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Truckin’ Thursdays: Who’s Next? Three Drivers Vying for First Series Win

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*Who Will Be The Next First-Time Winner?*

In “Mirror Driving on Wednesday,”:https://frontstretch.com/md/39793/ the question of which driver will become the next first-time winner came up. Suggestions from Ty Dillon, the current Sunoco Rookie of the Year leader to Joey Coulter, who scored his career-best finish Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, so I decided to take a closer look at those who are just about to break through to victory lane.

Kyle Busch wins at Eldora with a Roush Yates engine

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Kyle Busch drove a Roush Yates powered Bloomquist Chassis to the win at Eldora . Kyle Busch drove an unfamiliar power plant through the field during Wednesday night’s Prelude to the Dream Late Model dirt race at Eldora Speedway to earn his first victory at Tony Stewart’s track. Busch was driving the car and engine …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: A Trio Of “Texas-Sized” Favorites For 2012

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The Camping World Truck Series once again descends on Texas Motor Speedway for this Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 500K. While the entry list is only 34 Trucks long, three drivers who have combined to win 13 of the last 20 events (65 percent) at the 1.5-mile oval are looking to add to their totals this week.

Leading the pack with six victories at Texas, *Todd Bodine* comes in with momentum on his side after a rain-shortened victory at Dover last weekend. The Onion wasn’t the strongest truck on the track, even spinning out midrace and likely wouldn’t have visited Victory Lane if it hadn’t been for pit strategy. But a win is a win, no matter how you score it and it’s amazing what a trophy can do for the attitudes within a race team. Just one race removed from a suspension of the team’s No. 7 truck, Bodine still needs financial support to finish the season and that “survivor instinct” can now be paired with the confidence this team can finish first. Besides, I’d be willing to bet the Red Horse Racing driver would like to have a win that doesn’t come thanks to rain.

Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 200

*In a Nutshell:* Todd Bodine scored his first victory of the year in Friday evening’s rain-shortened Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. The driver of the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota didn’t pit when the rest of the field did following the first red flag for rain and held off charges from Parker Kligerman and Kevin Harvick through two restarts en route to his first career victory at the one-mile oval. Kligerman, Harvick, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Cale Gale rounded out the top 5.

Truckin’ Thursdays: From King To Canned – Sponsorship Woes Claim Another

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As the Camping World Truck Series haulers rolled into Dover International Speedway Wednesday afternoon, one team was notably missing — John King’s No. 7 Red Horse Racing Toyota. The team announced Tuesday that sponsorship issues had forced them to suspend operations of the No. 7 team until further notice, ending a freshman season that had started with such promise. The one area lacking on King’s resume, though, was money, a financial gap that became too big for investors at RHR to close. After running the first two races this year without primary backing, CONSOL Energy funded King at Rockingham, Kansas and Charlotte, but they won’t be returning this weekend at Dover. Still viable with its other two trucks, RHR will continue to field Timothy Peters’ No. 17 and Todd Bodine’s No. 11 entries.

Truckin’ Thursdays: A Look Back at Five Different Victors

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For the first time since 2005, the Camping World Truck Series has opened with five different winners and five different events.

Back then, it was Bobby Hamilton, Steve Park, Ron Hornaday, Jr., Bobby Labonte and Ted Musgrave who visited victory lane to open the season. This time around, the winners include Sprint Cup drivers Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne, along with three first-time winners–John King, James Buescher and Justin Lofton. While it’s no surprise to see Harvick or Kahne headed to victory lane when they run in the Truck Series, King, Buescher, and Lofton have taken the next step in their NASCAR careers.

Truckin’ Thursdays: Introducing Miguel Paludo

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I was born in Nova Prata, Brazil. It’s a small city in south Brazil. I was raised there, and when I was 18, I moved to Porto Alegre, a big city, to attend high school. After one year of high school, I decided to come to the United States for an exchange student program, and I lived with a family in Longview, Texas, close to Dallas. It’s a small city as well but I loved it and I still kept in contact with my family. I lived there for six or seven months before I went back to Brazil to finish high school and college.

Truckin’ Thursdays: Young Guns and Veterans Keeping the Excitement High

As I sat here in front of my computer struggling to find _something_ important to write about with the Truck Series deep into a stretch of off-weeks (only 15 days until the next race!), I started looking back at topics that I’ve written throughout my seven-year tenure with Frontstretch. That’s when I came across a “four-year-old piece”:https://frontstretch.com/blunkenheimer/15289/ with four reasons to tune in on the rare weeks the series actually races. Back then, I listed Kyle Busch as one of the most important reasons to tune it, yet viewers have clearly disagreed; ratings for this season are still on the rise despite the younger Busch brother’s absence. So I present to you a couple of new reasons to keep on watching.

Truckin’ Thursdays: International Flair Extends Beyond Paludo and Piquet

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As the rest of the NASCAR world heads off to Richmond this weekend, the Camping World Truck Series enters yet another nearly month-long vacation before returning to the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway May 18th, for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. Just last weekend, newcomer to the Truck Series–NTS Motorsports–announced their plans to be a part of Sergey Mokshantsev’s debut as NASCAR’s first Russian driver.

NTS Motorsports started out as a K&N Pro Series team before expanding to a single-truck team this season, and they’ve been participating in an “aggressive NASCAR driver development program” with Mokshantsev in anticipation for his Truck Series debut sometime this season. And while nothing is set in stone as far as his first race, “Jayski has reported”:http://www.jayski.com/cts/ctsnews.htm the team plans six to ten starts this season in a second truck.

Truckin’ Thursdays: Which Young Guns Are Making A Statement In 2012

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It’s hard to believe after a little over sixth months of waiting, NASCAR’s return to Rockingham Speedway has come and gone. Though the facility’s grandstand capacity pales in comparison to most tracks on the Camping World Truck Series schedule, I have to admit it was nice to see the majority of seats filled each time the camera panned out.

And I wasn’t the only one to notice.

“That was definitely very, very cool and the fans–that’s what was so awesome was to look up and see how full the grandstands were,” Matt Crafton said. “How the whole community and the whole place–it was awesome to see all the fans.”

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