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Tracking the Trucks: 2006 Casino Arizona 150 at Phoenix

Polesitter Johnny Benson went from first… to last… to first again, winning his fifth career Craftsman Truck Series race in Phoenix Friday night after spinning out on the first lap of the race. Benson finished 0.429 seconds ahead of Mark Martin in the Casino Arizona 150. Mike Skinner, Todd Bodine, and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five.

Tracking the Trucks: 2006 EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 at Atlanta

Mike Bliss won the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 Saturday night for his first victory at the event since 2002. In a race full of intense side-by-side racing, Bliss held off Terry Cook by a mere 0.207 seconds to take the checkered flag. Rookie Erik Darnell posted his second top-five finish in two weeks, finishing in third, while David Reutimann and Rick Crawford rounded out the top five.

Chase for the Cup in Trucks? Nope.

A few weeks ago when the new official Kurt Busch Message Board debuted, an interesting question was posted for everyone to weigh in on. Should the Craftsman Truck Series and the Busch Series go to a Chase for the Championship format? It’s easy for me to look at Kevin Harvick sitting more than 700 points ahead in the Busch Series to say maybe they should consider a Chase format, but it’s a lot more difficult for me to say that about the Craftsman Truck Series.

Tracking the Trucks: 2006 Kroger 200 at Martinsville

Jack Sprague finally got the proverbial monkey off his back Saturday afternoon in Martinsville. In his 13th career start, he finally took a checkered flag at a track that’s given him more than his share of bad luck through the years, finishing 0.416 seconds ahead of Martinsville spring race winner David Starr to take the win. Erik Darnell, Mark Martin and Johnny Benson rounded out the top five.

Tracking the Trucks: 2006 John Deere 250 at Talladega

Mark Martin scored his fifth win of the 2006 season Saturday afternoon in the John Deere 250, taking the checkered flag under caution over Mike Skinner after a wild four-truck wreck occurred on the race’s final lap. Ted Musgrave, Todd Bodine and AJ Allmendinger rounded out the top five finishers in the first Truck race ever held at Talladega.

Tracking the Trucks: 2006 Smith’s Las Vegas 350

After a season of frustration, Mike Skinner finally broke through to score his first win of 2006 Saturday night in the Smith’s Las Vegas 350. Taking the lead on the final restart on lap 126, Skinner held off Ted Musgrave by .309 seconds to score his first career victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mike Bliss, Johnny Benson, and Ron Hornaday rounded out the top five.

Tracking the Trucks: 2006 Sylvania 200 at Loudon

After starting the season without a single Truck Series win, Johnny Benson scored his fourth of the season Saturday night in the Sylvania 200. Starting on the front row, Benson dominated for much of the evening, finishing .691 seconds ahead of polesitter Mike Skinner at the checkered flag. Kyle Busch, Todd Bodine and David Starr rounded out the top-five finishers.

Truckin’ Thursdays: Truckwhackers? Not a Problem

With all of the talk about Buschwhackers and their invasion of the Busch Series, I started to wonder about “truckwhacking” and whether or not it might become a problem in the near or distant future for the Truck Series. Although you have the occasional appearance from guys like Mark Martin and Kyle Busch, truckwhacking will most likely never be the problem buschwhacking has become, even though it might in some cases be helpful for the series.

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