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
General info
Series Craftsman Truck Series
Location Daytona International Speedway
Date February 18, 2005
Pole Sitter Kerry Earnhardt
Pole Speed 182.478 mph
Race Data
Winner Bobby Hamilton
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.

The following drivers did not make the race: Failed to qualify: Mike Wallace (#52), J.R. Patton (#63), Rick Markle (#45), David Ragan (#28), Jason Rudd (#39), Derrike Cope (#48)

Additional race data Edit

  • Leaders: 17
  • Time of race: 2:00:04
  • Average Speed: 124.931 mph
  • Margin of victory: under caution
  • 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.
  • 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.

Results Edit

Finish Start No. Name Sponsor Make Laps Laps Lead Status
1 3604Bobby HamiltonLufkin Pro SeriesDodge1001running
2 212Jimmy SpencerTeam ASEDodge1005running
3 666Todd BodineFiddleBack RacingToyota10016running
4 2699Ricky CravenSuperchipsFord1002running
5 311Ted MusgraveMoparDodge1000running
6 3208Ken Weaver1-800-4-A-PhoneChevrolet1000running
7 1329Brad KeselowskiSUBcrews.comFord1001running
8 2475David StarrSpears ManufacturingChevrolet1000running
9 3524Wayne EdwardsMighty MotorsportsChevrolet1000running
10 1723Johnny BensonTRDToyota1005running
11 2588Matt CraftonMenardsChevrolet990crash
12 1417David ReutimannNTN BearingsToyota991crash
13 1516Jack SpragueChevy TrucksChevrolet990crash
14 304Casey AtwoodBailey'sDodge990crash
15 2059Robert PressleyMelling Select Oil PumpsDodge996crash
16 246Dennis SetzerChevy SilveradoChevrolet9912crash
17 2202Kelly SuttonTeam CopaxoneChevrolet990running
18 3421Mike HarmonGlobal Pigeon SupplyChevrolet990running
19 312Robert HuffmanToyota TundraToyota960crash
20 1210Terry CookPower Stroke DieslFord9612crash
21 930Chad ChaffinToyota TundraToyota954crash
22 513Tracy HinesThorSport RacingChevrolet900crash
23 1862Steve ParkOrleans Hotel & CasionDodge820engine
24 2807Sean MurphyGreen Light RacingChevrolet810running
25 165Mike SkinnerToyota TundraToyota733crash
26 276Ron HornadayGM GoodwrenchChevrolet679running
27 338Deborah RenshawBHR2Dodge660radiator
28 2938Brandon WhittCure Autism Now/McMillin HomesToyota640running
29 422Bill LesterSun TrustToyota6313crash
30 1077Brendan GaughanJasper Engines & TransmissionsDodge613crash
31 2318Chase MontgomeryBobby Hamilton RacingDodge490crash
32 1150Todd Kluever (R)Shell ROTELLATFord480crash
33 819Regan Smith (R)Xpress MotorsportsChevrolet484crash
34 79Shigeaki Hattori (R)AISIN/AISIN AWToyota480crash
35 115Kerry Earnhardt (R)Kraft Foods/AlbertsonsChevrolet471crash
36 1914Rick CrawfordCircle Bar Motel & RV ParkFord190crash
  • (R) - Denoting rookies

Points Edit

  1. Bobby Hamilton +10
  2. Jimmy Spencer -10
  3. Todd Bodine -10
  4. Ricky Craven -20
  5. Ted Musgrave -30
  6. Brad Keselowski -34
  7. Ken Weaver -35
  8. David Starr -43
  9. Johnny Benson -46
  10. Wayne Edwards -47

External links Edit

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