Hardeeville: Robert Huffman race report

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. - Four-time NASCAR Goody's champion Robert Huffman battled his closest series rivals to win the South Carolina 150 on Saturday, April 6 in the inaugural Goody's Dash race at the 1/3-mile Hardeeville Speedway. Huffman, of ...

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. - Four-time NASCAR Goody's champion Robert Huffman battled his closest series rivals to win the South Carolina 150 on Saturday, April 6 in the inaugural Goody's Dash race at the 1/3-mile Hardeeville Speedway. Huffman, of Claremont, N.C., leads the NASCAR Goody's Dash championship with his second strait victory to open the 2002 season, which included a victory at Daytona in February.

Huffman, who qualified sixth, led 38 of the 159-lap race while battling series rivals Jake Hobgood and Cam Strader, the 2001 champion. Following the final caution of the day on lap 148, Huffman and Strader ran nose-to-nose as they approached the green flag. Huffman's No. 37 White House Apple Juice Toyota Celica sped away as Strader's Mercury Cougar experience temporary fuel pick-up problems.

"My spotter came over the radio and told me Cam must be out of gas," Huffman commented from Victory Circle. "This was a fun race tonight. I feel bad for Cam, but I gave him one at Charlotte last year." It was Toyota's third straight victory with Huffman following a season-ending win in 2001 and the victory at Daytona. His 36th career victory, the second most in Goody's Dash history, places him 20 points ahead of Hobgood and 35 in front of Strader.

Nick Pistone made his Goody's Dash rookie debut in the No. 77 BI LO Toyota Celica and finished the race in 17th place. Pistone, who's grandfather was a NASCAR Grand National Stock Car racer in the early years of the series, raced for the first time with the Weaver Racing team at Hardeeville in the Celica. His impressive debut places him seventh in the Goody's Dash Mag-Clip Rookie of the Year standings.

Huffman will put his three-race win streak on the line at the next event at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C. on April 27.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Cam Strader , Robert Huffman