Huffman Takes Second Career Kentucky Win In Goody'S Dash Series
NASCAR Goody's Dash Series driver Robert Huffman (No. 37 White House Apple Juice Toyota) drove to his second career victory at Kentucky Speedway and authored a third consecutive fantastic finish, fending off a late charge by Justin Hobgood (No. 65 Germain Motorsports Pontiac) by 0.173 of a second.
"We had a good car but Justin's was better," Huffman said. "I've always run well here. Each time we've come back we used a decent set-up. This race, we made an adjustment to the shocks that allowed me to run wide-open 90 percent of the race. That brought me into first."
Huffman led the closing 40 laps of the 100-lap battle and made one pit stop on Lap 46 for fuel only. Hobgood had a bit of a rougher ride as he was forced to pit three times from Laps 45-48. The second stop of that sequence came on Lap 47 after he misidentified his pit stall on Lap 45 and drove past it.
"I don't know what happened when we pitted, but we went ahead," Huffman said. "It was our plan all along to stop just once. The 65 car was planning to do the same."
Huffman has finished in the top five in five of six races this season despite having started in the top five only twice. His close win also marks the third straight series race at Kentucky that has been decided by less than one second at the finish line. Huffman brought home the closest victory in speedway history in 2001 when he nipped Cam Strader by .024 of a second.
The win will keep Huffman atop the series points standings. He entered the day with a 64-point lead over Jake Hobgood (No. 64 Germain Toyota) and a 68-point lead over Justin Hobgood. Justin Hobgood posts his third second-place finish of the season.
"It was a decent run," Justin Hobgood said. "I made a mistake on pit road when I drove right by the pit. Before the race, I looked at our pit on paper and thought that I was looking at Turn 1, but it was really Turn 4. I made a mistake. We had a good car and we could have done better without my mistake."
Jake Hobgood qualified 11th but was sent to the rear of the field at the race start for missing the mandatory driver's meeting. He compounded the problem by jumping the start of the race and drawing a black flag stop-and-go penalty from NASCAR officials on Lap 1. He finished the race 13th.
"We had trouble at the beginning because of the black flag stop-and-go, but that was my misunderstanding," he said. "I thought you could pass to the right, but that's my mistake. I thought we had a top-five car. Looking back, going that lap down really cost us."
Danny Bagwell (No. 10 Sterling Casino Lines/Torbert Trucking Ford) was third and Mickey York (No. 24 Wesson Oil/Peter Pan Peanut Butter Pontiac) was fourth. Rookie Eric Wilson, who led 11 laps in the race, rounded out the top-five to take his highest finish of the season.
MUSGRAVE LEADS FINAL NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES PRACTICE: Ultra Motorsports driver Ted Musgrave (No. 1 Mopar Dodge) led "Happy Hour" practice for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with a fastest lap of 168.750.
Race action continues tomorrow at Kentucky Speedway when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series takes to the 1.5-mile tri-oval to contest "The Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by The Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers." Jon Wood (No. 50 Bob Graham for President Ford) will start on the pole for that race.s
Tickets are still available and go on sale at the main entrance of the speedway at 2:00 p.m. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. and country singer Sammy Kershaw will perform a special pre-race concert at 5:30 p.m.
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