Saturday, September 16, 2006
Johnny Benson dominates New Hampshire truck race
Right now Todd Bodine is leading and Johnny Benson is second in points in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series. Starting with Saturday's Sylvania 200, Benson can't afford any problems if he has plans to catch Bodine. His teammate Mike Skinner won the pole and Benson was second.
Johnny Benson-#23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota dominated the race. He led 145 of 200 laps and only lost the lead on caution flag pit stops. Kyle Busch-#15 Freedom Grill Chevy led after one of those cautions with Todd Bodine-#30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota second and Benson third. Benson got the lead from Busch just as a Mike Bliss-#16 Chevy brought out a caution on lap 167. Benson won easily after that.
One altercation of note was on lap 90 when Ted Musgrave-#9 ASE Toyota hit the wall. He thought Rick Crawford-#14 Circle Bar Truck Stop Ford spun him out and tried to run him into the wall during the caution. Musgrave was parked and finished 31st. Further penalties are expected. Crawford finished 7th. CHAMP car star A.J. Allmindinger-#24 Toyota made his NASCAR debut. He crashed during qualifying and had to start in the back in a backup car. He finished 13th so he did well. He will return at Talledega in a couple of weeks. The Craftsman Trucks are in Las Vegas next week.