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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 AAA Insurance 200 at IRP

Ron Hornaday Jr. took the checkered flag 0.202 seconds ahead of Mike Skinner to win the AAA Insurance 200 presented by J.D. Byrider Friday night at O’Reilly Raceway Park. Hornaday, Jr. held off a late-race charge from Skinner, who had a fresh set of tires, to score his record fourth consecutive Truck Series win. Aric Almirola, Dennis Setzer and Colin Braun rounded out the top five.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: A Look at the Halfway Point of the Season, Hornaday Chases a Milestone & Caitlin Shaw Set to Debut

This weekend, the Camping World Truck Series heads to O’Reilly Raceway Park for the 13th race on the 25-race schedule. At this point each year, I like to take a look back at the season so far and ahead to what we can expect for the remainder of the season. Like most seasons, this year …

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5 Points to Ponder: Foreign Manufacturer… err, Michigan Edition

Jack Roush’s cars are often considered the favorites to win races at Michigan, but it was his truck that found victory lane this weekend. Former road-race star Colin Braun may not have been at Le Mans this week, but passing Kyle Busch in the closing laps to win his first Truck Series race was worth it. The win was Roush’s 50th career Truck victory and puts Braun on the same list as Martin, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch among others as drivers to win for Roush’s truck program.

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.

Tracking the Trucks: 2009 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte

Ron Hornaday Jr. took the checkered flag 1.669 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Friday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Hornaday Jr. held off a hard charge from Busch on the final restart with 23 laps remaining to score his 40th career Camping World Truck Series win. Matt Crafton, Ryan Newman and Terry Cook rounded out the top five.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: AMS, Matt Crafton & Rick Crawford Celebrate Milestones

After taking an early season weekend off, the Camping World Truck Series returns to action Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This weekend marks 50 years of racing at the 1.5-mile oval, and two of the Truck Series drivers will be celebrating milestones of their own.

Tracking the Trucks: 2009 NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona

Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 0.249 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night. Bodine overcame an early-race black flag for advancing his position below the double yellow line on his way to victory lane. Terry Cook, rookie JR Fitzpatrick and Ron Hornaday Jr. rounded out the top five.

Beyond the Cockpit: Colin Braun on Truck Racing, Year 2

In his rookie season last year in the Camping World truck series, Colin Braun amassed eight top 10s in 25 starts and finished 13th in points, claiming Rookie of the Year honors. His 2009 campaign got off to a good start, grabbing the pole for the season opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 and finishing ninth. Frontstretch caught up with the 20-year-old driver prior to his impressive Daytona run at the NASCAR Media Day to discuss is confidence level heading into 2009 and whether or not he would consider going back to sports car racing.

Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Chevy Silverado 350K at Texas

Ron Hornaday Jr. took the checkered flag 0.958 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Chevy Silverado 350K Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway. Hornaday earned his way back onto the lead lap, took the top spot on lap 108 and never looked back. Johnny Benson, Todd Bodine and rookie Colin Braun rounded out the top five.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: Camping World Joins the Truck Series

Last week, NASCAR announced that Camping World will take over for Craftsman, who will be stepping down as series sponsor after 13 years at the end of the 2008 season. The seven-year-deal gives Camping World exclusive sponsorship of the series. They will remain the title sponsor of the Camping World East and West Series as well as the teams they’ve been involved with. Craftsman has been with the Truck Series since its inception in 1995.

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