2002 Championship awards banquet announced

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship Banquet scheduled for Nov. 16 at The Sheraton Bal Harbour Beach Resort. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 1, 2002) - One day after the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, ...

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship Banquet scheduled for Nov. 16 at The Sheraton Bal Harbour Beach Resort.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 1, 2002) - One day after the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the 2002 series champion will be officially crowned at the championship awards banquet on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Sheraton Bal Harbour Beach Resort in Bal Harbour, Fla. The banquet will celebrate the series' eighth season amid the tropical setting of this deluxe, 659-room resort.

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship will be decided over the course of 22 events from coast to coast. The series visits many of the top speedways in America, ranging in size from 4/10-mile Big Daddy's South Boston (Va.) Speedway to the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. More than $1.4 million in post-season awards will be presented to the top 20 drivers and owners in the final 2002 point standings.

Several special awards will be presented including the Bud Pole Award, Waste Management "Picking Up Places" Award, Clevite Engine Builder of the Year, Featherlite Long Haul Award, Gatorade Front Runner Award, Manufacturers Championship Award and the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year Award.

Throughout the past eight seasons, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has emerged as a premier training ground for NASCAR stars. Past series champions Mike Skinner, Ron Hornaday Jr., Jack Sprague and Greg Biffle have all successfully advanced to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series or the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division. Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick are also veterans of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Among the contenders for this year's championship honors are David Starr, Ted Musgrave, Rick Crawford, Mike Bliss, Jason Leffler and Travis Kvapil. Craftsman, the Official Tools of NASCAR, has sponsored the series since its inaugural season in 1995.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason Leffler , Mike Skinner , David Starr , Kurt Busch , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Rick Crawford , Mike Bliss , Travis Kvapil