Mansfield: Chris Fontaine preview

LAKELAND, FLORIDA -- Chris Fontaine of Lakeland is fast changing gears preparing for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Quaker State & Lube 250 presented by Circle K at Mansfield Motorsports Park in Ohio on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Ohio 250 is...

LAKELAND, FLORIDA -- Chris Fontaine of Lakeland is fast changing gears preparing for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Quaker State & Lube 250 presented by Circle K at Mansfield Motorsports Park in Ohio on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The Ohio 250 is the second of six races to be held on tracks shorter than one mile in length in 2007. At .5-mile, MMP is the smallest track the series visits.

"We've been here before," said Fontaine. We're hoping to be in a top finishing truck because the truck is capable of a strong finish."

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champions have won all three Mansfield races: Jack Sprague (2004), Bobby Hamilton (2005) and Ron Hornaday (2006). The Mansfield victory was the 10th and last for Hamilton, who passed away in January.

Bobby Hamilton's win from a 26th-place starting position ranks sixth (tie) deepest in the field among NASCAR Craftsman Truck winners. The 2005 race was the only event set via qualifying. The other two races were set via the series Rule Book due to inclement weather. Jack Sprague won in 2004 from the No. 1 starting position. Ron Hornaday Jr. started seventh a year ago.

Mike Skinner is the current championship leader by 85 points over defending champion Todd Bodine. No champion has won at MMP in his title year. Jack Sprague finished seventh in 2004; Hamilton sixth in 2005 and Hornaday seventh in 2006.

-credit: cf/lt

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Chris Fontaine