Daytona trucks race promises more speed

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2005

The season-opening Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at the Daytona International Speedway has long been regarded as one of the best races of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.

If testing is any indication, this year's race will continue that reputation.

There were three crashes in testing last weekend that sent several teams home early.

Jack Sprague, a former three-time champion, Terry Cook, Ted Musgrave, Regan Smith, Steve Park and Chad Chaffin all spent some of the workout on the end of a wrecker's hook. Series champion Bobby Hamilton and Brendan Gaughan both had single-car incidents and were able to continue.

Dennis Setzer posted the fastest speed in the rain-shortened session at 189.163 mph.

The trucks don't use a restrictor plate to reduce speeds like their counterparts from the Nextel Cup and Busch series; therefore, they've posted quicker speeds. The quickest lap in the draft during the first of two workouts for Nextel Cup was 186.959 mph by Mike Bliss.

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