By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
The Camping World Truck Series season opener was rain delayed from Friday to Saturday night, but I believe everyone will agree that it was well worth the wait.
We have seen an excellent Speedweeks at Daytona this year, and this race was nothing short of amazing.
There was close action that we have come to expect from the Truck Series, including several moments where drivers got just a little too close. Ricky Carmichael was among the younger drivers that found out that these trucks do not like to bump draft very much. When you bump draft the truck in front of you, it basically lifts the back wheels of the truck in front of you off the ground… that’s never good.
Well in this case it was “double not good” for Carmichael. The guy he took out was his teammate and reigning Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday.
Two other former truck series champions would fall by the wayside before this one was done. Ted Musgrave and Mike Skinner would both see their days end in seperate incidents.
Late in the race it was shaping up to be a great battle between Dennis Setzer and Todd Bodine, however Kyle Busch (18-laps down at the time), knocked Setzer from the lead spot with a huge bump… Setzer would not regain the top spot again, but would finish third.
It came down to a shootout between Todd Bodine, Timothy Peters, Setzer, and Jason White.
White would make a move high to try to pass Peters for second, however Peters would block, and take a bump which sent him straight to the lead. The pass was just in the nick of time, as Peters would go on to get his second career Camping World Truck Series victory.
Bodine, who had won the past two season openers at Daytona, would go on to finish second.
An elated Timothy Peters in victory lane would scream, “I’m going to Disney World”.
Peters finished eighth in the final standings last season, has the torched been passed? Is Peters now a championship contender? only time will tell for sure, but on this night the 28-year-old looked like a cagy veteran.