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Kevin Harvick: Too Impatient for Driver, Team Development?

Do I think Carmichael is ready for a full-time Truck ride? No. But Harvick and KHI seem to think he is. And given Harvick’s record as an owner, I am concerned for Carmichael and his career development should he get that promotion. Carmichael, given how green he still is not just in the ranks of NASCAR, but in racing stock cars period, is a rookie that is going to require a lot of patience, even more than with most. Patient is not something Harvick has ever been as an owner.

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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 of the last lap to win his third consecutive superspeedway race. Kyle Busch, Colin Braun and Mike Wallace rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Erik Darnell. Erik Darnell ran sixth quickest in the final practice session and started on the pole with teammates Jon Wes Townley and Colin Braun right there with him. Within the last 15 laps, Darnell got out of line, went four wide and ended up losing several positions, dashing any hopes of a visit to victory lane. Darnell led a total of 48 laps and ended up finishing 12th.

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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 Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Erik Darnell.* Darnell ran second quickest in the first practice but dropped off considerably in the final practice. The problems the No. 99 team had during the final practice turned around when the team took the track under the lights. Darnell lead 56 laps only to be passed by Mike Skinner on the sixth green-white-checkered finish of the season.

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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, Ron Hornaday, Jr. led Mike Skinner by 29 points going into this race, and a blown tire sent him to a 22nd place finish and second in the points standings; Johnny Benson finished second to race-winner Travis Kvapil. Over the last 10 races, Johnny Benson and Ron Hornaday, Jr. have combined to win eight races. Either driver could experience problems that leave the championship wide open for the other.

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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 the point lead. Matt Crafton, Dennis Setzer, and David Starr rounded out the Top 5 finishers. *Who Should Have Won: Johnny Benson.* Shortly after the green flag flew, Benson made a strong charge behind teammate Mike Skinner and nearly challenged Skinner for the lead. He then took the top spot again for the final time after completing a four wide pass with just 32 laps remaining, well on his way to his first victory at Kentucky Speedway.

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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 the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch*. Busch led the first 96 laps before smoke forced him to take the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota to the garage. It took his team just 19 laps to change his transmission. Once back on the track, Busch managed to gain two of his laps back but was left to finish 17th, 17 laps down.

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Down in Daytona 2008: Jack Sprague, Ron Hornaday Take Friendly Rivalry to KHI

Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday have long been friendly rivals with both drivers taking turns winning the Craftsman Truck Series' title in four of the first five years. Driving for rival owners, Dale Earnhardt and Rick Hendrick, Sprague and Hornaday had a few run-ins between 1996 and 1999, but both are now competing for a record fourth title under the same banner at Kevin Harvick Inc.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Silverado 350K at Texas

Ted Musgrave took the checkered flag under caution ahead of Brendan Gaughan to win his first race since 2005 in St. Louis. Musgrave survived a green-white-checkered finish in the Silverado 350K at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night that saw the two frontrunners, Chad McCumbee and Jack Sprague, wreck each other shortly after taking the green flag. Mike Skinner, Mike Bliss and Rick Crawford rounded out the top five.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Kroger 200 at Martinsville

*In a Nutshell:* As the field wrecked behind him, Mike Skinner took the checkered flag ahead of Jack Sprague to win the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway Saturday afternoon. A late-race red flag set the field up for a three-lap shootout, and Skinner prevailed, winning his third race at the 0.526-mile short track. Ron Hornaday, Jr, David Starr and Rick Crawford rounded out the Top Five. *Who Should Have Won:* Terry Cook. Cook was the third fastest in practice Friday afternoon with speeds just four-tenths of a mile per hour off of Jack Sprague, who topped the leaderboard. The No. 59 Harris Trucking Toyota started deep in the field after posting the 24th quickest qualifying time. Cook took the lead on lap 27 under caution after Brian Scott spun off of turn one. He led the following 108 laps before contact with Sprague opened the door for Skinner to lead. Cook ended up 29th, 11 laps down.

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