Huffman Holds On For DAYTONA USA 150 Victory DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 9, 2002) - Robert Huffman survived a fierce set of challenges in a green-white-checker finish to win the DAYTONA USA 150 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series season opener at Daytona...
Huffman Holds On For DAYTONA USA 150 Victory
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 9, 2002) - Robert Huffman survived a fierce set of challenges in a green-white-checker finish to win the DAYTONA USA 150 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
The green-white-checker finish was set up by a caution flag on Lap 57.
Huffman fought off runner-up Jake Hobgood, third-place finisher Eric Wilson, fourth-place finisher Cam Strader and fifth-place finisher Justin Hobgood for a .168-second margin of victory.
"I can't believe we beat them," said Huffman, driver of the No. 37 White House Apple Juice Toyota. "We just wound up at the right place at the end. It was getting pretty wild. I had to make that Toyota wide."
It's the second straight victory for Huffman at the "World Center of Racing." He won the DAYTONAUSA.com 150 last July and was also victorious at Daytona in February of 2000.
"I'm not really sure what my secret is," Huffman said. "If I knew I'd probably tell it and give it away. We had a lot of good racing; the Lord was looking after me. There are a lot of great guys on the crew, and a lot of great support with Toyota, TRD and White House. Everyone involved with our team is just a phenomenal bunch. This win right here is probably the best."
For most of the race, it looked like a Hobgood was going to make a trip to Victory Lane. Jake and Justin Hobgood fought for the lead for much of the race, but were relegated to the tail end of the field on the second to last restart because they pitted too soon during the caution period.
But both Hobgoods managed to work their way through the field and make a challenge for the victory on the final lap.
"I really did believe we had one of the faster cars," Jake Hobgood said. "You had to have help out there all day long, and when we got behind on the last pit stop my brother Justin really gave me good pushes. We managed to make it back up through the pack. I thought we had one of the stronger cars. It was just a shame the way the pit stop worked out that we just didn't get to put it in Victory Lane today."
Huffman collects $13,575 for the victory and takes the lead in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series points standings. There were three caution flags for 14 laps and eight lead changes among six drivers.
Slated for Sunday at the Speedway are the Discount Auto Parts 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race and the Budweiser Shootout.
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