DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Robert Huffman added another accomplishment to his already impressive NASCAR Goody's Dash Series resume with a win Saturday in the Discount Auto Parts 200 at Daytona International Speedway. It was the three-time series ...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Robert Huffman added another accomplishment to his already impressive NASCAR Goody's Dash Series resume with a win Saturday in the Discount Auto Parts 200 at Daytona International Speedway.
It was the three-time series champion's first victory in nine attempts at the World Center of Racing. "To win at Daytona is about as exciting as winning the championship," said Huffman, the owner of 28 career Goody's Dash Series victories. "It's taken me a long time to get here, but it's certainly worth the wait. Sometimes it's tough to swallow. "The best chance I probably ever had was my first year down here, but I wasn't able to take advantage of it. This is very exciting."
The 200-mile, 80-lap event was slowed three times for cautions and once by a red flag. The race was halted nearly 15 minutes after a 13-car accident on the event's second lap. None of the drivers in the multi-car crash was seriously injured, but Zach Brewer was transported to Halifax Medical Center for an injury to his right leg. "The eight car (Shannon Bryant) had a good run on the 93 car (Randy Humphrey), and I don't guess he knew he was there," Huffman said. "Those kind of things are going to happen. I'm just sorry so many people were involved, but happy no one was seriously injured."
The race's final caution set the stage for a five-lap dash between Huffman and runner-up finisher Johnny Chapman. It also removed leader Christian Elder from the event. Elder, who led 21 laps, was attempting to hold off Huffman entering turn one when his Pontiac spun and was collected by several other cars. "He pretty much came down on me," Huffman said. "He had been blocking me for about 10 laps before he spun. I got a good run coming through the short chute, and by the time he realized what I was doing, it was too late for him to do anything about it."
Huffman held off Chapman to the checkered flag by .127 seconds. Chapman finished just ahead of Mark King. Edward Howell and Ned Combs rounded out the top five. "I didn't have much strategy there at the end," said Huffman, who won $13,650. "I was just driving with the mirror and making the car as wide as possible."
Speedweeks action continues Sunday at Daytona International Speedway with the Bud Shootout Qualifier and the Bud Shootout for last season's top qualifiers. The ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series opens its season Sunday with the Pro2Call 200. Tickets still remain for Sunday's activities and can be purchased at the gate.