Friday's Craftsman Truck Series Neck and Neck Down the Stretch


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Think the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup is close? Try leading your series by 29 points with just one race remaining. Craftsman Truck driver Mike Skinner's narrow lead over Rob Hornaday has left little room for comfort this season. The margin is the fourth closest in series history heading into the final race.

The Craftsman Truck series will reach a nail-biting conclusion at Homestead-Miami Speedway's Ford 200 on Nov. 16 as Skinner and Hornaday are on pace to battle it out for truck supremacy. With the 25-race season nearing a climax, one of 2007's top contenders says this year's champion could be decided by a matter of inches.

"It looks like it is going to come down to the final lap at Homestead," said Skinner, the pole winner at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2006. "We had an awesome truck at Homestead-Miami last year, and I made a mistake and crashed into the wall. You can bet I'm not going to do that this year."

The Ford 200 is part of Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 16-18), where NASCAR's champions are crowned in the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series in a three-day "super bowl" of motorsports championships. Tickets for the event—including Friday night's Truck grudge match—are currently on sale via or by calling (866) 409-RACE.

And according to Skinner and Hornaday, the most exciting racecar to watch in November will be a truck.

"Mike and I have both run Cup and Busch cars, and we're both back in the trucks fighting for the championship," Hornaday said. "Truck racing is so hard, and it's so intense when the green flag drops. There's a reason we're both back racing in the truck series."

"The Craftsman Truck series is the most exciting series on the planet," Skinner agreed. "Every race comes down to the last lap, there are side-by-side finishes in almost every race and every year and the points are always neck-and-neck."

Indeed, fans who blink might miss the margin that determines the winner in the Craftsman Truck series season-ending race.

"It's definitely going to come down to Homestead," Hornaday said. "The track has a great configuration and you can run on the top, the bottom or in the middle. There's going to be a lot of drafting and passing, and we're going to have to drive every lap there like it's the last."

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