* Bobby Hamilton wins first NASCAR Craftsman Truck title for Dodge * David Reutimann is top Raybestos Rookie, Steve Park voted Most Popular DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 24, 2004) -- Bobby Hamilton (No. 4 Square D Dodge) was crowned 2004...
* Bobby Hamilton wins first NASCAR Craftsman Truck title for Dodge
* David Reutimann is top Raybestos Rookie, Steve Park voted Most Popular
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 24, 2004) -- Bobby Hamilton (No. 4 Square D Dodge) was crowned 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion during Saturday night's 10th Annual awards ceremonies held at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.
Hamilton is the fifth different champion in as many seasons and at age 47, the Nashville, Tenn. resident is the oldest to wear the crown.
Hamilton, owner of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.-based Bobby Hamilton Racing, also gave Dodge its first driver championship. Dodge won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series manufacturer championship for the third time in four seasons. Hamilton is the first owner-driver to win a NASCAR national touring title since the late Alan Kulwicki won the 1992 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series championship.
Hamilton won a total of $973,428 and had four victories -- at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Memphis Motorsports Park, Kentucky Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway. His post-season awards totaled $406,113 and included the $20,000 Dodge Award, the $15,000 Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Award, the $10,000 Mobil1 Command Performance Driver of the Year Award and the $10,000 Sunoco Award.
Hamilton's winnings are the second-highest in series history. Greg Biffle, the 2000 champion, remains the only competitor to top $1 million in a single season.
Also honored during the Miami Beach festivities was David Reutimann of Zephyrhills, Fla., who drove his Darrell Waltrip-owned No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota to Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Park (No. 62 Orleans Hotel Dodge), of East Northport, N.Y., was voted Most Popular Driver; the 10th different recipient of the award.