Benson Wins For Second Week in a Row

July 26, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Benson Wins For Second Week in a Row

NASCAR veteran, Johnny Benson, held off Ron Hornaday in a two-lap shootout for the checkers to win the Power Stroke Diesel 200 on Friday night at O’Reilly Raceway Park. Hornaday took the lead from polesitter Bobby East back on lap 5 and went onto lead a race high 153 laps before surrendering the lead to the charging Benson on lap 162.
There were a record-tying 11 cautions during the event, the last of which came on lap 195 when Benson’s Bill Davis Racing teammate, Michael Annett, spun while trying to race Rick Crawford for position inside the top-five. The accident setup [...]

Johnny Benson Wins at Kentucky With a Daring 4-Wide Pass

July 20, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Johnny Benson Wins at Kentucky With a Daring 4-Wide Pass

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Johnny Benson won his second race of the season and took the points lead for the first time in 2008 after making a 4-wide pass with just 32 laps remaining in the Built Ford Tough 225 Saturday at Kentucky Speedway. As the field restarted on lap 119, Benson was third in line behind Bill Davis Racing teammate, Michael Annett, and Dennis Setzer, and the lapped truck of Chad Chaffin was on the inside. Benson and Setzer both attempted the pass on Michael Annett at the same time, and Chaffin moved to the [...]

2009 Silly Season Tracker - Updated 7/14

July 14, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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2009 Silly Season Tracker - Updated 7/14

Transactions:
- DEI has picked up the 2009 option on Martin Truex Jr, though Truex disputes the legality of the verbiage in the contract.
- Hendrick Motorsports has announced the release of Casey Mears for next season.
- Richard Childress Racing has extended Clint Bowyer’s contract through 2011.
- Roush-Fenway Racing has extended Greg Biffle’s contract through 2011.
- Gillette-Evernham Motorsports has signed Elliott Sadler through 2010.
- Richard Childress Racing has announced the addition of the #33 car as a fourth Cup team in 2009.
- Petty Enterprises has signed Bobby LaBonte through 2012.
- Roush-Fenway Racing has signed Carl Edwards through 2011.
- Due to a lack [...]

With Ganassi Folding the #40 Team, What Will Become of Some of the Others?

July 4, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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With Ganassi Folding the #40 Team, What Will Become of Some of the Others?

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Happy 4th of July, everyone! Along with celebrating America’s independence, since it just so happens to have fallen on a Friday this year, that means you’re also treated to a “special” edition of “Loose in Turn Three”. Along with me as always are Bruce Simmons from “Bruce’s Bits & Pieces”, and, of course, Charlie Turner from “On Pit Row”.
Earlier this week, Chip Ganassi announced that due to sponsorship woes, he was being forced to cease operations on his no. 40 operation, laying off 71 employees in the process and also putting NASCAR rookie, Dario [...]

2009 Silly Season Tracker

June 28, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

2009 Silly Season Tracker

Transactions:
- DEI has picked up the 2009 option on Martin Truex Jr, though Truex disputes the legality of the verbiage in the contract.
- Hendrick Motorsports has announced the release of Casey Mears for next season.
- Richard Childress Racing has extended Clint Bowyer’s contract through 2011.
- Roush-Fenway Racing has extended Greg Biffle’s contract through 2011.
- Gillette-Evernham Motorsports has signed Elliott Sadler through 2010.
- Richard Childress Racing has announced the addition of the #33 car as a fourth Cup team in 2009.
- Petty Enterprises has signed Bobby LaBonte through 2012.
- Roush-Fenway Racing has signed Carl Edwards through 2011.
Teams Without an Assigned 2009 [...]

Benson Won’t Be Denied This Time

June 21, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Benson Won’t Be Denied This Time

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After losing the race last weekend to Erik Darnell in hearbreaking fashion, Johnny Benson won the Camping World RV Sales 200 at the Milwuakee Mile for the third straight year, also giving he and Bill Davis Racing their first win of the season in the Craftsman Truck Series.
Benson exited the pits with the lead after a caution for light rain on lap 146, and then NASCAR again stopped the race, this time red-flagging it for lightning with only fifty laps remaining. From there, Benson went unchallenged as he raced his way to [...]

Hornaday Edges Busch on Restart to Get the Win

June 7, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Hornaday Edges Busch on Restart to Get the Win

Ron Hornaday picked up his 35th career victory in the Craftsman Truck Series on Friday - and, his first at Texas Motor Speedway - as he held off Kyle Busch on a green-white-checkered restart to get the win at the Sam’s Town 400. The restart was setup after rookie, Scott Speed, slammed into the wall with only 2 laps remaining in the scheduled 167-lap event.
Busch had to start in the back of the field because he was not there to qualify his truck himself on Thursday, due to his commitment to run three races over the weekend in three different [...]

Speed Finds Speed at Dover

May 31, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Speed Finds Speed at Dover

For the third consecutive week, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series crowned a first-time winner, and this time in came in the form of former F1 Series driver, Scott Speed. In only his sixth career start in the Truck Series, Speed drove away from the field after a late restart in the race, and cruised on into Victory Lane to win the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover, topping his best previous finish, which was 8th at Kansas.
Jack Sprague held off his Kevin Harvick Inc. racing teammate, Ron Hornaday, to finish second, while Travis Kvapil finished fourth, and last week’s race winner, [...]

KHI Sports a 1-2 Finish in Kansas

April 27, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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KHI Sports a 1-2 Finish in Kansas

The Kevin Harvick Inc. trucks of Ron Hornaday and Jack Sprague lined up 1st and 3rd for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday evening, and once the green dropped, the KHI drivers flexed that muscle that everyone expected from the organization at the start of the season.
Horndaday – the defending Craftsman Truck Series champion – went virtually untouched the entire day, giving up the lead only three times, each of which was under caution. Hornaday led an impressive 136 of the 167 laps, and beat Sprague back to the line on the final lap by a [...]

NASCAR Inspector Dies in Auto Accident

April 9, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

NASCAR Inspector Dies in Auto Accident

 It was with great sadness that nascar.com reported today the death of 28-year-old Brienne Davis, a full-time NASCAR carburetor and manifold inspector. She was killed in an automobile accident Tuesday night near Charlotte. Brienne joined NASCAR’s inspection team in 2004 after a 2-year stint with Dale Earnhardt Inc, during which time she served as one of the team’s engine builders.NASCAR officials issued the following statement, “We are deeply saddened at the loss of NASCAR Cup Official Brienne Davis. She was a key member to our team of inspectors and will be missed by the NASCAR community. Our thoughts and prayers [...]

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