Trucks' Turn: Testing Continues At Daytona International Speedway
* NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Teams Readying For 13th Season
* Multiple Former Champions Expected to Compete In 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2007) -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck teams are hoping No. 13 is their personal lucky number as NASCAR Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder continues this week at Daytona International Speedway.
Three days of tests -- beginning Friday and ending Sunday -- will give crews a barometer for the 2007 season that begins with the Feb. 16 Chevrolet Silverado HD 250 at the 2.5-mile tri-oval.
The coming campaign will be the 13th for the series -- and the eighth to begin on the Daytona high banks.
And make no mistake: This is a campaign rampant with championship candidates.
As many as six former champions owning a combined nine titles will compete for the crown in 2007 including defending champion Todd Bodine (No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota). The Germain Racing stable also includes 2005 champion Ted Musgrave (No. 9 Team ASE/Germain Toyota).
The Bodine-Musgrave combination marks the first time two series champions have started a season as teammates.
Three former champions who finished among the top 10 in 2006 -- Jack Sprague (No. 60 Con-way Freight Toyota), Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 AES HR Solutions Chevrolet) and Mike Skinner (No. 5 Toyota Tundra Toyota) -- also are contenders this season.
The 2003 champion Travis Kvapil, a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competitor in 2005-06, rejoins the series as the driver of Jack Roush's No. 6 Ford -- a truck in which Mark Martin won six times including the Daytona season opener.
More than 40 drivers are expected to participate in the weekend's activities including a number of series newcomers. Among that group is Tim Sauter (No. 07 Lester Building Systems Chevrolet), a NASCAR Busch Series veteran. He'll partner sophomore Chad McCumbee (No. 08 GPS Store/Garmin Chevrolet) at Green Light Racing.
McCumbee finished second in last year's Raybestos Rookie of the Year competition behind Erik Darnell (No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford). Darnell is paired with Kvapil at Roush Racing.
Fan Fest Offers Driver Q&As, Entertainment ... Fans watching NASCAR Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder at Daytona also have the chance to ask questions of their favorite drivers plus enjoy an afternoon and evening at the speedway's NEXTEL FANZONE. Among the Fan Fest opportunities: Driver question and answer sessions, show cars, bands, a silent auction, displays and pit-stop demonstrations. Cost is $15 for each session. Fans can watch each day's test at no cost, beginning at 9 a.m.
Jan 13: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Fan Fest
Jan. 16: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Fan Fest
Jan. 20 and 21: NASCAR Busch Series Fan Fest
Session 2: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams
What: NASCAR Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder testing for the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado HD 250
Where: Daytona International Speedway
Track Layout: 2.5-mile tri-oval.
TV: SPEED, Friday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. ET and Sunday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. ET.
When: Friday, Jan. 12 through Sunday, Jan. 14.
Times: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Who: Drivers include former series champions Todd Bodine, Ron Hornaday Jr., Travis Kvapil, Ted Musgrave, Mike Skinner and Jack Sprague. Previous Daytona 250 winners expected include Rick Crawford. Daytona Budweiser Pole winners Musgrave and Terry Cook also will test.