Daytona Race Information:
Stage 1: 8th
Stage 2: 1st
Laps Led: 41
Driver Points: 1st
Owner Points: 1st
You just won at Daytona. What does this mean to you and this team?
"Unbelievable feeling. Our hundredth win for Ford in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, so unbelievable for them. More importantly, the 25th anniversary for Duke and Rhonda, showing how much they put into this sport."
God has blessed us with a great opportunity to come out here and we were able to pull it off tonight. We had a great F-150 all night long. I wish Dennis could be here from Champion (Power Equipment), man; he missed it. His wife Mary is having some surgery Monday, so we're thinking about her. But mom and dad are somewhere up there. My wife is right here. It's a special day for us, and just unbelievable night."
You drove about as flawless as you can as Daytona. How did you do it because there were wrecks throughout the night that you were able to avoid?
"The biggest thing is we had a really good Champion Power Equipment Ford F-150 to do it with. I made a mistake there with about 20 to go. I got hung up in the sucker hole. I pulled up in front of Ben (Rhodes, teammate) too late, and he was going to wreck me or put me in the middle, and that's what happened. At that point I was pretty confident a wreck was going to happen, so I tried to bide my time on the bottom, and then I guess with four or five laps to go, it was go time. We were able to get up in the third groove and make some stuff happen and get the lead on that big wreck going into 1 and 2. That's what kind of sealed the deal for us. My buddy Ross (Chastain) gave me some good pushes at the end. I know he was trying to reach out on us and I was able to block him. But just an unbelievable night. Thank you to Jeff Hensley, Duke and Rhonda Thorson, Pop-Tart and the pit crew, Josh Henkish, all the guys, just everybody that makes this possible."