Daytona: Robert Pressley wins at Daytona

Robert Pressley in his first ever Craftsman Truck start wins Daytona. Pressley's Bobby Hamilton Racing's Dodge started in 10th and he bided his time to be there at the end. He wanted to win the race for his dad: "My dad Bob has been my ...

Robert Pressley in his first ever Craftsman Truck start wins Daytona. Pressley's Bobby Hamilton Racing's Dodge started in 10th and he bided his time to be there at the end. He wanted to win the race for his dad: "My dad Bob has been my inspiration," said the race winner prior to the race.

"This is all we wanted to do to get back in to wining, said Pressley celebrating in victory lane. "They gave me a truck and all I had to do was just to sit out there.

"Thanks to my car owner, Debbie Hamilton and the team. "The Dodge is just great and this is team work. This one is for dad."

"Bobby [Hamilton] has put a lot into this team. Can not say enough about this team and Robert," said Pressley's Crew Chief Danny Gill

Race was red-flagged with 96 laps completed due to multi-truck accident. Matt Crafton had a hard hit into the inside wall; however, walked into the ambulance ride to the infield hospital.

The final four laps became anyone's race -- and the Dodge team wanted it as they were 1-2-3-4.

The race saw several caution flags including one involving Rick Crawford's Ford and Coy Gibbs' Chevrolet on lap ten. Twelve laps later, Tim Fedewa's Ford went for a spin as he exited turn four. Turn 4 exit also saw Donnie Neuenberger's Dodge spin out. With 11 laps to go, Wood makes slight contact with the wall while Gibb, Lance Norick and Brian Stockwell made contact while backing off for the caution.

Incidents happened in pit lane as well as Jon Wood and Ron Hornaday made contact. Wood was leaving the pits in his Ford and he hit Hornaday's Chevrolet in the left rear.

Hornaday had additional problems as he was held one lap on pit road by NASCAR officials due to passing after he took the caution at start/finish.

The final top six were: Pressley, Ted Musgrave, Brian Rose, Joe Ruttman, Rick Carelli (Chevy), and Terry Cook (Ford).

Quotes:

"We will get ours in time, said Musgrave. "We knew we could not get around him [Pressley] so we just helped him win"

"Composure is what they (the veterans) taught me this week," said Rose.

Carelli stated: "I am happy, we're up front. we ran up front, we proved ourselves."

Carelli's team owner, Kevin Harvick: "I have never been so nervous standing on the tool box watching my truck."

"Almost like a win. Put the deal together in a week with Musgrave and Obee's subs," said Ruttman.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Kevin Harvick , Robert Pressley , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ted Musgrave , Coy Gibbs , Lance Norick , Brian Rose , Terry Cook , Rick Crawford , Jon Wood , Matt Crafton , Joe Ruttman , Rick Carelli