The 2005 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 was a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race held February 18, 2005 at Daytona International Speedway. This was the season-opening competition for the trucks. Defending Truck champion Bobby Hamilton was able to avoid a last-lap incident that took out many of the front runners and drive his self-owned Dodge Ram to victory.
|2005 Florida Dodge Dealers 250|
Hamilton & crew in Victory Lane
|Series||Craftsman Truck Series|
|Location||Daytona International Speedway|
|Date||February 18, 2005|
|Pole Sitter||Kerry Earnhardt|
|Pole Speed||182.478 mph|
|Margin of Victory||under caution|
|Average Speed||124.931 mph|
|Cautions||7 for 30 laps|
|Points Leader||Bobby Hamilton (+10)|
Qualifying notes Edit
Kerry Earnhardt, making his debut in the Craftsman Truck Series, won the pole in a Billy Ballew Motorsports-owned Chevy, becoming the first rookie in the Truck Series to win the pole in the season-opener. Dennis Setzer started on the outside pole, while defending points champion and eventual race-winner Hamilton started dead last in the field, 36th.
Additional race data Edit
- Leaders: 17
- Time of race: 2:00:04
- Average Speed: 124.931 mph
- Margin of victory: under caution
- Most spots gained: Bobby Hamilton (+35)
- This was the most recent time in NASCAR history that a driver who qualified last in the race was the winner..
- Pole-winner Kerry Earnhardt was declared as a contender for Rookie of the Year, despite the fact he had completed a season in the upper-level Busch Series in 2002.
- Casey Atwood made his first career start in the Trucks (in an entry owned by Hamilton) since 1996, when he made his NASCAR debut at the age of 16.
- Capitol Motorsports made its Truck debut in this race, fielding an entry driven by Mike Harmon. The team ran a limited schedule in trucks purchased from Innovative Motorsports.
- Rob Ferguson made his debut as an owner in NASCAR. Purchasing the former Lennie Troxell-owned team, his #24 entry finished in the top-ten.
- Shigeaki Hattori's qualifying effort marked the first in NASCAR history a Japanese driver competed in a Craftsman truck race. The former Indy 500 racer drove in ten races during the 2005 season for Germain-Arnold Racing.
- (R) - Denoting rookies
- Bobby Hamilton +10
- Jimmy Spencer -10
- Todd Bodine -10
- Ricky Craven -20
- Ted Musgrave -30
- Brad Keselowski -34
- Ken Weaver -35
- David Starr -43
- Johnny Benson -46
- Wayne Edwards -47