Phoenix: News of note

* Closest four-way battle in series history heads for Valley of the Sun * Eight competitors still have shot at 2003 Bud Pole Award ON THE RIGHT TRACK * Musgrave yet to finish out of top six at Phoenix ... Musgrave has the best record of...

* Closest four-way battle in series history heads for Valley of the Sun
* Eight competitors still have shot at 2003 Bud Pole Award

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

* Musgrave yet to finish out of top six at Phoenix ... Musgrave has the best record of any Phoenix non-winner, having posted finishes of second, fourth, fifth and sixth in his four series appearances.

* Crawford best among entered lap leaders ... Rick Crawford (No. 14 Circle Bar Motel & RV Ford) has led three races at Phoenix for a combined 85 laps, tops among drivers expected to compete in the Chevy Silverado 150. Crawford claimed last year's Bud Pole by .001 second (over Lester) in one of the series' closest qualifying decisions. The Chevy Silverado 150 will be Crawford's 172nd series start, most by a competitor in series history, breaking the record he shares with Sprague.

QUOTEBOOK

* "We gained a lot on these guys in two of the last three races. Now we have to do it in two straight and it can be done." -- Dennis Setzer, on his championship chances.

* "Bonus points are what got us the [points] lead. Bonus points win championships." -- Brendan Gaughan, whose bonus points (for leading laps) lead the series. The number is 60 points higher than Kvapil's total -- more than the 45-point difference in current standings.

* "I know we don't have a shot at the championship but if we finish fifth, it will feel like we won the championship compared to last year." -- Jon Wood, the 12th-place championship finisher in 2002.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

* Phoenix International Raceway definitely is a proving ground for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champions. Each of the five NASCAR Craftsman Truck champions have won there. Skinner, Sprague and Ron Hornaday Jr. count a Phoenix victory in title seasons -- 1995, 1997 and 1998, respectively.

Fast Facts

Next Race: Chevy Silverado 150 (Race No. 24 of 25).
Where: Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, Ariz.
When: Friday, Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. ET.

TV: SPEED Channel, 5:30 p.m. ET.
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.

Race length: 150 laps/150 miles.
Track layout: One-mile oval.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer , Rick Crawford , Jon Wood , Brendan Gaughan