Dodge dominance is back in style in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as the manufacturer claimed its second consecutive series title with Ted Musgrave driving the No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram to his first career championship in 2005. Musgrave had never finished lower than third in the final truck series standings since his 2001 debut in a Dodge Ram.
Dodge Rams claimed four wins in 2005, with victory laps taken by Musgrave, Bobby Hamilton and first-time truck winner Steve Park. But true to Dodge style, it was the teams’ ability to endure all types of racing conditions and wear out the competition that kept them on top of the series standings after 15 of the season’s 25 races, including following the final laps of the season-finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“We’ve learned a tremendous amount from the truck series that will help us in Cup,” said John Fernandez, Director – Dodge Motorsports Operations. “We’re going to concentrate more on Cup in 2006, but we think our truck teams will continue to contend for victories and the series title.”
Bobby Hamilton Racing, which has placed a Dodge Ram in the top 10 Craftsman Truck Series standings each year since 2000, will lead a three-truck effort for Dodge Motorsports in 2006. Driver/Owner, Hamilton, will pilot the No.18 Fastenal Dodge Ram in 2006 and 2007, switching from the No. 04 Dodge Ram that he drove in 2005. The season will be Hamilton’s fourth full season as a driver in the series. He will also help usher in newcomers Timothy Peters and Scott Lagasse, Jr., as drivers of the No. 4 and No. 04 Dodge Rams, respectively.
Brendan Gaughan will return to drive the No. 77 Orleans Racing Dodge Ram in 2006.