Driver reaction to DIS inaugural night race

Comments from NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers concerning the recent announcement that the fifth annual Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 13 will be held for the first time under the lights. What...

Comments from NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers concerning the recent announcement that the fifth annual Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 13 will be held for the first time under the lights.

What They're Saying About The Inaugural Nighttime Running Of The Florida Dodge Dealers 250

"Just when you think the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series couldn't get anymore exciting, NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway decide to put us under the lights Friday night Feb. 13 in prime time. It's exciting for me. I could be the last person to win a day race and the first person to win a night race.

"It's going to add excitement to an already exciting event. Fans are going to see the sparks and the flames and everything the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series lends itself to the racetrack. Moving one of the most popular races of Speedweeks to Friday night adds a tremendous level of excitement to Speedweeks.

"But one of the best parts of moving to Friday night is it allows the fans the ability to come out and watch the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races that they might traditionally have missed due to work on Friday afternoon. Last year I noticed 60,000 people on the edge of there seats when I took the checkered flag. This year the crowd should be well over 100,000 to watch the race especially at night, especially with the reputation the Truck Series has at the Daytona International Speedway." - 2003 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 champion Rick Crawford, driver of the No. 14 Strategic Air Command Circle Bar Ford

"I think that it's a great move. It will bring a bigger draw to our race and help us have something different from what the other two series will have there. It's great to kick off the season every year in Daytona. There is so much hype around Speedweeks anyway. Now they are trying to make it even bigger by changing our race to night. It was hard for people to get off work and come see us race on a Friday afternoon, now they will have that chance to come after work and see it under the lights." - Bobby Hamilton, driver of the No. 4 Square D Dodge

"Racing under the lights will definitely add to the excitement. It will be the season's best race, on the circuit's best track and now it will be under the best conditions." - Jon Wood, driver of the No. 50 Bob Graham For President Ford

"This year it was the biggest dream come true to race at Daytona and running under the lights will be unbelievable. That will be a great race for the drivers and the fans." - Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Supercuts Ford

"For the trucks to be able to run under the lights, I think it brings a whole new dimension to the race. It's already our biggest race of the year and I think this is just going to add to the significance of it. It's going to be historic for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series." - Bill Lester, driver of the No. 8 Strauss Auto Parts/The Club Dodge

"Racing at Daytona is tremendous anyway but to be under the lights is going to give it a whole new excitement. BHR (Bobby Hamilton Racing) holds many of the records at Daytona International Speedway and hopefully we can grab the first night truck race win too." - Chad Chaffin, driver of the No. 18 Dickies Dodge

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Rick Crawford , Jon Wood , Carl Edwards