Kansas: News of note, schedule

* Crew Member Anticipates NFL Draft * Skinner, Bodine Favorites At Kansas * Crawford Enters Mobile Sports Hall Of Fame South Point Racing Crew Member Keeps Eye On NFL Draft Chris Justice is one of a growing number of ex-football players who ...

* Crew Member Anticipates NFL Draft
* Skinner, Bodine Favorites At Kansas
* Crawford Enters Mobile Sports Hall Of Fame

South Point Racing Crew Member Keeps Eye On NFL Draft

Chris Justice is one of a growing number of ex-football players who are joining NASCAR as over-the-wall crew members. Justice, the tire specialist and catch can man for the No. 77 South Point Racing Chevrolet of Brendan Gaughan, was a starting defensive back for Wake Forest University from 1997-2001.

"Football is always going to be a part of my life," Justice said. "I keep an eye on the draft and where the college players are going -- especially the Wake players and the other ACC guys. Overall, I think an ACC guy -- Calvin Johnson, a WR from Georgia Tech, will be taken first by Oakland. Johnson was the ACC player of the year and is an impact player; he'll be a good pick."

In The Loop: Skinner, Bodine Top Kansas Charts

Kansas Speedway might be the site where the 1-2 battle between Mike Skinner and reigning NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Todd Bodine comes to a head.

Skinner leads Bodine by 94 points and is coming off a completely dominating performance at the last NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at Martinsville Speedway on March 31.

But the stage is set this weekend for a duel that could foreshadow the rest of the season.

Bodine won at Kansas two years ago and earned a near-perfect Driver Rating of 145.6 in the process (a perfect rating is 150.0). His average Kansas Driver Rating is best of any driver running in Saturday's race -- 125.6. Bodine's Average Running Position at Kansas -- 5.700 -- is also tops of any driver this weekend.

Bodine also leads the field in Fastest Laps Run (61), Green Flag Speed, Laps in the Top 15 (304) and Speed in Traffic.

But Skinner's not far behind.

Skinner has the second-best Average Running Position (6.036), Driver Rating (122.5), Green Flag Speed and Speed in Traffic, all marks just behind Bodine. He is third in Fastest Laps Run with 34 and is tied with Bodine for the most Laps in the Top 15 with 304.

NCTS Happenings

Crawford Honored ... Rick Crawford (No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford) was inducted into the Mobile, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday joining the likes of Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey and Kenny Stabler. Crawford was the 75th athlete elected to the HOF, and the first from the motorsports world.

Skinner Hosts News Crew ... Standings leader Mike Skinner and his wife Angie hosted a crew from CBS News Sunday Morning last week. National Ccorrespondent Tracy Smith visited Daytona International Speedway and was given a ride around the track by Skinner in a Richard Petty Driving Experience race car. The segment, which will air on May 13, focuses on why NASCAR is appealing to women.

White Lands Full-time Ride ... Jason White has signed a deal with Pennington Motorsports to drive the No. 7 Hooter's Energy Drink Chevrolet for the remainder of the 2007 season. White finished 35th in the Daytona 500 driving for MB Motorsports. White finished 13th at Martinsville in 2001, his highest career finish in 12 series starts.

FAST FACTS

Next Race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 250

The Place: Kansas Speedway
The Date: April 28

The Time: 6 p.m. (ET)
TV: SPEED, 5:30 p.m. (ET)

Track Layout: 1.5-mile paved oval

Race Purse: $624,951

2006 Winner: Terry Cook
2006 Pole: Mike Skinner

Schedule: Friday -- Practice 11 a.m. -- Noon; 12:05 p.m. -- 12:35 p.m. (rookies) and 2:30 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m. Saturday -- Qualifying 1:30 p.m.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , Terry Cook , Rick Crawford , Richard Petty , Jason White