Race Weekend Central

Kevin Harvick Too Impatient for Driver, Team Development?

At the start of the 2008 season, the Craftsman Truck Series was bracing itself for the emergence of a super-team. Fresh off the 2007 title, three-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr. was joined by his only peer… three-time champion Jack Sprague. 20 races later, the super-team is no more. After what both Sprague and owner Kevin …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega

In a Nutshell: Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 0.074 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday Jr. to win the Mountain Dew 250 presented by Toyota Saturday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. Bodine took the lead in the final turn on the last lap to win his third consecutive superspeedway race. Kyle Busch, Colin Braun and Mike Wallace …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350

In a Nutshell: 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 …

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Johnny Benson and Ron Hornaday Jr. Look to Win Big in Vegas

As the Craftsman Truck Series rolls into Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, all eyes will be on points leaders Johnny Benson and Ron Hornaday Jr. The two are separated by just 74 points going into the first of four intermediate tracks left on the schedule. Last season, Hornaday Jr. led Mike Skinner by 29 …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky

In a Nutshell: Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.474 seconds ahead of Michael Annett to win the Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Dealers at Kentucky Speedway. Benson held off a charge from his rookie teammate with just 18 laps remaining to win his second race this season and take over …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Camping World RV Sales 200 at Milwaukee

In a Nutshell: Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 2.530 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton to win the Camping World RV Sales 200 Friday night at the Milwaukee Mile. Benson took the lead coming off pit road under caution for light drizzle and held on to win his third consecutive race at the West Allis, …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 AAA Insurance 200 at Dover

In a Nutshell: 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 …

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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 …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas

In a Nutshell: Ron Hornaday Jr. took the checkered flag ahead of Jack Sprague to win the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway Saturday evening. The defending series winner led the final 55 laps in a caution-filled race, holding off his teammate during the final restart with two laps to go. Colin Braun, Johnny …

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: 2008 Truck Series Preview Part II

Last week we talked about Craftsman leaving the Truck Series, team mergers and splits, and the 2008 rookie class. This week, we examine which drivers find themselves with new teams during the offseason and what to expect from the series. Jack Sprague, winner of the 2007 season opener at Daytona, joined Kevin Harvick Inc. and …

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