Kyle Busch and Brendan Gaughan Finish Second and Third at Michigan Michigan 200, Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, MI - Kyle Busch, No. 51 Flanders Beef Patties Silverado, fought the valiant fight for the victory in the Michigan 200 but...
Kyle Busch and Brendan Gaughan Finish Second and Third at Michigan Michigan 200, Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, MI - Kyle Busch, No. 51 Flanders Beef Patties Silverado, fought the valiant fight for the victory in the Michigan 200 but couldn't lead the final lap of the 100-lap/200-mile race. Busch, who lead four times for 38 laps, held the lead from lap 69 to 98 to score the runner-up spot in the order.
Brendan Gaughan, No. 77 South Point Racing Silverado, got his first top-five of the season, bringing his Chevy to the checkered flag in third.
Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, lost a lap early in the race due to a vibration in the right rear tire on lap 21, but rallied to a 10th place finish. The two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion remains second in the standings after 10 races, just 113 points down to the leader.
KYLE BUSCH, NO. 51 FLANDERS BEEF PATTIES SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 3rd, FINISHED 2ND:
"We were just too loose all day, just could never get back of the truck under me, just real sideways off the corners. I could never put the throttle down on the exit of the corner. Solid effort by these Billy Ballew Motorsports guys. I appreciate their support and helping me out so I can run the truck series. Thanks to all the fans here and at home for the support of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Hopefully we can come back and get Chevrolet a win here at Michigan
"I was all over the place, the middle the bottom the top. I just could never find a place that would let me get a good run off the corner. I was just too loose. Our truck was good enough, solid enough to win the race, but just not quite good enough to get where I needed to be off the corner. Too loose to control it. These guys on this team work so hard on these trucks and do such a great job, I wanted to win the race for them."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, NO 77 SOUTH POINT HOTEL SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 11th, FINISHED 3RD:
"We fought a little loose at the start, but Bryan (Berry) crew chief, made some good adjustments to our Chevy to where it was just a little bit tight there at the end. Tires might have had a little bit to do with it but still a great run all in all.
"Bryan and all my South Point Racing Chevy guys did a great job today. Brian made great adjustments but that is what happens when you start with a great race truck at the beginning. This truck has been to the wind tunnel three times, been on the shaker rigg and we have had this thing at more engineering sessions than I can even know I think. When you start with a good piece, have sound people and engineers and all that goes in to this, you have great days and that is what happened today. We had a great Chevrolet Silverado and were able to bring it home in one piece.
"I think we had the winning truck and the driver blew it. That is the deal here at Michigan, you can run anywhere on the track and I just got a little close to the outside wall. That is where I like it and I like it that nobody goes as high as me. Travis (Kvapil) tried me a few times up there, pretty impressive to see him trying to run my line, but I do like to run high and I think we showed some of the potential of this South Point Racing team."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 14TH, FINISHED 10TH:
"We salvaged a pretty good points day out of this. We got that bad vibration in the right rear on about lap 20 and came in on 21 I think to change tires. We lost a lap and it really didn't help the vibration like it should of so we came back down under caution and the guys checked over the truck, worked on the track bars and we were a lot better.
"We got our lap back and Rick Ren (crew chief) and my Camping World Silverado crew worked hard to get our Chevy Silverado better so we could get back to the top-10 and turn it in to a good points day. I just want to thank Kevin and DeLana (Harvick) for all they do for this team. We want to win this championship for Kevin Harvick, Inc. Everybody worked hard to day and we came out with an ok finish. That is how you win championships."
MATT CRAFTON, No. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 23RD, FINISHED 34TH:
"We blew another engine. Quite a few for us this year. Really aggravated and I am just really disappointed cause these Menards guys gave me a really good truck today. We started 23rd and we running top-10 in the first five laps. About lap 10 it dropped a cylinder and then it finally finished itself off."
-credit: gm racing