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Truckin’ Thursdays: Debuting Drivers, Gresham On The Market And More

vWith just a two-week hiatus, the Camping World Truck Series heads back to the track for a standalone Saturday night showdown at Iowa Speedway. In the first of two visits to the 0.875-mile track situated in the heart of the Midwest, the series makes just its third visit to a facility that has featured three very different winners. From Mike Skinner, who won the inaugural race to Austin Dillon, who won last season, age doesn’t seem to matter at Iowa and neither does experience apparently.

Despite the off week, there has definitely not been a shortage of news in the series since visiting Kentucky Speedway. So without further ado, it’s time to play catch up in the world of Truck Series news.

Truckin’ Thursdays: Dreaming Big HELP!

With the Camping World Truck Series off this weekend, there’s not a whole lot of news going on at this point. In fact, most off weeks often make the series seem like a ghost town until they return. In the past, “I’ve given you reasons to watch the Truck Series,”:https://frontstretch.com/blunkenheimer/38767/ and this time, I’m playing a little game of what if. If I were in charge of the Truck Series what would I change?

*The Schedule*

The schedule obviously has to be the number one thing to change. From the moment NASCAR announced the 2012 season had been cut by three races to just 22, I objected to it. Part of the problem came with the closure of Nashville Superspeedway and the removal of Lucas Oil Raceway Park from the docket, however it looks more like the sanctioning body was focused on solidifying the Nationwide and Sprint Cup schedules, while keeping the Truck Series on the back burner.

Tracking the Trucks: UNOH 225

*In a Nutshell:* James Buescher took the checkered flag 3.805 seconds ahead of Brad Keselowski in the UNOH 225 Thursday night at Kentcuky Speedway. Buescher took the lead for the final time on a lap 108 restart and never looked back despite one more caution. Ty Dillon, Matt Crafton and Timothy Peters rounded out the top 5.

*Who Should Have Won:* *James Buescher.* Buescher ran in the top 5 in both practice sessions before qualifying third, but it wasn’t until a lap 27 restart when the driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet grabbed the top spot. He led for 76 of the next 77 laps before relinquishing the top spot on pit road, however he easily moved back out front for the third and final time on a lap 108 restart en route to his second victory this season.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: Kentucky’s Championship Effect

That’s right. The Truck Series boasts seven winners and counting to begin the 2012 season. If you take out the two Cup drivers who have won–Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne–you’ve got truck regulars, including three first-time winners–John King, James Buescher and Justin Lofton–that have taken the checkers in the other five races.

James Buescher because the first repeat winner this season with his victory Thursday night in the UNOH 225 and it was definitely a win the Turner Motorsports driver earned. Having started third, the driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet led three times for 119 of 150 laps en route to his second career victory.

Truckin’ Thursdays: Who’s Next? Three Drivers Vying for First Series Win

*Who Will Be The Next First-Time Winner?*

In “Mirror Driving on Wednesday,”:https://frontstretch.com/md/39793/ the question of which driver will become the next first-time winner came up. Suggestions from Ty Dillon, the current Sunoco Rookie of the Year leader to Joey Coulter, who scored his career-best finish Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, so I decided to take a closer look at those who are just about to break through to victory lane.

Tracking the Trucks: WinStar World Casino 400

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Sauter took the checkered flag 2.101 seconds ahead of teammate Matt Crafton to score the victory at Texas Motor Speedway in Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 400. Sauter led twice for just 41 laps en route to his first career victory at the mile-and-a-half track. Joey Coulter, Brendan Gaughan and Nelson Piquet, Jr. rounded out the top 5.

Miguel Paludo, International Diabetes Federation Team Up for Awareness

When the Camping World Truck Series takes the track Friday night for the WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway, Miguel Paludo’s No. 32 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet will have a completely different look. In an effort to raise more awareness for diabetes, the Brazilian, who has been named as the most recent–a first South American–Blue Circle Champion for the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), will run a “Unite for Diabetes” paint scheme this weekend.

IDF is an umbrella organization that encompasses over 200 diabetes associations covering more than 160 countries all over the world. Their mission is to “promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.” Founded in 1950, IDF has united organizations worldwide that are all united for one purpose: finding a cure.

Truckin’ Thursdays: A Trio Of “Texas-Sized” Favorites For 2012

The Camping World Truck Series once again descends on Texas Motor Speedway for this Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 500K. While the entry list is only 34 Trucks long, three drivers who have combined to win 13 of the last 20 events (65 percent) at the 1.5-mile oval are looking to add to their totals this week.

Leading the pack with six victories at Texas, *Todd Bodine* comes in with momentum on his side after a rain-shortened victory at Dover last weekend. The Onion wasn’t the strongest truck on the track, even spinning out midrace and likely wouldn’t have visited Victory Lane if it hadn’t been for pit strategy. But a win is a win, no matter how you score it and it’s amazing what a trophy can do for the attitudes within a race team. Just one race removed from a suspension of the team’s No. 7 truck, Bodine still needs financial support to finish the season and that “survivor instinct” can now be paired with the confidence this team can finish first. Besides, I’d be willing to bet the Red Horse Racing driver would like to have a win that doesn’t come thanks to rain.

Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 200

*In a Nutshell:* Todd Bodine scored his first victory of the year in Friday evening’s rain-shortened Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. The driver of the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota didn’t pit when the rest of the field did following the first red flag for rain and held off charges from Parker Kligerman and Kevin Harvick through two restarts en route to his first career victory at the one-mile oval. Kligerman, Harvick, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Cale Gale rounded out the top 5.

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