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TRUCK CHAMPS GET IN LINE

It will be like old times when Ron Hornaday Jr., Jack Sprague and Mike Skinner line up for the Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Phoenix International Speedway.

The trio of former champions last raced together in the truck series in July 1998 at California Speedway.

This will be the first truck race for two-time series champ Hornaday since 2002. But it will only be a warm-up for the driver who has been racing either in NASCAR's Busch or Cup series since 2000 and will be moving back into a truck full-time next season.

Sprague and Skinner both have raced full-time in trucks this season, with Sprague 10th and Skinner 12th in the points going into Friday's race.

"I know that the Morgan-Dollar crew put bigger fender braces on the truck so that I can let my old buddy Jack Sprague know that I'm bad," Hornaday joked.

Chevy to quit IRL

DETROIT -- Open-wheel stalwart Chevrolet will leave the Indy Racing League following the 2005 season.

The Detroit-based manufacturer said Wednesday that it would continue to make engines available to IRL race teams through next year, but not in 2006. Unless another manufacturer steps up, overseas giants Honda and Toyota would be the only engine suppliers.

The decision to quit the IRL was primarily cost-based, said GM Racing director Doug Duchardt.

"The investment did not meet our objectives," Duchardt said.

Chevrolet has supplied engines to the IRL since 1997.

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