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Chrysler's history in the Nascar Truck series

Discussion in 'Historical' started by Beentherebefore, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. Beentherebefore

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    They won two Truck series championships (and almost a 3rd) after they were handicapped by rules changes. That's a major part of the Mopar Nascar legacy - how well they always seemed to do in spite of that Pro-GM stacked deck that has been Nascar since 1972..........if/when they were determined enough to keep at it.
     
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    Dodge is back - 1997.jpg
    Dodge is back into NASCAR racing - 1997
     
  3. Beentherebefore

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    Just found this while cleaning out a closet. We picked this up @ the Bakersfield truck race in 2003. Brendan Gaughan almost brought Dodge it's first NCTS championship that year. He won 5 races plus led the points going into the final race and a decent finish in the season finale @ Homestead would have made him champion. Unfortunately Jim Smith brought in several extra trucks with "ringers" to drive them and one of his squirrels took Gaughan out and his 28th place finish gave the championship to a "Brand C" driver who had only won one race that year.

    Brendan Gaughan track handout.jpg

    Gaughan's motors were built by Kroyer Racing Engines. Kroyer motors were also used in the Dodge driven by Scott Lynch when he won the K&N West series championship in 2003, the last Dodge driver to do so.
     
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    Brandon is one of the good guys and very likeable. He was a tireless Dodge spokesman when he was driving that truck and would have been even more so had he won the championship. I never was enthused about an opportunist like Smith running Dodges.
     
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    Did you watch that final race in 2003 when an angry Gaughan, while being interviewed by the TV crew, said "F.... Y.. Jim Smith" right into the TV camera?

    Ironically, some of those ringers that Jim Smith entered for that race finished ahead of Ted Musgrave in points paying positions and cost him at least 15 points (approx, depending on laps led etc). Musgrave lost the championship by only 18 points.
     
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    Going through some old stuff in boxes and found this which we picked up in 2003 @ the Bakersfield truck race. The next year, Bobby Hamilton won the first Nascar Truck Series Championship for Dodge.

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    IIRC, this was the last driver that Bobby Hamilton hired to drive his truck before he passed away from cancer.

    Timothy Peters track-handout card.jpg

    Hamilton obviously saw something in this then virtually unknown rookie. Peters is still active in the series and does his share of winning......unfortunately not in a Dodge.
     
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    Picked this up @ the Bakersfield Nascar Truck series race in 2001. Although Scott Riggs only finished 5th in that race, he won 5 NCTS races that year in this Jim Smith owned truck.

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    Great looking race truck (shared from Pinterest). Memory ain't firing on all 8 anymore. Anybody remember whose truck this is? I realize that the sponsor and race number are DW's but as far as I can recall, he never raced in the NCTS and never raced a Mopar of any kind.

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    Yes, DW did race a Dodge truck at least once for a special occasion that I can't recall. After bad-mouthing Mopars for years, he thanked Dodge for giving him a ride. I might be remembering wrong, but I think it was about the same time Michael was driving a Dodge in the Cup series.
     
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    Makes sense. The sponsor, paint scheme, and race # all add up. I can't recall the occasion either. Maybe Ed remembers. Very nice looking truck, though.
     
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    2002...............at Indianapolis Raceway Park..................came in 6th.
    In 2003 - 2005 he ran a few more truck races in a Toyota.
     
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    Thanks ,Ed.
     

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