by Thomas Chemris Early in 1993 Dick Landfield, Jimmy Smith, Jim Venable, and Frank Vesssels designed and built a prototype racing pick-up truck. Within a years time the group sought out NASCAR sanctioning for their creation. There efforts...
by Thomas Chemris
Early in 1993 Dick Landfield, Jimmy Smith, Jim Venable, and Frank Vesssels designed and built a prototype racing pick-up truck.
Within a years time the group sought out NASCAR sanctioning for their creation.
There efforts were successful, as on May 14th 1994 NASCAR president Bill France announced the formation of the NASCAR Super Truck Series.
Seven demonstrations events were held that year.
Late in 1994, a 20-race schedule was announced, and Craftsman agreed to be the series sponsor.
The Inaugural race for the series was held February 5 1995, at Phoenix International Raceway. Mike Skinner became the first winner of a CTS sanctioned Points race.
19 races later, he is crowned Champion.
Photo: Tom Chemris
When the trucks take the green flag this weekend in Martinsville at the Advance Auto Parts 250, the series will commemorate it's 150th race, and bestow special recognition on former Champion Jack Sprague who is the only driver to have competed in all of those events.
Sprague, driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports entry is a series standout who has achieved a full career worth of accomplishments in his six years in the trucks. Winning the Championship in 1997 & 1999, he is second only to Ron Hornaday in all time wins (19)
In recognition, Craftsman, Nascar, and Martinsville Speedway will randomly invite 150 fans (one for each of the races) to participate in a ceremony on the front straight prior to the event, giving them each a comemerative hat and plaque.
Photo: Tom Chemris.
Current and past series race winners will participate in the ceremony.
Since 1995, the Trucks have turned over 26,400 laps at 38 tracks in 24 states.
Several Winston Cup Drivers have gotten their start in the CTS. Including the late Kenny Irwin, Kevin Hardvick, Andy Houston, Ron Hornaday, & Stacy Compton.
The series competes as support for the Winston cup and Busch Grand National events, but also has established itself as feature events at several racing facilities across the country.
Martinsville is the 4rth of 24 races this seasons. Scott Riggs is the current points leader, in what is the tightest battle in NASCAR, as only only 23 points separate the top five drivers. Winston Cup veteran Ted Musgrave is on the hot driver list as he has won the last two events.
Defending Martinsville race winner, Bobby Hamilton will be competing as a driver and a team owner. Fielding three entrees, driven by himself, Joe Ruttman, and Willy T Ribbs.
Pulling double duty as a driver and owner does not add additional pressure to the veteran. "I'm an owner, as part of the package to our sponsor, I run a number of truck races. If I win it or park it, that does not matter, I am more concerned about the team trucks"
The Advance Auto Parts 250 starts at 2pm on Saturday April 7th, 2001