Team Chevy Silverado Teams Fall Victim to Tire Issues at Nashville Chad McCumbee Scores Career-Best Seventh Place Finish; Matt Crafton Rallies from Flat Tire to Finish Ninth Lebanon, TN - In a wild green-white-checkered finish at ...
Team Chevy Silverado Teams Fall Victim to Tire Issues at Nashville Chad McCumbee Scores Career-Best Seventh Place Finish; Matt Crafton Rallies from Flat Tire to Finish Ninth
Lebanon, TN - In a wild green-white-checkered finish at Nashville Superspeedway, Chad McCumbee, No. 08 The GPS Store/Garmin Silverado, maneuvered his way through wrecking trucks to move from 11th place to finish seventh. It is a career-best finish for the Raybestos Rookie candidate.
Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado, rallied from a flat right front tire early in the race to finish ninth. His ThorSport teammate, Kerry Earnhardt, No. 13 Silverado scored his highest NCTS finish in 11th place.
Johnny Benson (Toyota) won the race going from fourth to the lead in a last lap crash involving the race leaders. Jack Sprague (Toyota) finished second followed by Marcus Ambrose (Ford) in third. Ted Musgrave (Toyota) and Brendan Gaughan (Dodge) rounded out the top-five.
The next event for the NCTS is the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2006.
DENNIS SETZER, No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado, Qualified 23rd, retired from the race on lap 85:
NOTE: After working his way through the field to second place and consistently running in the top-five, Setzer blew a right front tire and pitted to have tire replaced. Two laps later, hard contact with the wall damaged the No. 85 FlexFuel Silverado to substantially for the crew to make repairs to return to the race.
"We cut a right front down the first time. I guess when that tire came apart it broke the right front fender brace off. When we went back out and right after that restart, it looks like the fender brace cut the tire down. It went down fast and man, we hit a ton. Randy and the guys had us in good position and in the top-five before that first tire went down. Fortunately the caution came out and we didn't lose a lap and it looked like we could still salvage a good finish. But the truck is pretty torn up right now and it looks like we are done for the day. I really hate it because we had just begun to turn this thing around and had some really good runs the past few races. This was also going to be a good finish for our E85 FlexFuel Silverado. Its a shame, but we'll just get back to work at the shop and get ready for Bristol."
RON HORNADAY JR., No. 33 Kevin Harvick, Inc. Silverado, Qualified 10th, retired from the race on lap 111:
NOTE: After working his way through the field and leading the race, Hornaday blew a right front tire and pitted to have to have tire replaced. On lap 111, a second right front tire blew sending him in to the wall making hard contact. The damage forced Hornaday to retire from the race.
"I don't know why we blew two right front tires, but it is a shame for this team. This truck was fast. It is my favorite truck. The truck was really good; this whole crew has done an awesome job. We have had great runs with it since Charlotte and I hate to lose my best truck. I just want to thank Kevin and DeLana Harvick, Chevrolet and everyone on this team who has worked so hard for this program. It is a shame because we really had a good piece today."
CHAD MCCUMBEE, No. 08 The GPS Store/Garmin Silverado, Qualified 2nd, Finished 7th:
"Yeah, it sure was. We had a great truck today and really all weekend. You know we were a little off from where I thought the truck was going to be. Our Silverado started out strong and we hung in the top-five in the first part of the race. Then I got together with another truck and messed up the right front fender a bit. From then on the truck wasn't just perfect, but we were running there in the top-ten when that last lap crash happened and got seventh out of it so it was really good for us and a good team building race for our 08 Silverado. Again we had a good truck all weekend and the guys learned a lot and I got to thank the GPS Store and Garmin for coming on board again with us and we hope that they enjoyed this race as much as we did."
MATT CRAFTON, No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado, Qualified 25th, Finished 9th:
"Well we had the 77 cleared and I got together with the 5 truck of Skinner when he bounced off the wall. I think we still got a top-ten out of it but if I didn't get blocked by a couple of trucks we could have finished about two or three positions better. Our truck was really not handling good in the early part of the race and we actually went up eight pounds on the right side tires, which is unbelievable. We had single digits (of air pressure) on the lefts, so it was a really crazy race out there for us."
KERRY EARNHARDT, No.13 ThorSport Silverado, Qualified 33rd, Finished 11th:
"We still struggled with aero, we were really tight behind traffic, but by itself it was really fast. When we would get behind someone, we would loose the nose, and just couldn't keep it on the bottom. I really just rode around a lot, and played the cat and mouse game. Lance and the guys made some good calls in the pits, and the breaks with the cautions allowed us to get up front. This is our best finish ever in the #13 National Pork Board ThorSport Silverado. I am excited to have some momentum heading to Bristol, and look to continue to run well there."
KRAIG KINSER, No. 46 CENTRIX Auto Finance Silverado, Qualified 29th, Finished 23rd:
"My truck wasn't that bad today, we got a flat tire there early in the race just like several of the other trucks did. We overcame that and I'm pretty happy with the run for my first time here. Our truck was extremely tight early in the race and (crew chief) Eric and the guys made some changes and worked on it and worked on it. We got two laps down there when the truck was not handling, but after we made our changes I was able to keep my Silverado right in position. So we learned a lot and we'll be better the next time we get back here."
-credit: gm racing