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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Camping World RV Sales 200 at Loudon

Ron Hornaday Jr. took the checkered flag 0.960 seconds ahead of Johnny Benson to win the Camping World RV Sales 200 Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet held off a hard-charging Benson in a three-lap shootout to win his second consecutive race. Travis Kvapil, Erik Darnell, and Rick Crawford rounded out the top five finishers.

David Starr Driver Diary: Thoughts & Prayers With Those on the Texas Coast

At Bristol, it was a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We were running seventh and making our way to the front when an accident ahead of us took us out, too. At Gateway, it was another strong run for my Toyota Tundra and I feel I definitely had a top-five truck. Basically, it was just hard racing between myself and Rick Crawford. He had the momentum so he was a little bit ahead of me. Coming off of turn 2, at the last minute he seemed to come off the corner and off the wall, and touched the front of my truck just slightly.

Mirror Driving: Richmond Renaissance, Dangerous Chasers & Doomsday for Dodge?

Sunday’s race at Richmond provided some tense moments for Chase contenders and a 10-lap duel to the checkered flag — a brand of racing that has been absent for much of the season. Was this due to the track, the last chance to get bonus points for the Chase, more teams finally getting a handle on the CoT, or something else?

10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond

1. How Low? – “When times are tough, there are certain things that are lower on the priority list than others,” said Dodge Motorsports senior manager Mike Delahanty in announcing that the company would not support any Craftsman Truck Series teams beginning next year. Actually, the only truck team that the manufacturer still funds was Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia. Dodge had previously enjoyed success in the series with the late Bobby Hamilton, winning a CTS championship with him in 2004 and then with Ted Musgrave and Ultra Motorsports in 2005. Low Priority? Is that an insult to the Craftsman Truck Series… or what?

Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Camping World 200 presented by Honda Power Equipment at Gateway

Ron Hornaday Jr. took the checkered flag 0.646 seconds ahead of Dennis Setzer to win the Camping World 200 presented by Honda Power Equipment Saturday afternoon at Gateway International Raceway. The driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet took the lead for the final time on lap 130 and led the final 30 laps to score his fourth win this season. Johnny Benson, Todd Bodine and Jack Sprague rounded out the top five.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: NASCAR Announces an Engine Change & More

Over the Labor Day break, Bobby Hamilton Racing-VA has closed the doors on the No. 4 Dodge until further notice, so all team efforts can be focused on the No. 18 truck driven by Dennis Setzer. Since the announcement, Stacy Compton’s No. 4 Dodge has withdrawn from this weekend’s entry list.

Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Into the Wild Blue Yonder

We were on our way to Nashville last time I was here, and that weekend did not turn out at all the way we were hoping. Nothing went the way we wanted it to, and we just had one of those weeks where we were just off all weekend with our Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150. We figured out pretty fast that we weren’t going to be bringing home that guitar trophy. We still finished on the lead lap, so it could have been worse — but it wasn’t at all the weekend we were looking for. The next race we had was another Tennessee race, and Bristol went a whole lot better for us.

Mirror Driving: Bristol Bust? Are Owners Impatient? & Was Patience Needed For Joey Logano?

The Sharpie 500 featured by far the fewest number of leaders (three) since the introduction of the CoT. Passing for the lead can be difficult with the new car on bigger tracks, but was that the case at Bristol… or was it just that uncompetitive at the front?

Holding a Pretty Wheel: It’s a Mix of Cheers & Boos for NASCAR’s 2009 Schedules

NASCAR released the 2009 schedules for the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and truck series this week, and there were a few changes for each circuit as the sport moves forward. On the truck calendar, NASCAR hit a home run, and the Nationwide circuit was a stand-up double. The Sprint Cup schedule, however, was more of a weak ground ball to second base for the first out of the inning.

Tracking the Trucks: 2008 O’Reilly 200 at Bristol

Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.386 seconds ahead of Todd Bodine to win the O’Reilly 200 presented by Camping World Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch survived multiple late race restarts and a green-white-checkered finish to win at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile. Scott Speed, Johnny Benson and Rick Crawford rounded out the top five.

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