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FORT WORTH-DALLAS (October 1, 2001) - The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is featuring the closest point race in history. Friday night's Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway will play a key role in determining this year's series champion as well as...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (October 1, 2001) - The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is featuring the closest point race in history. Friday night's Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway will play a key role in determining this year's series champion as well as possibly serving as a springboard for truck racing's new stars.

Two-time champion Jack Sprague maintains a 37-point lead over Joe Ruttman and a 57-point margin over Scott Riggs with four races remaining in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. The top six drivers are closer than in any season since the series kickoff in 1995 with nine drivers still having a mathematical opportunity to claim the crown.

The fight for the series Rookie-of-the-Year is also tight. Travis Kvapil and Ricky Hendrick are tied for the top spot with 258 points apiece. Kvapil sits fourth in the season points with Hendrick fifth.

David Starr, who claimed a third-place finish in June's O'Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway, will be shooting for his initial series victory in the Silverado 350. Starr was a frontrunner in the O'Reilly 400 aboard the Chasco Chevy Silverado, the same truck he will drive in the Silverado 350.

Bryan Reffner, the defending race champion, will return to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in the Silverado 350. Reffner will wheel the Ross Network Services Dodge fielded by TKO Motorsports, the same truck Starr started on the front row of last fall's Texas event. The TKO team, with Brendan Gaughan driving, finished second in June's Texas race behind winner Sprague. And completing the switch since last year, Starr will drive Reffner's winning truck of one year ago.

The Silverado 350 will get the green flag at 8:00 p.m. (CDT) Friday. The Dallas Morning News Pole Day for trucks is Thursday, October 4. Admission is free with a coupon from the Dallas Morning News. Truck qualifying begins at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Silverado 350 are available at the speedway ticket office, by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and at Ticketmaster locations.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr , Ricky Hendrick , Jack Sprague , Scott Riggs , Bryan Reffner , Brendan Gaughan , Travis Kvapil