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Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:49 pm

Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 Results

Pos No. Driver Make Status Laps Rating Points
1 23 John King Toyota   109 74.8 47
2 27 Timothy Peters Toyota   109 74.9 42
3 15 Justin Lofton Chevrolet   109 102.2 41
4 19 Travis Kvapil Toyota   109 87.7 0
5 8 Jason White Ford   109 113.5 40
6 10 Todd Bodine Toyota   109 95.7 38
7 22 Chris Fontaine Toyota   109 63.5 37
8 25 Ward Burton Chevrolet   109 49.2 36
9 4 Ty Dillon Chevrolet   109 75.8 35
10 26 Clay Greenfield Ram   109 84.1 34
11 28 Parker Kligerman Ram   109 57 33
12 21 Grant Enfinger Ford   109 79.8 32
13 16 Dusty Davis Toyota   109 83.9 31
14 12 Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet   109 92.2 30
15 33 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet   109 84.9 29
16 35 Chris Cockrum Chevrolet   109 37 28
17 3 James Buescher Chevrolet   109 96.6 28
18 9 Joey Coulter Chevrolet accident 108 86.2 26
19 14 Paulie Harraka Ford   105 52.4 25
20 11 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet accident 104 88.4 0
21 17 David Starr Toyota accident 104 50.1 23
22 2 Nelson Piquet Jr. Chevrolet accident 104 71.7 23
23 30 Matt Crafton Toyota accident 104 40.4 21
24 20 Johnny Sauter Toyota accident 104 79.5 21
25 36 Rick Crawford Chevrolet accident 101 43.8 19
26 29 Max Gresham Chevrolet accident 100 75.6 18
27 5 Brad Keselowski Ram accident 99 77.9 0
28 24 Ross Chastain Toyota accident 94 45.3 17
29 32 Bryan Silas Ford accident 93 41.1 16
30 1 Miguel Paludo Chevrolet accident 83 104.2 16
31 34 T.J. Duke Chevrolet accident 62 36.9 13
32 7 Cale Gale Chevrolet accident 61 75.3 12
33 13 Mike Skinner Chevrolet accident 61 58.3 11
34 31 J.R. Fitzpatrick Chevrolet accident 61 40.3 10
35 18 Dakoda Armstrong Toyota accident 33 41.2 9
36 6 Jason Leffler Toyota accident 17 41.5 8

Race Statistics

Average Speed of Race Winner: 119.169 mph.

Time of Race: 2 hours, 17 minutes, 13 seconds.

Margin of Victory: Under Caution.

Caution Flags: 9 for 37 laps.

Lead Changes: 11 among 8 drivers.

Lap Leaders: M.Paludo 1-20; B.Silas 21; M.Paludo 22-43; R.Chastain 44; M.Paludo 45-46; J.Buescher 47-54; M.Paludo 55-66; J.Buescher 67-68; N.Piquet Jr. 69-83; J.White 84-99; J.Sauter 100-103; J.King 104-109.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): M.Paludo, 4 times for 56 laps; J.White, 1 time for 16 laps; N.Piquet Jr., 1 time for 15 laps; J.Buescher, 2 times for 10 laps; J.King, 1 time for 6 laps; J.Sauter, 1 time for 4 laps; R.Chastain, 1 time for 1 lap; B.Silas, 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: 1. J.King, 47; 2. T.Peters, 42; 3. J.Lofton, 41; 4. J.White, 40; 5. T.Bodine, 38; 6. C.Fontaine, 37; 7. Wa.Burton, 36; 8. T.Dillon, 35; 9. C.Greenfield, 34; 10. P.Kligerman, 33.
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Tags: Truck Series
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:16 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 11:31 pm

Video: Crashes mar Truck Series race at Daytona

Posted by Brian De Los Santos

There were multiple green-white-checkered finishes at the end of Friday night's Truck race at Daytona, which ultimately ended with a scary-looking crash that sent Joey Coulter's truck into the air. John King, who entered the night with just seven Truck starts to his name -- and no top 10s -- earned the victory.

King is the third driver to arn his first series win at Daytona, joining Robert Pressley (2002) and Michael Waltrip (2011).

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Posted on: November 21, 2011 8:43 am
Edited on: November 21, 2011 11:49 am

NASCAR releases 2012 Truck Series schedule

Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2011) – NASCAR announced today the 2012 schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, highlighted by the sport’s return to historic Rockingham Speedway for the first time since 2004 and a number of familiar venues known for the typically intense battles among the tough trucks.

“The 2012 schedule has a great mix of tracks that will continue to deliver great racing for our fans," said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "We're excited to bring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to the famed Rockingham Speedway, along with the addition of a second date at Iowa Speedway. Looking ahead, interest in the truck series continues to grow in a number of different markets and we’re excited about what the future holds for next season and beyond.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race at Rockingham for the first time in its 17-year history, marking the first time the 1.017-mile track will host a NASCAR national series race since February of 2004.

Next season’s schedule, which features 22 races, opens with the traditional Daytona International Speedway Friday night bout, on Feb. 24. The championship will once again be decided at the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16.

With a nod to the sport’s – and the series’ – roots, the trucks will race on short tracks five times, at three different tracks, next season. Martinsville Speedway hosts the first short-track event, on March 31, with a return engagement on Oct. 27.

Iowa Speedway, the popular 7/8th-mile short track, also hosts two NASCAR Camping World Truck events next season – on July 14 and Sept. 15. Bristol Motor Speedway’s high banks will hold its traditional Wednesday night show, on Aug. 22.

For the third consecutive season, the series will race at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway triangle for its fast 50-lapper.

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2012 Truck Series schedule
Date Site
Feb. 24 Daytona International Speedway
March 31 Martinsville Speedway
April 15 Rockingham Speedway
April 21 Kansas Speedway
May 18 Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 1 Dover International Speedway
June 8 Texas Motor Speedway
June 28 Kentucky Speedway
July 14 Iowa Speedway
July 21 Chicagoland Speedway
Aug. 4 Pocono Raceway
Aug. 18 Michigan International Speedway
Aug. 22 Bristol Motor Speedway
Aug. 31 Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sept. 15 Iowa Speedway
Sept. 21 Kentucky Speedway
Oct. 6 Talladega Superspeedway
Oct. 13 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Oct. 27 Martinsville Speedway
Nov. 2 Texas Motor Speedway
Nov. 9 Phoenix International Raceway
Nov. 16 Homestead-Miami Speedway

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Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:05 pm

Championship clinching scenarios

Provided by NASCAR Media

Sprint Cup

Only one finish guarantees Carl Edwards his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship –- a victory in Sunday’s season-finale Ford 400.

Just three points separate points leader Carl Edwards and second-place Tony Stewart, a margin so tight, no other finish would automatically clinch the title for Edwards.

Stewart owns the tie-breaker (best finishes), and therefore could tie and win his third series championship.

All other drivers are officially eliminated from championship contention.

Edwards’ three-point lead roughly translates to 13 points under the previous points system. That makes it the closest margin between first and second going into the final race in Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ history, and third-closest since the inception of the position-based points structure in 1975.

Nationwide Series

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will clinch the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship with a finish of 37th or better; or 38th or better with at least one lap led; or 39th or better with most laps led at Homestead.

Only one point separates the points leading No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in the NASCAR Nationwide Series owners standings.

Only one finish guarantees the No. 18 a championship –- a victory in Saturday’s Ford 300.

Both teams have eight wins on the season, but the No. 60 has nine second-place finishes (the No. 18 has five) – giving the No. 60 the tie-breaker.

The No. 60 would win the owners title by gaining one or more points on the No. 18 on Saturday.

Truck Series

Austin Dillon owns a 20-point lead over Johnny Sauter heading into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale. James Buescher also remains in title contention, 28 points behind Dillon. Ron Hornaday Jr., 48 points behind Dillon, will be eliminated as soon as Dillon starts at Homestead.

Dillon guarantees himself his first championship by finishing 16th or better; or 17th or better with at least one lap led; or 18th or better with the most laps led in Friday night’s Ford 200.

Kevin Harvick Inc.’s No. 2 Chevrolet clinched the 2011 owners championship last week at Texas Motor Speedway. It was KHI’s third owners title.

This season, six different drivers have piloted the No. 2:  Kevin Harvick (nine races), Elliott Sadler (five), Clint Bowyer (four), Ron Hornaday Jr. (three), David Mayhew (two) and Cale Gale (one). Harvick is scheduled to drive next Friday at Homestead.

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Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:17 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 11:01 pm

Kyle Busch wrecks Ron Hornaday in truck race

By Pete Pistone

After contact with Ron Hornaday Jr. knocked Kyle Busch into the wall on Lap 13 during Friday night's race at Texas Motor Speedway, a fired up Busch quickly retaliated. While the damage from the initial wreck didn't seem so bad that neither couldn't continue, the aftermath from Busch's revenge ended both their nights with both trucks heavily damaged. And even if Busch hadn't torn his truck up, he wasn't getting back on the track as NASCAR officials parked him for the remainder of the race.

Hornaday entered the night just 15 points off the championship lead.

When asked about the incdient Busch explained his view.

"If you make it a three-wide situation, I can’t go up in the dirt, you know?” Busch said. “I’m already on the outside lane, there’s not three lanes out here right now. … So if I just lay over and give up everything for Ron Hornaday, that’s not Kyle Busch’s fashion. I’m out here to win a race just as much as anybody else is.

“When he races up on my inside, gets loose and takes me up to the fence, I ended up losing my cool. I’ve been wrecked four weeks in a row and finally I’d just had enough of it.”

Busch said Hornaday racing for a championship should not have played into the way either were racing one another.

"I’m sorry it was Ron Hornaday and he’s going after a championship, but the fact of the matter is you can’t place all the blame on one person,” Busch said. “There were two people that got into it to begin with and two people that ended it.

"I had brushed the wall, but my truck was hurt where I don’t think we could have won after that. If you’re a guy racing for a championship, you need to be smart enough to understand that you can’t go three-wide on lap 15 and knowing how bad the trucks are when you get inside somebody, and not expect to get loose."

Hornaday was uninjured in the crash but frustrated and disappointed with the outcome of his night and tangle with Busch.

"It was a racing deal,” Hornaday said. “That crap he pulled down there, they parked Harvick for the same retaliation at Martinsville [years ago]. If they don’t park him on Sunday, I’ll be really upset.

“That’s just ignorant and stupid. I don’t know what you want to call it. He’s such a candy-ass, he won’t stay around to get a whooping like he’s supposed to get. It’s a shame. It’s not like I did anything wrong. I ran him down from a straightaway. He knew I was faster.”

Kevin Harvick went on to win Friday night's race and clinched the owners championship for KHI. 

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Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:28 am
Edited on: February 23, 2011 11:30 am

Trucks bid old Phoenix goodbye

Posted by Pete Pistone

What started as the NASCAR SuperTruck Series and is now known as the Camping World Truck Series made its debut at Phoenix International Raceway back in 1995. The first race in the 17-year history of the truck division took place at the one-mile desert oval.

But there will be a new PIR awaiting the series when it returns this November as a massive reconfiguration and repaving project is set to begin after this weekend's NASCAR tripleheader.

So before the NCWTS bids the "old" Phoenix adieu, let's take a look back at what has taken place in "The Valley of the Sun" over the last 17 seasons:

Phoenix International Raceway in its current configuration – one-mile oval, narrow frontstretch and dogleg – was essential to the creation and continuing success of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

The Feb. 5, 1995 Copper World Classic, an 80-lap race, marked the debut of the then-NASCAR SuperTruck Series by Craftsman, NASCAR’s third national series now in its 17th season.

Friday’s Lucas Oil 150, the track’s 21st NCWTS race, is the “last dance” for series competitors. Phoenix is getting a complete make-over, including compound banking, following this weekend’s NASCAR events and effectively will be a brand-new challenge when series competitors return in 2012.

Here’s a look back at series highlights in the Valley of the Sun.

A pair of iconic NASCAR figures – Dale Earnhardt and Richard Childress – shared the spotlight in the track’s first race. Earnhardt’s driver Ron Hornaday Jr. won the pole and Childress’ Mike Skinner scored a .09-seconds victory over former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Terry Labonte.

Skinner became the series’ first double winner when the trucks returned in November.

Jack Sprague won three consecutive races in 1996-97, his first championship coming in 1997.

Hornaday, in 1998, became the third (and last) driver to win at Phoenix in a championship season.

Series champions figure prominently in the track’s victory log. The list of winners includes Skinner, Sprague, Hornaday, Mike Bliss, Greg Biffle, Todd Bodine and Johnny Benson. In sum, they have won 13 of 16 titles.

The championship has been clinched three times at Phoenix in 1995, 2009 and 2010.

Drivers in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s have Phoenix wins. Kyle Busch won in 2007 at age 22; Joe Ruttman won his second in 2000 at 55.

Kevin Harvick is the most successful driver at Phoenix winning four times, consecutively in 2002-03 and 2008-09. 

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:51 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2011 11:52 pm

Cobb sets NASCAR record for female finish

Jennifer Jo Cobb finished sixth in Friday night's Truck Series race at Daytona, making her the highest finishing female in history in any of NASCAR national touring series at the track.

Press release

Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 18, 2011) - Jennifer Jo Cobb wrote another page in the NASCAR record book with her performance in tonight's Next Era Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (DIS). Cobb drove to a sixth place finish, making her the highest-finishing female in a NASCAR national touring Series event, which includes the Truck, Nationwide and Cup Series, at the historic, high-banked speedway. The feat also marked Cobb's career-best finish.

"I'm so excited with what we accomplished tonight," Cobb said. "This finish is a testament to my team's hard work and dedication. We don't have near the budget that some of the other teams operate with, but we never give up. It's like Walt Disney said, 'It's kind of fun to do the impossible.'

"When you think about drivers like Janet Guthrie and Erin Croker who have accomplished so much in their careers, to think that I was able to achieve something that they didn't at Daytona is really special."

Cobb started the race from 31st place. She powered her Lilly's Cosmetics F-150 to a lap of 52.233 seconds on her qualifying run. Using the same truck that she drove at Talladega Superspeedway last season, Cobb was confident that her Ford would carry her to the front of the pack.

When the race got underway, Cobb executed a textbook restrictor plate strategy. She stayed in the back of the pack and waited patiently for the action to unfold. Without trying to advance her position in the early stages of the event, Cobb remained around the 30th position in an effort to stay out of trouble.

Cobb's game plan proved to be a winning move. Three multicar accidents occurred in the second half of the race. Each time, Cobb narrowly avoided the mêlée and kept her Ford from getting wrapped up in the incidents. She steadily moved up the leader board as attrition took its toll on the field.  Cobb climbed into the top five after the final accident, Lap 97.

The wreck on Lap 97 set the stage for a green-white-checkered finish. Cobb hung strong in the top-five, but was passed by one car coming off the final turn. She finished the day in sixth place.

"There were so many close calls tonight," Cobb said after the event. "My crew chief, Steve Kuykendall, told me to be patient tonight. It paid off. We were around when it mattered most.

"My grandpa and my hauler driver from last season passed away recently. I was driving for them tonight. It means so much to get a good finish for them. I know they were watching from above and I'm glad I gave them a good ride tonight."

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:16 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2011 11:18 pm

Daytona Truck Series race video

There were a couple of big multi-truck crashes during the Truck race, which was won by Michael Waltrip on Friday. See the videos below:

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