2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

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2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season
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The 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Season began February 15 and ended November 15. Mike Bliss of Xpress Motorsports was crowned the champion at season's end.

See also: 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, 2002 NASCAR Busch Series

2002 Team Chart[edit]

Team Truck(s) # Driver(s) Primary Sponsor(s) Listed Owner(s) Crew Chief
Addington Racing Chevrolet Silverado 60 Travis Kvapil CAT Rental Stores Mike Addington Rick Ren
Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge Ram 4 Brian Rose Perry Connection Debbie Hamilton Danny Rollins
8 Bill Lester (R) Dodge Dealers Bobby Hamilton Kip McCord
18 Robert Pressley n/a Danny Gill
Circle Bar Racing Ford F-150 14 Rick Crawford Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Tom Mitchell Ray Stonkus
Countryman Motorsports Ford F-150 15 Rich Bickle Dickies Billy Ballew Craig Osbourne
Green Light Racing Chevrolet Silverado 07 Jason Small (R) Sunbelt Rentals Gene Christensen Dennis Fiebel
08 Bobby Dotter People Against Drugs Doug Howe
Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet Silverado 20 Coy Gibbs MBNA Joe Gibbs Doug Hewitt
K Automotive Racing Ford F-150 29 Terry Cook Power Stroke Diesel Kay Keselowski Bob Keselowski
L&R Racing Chevrolet Silverado 90 Lance Norick Express Personnel Services Ron Norick Gary Showalter
MacDonald Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 72 Randy MacDonald Greenfield Truck Center Marrill MacDonald Steve Bird
Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 46 Dennis Setzer Acxiom/Computer Associates David Dollar John Monsam
Orleans Racing Dodge Ram 62 Brendan Gaughan (R) NAPA Auto Parts Michael Gaughan Shane Wilson
Petty Enterprises Dodge Ram 43 Carlos Contreras Hot Wheels Richard Petty Howard Comstock
Portenga Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 39 Steve Portenga Roto-Rooter Steve Portenga George Church
Powers Motorsports Dodge Ram 55 Tom Powers University of Northwestern Ohio Sherri Powers Bryan Berry
R&J Racing Dodge Ram 68 Rodney Sawyers (R) n/a Wendy Sawyers Jeff Sawyers
RDS Motorsports Dodge Ram 79 Jerry Hill RDS Racing Engines R. D. Smith Ralph Wingfield Jr.
Roush Racing Ford F-150 50 Jon Wood Navy Racing Jack Roush Dan Binks
SealMaster Racing Chevrolet Silverado 88 Matt Crafton Sealmaster Duke Thorson Jerry Cook
Shepherd Racing Ford F-150 21 Morgan Shepherd n/a Cindy Shepherd Ted Jackson
Spears Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 75 David Starr Spears Manufacturing Wayne Spears Dave McCarty
Tagsby Racing Chevrolet Silverado 73 Loni Richardson (R) Intensitee/UTI Joey Sonntag Joey Sonntag
Team Racing Chevrolet Silverado 86 Dana White (R) Red Line Oil/Coverall Carports Phil Bonifield Bernie Taft
Troxell Racing Chevrolet Silverado 93 Jerry Allec, Jr. n/a Lonnie Troxell Lonnie Troxell
Ultra Motorsports Dodge Ram 1 Ted Musgrave Mopar Jim Smith Gene Nead
2 Jason Leffler Team ASE Racing Marlene Smith Tim Kohuth
Ware Racing Enterprises Dodge Ram 5 Lance Hooper Diamond Cut Jeans/Blair5.com Rick Ware Cal Northrop
51 Michael Dokken OOIDA Ken Glen
81 Angie Wilson (R) TotalRaceBabe.com Calvin Humphries
Xpress Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 16 Mike Bliss IWX Motor Freight/Knights Inn Steve Coulter Travis Holt

Florida Dodge Dealers 250[edit]

The Florida Dodge Dealers 250 was held February 15 at Daytona International Speedway. Ted Musgrave won the pole. Terry Cook suffered a 100 point penalty for a cylinder head infraction found in his truck after the race.

Top Ten Results

  1. 18-Robert Pressley*
  2. 1-Ted Musgrave
  3. 4-Brian Rose
  4. 79-Joe Ruttman
  5. 6-Rick Carelli
  6. 29-Terry Cook
  7. 75-David Starr
  8. 43-Carlos Contreras
  9. 07-Jason Small
  10. 90-Lance Norick
  • This was Pressley's first truck series victory. This race was also Pressley's truck series debut.

Failed to qualify: Mike Swaim, Jr. (#56), Jim Inglebright (#02), Trent Owens (#15), Ryan McGlynn (#00), Michael Dokken (#51), Ken Allen (#28), Ron Barfield (#97), Stan Boyd (#89), Morgan Shepherd (#21), Jake Hobgood (#31), Jerry Hill (#41)

Craftsman Anniversary 200[edit]

The Craftsman Anniversary 200 was March 15 at Darlington Raceway. Jason Leffler won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 1-Ted Musgrave
  2. 18-Robert Pressley
  3. 16-Mike Bliss
  4. 6-Kevin Harvick
  5. 14-Rick Crawford
  6. 75-David Starr
  7. 60-Travis Kvapil
  8. 4-Brian Rose
  9. 50-Jon Wood
  10. 52-Ken Schrader

Failed to qualify: Mike Swaim, Jr. (#56), Ron Barfield (#97), Rodney Sawyers (#68), Mike Harmon (#93), Ricky Sanders (#19), Phil Bonifield (#86)

Advance Auto Parts 250[edit]

The Advance Auto Parts 250 was held April 13 at Martinsville Speedway. Ted Musgrave won the pole. The race is best known for a caution: Kevin Harvick intentionally turned Coy Gibbs around for previous contact and NASCAR instantly parked him. In the post-race interview Harvick lied that he did not intentionally crash Gibbs even though it was heard on the radio; he was banned from the cup race the next day.

Top Ten Results

  1. 46-Dennis Setzer
  2. 16-Mike Bliss
  3. 14-Rick Crawford
  4. 08-Bobby Dotter
  5. 29-Terry Cook
  6. 2-Jason Leffler
  7. 60-Travis Kvapil
  8. 75-David Starr
  9. 62-Brendan Gaughan
  10. 50-Jon Wood

Failed to qualify: Steve Portenga (#39), L.W. Miller (#28), Brian Sockwell (#54), Dana White (#86), Tommy Pistone (#59), Jody McCormick (#77), Jerry Allec, Jr. (#93), Vince Whitmire (#40), James Stephenson (#36), Bobby Coffey (#74), R.D. Smith (#41)

Rocky Mountain 200 Presented by Dodge[edit]

The Rocky Mountain 200 Presented by Dodge was held May 19 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Top Ten Results

  1. 16-Mike Bliss
  2. 2-Jason Leffler
  3. 60-Travis Kvapil
  4. 29-Terry Cook
  5. 75-David Starr
  6. 14-Rick Crawford
  7. 46-Dennis Setzer
  8. 39-Steve Portenga
  9. 20-Coy Gibbs
  10. 4-Brian Rose

Failed to qualify: Ricky Sanders (#19), Bobby Coffey (#74)

MBNA America 200[edit]

The MBNA America 200 was held May 31 at Dover International Speedway. Rick Crawford won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 1-Ted Musgrave
  2. 18-Robert Pressley
  3. 14-Rick Crawford
  4. 75-David Starr
  5. 16-Mike Bliss
  6. 20-Coy Gibbs
  7. 62-Brendan Gaughan
  8. 03-Tom Carey
  9. 2-Jason Leffler
  10. 29-Terry Cook

Failed to qualify: Donnie Neuenberger (#86), Phil Bonifield (#23), Loni Richardson (#73), Bobby Coffey (#74)

O'Reilly 400K[edit]

The O'Reilly 400K was held June 7 at Texas Motor Speedway. Jason Leffler won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 62-Brendan Gaughan
  2. 60-Travis Kvapil
  3. 75-David Starr
  4. 14-Rick Crawford
  5. 1-Ted Musgrave
  6. 18-Robert Pressley
  7. 88-Matt Crafton
  8. 20-Coy Gibbs
  9. 50-Jon Wood
  10. 90-Lance Norick

Failed to qualify: none

O'Reilly Auto Parts 200[edit]

The O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 was held June 22 at Memphis Motorsports Park. Jason Leffler won the pole. Carl Edwards, the 2007 Nationwide Series champion, makes his first truck series start. Edwards started 16th and finished in the 23rd position, 2 laps down. This was his first of seven truck races he made in the 2002 season.

Top Ten Results

  1. 60-Travis Kvapil
  2. 29-Terry Cook
  3. 1-Ted Musgrave
  4. 2-Jason Leffler
  5. 46-Dennis Setzer
  6. 15-Rich Bickle
  7. 75-David Starr
  8. 20-Coy Gibbs
  9. 14-Rick Crawford
  10. 4-Brian Rose

Failed to qualify: Aaron Daniel (#11), Joe Cooksey (#59), Jody McCormick (#77), Eric Jones (#34), Nathan Wulff (#65), Loni Richardson (#0), Bobby Coffey (#74), David Hall (#73), James Stephenson (#36)

GNC Live Well 200[edit]

The GNC Live Well 200 was held June 29 at The Milwaukee Mile. Terry Cook won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 29-Terry Cook
  2. 2-Jason Leffler
  3. 20-Coy Gibbs
  4. 62-Brendan Gaughan
  5. 1-Ted Musgrave
  6. 75-David Starr
  7. 18-Robert Pressley
  8. 16-Mike Bliss
  9. 50-Jon Wood
  10. 60-Travis Kvapil

Failed to qualify: Loni Richardson (#0), Aaron Daniel (#11)

O'Reilly Auto Parts 250[edit]

The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 was held July 6 at Kansas Speedway. Jason Leffler won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 16-Mike Bliss
  2. 46-Dennis Setzer
  3. 20-Coy Gibbs
  4. 2-Jason Leffler
  5. 1-Ted Musgrave
  6. 29-Terry Cook
  7. 18-Robert Pressley
  8. 63-Carl Edwards
  9. 50-Jon Wood
  10. 88-Matt Crafton

Failed to qualify: Lonnie Cox (#66), Loni Richardson (#0), David Hall (#73)

Kroger 225[edit]

The Kroger 225 was held July 13 at Kentucky Speedway. Jason Leffler won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 16-Mike Bliss
  2. 46-Dennis Setzer
  3. 18-Robert Pressley
  4. 14-Rick Crawford
  5. 2-Jason Leffler
  6. 29-Terry Cook
  7. 20-Coy Gibbs
  8. 1-Ted Musgrave
  9. 39-Steve Portenga

Failed to qualify: Morgan Shepherd (#21), Rodney Sawyers (#68), Vince Whitmire (#40), Dana White (#86), Lonnie Cox (#66), Ricky Sanders (#19), Tom Powers (#55), David Hall (#73), Loni Richardson (#0)

New England 200[edit]

The New England 200 was held July 20 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Jason Leffler won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 29-Terry Cook
  2. 46-Dennis Setzer
  3. 75-David Starr
  4. 1-Ted Musgrave
  5. 62-Brendan Gaughan
  6. 20-Coy Gibbs
  7. 60-Travis Kvapil
  8. 6-Kevin Harvick
  9. 18-Robert Pressley
  10. 16-Mike Bliss

Failed to qualify: none

Michigan 200[edit]

The Michigan 200 was held July 27 at Michigan International Speedway. Ted Musgrave won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 18-Robert Pressley
  2. 2-Jason Leffler
  3. 60-Travis Kvapil
  4. 16-Mike Bliss
  5. 75-David Starr
  6. 29-Terry Cook
  7. 20-Coy Gibbs
  8. 90-Lance Norick
  9. 14-Rick Crawford
  10. 50-Jon Wood

Failed to qualify: none

Power Stroke Diesel 200[edit]

The Power Stroke Diesel 200 was held August 2 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Terry Cook won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 29-Terry Cook
  2. 2-Jason Leffler
  3. 60-Travis Kvapil
  4. 52-Mike Wallace
  5. 18-Robert Pressley
  6. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  7. 90-Lance Norick
  8. 50-Jon Wood
  9. 08-Bobby Dotter
  10. 88-Matt Crafton

Failed to qualify: Dude Teate (#31), Clay Collier (#41), Jay Sherston (#30), Bobby Coffey (#74), Tom Powers (#55)

Federated Auto Parts 200[edit]

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

Top Ten Results

  1. 16-Mike Bliss
  2. 14-Rick Crawford
  3. 1-Ted Musgrave
  4. 4-Bobby Hamilton, Jr.
  5. 46-Dennis Setzer
  6. 62-Brendan Gaughan
  7. 29-Terry Cook
  8. 50-Jon Wood
  9. 18-Robert Pressley
  10. 2-Mike Wallace

Failed to qualify: Tom Powers (#55)

Richmond Is For Lovers 200[edit]

The Richmond Is For Lovers 200 was held September 5 at Richmond International Raceway. Jason Leffler won the pole. Bobby Hamilton sustained injuries in this race that caused him to miss several races of the 2002 Winston Cup season.

Top Ten Results

  1. 33-Tony Stewart
  2. 6-Kevin Harvick
  3. 16-Mike Bliss
  4. 14-Rick Crawford
  5. 29-Terry Cook
  6. 20-Coy Gibbs
  7. 1-Ted Musgrave
  8. 17-Stacy Compton
  9. 08-Bobby Dotter
  10. 52-Ken Schrader

Failed to qualify: Stan Boyd (#89), Brad Bennett (#40), Dana White (#23), Clay Collier (#41), Loni Richardson (#73), Tommy Pistone (#59), James Stephenson (#36), Conrad Burr (#28), Bobby Coffey (#74), Jody McCormick (#77)


Silverado 350[edit]

The Silverado 350 was held September 13 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mike Bliss won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 62-Brendan Gaughan
  2. 20-Coy Gibbs
  3. 75-David Starr
  4. 14-Rick Crawford
  5. 60-Travis Kvapil
  6. 1-Ted Musgrave
  7. 18-Robert Pressley
  8. 2-Jason Leffler
  9. 16-Mike Bliss
  10. 46-Dennis Setzer

Failed to qualify: none

John Boy & Billy's Hardee's 250[edit]

The John Boy & Billy's Hardee's 250 was held September 21 at South Boston Speedway. Ted Musgrave won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 16-Mike Bliss
  2. 46-Dennis Setzer
  3. 14-Rick Crawford
  4. 20-Coy Gibbs
  5. 60-Travis Kvapil
  6. 50-Jon Wood
  7. 75-David Starr
  8. 08-Bobby Dotter
  9. 2-Jason Leffler
  10. 4-Ryan Hemphill

Failed to qualify: Jeremy Thompson (#92), Dude Teate (#31), Jay Sherston (#30), Bobby Coffey (#74), James Stephenson (#36)

Las Vegas 350[edit]

The Las Vegas 350 was held October 13 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. David Starr won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 75-David Starr
  2. 16-Mike Bliss
  3. 46-Dennis Setzer
  4. 60-Travis Kvapail
  5. 2-Jason Leffler
  6. 14-Rick Crawford
  7. 18-Robert Pressley
  8. 62-Brendan Gaughan
  9. 1-Ted Musgrave
  10. 07-Jason Small

Failed to qualify: Jerry Allec, Jr. (#93), Tom Powers (#55)

American Racing Wheels 200[edit]

The American Racing Wheels 200 was held November 2 at California Speedway. David Starr won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 1-Ted Musgrave
  2. 2-Jason Leffler
  3. 62-Brendan Gaughan
  4. 60-Travis Kvapil
  5. 14-Rick Crawford
  6. 20-Coy Gibbs
  7. 18-Robert Pressley
  8. 46-Dennis Setzer
  9. 16-Mike Bliss
  10. 29-Terry Cook

Failed to qualify: Bobby Hillis (#05)

Chevy Silverado 150[edit]

The Chevy Silverado 150 was held November 8 at Phoenix International Raceway. Rick Crawford won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Kevin Harvick
  2. 1-Ted Musgrave
  3. 14-Rick Crawford
  4. 60-Travis Kvapil
  5. 29-Terry Cook
  6. 20-Coy Gibbs
  7. 52-Ken Schrader
  8. 46-Dennis Setzer
  9. 88-Matt Crafton
  10. 16-Mike Bliss

Failed to qualify: Clay Collier (#41), Lonnie Cox (#66), Ricky Sanders (#19), Loni Richardson (#0), John Mickel (#09), Bobby Hillis (#05)

Ford 200[edit]

The Ford 200 was held November 15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mike Bliss won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11-Ron Hornaday
  2. 1-Ted Musgrave
  3. 2-Jason Leffler
  4. 18-Robert Pressley
  5. 16-Mike Bliss
  6. 46-Dennis Setzer
  7. 14-Rick Crawford
  8. 75-David Starr
  9. 88-Matt Crafton
  10. 29-Terry Cook

Failed to qualify: Bobby Benton (#36), Adam Clarke (#45), Cory Kruseman (#98), Phil Bonifield (#25), Loni Richardson (#0), John Mickel (#09), Dana White (#23)

Final Points Standings[edit]

  1. Mike Bliss - 3359
  2. Rick Crawford - 3313
  3. Ted Musgrave - 3308
  4. Jason Leffler - 3156
  5. David Starr - 3144
  6. Dennis Setzer - 3132
  7. Robert Pressley - 3097
  8. Terry Cook - 3070
  9. Travis Kvapil - 3039
  10. Coy Gibbs - 3010
  11. Brendan Gaughan - 2893
  12. Jon Wood - 2782
  13. Lance Norick - 2574
  14. Bobby Dotter - 2534
  15. Matt Crafton - 2424
  16. Carlos Contreras - 2334
  17. Bill Lester - 2320
  18. Steve Portenga - 2167
  19. Randy MacDonald - 2128
  20. Lance Hooper - 2121
  21. Jason Small - 2116
  22. Brian Rose - 2110
  23. Jerry Hill - 1992
  24. Morgan Shepherd - 974
  25. Stan Boyd - 915
  26. Tom Powers - 853
  27. Ken Schrader - 809
  28. Rich Bickle - 776
  29. Eric Jones - 750
  30. Kevin Harvick - 748
  31. Phil Bonifield - 704
  32. Dana White - 681
  33. Carl Edwards - 676
  34. Trent Owens - 657
  35. Ryan Hemphill - 624
  36. Michael Dokken - 605
  37. Rodney Sawyers - 597
  38. Andy Houston - 578
  39. Chris Horn - 489
  40. Joe Ruttman - 465
  41. Doug Keller - 455
  42. Loni Richardson - 454
  43. Aaron Daniel - 431
  44. Mike Wallace - 430
  45. Randy Briggs - 416
  46. Conrad Burr - 410
  47. Brian Sockwell - 391
  48. Michael Ritch - 370
  49. David Hall - 368
  50. Stacy Compton - 333

Rookie of the Year[edit]

Brendan Gaughan captured two wins and the Rookie of the Year title in 2002, driving for his family-owned Orleans Racing team. Bill Lester came in second followed by Jason Small. Loni Richardson also declared for the award, but did not compete in enough races to be eligible for rookie points.

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