Homestead: Craftsman championship to be decided

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship to be decided at final checkered flag of the 2002 season. HOMESTEAD, Fla. - With one race remaining in the 2002 season, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship battle is the third-closest* in ...

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship to be decided at final checkered flag of the 2002 season.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - With one race remaining in the 2002 season, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship battle is the third-closest* in the eight-year history of the Series. Mike Bliss leads Rick Crawford by a scant 32 points, and is 71 markers ahead of Ted Musgrave.

Each of the three drivers hopes to claim his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series crown at the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 15. They are the only ones with a mathematical chance at the title, but any of the three could drive away with the trophy, depending on their relative finishing positions.

* The closest finish in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship history was 1998, when Ron Hornaday led Jack Sprague by 13 points going into the final race. Sprague won the season finale at Las Vegas, but Hornaday finished second to claim the title by a mere three points. In 1999, in the second closest finish, Greg Biffle was the points leader before the final race at California Speedway, 21 points ahead of Jack Sprague. Sprague avoided a late-race crash and charged to first place at the checkered, while Biffle struggled to finish seventh in an ill-handling truck. The edge gave Sprague his second (of three) NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championships by eight points.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ted Musgrave , Jack Sprague , Rick Crawford , Mike Bliss