* Series Will Hold 300th Race At Dover * Skinner Aims For Fifth Straight Pole NCTS Notebook: 300th Race Nears; Skinner On Pole Streak Countdown to 300: Musgrave Wins 200th at Memphis ... Jimmy Smith, appropriately as it turned...
* Series Will Hold 300th Race At Dover
* Skinner Aims For Fifth Straight Pole
NCTS Notebook: 300th Race Nears; Skinner On Pole Streak
Countdown to 300: Musgrave Wins 200th at Memphis ... Jimmy Smith, appropriately as it turned out, was cited as the only owner to have competed in every NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race prior to the green flag dropping on the June 21, 2003 O'Reilly 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park. When the series' 200th race ended nearly two hours later, it was Ultra Motorsports' Smith and his driver Ted Musgrave accepting the accolades in Victory Lane.
Musgrave, who started his No. 1 Team Mopar Dodge on the inside of the third row, battled five other drivers in an extremely competitive race over the .75-mile oval. Musgrave ultimately led 102 of the 200 laps, taking the lead for good at lap 187 from Bud Pole winner Jon Wood, who earlier set at one-lap qualifying record of 86.097 mph. The final top three -- Musgrave, Travis Kvapil and Dennis Setzer -- will suit up for next week's 300th race at Dover International Speedway as will at least six other drivers who participated in race No. 200.
Skinner Looks For Fifth Straight Pole ... Mike Skinner (No. 5 Toyota Tundra Toyota) grabbed his fourth consecutive pole last Friday, but is still a ways from matching his own series record. In 1995, the series' inaugural year, Skinner put together a streak of eight consecutive poles, a record that still stands.
Skinner's first pole came at Tucson Raceway Park in the series' second race. He went on to earn the pole in seven of the next eight events -- qualifying was rained out at I-70 Speedway. The streak was broken by Ron Hornaday Jr., who grabbed the top spot at Colorado National Speedway in the 11th race.
Despite winning eight straight poles, Skinner did not always start first. A series rule inverted the field for several races. During the stretch, Skinner won four races.
Mansfield To Host Parade ... The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series transporters will participate in a parade through the city of Mansfield before parking at Mansfield Motorsports Park.
The parade will begin at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 24 at Sears at Richland Mall. The transporters will proceed to Park Avenue W in downtown Mansfield for the Mansfield Street Festival from 4-8 p.m. before heading to the track.
In The Loop: Hornaday, Starr Top Loop Data Charts
Ron Hornaday Jr. grabbed his first win of the season last Friday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway and cut his points deficit to 106 behind NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series leader Mike Skinner.
Don't be surprised if he cuts the margin to double digits after this Saturday afternoon's race at Mansfield Motorsports Park.
Hornaday, the defending champion of this event, has had tremendous success at the Ohio track. Along with last year's win, Hornaday won the pole and led the most laps in the 2005 Mansfield race (he finished 11th).
He has a Driver Rating of 129.9 there, the best among drivers competing in Saturday's race and best of any driver who has raced at Mansfield in each of the past two years. Hornaday also has the top Mansfield Average Running Position (7.080), the most Fastest Laps Run (47), the fastest Green Flag Speed and the most Laps in the Top 15 (434).
Another driver to look out for Saturday is David Starr (No. 10 MaxxForce Diesel Ford), who has struggled in 2007 -- his best finish this season is 11th at Martinsville. Starr can improve on his 15th-place position with another solid run at Mansfield. Over the past two years, Starr has finishes of ninth and third, respectively, and has impressive stats there. He has the second-best Average Running Position (8.351) and the second-best Driver Rating (112.6) over the past two years at Mansfield. Additionally, his 24 Fastest Laps Run are third-most among drivers competing Saturday.
Surprisingly, Skinner has struggled at Mansfield. Over the past two years, he's had finishes of 28th and 29th, a 25th-best Driver Rating (78.2) and an Average Running Position of just 15.905.
Manufacturers' Standings: Chevrolet Earns First Win
Ron Hornaday Jr.'s win was the first of the year for Chevrolet, moving the manufacturer into a tie for second in the standings with Ford. Erik Darnell (No. 99 Northern Tool-Equipment Ford) earned the first victory for Ford at Kansas Speedway.
Toyota continues to lead all manufacturers in points (48) and wins (four). Mike Skinner has three victories and Jack Sprague has one.
Next Race: Ohio 250
The Place: Mansfield Motorsports Park
The Date: May 26
The Time: 1 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX, 1 p.m. (ET)
Track Layout: .5-mile paved oval
Race Purse: $491,235
2006 Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr.
2006 Pole: Qualifying not held due to inclement weather
Schedule: Friday -- Practice 11:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.; 1 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m. (rookies) and 1:30 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m. Qualifying 6:30 p.m.