*In a Nutshell:* 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, Jr. 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 5.Read More »
As the Craftsman Truck Series rolls into Martinsville Speedway for the final short track race of the season, there are some new faces on the entry list. Mike Skinner's son Dustin is just one of those drivers; he'll follow in the footsteps of his father and his older brother, Jamie, who also made their debuts at the Virginia short track. The 23-year-old started racing go-karts in 1998 and moved onto 4-wheel racing by 2000, where he won six of the eight races he ran. In 2006, Dustin ran six races in the Florida Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (FASCAR) Pro-Truck Series and won five of those races; he never started outside the Top 10 in those races.Read More »
Did You Notice? Ganassi’s Trial By Fire(d), The Trials And Tribulations Of The Woods, And… Morgan Shepherd?
Did You Notice? That at Talladega, the No. 21 Ford driven by Jon Wood had to pull in the garage after just one lap in order to fix radical adjustments made in qualifying to get the car in the show. Now, I know it looks like I pick on the Wood Brothers every week, but it’s hard to ignore them when they continue to make major mistakes. There were seven other cars who qualified on time for this race, and none of them had to spend nine laps in the garage area to fix their cars within the first five laps.Read More »
The Sprint Cup Series was idle this week while the Nationwide Series teams went to Mexico City. Given the huge cost of the trip, should it be the other way around? Is it time for the Cup Series to have a race out of the country?Read More »
Did You Notice? That in the closing laps of the race in Mexico City, with Scott Pruett’s bumper hanging by a thread, NASCAR refused to throw the black flag on the No. 40? Is it just me, or wasn’t that pretty dangerous? Sure, it’s not Pruett’s fault the bumper got loose; it was because someone else laid the chrome horn. But in virtually any other situation – say, at Bristol – that car would have been on pit road within five laps. As far as I’m concerned, that thing could have fallen off, someone else could have run it over, and that person’s day would have been ruined through no fault of their own. It sucked for Pruett, but he should have been forced to pit; once he wasn’t, that’s a dangerous inconsistency precedent for NASCAR to set. What if someone partially tears a bumper at Talladega this weekend? What will they do then?Read More »
If you don't think those drivers fighting to get - or remain - inside the Top 35 in car owner points are feeling any pressure with eight races remaining... think again. Kyle Petty's obvious frustration towards Denny Hamlin following a lap 204 crash was without a doubt the expression of a disappointed driver trying hard to hold his spot in the field... not only for now, but ultimately for the first five races of 2008. The accident that ended Petty's day drops the No. 45 team to just one point away from the 35th and final guaranteed starting position, leaving them more vulnerable than they've been in quite sometime.Read More »
Travis Kvapil took the checkered flag ahead of Johnny Benson to win the Smith's Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night. Kvapil outran Benson and Jon Wood, who finished third, in a couple of great side-by-side battles during the final six laps to score his fourth win of the season and ninth of his career. Terry Cook and Erik Darnell rounded out the top five.Read More »