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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: 2008 Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington

_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 Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington Raceway:_ "It's pretty awesome. Darlington obviously showed again tonight that is one of the hardest places -- always has been, and always will be. Even with the fresh asphalt this place is tough. I just can't thank this M&M's, Joe Gibbs Racing team enough. They did an awesome job. We're going to go through a lot of Mac Tools this week fixing this thing, but that's okay. It's an awesome win for us." _Kyle Busch_ “First of all, my hat’s off to Kyle. Man, I wanted to beat him bad. I wanted to beat him so bad. Now we’re tied for wins. I wanted to keep him down a little bit, but he did a great job. This Claritin Fusion was good. I tore it up just a little bit on the left-front, but I definitely had a good time – a lot better time than last night. The new surface is growing on me. It’s alright.” _Carl Edwards, finished 2nd_

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond

_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 Dan Lowry 400 presented by Crown Royal at Richmond International Raceway:_ "They [Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kyle Busch] were just racing so hard there and you knew it was going to happen. I just took advantage of a misfortune right there. This is just awesome, I just love this place. I really messed up in qualifying for these guys. We just dug deep and worked hard, and things worked out. I just want to thank everybody. This is awesome." _Clint Bowyer, finished 1st_

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

_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 Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway:_ "First Jeff Gordon and then Juan [Pablo Montoya]-- those guys behind us were just awesome. I don't think I've ever finished here without wrecking, or at least, without getting torn up. The 42 [Montoya] was just my savior [Sunday]. He pushed me all the way to the front." _Kyle Busch_

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag ahead of Jack Sprague to win the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway Saturday evening. The defending series winner led the final 55 laps in a caution-filled race, holding off his teammate during the final restart with two laps to go. Colin Braun, Johnny Benson, and Mike Skinner rounded out the Top 5 finishers. *Who Should Have Won: Hornaday, Jr.* Hornaday, Jr. and teammate Jack Sprague were fast straight off of their haulers. The driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet led the first practice, and followed that up in qualifying with a pole-winning run. That strength carried over to the race itself; Hornaday, Jr. led 136 of the scheduled 167 laps.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Jennifer Jo Cobb and Michelle Theriault Debut

After a four week break, the Craftsman Truck Series returns to the track at Kansas Speedway. Along with the seasoned veterans and rookie of the year contenders, Jennifer Jo Cobb and Michelle Theriault will make their Craftsman Truck Series debuts. Driving for Derrike Cope's newly founded team, Theriault will pilot the No. 73 Derrike Cope Inc. / RMR Dodge Ram, and Cobb will be behind the wheel of the No. 74 Providence Medical Center Dodge Ram. "I couldn't be more excited. I love racing at Kansas Speedway and am looking forward to climbing behind the wheel in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and kicking off Derrike's new race team," said Cobb. "I remember when Kansas Speedway was merely the dream of a few, and now look at the magnitude of the support from the community and the corporations both here in Kansas City and nationally."

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Corona Mexico 200 at Mexico City

_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 Corona 200 at Autodromos Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City:_ "It's a pretty phenomenal day for these Joe Gibbs Racing guys. They did an awesome job once again. We ran up front a good bit of the race; [Pruett] was just blocking a little bit too much, I believe. Now I understand why he got dumped last year. And if it came down to it, he was going to be again. [But he] smoked the tires, and I was able to get by him." _Kyle Busch, Mexico City winner_

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix

_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 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway:_ "I ran out of gas on the backstretch. [But] we are back, and we have all been working very hard to get back. I couldn't be more proud of everyone at Hendrick Motorsports ... and I wish Rick was here to see this. I am so proud of my guys and everyone associated with the Lowe's team. This car was awesome tonight." _Jimmie Johnson_ "I would have loved to see Mark Martin get a win. Like he said, you don't get that many chances. I was there rooting for him even though I was trying to chase him down there at the end. What a great run by this whole FedEx Kinko's Toyota team. We were trying to raise awareness for March of Dimes, and I think we did that by running up front tonight." _Denny Hamlin, finished 3rd_

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Samsung 500 at Texas

"That was a really good race car. To win here, it means a lot. My first trip here was with Tony Roper. That was the weekend that he got killed here, and he was a great guy and it always means a lot to come back here, and to run well and to win these races is very special to me." _Carl Edwards_ "We didn't wreck, so that's okay. We battled our car all day long, and couldn't really ever get it right. Was it fun to drive? No. Was it hard to drive? Yes. Did it survive the day? Yes. So was it a good day? Sure. I knew the No. 99 [Carl Edwards] was holding back and waiting, not showing everything that he had." _Kyle Busch, finished 3rd_ "Clint just pinched me up there on the final lap. I had to turn left or I'd have gone into the wall. There was really no place to go." _Denny Hamlin, finished 5th_

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville

_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 Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway:_ "Finally! The curse is over, I hope. We had such bad luck over these last two weeks. It finally feels good to come here and get a win in front of the hometown fans. I can't wait -- this is a sign of things to come, I believe." _Denny Hamlin_ "We had such an awesome race car the first half of the race. I'm real proud of that, that was a great effort. I'm just real proud of this Dupont Chevrolet Impala team. They worked hard, we had a great car." _Jeff Gordon, finished 2nd_

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Kroger 250 at Martinsville

*In a Nutshell:* Dennis Setzer took the checkered flag ahead of Matt Crafton to win the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway Saturday afternoon. Setzer held onto the lead during a green/white/checkered finish that ended under caution as Kyle Busch and Johnny Benson wrecked in turn 3. Rick Crawford, Ken Schrader and Erik Darnell rounded out the Top 5 finishers. *Who Should Have Won: Dennis Setzer.* Setzer qualified tenth and had a great truck all day; the driver of the No. 18 Duck Head Footwear / Aquadock Dodge took the lead on lap 128 and led all 126 of the remaining laps to score the victory with ease. *Questions You Should Be Asking After the Race:* *1. Should Mike Skinner and Johnny Benson be upset with Kyle Busch?* Within five laps, Kyle Busch managed to take Bill Davis Racing teammates Mike Skinner and Johnny Benson out of contention for a win and well out of the Top 5. On lap 249, Mike Skinner ran out of gas, and Kyle Busch ran hard into the back of the No. 5 Toyota Tundra, sending him spinning and the yellow flying with just two laps remaining in the scheduled distance.

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