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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.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: New Faces at Martinsville

When the Craftsman Truck Series takes the green flag Saturday afternoon for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville, there will be a few new faces. Travis Dassow, Chris Jones, Colin Braun (pronounced "Brown") will be making their truck series debuts. With an entry list of 40, the largest since the spring race at Martinsville when there were 41 entrants, each driver is guaranteed a starting position based on owner's points. Also, defending Indianapolis 500 winner will attempt to make the field for his first truck series race.

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Running Their Mouth: 2007 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

_Each week, we'll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel 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 Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway:_ "This is just an incredible day for the DuPont Chevrolet. I've got to thank all these guys. They just never gave up. We had an awesome race car. Even on that last one, on the restart, the tires spun so bad that Clint Bowyer could have gone right by me, but he gave me a big shot in the rear bumper and kind of got me going again. So it was just a great day. This is what we've been looking for is getting us a win at Charlotte. What a great comeback." _Jeff Gordon_ "He (Gordon) slipped and I was gaining on him too fast and got into the back of him instead of going underneath of him. Gil and all the guys brought me a good hot rod. We ain't out of it. We're going to keep going and we're going to get Jack Daniels a championship. It was a great finish for us as far as the Chase points." _Clint Bowyer, finished 2nd_

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In Case You Missed It…Catching Up On A Week’s Worth Of News (October 4-10, 2007)

*DEI's Gilmore Suffers Aneurysm* Dale Earnhardt, Inc. vice president of Competition Richie Gilmore was taken to a Birmingham hospital last weekend after suffering stroke-like symptoms while at the track at Talladega. He was later diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, and is now expected to be out of commission for at least one month. "He was released [Saturday] from the hospital and he's back home getting some rest, said Max Siegel, president of global operations for DEI. "He will undergo further evaluation and precautionary testing next week."

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Running Their Mouth: 2007 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega

_Each week, we'll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel 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 much-anticipated UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway:_ "We avoided the wrecks, and all of a sudden found ourselves in the Top 15 with about 25-30 to go, and we held on there. What I don't understand is how I got by my teammate. I got a couple of pushes. When it got three-wide, I thought, `This is my opportunity.' Luckily, when I got high and Jimmie tried to block me, the No. 20 was there and had nowhere to go. He's the one who pushed me to the front." _Jeff Gordon_

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Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega

*In a Nutshell:* Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 0.014 seconds ahead of Rick Crawford to win at Talladega on Saturday afternoon. Bodine survived an intense three-wide battle with Crawford and Johnny Benson to win his second race of the season. Jason Leffler and Dennis Setzer rounded out the Top 5. Rookie of the year contender Willie Allen finished sixth, his best finish of the season, followed by Ron Hornaday, Jr. in seventh. Chad Chaffin, Regan Smith, and Jon Wood rounded out the Top 10. *Who Should Have Won: Bodine.* Bodine started on the pole before finding himself deep in the pack with handling woes; however, the team worked hard to move the No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota back towards the front. The Toyota Tundra took the lead for the final time on lap 74, when Jack Sprague got caught up in a six truck accident, and fended off all challengers the rest of the way. Bodine led a total of 46 laps, the most of any driver, in what was an impressive performance at the biggest speedway on tour.

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Top Twelve Things Chase Drivers Do For Luck

*12. Denny Hamlin* - Gets rubbed by a pit lizard. *11. Matt Kenseth* - Was carrying a rabbit's foot, but with his recent luck, he's going to just start hauling around the whole bunny. Well, at least until McMurray makes his crew guys get it back, anyways. *10. Jeff Burton* - Rubs the AT&T logo on the hood of his car...he wants to make sure NASCAR didn't take it away. *9. Kurt Busch* - Nothing, which explains both his recent cool streak and upbeat mood at the same time. *8. Martin Truex, Jr.* - Pees on his pit stall's wall.

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Running Their Mouth: 2007 LifeLock 400 at Kansas

_Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel 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 rain and darkness-shortened LifeLock 400 at Kansas._ "It was obviously a good day when we ended up in Victory Lane. We qualified well, and the car was pretty decent off the start of the race. I knew, five to go, that I was probably going to be all right, but I wasn't looking for that caution, that's for sure. What made me nervous, I didn't know how good the No. 07 was on the restart...but we'll never know." _Greg Biffle on his first win of the season_ "I don't know where we finished. I thought you had to finish under your own power across the finish line. We maintained the pace car speed. I don't know what the deal is. The bottom line is the Jack Daniel's Chevrolet was good, and we had a lot of fun today." _Clint Bowyer, finished 2nd...also complaining about Greg Biffle's win, as the car appeared to run out of gas coming to the finish line_

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: A Third Driver in the 2007 Championship Mix

Just when you thought the Truck Series points race couldn't get more exciting, the Smith's Las Vegas 350 did just that. The combination of a dominating win by Travis Kvapil and a blown tire for Ron Hornaday, Jr. has tightened up the points race just a little more...opening the door to make it a three-man affair. It was hard to see this sudden turn of events unfolding earlier in the month. With both Hornaday, Jr. and Mike Skinner finishing in the Top 3 at the New Hampshire 200 on September 15th, they looked to have fully separated themselves from the pack. After that race, Hornaday, Jr.'s point lead stood at 29 over Skinner; the closest competition behind them was Travis Kvapil in third, 271 points back and looking like a longshot for the title at best.

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Running Their Mouth: 2007 Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover

_Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel 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 Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway._ "We unloaded on Friday, the Office Depot Ford Fusion was fast. I wish we could've started the race right then, it was so good. We just fought back and had a great battle with Matt (Kenseth). Hated to see him lose an engine. He easily would've been first or second today, and then there at the end battling with Mark. Those restarts were a real stresser, but kind of just decided to have fun with it. And Greg was pretty fast at the end, had tires; I did not need another restart, I was pretty excited that it went green." _Carl Edwards_

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Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Smith’s Las Vegas 350

*In a Nutshell:* Travis Kvapil took the checkered flag ahead of Johnny Benson to win the Smith's Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night. Kvapil outran Benson and Jon Wood, who finished third, in a couple of great side-by-side battles during the final six laps to score his fourth win of the season and ninth of his career. Terry Cook and Erik Darnell rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Kvapil. Kvapil scored his third pole of the season with a speed of 175.387 mph. He ran in the Top 10 the majority of the night, and crew chief Mike Beam was able to make the right calls and adjustments to turn the power on in the end. The driver of the No. 6 K&N Ford passed Jon Wood with just 13 laps to go and relinquished it only once officially when Johnny Benson led him by 0.09 with four laps to go.

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