Kentucky: Phil Bonifield race report

Fire withholds Phil Bonifield from another career-best finish at Kentucky Speedway (SPARTA, Kent.) - A fire inside the ignition of the No. 23 Red Line Synthetic Oil Chevrolet Silverado prevented Phil Bonifield from another career finish at ...

Fire withholds Phil Bonifield from another career-best finish at Kentucky Speedway

(SPARTA, Kent.) - A fire inside the ignition of the No. 23 Red Line Synthetic Oil Chevrolet Silverado prevented Phil Bonifield from another career finish at Kentucky Speedway. Bonifield, who started his eighth NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event of the season, was as high as sixth just before a lap-34 restart when smoke began coming from the ignition box. The Napa, Calif. native pitted shortly thereafter with ignition problems and finished 25th.

"You want to find someone with a fire extinguisher as soon as that happens," said Bonifield, referring to the small fire that ensued inside his No. 23 Red Line Synthetic Oil Chevrolet Silverado. "I was ready on that restart sitting in sixth. The Red Line Synthetic Oil Chevrolet Silverado was handling well all weekend. We qualified 27th and was fast in both practice sessions. I saw smoke coming from somewhere near the ignition so I pulled it in to the crew on pit road. By then I guess the electrical wires caught on fire and ended our run."

Bonifield was still optimistic with his 25th-place finish, a best at Kentucky Speedway in three starts. In his fifth season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Bonifield has bettered his career finish at racetracks in seven of the eight events he has entered, including here at Kentucky Speedway. His last two finishes at the 1.5-mile tri-oval were a 32nd and 33rd. Bonifield's results have placed him 22nd in the driver points' standings, the highest he has ever been in his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racing career.

"Every week we work hard to better our position in the race and in the standings," said Bonifield. "Even with 25th we moved up a couple of spots in the driver standings. We're always looking on the positive side of things and will continue to make Team Racing a contender for top-10 finishes in every race. Next week at Gateway is another chance for us to do well. A third time may be a charm."

Bonifield and the rest of Team Racing head to Gateway International Raceway next weekend for the fourth of eight straight weeks of racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Bonifield will be joined by T.J. Bell in the Team Racing No. 86 Speed Motorsport Management Chevrolet Silverado, there fifth event racing together as teammates.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers T.J. Bell , Phil Bonifield