We learned two things Saturday night from the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway and I was already well aware of both.
First, you can't bump draft with one of those rough and tough pick-ups.
Second, Timothy Peters is for real. He pulled off a perfect crossover move on Todd Bodine coming down the backstretch for the checkers—one that would have made the Intimidator smile.
The only people smiling by race end other than Peters, were fabricators and body men from the 21 teams involved in wrecks, since they'll be getting a little overtime this week to repair the wrecked trucks.
You knew it would be a wild and Wooley affair under a full moon when they didn't make it through the first lap without the caution waving for a nine truck wreck on the backstretch.
Just like in the Nationwide race, we saw a bonehead move made on lap one of a 100-lap race and it resulted in a premature ending for several really good trucks.
Yup, I'm sure Aric Almirola made no friends, but rather several enemies and might also have been added to a few drivers retribution lists.
The man has to be an idiot to put rookie Austin Dillon in such a bad spot in turn three on lap one.
WTF are you thinking!!!!!!
It eliminated Johnny Sauter and Landon Cassill, who was in a one-race deal. A good finish may have led to more races and he'd be a great edition to the series.
Rookie Jennifer Jo Cobb's night also ended after one lap while the wreck damaged the trucks of Rowdy Busch and rookie Justin Lofton along with a several other drivers.
The best quote came from a very pissed off Johnny Sauter who slammed his helmet on his truck as he threw it onto the driver's seat.
"Unfortunately, we never made it past the third turn of the first lap. It's real shame because we had a truck that could have been a contender, and instead of taking home a trophy we're taking the truck home in pieces."
Ah, the night was still young as that possessed backstretch claimed 12 more trucks before the night was over in three more wrecks.
It didn't discriminate, collecting regular front runners, several former champions, and a few still learning their way.
You had to laugh when interviewed Ricky Carmichael remarking he didn't really know how to bump draft and was very apologetic. Then Ron Hornaday remarked about the full moon and cracked a smile saying the important thing is the fans got a great show.
In the end, only 14 trucks finished the race on the lead lap.
Don't get me wrong, it was another classic Daytona Truck race. I'm just disappointed that Almirola killed me writing a race recap with all the mayhem on lap one trying to sort out who's knocked out and who's damaged so early in the race.
It'll be a long two weeks off till the Trucks roar into Hotlanta. It will be another great race, as several in the field will be trying to make up for bad days at Daytona.
And oh, if I had to guess what caused that now famous Daytona pot hole, look no further than the NextEra Energy Resources 250. I'm pretty sure I know just who the culprit was.
Source for quote: thorsportracing.com
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