Kentucky Speedway winner Edwards third to double up in 2004 NEWS & NOTES Show me the money ... Setzer will become the series' No. 3 career money winner when he takes the green flag in Saturday's The Built Ford Tough 225. Setzer, a veteran of...
Kentucky Speedway winner Edwards third to double up in 2004
NEWS & NOTES
Show me the money ... Setzer will become the series' No. 3 career money winner when he takes the green flag in Saturday's The Built Ford Tough 225. Setzer, a veteran of 152 events, has won $3,070,138 and trails Ron Hornaday Jr. by $9,715. Last week's race saw Travis Kvapil (No. 24 LINE-X Toyota) become the 10th driver to win $2 million or more ($2,013,753) while Hamilton ($998,200) at Kentucky is due to be the 26th member of the division's $1 million club.
Etc. ... Carl Edwards (No. 99 Superchips Ford), winner of the July 3 O'Reilly Auto Parts 250, is the third driver in four races to post his second victory of the season. Setzer won at Texas Motor Speedway and Hamilton in Memphis -- events also sponsored by O'Reilly. ... Matt Crafton (No. 6 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet) and Jon Wood (No. 50 Roush Racing Ford) led their first laps of the year at Kansas Speedway. Crafton, advancing to fifth in the point standings, hadn't led a field since June 21, 2003 at Memphis while Wood, the defending Kansas winner, last led on Nov. 14, 2003 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. ... There have been five different Raybestos Rookie of the Race Award winners in the last five races with Kevin Love (No. 67 Fiddle Back Racing Ford) the latest with an 11th-place, career-best effort in Kansas. ... The Fourth Annual Craftsman-sponsored softball challenge, pitting series drivers against SPEED Channel talent and staff, is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Champion Window Field, home of the Frontier League's Florence (Ky.) Freedom. Driver team coach Rick Crawford (No. 14 Circle Bar Motel & RV Ford) will toss out the first pitch for the Freedom-Kalamazoo Kings game that follows. ... Bang Racing's two-week swap of crews and crew chiefs has ended with Eric Phillips returning to Kvapil's Toyota and Rick Ren back with Mike Skinner (No. 42 Toyota Tundra Toyota). ... Two drivers, Greg Biffle (2000) and Mike Bliss (2002) won both The Built Ford Tough 225 and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship in the same seasons. ... No Kentucky Speedway race has been won from the Bud Pole. In fact, no Bud Pole winner has a victory in any previous or subsequent series event at the track. Every pole starter, however, has finished fifth or better and on the lead lap. ... By starting this week's event, Deborah Renshaw (No. 29 Motion Dealer Services Ford) will be the seventh different female to compete in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event and fourth of 2004. There have been 57 races (of 227) in which at least one female competitor has participated.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
Kentucky victory opened door for Edwards ... Last year's Kentucky Speedway victory was the first of five for Carl Edwards, the most wins by any series driver over the one-year span -- three in 2003 and two this season. Setzer's Kentucky record nearly spotless ... Although he gave back most of a 131-point championship lead with last week's 25th-place finish at Kansas Speedway, Dennis Setzer figures to regain his momentum this week. Setzer, the only driver with three top-five finishes (2001-03) at Kentucky Speedway, has completed all 600 laps/900 miles contested at the 1.5-mile track and is the venue's top money winner with $118,315.
"I hear all these drivers talking about their fleet of trucks this year. Well, I only have two trucks and Chad Chaffin only has two trucks from our shop. We decided to go with quality and not quantity. It seems to have worked so far, so we'll keep it up." -- Bobby Hamilton on what he believes it takes to be competitive on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
"I'm not sure we'd know what to do if we sat on the pole, led every lap and won the race that easily, but it would be nice to find out how that would feel," -- Carl Edwards, winner of last year's The Built Ford Tough 225 from a rear-of-the-field start following a pre-race engine change.
"Both drivers and crew chiefs now have greater respect and a better understanding of one another but we're putting the teams back where the chemistry fits each team best." - Alex Meshkin, owner of Bang Racing, on returning to the driver/crew/crew chief lineup with which he started the season.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
A virtually caution-free Kentucky Speedway event in 2002 saw Mike Bliss win the fifth-fastest race in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history at an average speed of 143.515 mph. Greg Biffle's 2000 winning pace of 98.385 remains the slowest of 39 series events contested on a 1.5-mile track.
What: The Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford
Dealers (Race No. 11 of 25).
Where: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky.
When: 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, July 10.
Track layout: 1.5-mile paved speedway.
Race length: 225 miles/150 laps.
Posted awards: $731,384.
TV: SPEED Channel, 8 p.m. ET.
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.
2003 winner: Carl Edwards.
2003 polesitter: Jon Wood.
Pre-race schedule (all times local): Friday -- Practice 2 p.m. -- 4 p.m. Qualifying 6 p.m. Final practicefollowing ARCA race, time permitting.
Top 10 in Points: 1. Dennis Setzer 1,527. 2. Carl Edwards 1,493. 3. Bobby Hamilton 1,466. 4. Rick Crawford 1,395. 5. Matt Crafton 1,341. 6. Chad Chaffin 1,330. 7. Jon Wood 1,327. 8. Travis Kvapil 1,300. 9. Ted Musgrave 1,299. 10. Jack Sprague 1,288.