Daytona Speedweeks 2004, part 3

Florida Dodge Dealers 250 Ready To Excite Fans Under The Lights DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Nov. 20, 2003) - Night racing during Speedweeks at historic Daytona International Speedway will continue to grow in 2004 as the fifth annual Florida Dodge ...

Florida Dodge Dealers 250 Ready To Excite Fans Under The Lights

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Nov. 20, 2003) - Night racing during Speedweeks at historic Daytona International Speedway will continue to grow in 2004 as the fifth annual Florida Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race will be held under the lights for the first time in event history.

The kickoff race for the Craftsman Truck Series will go green on Friday night, Feb. 13 and will be televised live on SPEED Channel in prime time.

The Florida Dodge Dealers 250 is traditionally scheduled during Speedweeks on Friday during the daytime, two days before the most prestigious race on the NASCAR circuit and the most watched motorsports event - the Daytona 500.

With the schedule change, the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 now becomes the second race during Speedweeks to move to nighttime in the last two years. In 2003, the Budweiser Shootout, the no-holds barred All-Star race featuring the previous year's Bud Pole winners and past Budweiser Shootout champions, made its nighttime debut.

Both drivers and fans are eagerly waiting the inaugural Craftsman Truck Series race under the lights at the "World Center of Racing."

"To run at Daytona, at night, at the home of NASCAR, that's the place to do it under the lights," said Brendan Gaughan, driver of the No. 62 The Orleans Dodge. "It's going to be pretty awesome. The fans are going to get their money's worth."

The 2003 Florida Dodge Delaers 250 continued to prove its one of the best shows of Speedweeks as Rick Crawford captured the victory in a three-wide photo finish with Travis Kvapil and Robert Pressley. The margin of victory was .027 seconds, the sixth closest finish in Craftsman Truck Series history.

Crawford is anxious to see what Craftsman Truck Series racing on the high banks will look like under the sparkle of the lights at Daytona International Speedway.

"It's going to add excitement to an already exciting event," Crawford said. "Fans are going to see the sparks and the flames and everything the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series lends itself to the race track."

The change in starting time will also hopefully allow more fans to attend the race.

"It was hard for people to get off work and come see us race on a Friday afternoon," said Bobby Hamilton, driver of the No. 4 Square D Dodge. "Now they will have that chance to come after work and see it under the lights."

Tickets for the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 and other Speedweeks 2004 events are available online at www.daytonainternational speedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Robert Pressley , Rick Crawford , Brendan Gaughan , Travis Kvapil