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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350

Mike Skinner took the checkered flag 0.020 seconds ahead of Erik Darnell to win the Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350 Saturday night. Several cautions set up the green-white-checkered finish that allowed Skinner to pull past Darnell at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Matt Crafton, John Andretti and Ron Hornaday Jr. rounded out the top five.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville

Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.889 seconds ahead of Erik Darnell to win the Toyota Tundra 200 Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn. Benson held onto an extremely loose truck early in the race and led just three laps on his way to his third consecutive win this season. Todd Bodine, Jack Sprague, and Ron Hornaday Jr. rounded out the top five.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Power Stroke Diesel 200 at IRP

Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.484 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday Jr. to win the Power Stroke Diesel 200 Friday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis. Benson held the lead in a two-lap shootout with Hornaday Jr. to score his second win in a row, extending his points lead in the series to 15 over the defending Truck Series champ. Erik Darnell, Matt Crafton, and Shelby Howard rounded out the top five.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 O’Reilly 200 at Memphis

In a Nutshell: Ron Hornaday Jr. took the checkered flag 0.269 seconds ahead of Erik Darnell to win the O'Reilly 200 Saturday night at Memphis Motorsports Park. Hornaday Jr. held the lead after a short red flag to clean up the track and through a green-white-checker finish to score his second win of the season. Matt Crafton, Rick Crawford, and David Starr rounded out the top five finishers.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Green Light Racing Owner Sued

Earlier this week, the Texas State Attorney General's office filed a civil suit against Green Light Racing owner Gene Christensen claiming he, along with board members of his charity People Against Drugs (PAD) Affordable Housing, violated the Texas Nonprofit Corporation Act. Christensen is accused of using nearly $2 million to fund both his Craftsman Truck Series team and his failed congressional race earlier this year. The apartment complex in Garland, Texas, was created to be a drug-free and subsidized rent community, but the complex has been run as a regular apartment complex, charging full rent, and fails to offer any drug programs.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Cool City Customs 200 at Michigan

Erik Darnell took the checkered flag 0.005 seconds ahead of Johnny Benson to win the Cool City Customs 200 Saturday afternoon. Darnell survived a late-race restart and a photo finish with Benson to score his first win since Kansas last April. Scott Speed narrowly beat Todd Bodine to finish third; Brendan Gaughan rounded out the top five.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 AAA Insurance 200 at Dover

Scott Speed took the checkered flag 3.379 seconds ahead of Jack Sprague to win the AAA Insurance 200 Friday night at Dover International Raceway. A two-tire pit stop with just 67 laps remaining helped Speed gain valuable track position and, ultimately, the win. Ron Hornaday Jr., Travis Kvapil, and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Truck Series Makes a Perfect Training Ground For Young Drivers

Once NASCAR declined to raise the minimum age to race from 18 to 21, a debate popped up on the Frontstretch forums this week about age versus experience. And while there was some disagreement on when it's appropriate to move into one of NASCAR's top three series, the general consensus was that experience makes a difference regardless of a driver's age; and unfortunately, so many young drivers today just aren't getting enough of it. Well, for those owners looking to develop young talent, I know where the best opportunity exists -- and it's not in Sprint Cup. Right now, there's no better place for youth to gain that experience than the Craftsman Truck Series.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2007 New Hampshire 200 at Loudon

Ron Hornaday Jr. became the first repeat winner Saturday when he took the checkered flag over Erik Darnell, who charged past Mike Skinner and Todd Bodine in the final 30 laps. The New Hampshire 200 had just four cautions, allowing Hornaday, Jr. to open up a lead that, at times, was more than six seconds. He finished 4.211 seconds ahead of Darnell. Mike Bliss rounded out the top five.

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NASCAR’s Youth Movement

No question about it; in today's world of NASCAR, the youth movement has effectively taken control. And with today's young drivers finding themselves behind the steering wheel at an earlier age than ever, the amount of untapped talent is high. There's an immense amount of teenage sensations to sort through; read on to sift through the research and figure out which drivers experts say are better than Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart at their age and which ones can be closer compared to Paris Hilton and Ryan Leaf.

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