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2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
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The 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was the eighth season of the Craftsman Truck Series, the third highest stock car racing series sanctioned by NASCAR in the United States. Mike Bliss of Xpress Motorsports was crowned the champion at season's end.

See also: 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, 2002 NASCAR Busch Series

Contents

2002 team chartEdit

Team Truck(s) # Driver(s) Listed owner(s) Crew chief
Addington Racing Chevrolet Silverado 60 Travis Kvapil Mike Addington Rick Ren
Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge Ram 4 Brian Rose Debbie Hamilton Danny Rollins
8 Bill Lester (R) Bobby Hamilton Kip McCord
18 Robert Pressley Danny Gill
Circle Bar Racing Ford F-150 14 Rick Crawford Tom Mitchell Ray Stonkus
Countryman Motorsports Ford F-150 15 Rich Bickle Billy Ballew Craig Osbourne
Green Light Racing Chevrolet Silverado 07 Jason Small (R) Gene Christensen Dennis Fiebel
08 Bobby Dotter Doug Howe
Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet Silverado 20 Coy Gibbs Joe Gibbs Doug Hewitt
K Automotive Racing Ford F-150 29 Terry Cook Kay Keselowski Bob Keselowski
L&R Racing Chevrolet Silverado 90 Lance Norick Ron Norick Gary Showalter
MacDonald Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 72 Randy MacDonald Marrill MacDonald Steve Bird
Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 46 Dennis Setzer David Dollar John Monsam
Orleans Racing Chevrolet Silverado 62 Brendan Gaughan (R) Michael Gaughan Shane Wilson
Petty Enterprises Dodge Ram 43 Carlos Contreras Richard Petty Howard Comstock
Portenga Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 39 Steve Portenga Steve Portenga George Church
Powers Motorsports Dodge Ram 55 Tom Powers Sherri Powers Bryan Berry
R&J Racing Dodge Ram 68 Rodney Sawyers (R) Wendy Sawyers Jeff Sawyers
RDS Motorsports Dodge Ram 79 Jerry Hill R. D. Smith Ralph Wingfield Jr.
Roush Racing Ford F-150 50 Jon Wood Jack Roush Dan Binks
SealMaster Racing Chevrolet Silverado 88 Matt Crafton Duke Thorson Jerry Cook
Shepherd Racing Ford F-150 21 Morgan Shepherd Cindy Shepherd Ted Jackson
Spears Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 75 David Starr Wayne Spears Dave McCarty
Tagsby Racing Chevrolet Silverado 73 Loni Richardson (R) Joey Sonntag Joey Sonntag
Team Racing Chevrolet Silverado 86 Dana White (R) Phil Bonifield Bernie Taft
Troxell Racing Chevrolet Silverado 93 Jerry Allec, Jr. Lonnie Troxell Lonnie Troxell
Ultra Motorsports Dodge Ram 1 Ted Musgrave Jim Smith Gene Nead
2 Jason Leffler Marlene Smith Tim Kohuth
Ware Racing Enterprises Dodge Ram 5 Lance Hooper Rick Ware Cal Northrop
51 Michael Dokken Ken Glen
81 Angie Wilson (R) Calvin Humphries
Xpress Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado 16 Mike Bliss Steve Coulter Travis Holt

Florida Dodge Dealers 250Edit

The Florida Dodge Dealers 250 was held February 15 at Daytona International Speedway. Ted Musgrave won the pole. Terry Cook suffered a 100-point penalty for a cylinder head infraction found in his truck after the race.

Top ten results

  1. 18-Robert Pressley*
  2. 1-Ted Musgrave
  3. 4-Brian Rose
  4. 79-Joe Ruttman
  5. 6-Rick Carelli
  6. 29-Terry Cook
  7. 75-David Starr
  8. 43-Carlos Contreras
  9. 07-Jason Small
  10. 90-Lance Norick
  • This was Pressley's first truck series victory. This race was also Pressley's truck series debut. There was a multiple truck wreck when Travis Kvapil got turned hard into the wall in which Matt Crafton nearly flipped on his roof.

Failed to qualify: Mike Swaim, Jr. (#56), Jim Inglebright (#02), Trent Owens (#15), Ryan McGlynn (#00), Michael Dokken (#51), Ken Allen (#28), Ron Barfield (#97), Stan Boyd (#89), Morgan Shepherd (#21), Jake Hobgood (#31), Jerry Hill (#41)

Craftsman Anniversary 200Edit

Advance Auto Parts 250Edit

The Advance Auto Parts 250 was held April 13 at Martinsville Speedway. Ted Musgrave won the pole. The race is best known for a caution: Kevin Harvick intentionally turned Coy Gibbs around for previous contact and NASCAR instantly parked him. In the post-race interview Harvick lied that he did not intentionally crash Gibbs even though it was heard on the radio; he was banned from the cup race the next day.

Top ten results

  1. 46-Dennis Setzer
  2. 16-Mike Bliss
  3. 14-Rick Crawford
  4. 08-Bobby Dotter
  5. 29-Terry Cook
  6. 2-Jason Leffler
  7. 60-Travis Kvapil
  8. 75-David Starr
  9. 62-Brendan Gaughan
  10. 50-Jon Wood

Failed to qualify: Steve Portenga (#39), L.W. Miller (#28), Brian Sockwell (#54), Dana White (#86), Tommy Pistone (#59), Jody McCormick (#77), Jerry Allec, Jr. (#93), Vince Whitmire (#40), James Stephenson (#36), Bobby Coffey (#74), R. D. Smith (#41)

Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200Edit

The Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200 was held May 5 at Gateway International Raceway. Mike Bliss won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 29-Terry Cook*
  2. 2-Jason Leffler
  3. 16-Mike Bliss
  4. 14-Rick Crawford
  5. 75-David Starr
  6. 46-Dennis Setzer
  7. 50-Jon Wood
  8. 4-Brian Rose
  9. 90-Lance Norick
  10. 88-Matt Crafton

Failed to qualify: R.D. Smith (#41), Aaron Daniel (#11), Phil Bonifield (#23), Scott Kuhn (#49)

  • This race was Terry Cook's first truck series win since 1998.

Rocky Mountain 200 Presented by DodgeEdit

MBNA America 200Edit

O'Reilly 400KEdit

The O'Reilly 400K was held June 7 at Texas Motor Speedway. Jason Leffler won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 62-Brendan Gaughan
  2. 60-Travis Kvapil
  3. 75-David Starr
  4. 14-Rick Crawford
  5. 1-Ted Musgrave
  6. 18-Robert Pressley
  7. 88-Matt Crafton
  8. 20-Coy Gibbs
  9. 50-Jon Wood
  10. 90-Lance Norick

Failed to qualify: none

O'Reilly Auto Parts 200Edit

The O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 was held June 22 at Memphis Motorsports Park. Jason Leffler won the pole. Carl Edwards, the 2007 Nationwide Series champion, makes his first truck series start. Edwards started 16th and finished in the 23rd position, 2 laps down. This was his first of seven truck races he made in the 2002 season.

Top ten results

  1. 60-Travis Kvapil
  2. 29-Terry Cook
  3. 1-Ted Musgrave
  4. 2-Jason Leffler
  5. 46-Dennis Setzer
  6. 15-Rich Bickle
  7. 75-David Starr
  8. 20-Coy Gibbs
  9. 14-Rick Crawford
  10. 4-Brian Rose

Failed to qualify: Aaron Daniel (#11), Joe Cooksey (#59), Jody McCormick (#77), Eric Jones (#34), Nathan Wulff (#65), Loni Richardson (#0), Bobby Coffey (#74), David Hall (#73), James Stephenson (#36)

GNC Live Well 200Edit

The GNC Live Well 200 was held June 29 at The Milwaukee Mile. Terry Cook won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 29-Terry Cook
  2. 2-Jason Leffler
  3. 20-Coy Gibbs
  4. 62-Brendan Gaughan
  5. 1-Ted Musgrave
  6. 75-David Starr
  7. 18-Robert Pressley
  8. 16-Mike Bliss
  9. 50-Jon Wood
  10. 60-Travis Kvapil

Failed to qualify: Loni Richardson (#0), Aaron Daniel (#11)

O'Reilly Auto Parts 250Edit

The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 was held July 6 at Kansas Speedway. Jason Leffler won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 16-Mike Bliss
  2. 46-Dennis Setzer
  3. 20-Coy Gibbs
  4. 2-Jason Leffler
  5. 1-Ted Musgrave
  6. 29-Terry Cook
  7. 18-Robert Pressley
  8. 63-Carl Edwards
  9. 50-Jon Wood
  10. 88-Matt Crafton

Failed to qualify: Lonnie Cox (#66), Loni Richardson (#0), David Hall (#73)

Kroger 225Edit

The Kroger 225 was held July 13 at Kentucky Speedway. Jason Leffler won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 16-Mike Bliss
  2. 46-Dennis Setzer
  3. 18-Robert Pressley
  4. 14-Rick Crawford
  5. 2-Jason Leffler
  6. 29-Terry Cook
  7. 20-Coy Gibbs
  8. 1-Ted Musgrave
  9. 39-Steve Portenga

Failed to qualify: Morgan Shepherd (#21), Rodney Sawyers (#68), Vince Whitmire (#40), Dana White (#86), Lonnie Cox (#66), Ricky Sanders (#19), Tom Powers (#55), David Hall (#73), Loni Richardson (#0)

New England 200Edit

Michigan 200Edit

The Michigan 200 was held July 27 at Michigan International Speedway. Ted Musgrave won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 18-Robert Pressley
  2. 2-Jason Leffler
  3. 60-Travis Kvapil
  4. 16-Mike Bliss
  5. 75-David Starr
  6. 29-Terry Cook
  7. 20-Coy Gibbs
  8. 90-Lance Norick
  9. 14-Rick Crawford
  10. 50-Jon Wood

Failed to qualify: none

Power Stroke Diesel 200Edit

Federated Auto Parts 200Edit

Richmond Is For Lovers 200Edit

The Richmond Is For Lovers 200 was held September 5 at Richmond International Raceway. Jason Leffler won the pole. Bobby Hamilton sustained injuries in this race that caused him to miss several races of the 2002 Winston Cup season.

Top ten results

  1. 33-Tony Stewart
  2. 6-Kevin Harvick
  3. 16-Mike Bliss
  4. 14-Rick Crawford
  5. 29-Terry Cook
  6. 20-Coy Gibbs
  7. 1-Ted Musgrave
  8. 17-Stacy Compton
  9. 08-Bobby Dotter
  10. 52-Ken Schrader

Failed to qualify: Stan Boyd (#89), Brad Bennett (#40), Dana White (#23), Clay Collier (#41), Loni Richardson (#73), Tommy Pistone (#59), James Stephenson (#36), Conrad Burr (#28), Bobby Coffey (#74), Jody McCormick (#77)


Silverado 350Edit

The Silverado 350 was held September 13 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mike Bliss won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 62-Brendan Gaughan
  2. 20-Coy Gibbs
  3. 75-David Starr
  4. 14-Rick Crawford
  5. 60-Travis Kvapil
  6. 1-Ted Musgrave
  7. 18-Robert Pressley
  8. 2-Jason Leffler
  9. 16-Mike Bliss
  10. 46-Dennis Setzer

Failed to qualify: none

John Boy & Billy's Hardee's 250Edit

Las Vegas 350Edit

American Racing Wheels 200Edit

Chevy Silverado 150Edit

Ford 200Edit

The Ford 200 was held November 15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mike Bliss won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 11-Ron Hornaday
  2. 1-Ted Musgrave
  3. 2-Jason Leffler
  4. 18-Robert Pressley
  5. 16-Mike Bliss
  6. 46-Dennis Setzer
  7. 14-Rick Crawford
  8. 75-David Starr
  9. 88-Matt Crafton
  10. 29-Terry Cook

Failed to qualify: Bobby Benton (#36), Adam Clarke (#45), Cory Kruseman (#98), Phil Bonifield (#25), Loni Richardson (#0), John Mickel (#09), Dana White (#23)

  • This was the last NASCAR broadcast on ESPN in any of NASCAR's top three series until 2007.

Final points standingsEdit

Rookie of the YearEdit

Brendan Gaughan captured two wins and the Rookie of the Year title in 2002, driving for his family-owned Orleans Racing team. Bill Lester came in second followed by Jason Small. Loni Richardson also declared for the award, but did not compete in enough races to be eligible for rookie points.

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