Engine Problems Stall Silas's Lowes Motor Speedway Debut
CONCORD, North Carolina (May 18, 2007) - - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) rookie Bryan Silas finished 32nd after motor problems hampered the rookie's debut at Lowes Motor Speedway Friday evening.
Silas's day started on the wrong note after the team lost their primary motor in the first practice forcing the Fast Track Racing team to thrash and install a backup motor in time for final practice session leading up to qualifying.
The rookie adapted well to the spare motor as he should have. The horsepower under the hood was the same piece that Silas tested extensively with last week at LMS preparing for Friday's Quaker Steak & Lube 200.
In qualifying, Silas posted a time of 31.336 seconds at 172.326 MPH putting 33rd on the grid. The team opted to shut the engine off after the first lap, since the Stuart, Florida native locked himself into his second NCTS event.
At the start of the race, Silas began maneuvering his No. 71 Nortrax-Palm Beach Grading (PBG) Chevrolet Silverado towards the front and continued to stay there for the first quarter of the event. While running comfortably inside the top-25, the rookie lost a tire and spun but did not make any contact.
Silas brought his Fast Track Racing prepared automobile to the attention of his crew where they replaced the Goodyear tires and sent their driver back into competition.
While remaining on the lead lap despite the spin, Silas began motoring his way back towards the top-20 when his backup motor gave up a short time later ending the team's night.
"It's a shame we didn't get to finish the race," said Silas. "We had a really good truck; I was learning a bunch out there and having a good time. You just can't control engine failure. My team did a great job rebounding from our mishap in practice and I would have liked to given them a good run tonight but it just wasn't meant to be."
Silas and his FTR team will have another chance at victory lane as the duo will compete in Sunday's Hantz Group 200 by Federated Auto Care, the eighth installment of the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series season. Silas sits 10th in the championship standings looking for his third top-10 finish of the season Sunday afternoon.