Results: Martin Wins Truck Race; Yeley Grabs Busch Pole; Bump Draft Wrecks IROC

Mark Martin won the Daytona 250 Craftsman Truck series race from the pole position. Ted Musgrave said afterward that he and teammate Todd Bodine had a plan to pick off Martin after a late-race caution that led to a green-white-checker flag situation. Their plans were undone when Ron Hornaday's spin out that caused a wreck and brought out the yellow flag. Sounds like sour grapes to me. The fans love Mark, so they got what they wanted - legitimately. The unofficial race results are here.

J.J. Yeley took the Busch poll for the Hershey's Kissables. Here's today's starting lineup. As a JGR race fan, I wish Yeley all the luck in the world.

The IROC race got a little dicier than normal. Matt Kenseth won, but there were a couple of nasty crashes, including one in which Frank Kimmel bumped Steve Kinser into Tony Stewart. Kinser flipped over Stewart, then took a long ride upside down. It took 12 minutes to cut Kinser out of his car. He was able to walk away, as did Stewart - in disgust. The bump draft at its finest. Here are the race results.

We're getting down to it today. One to go. As Old DW says: Boogity, boogity boogity.

By Mike Snyder |  February 18, 2006; 12:47 AM ET  | Category:  News/Results
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Whats the talk in Daytona about the major car changes planned for 2007? There's a great article on the front of the Indianapolis Star that goes over several details.

Posted by: Chris | February 18, 2006 09:50 AM

The Car of Tomorrow's come a lot farther than The Engine of Tomorrow that sank last summer.

I think The Car's going to get a mixed reception from fans. Sure, it'll be safer, but it's a pretty homely contrivance, like the Grand Amercian Daytona Prototype sportscars (aka Daytona Potatoes) compared the the prototypes that run ALMS (and used to run at Daytona until ISC created Grand American).

I guess we'll see how the CoTs race in limited conditions in '07 (road courses and a couple of the small and mid-size tracks IIRC), and I'm glad to see an even greater emphasis on safety as far as chassis construction goes, though you have to wonder if there will come a point where all the teams have to go through NASCAR/ISC to buy spec cars and engines...

bc

Posted by: bc | February 18, 2006 10:51 PM

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