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Beth Lunkenheimer

Beth Lunkenheimer
Content Director Beth heads up management of our 30-person staff, acting as Tom’s main assistant with technology and personnel while working as Frontstretch’s Truck Series expert. The author of Truckin’ Thursdays and the coordinator of the site’s pre and post-race coverage, she also runs a periodic charity column that spotlights when NASCAR gives back. A childhood transplant to Texas, Beth is a 13-year writing veteran who has contributed content to BRANDT and Athlon Sports, among other outlets.

Running Their Mouth: 2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what the drivers were thinking following the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire International Speedway:_ "This is so special. I think your first win, no matter where it's at, is huge. Obviously it's not the way you want to win your first race, in the rain, but 20 years down the road when you look in the record books, no one will know the difference. I'll take them any way I can. This is my home track and where I watched my first Cup race. A lot of guys at Joe Gibbs Racing are from the northeast, so it's cool to get a win here." _Joey Logano, Raybestos Rookie of the Race_

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 MemphisTravel.com 200 at Memphis

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.653 seconds ahead of Brian Scott to win the MemphisTravel.com 200 Saturday afternoon at Memphis Motorsports Park. Hornaday maintained the lead during a green-white-checkered finish after Tayler Malsam and Dennis Setzer brought out the caution with five laps to go. David Starr, Aric Almirola, and Matt Crafton rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Ron Hornaday, Jr.* For the second week in a row Hornaday, Jr. had the strongest truck on the track and backed it up by scoring his fourth win of the season.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Pit Road Rules Save Money – Are They Worth the Savings?

As the Camping World Truck Series rolls into Memphis Motorsports Park for another weekend of great racing, I find myself looking back at the major rule change for the series this season. Prior to the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR announced major pit road rule changes that would affect every team and their race strategies. In an effort to help teams save money, NASCAR changed the number of crew members allowed over the wall during a pit stop. Only five crew members are allowed over the wall, and teams are not permitted to get fuel and tires on the same stop. In addition, the crew chief must choose only 12 active crew members to travel with the team.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what the drivers were thinking following the Toyota / SaveMart 350 at Infineon Raceway:_ "It feels great. With myself, I've had issues here in the past with finishing anywhere on this course. You know, I think that was really cool to see Richard (Petty) in victory lane with us, and it's a big deal. Richard Petty Motorsports is a great company, and we keep building and trying to make it better and stronger." _Kasey Kahne_

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Copart 200 at Milwaukee

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 1.039 seconds ahead of Dennis Setzer to win the rain delayed Copart 200 Saturday afternoon at the Milwaukee Mile. Hornaday held onto the lead on the final restart with just eight laps remaining to score his 41st career victory. Brian Scott, Todd Bodine and James Buescher rounded out the top 5.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 LifeLock 400 at Michigan

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what the drivers were thinking following the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway:_ "Well, you know, this team deserves to be in the Chase, and we were on the outside looking in with all the trouble we've had. I went for the points, man. We ran out [of fuel], coming off of [turn] four. I told Rick (Hendrick, team owner) just please don't fire me. I qualified 32nd Friday night, and I was laying in bed just worrying about it. Heck, I love this stuff. I want to drive this car forever." _Mark Martin_

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Michigan 200

*In a Nutshell:* Colin Braun took the checkered flag 1.790 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Michigan 200 Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway. Braun led less than half the laps Kyle Busch did, but he led the most important ones on his way to his first career Truck Series win. Brian Ickler, Matt Crafton, and Mike Skinner rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch.* Busch started fourth and made it known early in the running of the Michigan 200 that he had a fast truck. His pit crew got him off of pit road first under a lap 9 caution, and Busch went on to lead 62 of the 100 laps run Saturday afternoon.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Johnny Benson Ousted at Red Horse Racing

After a less than thrilling race at Texas Motor Speedway, the Camping World Truck Series made up for it to the tune of some big news. Monday afternoon, I got home from work and read in disbelief that Johnny Benson's No. 1 Red Horse Racing team has shut down due to a lack of operating dollars, but his teammate T.J. Bell and the No. 11 team would continue to run the remainder of the season as long as there are funds to do so. Johnny Benson was as surprised as I was when he got the news.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Pocono 500

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what the drivers were thinking following the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway:_ "We had a great race car. I'm so proud of our guys on this Office Depot / Old Spice team. We had a car that we were consistently in the top 3 speed-wise all day and were able to run guys down. Luckily we got enough laps under caution there with the rain that that put us right on the edge of our window of making it [on fuel]. I'm ecstatic. It was nice to get that All-Star win this year, but it was nice to get that first points win too." _Tony Stewart_

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 WinStar Casino 400 at Texas

*In a Nutshell:* Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 1.321 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton to win the WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night. Bodine gambled on fuel strategy and won, scoring his fifth victory at the mile and a half track. Colin Braun, Johnny Benson and Rick Crawford rounded out the Top 5.

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