Kyle Busch Wins Second Consecutive NCTS Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway for Silverado Five Chevy Silverado Drivers Score Top-10 Finishes at Lowe's Motor Speedway Concord, NC - Kyle Busch scored his second consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck...
Kyle Busch Wins Second Consecutive NCTS Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway for Silverado
Five Chevy Silverado Drivers Score Top-10 Finishes at Lowe's Motor Speedway
Concord, NC - Kyle Busch scored his second consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory in the Quaker Steak and Lube 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway behind the wheel of a Chevy Silverado.
It was the first victory of 2006 for the Bowtie brand in the highly competive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Five Chevy Silverado drivers scored top-10 finishes in tonight's 134 lap/200 mile race, the sixth event of the 25-race 2006 season.
The victory was Busch's fourth career win in NCTS competition.
Following Busch to the finish line was Terry Cook (Ford), Todd Bodine (Toyota), Ted Musgrave (Toyota) and Ron Hornaday (Chevy Silverado).
Dave Reutimann, Dennis Setzer (Chevy Silverado), Matt Crafton (Chevy Silverado), Aric Almirola (Chevy Silverado) and Eric Darnell rounded out the top-10 finishers.
KYLE BUSCH, #51 National Land Liquidations/B&G Silverado, Qualified 20th, Finished 1st:
Kyle, talk about your championship effort out there tonight. "It was a great effort for Billy Ballew Motorsports, Ritchie Wauters (crew chief), and all the guys on this team. I want to thank Hendrick Motorsports and Rick Hendrick for letting me have this opportunity to be able to go out and race some extra races. I really enjoy running here at the Lowe's Motor Speedway; it is a really neat race track. Tonight we had a great race truck, and it seems like there was nothing that we could do wrong to the truck." MORE TO COME
DENNIS SETZER, #85 Shell ROTELLA T Silverado, Qualified 8th Finished 7th:
Best finish of the year for you guys. How was it out there? Well, yeah just okay for our Rotella T Silverado. The guys worked hard and we had a pretty good truck under us and we're trying to get something better and better every week, we'll just see what happens from here. You know, we just have to keep edging at it and edging at it. It was just a tough night for us, we really wanted to run better than this at our home track.""
RON HORNADAY, #33 Kevin Harvick, Inc. Silverado, Qualified 4th Finished 5th:
Your car owner Kevin Harvick was shaking his head and talking to you about that chatter that a lot of the drivers were complaining about. Did you experience that here tonight? "No, I didn't have any chatter tonight, these guys did an awesome job tonight and the truck was great. The Cystic Fibrosis Chevrolet was pretty good and we ran up front and I hope we got some exposure for that great cause here tonight. The crew was unbelievable and these guys were on it all weekend. We had Gene Nead over here and Wally Rogers, you know he's over at the Busch side of KHI and I just really got to thank him for coming over on his weekend off and helping us tonight because he really made that Silverado run. Todd over there at Kevin's Nextel Cup car came over and helped us yesterday. You know everybody jumped in to help from KHI tonight and it was an honor to come out here tonight. I literally thought this was the halfway break. I'm ready to go another hundred and thirty laps. It was an awesome race truck and I can't wait to drive it again."
MATT CRAFTON, #88 Menards/Energizer Silverado, Qualified 17th Finished 9th
You had to come from the middle of the pack tonight but had a good finish "Yeah, not bad for us tonight. We were horrible on long runs. The truck would start out loose then start to come in and then got really, really tight there on the later part of the run. We just needed more time to work on this thing and we could have been better, but this is just a two hundred mile race and you don't have many chances to work on the truck. The last pit stop we just had a little problem and lost a bunch of spots, but not a bad night, it was a top-ten. If we'd been able to maintain track position, I feel like we could have been a top-five truck tonight."
ARIC ALMIROLA, #75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado, Qualified 16th, Finished 9th - NOTE: For the second consecutive race, Almirola was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie of the Race - quotes from infield media center press conference:
How was the truck tonight? "To tell you the truth the truck just wasn't that great and that was a surprise to us. We were a lot better in practice, we just got way way tight tonight. I don't know, our Spears Chevrolet Silverado was decent, just not good enough to run where we wanted to. In practice I thought we had a truck that was capable of winning the race. But we fired off at the beginning of the race way tighter than I though we'd be. But overall it was okay. We had a good run and I am really proud of the guys tonight. We'll come back next week and get'em.
On tonight's ninth place finish: "I am really proud of my entire Spears Manufacturing Silverado team for the effort tonight. We kept trying to make the truck just a little better all night, we could have been better and were in practice, but we just got tighter and tighter. But I am very happy about our 9th place finish, we keep getting better and better each week and that is the goal for this team."
On plans for the rest of the season: "I am running the full NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule with the Spears Manufacturing team and then I am going to be running some Busch races in the No. 19 Monte Carlo SS for Joe Gibbs Racing. I am really happy about that as well and really looking forward to the rest of the season."
On getting better and better each race: "The Spears team works real real hard to have the best trucks possible every race and we keep improving as a team. Each week I keep getting better and better in the truck and being able to give good feed back to Dave (McCarty, crew chief) and the crew. I think the future for us is looking pretty good."
On new track surface and new tire here at Lowe's Motor Speedway putting him on a level playing field with some of the veterans: "I don't think so. I kind of compare this track to Atlanta and Texas and similar race tracks. We ran really well at both of them. Every race track we go to, I am going to be at somewhat disadvantage to the veterans because of a lack of seat time. But I feel like I have a good enough team for us to keep getting better week in and week out so that will help put us on a level playing field with the other competitors. I mean, I really compare this track to Atlanta and Texas and we approached it like we did at those places where I have run before. My team is a veteran team and knowing how to set up a truck for this track, so that helped us a lot."