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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.

Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.889 seconds ahead of Erik Darnell to win the Toyota Tundra 200 Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, TN. Benson held onto an extremely loose truck early in the race and led just three laps on his way to his third consecutive win this season. Todd Bodine, Jack Sprague, and Ron Hornaday, Jr. rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Todd Bodine.* Bodine started on the pole and held a 4.2 second lead over Stacy Compton just 30 laps into the race. Bodine went on to lead 74 laps before Stacy Compton took the top spot on lap 75. After losing the lead to Compton, Bodine's truck remained strong enough to run in the Top 5 for the majority of the night; he ended up taking third at the checkered flag, but looked to be far better than where he wound up at the finish.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Robb Brent to Make His Debut

After taking a weekend off, the Craftsman Truck Series heads to Nashville Superspeedway this weekend for the Toyota Tundra 200. When the green flag flies, Brad Keselowksi Racing will make their Truck Series debut with Robb Brent behind the wheel of the No. 19 Chevrolet. Robb Brent just started racing four years ago, at age 16, at Kart2Kart, an indoor carting track. In 2007, Robb Brent made his debut in the ARCA / REMAX Series for Brad Keselowski Racing and scored his best finish of 10th at Nashville Superspeedway. Most recently, the Shelby Township, Michigan native has run a few races in the ARCA / REMAX Series this year, and he matched his career best finish of fifth last weekend at Pocono Raceway.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all 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 the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway:_ "That was just unbelievable. Bob and I were really arguing. I’m trying to make a little light of it, but we thought we’d made the wrong call -- I just can’t thank my guys enough and everybody for hanging tough. Everybody at Office Depot, we’ve had an unbelievable run with Office Depot. Ford Motor Company, they make the best cars out there. I’m proud to drive them. This is good." _Carl Edwards_

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Allstate 400 at The Brickyard

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all 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 the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:_ "I knew what we were setting up for, but I was worried the stop before that maybe we had to go two laps to win this thing. Chad called it perfectly... we had a great stop at the end. Hendrick Motorsports, the engine department, the whole company, we've been working really hard to get back [to the front] and we're getting there. This is a good sign of it." _Jimmie Johnson_

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Power Stroke Diesel 200 at IRP

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.484 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to win the Power Stroke Diesel 200 Friday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis. Benson held the lead in a two lap shootout with Hornaday, Jr. to score his second win in a row, extending his point lead in the series to 15 over the defending Truck Series champ. Erik Darnell, Matt Crafton, and Shelby Howard rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Ron Hornaday, Jr.* Hornaday, Jr. qualified fourth and clearly had one of the strongest Trucks on the track, taking the lead just five laps into Friday night's race. The driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet held off Johnny Benson through multiple restarts before relinquishing the lead when the driver of the No. 23 used the high line to make a pass with 38 laps left. In the end, Hornaday, Jr. led 153 of 200 laps, but was never able to retake the lead from Benson.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.474 seconds ahead of Michael Annett to win the Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Dealers at Kentucky Speedway. Benson held off a charge from his rookie teammate with just 18 laps remaining to win his second race this season and take over the point lead. Matt Crafton, Dennis Setzer, and David Starr rounded out the Top 5 finishers. *Who Should Have Won: Johnny Benson.* Shortly after the green flag flew, Benson made a strong charge behind teammate Mike Skinner and nearly challenged Skinner for the lead. He then took the top spot again for the final time after completing a four wide pass with just 32 laps remaining, well on his way to his first victory at Kentucky Speedway.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all 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 the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway:_ "I have to thank these guys. I gave up on myself, and didn't think I could do that. This M&M's Toyota team is just phenomenal tonight. I have to thank the good Lord from up above. I don't know where this is coming from, but he's blessing us all at Joe Gibbs Racing this year." _Kyle Busch_

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Randy Moss Motorsports Set to Debut

Last week at Daytona International Speedway, Randy Moss announced he had purchased 50% of Morgan-Dollar Motorsports from team owner David Dollar rather than starting his team from the ground up. Morgan Dollar Motorsports has now become Randy Moss Motorsports, and the No. 46 truck is now the No. 81, the number Moss wears on the football field. Though the announcement earlier this season of his interest in the series seemed to come out of nowhere, Randy Moss has had thoughts of running a NASCAR team for a while. "For the last five or six years I've been very interested in joining NASCAR, but I really didn't know what steps to take," Moss said. "I'm ready to take this all the way. My door is open for any sponsors who want to team up with Randy Moss Motorsports. At the same time, I'm ready to keep this going myself."

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all 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 the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway:_ "Man, I can't believe that we're here right now. We didn't have the best car tonight, but these guys never gave up and we never gave up out there on the race track. We just had to get up to the front, and luckily, we were leading there when it mattered the most -- when the caution came out. I'm glad to have this Interstate Batteries Toyota up front [every week]." _Kyle Busch_

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