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Trucks cut costs right out of the gate

You know the economy is bad when defending Truck Series champion Johnny Benson -- the reigning three-time most popular driver -- can't even secure sponsorship.

Updated: February 11, 2009, 2:30 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

The Camping World Truck Series doesn't own the market for struggling motorsports. Far from it.

But it could be the first series to implement cost-saving measures that will directly impact how teams go from flag to flag on race day.

When the season begins Friday night at Daytona International Speedway, take note of trucks driving into their pit stalls for service and taking only tires or gas, not both. That's no longer just race strategy -- it's a rule.

The Truck Series, ...

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