No repeat for Bodine; 2007 all about Hornaday, Skinner
Todd Bodine doesn't stand a chance at defending his truck crown. Ron Hornaday Jr. and Mike Skinner have been that good, writes John Schwarb.
Updated: October 10, 2007, 7:34 PM ETBy John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com
AROUND THE GARAGEIt's too late for Todd Bodine to mount a run at defending his Craftsman Truck Series title. But there's still plenty of time to collect a few more wins and have an indirect say in the series' next champion.
DARIO TO MAKE TRUCK DEBUT
NO SURPRISES ON '08 SCHEDULEThe truck series didn't reveal any new wrinkles in its 2008 schedule, released last week. The same 25 races will be contested at 22 tracks in the same order as this year, only with a few different weeks off mixed in.Daytona and California will again kick off the season next year on Feb. 15 and Feb. 23, respectively, but only one off-week will separate California from Atlanta. The race at Gateway (Ill.) will run one week later, on the weekend following Labor Day.Martinsville, Texas and Atlanta each will host two races again.
SPARE PARTSJason Leffler, driving his first race for Red Horse Racing, finished fourth at Talladega. He will drive the No. 1 Toyota for four of the remaining five races. Dennis Setzer finished fifth in the Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge, his second top-10 in as many races with his new team. Willie Allen's sixth-place day at Talladega vaulted him into the rookie points lead for the first time all season. Tim Sauter, 21st at Talladega, is four points behind. Toyota, the winner of 10 of 20 races this season, can clinch the manufacturers' title with a win at Martinsville.