Dearborn, MI (October 24, 2000)- Not Friday the 13th, a full moon, or a crash that ended his race on lap 79 could keep Greg Biffle from winning the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Championship. Having only to finish 27th or better at Texas, Greg ...
Dearborn, MI (October 24, 2000)- Not Friday the 13th, a full moon, or a crash that ended his race on lap 79 could keep Greg Biffle from winning the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Championship. Having only to finish 27th or better at Texas, Greg managed to keep it suspenseful by crashing on lap 79, but when Mike Wallace blew his engine on lap 110 it was officially all over. Greg had secured a 25th place finish and the celebration began. Killer B's teammate Kurt Busch was able to finish third at Texas moving him securely into the second spot behind Biffle.
You can be sure to see the No. 50 Grainger Ford F-150 loaded for bear in California. With the championship race locked up, Greg Biffle looks to close out his NASCAR Craftsman Truck career with a victory in a big way. "We've still got one race to go, and I'd love to leave the series with another win", said Biffle. "You can look for the Grainger team to be going for it in California." One more win would secure yet another record for the Roush teams; it would make Roush the winningest team in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, just one ahead of Dale and Theresa Earnhardt.
Roush teammate and fellow "Killer B" Kurt Busch is also making a strong charge to lock up the 1-2 Roush Racing finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship race. By finishing third at Texas, he made a power move from 4th to 2nd in points with only California to go. Having the Rookie of the Year honors securely in hand, you can bet that Kurt and the #99 Exide team won't be holding anything back in California. Kurt also has his sights set on the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, where he will drive the Jack Roush owned #97 Ford Taurus and compete for Rookie of the Year honors.
After a tough race in Texas, losing the clutch on the pace lap and then blowing an engine late in the race, Mike Wallace still remains only 33 points behind Kurt Busch for the 2nd place spot in the points race. Sitting 4th behind 3rd place Andy Houston, you can be sure that Mike and the entire #2 Team ASE Ford team will not be resting on their laurels in California. Look for Mike to be strong and make a solid run for the win and second place spot in points.
After spending about 12 hours in the wind tunnel at Langley AFB, the #14 Milwaukee Electric tools/ Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 of Rick Crawford looked awesome. But after practice and qualifying, they found themselves starting from the 29th spot on the grid and the smiles were fading. The downturn was only short lived though as Rick began to move through the field like the proverbial "hot knife though butter". His strong run ended in a 6th place finish at Texas and continued his upward trend of performance that could lead him to a win in California and a top-ten finish for the 2000 NCTS campaign.
Bad luck at Texas continued for the #46 Acxiom/ AbiliTec Ford. Driver Rob Morgan was again, just like the first race at Texas this year, caught up in a wreck that he should have never been a part of. Rob and the entire team look to give Rob a strong send off in to married life at California, as he will be tying the knot with his fiancee Vicky on November 4, 2000.
The NASCAR Craftsman Trucks will run race #24 of 24 in the 2000 campaign on Saturday, October 28, 2000 at the California Speedway in Fontana, CA. The race will be run at 4pm ET and televised at on ESPN and broadcast live on MRN Racing Radio worldwide.