Team Chevy Silverado Drivers Score Two Top-Five Finishes American Commercial Lines 200, Atlanta Motor Speedway Hampton, GA - Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Quaker State Silverado, and Clint Bowyer, No. 2 Camping World Silverado, scored third and...
Team Chevy Silverado Drivers Score Two Top-Five Finishes
American Commercial Lines 200, Atlanta Motor Speedway
Hampton, GA - Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Quaker State Silverado, and Clint Bowyer, No. 2 Camping World Silverado, scored third and fifth place finishes in tonight's American Commercial Lines 200 for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Starting 17th, Crafton battled to overcome damage he received on the initial start of the race that required two pit stops to repair. He dropped to the back of the field but battled back to capture his first top-five finish of the 2007 season.
Bowyer took his turn at the lead twice during the 130-lap/200-mile race for a total of 17 laps only to drop from the top spot after contact from the rear on the race's final restart.
Brendan Gaughan, No. 77 South Point Hotel Silverado came home in sixth spot, his best finish in the three races run so far this season. Dennis Setzer, No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado, finished in seventh to give Chevrolet four of the top-10 finishers.
The next NCTS race is March 31st at Martinsville Speedway.
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 2 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 12TH, FINISHED 5TH
"Last year I did what I needed to do to win a race. It is kinda hard to go when your rear wheels are off the ground. I tried to whoa him and just couldn't make it work. I was probably just pay back, like I said, last year I did what I had to do win a race. I guess he wanted this one. I was going to try and hold him off at the restart.
ON DIFFERENCE IN CLOSING LAPS: "Oh probably about 40 horsepower. The Camping World Silverado was great. When Kevin (Harvick) called and gave me the opportunity, it is been a lot of fun, I love driving this series. The good news is I have got three more of these things to run and going to have some fun. We will go home and do our homework a little bit and come back again and see what happens."
ON WHAT DID HAPPEN IN CLOSING LAPS: "Oh he got in to me, he had the rear tires off the ground. Like I said, he did what he had to do. Its all good, we will just go on to the next one. I am not going to cry about it, I had a good truck and a lot of fun out there tonight."
DENNIS SETZER, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 9TH, FINISHED 7TH
"We had a crew chief change this week and really got a decent run tonight. We started out real loose and just couldn't run in traffic early on. But we made some good adjustments tonight on our Spears Silverado and got the truck where it needed to be for that final run. I hope this is just the start of things to come and we can get this program back to the front again."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, NO. 77 SOUTH POINT SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 20TH, FINISHED 6TH
"I am still mad at myself, I can't believe I gave up fifth place there at the end. I had Bowyer beat, I screwed up and gave it him. The South Point Chevrolet guys did not give up us all night. We were awful for a long time, they kept working and Bryan (Berry, crew chief) kept making great calls. At the end of the day, he went on a fuel mileage strategy and then he ended up with a great handling Chevrolet. Just a little too tight, but it is a good start for us. We are going to be good in our Chevy."
WILLIE ALLEN, NO. 13 NATIONAL PORK BOARD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 8TH, FINISHED 13TH
"We came a long way. Things just get better every time. Every race we come to we keep improving each time. This time we qualified eighth and finished 13th, we fell back a little bit at the start, we were really really loose. But we kept working on it and working on our Silverado and got it closer to the front. I just can't for Martinsville."
BILL LESTER, NO. 15 BOWEN FAMILY HOMES SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 13TH, FINISHED 30TH
NOTE - Lester retired from the race after sustaining damage to the race truck.
What happened in your incident with the 40 truck? "He must have blown a tire and we were just a victim there. He shot straight up the track and unfortunately got into me right there and we went up into the wall."
What happened in the final incident that put you out of the race? "We broke a tire rod there and the truck just went straight into the wall. We thought we were done after the first wreck, but we were really done after that last hit. But what are you going to do. We were the victim of uncontrollable circumstances really three times tonight. In the first deal, I got into the six truck. I know something happened up ahead of us and Travis must have slowed down. When I got to the wreck Travis was right there and we got together. Then the forty truck just blew a tire and we just were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Finally, we get back out there and I felt like we had the thing fixed. The truck felt good and then all the sudden we're in the wall again. Unfortunately we just didn't finish tonight."
OTHER SILVERADO FINISHERS
RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 AES HR SOLUTIONS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 19TH, FINISHED 11TH
CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 08 GPS STORE-GARMIN SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 15TH, FINISHED 18TH
BRAD KESELOWSKI, NO. 7 HOOTER'S ENERGY DRINK SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 28TH, FINISHED 19TH
BLAKE BJORKLUND, NO. 8 MRD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 22ND, FINISHED 20TH
TIM SAUTER, NO. 07 LESTER BUILDINGS/TSG/ASI LIMITED SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 29TH, FINISHED 21ST
MIKE BLISS, NO. 40 SILE STONE/ATLANTA HILTON SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 24TH, FINISHED 25TH
KRAIG KINSER, NO. 47 GINN RESORTS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 6TH, FINISHED 29TH: NOTE - Kinser was involved in a single truck accident on lap 100 sustaining too much damage to the race truck to return to the race.
MORGAN SHEPARD, NO. 44 KEY MOTORSPORTS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 33RD, FINISHED 33RD
JOHNNY CHAPMAN, NO. 78 GREEN LIGHT RACING SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 31ST, FINISHED 35TH
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