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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Johnny Benson, Kyle Busch, and Con-Way Freight?

Earlier this season, the Camping World Truck Series was shocked to find out that defending series champion Johnny Benson had been released from his No. 1 Red Horse Racing Toyota due to a lack of funding. Shortly afterward, Kyle Busch announced he and Billy Ballew Motorsports were working with their sponsors to allow Benson to pilot the No. 51 Toyota at the Milwaukee Mile, trying to keep the defending series champ in contention for a top 10 finish in series points. Unfortunately, an injury in a late model race at Berlin Raceway squashed those plans for Benson before they could ever take form. Then, in late July, Iredell County recorded LB Builders had started to build a race shop for Kyle Busch to the tune of $2.4 million.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.135 seconds ahead of Mike Skinner to win the Built Ford Tough 225 Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. Hornaday, Jr. held off a hard charging Skinner long enough to score his third consecutive and fourth win of the season. Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters, and Aric Almirola rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Tayler Malsam.* Malsam started eighth and had a very fast truck, powering to the lead for the first time in his career on lap 47 after pit strategy helped him restart third.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas

Mike Skinner was standing on pit road in the rain when he got word he won the rain-shortened O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 presented by World of Warcraft Monday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. Skinner led the field when the red flag flew on Saturday for rain, and found himself in that same top spot when the rain came again on Monday. Reigning champion Johnny Benson finished runner-up to Skinner, with Brian Scott, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Brian Ickler rounding out the top five.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: News Around the Series

After the longest break on the 2009 schedule, the Camping World Truck Series returns to the track this weekend at Kansas Speedway. There are 37 trucks listed on the entry list, and despite preseason fears of short fields, this will be the fifth consecutive full field this season. Last season the Truck Series saw short fields in their second and third races. Before the trucks hit the track, I want to take a little time to recap the news around the series over the last couple weeks.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Edition

What a race Sunday! The Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway gave fans the tight racing action they have been yearning for since before the season began. The close racing amongst competitors individually made the race well worth watching, as did the fact that some unexpected drivers had good runs on the tricky half-mile track. While several surprise drivers slid into the top 15 or 20, other expected contenders found themselves in holes early in the event, with little or no chance of digging out. Here are the HOT, WARM and COLD drivers this week, before the Cup Series breaks its short-track excursion and travels to Texas Motor Speedway this Sunday.

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