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Bobby Hamilton wins Homestead truck race

November 14, 2003

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Homestead, Fla., -- Bobby Hamilton won the Ford 200 and Travis Kvapil took the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship in a wild day at the New Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Hamilton, driving the No. 4 Square D Dodge, held off Rick Crawford on the final restart to take a .186 second victory and the $10,000 bonus from Craftsman for winning from the pole.

"Our truck has been great," Hamilton said. "We didn't have anything to lose and everything to gain, so that's what we went for. We needed to win another race. We haven't won as many races as we should be winning. We had a good day and it was a good week.

"This track is great. Anyone that's going to build a new track should come here and take plenty of notes. We had a great week. We won the pole, led a lot of laps and won the race, so that'll help the winter go by a little faster."

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship looked to be heading to a couple of different drivers as the Ford 200 reached its conclusion.

Brendan Gaughan, who entered the race with the points lead, appeared on his way to the championship, but his truck was involved in a multi-car incident coming out of Turn 4 on Lap 101.

"We had a Dodge that could have won the championship," said a disappointed Gaughan. "Shane Wilson and the team take good care of me. They give me good Dodge trucks and fast Dodge trucks. We'll end up second, third or fourth in the championship and for a team based out of Las Vegas, that's not half bad."

On the final restart, the three remaining championship contenders Kvapil, Dennis Setzer and Ted Musgrave were seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.

Musgrave was black flagged for passing before the start/finish line on the restart, which opened the door for Kvapil, driver of the No. 16 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet, to earn his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship.

"I have to thank the guys and owner Steve Coulter," Kvapil said. "They build a great race truck because two different drivers, two years in a row, won the championship. Talk about drama."

Ford 200, Homestead-Miami Speedway Final Results

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Pts Bns Pts Money Status Times Led Laps Led
1 1 4 Bobby Hamilton Square D Dodge 134 175 10 $51,200 Running 3 67
2 7 14 Rick Crawford Newspaper In Education Ford 134 170 5 $29,575 Running 4 50
3 12 75 David Starr Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet 134 165 5 $21,125 Running 2 12
4 3 2 Andy Houston Team ASE Racing/Carquest Dodge 134 160 $17,075 Running
5 21 11 Jack Sprague IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet 134 155 $15,350 Running
6 4 16 Travis Kvapil IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet 134 150 $15,125 Running
7 11 46 Dennis Setzer ACXIOM/Computer Associates Chevrolet 134 146 $15,175 Running
8 9 50 Jon Wood Roush Racing Ford 134 142 5 $14,725 Running 1 2
9 14 27 P.J. Jones Ultra Wheels Dodge 134 138 $12,275 Running
10 2 18 Chad Chaffin Dickies Racing Dodge 134 134 $15,875 Running
11 5 29 Terry Cook Power Stroke Diesel/Oil Mate Ford 134 130 $14,225 Running
12 25 61 Scott Lynch The Orleans Hotel/Dodge Dodge 134 127 $11,790 Running
13 10 1 Ted Musgrave Mopar Performance Dodge 134 124 $13,915 Running
14 29 03 Eric Jones Team EJP Racing Chevrolet 133 121 $12,815 Running
15 17 98 Matt Crafton Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet 133 118 $11,465 Running
16 28 08 Jody Lavender # Hartsville Community Bank Chevrolet 132 115 $15,065 Running
17 20 07 Shane Sieg Green Light Racing Chevrolet 132 112 $13,515 Running
18 8 8 Bill Lester Strauss Auto Parts/The Club Dodge 131 109 $13,415 Running
19 27 02 Kelly Sutton Team Copaxone Chevrolet 131 106 $11,065 Running
20 33 88 Buddy Rice Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet 131 103 $13,315 Running
21 22 31 Mike Wallace Microtel Inns & Suites Dodge 129 100 $10,765 Running
22 34 15 Rich Bickle Vokal Clothing Co./Fasscore Ford 129 97 $12,790 Running
23 26 7 Tyler Walker Dodge Motorsports Dodge 128 94 $11,665 Running
24 35 72 Randy MacDonald Greenfield Truck Center Chevrolet 128 91 $12,365 Running
25 36 86 Phil Bonifield Lane Auto/Motorstate Perf. Chevrolet 126 88 $10,915 Running
26 15 59 Robert Pressley Harris Trucking/Melling Engine Dodge 125 85 $10,715 Running
27 23 99 Carl Edwards # Superchips Ford 120 82 5 $10,515 Transmission 1 3
28 24 69 Frank Kimmel Advance Auto Parts/Pork Ford 117 79 $9,315 Engine
29 13 62 Brendan Gaughan The Orleans Hotel/Dodge Dodge 101 76 $10,115 Accident
30 18 10 Marty Houston Team ASE Racing/Carquest Dodge 100 73 $8,390 Accident
31 16 80 Bryan Reffner Emerson Chevrolet 100 70 $8,365 Accident
32 19 52 Ken Schrader Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet 88 67 $8,340 Engine
33 31 9 Johnny Sauter Apple Bottoms/Vokal Clothing Co. Ford 32 64 $8,315 Engine
34 30 55 Mark McFarland Dean Motorsports Dodge 29 61 $8,290 Ignition
35 6 38 Brandon Whitt Cure Autism Now Chevrolet 20 58 $8,265 Engine
36 32 21 Morgan Shepherd Racing with Jesus/Red Line Oil Ford 12 55 $8,240 Engine
Time of race - 01:40:08
Average speed - 120.439
Margin of victory - 0.186 Seconds
Cautions - 5 for 23 laps
Lead changes - 10 among 5 drivers

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