By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
The return to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition was like a fairytale, resulting in the first top-10 finish for both Bryan Dauzat and FDNY Racing. The team closed down after their only No. 28 Chevrolet Silverado was destroyed in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway. That was until the majority-volunteer team put together a new truck for Talladega Superspeedway.
Dauzat was towards the front when it counted in the Fr8Auctions 250. On the final lap, he was just behind the main pack as the second ‘big one’ of the race broke out. Dauzat drove down the wide apron in his No. 28 FDNY Chevrolet Silverado. He narrowly avoided the mangled trucks of Austin Wayne Self and Korbin Forrister, as Robby Lyons spun towards him. When Dauzat rejoined the track, he was eighth, and undamaged.
Dauzat was up front throughout the final stage of the race. He avoided the first big wreck on lap 60 that wiped out 10 trucks and involved half the field. After that, Dauzat restarted inside the top-five and hovered around the top-10 for the final 34 laps.
The eighth-place finish is the first top-10 for Dauzat, which came in his fourth career Truck Series start. The 58-year-old also scored the first top-10 in the history of the Jim Rosenblum-owned FDNY Racing.
Rosenblum has been fielding cars and trucks in NASCAR off and on since the 1983 season. 2018 is just the fifth season since 2011 that the team has entered two or more races in a single season. Since the 2001 season, the team often donates a portion of their winnings to the 9/11 Memorial among other causes involving the FDNY and NYPD.
FDNY Racing is one of two teams from the inaugural season of the Truck Series still in operation. The Mittler Brothers’ No. 63 team is the other.