HUFFMAN FINISHES 19th AT DAYTONA Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 19, 2005) -- With five laps to go in the 100-lap NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Daytona International Speedway, Robert Huffman was forced to settle for a 19th-place finish...
HUFFMAN FINISHES 19th AT DAYTONA
Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 19, 2005) -- With five laps to go in the 100-lap NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Daytona International Speedway, Robert Huffman was forced to settle for a 19th-place finish after his No. 12 Toyota Tundra was collected in a multi-truck accident on the back straightaway.
"When the No. 30 truck spun down the back straightaway, a bunch of trucks checked up and hit each other," said Huffman. "We just had no where to go. We ended up with a top-20 finish, but it could have been worse. We'll pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off and get them next week at California."
After qualifying third for the 250-mile event, Huffman dropped to the rear of the 36-truck field before taking the green flag due to an engine change. The Claremont (N.C.) native rapidly made his way into the top-10 by Lap 22.
"We had a strong truck early on and we were able to drive up through the field quickly," said Huffman. "Running well here tonight, allows us to be confident heading into our next race."
While running 11th, Huffman entered pit road for routine stop at Lap 32 as the field was under caution. Another caution occurred less than five laps later pinning Huffman a lap down in 27th-place.
"We got caught a lap down early on when another caution came out right after we pitted," said Huffman. "We worked hard to getback on the lead lap."
With 20 laps remaining, Huffman was the recipient of NASCAR's Lucky Dog pass as the yellow flag waived for the fifth time. After pitting for tires at Lap 81, Huffman worked his way back into the top-15. An accident at Lap 96 ended Huffman's efforts forcing his No. 12 Toyota Tundra behind pit wall.
"The guys tried to do what they could to get us back out on the track," said Huffman. "The truck was just in too bad of shape for us to get back out there. It's disappointing, but the upside is that we had a great effort on everybody's part. The Darrell Waltrip Motorsportsteam did a great job and I'm looking forward to getting backat it next week."
Huffman completed 96 laps in the 100-lap event at Daytona and is currently 20th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings.
Next week the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series visits California Speedway. The American Racing Wheels 200 begins at 9:00 p.m. live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the 100-lap event.