After working with a new team, and battling adversity all race long, Jesse Smith captured a 13th place finish in the American 200. Smith made his second start at the legendary one mile oval driving for Hendren Motorsports, and took the green flag...
After working with a new team, and battling adversity all race long, Jesse Smith captured a 13th place finish in the American 200. Smith made his second start at the legendary one mile oval driving for Hendren Motorsports, and took the green flag in the 16th position.
From the drop of the green flag, Smith battled a loose condition on his #66 Hendren Motorsports Chevrolet, and maintained a top 15 position. While continuing to run in the top 15, Smith consistently ran laps faster than the race leader, and began to charge towards the top ten by lap 50. Walter Giles and the #66 team conserved tires throughout the event and pitted for four fresh Hoosier tires on lap 76 and were running lap times consistent with the leaders at the halfway point.
By lap 150, Smith had taken advantage of tire strategy to move up to 12th, solidly on the lead lap reporting a loose condition. After rallying from woes on pit road, Smith managed pick off positions in the last run of the event to score a 13th place finish in just his second start of the 2010 season.
(On battling to a 13th place finish): "We battled real hard all 200 laps today. We made a trememdous amount of progress since we unloaded on Thursday. Walter Giles and the whole Hendren Motorsports team did a great job to give us a great long run car. Towards the last portion of the race, it was difficult, but we still picked up some ground on the last round, and I felt like we had a car that was capable of running in the top 10."
(On working with Hendren Motorsports): "I had a blast working with everyone on the team this weekend. I've got to thank Bill Hendren for the opportunity to get in the car. It was a pleasure working with Walter Giles and I think for not being in the ARCA Series since Daytona, we did a good job to maximize what we had. Hopefully sometime in the future I'll be fortunate enough to work with Hendren Motorsports and Walter again."