Hamilton Wins Race; Kvapil Takes Championship In Wild Ford 200 MIAMI, Fla., -- Bobby Hamilton won the Ford 200 and Travis Kvapil took the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship in a wild day at the New Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hamilton,...
Hamilton Wins Race; Kvapil Takes Championship In Wild Ford 200
MIAMI, Fla., -- Bobby Hamilton won the Ford 200 and Travis Kvapil took the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship in a wild day at the New Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Hamilton, driving the No. 4 Square D Dodge, held off Rick Crawford on the final restart to take a .186 second victory and the $10,000 bonus from Craftsman for winning from the pole.
"Our truck has been great," Hamilton said. "We didn't have anything to lose and everything to gain, so that's what we went for. We needed to win another race. We haven't won as many races as we should be winning. We had a good day and it was a good week.
"This track is great. Anyone that's going to build a new track should come here and take plenty of notes. We had a great week. We won the pole, led a lot of laps and won the race, so that'll help the winter go by a little faster."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship looked to be heading to a couple of different drivers as the Ford 200 reached its conclusion.
Brendan Gaughan, who entered the race with the points lead, appeared on his way to the championship, but his truck was involved in a multi-car incident coming out of Turn 4 on Lap 101.
"We had a Dodge that could have won the championship," said a disappointed Gaughan. "Shane Wilson and the team take good care of me. They give me good Dodge trucks and fast Dodge trucks. We'll end up second, third or fourth in the championship and for a team based out of Las Vegas, that's not half bad."
On the final restart, the three remaining championship contenders Kvapil, Dennis Setzer and Ted Musgrave were seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.
Musgrave was black flagged for passing before the start/finish line on the restart, which opened the door for Kvapil, driver of the No. 16 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet, to earn his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship.
"I have to thank the guys and owner Steve Coulter," Kvapil said. "They build a great race truck because two different drivers, two years in a row, won the championship. Talk about drama."
Fortunately for NASCAR fans, two more days of drama are left in Ford Championship Weekend. For tickets, call 305-230-5000 or log onto www.homesetadmiamispeedway.com.