* Schrader , Dodge Race To First Top Five of 2007 In The Loop Call it vengeance night for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series regulars have placed 1-2 in the last two Craftsman Truck races at Dover ...
* Schrader , Dodge Race To First Top Five of 2007
In The Loop
Call it vengeance night for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers.
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series regulars have placed 1-2 in the last two Craftsman Truck races at Dover International Speedway. The safe bet says the truck drivers want their swagger back.
Last year, Mark Martin (No. 21 Bush Beans Ford) led the most laps and captured the checkered. Carl Edwards finished second, and Kyle Busch led 85 laps -- one lap less than Martin.
In 2005, Busch won at Dover, with Tony Stewart -- who made one of his six career Craftsman Truck starts that race -- finishing second.
This Friday, both Martin and Busch will again run the Craftsman Trucks.
Martin impressed last year at Dover, earning a Driver Rating of 143.0, an Average Running Position of 3.165, 40 Fastest Laps Run and 15 Quality Passes.
Over the last two years, Busch has accumulated similarly robust numbers. In his two Dover races, Busch has an Average Running Position of 4.380, a Driver Rating of 126.0 and the fastest Green Flag Speed.
Can any of the Craftsman Truck regulars reclaim the glory? Ron Hornaday Jr. looks to be the most likely candidate. Hornaday has a Driver Rating of 121.7 at Dover, an Average Running Position of 5.185 and 56 Fastest Laps Run, which is more than any other driver at Dover over the last two years.
What They're Saying About The 'Monster Mile'
"Any fan would have a ball watching the race from the base of the track in the infield at Dover. Watching the vehicles drive off into the corner there is breathtaking. That's the way it is from the driver's seat, too." -- Terry Cook, No. 59 Harris Trucking Toyota.
"Qualifying is very important at Dover. You get an extra set of tires at Dover, so there will be three pit stops. You need a good pit stall at Dover, so you have to qualify well to be able to pick a good spot on pit road. It's a very difficult pit road." -- Mike Hillman Jr., crew chief for the No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota of Todd Bodine.
Chevrolet scored its second consecutive victory at Mansfield Motorsports Park and broke its deadlock with Ford in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Manufacturers' Championship.
Perhaps more significant, Ken Schrader (No. 18 Fastenal Dodge) gave DaimlerChrysler its first top-five finish and was joined in the top 10 by Bobby Hamilton Racing teammate Kevin Hamlin (No. 4 Open Joist Dodge).
Schrader said this year's struggle is all about numbers. "You can't go to war with two trucks," said the veteran driver.
The speedway in pre-race ceremonies honored the late Hamilton, whose 10th and final victory came at Mansfield in 2005.
Seminole Hard Rock Hosts '07 Champion's Fete
From 2001 through 2004, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series held its annual awards banquet concurrent with the close of the NASCAR national touring season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
After two years of hosting the event in Orlando during the month of December, the South Florida tradition will be renewed later this year. The site of the Monday, Nov. 19 event will be the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Fla. The property is located just north of Miami.
The Race: AAA Insurance 200
The Place: Dover International Speedway
The Date: June 1, 2007
The Time: 4:45 p.m. (ET)
TV: SPEED, 8 p.m. (ET)
Track Layout: 1-mile concrete oval
Race Purse: $667,461
2006 Winner: Mark Martin
2006 Pole:David Reutimann
Schedule: Thursday--Practice 2:30-3:30 p.m.; 3:45- 4:15 p.m. (rookies) and 4:30- 5:30 p.m. Friday--Qualifying, 10:30 a.m.