Sutton finishes 11th at Goody's race

Crownsville driver happy to have rallied from 34th

Huffman gets `best victory'

February 10, 2002|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - "I finished Daytona! I finished Daytona! And I didn't crash!" yelled Crownsville's Kelly Sutton into her two-way radio as she crossed the finish line in the 24th annual Daytona USA 150 Goody's Dash race.

For Sutton, her 11th-place finish was every bit as exciting as Robert Huffman's victory.

"To come from [34th] all the way in the back for that finish, I'm really happy. I just picked the right people to draft with," she said, just before fourth-place finisher Cam Strader gave her a giant hug of congratulations.

Huffman, in his White House Apple Juice Toyota, averaged 133.813 mph and finished the 62-lap race in 1 hour, 9 minutes and 30 seconds. He started 16th and called the win his "best victory." Along the way to the front, he spent some time racing against Sutton.

"I think she does awfully well," he said. "She really does a good job. Our series has had a number of women compete, and the ones we have now are just as hard of competitors as any of the guys out there."

Sutton has multiple sclerosis. She drives a Pontiac sponsored by Copaxone, the company that manufactures the medication she uses to keep her disease under control, and this season she is running for Rookie of the Year.

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