Truck Champs Return To Spotlight
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Five former NASCAR truck series champions started the event. Ron Hornaday, Todd Bodine, Mike Skinner, Johnny Benson and Ted Musgrave all qualified for the race.
Benson ran only a handful of truck events in 2009 before he was released from Red Horse Racing and later was injured in a supermodified crash and sat out the balance of the season. Musgrave last competed in the series during the 2008 season. Bodine finished second and Benson eighth as they tangled with each other and crashed just after the checkered flag. Hornaday, Skinner and Musgrave were all crash victims.
– The first incident of the race occurred on the pace lap when Sean Murphy collided with another truck in the tri-oval while warming up his tires. He was able to continue and finished 13th on the lead lap.
– Dodge, once a dominant brand in the series, only had two entries for this year’s event. Dennis Setzer checkered third for Danny Gill’s new team while for NASCAR Whelen Modified champ Donny Lia was an accident victim and was credited with a 30th-place finish.
– The event was originally schedule for Friday evening but day-long rains pushed it back to Saturday as the second event of the day behind the featured Drive4COPD Nationwide Series 300. Despite bitter cold temperatures a good crowd stayed to watch the trucks work their magic on the high banks.
– Had the truck race run as scheduled on Friday night Donny Lia would have missed it. Lia’s fiance gave birth to their first child Friday in New York and Lia had flown home for the event. Mother and child are doing well and Lia had luck on his side and was able to compete in the race but was involved in an accident and did not finish.
– Shane Sieg, Justin Hobgood, L.W. Miller, Derrike Cope, Brent Raymer and Wayne Edwards all failed to qualify for the event.