NEWS OF NOTE * Tough crowd ... If Ted Musgrave (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge) hopes to repeat last year's win, he'll have to overcome some tough competition.Â All of the drivers (Crawford, Jon Wood - No. 50 Navy Racing Ford, Dennis Setzer - No.
NEWS OF NOTE
* Tough crowd ... If Ted Musgrave (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge) hopes to repeat last year's win, he'll have to overcome some tough competition. All of the drivers (Crawford, Jon Wood - No. 50 Navy Racing Ford, Dennis Setzer - No. 46 Makita/ACXIOM Chevrolet and David Starr - No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet) who finished in the top five in last year's race are scheduled to compete this year.
* Wood at Pentagon ... During an off-week in the series last week, Wood traveled to the Pentagon to speak to teens about staying away from drugs as part of "Red Ribbon Week Observance."
* Leffler goes home ... The California Speedway will be a homecoming for Long Beach, Calif. native Jason Leffler (No. 2 Team ASE/Carquest Dodge). Leffler, who has eight poles this year and is in the top five in points, is looking forward to racing in front of family and friends. "We haven't had a great deal of good luck on our side this season, so we're definitely looking for all that to change (at the speedway). My mom and brother will both be at the race, so maybe they'll bring some good luck with them."
* Winning at California ... Former California Speedway winners are faring well in each of NASCAR's national series. The 2000 winner, Kurt Busch, won his second consecutive NASCAR Winston Cup race of the season on Oct. 27 at Atlanta and two-time winner Jack Sprague is fifth in points in the NASCAR Busch Series. Winners Bliss and Musgrave are both in the hunt for their first NASCAR Craftsman Truck title.
* Extra duty ... Musgrave is scheduled to compete in three of the remaining NASCAR Winston Cup races, in addition to his NASCAR Craftsman Truck schedule, where he is the defending champion in two of the final three races. Musgrave has raced in three NASCAR Winston Cup races this season and was at the wheel of the No. 44 Petty Enterprises Dodge at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He will pull double duty at both Phoenix and Homestead.
* Etc. ... As the series winds down, three drivers are still looking for their first win of the season - Coy Gibbs (No. 20 MBNA Chevrolet), Leffler and Crawford...Gibbs and Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 NAPA Auto Parts Dodge) will appear on Fox Sports Net's the Best Damn Sports Show on Wednesday, Oct. 30...In a recent survey done by Sports Business Daily on the most marketable NASCAR drivers, Gaughan was listed as an up-and-coming driver in terms of marketability.
American Racing Wheels 200 (NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race No.
20 of 22).
California Speedway. Fontana, Calif.
2 p.m. local (5 p.m. ET); Saturday, Nov. 2.
TV: ESPN (tape delayed), Nov. 3, 5 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.
Pre-race schedule (all times local):
Thursday - Practice, 1:00 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday - Practice, 8:15 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Qualifying and final practice, 11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.