Normally, when the word Daytona is mentioned, it conjures up visions of Winston Cup stock car racing on the high banks of one of NASCAR's premier palaces of speed. But in early October, well before Speed Weeks and long after the Firecracker 400, Daytona International Speedway played host to the fourth stop on the Truxpo Truck Tour.
Nearly 600 custom trucks, including lifted 4x4s, Jeeps, and SUVs, invaded Daytona's 8-acre Superstretch Hospitality Village area for two full days of truck show excitement. The event featured the usual Show-'n'-Shine competition and awards for more than 52 classes and attracted some of the hottest trucks in the Southeast. Participants were treated to a huge 600-foot Manufacturers'
Midway packed with all the latest in truck accessories as well as monster truck rides and a children's play zone.The Daytona Truxpo Truck Tour, sponsored by Herculiner, Ford, Weld Wheels, and Hot Wheels, featured plenty of action on the Superstretch with a side-by-side monster truck competition on Saturday and Sunday and a special Saturday evening event, complete with fireworks. Eric Tack, driver of the Tonka monster truck, captured the distinct honor of being the first pro monster truck driver to win an event at Daytona International Speedway. He swept all three competitions, defeating crowd favorite Bigfoot in the finals.
Also kickin' up some dirt on the backstretch was the Tough Truck competition, which saw participants grab plenty of air over the tight course. Other action on the straightaway included a wild, tire-smoking burnout contest on Sunday and an IASCA-sanctioned sound competition
Coming to a Track Near You: Truxpo Tour 2001
Entering its second year, the Truxpo Truck Tour, sponsored by Ford, Dodge, Hot Wheels, and Herculiner, is looking for a lot of hot trucks. Coming to an IASCA-owned speedway near you, the 2001 Tour features stops at four tracks, including one new venue. Truxpo events are open to all types of trucks and SUVs, and each show includes a parade lap around the speedway for participants. For more information on the series, contact Truxpo at (904) 255-TRUK (8785) or on the Web at www.truxpotrucktour.com
2001 Truxpo Truck Tour
Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS - July 21-22
Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, PA - Sept. 15-16
Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL - Oct. 5-7
Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC - Oct. 27-28