Chevrolet top-10 streak dating to series' first race ends in Music City
NEWS & NOTES
One streak ends in Music City as another continues ... Chevrolet's 257-race streak of top-10 finishes -- dating to the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Feb. 5, 1995 -- ended at Nashville Superspeedway. John Andretti's (No. 15 Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau Chevrolet) finished 11th in a wild, final-lap shuffle to fall just a few feet short of extending the record. Ford owns the second-longest top-10 run on the series at 153 races. The latter manufacturer, however, heads for the Aug. 24 O'Reilly 200 with another streak in mind. Ford's last win, by Carl Edwards, came one year and 25 races ago at Bristol Motor Speedway.
ETC. ... Reutimann is the series' third Raybestos Rookie of the Year to collect his first victory after winning the freshman award. Bryan Reffner (1996) won his only race in 2000. Greg Biffle (1998) went on a tear in 1999 winning a record nine times. ... The latest winner is the 11th (in 16 races) of 2005. There now have been five first-time winners this year. ... Ted Musgrave (No. 1 Mopar Dodge) extended his streak of top-three finishes at Nashville Speedway to five. He finished second for the third time. Musgrave also trimmed Setzer's championship lead by 42 points to 178 as Setzer finished 14th. ... John Quinn, a veteran Roush Racing employee, has assumed crew chief duties for the No. 99 Super Chips Ford driven by Ricky Craven. ... Bill Davis Racing finished all three of its trucks among the top 10 at Nashville, a first for the team since Mike Skinner (No. 5 Toyota Tundra Toyota) joined Bill Lester (No. 22 Office Depot Toyota) and Johnny Benson (No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota) last September. Skinner finished fourth, Lester seventh and Benson eighth.
10 YEARS TOUGH
Between 1995 and 1998, Flemington Speedway in western New Jersey was a traditional, mid-August stop on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule. The .625-mile, flat short track was configured more as a square than an oval -- although competitors drove the layout as a circle. Unsurprisingly, the tough track produced tough winners: Ron Hornaday in 1995 and 1997, Mike Skinner in 1996 and Terry Cook in the 1998 finale. Cook forever will hold the qualifying record at 119.408 mph. Flemington, located on a fairground, was closed several years ago because of commercial development.
Next Event: O'Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline. (Race No. 17 of 25)
Where: Bristol Motor Speedway.
When: 9:15 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Aug. 24.
Track layout: .533-mile banked concrete oval.
Race length: 200 laps/106.6 miles.
Posted awards: $461,774.
TV: SPEED Channel, 9:00 p.m. ET.
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.
2004 winner: Carl Edwards.
2004 polesitter: Ken Schrader.
Pre-race schedule (all times local): Wednesday -- Practice 11:15 -- 12:30 p.m. and 1 -- 2 p.m. Qualifying at 5:30 p.m. Trucks impounded after qualifying.
Top 10 drivers: 1. Dennis Setzer 2,400. 2. Ted Musgrave 2,222. 3. Bobby Hamilton 2,188. 4. Ron Hornaday Jr. 2,133. 5. David Reutimann 2,114. 6. Jimmy Spencer 2,089. 7. Matt Crafton 2,017. 8. Mike Skinner 1,996. 9. Ricky Craven 1,982. 10. David Starr 1,976.