* Kansas Features Familiar Faces Several Prominent Series Competitors To Race This Weekend DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 23, 2007) -- A collection of familiar faces will join six series champions in Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at ...
* Kansas Features Familiar Faces
Several Prominent Series Competitors To Race This Weekend
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 23, 2007) -- A collection of familiar faces will join six series champions in Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway.
Perhaps the most notable driver returning to action is Joe Ruttman (No. 18 Fastenal Dodge). Ruttman has competed in six full seasons in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and has finished no worse than sixth in the standings. He finished second in 1995, the series' inaugural season. Ruttman, 62, already is in the record books as the oldest driver to win a race in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He has 13 career wins, the last coming in at Pikes Peak in May 2001 when he was 56 years and 6 months old.
Another notable name making her season debut is Kelly Sutton (No. 51 Team Copaxone Chevrolet). Sutton has been a series regular since making her debut in 2003. Sutton holds the record for most starts (51) and most winnings ($442,882) by a female competitor. Her start will mark the sixth consecutive year that a female driver has competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
The two series veterans will be joining arguably the deepest field in series history. Six former champions are among the many teams in the running to win the 2007 championship. Mike Skinner (No. 5 Toyota Tundra Toyota), the series' first champion, is the current standings leader over defending champion Todd Bodine (No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota). Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 AES Chevrolet), champion in 1996 and 1998, is fourth in the standings. Ted Musgrave (No. 9 Team ASE Toyota), the 2005 champion, is fifth, one point behind Hornaday. Jack Sprague (No. 60 Con-Way Freight Toyota), the series' only three-time champion, is sixth, and 2003 champion Travis Kvapil (No. 6 K&N Filters Ford) is ninth.
Bodine (2005) is the only champion to win at Kansas Speedway. There have been no repeat winners in six races at the track.