NASCAR & Auto Racing

Expect to see some of the usual contenders at front of the Truck series pack



1. Ron Hornaday, Kevin Harvick Inc.


Fresh off his third title, there is no reason he won't contend again.



2. Jack Sprague, KHI


Nothing will push Sprague more to the front than running with his new teammate, Hornaday.



3. Mike Skinner, Bill Davis Racing


He did everything but win the title in 2007. It will be tough to top KHI.



4. Johnny Benson, BDR


He's won nine races in two seasons and looking to gain consistency needed to win a championship.



5. Erik Darnell, Roush Fenway Racing


Came on strong during 2007 but needs to run up front consistently to take the next step.



6. Rick Crawford, Circle Bar Racing


Shut out of Victory Lane during 2007 should fuel desire to get back.



7. Dennis Setzer, Bobby Hamilton Racing


Setzer might be the perfect driver for this team and one who can help return it to Victory Lane.



8. Brendan Gaughan, CBR


He's with a new team and manufacturer (Ford) but should be competitive as Crawford's teammate.



9. Todd Bodine, Germain Racing


Recent champion is expected to run in Nationwide and Sprint Cup series, but could that detract from trucks effort?



10. Ted Musgrave, HT Motorsports


Former champ moves to a new team and his experience will be much-needed.





Elevator

KEVIN HARVICK INC.: Its first championship plus the addition of three-time champ Jack Sprague makes it one of the top organizations around.

STABILITY: Same championship format, same tracks. And each year the trucks provide NASCAR's best racing.

DOUBLEHEADERS: Not sure pairing Truck and Nationwide races on the same day is going to solve California Speedway's attendance problems.

Observations

 Truck series fans and veterans look forward to the pairing of series stalwarts Ron Hornaday and Jack Sprague together at Kevin Harvick Inc. this season. Each has won three series titles, and they've had plenty of run-ins in the past. Their development as teammates this season should be one the series' most-watched story lines. Speed Channel has done an admirable job of covering the series, but it couldn't hurt NASCAR to push for some additional promotional coverage on its other networks covering the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series. Touting the series to a larger audience can only help in the long run.

 It looks like Erin Crocker is going to get another shot at proving her ability as a NASCAR driver with a couple of truck races lined up early in the season. I still think she has the potential to have a solid career with the right team and good equipment.

What they're saying

"The goal is top 10 in points and the Raybestos Rookie of the Year. Where we end up in the points after that is tough for me to tell because I'm going up against a lot of unknowns. There's a lot of really awesome guys in this series that are coming back for their third, fourth, fifth, 10th year in this series."

-- Series rookie Andy Lally.

"We both race hard, no matter what we do, and when we are all done, we can sit and have a soda pop or a barley pop or whatever. Jack did hold, not grudges, but he has always gotten mad, but then he would come back the following week and we have always talked."

-- series champion Ron Hornaday on new teammate Jack Sprague.

"I'm looking forward to putting last year behind us. We struggled quite a bit last year. We didn't really end the season on the note that we wanted to. It was nice to go out and get our first career win."

-- Series driver Erik Darnell.

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