200th race, awards announced at Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - When the green flag waves at Memphis Motorsports Park today, it will not only signify the start of another action-packed NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race but it also will signify a special landmark in Series history. The...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - When the green flag waves at Memphis Motorsports Park today, it will not only signify the start of another action-packed NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race but it also will signify a special landmark in Series history. The race at Memphis marks the 200th for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

In honor of the special landmark, Craftsman paid tribute on Saturday morning to three men who have been fixtures in the garage over the past 200 events - Owen Kearns with NASCAR PR; Chris Showalter, crew chief for the No. 16 Xpress Motorsports team; and Jim Smith, owner of the No. 1 and No. 2 trucks fielded by Ultra Motorsports.

Craftsman presented each a 2003 limited edition five-piece gold plated Craftsman wrench set for their dedication to the Series.

"The 200th race is yet another milestone in the success of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series," said Toure Claiborne, Sears motorsports marketing manager. "Those being recognized at the O'Riley 200 symbolize the passion for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series that motorsports fans everywhere continue to demonstrate."

Created in 1995 by NASCAR in cooperation with the Sears Craftsman tool brand, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was designed to take major league NASCAR racing to new tracks and new fans across the country. Nearly 10 years later, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has become the third most watched form of motorsports in the country, and its popularity continues to soar.

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Series NASCAR Truck
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