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Encyclopedia > Craftsman Truck Series
Craftsman Truck Series
Craftsman Truck Series
Sport Auto racing
Founded 1993
No. of teams 23
Country Flag of United States United States
Current champions Todd Bodine

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks. It is one of the three national divisions of NASCAR, together with the Busch Series and the Nextel Cup. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Racing cars redirects here. ... See also: 1992 in sports, other events of 1993, 1994 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Athletics February 11 - Irina Privalova sets a new womens 60m indoors world record August 13 - August 22 - World Championships held in Stuttgart Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Todd Bodine is a stock car racer. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is now the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Mazda compact Pickup truck with extended cabin and homebuilt lumber rack. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is now the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel... The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ...

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History

The idea for the Truck Series dates back to 1993, when a group of off road racers made a prototype for a NASCAR-style pickup truck. These were first shown off during the 1994 Daytona 500, and a number of demonstration races were held during the season. These trucks proved to be extremely popular, and it led to NASCAR creating the series, originally known as the "SuperTruck Series", in 1995. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is now the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


While a new series, it managed to garner quite a lot of support from prominent Winston Cup people immediately. Prominent Cup owners Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, and Jack Roush owned truck teams, and top drivers such as Dale Earnhardt and Ernie Irvan also fielded SuperTrucks for others. The series became known as the Craftsman Truck Series in 1996. Richard Childress (born September 21, 1945 in Winston-Salem, NC) is a former NASCAR driver and successful team owner in NASCAR Nextel Cup competition. ... Rick Hendrick (born July 12, 1949), born in Charlotte is an owner of several NASCAR stock cars, as well as one of the largest automotive chains in the United States. ... Jack Roush (born April 19, 1942) is the founder, CEO, and owner of Roush Racing, a NASCAR team headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is Chairman of the Board of Roush Enterprises. ... Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr. ... Ernie Irvan (born January 13, 1959 in Salinas, California) is a former race car driver in NASCAR. Wife: Kim Baker Irvan Married: November 21, 1992 Children: Jordan (August 12, 1993), Jared (February 9, 1998) Parents: Vic & Jo Irvan Career highlights 15 career NASCAR Winston Cup victories 22 career NASCAR Winston... Craftsman is a line of tools and lawn and garden equipment, owned by The KCD IP, LLC. The tools are sold in Sears and Kmart stores. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


Initially, the series used a number of rules that differed from both Nextel Cup and Busch Series racing. Most of the first races were no longer than 125 miles in length, with many being 150 lap races on short tracks. To save teams money by not requiring teams to hire pit specialists and buy extra tires, and because some tracks -- Saugus, CA, Flemington, NJ, Tucson, AZ, Monroe, WA and Dacono, CO most notably -- did not have a pit road safe enough for pit stops, or had pits outside the track, starting with the second race of the series in Tucson, AZ, NASCAR adopted a ten-minute "halftime" break, in place of pit stops, where teams could make any changes they'd want to the truck. The only time tire changes were possible were for the interest of safety, such as a tire failure, or a danger to the tire. The rule was popular with television and fans, and was spread for the entire schedule afterwards as pit reporters could interview drivers and crew chiefs for the break in a time without stress. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ...


For a short time in 1995, NASCAR adopted traditional short-track rules by inverting a number of cars at the front of the grid after complaints about some races where drivers led the entire event. That was dropped quickly after some races ended as walkovers for drivers, leading entire races. It has been suggested that Dirt track racing in the U.S. be merged into this article or section. ...


In 1996, some races went to two intermissions for full tire and fuel stops, while longer races were stopped at three times -- a limited break near the one-quarter and three-quarter marks for fuel stops, and at the halfway point for fuel and tire stops. If tire wear was a concern, NASCAR also permitted two tire changes if necessary in the first and third period breaks.


These rules were influential in driver development. Drivers had to learn to conserve tire wear for up to a half race, which allowed them to learn conserving the truck. Some drivers used the rules to learn tire conservation for other series.


In 1997, NASCAR started phasing pit stops. During the 1997 season, trucks could only legally take fuel and make adjustments during pit stops during the race. Tire changes were still illegal except for emergency causes and at break times.


By 1998, most of the short tracks were phased out in favor of speedways of 1 to 2 miles in length, and more of the races were held at tracks that hosted Cup and Busch events concurrently, but some races were held with Champ Car and Indy Racing League events. In mid-1998, at Fountain, CO, NASCAR switched to limited pit stops resembling other series where only two tires could be changed during caution periods. The rule was later removed and teams could change four tires, although there is a limit of how many sets a team could have during the entire race weekend, usually four sets per weekend. (In 2005, NASCAR adopted a similar rule in the Busch Series, with six sets per weekend.) Road courses were phased out by 2001. 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... A race track (or racetrack), is a purpose-built facility for the conducting of races. ... Champ Car, a shortened form of Championship Car, has been the name for a class of cars used in American Championship Car Racing for many decades. ... The Indy Racing League, better known as IRL, is the sanctioning body of a predominantly American based open-wheel racing series. ... Pikes Peak International Raceway is a one mile oval Auto Racing track located in Fountain, Colorado, just south of Colorado Springs. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A more popular rule that was effective until the middle of the 2004 season was the "overtime" rule. Unless interrupted by weather, Craftsman Truck Series races had to end under green flag conditions, and the rule mandated that all races must end with a minimum of two consecutive laps in green flag condition, often referred to as a "green-white-checkered" finish. Since racing to the yellow flag was prohibited until 1998 (and again in 2003 under the current free pass rule), scoring reverted to the last completed lap, and until racing back to the line was legalized in 1998, if the yellow waved during the first lap of a green-white-checkered finish, the entire situation would be reset. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


This rule meant some races would be greatly extended. In 1998, a CBS-televised race in Fountain, CO scheduled for 186 laps ran 198 laps (12 extra laps) because of multiple attempts, and the last such race, in Madison, IL, in 2004, lasted 14 additional laps (16.25 miles). Gateway International Raceway is a race track in Madison, Illinois, USA. It hosts a NASCAR Busch Series event and a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on a 1. ...


A July 24, 2004 rule change for NASCAR's three national series meant only one "green-white-checkered" finish can be attempted, and the race can end under yellow in one of four situations -- inclement weather, darkness, the yellow flag waving because of an incident during the final lap of a race, or the yellow flag waving after the one attempt at "green-white-checkered" begins.


Ironically, the first Series race under the new rules ended with a yellow flag on the final lap.


Most of the first drivers in the series were veteran short trackers who hadn't made it into the other NASCAR series. It is worth noting that most of the early champions have used their title to become Nextel Cup regulars at one point in their careers. As the years went on, a number of younger drivers debuted in the series, using the series as a springboard for their racing careers. Current NASCAR stars Scott Riggs, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, and Kyle Busch each started in the series. Kyle Busch was 16 when thrown out of a 2001 Craftsman Truck Series race in Fontana, CA by CART (which sanctioned the Marlboro 500 that weekend) because tobacco sponsorship regulations prohibited competitors under 18 in any race during the meet, and resulted in a 2002 NASCAR minimum age requirement of 18. Scott Riggs #10 Chevrolet from 2005. ... Gregory Jack Biffle (born December 23, 1969 in Vancouver, Washington) is a NASCAR Nextel Cup driver. ... For the racing team owned by Kevin Harvick and his wife Delana, see Kevin Harvick Incorporated. ... James Christopher Jamie McMurray (born June 3, 1976 in Joplin, Missouri) is a NASCAR driver. ... Kurt Busch (born August 4, 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a NASCAR driver. ... Carl Michael Edwards, II (born August 15, 1979) is a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series driver for Roush Racing. ... Kyle Thomas Busch (born May 2, 1985 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a driver in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and is the youngest driver ever to win a race in Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck history. ... Champ Car, a shortened form of Championship Car, has been the name for a class of cars used in American Championship Car Racing for many decades. ...


In later years, though, the Truck series has also become a place for Cup veterans without a ride to make their living which currently includes Ricky Craven, Jimmy Spencer, Dennis Setzer, Brendan Gaughan (who started his career in a family-owned team, and after his Nextel Cup attempt, returned to the family operation), Rich Bickle, Andy Houston, Todd Bodine, Bobby Hamilton, Jr. and previous champions Mike Skinner, Ron Hornaday, Ted Musgrave, Bobby Hamilton and Jack Sprague. A notable part-time driver in the Truck series is long-time NEXTEL Cup star Mark Martin, who has a full-time NEXTEL Cup ride. Ricky Craven is a NASCAR driver. ... Jimmy Spencer (born February 15, 1957 in Berwick, Pennsylvania) is a NASCAR race car driver and commentator. ... Dennis Setzer from Newton, NC was born February 27, 1960. ... Brendan Gaughan (born July 10, 1975 in Los Angeles, California) is a truck racer from Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Rich Bickle (born May 13, 1961 in Edgerton, Wisconsin) is a journeyman NASCAR driver. ... Andy Houston (born November 7, 1970 in Hickory, NC) is a veteran of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, scoring multiple wins. ... Todd Bodine is a stock car racer. ... Bobby Hamilton, Jr (born January 8, 1978 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver currently driving the #32 Tide Chevrolet for PPI Motorsports. ... Mike Skinner (born June 28, 1957) is a NASCAR driver from Susanville, California. ... Ron Hornaday from Palmdale, CA was born June 20, 1958. ... Ted Musgrave was born on December 18, 1955 in Franklin, Wisconsin . ... Bobby Hamilton (born May 29, 1957 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a driver and owner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit. ... Jack Sprague from Spring Lake, MI born August 8, 1964. ... Mark Anthony Martin (born January 9, 1959 in Batesville, Arkansas) is a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver for Ginn Racing, driving the #01 U.S. Army Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS. Martin is often nicknamed Mr. ...


Most races nowadays will last around 250 miles at larger tracks, 150 to 200 miles at most others, and 200-250 laps around the shortest tracks.


Television

Most of the first races were nationally televised on ESPN, TNN, WTBS, ABC, and CBS. A number of races were held at tracks that hosted only NASCAR regional events. ESPN (an acronym for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... TBS Superstation is a popular American cable TV network that shows sports and variety programming. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... CBS is derived from an abbreviation of Columbia Broadcasting System, the former legal name of a company Westinghouse Electric Corporation acquired in 1995. ...


In 2001, NASCAR moved the series exclusively to cable, first with ESPN, and in 2003, switched to Speed Channel. In 2001, the independent website TruckSeries.com started covering the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Other than MRN, TruckSeries.com is the only media outlet to staff every NCTS event; featuring live Bud Pole Qualifying, TrackSideLive!, Photos, Images, Race Results and a robust online community of faithful fans. SPEED Channel, based in Charlotte, NC, was launched on New Years Day 1996, by Roger Werner, as SpeedVision. ...


Network television will return to the series in 2007 when FOX will carry a minimum of two races on the schedule. One race is to be the Kroger 250 at Martinsville, the other is to be determined. 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD (or CE) era. ... For the animal, see Fox. ... The Kroger 250 is a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race that takes place at Martinsville Speedway. ... Martinsville Speedway is an International Speedway Corporation-owned NASCAR stock car racing track located in Martinsville, Virginia. ...


Specifications

  • Engine Displacement: 358cid (5.8L) Pushrod V8
  • Transmission: 4 Speed Manual (Must have reverse)
  • Weight: 3200lbs. Minimum (with out driver) 3400lbs. Minimum (with driver)
  • Horsepower: 650-700hp (unrestricted)
  • Fuel: 112 octane leaded (2006), 98 octane unleaded (2007)
  • Fuel Capacity: 22 U.S. Gallons
  • Fuel Delivery: Carburation
  • Compression Ratio: 12:1
  • Aspiration: Naturally aspirated
  • Carburator size: 390 CFM 4 barrel
  • Wheelbase: 112"

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Seasons

The 1997 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Season began on January 19 and ended on November 19. ... The 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Season began January 18 and ended November 8. ... The 1999 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Season began March 20 and ended October 30. ... The 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Season began February 18 and ended October 28. ... The 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Season began February 16 and ended November 3. ... The 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Season began February 15 and ended November 15. ... The 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was held February 14 and ended November 14. ... The 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season began on February 13 and ended on November 19. ... // Florida Dodge Dealers 250 The Florida Dodge Dealers 250 was held February 18 at Daytona International Speedway Top Ten Results Bobby Hamilton Jimmy Spencer Todd Bodine Ricky Craven Ted Musgrave Ken Weaver Brad Keselowski David Starr Wayne Edwards Johnny Benson American Racing Wheels 200 The American Racing Wheels 200 was... The 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will begin on February 17, 2006 at Daytona International Speedway with the Florida Dodge Dealers 200, and end on November 17, 2006 with the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. ... The 12th season of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season set off on February 17, 2007 at Daytona International Speedway with the Chevy Silverado HD 250, and ends on November 16, 2007 with the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. ...

Makes and Models Approved by NASCAR for Competition

The Chevrolet Silverado from Chevrolet and its GMC counterpart, the GMC Sierra, are the latest line of full-size pickup trucks from General Motors. ... 2005 Dodge Ram SRT-10 The Dodge Ram SRT-10 was introduced February 13, 2003 but not put into production until 2004. ... The F-Series is a series of full-size pickup trucks from Ford Motor Company sold for over 5 decades. ... Ivan Stewart Tundra The Toyota Tundra is a full-size pickup truck sold by Toyota, replacing the T100. ...

See also

  • Craftsman Truck Series champions

This is a list of National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) champions; that is, a list of all the champions in NASCARs three major series (NEXTEL Cup, Busch Series, and Craftsman Truck Series). ...

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Craftsman Truck Series - definition of Craftsman Truck Series in Encyclopedia (646 words)
The idea for the Truck Series dates back to 1993, when a group of off road racers made a prototype for a NASCAR-style pickup truck.
The series became known as the Craftsman Truck Series in 1996.
Truck races had a "halftime" break, in place of pit stops, where teams could make any changes they'd want to the car.
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