Carl Edwards Flippin' about Florida Dodge Dealers 250 Victory DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 13, 2004) -- Carl Edwards did a cart wheel and a back flip in the tri-oval celebrating his victory in the inaugural nighttime running of the Florida Dodge...
Carl Edwards Flippin' about Florida Dodge Dealers 250 Victory
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 13, 2004) -- Carl Edwards did a cart wheel and a back flip in the tri-oval celebrating his victory in the inaugural nighttime running of the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at historic Daytona International Speedway.
Edwards, driving the No. 99 Superchips Ford for Roush Racing, held off Travis Kvapil in a Toyota and Mike Wallace in a Chevrolet to notch his fourth career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory and his first at the "World Center of Racing."
Said Edwards in Gatorade Victory Lane: "We're here. We're at Daytona. I'm standing in Victory Lane. I'm living the dream of every racer on the planet."
Edwards, who led the final 21 laps of the race, had a couple of bumps along his way to victory.
* Before the start of the race, he had to move to the back of the field with an engine change.
* Cut a tire on Lap 26 and spun out in Turn 3.
* After a near-accident coming out of Turn 4, Edwards raced down pit road and merged back into the field.
"Some way, some how, somebody was looking down on us tonight because there were a lot of reasons that I shouldn't have won," Edwards said.
Said Kvapil: "To come out the box with a good finish, that was the main thing. We're definitely looking at the 2004 championship again. That 's what I want to do. That's what I'm focused on.
The top Raybestos Rookie of the Year finisher was David Reutimann, who wheeled the No. 17 Toyota Tundra to a ninth-place finish.
"I kind of made some pretty huge mistakes early on, but then . . . I'm happy with the effort," Reutimann said. "I did a lot of stupid things, a lot of stuff they would call rookie mistakes. I made plenty of them. I was real happy the way the guys performed. Guys got us back out quick. You know, I think the main deal was trying to find the line that you needed to be in. Seemed like I was always in the wrong one."
The Florida Dodge Dealers 250 featured 22 lead changes among 11 drivers. The average speed was 112.570 mph with the margin of victory .141 seconds.
Next up at Daytona is the Hershey's Kisses 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday followed by the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
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