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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Michigan 200

Colin Braun took the checkered flag 1.790 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Michigan 200 Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway. Braun led less than half the laps Busch did, but he led the most important ones on his way to his first career Truck Series win. Brian Ickler, Matt Crafton and Mike Skinner rounded out the top five.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 LifeLock 400 at Michigan

Here’s one thing I just have a hard time understanding. I get that young, good-looking drivers who look good on TV and attract pit lizards like flies to honey have a certain appeal to sponsors. But when did that become more important than winning races and getting airtime during races for doing something notable on the racetrack? What are the sponsors at Red Horse Racing thinking, choosing a driver who is a journeyman at best over a champion in two of NASCAR’s top series? Doesn’t the airtime gained from leading laps and winning races matter to sponsors any more? What happened here?

At-Track News and Notes – 2009 Lifelock 400 at Michigan

Situated in the backyard of the Big Three automakers, MIS has traditionally been one of the marquee events on the NASCAR schedule. This year however, it has taken on a decidedly different tone. Amid the recent bankruptcy filings of Chrysler and General Motors (both of which were against their will), more questions were raised during the course of the day with the performance of the manufacturers in court and corporately, rather than out on the track.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: Johnny Benson Ousted at Red Horse Racing

After a less than thrilling race at Texas Motor Speedway, the Camping World Truck Series made up for it to the tune of some big news. Monday afternoon, I got home from work and read in disbelief that Johnny Benson‘s No. 1 Red Horse Racing team has shut down due to a lack of operating …

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What’s Vexing Vito: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Johnny Benson Ousted From Red Horse Racing

“I have a lot of faults Brad, but ingratitude isn’t one of them.” – George C. Scott in Patton – 1970 That line came to mind this week, when it was announced by Red Horse Racing, that defending Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Benson Jr. was being booted from the No. 1 Toyota Tundra. …

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Mirror Driving: Judging Double-File Restarts, Benson’s Pink Slip, & of Course… Busch & Earnhardt

NASCAR appeared to listen to drivers and fans with the new double-file restart rule. Did they make the right call?

Talking NASCAR TV: TNT’s 1st Effort of the Year Promising, But Issues Remain

This past weekend was a busy one on television, so let’s get right down to it. We’ll start with the Truck Series race, Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. The first thing that viewers would have noticed on the broadcast was that Michael Waltrip, usually the third man in the booth, was absent Friday night due to his obligations in Pennsylvania. This was obviously pre-planned because Waltrip was supposed to be practicing and qualifying for the Pocono 500. However, even though Friday was a complete washout at Pocono, Waltrip still decided not to make the trip. The result was a two-man booth with just Rick Allen and Phil Parsons, making for a different feel, but something I could get used to.

Tracking the Trucks: 2009 WinStar Casino 400 at Texas

Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 1.321 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton to win the WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night. Bodine gambled on fuel strategy and won, scoring his fifth victory at the mile-and-a-half track. Colin Braun, Johnny Benson and Rick Crawford rounded out the top five.

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