Daytona: Ricky Carmichael race report

Wreck Derails Carmichael and the No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet to a 29th place finish * The running of the Truck Series season opener in Daytona was delayed until Saturday evening after heavy rain showers plagued the speedway. All action ...

Wreck Derails Carmichael and the No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet to a 29th place finish

* The running of the Truck Series season opener in Daytona was delayed until Saturday evening after heavy rain showers plagued the speedway. All action scheduled for Friday was canceled due to the weather.

* Thursday evening under unusually cold conditions in Florida, Carmichael cranked out the fourth fastest qualifying effort of the night. His lap of 176.343 earned him his fourth career top-five qualifying effort.

* Just following the drop of the green flag a multi-truck wreck brought out the first caution before the field could complete one lap. "The truck feels good," said Carmichael as he restarted in second spot on lap eight.

* Carmichael wasted no time making a move to the front. By lap nine he was challenging for the lead before settling into fifth place by lap 12.

* The No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet was working the highline running in eighth position when the second caution waved on lap for fluid on the track on lap 20. "The truck is just right," said Carmichael as he made his way down pit road to the attention of his team. The Monster Energy Racing Team jumped into action changing all four tires and adding two cans of racing fuel. Carmichael restarted in fifth position after picking up two spots on pit road due to the fast work of his pit crew.

* Just as the race was playing into the hands of the Monster Energy Racing Team disaster struck when the No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet was being aero- pushed from behind by another competitor. Carmichael was unable to slow the truck down before barely touching the rear of the No. 33 truck. The tap caused Hornaday to get loose and turn into the outside wall collecting Carmichael and others in the process.

* The No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet sustained heavy damage to the front and rear of the vehicle with smoke bellowing from the radiator. After taking a closer look at the carnage the team was unable to repair the Monster Energy Chevrolet and retired from the event on lap 32. Carmichael finished in the 29th position.

Timothy Peters won the NextEra Energy Resources 250. Todd Bodine, Dennis Setzer, Jason White and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five finishers.

FAST FACTS:

* Carmichael's fourth place starting position for the Truck Series race at Daytona was his fourth career top-five starting position.

* The caution flag flew seven times for 33 laps during the 100 lap event.

* Next up for the No. 4 Monster Energy team is the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday, March 6.

* Carmichael will be in the booth calling the action for the Indianapolis Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship event Saturday, February 20. Check out the action on SPEED starting at 8:00 PM EST.

RICKY CARMICHAEL: "Obviously, this is not how we wanted to start off the season. The No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet was a rocket ship. I was getting pushed from behind and we had an incredible run going in the outside lane. I had my foot on the brake trying to slow the truck down, but there was nothing I could do to stop it. The next thing I know I was tapping the back end of Hornaday's truck and turning him into the wall. After that we had nowhere to go. It was an unfortunate night for all of us. I hate it for everyone involved and for my guys. The truck was fast and they knew we were here tonight."

-source: tms

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Matt Crafton , Jason White , Ricky Carmichael , Timothy Peters