South Boston: News of Note

NEWS OF NOTE * Championship Update with five races to go... The top five drivers are separated by 139 points. Bliss leads Rick Crawford (No. 14 Circle Bar Motel/RV Park Ford) by 40 points. The difference between fifth-place driver Robert ...

NEWS OF NOTE

* Championship Update with five races to go... The top five drivers are separated by 139 points. Bliss leads Rick Crawford (No. 14 Circle Bar Motel/RV Park Ford) by 40 points. The difference between fifth-place driver Robert Pressley (No. 18 Dickies/Square D Dodge) and sixth-place driver David Starr (No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet) is just one point.

* Rough week... Brian Rose (No. 15 Perry Connection Ford) had a week he would rather forget. To start his week, Rose's parents home in Bowling Green, KY, was destroyed by a fire. To end the week, the semi carrying his truck was involved in an accident on the way to Texas Motor Speedway. The front end of Rose's truck was damaged, but his crew managed to have it ready in time for qualifying and the race. Rose finished 16th in the Silverado 350.

* Not the sharing type... In 17 races this season, five drivers have won two or more races with Bliss and Terry Cook (No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford) winning four each. Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 NAPA Auto Parts Dodge), Pressley and Musgrave have each won two races this season.

* Etc.... Gaughan and Tony Stewart are the only two-first time winners through 17 races this season...Ryan Hemphill will attempt to make his third start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this weekend. Hemphill will be behind the wheel of the No. 4 Dodge for Bobby Hamilton Racing...The No. 63 Mittler Brothers Machine Ford will have a new face this weekend as 18 year-old Regan Smith will attempt to make his first start in the series.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

* Gaughan hopes to become only the second driver in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this year to win consecutive races. With a win this weekend at South Boston, Gaughan will achieve the task that only driver Mike Bliss (Kroger 225 and New England 200) has been able to thus far in the season.

* Coy Gibbs (No. 20 MBNA Chevrolet) had a career-best finish at Texas Motor Speedway, finishing second. Gibbs prior best finish was third-place at Kansas Speedway earlier this season.

WHAT'S THE WORD?

* "I love Texas," shouted Silverado 350 winner Brendan Gaughan. With the victory, Gaughan became the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver and only the second NASCAR driver to win twice at Texas Motor Speedway.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

* Rick Crawford's last win came on April 4, 1998 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, a winless streak of 113 races.

TV: ESPN2, 3:30 PM ET
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.

Pre-race schedule (all times local):
Saturday - Practice, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Qualifying, 12:00 p.m.
Race 3:30

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Tony Stewart , David Starr , Robert Pressley , Coy Gibbs , Brian Rose , Terry Cook , Rick Crawford , Brendan Gaughan , Mike Bliss , Ryan Hemphill , Regan Smith