Posted on 2.16.2007
In a three-wide finish reminiscent of the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway, Jack Sprague's No. 60 Con-way Freight Toyota got a push from Johnny Benson's Toyota to nip Travis Kvapil at the start/finish line on the final lap to capture the Chevy Silverado HD 250.
In a three-wide finish reminiscent of the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway, Jack Sprague's No. 60 Con-way Freight Toyota got a push from Johnny Benson's Toyota to nip Travis Kvapil at the start/finish line on the final lap to capture the Chevy Silverado HD 250. Sprague and Benson split Kvapil right at the finish line, relegating him to a third-place finish, .034 seconds behind winner Sprague. Sprague, who started on the pole and led 16 laps, was grateful for the push by Benson. "This is the most awesome win I've ever been able to accomplish," Sprague said. "I can't thank Johnny Benson enough; he won this race for me. We got a run off (Turn) 4 and he hit me so hard my teeth fell out. It shot me right by (Kvapil) and as a result he was able to shoot by Travis, barely. That was pretty cool that Johnny finished second because if it weren't for him hitting me like he did, I would have never won this race." The victory was not only the first win for Sprague at Daytona, but also the first manufacturer win for Toyota. "I'm sure it's huge for them as well as me," Sprague said about the win. "Selfishly, I think it's really cool. I mean, it will always be in the record book that I was the first one to drive a Toyota and win at Daytona. I knew Toyota would win Daytona. I just never thought Jack Sprague would." Kvapil, driver of the No. 6 Roush Racing Ford, led 49 of the 100 laps and was part of the three-wide truck finish in 2003 race that was won by Rick Crawford. "I've been here before and I knew that was going to happen," Kvapil said. "I'm disappointed. I don't know how I could have done it any better. I guess I could have tried blocking Sprague better, but I thought we would have wrecked." The night saw nine drivers swap the lead 21 times and produced the eighth different winner in eight years of Craftsman Truck Series racing at Daytona. Tickets to any of the DIRECTV Speedweeks events are available online at http://www.racetickets.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
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