Ford Credit 125
The Ford Credit 125 was a NASCAR SuperTruck Series presented by Craftsman (now Camping World Truck Series) race held at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, California on April 22, 1995. The fourth of 20 races in the series' inaugural season, it was the first race of the series to air on network television, and was also the shortest race, at 62.5 miles (100.6 km), in series history; it was won by Ron Hornaday Jr.
|Race 4 of 20 in the 1995 NASCAR SuperTruck Series presented by Craftsman season|
|Date||April 22, 1995|
|Location||Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, California|
Permanent racing facility|
0.500 mi (0.805 km)
|Distance||125 laps, 62.5 mi (100.58 km)|
|Average speed||71.090 mph (114.408 km/h)|
|Driver||Richard Childress Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Ron Hornaday Jr.||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.|
|No. 16||Ron Hornaday Jr.||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Paul Page and Jack Arute|
Pole position for the race was won by Mike Skinner, who was the fastest in qualifying for the third time in the series' four races to that point. P. J. Jones qualified second, while Bill Sedgwick, Dave Rezendes and Jack Sprague filled out the top five qualifying spots. Thirty-five trucks attempted to qualify for the thirty-truck starting grid; Steve McEachern, Jerry Glanville, Mike Hurlbert, Bob Jones and T. J. Clark failed to qualify for the event.
The race distance of 62.5 miles (100.6 km) was the shortest in the series' history. The race was won by Ron Hornaday Jr., driving the No. 16 Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt, Inc.; Hornaday led 106 of the race's 125 laps, and won by 1.3 seconds over Bill Sedgwick. Mike Bliss, polesitter Mike Skinner and Butch Miller completed the top five finishers, while Jack Sprague, Bob Keselowski, Joe Ruttman, Scott Lagasse and Sammy Swindell rounded out the top ten. Nine trucks finished on the lead lap; four caution flags slowed the event for 18 laps. All but one of the 30 trucks that started the race finished the event, the No. 2 of Dave Ashley dropping out of the race after 77 laps with engine failure. The event, aired on ABC, was the first SuperTruck Series event to be aired on a national broadcast network.
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