Lebanon, TN-- Mike Bliss drove his No. 16 Chevrolet into victory lane for the fourth time this season after holding off the hard charging truck of Rick Crawford. Bliss, who picked up an extra $10,000 leader bonus for winning both the pole and...
Lebanon, TN-- Mike Bliss drove his No. 16 Chevrolet into victory lane for the fourth time this season after holding off the hard charging truck of Rick Crawford. Bliss, who picked up an extra $10,000 leader bonus for winning both the pole and race, decided to take on a four tire change under the last set of pitstops while Crawford chose only two.
"Great fuel mileage, we had a great truck. This IWX Chevy was perfect at the end of the race." A jubilant Bliss exclaimed in victory lane. Bliss continues to lead the points as he now holds a 34 point lead over second place point man Terry Cook and the No. 29 team.
With six laps remaining in the race, the third yellow flag of the night flew as the No. 15 of Mark Gibson and the No. 34 of Eric Jones spun through the infield. As Craftsman Truck Series rulebook states no race shall end under a yellow, the race was yet again sent in to overtime. The scheduled 150 lap event became a 151 lap dash.
One of the biggest stories of the season in the truck series, continues to be the success, or lack thereof, for Ultra Motorsports' Jason Leffler. Leffler qualified sixth but changed engines prior to the drop of the green and was forced to the rear of the field. After muscling his No. 2 Dodge in to the top five, Leffler 's Dodge broke loose and bounced off of the wall with less than 15 laps remaining, just two laps after making a pitstop.
Ted Musgrave, driving the No. 1 Mopar Dodge ran a tough race and after leading a large part of the night, drove home to a third place run. Busch Series regular Bobby Hamilton Jr. stepped in to the No. 4 Dodge owned by his father and scored an impressive fourth. Dennis Setzer in the No. 46 Chevy closed out the top five.
Raybestos Rookie points leader, Orleans Racing's Brendan Gaughan, grabbed the sixth spot. Last week's winner Terry Cook driving for K Automotive finished seventh while Roush Racing's Jon Wood scored his second straight eighth place finish. Veteran drivers Robert Pressley and Mike Wallace round out the top-10 finishers.