NO. 16 IWX MOTOR FREIGHT CHEVY
Bliss had the dominant truck throughout the Las Vegas 350. Bliss and his IWX Motor Freight/Knights Inn Chevrolet began to inch their way to the top of the field early in the race and gained the lead for the first time on Lap 33 keeping it through green flag pit stops beginning at Lap 50. After pitting, Bliss cut through the 36-truck field and gained the lead position again on Lap 63. Bliss later fell back to third and then put on a spirited battle with David Starr with Starr taking the win by a .482-second margin.
By leading the most laps and finishing second, Bliss was able to increase his 2002 NCTS season points lead to 85 markers over Rick Crawford.
"This IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet was really good today. We should have had that race. I was too loose beside somebody; we were really good by ourselves. We tried to go for the win and David (Starr) told us he would let us go by, but its racing and you don't always believe what you are hear. We had our truck set for long runs and on restarts we couldn't get going as well as the rest of them could. We tried all we could to get by David, and when Musgrave fell off it was a whole different ballgame. Here we were going for the win and not second place anymore. I tried to get around him, but I just got aero-tight and couldn't do it. That's racing, it's whoever has the better truck at the end of race that matters. It was a really good points day today, but really hurts because I knew we had to dominate truck"