2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

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2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season
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The 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Season began February 16 and ended November 3. Jack Sprague of Hendrick Motorsports was crowned champion.

See also: 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, 2001 NASCAR Busch Series

2001 Team Chart[edit]

Team Truck(s) # Driver(s) Primary Sponsor(s) Listed Owner(s) Crew Chief
Addington Racing Chevrolet Silverado 60 Travis Kvapil (R) CAT Rental Stores Mike Addington Rick Ren
Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge Ram 8 Willy T. Ribbs (R) Dodge Motorsports Bobby Hamilton James Cox
18 Joe Ruttman Dana Corporation Danny Rollins
Brevak Racing Ford F-150 31 Michael Dokken n/a Shelly Brevak Robert Hamke
Circle Bar Racing Ford F-150 14 Rick Crawford Milwaukee Electric Tool Tom Mitchell Ray Stonkus
Green Light Racing Chevrolet Silverado 08 Bobby Dotter (R) People Against Drugs Gene Christensen Doug Howe
Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 17 Ricky Hendrick (R) GMAC Financial Services Rick Hendrick Lance McGrew
24 Jack Sprague NetZero Dennis Connor
Impact Motorsports Ford F-150 86 Derrike Cope National Wild Turkey Foundation David Hodson Cal Lawson
Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet Silverado 20 Coy Gibbs MBNA Joe Gibbs Gary Showalter
K Automotive Racing Ford F-150 29 Terry Cook K-Automotive Kay Keselowski Bob Keselowski
L&R Racing Chevrolet Silverado 90 Lance Norick Aventis Behring Choice Ron Norick Paul Balmer
Lefturn Motorsports Ford F-150 19 Ricky Sanders (R) Trucktrix.net James Murphy Jon Figler
MacDonald Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 72 Randy MacDonald Left Behind Marrill MacDonald Stu Beckett
MB Motorsports Ford F-150 63 Larry Gunselman (R) Waterloo Tool Storage Mike Mittler Mike Mittler
Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 46 Dennis Setzer Acxiom/Computer Associates David Dollar Bill Ingle
Petty Enterprises Dodge Ram 43 Carlos Contreras Hot Wheels Richard Petty Howard Comstock
Powers Motorsports Dodge Ram 55 Tom Powers (R) TruckSeries.com Sherri Powers Bryan Berry
Roush Racing Ford F-150 50 Chuck Hossfeld (R) J.R.'s Garage/Eldon Jack Roush Dan Binks
99 Nathan Haseleu (R) Roush Performance Products Jeff Campey
SealMaster Racing Chevrolet Silverado 88 Matt Crafton (R) Sealmaster Duke Thorson Jerry Cook
Spears Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 75 Billy Bigley (R) Spears Manufacturing Wayne Spears Dave McCarty
Tagsby Racing Chevrolet Silverado 73 Jason Small County Building Centers Joey Sonntag Joey Sonntag
Team 23 Racing Chevrolet Silverado 23 Loni Richardson Red Line Oil Tom Mazucchi Phil Bonifield
Team Rensi Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 61 Randy Tolsma n/a Ed Rensi Craig Huartson
Ultra Motorsports Dodge Ram 1 Ted Musgrave Mopar Jim Smith Fred Wanke
2 Scott Riggs Team ASE Racing Marlene Smith Tim Kohuth
Ware Racing Enterprises Chevrolet Silverado 51 Donnie Neuenberger (R) IHOP Rick Ware Ken Glen
81 Nathan Buttke FansTeam.com Cal Northrop

Florida Dodge Dealers 250[edit]

The Florida Dodge Dealers 250 was held February 16 at Daytona International Speedway. Joe Ruttman won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 18-Joe Ruttman
  2. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  3. 2-Scott Riggs
  4. 90-Lance Norick
  5. 61-Randy Tolsma
  6. 29-Terry Cook
  7. 20-Coy Gibbs
  8. 3-Bryan Reffner
  9. 52-Lyndon Amick
  10. 14-Rick Crawford

Florida Dodge Dealers 400K[edit]

The Florida Dodge Dealers 400K was held March 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Pit Stops during the 2001 Florida Dodge Dealers 400k at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Top Ten Results

  1. 1-Ted Musgrave
  2. 60-Travis Kvapil
  3. 24-Jack Sprague
  4. 2-Scott Riggs
  5. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  6. 61-Randy Tolsma
  7. 43-Carlos Contreras
  8. 14-Rick Crawford
  9. 18-Joe Ruttman
  10. 29-Terry Cook

This was the first career NASCAR major racing series win for Ted Musgrave.

Failed to qualify: none


OSH 250[edit]

The OSH 250 was held March 17 at Mesa Marin Raceway. Ted Musgrave won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 1-Ted Musgrave
  2. 24-Jack Sprague
  3. 62-Brendan Gaughan
  4. 66-Rick Carelli
  5. 2-Scott Riggs
  6. 18-Joe Ruttman
  7. 29-Terry Cook
  8. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  9. 75-Billy Bigley
  10. 61-Randy Tolsma

Failed to qualify: none

Advance Auto Parts 250[edit]

The Advance Auto Parts 250 was held April 7 at Martinsville Speedway. Joe Ruttman won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Scott Riggs
  2. 60-Travis Kvapil
  3. 29-Terry Cook
  4. 18-Joe Ruttman
  5. 61-Randy Tolsma
  6. 88-Matt Crafton
  7. 14-Rick Crawford
  8. 3-Bryan Reffner
  9. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  10. 99-Nathan Haseleu

Failed to qualify: Brian Sockwell (#54), Willy T. Ribbs (#8), Stan Boyd (#7), Dana White (#23), Jim Mills (#70), Rodney Sawyers (#68)

Ram Tough 200 Presented by Pepsi[edit]

The Ram Tough 200 Presented by Pepsi was held May 6 at Gateway International Raceway. Ted Musgrave won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 1-Ted Musgrave
  2. 2-Scott Riggs
  3. 29-Terry Cook
  4. 14-Rick Crawford
  5. 60-Travis Kvapil
  6. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  7. 88-Matt Crafton
  8. 24-Jack Sprague
  9. 46-Dennis Setzer
  10. 75-Billy Bigley

Failed to qualify: none

Darlington 200[edit]

The Darlington 200 was held May 12 at Darlington Raceway. Jack Sprague won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 4-Bobby Hamilton
  2. 52-Ken Schrader
  3. 2-Scott Riggs
  4. 14-Rick Crawford
  5. 18-Joe Ruttman
  6. 60-Travis Kvapil
  7. 29-Terry Cook
  8. 88-Matt Crafton
  9. 75-Billy Bigley
  10. 99-Nathan Haseleu

Failed to qualify: none

Jelly Belly 200[edit]

The Jelly Belly 200 was held May 20 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Scott Riggs won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 18-Joe Ruttman
  2. 2-Scott Riggs
  3. 24-Jack Sprague
  4. 1-Ted Musgrave
  5. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  6. 88-Matt Crafton
  7. 60-Travis Kvapil
  8. 46-Dennis Setzer
  9. 14-Rick Crawford
  10. 50-Chuck Hossfeld

Failed to qualify: none

MBNA E-Commerce 200[edit]

The MBNA E-Commerce 200 was held June 2 at Dover International Speedway. Scott Riggs won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Scott Riggs
  2. 24-Jack Sprague
  3. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  4. 1-Ted Musgrave
  5. 20-Coy Gibbs
  6. 92-Stacy Compton
  7. 52-Ken Schrader
  8. 18-Joe Ruttman
  9. 88-Matt Crafton
  10. 60-Travis Kvapil

O'Reilly 400K[edit]

The O'Reilly 400K was held June 8 at Texas Motor Speedway. Scott Riggs won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 24-Jack Sprague
  2. 41-Brendan Gaughan
  3. 3-David Starr
  4. 18-Joe Ruttman
  5. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  6. 1-Dennis Setzer
  7. 20-Coy Gibbs
  8. 61-Randy Tolsma
  9. 43-Carlos Contreras
  10. 99-Nathan Haseleu

Failed to qualify: Frog Hall (#64)

Memphis 200[edit]

The Memphis 200 was held June 23 at Memphis Motorsports Park. Jack Sprague won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 46-Dennis Setzer
  2. 2-Scott Riggs
  3. 18-Joe Ruttman
  4. 84-Chad Chaffin
  5. 20-Coy Gibbs
  6. 1-Ted Musgrave
  7. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  8. 90-Lance Norick
  9. 50-Greg Biffle
  10. 88-Matt Crafton

GNC Live Well 200[edit]

The GNC Live Well 200 was held June 30 at The Milwaukee Mile. Jack Sprague won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 1-Ted Musgrave
  2. 24-Jack Sprague
  3. 60-Travis Kvapil
  4. 29-Terry Cook
  5. 99-Kurt Busch
  6. 18-Joe Ruttman
  7. 75-Billy Bigley
  8. 52-Ken Schrader
  9. 88-Matt Crafton
  10. 17-Ricky Hendrick

Failed to qualify: none

O'Reilly Auto Parts 250[edit]

The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 was held July 7 at Kansas Speedway. Dennis Setzer won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  2. 1-Ted Musgrave
  3. 46-Dennis Setzer
  4. 50-Jon Wood
  5. 75-Billy Bigley
  6. 60-Travis Kvapil
  7. 2-Scott Riggs
  8. 14-Rick Crawford
  9. 20-Coy Gibbs
  10. 99-Nathan Haseleu

Failed to qualify: Doug Keller (#27)

Kroger 225[edit]

The Kroger 225 was held July 14 at Kentucky Speedway. Jack Sprague won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Scott Riggs
  2. 18-Joe Ruttman
  3. 24-Jack Sprague
  4. 60-Travis Kvapil
  5. 46-Dennis Setzer
  6. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  7. 50-Jon Wood
  8. 61-Randy Tolsma
  9. 29-Terry Cook
  10. 75-Billy Bigley

Failed to qualify: Michael Dokken (#71), Phil Bonifield (#23), Conrad Burr (#87), Rodney Sawyers (#68)

New England 200[edit]

The New England 200 was held July 21 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Jack Sprague won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 24-Jack Sprague
  2. 60-Travis Kvapil
  3. 46-Dennis Setzer
  4. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  5. 1-Ted Musgrave
  6. 29-Terry Cook
  7. 52-Ken Schrader
  8. 18-Joe Ruttman
  9. 92-Stacy Compton
  10. 88-Matt Crafton

Failed to qualify: none

Power Stroke Diesel 200[edit]

The Power Stroke Diesel 200 was held August 3 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Joe Ruttman won the pole. This race marked the NASCAR debut of sixteen-year old Kyle Busch.

Top Ten Results

  1. 24-Jack Sprague
  2. 29-Terry Cook
  3. 18-Joe Ruttman
  4. 4-Bobby Hamilton
  5. 60-Travis Kvapil
  6. 14-Rick Crawford
  7. 88-Matt Crafton
  8. 46-Dennis Setzer
  9. 99-Kyle Busch
  10. 08-Bobby Dotter

Failed to qualify: Jim Mills (#70), Howard Bixman (#30), Mike Harmon (#93), G.J. Mennan (#53), Scotty Sands (#47), Morris Coffman (#71), Bob Coffey (#74)

Federated Auto Parts 200[edit]

The Federated Auto Parts 200 was held August 10 at Nashville Superspeedway. Scott Riggs won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Scott Riggs
  2. 1-Ted Musgrave
  3. 14-Rick Crawford
  4. 18-Joe Ruttman
  5. 60-Travis Kvapil
  6. 29-Terry Cook
  7. 50-Greg Biffle
  8. 1-Dennis Setzer
  9. 90-Lance Norick
  10. 20-Coy Gibbs

Sears Craftsman 175[edit]

The Sears Craftsman 175 was held August 18 at Chicago Motor Speedway. Joe Ruttman won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Scott Riggs
  2. 46-Dennis Setzer
  3. 90-Lance Norick
  4. 60-Travis Kvapil
  5. 14-Rick Crawford
  6. 29-Terry Cook
  7. 1-Ted Musgrave
  8. 18-Joe Ruttman
  9. 24-Jack Sprague
  10. 41-Brendan Gaughan

Chevy Silverado 200[edit]

The Chevy Silverado 200 was held August 26 at Nazareth Speedway. Terry Cook won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 50-Greg Biffle
  2. 29-Terry Cook
  3. 24-Jack Sprague
  4. 14-Rick Crawford
  5. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  6. 50-Jon Wood
  7. 75-Billy Bigley
  8. 1-Ted Musgrave
  9. 18-Joe Ruttman
  10. 90-Lance Hooper

Failed to qualify: Clay Young (#53), Ed Spencer III (#00)

Kroger 200[edit]

The Kroger 200 was held September 6 at Richmond International Raceway. Dennis Setzer won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 24-Jack Sprague
  2. 6-Kevin Harvick
  3. 46-Dennis Setzer
  4. 1-Ted Musgrave
  5. 14-Rick Crawford
  6. 92-Stacy Compton
  7. 4-Bobby Hamilton
  8. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  9. 18-Joe Ruttman
  10. 75-Billy Bigley

Failed to qualify: Tom Powers (#55), Jimmy Burns (#41)

NetZero 250 Presented by John Boy & Billy[edit]

The NetZero 250 presented by John Boy & Billy was held September 28 at South Boston Speedway. Jack Sprague won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 1-Ted Musgrave
  2. 46-Dennis Setzer
  3. 2-Scott Riggs
  4. 24-Jack Sprague
  5. 18-Joe Ruttman
  6. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  7. 29-Terry Cook
  8. 60-Travis Kvapil
  9. 16-Mike Bliss
  10. 88-Matt Crafton

Failed to qualify: James Stephenson (#36)

Silverado 350K[edit]

The Silverado 350 was held October 5 at Texas Motor Speedway. Scott Riggs won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 60-Travis Kvapil*
  2. 17-Rick Crawford
  3. 24-Jack Sprague
  4. 3-David Starr
  5. 90-Lance Norick
  6. 46-Dennis Setzer
  7. 20-Coy Gibbs
  8. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  9. 18-Joe Ruttman
  10. 1-Ted Musgrave
  • This was Kvapil's first truck series victory.

Orleans 350K[edit]

The Orleans 350 was held October 14 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Jack Sprague won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 1-Ted Musgrave
  2. 24-Jack Sprague
  3. 60-Travis Kvapil
  4. 2-Scott Riggs
  5. 14-Rick Crawford
  6. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  7. 3-David Starr
  8. 18-Joe Ruttman
  9. 99-Kurt Busch
  10. 46-Dennis Setzer

Failed to qualify: Tom Powers (#55), Michael Dokken (#23), Mike Hamby (#90), Donny Morelock (#0)

Chevy Silverado 150[edit]

The Chevy Silverado 150 was held October 26 at Phoenix International Raceway. Stacy Compton won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 50-Greg Biffle
  2. 24-Jack Sprague
  3. 14-Rick Crawford
  4. 92-Stacy Compton
  5. 41-Bryan Reffner
  6. 1-Ted Musgrave
  7. 29-Terry Cook
  8. 2-Scott Riggs
  9. 60-Travis Kvapil
  10. 52-Ken Schrader

Failed to qualify: Eric Jones (#34), Auggie Vidovich II (#70), D.J. Hoelzle (#85), G.J. Mennan (#53), Tom Powers (#55), Jerry Hill (#93), Phil Bonifield (#25), Gene Christensen (#07)

Auto Club 200[edit]

The Auto Club 200 was held November 3 at California Speedway. Scott Riggs won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 1-Ted Musgrave
  2. 14-Rick Crawford
  3. 50-Jon Wood
  4. 46-Dennis Setzer
  5. 3-David Starr
  6. 29-Terry Cook
  7. 60-Travis Kvapil
  8. 02-Jim Inglebright
  9. 88-Matt Crafton
  10. 17-Ricky Hendrick
  • Kyle Busch was the fastest in practice when he was ejected from the track by CART officials because the American Racing Wheels 200 was part of a CART weekend featuring the Marlboro 500 CART FedEx Championship Series event.[1] Marlboro threw Busch out of the garage because of an interpretation of the Master Settlement Agreement of 1998, prohibiting persons under 18 years of age in participating in events sponsored by tobacco companies. Due to that, Tim Woods III took over Busch's truck.
  • This was the last time the Truck Series concluded at California. Since 2002, all three series have had the season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Failed to qualify: Ronnie Hornaday (#07), Mike Hamby (#09), Tom Powers (#55), Conrad Burr (#87), G.J. Mennan (#71), Phil Bonifield (#23)

Final Points Standings[edit]

  1. Jack Sprague - 3670
  2. Ted Musgrave - 3597
  3. Joe Ruttman - 3570
  4. Travis Kvapil - 3547
  5. Scott Riggs - 3526
  6. Ricky Hendrick - 3412
  7. Terry Cook - 3327
  8. Rick Crawford - 3320
  9. Dennis Setzer - 3306
  10. Coy Gibbs - 2875
  11. Lance Norick - 2820
  12. Matt Crafton - 2778
  13. Billy Bigley - 2718
  14. Carlos Contreras - 2586
  15. Bobby Dotter - 2537
  16. Willy T. Ribbs - 2319
  17. Jon Wood - 1917
  18. Randy Tolsma - 1859
  19. Lance Hooper - 1720
  20. Jimmy Hensley - 1708
  21. Tom Powers - 1627
  22. Brian Rose 1487
  23. Larry Gunselman - 1461
  24. Nathan Haseleu - 1419
  25. Jerry Hill - 1214
  26. Morgan Shepherd - 1146
  27. Ricky Sanders - 1091
  28. Ken Schrader - 1053
  29. Jim Inglebright - 1033
  30. Bryan Reffner - 952
  31. Brendan Gaughan - 946
  32. Chuck Hossfeld - 933
  33. Phil Bonifield - 932
  34. Michael Dokken - 884
  35. Stan Boyd - 848
  36. Tom Carey - 847
  37. Nathan Buttke - 767
  38. Bobby Hamilton - 707
  39. Rodney Sawyers - 689
  40. Rick Carelli - 675
  41. Greg Biffle - 664
  42. Kyle Busch - 642
  43. Jason White - 637
  44. Stacy Compton - 598
  45. Ronnie Hornaday - 585
  46. Jonathon Price - 556
  47. David Starr - 541
  48. Dana White - 529
  49. Trent Owens - 525
  50. Donnie Neuenberger - 516

Rookie of the Year[edit]

After winning once and finishing fourth in points, Travis Kvapil of Addington Racing was named the Truck Series Rookie of the Year, narrowly defeating Ricky Hendrick, teammate to champion Jack Sprague. Matt Crafton and Billy Bigley both posted several top-tens during the season and finished close to each other in points. Jon Wood, Brian Rose, Larry Gunselman, and Ricky Sanders all made limited runs, while Willy T. Ribbs became the first African American to make a full-time bid for the Craftsman Truck Series championship. Chuck Hossfeld and Nathan Haseleu signed to drive for Roush Racing after winning its "Gong Show" competition, but were released early in the season.

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