Bobby Labonte Takes Silverado to Victory Lane at Martinsville Victory First NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Win for 2000 NASCAR Cup Champion Martinsville, VA - Bobby Labonte powered the No. 47 Chevrolet Silverado Rodeway Inn/Econo Lodge Trick Pony...
Bobby Labonte Takes Silverado to Victory Lane at Martinsville Victory First NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Win for 2000 NASCAR Cup Champion
Martinsville, VA - Bobby Labonte powered the No. 47 Chevrolet Silverado Rodeway Inn/Econo Lodge Trick Pony All Star Silverado to victory lane at Martinsville Speedway. The Kroger 250 at the famed Virginia short track was the 2000 NASCAR Cup Series champion's first win in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Labonte became only the 12th driver to win a race in each of NASCAR's big three series. The margin of victory, just 0.257 seconds, was the closest finish in NCTS competition at Martinsville.
Labonte took the lead for the second and final time on lap 221 of the 250-lap race and was in command of the point when the caution flag flew for the final time on lap 242. On the restart with just five laps remaining in the race, Labonte pulled away from second and third place finishers Ricky Craven (Ford) and Ron Hornaday, No. 6 GM Goodwrench Silverado as the pair battled for the runner-up spot.
"Wow, that was fun! I have a great truck. Randy Goss and the entire Morgan Dollar crew worked so hard. I can't thank Chevrolet enough for the chance to race these truck races. They are a ton of fun. I knew Hornaday would make a hard run on that last restart so I knew I had to have a good restart and try to get away. He and Ricky (Craven) were beating and banging behind me and it gave me just enough to get away. This is a great track, I love to race here and I am proud of getting this trophy."
Labonte's win is the second in as many races for Team Silverado. Hornaday took the win at Atlanta by a mere eight thousandths of a second over Labonte's No. 47 Silverado.
Todd Bodine (Toyota) and Chad Chaffin (Toyota) rounded out the top-five finishers. Shane Hmiel finished sixth in the No. 15 WINFUEL Silverado.
Other Team Silverado finishers were: Jack Sprague, No. 16 Chevy Trucks Silverado, 11th; Kevin Harvick, No. 92 Yard-Man Silverado, 12th; David Starr, No,. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado, 22nd and Dennis Setzer, No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado, 33rd.
Hornaday leaves Martinsville fourth in the NCTS point standings. Sprague is currently ninth; Starr is 12th and Setzer dropped to 14th in the standings.
The next event for the NCTS is Dodge Ram Tough 200 on April 30, 2005 at Gateway International Raceway, just east of St. Louis, MO.