Tony Stewart – driving the Monaco Coach #33 truck – rolled to his second consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory Thursday night at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
Defending champ Stewart, making only his third career appearance in the series, started 27th in the field of 36 and took the lead for a second time in his Chevrolet pickup when he passed longtime leader Bobby Hamilton on the 177th lap of the 200-lap “Virginia is for Lovers 200.”
Monaco Coach Corp. is a frequent sponsor of motorsports and maintains a presence in Winston Cup, NHRA, IHRA and the Craftsman Truck Series events because “motorsports keeps us in touch with thousands of our owners and many thousands more RV enthusiasts,” explains Ed Kinney, vice president of dealer development and head of motorsports promotions for the Coburg, Ore., motorized and towable RV manufacturer.
Monaco and Stewart’s relationship goes back several years, as both have roots in Indiana and have made enviable names for themselves in their respective fields, says Kinney, “Through the years I have developed a close personal relationship with Tony,” says Kinney. “He’s a great guy and, like the people at Monaco, passionate about what he is doing. It was a treat for all of us to see him win again at Richmond.”