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.
When the Craftsman Truck Series takes the green flag Saturday evening at Gateway International Raceway, Kenny Wallace will make his return to the series after an 11-year absence. Wallace, set to run the No. 51 Flanders Provisions Co. Chevrolet for Billy Ballew, is the youngest of the Wallace brothers; one of just four families in series history to have three brothers compete. The Wallaces, the Greens, the Sauters and the Bodines have all left their mark on the series over time.
In 2000, Toyota ventured into the big sea of NASCAR racing; first dipping their toes in the water in the Goody’s Dash Series. Robert Huffman delivered their first win the following year, and scored their first championship in 2003. The manufacturer entered the Craftsman Truck Series beginning with the 2004 season. Just two years later, Todd Bodine drove Toyota to their first truck series championship in 2006. Now, with just 10 races remaining in the 2007 season, Toyota is looking at the very strong possibility of back-to-back championships.
Reed Sorenson survived the carnage of wrecked racecars and a late challenge by Scott Wimmer to take the checkered flag first in Saturday night’s Gateway 250.
The Craftsman Truck Series is going into their 12th off weekend of the season, and besides Travis Kvapil and Mike Beam getting penalized for infractions at Kentucky, not much is going on. But the Truck Series has passed an important milestone. Saturday night’s race at Kentucky was race number 13 in the 25-race season. We have …
Mark Martin, making his final Truck Series start for Roush Racing, won his grand finale Friday night in the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The win was Martin’s sixth of the season in just 14 starts.
Sure, most eyes will be on the Chase for the Cup, but my eyes sit on the Craftsman Truck Series race. And although he has a 112-point cushion over second-place Johnny Benson, Todd Bodine doesn’t have it officially in the bag quite yet.
Polesitter Johnny Benson went from first… to last… to first again, winning his fifth career Craftsman Truck Series race in Phoenix Friday night after spinning out on the first lap of the race. Benson finished 0.429 seconds ahead of Mark Martin in the Casino Arizona 150.
The points race this year finds itself in the Craftsman Truck Series, where things find themselves just getting heated up.
Mark Martin scored his fifth win of the 2006 season Saturday afternoon in the John Deere 250, taking the checkered flag under caution over Mike Skinner after a wild four-truck wreck occurred on the race’s final lap.