On a brisk morning, 31 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers and teams converged at Atlanta Motor Speedway to begin preparations for the upcoming 2008 season.

Testing began shortly after 9 a.m. when Andy Lally took to the track. The second day of testing is scheduled for Jan. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Defending Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. was the quickest truck to circle the 1.54-mile quad-oval with a time of 31.529 seconds, (171.271 mph). Hornaday was followed by former AMS winner Todd Bodine and Terry Cook.

The test allowed drivers the opportunity to test at a non-restrictor plate track for the first time in 2008 and gave new teams and drivers a chance to gain consistency for the upcoming season. Second-year Craftsman Truck Series driver Joey Clanton, who grew up racing Legends cars around Atlanta Motor Speedway's frontstretch quarter-mile oval, is among those looking to today's test to help build a solid foundation for the 2008 season.

"It's great to be back at Atlanta Motor Speedway, since this is my home track," said an optimistic Clanton, who is driving for Roush Racing in 2008. "I've got a great group of guys behind me who are committed to winning. There have always been great opportunities here at Atlanta, and I'm hoping to win one for the home crowd."

Tickets to the American Commercial Lines 200 Craftsman Truck Series race, as well as the entire Kobalt Tools 500 event weekend are available by calling the AMS ticket office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849), 770-946-4211

 

Pos.    No.         Driver                 Best Time. Best Spd.

1.         33A.    Ron Hornaday           31.529. 171.271

2.         30A.    Todd Bodine             31.593. 170.924

3.         60A.    Terry Cook                 31.614. 170.81

4.         5B.      Mike Skinner             31.705. 170.32

5.         2B.      Jack Sprague            31.742. 170.122

6.         21B.    Jon Wood                  31.803. 169.795

7.         2A.      Jack Sprague            31.809. 169.763

8.         8A.      Chad McCumbee     31.813. 169.742

9.         14B.    Rick Crawford           31.823. 169.689

10.       5A.      Mike Skinner             31.858. 169.502

11.       99A.    Erik Darnell               31.874. 169.417

12.       09B.   Joey Clanton            31.944. 169.046

13.       88A.    Matt Crafton              31.972. 168.898

14.       11A.    David Starr                32.121. 168.114

15.       14A.    Rick Crawford           32.127. 168.083

16.       21A.    Jon Wood                  32.159. 167.916

17.       23A.   Johnny Benson          32.209. 167.655

18.       6B.     Colin Braun                32.215. 167.624

19.       59A.    Ted Musgrave          32.263. 167.374

20.       13A.    Shelby Howard          32.268. 167.348

21.       10A.    Brendan Gaughan     32.292. 167.224

22.       7A.      Andy Lally                   32.301. 167.177

23.       22B.    Philip McGilton         32.316. 167.1

24.       9A.      Justin Marks             32.339. 166.981

25.       10B.    Brendan Gaughan     32.496. 166.174

26.       29A.    Scott Lynch                32.511. 166.098

27.       4A.      Stacy Compton        32.707. 165.102

28.       20A.    Scott Lagasse Jr.     32.741. 164.931

29.       4B.      Stacy Compton         32.81.   164.584

30.       07A.    Shane Sieg                32.812. 164.574

31.       71A.    Bryan Silas                33.329. 162.021

32.       09A.   Joey Clanton              33.41.   161.628

33.       08A.    Jason White              33.523. 161.083