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Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega

Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 0.014 seconds ahead of Rick Crawford to win at Talladega on Saturday afternoon. Bodine survived an intense three-wide battle with Crawford and Johnny Benson to win his second race of the season. Jason Leffler and Dennis Setzer rounded out the top five. Rookie of the year contender Willie Allen finished sixth, his best finish of the season, followed by Ron Hornaday Jr. in seventh. Chad Chaffin, Regan Smith, and Jon Wood rounded out the top 10.

Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Drag Racing, Sweet Trucks & Toyota’s Secret

I’ve gotten to be pretty good friends with John Force and his team. We’re all part of the Ford camp. They race Ford Mustangs in the NHRA Funny Car ranks while we race Ford F-150s, the F-series pickups, in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. We had an event where we were trying out some new 2008 vehicles in Dearborn at the Ford test facility and I was able to give Ashley Force a ride in a new Edge on the road course. I think she enjoyed it, especially letting a round track guy do the driving. John told her before we went out, “Honey, you’ve got to let these round track guys give you a ride on this road course because they like turning left and right.” John was pretty animated about that and it was a lot of fun and I think they really enjoyed it.

Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Still Good on Dirt

We’ve run two more races since the last diary, and these were pretty good races for our Power Stroke Diesel Team. We had a top-five finish at ORP, in the Power Stroke Diesel 200, and we just got finished with a top-10 run, a sixth-place finish at Nashville Superspeedway. We had a good run for Circle Bar Racing, David Starr and myself, with the International Maxx Force Diesel by International and the Power Stroke Diesel by International both in the top 10. The No. 10 and the No. 14 truck have been competitive, and we’ve had a good couple of weeks.

Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Power Stroke Diesel 200 at IRP

Ron Hornaday Jr. held off a strong charge by Johnny Benson to win the rain-delayed Power Stroke Diesel 200 at O’Reilly Raceway Park. Hornaday’s final margin of victory was 0.350 seconds after passing Benson, then Travis Kvapil with 30 laps to go to take the Friday night short track shootout. Kvapil faded to third at the finish, with Rick Crawford and Ken Schrader rounding out the top five behind him. Todd Bodine, after trouble early in the race, battled back to finish sixth, ahead of Erik Darnell; Regan Smith, Jack Sprague, and Brendan Gaughan rounded out the top 10 finishers.

Rick Crawford Driver Diary: The 1 That Got Away

I apologize for taking so long to update my driver diary. This stretch of consecutive races and appearances has kept us pretty busy. Charlotte started with a two-day NASCAR test the week before and allowed us time to decide which truck we wanted to use. Kevin “Cowboy” Starland and the Circle Bar crew picked out …

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Inside the Craftsman Truck Series: David Starr Driver Diary

Before I reflect on this past season and talk about the coming season, I want to say that racing very recently lost a true champion. While this has been one of the most exciting and happiest days of my racing career, I also have to say that it’s a sad day, too, because of Bobby …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2006 Sylvania 200 at Loudon

After starting the season without a single Truck Series win, Johnny Benson scored his fourth of the season Saturday night in the Sylvania 200. Starting on the front row, Benson dominated for much of the evening, finishing .691 seconds ahead of polesitter Mike Skinner at the checkered flag.

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