Another first-time race winner in trucks at Dover?
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - What a season it's been for the Camping World Truck Series so far.
There have been five different winners in as many races this year. Three of them are first-time winners in the series. Rookie John King pulled off a stunning upset in the February 24 season-opener at Daytona, while James Buescher claimed his maiden victory last month at Kansas.
Two weeks ago, Justin Lofton claimed his and Eddie Sharp Racing's inaugural truck win at Charlotte. Lofton also became the new points leader. He currently holds a one-point advantage over Timothy Peters.
"It's been a great start to the season," Lofton said. "Getting that win in Charlotte meant a lot. To be able to get not only my first win, but to be able to give (crew chief) Dan (Bormann), (team owner) Eddie (Sharp) and our sponsor, College Complete, their first wins too, that really meant a lot to me."
The Truck Series will kick off NASCAR's triple-header weekend at Dover International Speedway with Friday's 200-mile race. Dover has featured its share of first-time winners in the series. Jason Leffler (2003), Chad Chaffin (2004), Scott Speed (2008), Brian Scott (2009) and Aric Almirola (2010) all won their first truck races on this one-mile, concrete-surfaced track.
Could there be another first-time winner at Dover this weekend?
It could very well happen. Five drivers presently in the top-10 have yet to win a race -- Ty Dillon (rookie this year), Parker Kligerman, Jason White, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Joey Coulter.
There have been 11 different winners in the previous 12 truck races at Dover. Kyle Busch is the only one with multiple victories there. Busch won at Dover in 2005 and last year. He is not entered in this year's event.
In 2010, Lofton finished third at Dover, but last season, he was involved in an accident and finished 25th there.
"We ran really good at Dover my rookie year," Lofton said. "It was my first top-five finish, actually. But last year, we struggled a little bit. It is one of my favorite tracks. I'm looking forward to going there to see if we can get back-to-back wins."
Thirty-four teams are on the preliminary entry list for the Lucas Oil 200. Kevin Harvick is the only Sprint Cup Series regular competing in this event.
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck. Date: Friday, June 1. Race: Lucas Oil 200. Site: Dover International Speedway. Track: one-mile oval. Start time: 4:50 p.m. (ET). Laps: 200. Miles: 200. 2011 Winner: Kyle Busch. Television: SPEED. Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Satellite.
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