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NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series News and Notes Team owner Rosenblum to receive New York City Liberty Medal NEWS & NOTES Dream month for Bodine and Germain-Arnold team ... Todd Bodine (No. 30 Arnold Development Toyota) and his Germain-Arnold...

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series News and Notes

Team owner Rosenblum to receive New York City Liberty Medal

NEWS & NOTES

Dream month for Bodine and Germain-Arnold team ... Todd Bodine (No. 30 Arnold Development Toyota) and his Germain-Arnold team may have been late arrivals to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, but their Oct. 2 victory at California Speedway -- and third top-five finish in four starts after a Richmond International Raceway debut -- confirms driver and team are quick studies.

Bodine becomes the 20th different competitor to win in both the NASCAR Craftsman Truck and the NASCAR Busch Series.

Owner Rosenblum to receive Liberty Medal ... Jim Rosenblum, whose No. 28 FDNY Racing Team Chevrolets have competed on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series since 1995, will receive the New York Post Liberty Medal in ceremonies Thursday hosted by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Post publisher Lachlan Murdoch. The award was instituted in the wake of Sept. 11 as a way to acknowledge the deeds and decency of those who help others without expecting anything in return. Rosenblum's team has raised money and awareness for the Fire Department of New York Widow's and Children's Fund. TV host Regis Philbin will be master of ceremonies for the event at Gracie Mansion.

Etc. ... There have been 11 or more different winners in five of the 10 seasons of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The record is 14 in 1998. ... Hamilton has led the series standings on 14 occasions -- seven in 2003 and seven this season -- to match Mike Skinner (No. 5 Toyota Tundra Toyota) for the No. 4 position on the all-time list. Jack Sprague (No. 16 Chevy Trucks Chevrolet) is the series leader with 52. ... The No. 10 spot in the championship standings -- the final driver to appear on-stage at the Nov. 20 Champion's Award Banquet at the Loews Miami Beach Resort -- continues to be hotly contested. Just 72 points separate current 10th-place competitor Sprague and David Reutimann (No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota), who occupies the 14th position.

Fast Facts

What: Silverado 350 K (Race No. 21 of 25).

Where:  Texas Motor Speedway, Ft. Worth, Texas.

When: 1 p.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 16.

Track layout: 1.5-mile paved.
Race length: 350 kilometers/219 miles/146 laps.

Posted awards: $530,255.

TV: SPEED Channel, 1 p.m. ET.
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.

2003 winner: Brendan Gaughan.
2003 polesitter: Andy Houston.

Pre-race schedule (all times local): Friday -- Practice 8 -- 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 -- 11:30 a.m. Qualifying 2:15 p.m. No final practice. Trucks impounded after qualifying.

Top 10 in Points: 1. Bobby Hamilton 2,933. 2. Dennis Setzer 2,877. 3. Carl Edwards 2,787. 4. Ted Musgrave 2,783. 5. Matt Crafton 2,662. 6. Chad Chaffin 2,625 7. Travis Kvapil 2,623. 8. David Starr 2,561. 9. Steve Park 2,513. 10. Jack Sprague 2,482.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Mike Skinner , David Starr , Andy Houston , Ted Musgrave , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Matt Crafton , Brendan Gaughan , Chad Chaffin , David Reutimann , Travis Kvapil