KANSAS CITY, KS - July 3, 2004 - Before an estimated crowd of 80,000 fans, Carl Edwards (FORD) won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway after rallying back from scraping the wall on the first lap of the 167-lap race. It is Edwards'...
KANSAS CITY, KS - July 3, 2004 - Before an estimated crowd of 80,000 fans, Carl Edwards (FORD) won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway after rallying back from scraping the wall on the first lap of the 167-lap race. It is Edwards' second win of the season. Post-race inspection revealed that Edwards' #99 roof height was too low but no announcement has come from NASCAR regarding any penalty for the rule infraction.
Team Silverado driver Matt Crafton powered his #6 GM Goodwrench Silverado to the checkered flag in fifth place. Crafton ran in the lead pack all day and was able to score five bonus points for leading five laps late in the race. The finish jumped Crafton to fifth in the series standings.
Dennis Setzer started the #46 Chevrolet Silverado on the pole as a result of practice and qualifying being canceled when rain pelted the area virtually all day on Friday forcing the field to be lined up by 2004 owner's point standings. But that was the end of the good luck for Setzer and his Danny Gill led team.
Setzer and Edwards made contact before the 35-truck field had cleared turn-one on lap one. Setzer made an incredible save off the track apron but dropped back in the field only to get caught up a seven-truck melee on the second lap. Suffering severe front-end damage, Setzer lost 31 laps in the garage while his crew changed the radiator and other critical parts before he could return to the race. By salvaging a 25th place finish, Setzer hung on to the points lead but it is now reduced to a mere 34 points.
Team Silverado driver Jack Sprague had an up and down day in his #16 Chevy Trucks Silverado. Starting in the 11th spot, Sprague did survive the lap-two accident with minor damage and worked his way to the front of the field, leading laps 34-58. While running second, Sprague was bumped from the rear and went spinning into the grass area that lines the backstretch of the mile and a half track sustaining damage to the front valance and the grill area.
After several trips to pit road for repairs, Sprague was able to run comfortably in the top-ten and finished eighth moving him to tenth in the standings.
David Starr and the #75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado team continued to be bitten with bad luck. After working his way to fifth place from his 15th starting spot, Starr began to have fuel pickup problems with about 30 laps to go. Finally with only eight circuits left in the race, the fuel pump quit bringing Starr into the garage and relegating him to 19th in the finishing order.
Shane Hmiel in the #15 Whitaker Farms Silverado was the fastest truck on the track for most of the race has he has been for the past two races. The young driver looked to be on his way to his first win in NCTS competition when he made contact with the outside wall late in the race sustaining suspension damage. He finished a disappointing 26th.
Event number 11 on the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series calendar is the Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Practice and qualifying will begin on Friday, July 9th. The race will be run on Saturday evening July 10th at 8:00 PM EDT. Live television coverage on SPEED Channel begins at 8:00 PM EDT. MRN Radio will bring the action live beginning at 8:00 PM EDT.