Sparta, KY - (June 16, 2001) Robert Huffman delivered Toyota Research and Development their first NASCAR Victory in the Goody's Dash Series in the Kentucky Speedway 100, but Cam Strader dominated the event on his way to a second place ...
Sparta, KY - (June 16, 2001) Robert Huffman delivered Toyota Research and Development their first NASCAR Victory in the Goody's Dash Series in the Kentucky Speedway 100, but Cam Strader dominated the event on his way to a second place finish.
Strader led twice during the event for 38 laps, more than any other driver and earning the Gatorade Front Runner Award.
The inaugural race at the Kentucky Speedway was slowed by 3 cautions for 14 laps. Mark King spun his machine on the second lap bringing out the first caution.
On lap 7, Justin Hobgood, Eric Van Cleef, and Tim Nichols all crashed when they got in the oil from the blown engine of Scott Weaver. Jake Hobgood brought out the final caution on lap 54, when he crashed his machine in turn four.
Huffman made a turn four slingshot move on the last lap to pass Strader by a nose at the finish line, winning the race by a mere .024 seconds.
"We had a great race car tonight," said Strader after the conclusion of the event. "Barry Owen and the rest of the Wesson-Peter Pan crew worked their tails off this weekend, and their efforts were clearly recognized on the track."
"Billy Owen did a masterful job on the fuel stop, when we pitted for fuel under green. Our stop put us a straight-away lead on the field, and it would have been clear sailing if that last caution had not come out," Strader said.
When asked what his thoughts were on the new Kentucky Motor Speedway Strader said: "It's an awesome facility. This new Speedway is a show place, and we were treated like kings up here. This Goody's Dash Series is a great division with some great racers in it, and it was nice to be taken seriously. The owners of the Speedway should be proud of their hard work and great staff."
<pre> TOP TEN IN CHAMPIONSHIP
1. CAM STRADER 1177
2. Roger Sawyer 1043
3. Joey Miller 980
4. Justin Hobgood 967
5. Larry Caudill 933
6. Shane Hmiel 927
7. Robert Huffman 923
8. Jake Hobgood 897
9. Wayne Edwards 869
10. Jimmy Britts 863