Mansfield: GM teams race quotes

Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado, Started 10th,Finished 6th: "My truck was horrible on restarts and took eight or 10 laps to get going. Once we did, we were one of the fasted guys on the track but just couldn't get any long runs...

Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado, Started 10th,Finished 6th:

"My truck was horrible on restarts and took eight or 10 laps to get going. Once we did, we were one of the fasted guys on the track but just couldn't get any long runs with all the caution flags. My guys did an awesome job; they brought me a great truck. We really had a solid top-five truck if we could have had some longer runs. Congratulations to Ron (Hornaday) and his crew on their win for Chevy Silverado. Another top-10 for us so we are getting a good rhythm started."

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Dennis Setzer, No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado, Started 8th, Finished 7th:

"We just couldn't pass here, you have to be a lot better if you want to pass here. If you are just a little off, you cannot pass. I am not sure if all of the yellow flags were a bad or a good thing, the same for everyone on that. It was just hard to pass, just tough.

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Mike Bliss, No. 16 IWX/Xpress Motorsports Silverado, Started12th, Finished 8th:

"It was a joke. I think we had more yellows than we did green flags. That is pretty bad. We've had a pretty good truck all weekend, we had so many yellows, we couldn't get more than a ten lap run, and that just doesn't work. It is frustrating; I know we had a truck that was capable of a win. No one could pass, so they just moved them out of the way, and pit strategy for those guys up front was the way to go."

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Aric Almirola, No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado, Started 18th, Finished 30th:

Note: Almirola made contact with another truck on lap 162 of the 250 lap race damaging the toe-in on the truck. Repairs were made and Almirola returned to action 20 laps down to the leaders.

"We had a pretty decent truck. I got in a little fender bender early in the race but it didn't do anything really but wrinkle the hood on my Silverado a little bit. We stayed in the top-10 for a long time until pit stops started to jumble the order, but we were working our way back through the field when the No. 5 and I got together and it hurt the truck quite a bit. I am proud of how hard the guys worked to get me back out on the track. We just had such a good truck it is disappointing for all of us."

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Kraig Kinser, No. 46 CENTRIX Auto Finance Silverado, Started 23rd, Finished 35th:

Note: Kinser lost the rearend gear on 162 and was unable to continue in the race.

"It is just disappointing for everyone on our CENTRIX Silverado team. Short track racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is tough and there was a lot of beatin and bangin out there but I felt like I was really getting a good rhythm. We had a flat tire with about 30 laps to go and I headed down pit road, I was over the line and went to back up and I couldn't get it in gear to back up. We lost the rearend gear and there was no way they guys could get it fixed. For some reason we had we two flat tires early in the race and lost some track position but I feel like I learned a lot."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer , Matt Crafton , Mike Bliss , Kraig Kinser , Aric Almirola