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Offline blaneyfan

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I thought this was interesting.
 Go get 'em Pete!!

CONCORD, N.C. -- As Roush Fenway Racing makes plans for the 2008 Craftsman Truck Series, the team has decided to showcase some of its young driving talent in several upcoming Craftsman Truck Series races. The No. 50 truck will serve as the test truck, with a few different drivers slated to make starts for the remainder of the 2007 season.

"We have a talented pool of young drivers at Roush Fenway Racing," team owner Jack Roush said. "Peter Shepherd and Danny O'Quinn have been impressive, and T.J. Bell has shown great promise as well. We're going to give these guys an opportunity to show what they can do, and we'll make a decision as far as who we're going to put in our trucks for 2008 based off of that."

Shepherd made his first start of the 2007 season at Milwaukee last week, and is scheduled to race the No. 50 at Memphis Motorsports Park this weekend and Kentucky Speedway next month. O'Quinn will make the first Craftsman Truck Series start of his career at O'Reilly Raceway Park in July. Bell will return to the seat of the No. 50 truck at Nashville, with additional races later in the season.

The complete schedule of drivers and their races will be released at a later date.

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Re: Roush Fenway to conduct competition for Craftsman Truck ride
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2007, 09:21:30 AM »
Pete Shepherd fastest in second Practice!

1 50 Peter Shepherd Ford Northern Tool + Equipment  117.071 23.063 Leader
2 9 Brad Keselowski Toyota Team ASE / Germain Mtr Co.  117.015 23.074 -0.011
3 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Camping World
/ 116.898 23.097 -0.034
4 13 Willie Allen* Chevrolet ThorSport Racing  116.661 23.144 -0.081
5 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Sylvania / Menards  116.535 23.169 -0.106
6 36 Ryan Mathews Toyota The Lilly Company  115.895 23.297 -0.234
7 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Toyota Tundra  115.538 23.369 -0.306
8 00 Ken Butler III Toyota Aaron's Lucky Dog  115.424 23.392 -0.329
9 15 Bill Lester Chevrolet Christian Debt Consolidation  115.158 23.446 -0.383
10 14 Rick Crawford Ford Power Stroke Diesel  115.109 23.456 -0.393
11 60 Jack Sprague Toyota Con-way Freight  115.060 23.466 -0.403
12 51 Aric Almirola Chevrolet FedEx Express  115.036 23.471 -0.408
13 59 Terry Cook Toyota Harris Trucking  115.021 23.474 -0.411
14 07 Tim Sauter* Chevrolet Lester Buildings  114.811 23.517 -0.454
15 23 Johnny Benson Toyota 360 OTC  114.664 23.547 -0.484
16 75 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet Spears Manufacturing  114.436 23.594 -0.531
17 6 Travis Kvapil Ford K&N Filters  114.421 23.597 -0.534
18 4 Kevin Hamlin* Dodge Open Joist  114.397 23.602 -0.539
19 47 Kraig Kinser Chevrolet Ginn Resorts  114.387 23.604 -0.541
20 40 Stacy Compton Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing  114.271 23.628 -0.565
21 21 Keven Wood  Ford Ravenswood Winery  114.228 23.637 -0.574
22 1 Aaron Fike* Toyota RFMS Inc. / Red Horse Racing  114.218 23.639 -0.576
23 77 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point Resort  113.914 23.702 -0.639
24 18 Ken Schrader Dodge Fastenal 113.905 23.704 -0.641
25 16 Chris Fontaine Ford Xpress Motorsports  113.890 23.707 -0.644
26 99 Erik Darnell Ford Northern Tool + Equipment  113.876 23.710 -0.647
27 10 David Starr Ford Maxx Force Diesel  113.876 23.710 -0.647
28 09 Joey Clanton* Ford Zaxby's 113.713 23.744 -0.681
29 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Lumber Liquidators  113.655 23.756 -0.693
30 153 Bradley Riethmeyer Dodge Blackwater USA / MarkItBetter.-
net  113.265 23.838 -0.775
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Re: Roush Fenway to conduct competition for Craftsman Truck ride
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2007, 10:32:05 AM »
Awesome stuff!

I wish Petey well, not only does he have to race the competition on the track but also the competition from within!

He looked like he could have pulled off a top ten last weekend, had it not been for problems with the truck and it would be great to see him finish in the top ten this weekend! We all know Pete's the man for the truck next season!

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Re: Roush Fenway to conduct competition for Craftsman Truck ride
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Re: Roush Fenway to conduct competition for Craftsman Truck ride
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2007, 10:32:38 AM »
 Petey finished 15th.
 I think Pete should consider absolving his Roush relationship if he isn't successful in obtaining the #50 Truck Series ride. What is his contract status? He should be racing somewhere and gaining experience and seat time. Jack has shown that he has limited loyalties to his drivers. If you bring sponsorship money with you, then you get a ride (T.J. Bell), if you don't (Danny O'Quinn), then no ride. I think Petey would have been racing if the Griddly Headz fiasco hadn't occurred. Jack was prepared to shut down the #99 Cup team with Jeff Burton when they couldn't secure a sponsor. Burton left for RCR. Fortunately for Jack, Carl Edwards came on the scene. It looked very promising in the beginning, but the way that it's been playing out, this Roush deal isn't doing young Pete any good. IMO.

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Re: Roush Fenway to conduct competition for Craftsman Truck ride
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2007, 10:40:31 AM »
racenut, I am a huge Pete Shepherd fan, but Pete needs to start delivering. He was given ample opportunity last year, with not so good results, even in the #6 truck. He really needs to step up to the plate, and drive the crap out of whatever he is driving. 15th last night is not a strong finish again, considering the other Roush Fenway trucks were 1st and ninth. I hope at the next race he is in, he does very well, but Danny O'Quinn is next I believe and I hope he does not have better runs than Pete or it could be then end, I believe.

Lets hope not.

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Re: Roush Fenway to conduct competition for Craftsman Truck ride
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2007, 11:14:56 AM »
 Pete needs to be racing (anything) to get better. Sitting on the sidelines is going to hurt any young driver. He's competing against experience. Some of his results don't show how well he has raced at times. You're not comparing the #6 truck results to that of Mark Martin are you? Hardly a fair comparison.
 I just think Pete needs to be racing something.

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