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Ben Rhodes Quickest During First Practice at Iowa Speedway

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(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Four days after losing 40 percent of its race shop, ThorSport Racing topped the speed chart in opening practice at Iowa Speedway. Three of the four team trucks were among the top 10 during the first practice at a racetrack since the incident. Practice One:  Looking for his first Camping World Truck Series victory, rookie Ben Rhodes paced the …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Post-Michigan Edition

2016 Michigan I CUP Joey Logano confetti John HArrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

The racing weekend at Michigan and Texas gave fans plenty of variety. Youth showed us their talents, restarts were crazy, at least two of the finishes were well worth waiting for and then there was a special groundhog appearance. Just your normal racing weekend. HOT Sooner or later Joey Logano was going to win a …

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Tracking the Trucks: William Byron Bests Matt Crafton in Texas

2016 CWTS Texas William Byron Trophy Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

In a Nutshell: William Byron scored his second win in just four races when he bested a dominant Matt Crafton with just five laps remaining in Friday night’s Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. He also outlasted a hard-charging Rico Abreu, who hit the wall twice in the closing laps to score the victory by …

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William Byron Holds Off Rico Abreu, Matt Crafton In Texas Truck Thriller

2016 CWTS Texas William Byron Victory Lane Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

William Byron won his second Camping World Truck Series race of the season after getting around a dominant Matt Crafton with just five laps to go. Crafton had led 133 laps of the 167-lap race before being passed by the 18-year-old Byron. Crafton had recovered after causing the first caution of the night by cutting …

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Rookies and Veterans Fast in Truck Series Practices at Texas

2016 Atlanta CWTS MAtt Crafton truck Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

After having the first of three practice sessions postponed due to NASCAR officials not being on the premises, the Camping World Truck Series finally got on track Thursday evening. It was a mixture of youth and experience that laid down quick laps in each session. Matt Crafton, two time winner at Texas, led the first …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Schedule Brings Out Captivating Competition

2016 Charlotte CWTS Matt Crafton pack racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Remember back in 2012, when the Camping World Truck Series schedule lost a few races and it wasn’t a popular move within the industry? Now in it’s fifth year of existence, you can say it has worked for the better. Currently, the Truck Series runs 23 races and has added one venue since 2014, bringing Atlanta Motor Speedway …

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Matt Crafton is the First Repeat Winner of 2016

2016 Atlanta CWTS MAtt Crafton truck Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

After taking the lead just past the halfway mark of the NC Education Lottery 200, 2014 Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton never looked in the mirror at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Leading 47 laps on the afternoon, most of all competitors, Crafton picked up back-to-back victories for the first time in his career. Much like …

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Friday Racing Washed Out at Charlotte

2016 Las Vegas CUP Chase Elliott AJ Allmendinger racing John HArrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

UPDATE: All on-track activity at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been postponed due to rain. The revised Saturday schedule follows: 9:30: All-Star Practice (FOX Sports 1) 11:00: Sprint Showdown (FOX Sports 1) 12:30: North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (FOX Sports 1) 7:00: All-Star Race qualifying (FOX Sports 1) 9:00: All-Star Race (FOX Sports 1) There will …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dover Throws a Curve

2016 Dover I CUP Kasey Kahne racing Nigel Kinrade nKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Greetings, race fans. This past weekend at Dover was a bit more like the Dover of elementary school for me than the Dover we’ve been used to.  I believe Sunday’s race was the third slowest 400-mile race at the one-mile oval.  The other two either had more cautions (Fall 2007) or just plain got ridiculous …

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Trackin’ The Trucks: Monster Mistakes Plague Dover Rookies

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Photo: Zach Catanzareti

In a Nutshell: The sun was shining down on Matt Crafton’s No. 88 Toyota after rain took over the headlines at Dover International Speedway. For the first time in his 16th start at Dover, he was able to bring his truck into Victory Lane. Leading the final 76 laps, Crafton was able to hold off a hard-charging …

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