Homestead: Edwards/RET race report

DODSON LEADS CARL EDWARDS/ R.E. TECHNOLOGIES RACING TO SECOND PODIUM OF THE SEASON MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- USAC Silver Crown rookie Cameron Dodson battled veteran USAC drivers to finish third in his first start in the series Friday afternoon at ...

DODSON LEADS CARL EDWARDS/ R.E. TECHNOLOGIES RACING TO SECOND PODIUM OF THE SEASON

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- USAC Silver Crown rookie Cameron Dodson battled veteran USAC drivers to finish third in his first start in the series Friday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Dodson drove the No. 199 Ford powered Red Line Oil/ Hoosier Tires C&R Chassis entry to the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team's second podium finish of the season, keeping them in first place in the USAC Silver Crown Series presented by K&N Engineering Owner's Points Standings.

"Our goal coming into Homestead was to have a top five finish and keep the car under me," said Dodson. "It felt incredible to be in the top three in my first race in the series. I would have loved to have won it but we will try to get that another time."

Cameron Dodson and the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team was strong all weekend grabbing the third fastest time Thursday during qualifying at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Friday morning Dodson had the second fastest speeds of the morning warm up practice session. When the green flag dropped on the "Homestead-Miami 100" Wayne Reutiman Jr. got a jump on pole setter Aaron Pierce. Cameron Dodson jumped right into the mix looking under Reutiman. Pierce would regain the lead and the Silver Crown rookie would begin his day long battle with USAC Silver Crown™ veterans. At first he battled with Tracy Hines, holding the NASCAR star off for third place. The 2006 USAC Silver Crown Champion Bud Kaeding challenged Dodson next and on lap 23, the rookie brushed the turns 1 and 2 wall and lost two positions. No caution, no worries as Cameron Dodson dug in making time up and getting closer to Hines who was running in 4th. Tracy Hines put a move on the reigning Silver Crown champion and Dodson attempted to follow but Bud Kaeding would not give up. The yellow flag flew on lap 51 when Aaron Pierce's car pulled off the track smoking. Bud Kaeding also drove down pit road for some work. On the restart, Cameron Dodson slipped back to 5th but the rookie would not stay there. As the racing intensified, Dodson made a run to the front challenging Pablo Donoso for second with only two laps to go. Tracy Hines took the checkered flag followed by Donoso and Dodson.

"Our Ford powered Red Line Oil/ Hoosier Tires C&R Chassis car was nice and we tried to keep it out of trouble and not put it into any positions that I didn't think we could come out of. Drafting was probably the biggest thing I learned about this weekend. I talked to Tracy Hines about drafting in these cars on the big tracks after the race. I am happy just to have this opportunity to drive for the team."

With their second podium finish of the season, the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies team leaves Homestead in first place in the USAC Silver Crown owner's points and their best start to a Silver Crown season. The team won the season opener at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona in January. The series now heads to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa for the "Casey's General Store USAC Triple Crown" on May 5th.

-credit: ret

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Series USAC
Drivers Tracy Hines , Bud Kaeding , Carl Edwards , Aaron Pierce , Pablo Donoso , Cameron Dodson