 1000
    3) #17 David Reutimann, 896
    4) #6 Mark Martin, 844
    5) #10 Terry Cook, 808
    For complete standings visit:

    LI>Busch wins the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 at Lowes: Kyle Busch, making his first Truck Series start of the 2006 defended his Quaker Steak & Lube 200 victory with a win Friday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Busch, who came from a 20th-place start, passed Budweiser Pole winner Mike Skinner on lap 37. Skinner dropped out of the race with engine failure after 115 laps. Terry Cook posted his first top-five finish since last June. Bodine, who entered the sixth race of the year with a 12-point advantage over defending champion Musgrave, upped his lead to 17.(5-19-2006)

  • Top five:
    1) #51 Kyle Busch, Nat’l Land Liquidators Chevy
    2) #10 Terry Cook, Power Stroke Diesel by Int’l Ford
    3) #30 Todd Bodine, Lumber LiquidatorsToyota
    4) # 9 Ted Musgrave, Team ASE/Germain Motor Co. Toyota
    5) #33 Ron Hornaday, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Chevy
    1st Dodge; (14th) #77 Brendan Gaughan, The Orleans Dodge
    1st Rookie; (9th) #75 Aric Almirola, Spears Manufacturing Chevy
    Race Awards:
    Bud Pole Award; #5 Mike Skinner
    Raybestos Rookie of the Race; #75 Aric Almirola
    Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award; #99 Erik Darnell
    Mobil 1 Oil Command Performance Driver of the Race; #10 Terry Cook
    WIX Filters Lap Leader Award; #5 Mike Skinner
    Sunoco Diamond Performance Award; #51 Kyle Busch
    Checkers/Ralley’s Double Drive-Thru Challenge; #17 David Reuitmann
    For complete results visit:
  • Qualifying order for the Quaker Steak & Lube: (Top five)
    1) #5 Mike Skinner 179.378
    2) #98 Erin Crocker 178.986
    3) #20 Marcos Ambrose 177.754
    4) #33 Ron Hornaday 177.049
    5) #14 Rick Crawford 177.020
    1st Rookie -Erin Crocker 178.986
    Going home: #1 Robert Richardson, #40 Chad Chaffin, #63 J.R. Patton, #31 Nicholas Tucker, #22 Bill Lester
    For complete starting lineup:
  • Final Practice for the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 (Top five)
    1) #5 Mike Skinner 181.543
    2) #16 Mike Bliss 179.778
    3) #75 Aric Almiroa 179.742
    4) #60 Jack Sprague 179.384
    5) #51 Kyle Busch 179.235
    1st Ford; (7th) #6 Mark Martin 178.743
    1st Dodge; (8th) #98 Erin Crocker 178.465
    1st Rookie; (3rd) #75 Aric Almirola 179.742
    For complete results visit:
  • 1st Practice for the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 (Top five)
    1) #60 Jack Sprague 179.724
    2) #16 Mike Bliss 179.408
    3) #5 Mike Skinner 179.176
    4) #75 Aric Almirola 179.093
    5) #51 Kyle Busch 178.560
    1st Dodge (7th) Bobby Hamilton Jr. 178.239
    1st Ford (9th) Mark Martin 178.036
    1st Rookie (4th) Aric Almirola 179.093
    For Complete results visit:
  • Cancer treatments keep Hamilton from Charlotte race: Bobby Hamilton hates not being at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for the running of the Truck Series’ Quaker Steak & Lube 200, but said Thursday that he must focus on his health instead of attending the race Friday night. Told to stay away from the track, Hamilton admits it would be virtually impossible to be in North Carolina at the moment. He’s been receiving daily radiation treatments in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn., for three weeks now and is feeling the effects. “Not going to Charlotte this weekend for the race was a very hard decision, but my health has to be my main priority,” Hamilton said. “It will be the first race that I’ve been involved in one way or the other with that I have missed since before my Cup career. I want to be there for my team, but I’ve got to work on getting healthy again. “I have three more weeks left of chemo and radiation treatments, and then I hope we can start on the road to recovery. I cannot thank everyone enough for all their thoughts and well wishes over the past few months.”(
  • Lumber Liquidators to reward viewers of Friday’s race::Lumber Liquidators, primary sponsor for Truck Series points leader Todd Bodine, has announced that television viewers of Friday’s Quaker State & Lube 200 will have the opportunity to receive a 5% discount on hardwood flooring. Todd Bodine’s #30 Tundra will feature a camera installed in the cab that will clearly show a promotional code to viewers of the race, which will be televised on SPEED at 8:30 pm/et. Viewers can then enter the code on take the code to a Lumber Liquidators location or mention the code when calling 1-800-Flooring and receive a 5% discount on a hardwood flooring purchase. The promotion will end at midnight on Sunday May 21.(Germain Racing PR)(5-19-2006)
  • Red Rocks Café to Sponsor Reid: Truck Series owner, Rick Woodard has announced that local restaurant, Red Rocks Café will sponsor his #25 Woodard Racing Dodge Ram, driven by Boston Reid for the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 on Friday. (
  • Xpress Motorsports has co-sponsors for Lowes: The familiar Xpress Red will adorn the #16 Truck Series entry driven by Mike Blis again this week for the prime-time Friday night Quaker Steak & Lube 200 at Lowes Motor Speedway, however,TKO Graphix will again be an associate this event after taking a one-event primary sponsor role at Gateway where Mike Bliss and crew finished 9th. IWX Motor Freight will also adorn the race truck this week as a “Co-Primary Sponsor.(Xpress Motorsports PR)(5-18-2006)
  • Kyle Busch returning to run Truck Series: UPDATE: Hendrick Motorsports Nextel Cup driver Kyle Busch plans to return to the Craftsman Truck Series Friday night in the Quaker Steak and Lube 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Busch will be making his first truck attempt of the season. He’ll be competing in the #51 Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevy.(
    UPDATE: Quaker Steak & Lube associate sponsor: Quaker Steak & Lube, title sponsor of the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 Truck Series race, and the “Official Wing of Lowe’s Motor Speedway”, has signed on as associate sponsor on the #51 truck driven by Kyle Busch, and will join co-primary sponsors National Land Liquidators/B & G General Store/Manheim Central Fla. Auto Auction/Manheim’s Orange Co. Auto Auctions Chevrolet on the #51 Ballew Motorsports Chevy.(
  • Brevak Racing will try again at Lowe’s: Brevak Racing will bring their Dodge to Charlotte this weekend, the shortest haul on the series schedule, in an effort to repeat their solid performance in 2003 when they finished 13th in this same event. This will be the second attempt on the series schedule for Brevak Racing after making their way to St. Louis only to be turned away by scattering rains that canceled the weekend’s qualifying round.(
  • Roush to make 255th Consecutive start in Truck Series: When the green flag flies over the starting field of the Truck Series Quaker Steak and Lube 200 on Friday night, May 19, Roush Racing will take ownership of the longest running consecutive start streak. Roush has been involved in the series since its inception in 1995, and also holds the record for series victories.(
  • AutoMotion to sponsor #40 at Charlotte: AutoMotion, a new full-service auto body/paint/decal/wrapping outsourcing solution for race teams, has announced a one-race associate sponsorship with Key Motorsports and the #40 driven by Chad Chaffin for the Quaker Steak & Lube 200, Truck Series race Friday night at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte.(

    Truck Series News & Notes:
    A veteran driver is likely to be standing in Victory Lane after the checkered flag concludes the sixth of 25 races comprising the 2006 Series schedule. All three LMS winners, who count a combined, 274 series appearances and 36 victories, are entered in the $524,098 race. Also, it has been nearly three years since a newcomer won a series race on a 1.5-mile superspeedway. Carl Edwards, the 2003 Raybestos Rookie of the Year, won at Kentucky Speedway in July of that season – the last 1.5-mile winner who wasn’t a Craftsman Truck, Busch Series veteran or current Nextel Cup Series competitor. A rookie driver has yet to lead a lap at LMS. Edwards’ 12th-place finish in 2003 stands as the high-water mark by a freshman competitor. Finally, a newly repaved track isn’t going to make things any easier for the non-veterans, according to defending series champion and 2003 Quaker Steak & Lube 200 winner Ted Musgrave (#9 Team ASE/Germain Toyota). The 50-year-old Musgrave, whose last series victory came over a year and 25 races ago, enters the race ranked second in Craftsman Truck point standings. He trails Germain Racing partner Todd Bodine (#30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota) by 12 points following the pair’s one-two finish at Gateway International Raceway. Bodine is the series’ leading performer on 1.5-mile tracks with six wins at five of the seven such venues on the current schedule. Bodine has won his last three starts on 1.5-mile tracks and finished first or second in the seven races dating to his July 2005 victory at Kansas Speedway. Dennis Setzer (#85 Shell RotellaT Chevy), the 2004 winner, agrees with Musgrave that experience – for both driver and crew – is essential to registering a solid performance on a 1.5-mile track. Mark Martin (#6 Scotts Ford) can make history this week by winning the Quaker Steak & Shake 200. The victory would give Martin a first ever sweep of major NASCAR events at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May.

    News & Notes Part II:
    Kyle Busch returns to defend Lowe’s victory … Kyle Busch (#51 Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevy) was a doubtful defender after team owner Billy Ballew hired Raybestos rookie contender Kyle Krisiloff (#15 Chevy) to drive last year’s winning truck. Crew chief Richie Wauters, however, will field a second truck for Busch, whose LMS victory made the Las Vegas native the series’ youngest winner at 20 years 18 days. Busch won three times and closed out the 2005 season with a victory among five top-10 finishes in his final six races.

    Craftsman For a Cure one week away … Although the Craftsman For a Cure charity event is still a week away, race fans will have the opportunity to donate to the cause by purchasing racing related items through an EBay auction that kicked off May 15. The charity auction will end May 22, a day before the event takes place at the NASCAR SpeedPark at Concord Mills in Concord, N.C. Tickets for dinners, races and autographs remain. Former Nextel Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte is the latest to confirm his participation in the event hosted by Craftsman Motorsports and Bobby Hamilton Racing. Proceeds from the auction and event will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and the Victory Junction Camp.

    This week’sTruck Series Leaders … Through five races of the 25-race season: points leader – Todd Bodine (852), money won – Todd Bodine ($236,215), Laps led – Mark Martin (343), miles led – Mark Martin (380.46), victories – Todd Bodine, Mark Martin (2), Budweiser Poles – 4 drivers (1), top-five finishes – Ted Musgrave (5), top-10 finishes –Ted Musgrave (5), Raybestos Rookie Leader – Erik Darnell (13 over Aric Almirola), races led – Todd Bodine (4).

    Ron Hornaday Jr.’s #33 Chevy will carry the logo of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation during this week’s race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. … Fifteen Raybestos rookie of the year contenders are among 41 drivers entered in the Quaker Steak & Lube 200, including current leader Erik Darnell (#99 Woolrich Ford). …Last year’s race featured the closest series finish at LMS with Busch edging Setzer by 0.149 second. … Friday’s race is the first of nine being run on consecutive weekends through the July 15 O’Reilly 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park.

    On the right track:
    No series driver with three appearances at Lowe’s Motor Speedway has qualified better than Bill Lester (#22 SunTrust Toyota). Lester won the Budweiser Pole in 2003 contributing to an average starting position of 4.7. He’s been a solid performer at race time with an average finish of 14.0 including last year’s sixth-place finish. David Starr (# 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota) is the next best three-time qualifier with an average start of 7.7. Starr’s best finish – third – came in 2004.

    In the loop:
    LMS among Bill Lester’s favorite tracks …Kyle Busch rang up an impressive driver rating of 146.5 (of 150.0) when he took the checkered flag at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in 2005. Runner-up Terry Cook was a distant second with a Driver Rating of 119.9 while third-place Ted Musgrave’s Driver Rating of 113.5 ranked fourth in the field.

    From the archives:
    Only nine drivers who took the green flag in the Truck Series’ inaugural event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in 2003 are expected to enter this week’s race. And just one of them – Matt Crafton (#88 Menards/Energizer Chevy) – has posted top 10 finishes in all three of his starts. Crafton has finished ninth three consecutive times.(NASCAR PR)(5-15-2006)

    Fast Facts:
    What: Quaker Steak & Lube 200 (Race 6 of 25)
    Where: Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
    When: 8:45 p.m. ET Friday, May 19
    Track Layout: 1.5 -mile banked, paved
    Race Length: 200 miles/134 laps
    Posted Awards: $524,098
    TV: SPEED Channel, 8:45 pm/et
    Radio: MRN, XM Satellite
    2005 winner: Kyle Busch
    005 polesitter: Mike Skinner
    Pre-race schedule (all times local): Friday – Practice 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Rookie Practice 10:20 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Final Practice 10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Qualifying 4:15 p.m. Trucks impounded after qualifying.(5-15-2006)

  • Driver point standings following Gateway(Top five)
    1) Todd Bodine 852
    2) Ted Musgrave 840
    3) David Reutimann 746
    4) Mark Martin 720
    5) Jack Sprague 704
    For complete standings:
  • Raybestos Rookies News: Almirola was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the April 29 Ram Tough 200 at Gateway International Raceway. Almirola finished 10th, his first top-10 of the season, and took top Raybestos Rookie honors for the first time this season. Almirola moved into second-place in the Raybestos Rookies standings. He trails leader Erik Darnell by 13 points (54-41) entering the May 19 Quaker Steak and Lube 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Darnell is 12th in the Craftsman Truck Series championship standings, best of any Raybestos Rookie. He has one top-five and two top-10 finishes in five races this season.(Raybestos PR)(5-15-2006)
  • Tragedy strikes Truck Series family: On Friday May 12, Herbert Wayne Gill Jr., nicknamed “Herbie”, was found deceased in his home in Rockvale, TN. Herbie, who had recently turned 40, was the older brother of long time Truck Series and Nextel Cup Crew Chief, Danny Gill who currently serves as Competition Director for Bobby Hamilton Racing. Herbie had been a part of the NCTS family from 2000-2004, working mostly for BHR and Morgan-Dollar Motorsports as a tire specialist. He also contributed highly to the team by serving as a spotter when needed. He was serving as Bobby Hamilton Sr.’s spotter when he won his first NCTS race at Martinsville Speedway in 2000. After being diagnosed with Diabetes in late 2003, Herbie was forced to reduce his travel and pursued other opportunities outside of racing, but always kept close tabs on his two favorite drivers, Bobby Hamilton and Dennis Setzer. At this time an autopsy is being performed to determine the exact cause of death. No funeral arrangements have been set. He will be loved and missed by all who knew him. He leaves behind beautiful twin daughters age 13, Chelsea & Jessica, a loving mother and father, Jane & Wayne Gill, and his younger brother Danny and his wife LaRayne. . No funeral arrangements have been set. Please visit for information on arrangements when they become available. (BHR PR)(5-14-2006)
  • Setzer to carry Shell Rotella T colors at Lowes: For the second time this season, Dennis Setzer will carry the Shell Rotella T colors on his #85 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Silverado. A perennial Truck Series (NCTS) contender, Setzer’s factory-sponsored Chevy Silverado will carry the bright blue and white Shell Rotella T branding at the upcoming Quaker Steak and Lube 200 on May 19th at Lowe’s Motor Speedway (LMS). (
  • DW Rumors Denied: Casey [Atwood] is working a deal with Darrell Waltrip Racing, to replace #17-David Reutimann, who is advancing to the Busch Series.(Race Day Report), been told this rumor is untrue and will not happen….also, the truck ride Ricky Craven is possibly up for is NOT with Darrell Waltrip Motorsports.(5-12-2006)
  • MIS June race to be named Con-Way Freight 200: Ann Arbor-based Con-way Freight Inc., and Michigan International Speedway (MIS) have announced that the less-than-truckload freight transportation company will be the title sponsor of the Saturday, June 17 “Con-way Freight 200” Truck Series race at MIS. In addition to its title sponsorship of the race, Con-way Freight Inc. is the primary sponsor of Truck Series driver and Michigan native Jack Sprague, who is piloting the #60 Con-way Freight Toyota Tundra throughout the 2006 season for Wyler Racing. (Michigan International Raceway)(5-10-2006)
  • SKI Motorsports adds sponsor: SKI Motorsports officials say Berkley fishing tackle will be a major associate sponsor on the team’s #30 Chevy for Truck Series regular Mike Bliss for its four-race Busch Series schedule this year. The team is scheduled to make its 2006 season debut in Friday’s Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington Raceway. It also plans to run July 29 at Gateway International Raceway outside St. Louis, Sept. 2 at California Speedway and Sept. 30 at Kansas Speedway. (
  • Reutimann to drive #99 Aaron’s Dream Machine at Darlington: This weekend David Reutimann will drive Michael Waltrip Racings #99 Aaron’s Dream Machine in the Busch Series race at Darlington Raceway. As Reutimann takes the reigns, Jerry Baxter will be his crew chief. Following the event, Reutimann travels to his hometown of Zephyrhills (Fla.) for his golf tournament this Saturday at the Silverado Golf and Country Club benefiting All Children’s Hospital. The Diamond Hill Plywood 200 Busch Series race is scheduled on Friday, May 12th at 8:00 p.m. on FX. (
  • Truck Series News & Notes:
    Con-way, Wyler Racing visit New York Stock Exchange … Con-way Freight’s President and CEO, Douglas W. Stotlar, will ring the NYSE Opening Bell at 9:30 a.m. ET Friday in celebration of the company’s recent name change to Con-way Inc. The company formerly was known as CNF, Inc. Con-way currently sponsors the #60 Toyota owned by Wyler Racing and driven by three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Jack Sprague. One of the team’s trucks will be on display outside the Exchange during the morning’s activities. “The Con-way Freight re-branding program is something very important and a big move for their corporate identity,” said team owner Jeff Wyler, “and we are happy to do our part by displaying the new company logo and colors on our # \60 Toyota Tundra. It is a privilege to be associated with Con-way Freight and their 20,000 plus employees – and it will be a huge thrill for me personally to have our truck be a part of their celebration at the New York Stock Exchange.”

    ppc Racing and Global Performance Group are sponsoring Friday night’s Lakeshore Elementary School – Parent Teacher Organization’s Spring Festival in Mooresville, N.C. The goal is to raise enough money to develop programs for the children, many have parents employed by ppc Racing and other teams in the Mooresville, N.C. area. Terry Cook (#10 Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford) is scheduled to attend and sign autographs from 6-7 p.m. … Aric Almirola (#75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet) made his NASCAR Busch Series debut at Richmond International Raceway on May 5, finishing 32nd in the Circuit City 250 by Funai. … Roush Racing recently announced the addition of a third driver, Michel Jourdain Jr., to its Craftsman Truck stable. The NASCAR Busch Series veteran and open-wheel star will make his debut in the #50 Ford at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway on May 27. Jourdain is scheduled for nine races in 2006. The coming weekend is the last “vacation” drivers and teams will enjoy until mid-July. The May 19 Quaker Steak & Lube 200 opens the season’s longest and most arduous stretch of nine races in nine weeks.

    In the Loop:
    Todd Bodine (# 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota) ranks at or near the top in four key categories through the first five races of the 2006 season. Bodine, who took over the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points lead with his April 29 victory at Gateway International Raceway, ranks # 1 (tie) with a perfect percentage of laps run on the lead lap – all 753. He’s # 2 in Driver Rating at 120.9 (of 150.0), Miles Leader with 178.02 miles led, Fastest Early in Run with a 4.800 ranking and Consecutive Laps Without Being Passed at 16 (tie) during the California Speedway event. Bodine ranks # 3 in Average Running Position at 5.90. NASCAR PR)(5-8-2006)

  • Ron Hornaday, Outdoor Channel crew score top-15 run in Richmond: After rain delays pushed the Circuit City 250 Busch Series race late into the night, Ron Hornaday and the #33 crew held on and posted a 14th-place finish. Hornaday started 25th in the event and drove a solid race, battling hard for each position while steering clear of the numerous cautions that peppered the event. He will be back behind the wheel of KHI’s 33 car at Dover in early June.(
  • Almirola to make Busch debut: UPDATE 2: finishes 32nd: Aric Almirola will make his Busch Series debut by trying to qualify Joe Gibbs Racing’s #19 Chevy for the May 5 Circuit City 250 at Richmond, according to JGR officials.(
    UPDATE: Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Aric Almirola will make his NASCAR Busch Series debut at Richmond when he attempts to qualify for Friday night’s Circuit City 250. He will drive the #19 Husqvarna Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Busch Series race at Richmond.(Joe Gibbs Racing PR)(5-4-2006)
    UPDATE 2: Aric Almirola had been fast all day at Richmond Int’l Raceway for his Busch Series debut. He qualified 12th, but his luck didn’t follow him to the race, and he finished 32nd.(
  • K-Automotive ready to return to racing: K-Automotive Motorsports and driver Brad Keselowski announced today their intention to run a partial schedule towards the end of the 2006 season. Driver Brad Keselowski on his plans: “I’m ready to go! My family and our race team are ready as well but just short on funding.” As the team is currently seeking funding, Brad continues to search for additional driving opportunities.(
  • Hamilton hoping to drive by October: Bobby Hamilton now hopes to be back driving his Craftsman Truck Series entry by late October after starting radiation treatments to treat his head and neck cancer sooner than expected. Hamilton, the series’ 2004 champion, turned his truck over to his son, Bobby Hamilton Jr., after the year’s third race of the season at Atlanta to begin chemotherapy and radiation treatments for the cancer. He was initially set to begin radiation treatments on May 30, but he’s now on his second week of treatments. “As far as my return, I said in my press conference in Atlanta that I would love to make my comeback the last race of the season [at Homestead in November],” Hamilton said Wednesday. “That would just mean so much to me, and this is the first time I’ve said this … the rehab for this thing is two to three months. Until this past week, I probably could have raced every week – there haven’t been that many races, I wouldn’t have had to step out of the truck. But for the safety of my competitors, the welfare of my business and my race teams and all the people surrounding me, I just felt like the best guy to do the job would be Bobby Jr. The next best thing for me, when I get done with all these treatments and they say everything is okay, is that I would love to come back at Atlanta where I got out of the truck.” (
  • Crawford to take part in National Guard Rally/Celebrity Golf Tournament Circle Bar driver Rick Crawford will take part in the National Guard Welcome Home Rally and Rod Smith Celebrity Golf Tournament in Pittsburg, Kansas on May 5th and 6th. There will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Kansas headquarters, followed by a welcome home luncheon for 1,000 soldiers returning home from a 2-year tour of duty in Iraq. Crawford has been asked to be one of the guest speakers at the luncheon along with the Governor of Kansas, the US Senators from Kansas and the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen Richard Myers. In addition to the speech Crawford will make a special NASCAR presentation to one of the returning troops. On Saturday, Crawford will tee it up along with a dozen NFL Players for charity in the Rod Smith Celebrity Golf Tournament. The proceeds from the golf tournament will go to a disabled children’s charity, Skill Kids.(
  • Reutimann and Miller to Drive for Waltrip/Toyota in 2007?: UPDATE [Waltrip] said he has sponsorship for one of his two Busch Series teams. He said he would like David Reutimann, the driver for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports in the trucks, drive one of those Busch cars. He also said that Reutimann’s teammate, Joey Miller, is a possibility for the other Busch car.(NASCAR Scene)(4-29-2006)
    UPDATE: From the Nextel Wake-Up Call Transcript: Waltrip: My plan is to have two NEXTEL Cup Series teams and two Busch teams. I haven’t hired a second driver yet for the Cup car. I would like to think that (David) Reutimann could drive one of my Busch cars. We do have sponsorship in place for the two Cup cars and one of the Busch cars. And we are working towards announcing who the second sponsor is and who that driver will be. We think we have put the right people in the right places so far. We just have to continue to build. If you can appreciate that it costs a lot of money to hire people, the Burger King program allowed us to ramp up a little bit sooner than we would probably have been able to afford to before because we have some sponsorship dollars coming in that will help pay those people as we race through 2006. It costs a whole lot of money to build a race team and not go race, because there is not a whole lot coming in. So we’re real thankful for the Burger King piece of it because it will help offset the tremendous costs that we’re faced with this year. Q.So you have hired David Reutimann to drive your Busch car? Waltrip: Yes.(
  • Mack denies association with Curry Racing: George Mack’s management company has informed us that George Mack (former IRL driver) is not contracted and/or scheduled to drive for Curry Racing. NyceLife Marketing Group (George Mack’s management) apologizes to the press, collaborating sponsors, fans and George Mack supporters for any confusion. (George Mack PR)(5-3-2006)
  • Roush to field third truck with Jourdain, Jr., Ragan: Roush Racing has announced that Mexico City native Michel Jourdain, Jr. will drive the #50 Roush Racing Ford F-150 in the Truck Series for nine events in 2006. Jourdain will drive Roush Racing’s third entry when David Ragan fills in for Mark Martin in the #6 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford. Both Jourdain and Ragan will be entered in selected events in the #50 truck, beginning with the May 19 event at Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte, with Ragan at the wheel. Jourdain will have his first opportunity in the truck on May 27 at Mansfield. (
  • Bodine wins Dodge Ram Tough 200 at Gateway: Todd Bodine in the #30 Germain Racing Toyota passed #17-David Reutiman with 14 laps to go to take the win in the Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200 Satruday night. Bodine’s teammate, #9-Ted Musgrave finished second with Reutimann finishing third. Rouding out the top five; #60-Jack Sprague in fourth with #23-Johnny Benson finishing fifth. The top five trucks were all Toyota’s. The 1st Ford across the line #10-Terry Cook finished sixth, 1st Dodge #18-Bobby Hamilton seventh, and the 1st Chevy #16-Mike Bliss in eighth. Top honors in the Rookie category went to #75-Aric Amirola who finished tenth. There were 13 caution flags for 50 laps. For complete race results: ( )(4-29-2006)
  • Unleaded fuel possible for Busch, Trucks later this year: Before the end of the 2006 racing season, NASCAR officials hope to have both Busch and Truck Series teams using unleaded fuel. And if all goes well, it’s likely that unleaded gas will be used in the Nextel Cup Series beginning in 2007. “We don’t know where we’re going to be with [unleaded fuel for the Cup series],” Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition, said April 20. “We said by ’08. … If the tests look promising, we will re-evaluate the timeline. “We are going to, before the end of the year, run unleaded fuel in some select races, probably in the Busch and Truck Series. Some of their races are stand-alones, [on] short tracks and things of that nature. You’re looking at less mileage, smaller carburetors, less horsepower.” NASCAR teams have always used leaded fuel, and are exempt from the Clean Air Act of 1970 requiring unleaded fuel be used in all automobiles. Pemberton said testing with the new fuel has been “ongoing” since the 2005 season, both at the NASCAR Research and Development facility in Concord, N.C. and among a number of individual teams. (



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