NASCAR » 25 February 2005
Press Snoop: NASCAR Truck Series facts.
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MIKE SKINNER/#5 Toyota Tundra Toyota is on pole for Friday night's American Racing Wheels NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 200 race, with a time of 40.400/178.218 mph. Skinner knocked off DAVID STARR/#75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet, who had been on pole. Skinner, who was twenty-ninth of the 38 contenders. DAVID REUTIMANN/#17 NTN Bearings Toyota was third. Starr was the only non-Toyota in the top five.
TODD KLUEVER/#50 Shell Rotella T Ford was the top Rookie in seventh place. Row 15 on the Starting Grid will be all female, with DEBORAH RENSHAW/No.8 Easy Care Dodge and KELLY SUTTON/#02 Copaxone Chevrolet.
Skinner said his qualifying lap scared the hell out of him. "I was not going to lift. I had to run wide open to go faster than Starr. That was enough for me. I don't want to go through here again flat out." Skinner's plan is to lead the first lap, and then, if he can keep up with the veterans and get around the rookies, he will be fine, and have a good finish.
Skinner said he liked the format of qualifying and racing on the same day. "It's an awesome schedule." Skinner is planning on playing golf inbetween....or take his wife to the Mall. Skinner hopes the race will be boring - if he has his own way. Skinner was crashed out of the lead last week in Daytona.
Skinner extended his sympathies and condolences to the family of his race team, Bill Davis Racing. BILL DAVIS lost his 79-year old father Thursday.
Two drivers did not make the field - JASON RUDD/#31 Repair One Dodge, the 25-year old nephew of RICKY RUDE; and veteran NASCAR driver, DERRIKE COPE/#38 James Western Star Sterling Dodge. The Truck Series has the same policy as Nextel Cup and the Busch Series regarding starts. The top 30 truck teams, who attempted to start all the races last year, are guaranteed a spot on the starting grid. The other six positions are filled based on qualifying time and/or Owner points. This weekend WAYNE EDWARDS/#24 Mighty Motorsports Chevrolet will start thirty-fifth in the race based on points. Otherwise, he would not have raced as he was thirty-seventh fastest of 38 qualifiers for the 36-Truck field.
This year the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is celebrating its tenth year, and the slogan is "Ten Years Tough." The series was conceived in 1993 by four off-road team owners/racers, DICK LANDFIELD, JIMMY SMITH, JIM VENABLE, and FRANK 'SCOOP' VESSELS. They all raced pickup trucks in off-roading, and wanted a bigger, better audience for trucks. They were mostly racing with SCORE which puts on the Baja 500 and the Baja 1000 off road endurance races in Mexico. The quartet realized the idea was bigger than they had imagined, and was better served by having the trucks run with NASCAR and took the idea to them.
The NASCAR series was announced in May 1994 at what was then called Sears Point Raceway, which was hosting a NASCAR Winston Cup race. BRIAN FRANCE made the announcement, and the first of four exhibition races was held in July at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield. There were six trucks, five Fords and one Chevrolet. The other three exhibitions were at Portland Speedway, Saugus Speedway and Tucson Raceway Park. This was followed by four Winter Heat races at TRP, and the first full season was 1995.
The prototype truck was a Ford, built and tested by GARY COLLINS, whose family owns Mesa Marin Raceway. The first full season there were three manufacturers represented, Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford. Chevy and Ford had manufacturer and factory support, but it wasn't until the second year that Dodge provided support to its teams. Toyota joined the Truck Series in 2004, after years of speculation and preparation. Now there's talk, just idle talk, that Nissan is the next manufacturer to race Trucks.
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