Loudon, NH - Kyle Busch, No. 15 Freedom Grill/Team Davis Dirt Racing Silverado, with his third place finish in the New Hampshire 200 was the first of three Chevy Silverado drivers to capture top-10 finishes. Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 AES HR Solutions Silverado, finished sixth with Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado, brining home the eighth finishing position.
Johnny Benson (Toyota) was the race winner followed by Mike Skinner (Toyota). Todd Bodine (Toyota) and David Starr (Toyota) completed the top-five at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Manufacturers' standings following race No. 18 of the 25-race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season are:
Toyota, 126 points, 9 wins;
Ford, 116 points, 6 wins;
Chevrolet 88 points, 3 wins
Dodge, 64 points and no wins.
The next round for the NCTS is September 23, 2006 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
CLINT BOWYER, No. 46 SKF Silverado, Qualified 5th, Finished 25th:
NOTE: After leading the race twice for eight laps and running in the top-three, Bowyer's truck started missing under a caution period at lap 53. Bowyer spent four laps on pit road while the crew changed the ignition panel and carburetor. The issue was a broken secondary throttle shaft in the carburetor. Bowyer rejoined the race four laps down.
"It is just too bad that we had the mechanical problem with the carburetor because the SKF Silverado was fast and I had a great time out there. The crew did an awesome job getting the truck fixed and getting us back out there, I just didn't want to get in anyone's way who is running for points in the Truck series. The Morgan-Dollar team is a great team and I can hardly wait until Texas to get back in the truck."
RON HORNADAY JR., No. 33 AES HR Solutions Silverado, Qualified 18th, Finished 6th:
"Anytime you come to Loudon the racing is rough and tough. But, what we need to work on is our qualifying. The Silverado was really good, but it is nothing like being out front. We were just in traffic all day, and the guys did an awesome job in the pits all day, and the new sponsor, AES, should be proud of us, but we have to come home with the top-5's and the top-10's and top-7's are just not going to cut it. We were just so close; I was loose one run and tight on the other, and I think that if we would have left it alone at the end, we would have been alright."
MATT CRAFTON, No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado, Qualified 17th, Finished 8th:
"We definitely had a top-three or top-five truck today. We just had a little mishap in the pits, a lugnut came off and we didn't have all five on the right rear. We had to come from the back and that is really tough to do here at Loudon. But we managed to get back in the top-10 so we are pretty happy."
DENNIS SETZER, No. 85 Shell Rotella T Silverado, Qualified 19th, Finished 14th:
"Our Silverado was great early in the race. We got a little bit off on the middle section and then had the bad luck when we got pinched into the wall and got the flat tire. We just couldn't recover, you get back in traffic, it is so tough in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and especially here at Loudon to pass. Wish we would have had a better finish but we knew we had a good truck."
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado, Qualified 22nd, Finished 29th:
NOTE: Almirola's truck suffered a broken brake line on lap 150 causing him to lose brakes. The crew brought the truck behind the wall and replaced the brake line. Almirola returned to the race and finished two laps down to the leader.
MIKE BLISS, No. 16 Xpress Motorsports Silverado, Qualified 15th, Finished 16th
OTHER SILVERADO QUALIFIERS:
RYAN MOORE, No. 40 Key Motorsports Silverado, Qualified 30th, Finished 15th
KERRY EARNHARDT, No.13 ThorSport Silverado, Qualified 36th, Finished 19th
CHAD MCCUMBEE, No. 08 The GPS Store/Garmin Silverado, Qualified 29th, Finished 20th
T. J. BELL, No. 07 U.S. Restoration Silverado, Qualified 24th, Finished 21st
ROBERT RICHARDSON, No. 1 winyourmortgage.com Silverado, Qualified 31st, Finished 36th
JC STOUT, No. 91 Hunter's Hope Foundation/Xerox Silverado, Qualified 35th, Finished 28th
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