Darlington, SC-- Bobby Hamilton's Craftsman Truck Series return has become a triumphant one. In his second start after making the move from Winston Cup to the truck ranks, he scored a win on the historic track "Too tough to tame" in ...
Darlington, SC-- Bobby Hamilton's Craftsman Truck Series return has become a triumphant one. In his second start after making the move from Winston Cup to the truck ranks, he scored a win on the historic track "Too tough to tame" in Darlington.
"We knew Ted would be the guy to beat here," Hamilton said of his race-winning pass. "I think Ted showed his hand but I didn't show mine."
After a late race pass on the final restart, Hamilton passed Ultra Motorsport's Ted Musgrave for the lead with 15 laps remaining. "I ended up winning the race because of the short runs," he said.
With rain knocking out qualifying, Travis Kvapil was given the pole position based on 2002 owner's points. He broke out to an early lead before being passed by the Ultra Motorsports powerhouse of Ted Musgrave and Jason Leffler. The first 29 laps were uneventful before the caution flag flew for debris.
With 57 laps remaining in the event, Kvapil was the first of the lead lap cars to make a green flag pitstop. Under that round of stops, Musgrave's #1 crew were the quickest, regaining him the top spot over Brendan Gaughan. Hamilton gained some spots on pit road with the help of his son, Bobby Hamilton, Jr.'s Busch Series pit crew.
With 22 laps remaining Andy Houston's #15 machine brough out the second caution flag after a spin. Two laps later the field dipped to the pits for their final round of pitstops. Musgrave once again led the field with the fastest stop followed by Hamilton.
Roush Racing's Jon Wood suffered mechanical troubles under the stop as the 50 team put the hood up to try to scrape together a finish. Unfortunately for Wood, his Roush engine let go with a dozen laps remaining. Earlier in the event, Wood's Roush teammate Carl Edwards also lost an engine.
On the restart, Hamilton was able to maneuver his #4 Dodge around Musgrave and take the lead. It was his for the taking as he claimed his first CTS win of the year.
Musgrave finished second followed by the 62 of Gaughan. Pole sitter Kvapil finished fourth followed by Chad Chaffin.
Leffler finished sixth followed by Daytona winner Rick Crawford, Terry Cook, David Starr and Robert Presley in seventh through tenth.