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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Toyota Looking for Back-to-Back Championships

In 2000, Toyota ventured into the big sea of NASCAR racing; first dipping their toes in the water in the Goody’s Dash Series. Robert Huffman delivered their first win the following year, and scored their first championship in 2003. The manufacturer entered the Craftsman Truck Series beginning with the 2004 season. Just two years later, Todd Bodine drove Toyota to their first truck series championship in 2006. Now, with just 10 races remaining in the 2007 season, Toyota is looking at the very strong possibility of back-to-back championships.

Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville

Travis Kvapil led 47 of the last 48 laps on his way to the checkered flag in the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Kvapil finished 2.403 seconds ahead of the only Chevrolet to break into the top 10, Ron Hornaday Jr. Points leader Mike Skinner finished third with David Starr and Todd Bodine rounding out the top five.

David Starr Diary: Off Weekend? What Off Weekend?

We are more than half way through the 2007 season, and in a little over two weeks we go to Bristol Motor Speedway! Recently we took our International MaxxForce Diesel Ford F-150 to test the “new” Bristol track. It’s always cool to go to there because it’s just an awesome facility and there is so much excitement and history at the track. Going there last week and testing was exciting because of the new surface. It was a great test, but the track was very “green,” meaning there was no rubber on it. All in all, it was good for my team to be able to really work together and try new stuff. We learned a lot and I’m looking forward to going back there for the race.

Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Power Stroke Diesel 200 at IRP

Ron Hornaday Jr. held off a strong charge by Johnny Benson to win the rain-delayed Power Stroke Diesel 200 at O’Reilly Raceway Park. Hornaday’s final margin of victory was 0.350 seconds after passing Benson, then Travis Kvapil with 30 laps to go to take the Friday night short track shootout. Kvapil faded to third at the finish, with Rick Crawford and Ken Schrader rounding out the top five behind him. Todd Bodine, after trouble early in the race, battled back to finish sixth, ahead of Erik Darnell; Regan Smith, Jack Sprague, and Brendan Gaughan rounded out the top 10 finishers.

Mirror Driving: Chasing the Chase, Truckers Ruining the Race? & Does ESPN Know Their Place?

After a one-week breather, Nextel Cup racing resumes this week with just seven races remaining until the end of the regular season. Heading into that final stretch, who among the top 12 is the most vulnerable to drop out and why? And if someone does fall out, who slips in their place?

Tearing Apart the Trucks: 2007 Midseason Review

The Craftsman Truck Series is going into their 12th off weekend of the season, and besides Travis Kvapil and Mike Beam getting penalized for infractions at Kentucky, not much is going on. But the Truck Series has passed an important milestone. Saturday night’s race at Kentucky was race number 13 in the 25-race season. We have …

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Mirror Driving: Kasey Kahne Drinking Bud? Chicagoland a Dud? & Ginn Hits the Ground With a Thud

It’s now been six years since Chicagoland hosted its first Nextel Cup race. Are you disappointed in the progress being made as the track has aged, and should improvements be made a la Homestead and Las Vegas to make the facility more competitive?

Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky

Mike Skinner won his fourth race of the season Saturday night in the Built Ford Tough 225 at the Kentucky Speedway. Skinner beat runner-up Travis Kvapil by 5.570 seconds. Ted Musgrave, who returned to the No. 9 after a one-week suspension, finished third.

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