Michigan: Round ten preview

* Benson Seeks Second Straight Win At Home Track * Spears First Owners To 300 Races * Cook Reaches 250 Race Milestone Benson Looks To Repeat In Front Of Home Crowd DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 11, 2007) -- Last year at Michigan ...

* Benson Seeks Second Straight Win At Home Track
* Spears First Owners To 300 Races
* Cook Reaches 250 Race Milestone

Benson Looks To Repeat In Front Of Home Crowd

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 11, 2007) -- Last year at Michigan International Speedway, Johnny Benson (No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota) was able to deliver his first series win for his hometown fans. The win helped jump-start his season and propelled him to a second-place finish in the standings.

Benson is currently eighth in the standings and could use a similar bump this weekend.

"I am very excited about Michigan. It is my home track on the NASCAR side, and it is a great place to race," Benson said. "This is where we turned things around last year and I am hoping to do it again. We have had some unfortunate luck the last few weeks, even though our truck has been incredibly fast.

Hopefully we can come out of Michigan with another win."

After last year's win at Michigan, Benson went on to capture four more victories. Benson is hoping to earn his first of this year at home.

"We have a ton of family and friends here, so that always pumps you up when you are racing," Benson said.

Wayne And Connie Spears Reach 300 Races

Wayne and Connie Spears, owners of Spears Motorsports, will become the first owners to reach 300 races this weekend. The Spears are the only owners to field a team in each of the series' 13 seasons, including the inaugural race at Phoenix International Raceway in 1995.

The Spears gave Kevin Harvick (No. 2 Camping World Chevrolet) his first permanent ride in a NASCAR national series in 1997, when he ran 13 of the season's 26 events. The following year, Harvick competed full-time for Spears Motorsports in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series. He won the West Series championship that year, clinching the title in the final race of the year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was during Harvick's title run that the Spears missed two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races to attend the West Series races.

Spears Motorsports has four wins, three by David Starr (No. 10 International MAXX Force Diesel Ford) between 2002 and 2004. Current driver Dennis Setzer (No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet) won the Ohio 250 last month at Mansfield Motorsports Park.

Cook Will Be Third Driver To Compete in 250 Races

Terry Cook (No. 59 Harris Trucking Toyota) will hit a major milestone this weekend when he becomes the third driver in series history to compete in 250 races. Rick Crawford (No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford) and Jack Sprague (No. 60 Con-way Freight Toyota) share the series record with 256 starts.

"I hope to be here for another 250 races," Cook said. "I feel like I haven't reached my prime yet as a driver and that I have a lot of racing ahead of me. To be affiliated with Jim Harris and the HT Motorsports Toyota Tundra team is one of the best opportunities I've had in racing and I think we have a bright future together. I'm proud to have competed in 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races and I'm equally excited about the next 250 on the schedule."

Adding to the excitement of his 250th race is the fact that it comes at Michigan International Speedway. He hails from Sylvania, Ohio, a mere 50 miles from the track.

"To have my 250th career start at what I consider my true, hometown track is a very big deal to me," Cook said. "I never thought I'd compete in 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races, and it's not a goal where I looked at the calendar and said 'I want to do that at Michigan.' It's just something that's worked out that way. To do both is more than I ever dreamed of."

In his 12-year career, Cook has racked up six wins, 26 top fives and 92 top 10s. He has experienced success at Michigan, where he has five top-10 finishes in seven starts.

Cook has competed in 231 consecutive races, a series record. He has started every race since the beginning of 1998.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr , Kevin Harvick , Johnny Benson , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Terry Cook , Rick Crawford