2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

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2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season
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The 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series began on February 15, 2008 at Daytona International Speedway with the Chevy Silverado HD 250. The season concluded on November 14 of that year at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the Ford 200. Johnny Benson of Bill Davis Racing was crowned champion. The season was also the last under the Craftsman sponsorship banner. Sears Holdings Corporation, the owners of the Craftsman brand name of tools, withdrew sponsorship at the end of the season. On October 23, 2008 NASCAR officials confirmed that Camping World will become the title sponsor beginning with the 2009 season.[1]

Original Full-time 2008 teams[edit]

Team lineups through the first few weeks of the 2008 season

Team Truck(s) # Driver(s) Primary Sponsor(s) Listed Owner(s) Crew Chief
Bill Davis Racing Toyota Tundra 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Tundra Bill Davis Jeff Hensley
22 Phillip McGilton (R) Three Wide Life Doug Wolcott
23 Johnny Benson Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Gail Davis Trip Bruce
Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota Tundra 15 Marc Mitchell (R) Hyprene Ergon Billy Ballew Doug George
51 Kyle Busch Miccosukee/NOS Energy Drink Richie Wauters
Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia Dodge Ram 4 Stacy Compton Dodge Dealers Lori Hamilton Bryant Frazier
18 Dennis Setzer Melling Tool Clay Campbell Marcus Richmond
Circle Bar Racing Ford F-150 10 Brendan Gaughan International MaxxForce Diesel Tom Mitchell Bryan Berry
14 Rick Crawford Power Stroke Diesel Kevin Starland
Germain Racing Toyota Tundra 9 Justin Marks (R) Construct Crops/Crocs Bob Germain Jason Overstreet
30 Todd Bodine Ventrilo Stephen Germain Mike Hillman, Jr.
HT Motorsports Toyota Tundra 59 Ted Musgrave Team ASE/Harris Trucking Jim Harris Danny Rollins
JTG Racing Ford F-150 20 Scott Lagasse, Jr. n/a Tad Geschickter n/a
Kevin Harvick Incorporated Chevrolet Silverado 2 Jack Sprague American Commercial Lines DeLana Harvick Ernie Cope
33 Ron Hornaday Camping World/VFW Rick Ren
Key Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 40 Chad Chaffin Westerman Companies Curtis Key Gary Showalter
Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 46 Erin Crocker foneGEAR David Dollar Eric Phillips
MRD Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 8 Chad McCumbee Malcolmson Construction Dave Malcomson Randy Dean
Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra 11 David Starr n/a Tom DeLoach Jamie Jones
Roush Fenway Racing Ford F-150 09 Joey Clanton Zaxby's Jack Roush Chad Norris
6 Colin Braun (R) Con-way Mike Beam
99 Erik Darnell Northern Tool + Equipment Matt Puccia
SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet Silverado 07 Shane Sieg ASI Limited Ken White Bobby Dotter
Dodge Ram 08 Jason White Gunbroker.com Bobby Dotter Doug Howe
ThorSport Racing Chevrolet Silverado 13 Shelby Howard n/a Duke Thorson Lance Hooper
88 Matt Crafton Menards Rhonda Thorson Bud Haefele
TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 7 Andy Lally (R) Adobe Road Winery Kevin Buckler Butch Hylton
71 Donny Lia (R) NationRides.com Jason Miller
Westward Racing Enterprises Dodge Ram 29 Scott Lynch Jasper Engines & Transmissions James Lynch Larry Pryor
Wood Brothers Racing Ford F-150 21 Jon Wood The Barnhill Group Glen Wood Gere Kennon
Wyler Racing Toyota Tundra 60 Terry Cook Wyler.com Jeff Wyler John Quinn
Xpress Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 16 Brian Scott (R) New Albertsons Inc. J.B. Scott Dave Fuge

Changed Full-time 2008 teams[edit]

Team lineups that changed after the first few weeks of the 2008 season

Team Truck(s) # Driver(s) Primary Sponsor(s) Listed Owner(s) Crew Chief
Bill Davis Racing Toyota Tundra 22 Scott Speed (R)/Michael Annett Red Bull/Pilot Travel Centers Bill Davis Doug Wolcott
Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia Dodge Ram 18 Dennis Setzer Tahoe Smokeless Clay Campbell Marcus Richmond
HT Motorsports Toyota Tundra 59 Terry Cook Team ASE/Harris Trucking Jim Harris Danny Rollins
Kevin Harvick Incorporated Chevrolet Silverado 2 Kevin Harvick Camping World DeLana Harvick Ernie Cope
Key Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 40 Jeff Green/Paul Poutler Westerman Companies Curtis Key Gary Showalter
Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 46 Landon Cassill Go Daddy David Dollar Eric Phillips
Randy Moss Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 81 Landon Cassill/Donny Lia Nationrides.com Randy Moss
Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra 11 David Starr PitNow.com/Zachry Tom DeLoach Jamie Jones
Roush Fenway Racing Ford F-150 09 Travis Kvapil/John Wes Townley
Bobby East/Jamie McMurray
Zaxby's Jack Roush Chad Norris
ThorSport Racing Chevrolet Silverado 13 Shelby Howard Farm Paint
 Duke Thorson
Lance Hooper
TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 7 T. J. Bell Iams/Home4TheHolidays.org Kevin Buckler Butch Hylton
71 J. R. Fitzpatrick Mammoet Jason Miller

Part-time 2008 teams[edit]

Team Truck(s) # Driver(s) Primary Sponsor(s) Listed Owner(s) Crew Chief
Bill Davis Racing Dodge Ram 41 Tayler Malsam ThunderBoats.org
Black Bull Racing Chevrolet Silverado 153 Justin Hobgood Georgia Beef Board
Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia Dodge Ram 104 Patrick Carpentier Tow Truck in a Box/Komatsu
Brad Keselowski Racing Chevrolet Silverado 119 Robb Brent
Brad Keselowski
Brent Raymer Racing Ford F-150 185 Brent Raymer A&J Concrete
Brevak Racing Dodge Ram 31 Larry Foyt Kinetico Water Systems
CHS Motorsports Dodge Ram 41 Ryan Mathews CHS Motorsports
Buchanan Racing Ford F-150 150 Craig Wood Buchanan Pharmacies
Cowen Racing Ford F-150 142 Tim Cowen Cowen Truck Line
Derrike Cope Inc. Dodge Ram 73 Michelle Theriault
Nick Tucker
Larry Gunselman
Robert Bruce
NitroFill
74 Jennifer Jo Cobb
Derrike Cope
Nick Tucker
Rick Markle
Larry Gunselman
The Annexus Group
DGM Racing Chevrolet Silverado 212 Mario Gosselin
Scotty Crockett
J.R. Fitzpatrick
CrashedToys.com
East Coast Motorsports Ford F-150 166 Benny Gordon Samuel Metals
Fast Track Racing Enterprises Chevrolet Silverado 148 Bryan Silas
Hermie Sadler
RockinghamSpeedway.com
Germain Racing Toyota Tundra 03 Chrissy Wallace
Dustin Skinner
GEICO
Jim Rosenblum Racing Chevrolet Silverado 28 Wayne Edwards Kissin Kuzzins Construction
Ken Schrader Racing Toyota Tundra 52 Ken Schrader Federated Auto Parts
Key Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 44 Morgan Shepherd
LCS Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 187 Chris Jones Copy Wizard Rick Jones[disambiguation needed]
Lafferty Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 189 Ryan Seamam
Nick Tucker
Larry Gunselman
Russ Dugger
Mike Harmon
Lafferty Performance
MB Motorsports Ford F-150 63 P.J. Jones
Jack Smith
Justin Allgaier
Dave Porter Truck Sales
136 J.C. Stout Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool
Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 47 A.J. Allmendinger
Timothy Peters
81 Scott Speed
Landon Cassill
Aric Almirola
Regan Smith
Willie Allen
Red Bull
Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet Silverado 157 Norm Benning
Premier Racing Ford F-150 117 Timothy Peters Hayes Iron & Metal
Randy Moss Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 81 Jimmie Johnson
Marc Davis
Donny Lia
Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
Reary Racing Chevrolet Silverado 154 Brian Sockwell
Bradley Reithmeyer
Sculley Boats
Ryan Hackett Racing Ford F-150 276 Ryan Hackett JandRSupply.com
SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet Silverado 0 Butch Miller
Wayne Edwards
Chris Jones
Johnny Chapman
Mike Olsen
Norm Benning
Kevin Lepage
ASI Limited
Stellar-Quest Racing Team Chevrolet Silverado 191 J.C. Stout Hart's Insurance Agency
Tatman Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 137 Gary St. Amant HTS Mulch Products
Thompson Motorsports Dodge Ram 161 Brett Thompson Rich Thompson Trucking Inc.//Windmill Inns

Races[edit]

Chevy Silverado HD 250[edit]

The Chevy Silverado HD 250 was held February 15 at Daytona International Speedway. Erik Darnell won the pole. Anticipating another three wide finish such as the ones in 2003 and 2007, Darnell hoped to squash those hopes, and nearly did so by dominating the early portions of the race. During the early stages, multiple wrecks came about, including "The Big One" on lap 20, which was started when Brendan Gaughan made contact with an extremely tight Mike Skinner, forcing him up the racetrack and into the path of Matt Crafton, who also collected Ted Musgrave, Jon Wood, Chad Chaffin, and most notably P. J. Jones whose #63 truck caught fire trying to avoid the wreck, forcing a red flag. Only three laps later did the next wreck strike, with Joey Clanton getting loose and spinning, collecting outside polesitter Terry Cook, Mike Bliss, and ROTY contenders Colin Braun and Justin Marks. Darnell had the race in hand until green flag pitstops began at lap 84. Todd Bodine grabbed the lead from the dominant Darnell, who thought he had a loose wheel. While slowing to enter pit road, Marks was unaware that Darnell was pitting and the two made contact, ending Darnell's night. After the pit stop, Bodine would not look back, holding off a hard charging Kyle Busch and Johnny Benson for his first ever win at Daytona.

Failed to Qualify: #54-Brian Sockwell

Top Ten Results:

Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain Racing
2 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
3 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Bill Davis Racing
4 11 David Starr Toyota Red Horse Racing
5 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Racing
6 4 Stacy Compton Dodge Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia
7 8 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet MRD Motorsports
8 9 Justin Marks (R) Toyota Germain Racing
9 16 Brian Scott (R) Chevrolet Xpress Motorsports
10 18 Dennis Setzer Dodge Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia

Todd Bodine suffered a 25 point penalty when an illegal part was found on his truck during pre-qualifying inspection.

San Bernardino County 200[edit]

The San Bernardino County 200 was held February 23 at the newly renamed Auto Club Speedway. As all of Friday's activities were cancelled due to rain, Truck qualifying and the race were both cancelled, with the race being pushed back to Saturday morning. Based on the 2007 owners points, defending champion Ron Hornaday was on pole. However, the race would mostly be dominated by Kyle Busch, coming out of a frustrating Speedweeks. Busch would dominate, leading the first 51 laps. However, Daytona winner Todd Bodine ran down Busch and passed him on the backstretch just after the halfway point. After the final round of green flag pit stops, Busch regained the lead by 3.5 seconds over Bodine and never looked back, cruising to his first Truck Series win of the season.

Top Ten Results:

Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
2 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain Racing
3 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Bill Davis Racing
4 60 Terry Cook Toyota Wyler Racing
5 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
6 59 Ted Musgrave Toyota HT Motorsports
7 09 Travis Kvapil Ford Roush Fenway Racing
8 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Bill Davis Racing
9 16 Brian Scott (R) Chevrolet Xpress Motorsports
10 22 Phillip McGilton (R) Toyota Bill Davis Racing

American Commercial Lines 200[edit]

The American Commercial Lines 200 was held on March 7 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Defending series champion Ron Hornaday won the pole. Hornaday would also dominate the race on long runs, leading for 81 laps. However, the critical moment of the race was on lap 112 when Kyle Busch's crew chief, Richie Wauters brought his driver into the pits after a ten minute rain delay on lap 111. The stop forced leader Hornaday to pit a lap later. Busch took the lead from Hornaday within 10 laps to go, and held of Hornaday over a four lap sprint to the finish to take his second consecutive victory.

Top Ten Results:

Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
2 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
3 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Bill Davis Racing
4 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet ThorSport Racing
5 8 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet MRD Motorsports
6 2 Jack Sprague Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
7 59 Ted Musgrave Toyota HT Motorsports
8 5 Terry Cook Toyota Wyler Racing
9 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain Racing
10 21 Jon Wood Ford Wood Brothers Racing

Kroger 250[edit]

The Kroger 250 was held March 29 at Martinsville Speedway. Jack Sprague won the track record breaking pole. The race would instead be dominated by "Short Track Slayer" Dennis Setzer, whose team, Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia, had recently moved to the Martinsville area to be more competitive. This competitiveness showed when Setzer took the lead on lap 128 when debutant Brett Raymer spun in front of leader Kyle Busch. Setzer would lead the rest of the way thanks to nine more cautions. Although the race went on for an extra three laps, Setzer would hang on for his first win since he won Mansfield (also on fuel milage) with the defunct Spears Motorsports. However, behind Setzer it was complete chaos. While Setzer was rounding turn 4 to take the win, Busch, in a desperate attempt to take second, Busch attempted to drive underneath Johnny Benson. However, Busch's left side hit the apron, sending both Benson and Busch spinning to 25th and 26th place finishes. The win was emotional for the whole team as it was their first win since Bobby Hamilton won at Mansfield in 2005.

Position Truck # Driver Make Team
1 18 Dennis Setzer Dodge Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia
2 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet ThorSport Racing
3 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Racing
4 52 Ken Schrader Toyota Ken Schrader Racing
5 99 Erik Darnell Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 11 David Starr Toyota Red Horse Racing
7 09 Travis Kvapil Ford Roush Fenway Racing
8 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
9 71 Donny Lia (R) Chevrolet TRG Motorsports
10 46 Scott Speed (R) Chevrolet Morgan-Dollar Motorsports

O'Reilly Auto Parts 250[edit]

The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 was held on April 26 at Kansas Speedway. Ron Hornaday started from pole. For the first time this season, points leader Kyle Busch was absent in this race, due to a conflict between the finish of the Aaron's 312 and the start of the Truck race. With a new truck and the guidance of crew chief Rick Ren, Hornaday dominated the race, leading 136 of 167 laps en route to his first win of the season. Making the win even sweeter was the fact that it was a KHI 1-2 finish with new teammate Jack Sprague close behind. Rookie Colin Braun rounded out the "podium" although controversially as he was involved in incidents with veterans Sprague and Matt Crafton.

Pos Truck # Driver Manu. Team
1 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
2 2 Jack Sprague Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
3 6 Colin Braun Ford Roush Fenway Racing
4 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Bill Davis Racing
5 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Bill Davis Racing
6 10 Brendan Gaughan Ford Circle Bar Racing
7 8 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet MRD Motorsports
8 22 Scott Speed Toyota Bill Davis Racing
9 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Racing
10 59 Ted Musgrave Toyota HT Motorsports

North Carolina Education Lottery 200[edit]

The North Carolina Education Lottery 200 was held on May 16 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch won the pole. Busch would dominate for 86 laps at the site of his first ever truck series win. On lap 104, Busch collided with defending champion Ron Hornaday, sending both trucks into the turn 3 wall and out of contention to win. Late in the race with seven laps to go, Erik Darnell was leading the field to the green on a restart when his tires spun, taking him out of contention. As Johnny Benson moved by Darnell for the top spot, NASCAR penalized Benson for jumping the start. In the lead during the next restart would be Matt Crafton, followed by a resurgent Hornaday and Todd Bodine. On the subsequent restart, Bodine sent Hornaday spinning into turn one, handing second and third to Chad McCumbee and Brendan Gaughan, respectively. Despite a valiant run by McCumbee on the backsretch, Crafton would take home an upset victory, his first in 178 races and the first for ThorSport Racing in a decade (Terry Cook's first win at Flemington Speedway).

Pos Truck # Driver Manu. Team
1 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet ThorSport Racing
2 8 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet MRD Motorsports
3 10 Brendan Gaughan Ford Circle Bar Racing
4 99 Erik Darnell Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Racing
6 60 Terry Cook Toyota Wyler Racing
7 18 Dennis Setzer Dodge Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia
8 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
9 46 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Morgan-Dollar Motorsports
10 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Bill Davis Racing

Ohio 250[edit]

The Ohio 250 was held on May 24 at Mansfield Motorsports Park. Johnny Benson won the pole. As with most Mansfield races, the action was expected to be tight and dramatic, with fuel mileage playing out in the latter half. With the downsizing in fuel cells to 18 gallons, it was deemed mathematically impossible for any driver in the field to repeat Dennis Setzer's no stop victory the previous year. With a record 15 cautions, the best of the afternoon was saved for the last part of the race. David Starr and his Red Horse Racing team had dominated the day, leading 170 laps in total. However, in the final laps, Starr's seemingly inevitable victory would be done in. Rookie Donny Lia, who had started 28th, had worked his way through the field and to the rear tailgate of Starr's truck. On the final lap, Lia daringly pulled the bump and run on Starr exiting turn 2. The two drivers along with Todd Bodine made it three wide on the backstretch. Lia would gain the advantage heading into turn three and the 2007 Whelen Modified Tour champion would hang on to take the first ever win for both him and his upstart team, legendary road racing team TRG Motorsports, as well as the second consecutive first time winner for the 2008 season.

Pos Truck # Driver Manu. Team
1 71 Donny Lia (R) Chevrolet TRG Motorsports
2 11 David Starr Toyota Red Horse Racing
3 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain Racing
4 60 Terry Cook Toyota Wyler Racing
5 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Bill Davis Racing
6 13 Shelby Howard (R) Chevrolet ThorSport Racing
7 2 Jack Sprague Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
8 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Bill Davis Racing
9 07 Sean Murphy Chevrolet SS-Green Light Racing
10 4 Stacy Compton Dodge Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia

AAA Insurance 200[edit]

The AAA Insurance 200 was held on May 30 at Dover International Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole. Skinner would not lead for long as the dominant Kyle Busch would take the top spot and stay there for the first 96 laps. However, heavy smoke was billowing from Busch's #51 truck, forcing him to the garage with transmission troubles and knocking him out of contention. Taking over the top spot would be Todd Bodine, who would stay out on a lap 133 restart with Shane Sieg. Making only his sixth start in NASCAR competition and running on two tires, ex-Formula One driver Scott Speed lived up to his name and opened up a four second lead on Ron Hornaday. Although Speed's lead would be cut due to Bodine crashing on lap 170, he would hold off veterans Hornaday and Jack Sprague to become the third consecutive first time winner for the 2008 season. The other time this happened was in 1998, with Andy Houston (Loudon), Terry Cook (Flemington), and Jimmy Hensley (Music City)

Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 22 Scott Speed (R) Toyota Bill Davis Racing
2 2 Jack Sprague Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
3 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
4 09 Travis Kvapil Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 88 Matt Crafton Ford ThorSport Racing
6 11 David Starr Toyota Red Horse Racing
7 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Bill Davis Racing
8 6 Colin Braun (R) Ford Roush Fenway Racing
9 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Racing
10 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Bill Davis Racing

Sam's Town 400[edit]

The Sam's Town 400 was held June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. Justin Marks won his first career pole. As the series was on a streak of three consecutive first time winners, many looked towards Chad McCumbee, who had nearly won the fall Texas race in '07, polesitter Marks, and Plano native Colin Braun. It was not just the young drivers seeking the win at Texas, but veterans as well, such as defending champion Ron Hornaday, Mike Skinner, who started on the front row at Texas for his eighth consecutive start had never won, and Brendan Gaughan, who literally turned the track into his personal playground in both '02 and '03. Although Marks led early he would fall back to 8th before the first round of pit stops. As usual, Cup series points leader Kyle Busch would also be a factor in the race. Although Busch started in the back (Shane Sieg qualified the #51 truck while Busch was in Pocono, Pennsylvania and he also missed the drivers meeting.) he was able to work his way into the top 10 within 60 laps. However, Busch's fortunes would be undone as he had not had the proper seat time to adjust the truck. All the while, "Restart Master" Hornaday would lead a record 140 laps (breaking Greg Biffle's record of 119) and hold off Busch on a green-white-checkered to take his first win at Texas.

Pos Truck # Driver Manu. Team
1 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
2 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
3 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Bill Davis Racing
4 2 Jack Sprague Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
5 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain Racing
6 8 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet MRD Motorsports
7 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet ThorSport Racing
8 09 Bobby East Ford Roush Fenway Racing
9 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Bill Davis Racing
10 21 Jon Wood Ford Wood Brothers Racing

Cool City Customs 200[edit]

The Cool City Customs 200 was held on June 14 at Michigan International Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole. Skinner would only lead the opening lap before falling back and eventually finishing 8th. From then on, the race would be dominated by Todd Bodine who would lead for 39 laps. However, the final pit stop, it would be Erik Darnell taking the top spot, holding it for the final 25 circuits. However, a late caution came out with three to go, setting up a fast finish. On the last lap, Johnny Benson took the lead from Darnell in turn 3 and the two were side by side on the frontstrech. In the final 50 yards it appeared as though Benson would win by a nose, but Darnell surged at the last minute with a side draft and beat Benson to the line by 0.005 seconds, the second closest finish in Truck Series history. During the final lap, points leader Ron Hornaday was running fourth after starting in the back due to an engine change. In turn 2, Hornaday was spun by Kyle Busch into the infield, but no caution came out, handing Hornaday a 23rd place finish and the loss of the points lead. After the race Hornaday and team owner Kevin Harvick confronted Busch on pit road.

Pos Truck # Driver Manu. Team
1 99 Erik Darnell Ford Roush Fenway Racing
2 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Bill Davis Racing
3 22 Scott Speed Toyota Bill Davis Racing
4 23 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain Racing
5 10 Brendan Gaughan Ford Circle Bar Racing
6 6 Colin Braun Ford Roush Fenway Racing
7 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
8 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Bill Davis Racing
9 8 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet MRD Motorsports
10 60 Terry Cook Toyota Wyler Racing

Camping World RV Sales 200[edit]

Pos Truck # Driver Manu. Team
1 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Bill Davis Racing
2 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet ThorSport Racing
3 46 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Morgan-Dollar Motorsports
4 99 Erik Darnell Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain Racing
6 22 Michael Annett Toyota Bill Davis Racing
7 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
8 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Racing
9 60 Terry Cook Toyota Wyler Racing
10 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Bill Davis Racing

O'Reilly 200 (Memphis)[edit]

Top Ten Results:

Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
2 99 Erik Darnell Ford Roush Fenway Racing
3 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet ThorSport Racing
4 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Racing
5 11 David Starr Toyota Red Horse Racing
6 2 Jack Sprague Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
7 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Bill Davis Racing
8 09 Bobby East Ford Roush Fenway Racing
9 51 Shane Sieg Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
10 4 Stacy Compton Dodge Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia

Built Ford Tough 225[edit]

Top Ten Results:

Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Bill Davis Racing
2 22 Michael Annett Toyota Bill Davis Racing
3 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet ThorSport Racing
4 18 Dennis Setzer Dodge Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia
5 11 David Starr Toyota Red Horse Racing
6 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
7 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Bill Davis Racing
8 60 Terry Cook Toyota Wyler Racing
9 15 Marc MitchellR Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
10 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Inc.

Power Stroke Diesel 200[edit]

Top Ten Results:

Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Bill Davis Racing
2 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
3 99 Erik Darnell Ford Roush Fenway Racing
4 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet ThorSport Racing
5 13 Shelby Howard Chevrolet ThorSport Racing
6 10 Brendan Gaughan Ford Circle Bar Racing
7 7 T. J. Bell Chevrolet The Racer's Group
8 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
9 71 Donny Lia Chevrolet The Racer's Group
10 5 Mike Skinner Chevrolet MRD Motorsports

Toyota Tundra 200[edit]

Top Ten Results:

Todd Bodine suffered a 25 point penalty for an illegal modification to his truck found in post race inspection.

Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Bill Davis Racing
2 99 Erik Darnell Ford Roush Fenway Racing
3 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain Racing
4 2 Jack Sprague Chevy Kevin Harvick Incorporated
5 33 Ron Hornaday Chevy Kevin Harvick Incorporated
6 6 Colin BraunR Ford Roush Fenway Racing
7 4 Stacy Compton Dodge Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia
8 59 Ted Musgrave Toyota HT Motorsports
9 11 David Starr Toyota Red Horse Racing
10 8 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet MRD Motorsports

O'Reilly 200 (Bristol)[edit]

The O'Reilly 200 was held on August 20, 2008 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Scott Speed won the pole and would fall back and eventually finished 3rd.

Pos # Driver Manu. Team
1 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
2 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain Racing
3 22 Scott Speed Toyota Bill Davis Racing
4 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Bill Davis Racing
5 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Racing
6 7 T. J. Bell Chevrolet TRG Motorsports
7 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Bill Davis Racing
8 18 Dennis Setzer Dodge Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia
9 15 David Stremme Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
10 59 Ted Musgrave Toyota HT Motorsports

Camping World 200[edit]

Top Ten Results:

Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
2 18 Dennis Setzer Dodge Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia
3 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Bill Davis Racing
4 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Germian Racing
5 2 Jack Sprague Chevy Kevin Harvick Incorporated
6 99 Erik Darnell Ford Roush Fenway Racing
7 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Bill Davis Racing
8 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Racing
9 6 Colin BraunR Ford Roush Fenway Racing
10 59 Ted Musgrave Toyota HT Motorsports

Camping World RV Rental 200[edit]

The Camping World RV Rental 200 was held on September 13 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Ron Hornaday won the race and there was a large post race scuffle after the race between the crews of Todd Bodine and David Starr.

Top Ten Results:

Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
2 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Bill Davis Racing
3 09 Travis Kvapil Ford Roush Fenway Racing
4 99 Erik Darnell Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Racing
6 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
7 11 David Starr Toyota Red Horse Racing
8 16 Brian Scott (R) Chevrolet Xpress Motorsports
9 2 Jack Sprague Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
10 7 T. J. Bell Chevrolet The Racer's Group

Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350[edit]

The Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350 was held September 20 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Ron Hornaday won the pole. Hornaday would be passed by Mike Skinner after the opening lap. During a series of pit stops, points leader Johnny Benson decided to stay out, despite the fact his tires were old. He would lead for 26 laps before the right front tire went flat, sending Benson into the wall and ending his bid for the win. After pit stops following a caution by Dennis Setzer and Shane Sieg, Erik Darnell would take the lead stay there for 56 laps, leading the most. However, Mike Skinner chased down Darnell on the white flag lap and was side by side with him along the backstretch. Darnell side drafted Skinner to retake the lead coming out of turn 4 but Skinner hit Darnell's side, breaking the #99's momentum and taking Skinner to his first win of 2008. Top Ten Results:

Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Bill Davis Racing
2 99 Erik Darnell Ford Roush Fenway Racing
3 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet ThorSport Racing
4 15 John Andretti Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
5 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
6 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
7 40 Jeff Green Chevrolet Key Motorsports
8 7 T. J. Bell Chevrolet The Racer's Group
9 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain Racing
10 81 Donny LiaR Chevrolet Randy Moss Motorsports

Mountain Dew 250[edit]

The Mountain Dew 250 was held on October 4 at Talladega Superspeedway. Erik Darnell won the pole. The points race had tightened with Johnny Benson only a single point ahead of defending champion Ron Hornaday. Like Daytona, Darnell dominated the race, leading 48 laps with teammates Colin Braun and Jon Wes Townsley close behind. Townsley would later be spun unintentionally by defending race winner Todd Bodine while on pit road at lap 50. Alabama native Rick Crawford earned a speeding penalty during the series of pit stops, ending his chances at a home state victory. After another series of green flag pit stops, John Andretti, Braun, Kyle Busch, and Brian Scott took turns leading until 14 to go when Busch, Hornaday, and Bodine all pulled away. With 1 to go Braun was pushed into the lead by T. J. Bell, but was later passed by Busch on the backstretch. However, Bodine pulled the "bump and run" on Busch, loosening him and eventually passing him for the win, with new points leader Hornaday in tow. Top Ten Results:

Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain Racing
2 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
3 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
4 6 Colin Braun (R) Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 9 Mike Wallace Toyota Germain Racing
6 81 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Randy Moss Motorsports
7 16 Brian Scott (R) Toyota Xpress Motorsports
8 7 T. J. Bell Chevrolet The Racer's Group
9 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Germain Racing
10 8 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet MRD Motorsports

Kroger 200[edit]

The Kroger 200 was held October 18 at Martinsville Speedway.

E-Z-GO 200[edit]

The E-Z-GO 200 was held October 25 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman won his first ever Craftsman Truck Series race in his first start.

Top Ten Results:

Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 2 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
2 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
3 15 Denny Hamlin Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
4 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain Racing
5 22 Scott Speed Toyota Bill Davis Racing
6 99 Erik Darnell Ford Roush Fenway Racing
7 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Bill Davis Racing
8 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports
9 7 T. J. Bell Chevrolet The Racer's Group
10 16 Brian Scott (R) Chevrolet Xpress Motorsports

Chevy Silverado 350K[edit]

The Chevy Silverado 350K was held October 31 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Rick Crawford won the pole. The sparks flew early on lap 2 as Travis Kvapil, attempting a three wide pass, pushed rookie Cale Gale into the left side of Crawford's truck. Gale's resultant spin forced T. J. Bell to hit his brakes, but Todd Bodine couldn't avoid Bell and tapped him up the track while also turning Jon Wood into the wall. Gale's car steered from the wall and hit Bell's rear quarter panel, sending him into the fence. At lap 51, spring Texas winner Ron Hornaday passed Kyle Busch for the lead. While Hornaday was pitting on lap 56, Jack Smith spun on the backstretch, pinning Hornaday a lap down. 10 laps later Hornaday would be in 16th thanks to a caution. Hornaday would charge to the lead, passing Kvapil on lap 108 and holding off Busch to sweep at Texas and cut Johnny Benson's point lead down to only six points.

Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)[edit]

Phoenix International Raceway.

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