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Phil Bonifield turning heads early in 2004 (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) - Phil Bonifield is turning heads early in the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as he topped the speed charts in Sunday morning's test session. His time of 49.846 sec. or...

Phil Bonifield turning heads early in 2004

(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) - Phil Bonifield is turning heads early in the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as he topped the speed charts in Sunday morning's test session. His time of 49.846 sec. or 180.556 mph was fastest by more than six-tenths of a second over the next competitor. The Napa, Calif. native is looking for big things to happen this season as Bonifield and Team Racing prepare for their ninth season in the series.

"That was a pretty good lap," said Bonifield. "I didn't even think to lift off the throttle. Everything went well. When I crossed the start/finish line, I knew it had to be good. We put a set of sticker tires on and went for it with the setup we had under this Chevrolet Silverado. Everyone surrounded the truck after. What they saw was some great horsepower by Tri-Star Motorsports.

"This is my fourth year coming to Daytona for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Each year we've improved with a faster truck. The team is really pumped about 2004. We have a new sponsor to announce in ten days. That's why we've got the "Top Secret" logos on the truck. We'll take what we've learned from today's test and be ready in February for some night racing at Daytona."

Team Racing is coming off a record-setting season last year with Bonifield scoring 15 career-finishes at racing facilities including Daytona International and Kentucky Speedways and Memphis Motorsports Park. Aube, who made his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start in 2003, scored a career-best 17th-place finish at his home track, New Hampshire International Speedway while both teams finished in the top-25 owner points standings.

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