Rice Makes NCTS Debut in ThorSport Chevy with 20th-place Finish at Homestead
Homestead, FL Buddy Rice drove a second Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet out of the ThorSport Racing stable to a 20th-place finish in Friday's Ford 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was Rice's debut in the NCTS, and his first stock car race of any kind. Bobby Hamilton won the 134-lap race on the newly reconfigured 1.5-mile oval.
"We stayed out of trouble and brought it home in one piece," Rice said. "We had some close calls, but avoided all of the trouble out there and made it to the end. I got more and more comfortable racing in traffic as the day went on. We really started to turn some quick times there at the end."
Rice narrowly missed disaster on the lap 101 restart that claimed series championship contender Brendan Gaughan.
"I was doing what I could do to get the truck slowed down and miss all the debris that was out there," Rice said. "I must have got hit from behind pretty hard, because the left rear fender is sticking out like a parachute. Matt (Crafton) came over after the race and asked me if that damage made the truck loose at all. I must not have enough experience in these things because I couldn't tell the difference at all!
"I had a good time this weekend. It is definitely a lot different from an Indy car, but it was a lot of fun. I don't know what the future holds right now, but I certainly wouldn't mind coming back and doing some more of this racing."