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Truckin’ Thursdays: Matt Crafton’s Home in the Truck Series

2017 Eldora CWTS Matt Crafton Russell LaBouty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

For 17 years, Matt Crafton has made his career in the Camping World Truck Series. And following a report from last week, he’ll continue sitting behind the wheel of the No. 88 Toyota through at least the 2018 season. “It’s been an honor to be with ThorSport Racing,” Crafton told “I’ve always said …

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Tracking the Trucks: Noah Gragson Scores 1st Career Victory at Martinsville

2017 CWTS Martinsville Noah Gragson Matt Crafton Kyle Busch Grandfather Clock NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

In a Nutshell: Noah Gragson scored his first career victory at Martinsville Speedway Saturday afternoon when he beat Matt Crafton to the checkered flag by 1.486 seconds. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota executed a nearly perfect restart from the outside line with just 10 laps remaining to win the Texas Roadhouse 200. Johnny …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Cale Gale Returns to NASCAR Competition

2017 Michigan CWTS DArrell Wallace Jr burnout Rusty Jarrett NKP

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett / NKP)

After taking the Kansas weekend off, the Camping World Truck Series is back in action Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. While six drivers have their eye on making the Championship 4 over the next three races, another competitor will make his first series start since 2013. Cale Gale, who made just three starts during the …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Christopher Bell’s Kansas Victory Showcases Why He’s Moving Up Next Year

2017 Kansas II NXS Christopher Bell woohoo John K Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John K. Harrelson / NKP)

As the 2017 season inches ever closer to its conclusion, Christopher Bell is making a run for the Camping World Truck Series championship with Kyle Busch Motorsports in what turns out to be his final year in the series. Next season, he’ll join Joe Gibbs Racing to run full-time in the XFINITY Series. “Christopher has …

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Ryan Blaney Finishes 3rd After Qualifying Time Disallowed in Kansas

2017 Cup Kansas Ryan Blaney Pit Road Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Ryan Blaney entered Kansas Speedway with a nine-point cushion ahead of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff cut line and a fast car to help move him into the Round of 8 and keep the Wood Brothers’ championship hopes alive. He ran no worse than sixth in all three practice sessions through the weekend. …

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Kurt Busch Rebounds From Early Vibration for Best Finish Since Daytona Win

2017 Cup Kansas Kurt Busch Pit Road Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Kurt Busch started the season – and Stewart-Haas Racing’s tenure with Ford – with a bang and a victory in the Daytona 500, but since then, the season has been a bit of an up-and-down one for the No. 41 team. Fast forward to Kansas Speedway, and Busch came home with his best result since …

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Round of 8 Set Amid Chaotic Kansas Cup Race

2017 Cup Kansas Jamie McMurray Kyle Busch Racing Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

When the checkered flag flew over the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Sunday evening, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff field dwindled from 12 to eight drivers. Given their deficits coming into this race, many expected it would take a victory from Jamie McMurray or Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to keep their championship hopes …

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Aric Almirola Scores Top-10 Finish in Return to Kansas Speedway

2017 Cup Kansas Aric Almirola Pit Road Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

The last time the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was at Kansas Speedway, Aric Almirola suffered a serious back injury that sidelined him for seven races. This time around, he walked away with a ninth-place finish, though his No. 43 Ford looked like it had been pieced back together. The damage to the car came …

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Kyle Larson Suffers Early Engine Failure in Kansas

2017 Cup Kansas Kyle Larson Engine Failure Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Kyle Larson’s race – and likely his playoff hopes – quite literally went up in smoke Sunday afternoon in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Early in Stage 1, the driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet brought his car down to the attention of his crew with problems with his engine. After going three …

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