Kentucky: Brandon Whitt race notes

Engine failure retires Clean Line Motorsports after 28 laps at Kentucky Speedway BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (July 15, 2003) - Nobody at Clean Line Motorsports wants to talk about a "sophomore jinx." But after Brandon Whitt's engine expired only 28 laps...

Engine failure retires Clean Line Motorsports after 28 laps at Kentucky Speedway

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (July 15, 2003) - Nobody at Clean Line Motorsports wants to talk about a "sophomore jinx." But after Brandon Whitt's engine expired only 28 laps into the Built Ford Tough 225 Craftsman Truck Series event at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, it has become difficult not to attribute the team's recent string of bad luck to that phenomenon.

After qualifying 19th for the race, Brandon immediately began threading through traffic. He executed yet another of what is turning into a catalog of great saves when two trucks got together in the opening laps directly in front of him, and by the second caution the young driver was up to 14th position and in sight of the top ten.

The next sight that met the live SPEED Channel audience was that of the No. 38 McMillin Realty/Moen Faucets/Berryman Products/Simpson GS3 Chevrolet Silverado down low on the frontstretch, spewing out huge clouds of white smoke from the headers. With very little warning, the truck's motor had failed - one of over a dozen motor-related problems experienced by the Truck Series field that night. A promising night turned into a 30th place finish.

It was a difficult road trip for everyone, but with two weeks off before returning to the NASCAR Southwest Series at Madera the team will do what they have done all season, luck or no luck - get to work preparing for the next race.

Reflecting the team's attitude toward their season, Brandon says, "We are just going to keep doing everything we can and let the stuff we can't control sort itself out."

Brandon next start will be in his Southwest Series ride at Madera Speedway for the Lucas Oil 125 on July 26th.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brandon Whitt