Sill King of the hill

John King, driver of the #7 Red Horse Racing Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. –John King pulled off the largest surprise of Daytona Speedweeks with his suspenseful trucks win, but he’s working hard to prove he’s no flash in the pan.

King backed up his Daytona victory with a solid ninth-place effort at Martinsville, keeping him atop the series points two races in. Even though he’s in prime position for a series championship now, King has much more modest goals this early in the season.

“I think this is my 10th race in the truck series,” said King. “I came out of Late Models, which weigh a little less, so I’m still learning the equipment, the team, and these race tracks. We’re just going into every race to finish the race; that’s our goal.”


Johnny Sauter and Dakoda Armstrong topped the charts in Saturday morning practice sessions for the truck series. . . . Corey LaJoie, son of two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Randy LaJoie, won a 76-mile race for the UARA Stars Late Model Series.


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