Team Chevy Silverado drivers Ron Hornaday, No. 33 AES HR Solutions Silverado, and Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards Silverado, battled to a checkered flag in a pack of 18 trucks going for the win in the Chevy Silverado HD 250 at Daytona International...
Team Chevy Silverado drivers Ron Hornaday, No. 33 AES HR Solutions Silverado, and Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards Silverado, battled to a checkered flag in a pack of 18 trucks going for the win in the Chevy Silverado HD 250 at Daytona International Speedway. As the white flag flew the field thundered in to turn one nose-to-tail, side-by-side with no clear favorite or winner visible.
When they entered the tri-oval headed for the finishline, there were race trucks three and four wide dicing for position. Hornaday and Crafton finished seventh and eighth respectively in virtually a photo finish from first to 18th.
Chad McCumbee, No. 08 GPS Garmin Silverado, came home in 13th with young Cale Gale, No. 2 Camping World Silverado, behind him in 14th.
Jack Sprague won the Chevy Silverado HD 250 followed by Johnny Benson, Travis Kvapil, Mike Skinner and Todd Bodine.
The next race for Team Chevy Silverado in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is the San Bernadino County 200 on February 23 at California Speedway, Fontana, Calif.
MIKE WALLACE, NO. 46 DIRECTV HOT PASS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 22ND:
NOTE: Involved in a single truck incident on lap one, retired from the race due to damage:
"You got me what happened. I got clipped in the right rear quarter panel. Why in that part of the race track, I am just not sure what really happened except I got turned in to the outside wall. I am incredibly disappointed for our Chevrolet Silverado and the Premier HotPass from DirecTV. We were supposed to win this race, or at least go the distance. I even told the guys to not let me get in any predicaments with anybody. Make sure if I am clear, I am clear, if I am not, I am not. Somewhere along the line, I made amistake or someone else made a mistake and the end result we are the first truck out, or crashed out. I am really sorry for Morgan-Dollar Motorsports. They put a great truck under me. It was only a lap. It drove great in practice, I think we were going to be very much in contention to win the race tonight. Unfortunately we aren't going to be able to."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, NO. 77 SOUTH POINT SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 27TH, FINISHED 21ST:
NOTE: Involved in a multi-truck incident on lap on lap 90, retired from the race due to damage:
"We had our Chevy right where we wanted it near the front all night long in postion. We made it through the wreck, but I don't know what happened afterward. I through, already talking to my spotter saying 'Hey, nice job Batman, we made it through', then pow, somebody just came down and got us from behind. Ran up front, did what we wanted to do. First race for Chevrolet in a long time, and really happy, we are going to win a lot of races this year. Our Chevrolet was strong enough to ride on the outside of the three Roushkateers with no help. I was pretty excited but when you have three Roush trucks teaming up and working together like they are.
"We had a Silverado that run up front all night. We went to the front, went to the back. I played around a little there in the middle of the race. I went to the top and I tried the bottom too. We had a Chevy that could win this race tonight but the Roushkateers hung me out twice. I would push them to the front and they kept hanging me out and I knew better. Next time I will grab a Chevy teammate and we'll go to the front."
MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 26th, FINISHED 8TH:
"That was a real exciting finish. I finally got to finish one here at Daytona, I have never gotten to finish one before with the tires headed in the same direction and all the cylinders firing. These guys did an awesome job in the pits, we gained some spots in the pits. I can't thank my crew guys enough. This truck wasn't even thought up when we were down here testing, we were so bad when we tested with the other truck. So, they decided to build this truck to come back with to make it better and they did. I am really glad they did. My Chevy Silverado was pretty good tonight."
BILL LESTER, NO. 15 MANHEIM CENTRAL FLORIDA AUTO AUCTION SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 33RD, FINISHED 11TH:
"I'm just so excited to have finished the race - it is the first time in three years that I wasn't caught up in one of the accidents and I'm really happy. This No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevy Silverado team really does an excellent job putting these trucks together. We started out super tight then made the adjustment which freed me up too much thru the corners but on the last stop dialed us in perfectly. We got four fresh Goodyear Wranglers on that last pit stop which helped us keep up where we needed to be. I have to thank my spotter Frank Bolter who was my eyes in front, beside and behind me. He is the best spotter I have ever worked with. We had hoped for just one more spot to bring home a top-10 finish but from 33rd to 11th - we'll take it!"
CALE GALE, NO. 2 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 14TH, FINISHED 14TH:
"Oh man, I had a blast. This Camping World Chevrolet Silverado was fast and I just got to thank Kevin (Harvick) and DeLana (Harvick) for the opportunity to driver their equipment here tonight. You know, Charlie Wilson and the boys put a good truck under me tonight and this was the first time I had ever been to a superspeedway. I learned a lot and I got tangled up in one incident earlier in the night there on the front straightaway and that could have been pretty bad. But overall I learned a lot about the trucks and I think it was a good weekend overall for us."
OTHER SILVERADO FINISHERS:
CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 08 GPS STORE-GARMIN SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 30th, FINISHED 13TH
DENNIS SETZER, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 31ST, FINISHED 19TH
KRAIG KINSER, NO. 47 GINN RESORTS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 18TH, FINISHED 30TH
TIM SAUTER, NO. 07 LESTER BUILDINGS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 23RD, FINISHED 28TH
BLAKE BJORKLUND, NO. 8 BLUE OX SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 28TH, FINISHED 25TH
MIKE BLISS, NO. 40 CURTIS KEY PLUMBING SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 32ND, FINISHED 23RD
LARRY FOYT, NO. 44 SILE STONE USA SILVERADO, QUALFIED 36TH, FINISHED 32ND
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