Long entry list for Fontana

FONTANA, Calif. - The garage area for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is getting crowded. More than 40 entries have been received for the season finale, the Motorola 200 at Fontana's California Speedway Oct. 28. Interest in NASCAR's...

FONTANA, Calif. - The garage area for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is getting crowded. More than 40 entries have been received for the season finale, the Motorola 200 at Fontana's California Speedway Oct. 28. Interest in NASCAR's newest touring division among teams and drivers is at an all-time high, apparently buoyed by Craftsman's long-term commitment to the series that the tool brand has sponsored since the racing division was created in 1995. Following the Aug. 4 announcement that Craftsman will remain as series sponsor through at least 2006, on average, 45 drivers have registered for each race. The normal starting field for a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race is limited to 34 trucks. The roster of drivers for the last several races includes the Craftsman Truck Series regulars such as Joe Ruttman and Jack Sprague, who has competed in every NCTS points race, but also fresh faces wanting to test their mettle in NASCAR's big leagues and some familiar names from the Winston Cup and Busch Grand National garages who came over the see what Craftsman Truck racing is all about. Among the newcomers in the 2000 season were the sons of famous fathers, Winston Cup team owners Joe Gibbs and Rick Hendrick. Coy Gibbs and Ricky Hendrick each plan a full season of Craftsman Truck Series competition in 2001. Also attempting to make his first Craftsman Truck start at the Motorola 200 will be Chuck Hossfeld, one of two new drivers tapped by Jack Roush to run for Craftsman Truck Series rookie honors in 2001. NASCAR veterans making a Craftsman Truck Series debut in 2000 include stars from the Busch Grand National Series Jason Leffler and Hermie Sadler. Elliott Sadler and Derrike Cope joined the ranks of Winston Cup drivers who have traded their cars for an occasional ride in a pickup. In all, as in every year of the series, more than 100 individual drivers will have taken the green flag in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2000. So, despite Craftsman Truck Series stalwarts Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch and Andy Houston announcing they will join other NCTS alumni such as Mike Skinner, Ron Hornaday and Kevin Harvick in Winston Cup and Busch Grand National competition in 2001, there will plenty of teams and drivers in the Craftsman Truck Series to keep the garages full and the racing exciting.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Derrike Cope , Jason Leffler , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Andy Houston , Kurt Busch , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Coy Gibbs , Chuck Hossfeld , Joe Ruttman , Hermie Sadler , Elliott Sadler