Robert Pressley Triumphs In Florida Dodge Dealers 250 At Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 15, 2002) - Robert Pressley drove into Victory Lane for the first time at Daytona International Speedway winning the third annual Florida Dodge Dealers...
Robert Pressley Triumphs In Florida Dodge Dealers 250 At Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 15, 2002) - Robert Pressley drove into Victory Lane for the first time at Daytona International Speedway winning the third annual Florida Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.
On the restart with two laps remaining, Pressley, with the help of Ted Musgrave and Bobby Hamilton Racing teammate Brain Rose, ducked low with his No. 18 Dodge on the Superstretch and soared past leader Rick Carelli and Terry Cook to assume the lead for the final time.
"Winning at Daytona is something," Pressley said. "We couldn't have done it by ourselves. I could have gotten beside the (No. 6) truck, but I couldn't have done nothing with him. Whenever I seen Ted drop down, I knew it was clear sailing from there."
Realizing that Rose would follow team orders and draft with Pressley, Musgrave never really thought to take a shot at Pressley on the final lap and settled for runner up honors. Rose, defending race winner Joe Ruttman and Carelli rounded out the top five.
"For sure he wasn't going with me," Musgrave said. "That was a no brainier. I had to take second."
Pressley, a Winston Cup veteran making his inaugural run with Bobby Hamilton Racing, becomes the second driver in the history of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to win a race in his first career start. The only other driver to win in his first start was Mike Skinner, who won the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.
Bobby Hamilton Racing has now won two straight Florida Dodge Dealers 250. Pressley was wheeling the Dodge Ram nicknamed "Freak," the same truck that catapulted Ruttman to victory in last year's race.
"All they changed was the paint job and the driver," Pressley said. "So I had to live up to it."
The Florida Dodge Dealers 250 was filled with its usual excitement with 26 lead changes among 12 drivers. Pressley, led the most laps with 50, had a margin of victory of .113 seconds.
Pressley's work at the "World Center of Racing" isn't done yet. He'll drive the No. 92 Dodge for Melling Racing in the 44th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17.
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