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Tracking The Trucks: John King Prevails In Wild NextERA Energy Resources 250

*In a Nutshell:* After spinning out Johnny Sauter to take the lead, rookie John King was in front when the caution fell during the last lap of a green-white-checkered finish. Since it was the third attempt, NASCAR ended the race under yellow and the rookie took the checkers in just his eighth career start in the series.

Buzzwords to describe this one: Bizarro. Surreal. Wild wrecks. And… easily one of the top 3 upsets in Truck Series history, ever.

Truckin’ Thursdays: A Look Ahead At The CWTS 2012 Season

Hello, race fans! It’s time to shake off the cobwebs from the offseason because the Camping World Truck Series is back in action Friday night, and we have a lot of catching up to do before the green flag waves over the season opener at Daytona. As my husband and I talked about the upcoming start of what should be another fantastic Truck Series season, I couldn’t help but get excited. Heck, I even had goosebumps on my arms as we talked about not just a long list of new drivers, but a number of important storylines to watch. So, as the offseason wore to a close, I decided to change my traditional, team-by-team preview to look more at some of those “big picture” items to keep an eye on as the 2012 season dawns. Here they are, in the nick of time as tomorrow begins the 22-race dash to Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway…

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Ford 400 at Homestead

It there’s a villain here, it was Mother Nature. The only damper on an otherwise spectacular afternoon of racing was a pair of rain delays. And it was a good thing those ended when they did; the skies opened up before the victory ceremonies even really got started. Stewart was soaked before the champagne even flew, nearly five hours after the green flag. The second caution for rain actually erased concerns of a fuel-mileage race (and possibly a fuel mileage champion as well), so it’s hard to call that one a bad thing-especially since it ended just in time to finish the race before the heavens opened up.

Tracking the Trucks: Ford 200

*In a Nutshell:* With just 17 laps remaining, the rain started to fall once again over Homestead-Miami Speedway, and just two laps later the field sat on pit road under the red flag with Johnny Sauter in the top spot. Less than ten minutes after drivers parked on pit road, NASCAR called the race, ending the 2011 season 22.5 miles short. Kevin Harvick, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Joey Coulter rounded out the top 5.

*Who Should Have Won:* *Johnny Sauter* In a rain-shortened race, it’s always hard to guess who would have come out on top had the full distance been run. But Sauter had quite the truck in the laps leading up to the caution that ultimately ended the race. For the final 40 laps, the driver of the No. 13 Chevrolet held the top spot, though competitor Denny Hamlin kept closing the gap. Despite a move by Hamlin to the outside, a loose Sauter managed to hang on to the top spot before exclaiming, ‘It’s raining!’ on his radio right after he nearly slid up the track into Hamlin. Sauter led a total of 44 laps en route to his second victory this season.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: Memorable Moments of the 2011 Season

It seems like it was yesterday when the Camping World Truck Series hit the track at Daytona International Speedway to open the 2011 season, but nine months and 24 races later, the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway is once again upon us. And while Austin Dillon needs only a 16th-place finish to clinch the championship regardless of what competitors James Buescher (20 points behind) and Johnny Sauter (28 points behind) do, that only begins to tell the story of what has been an entertaining season. From James Buescher and Ron Hornaday, Jr. each making unlikely runs at the championship to costly mistakes, there are plenty of reasons–both good and bad–to remember the 2010 season.

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