Texas II: Round 23 preview

* Bodine Can Set Series Record With Texas Win * Hornaday And Skinner Swap Lead For Fifth Time In Six Races * Gaughan Determined To Find Lost Success Bodine Chases Record Win At Texas DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 29, 2007) -- This weekend's trip...

* Bodine Can Set Series Record With Texas Win
* Hornaday And Skinner Swap Lead For Fifth Time In Six Races
* Gaughan Determined To Find Lost Success

Bodine Chases Record Win At Texas

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 29, 2007) -- This weekend's trip to Texas Motor Speedway couldn't have come at a better time for Todd Bodine (No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota). The defending series champion has won four times at Texas in six attempts, and is looking for a fifth victory to pick up much needed momentum as the season winds down.

Bodine is going through a mini-slump of sorts. He finished 24th at Atlanta after a 20th-place finish at Martinsville, marking the first time he has finished worse than 20th in consecutive races since June 2005. The slip has allowed Johnny Benson (No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota) to tie Bodine for fourth in the standings.

Another Texas victory for Bodine would do more than pull him ahead of Benson in the standings -- it would give Bodine the series record for wins at a track. He currently shares the record with Brendan Gaughan (No. 77 South Point Chevrolet).

"I'm happy to have a lot of victories at Texas," Bodine said. "I really like racing at Texas. But when we get to the track, nothing matters except we want to win. Holding the record for the most wins at Texas would be nice, but having the record on the line won't change my approach -- or the team's approach -- when we show up at the track."

Round Six: Hornaday Edges Skinner

Much like two heavyweight fighters slugging it out until the final bell, Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet) and Mike Skinner (No. 5 Toyota Tundra Toyota) continue to trade shots, with Hornaday emerging from Atlanta with a four-point lead in the standings.

Hornaday entered the weekend trailing Skinner by 11 points. It was the fifth time in the last six weeks that the two former champions have traded the points lead. Hornaday knows it won't be the last time, either.

"That's okay for now, but after Homestead is when I'll be jumping up and down," Hornaday said. "I am sure Skinner will get it back next week and I will try to get it back the week after."

Hornaday has reason to be cautious headed to Texas -- Skinner has five consecutive top-five finishes at the 1.5-mile oval, including three runner-up finishes. Skinner trailed only Todd Bodine in each of his three runner-up finishes. Hornaday finished fourth at Texas in June, his highest career finish at the track.

"To have two great teams battling and changing the points lead each week is unbelievable," Hornaday said.

Gaughan Searching For Old Touch

Brendan Gaughan (No. 77 South Point Chevrolet) knows it is not easy to win a race in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He also knows that to win four straight at one track is something "special."

"We had some special years," said Gaughan, who won four consecutive races at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002 and 2003. "We had a very special race team, we had a very special truck, we had everything right...we're trying to get back on that program."

Gaughan has experienced sparse success since then, going winless in 73 consecutive starts.

To make matters worse, the truck that won the four consecutive races -- 'Lone Star' -- was involved in an accident at Texas in June and has since been 'retired.'

With three races remaining, Gaughan's focus is on climbing into the top 10. The team is currently 13th in the point standings, 126 out of the coveted 10th position.

"That's our goal right now -- the top 10 -- and we believe that we have the ability to get there," Gaughan said.

Two of the tracks coming up -- Texas and Homestead -- are very good tracks for me and suit my driving style. I believe that we're going to go there with our best piece of equipment with the goal of winning and gaining on the guys in front of us."

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , Johnny Benson , Brendan Gaughan