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Smith, Musgrave Win Truck Title

November 20, 2005|Shav Glick | From Staff and Wire Reports

In 1993, Jim Smith, an off-road racing enthusiast from Buena Park, was one of four Southern Californians to build a prototype racing truck that evolved into NASCAR's Craftsman Truck series.

Smith, the only one of the four left in truck racing, finally got his first NASCAR championship when Ted Musgrave finished 19th in the rain-delayed Ford 200 Saturday at Homestead, Fla., to become champion in Smith's Dodge Ram truck. A month shy of his 50th birthday, Musgrave is NASCAR's oldest champion.

"We've won a lot of races, led a lot of laps, the most poles, we've done it all and being No. 1 has always eluded us for 10 years," Smith said. "It's something I've wanted desperately and something I'll cherish."

Todd Bodine won the race, postponed from Friday night, in a Toyota.

-- Shav Glick

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Martin Truex overcame a series of setbacks to win his second consecutive NASCAR Busch Series season title, finishing seventh as Ryan Newman won the Ford 200 at Homestead.

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