Bristol, TN -- Team Chevy Silverado had a rough night at the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson, No. 81 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Silverado, after leading for 29 laps, was on what looked to be a winning pit strategy, but an accident on...
Bristol, TN -- Team Chevy Silverado had a rough night at the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson, No. 81 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Silverado, after leading for 29 laps, was on what looked to be a winning pit strategy, but an accident on lap 103 ending the debut for the two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.
Ron Hornaday looked sure to score a top-three finish when his No. 33 Camping World Silverado was involved in a multi-truck incident on lap 179. Hornaday was able to return to the race several laps down and finish 24th. He remains second in the standings, 119 points down to the leader.
Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Ideal Door Silverado, remains third in the standings, after fighting to score 21st in the finishing order.
The race was won by Kyle Busch, followed by Todd Bodine, Scott Speed, Johnny Benson and Rick Crawford.
The next race for Team Chevy Silverado in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is September 6 at Gateway International Raceway.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 81 LOWE'S/KOBALT TOOLS SILVERADO, STARTED 9TH-INVOLVED IN A SINGLE-TRUCK ACCIDENT ON LAP 103 THAT DAMAGED THE TRUCK BEYOND REPAIR:
"I just want to thank everyone of these guys from Randy Moss Motorsports for working as hard as they did on this truck, I feel terrible I tore up their truck. I just got loose coming off of two and I lost it four times, saved it three times and finally crashed on the fifth or something like that."
WALK US THROUGH THE REPLAY: "I am trying to get underneath the No. 21 and I loose it, I fought it, fought it, fought it and ran out of talent I guess (LAUGHS) at the end right here at the end. I knew I was going to get hit, but..I had a great time. I wish I could have finished it up for these guys. I know we could have a top-three finish tonight.
"I got loose I think four times there and lost it on the fifth one, just couldn't catch it and got turned around there and got collected. I want to thank Kobalt Tools for sponsoring this Silverado and letting me come out and do this. These guys did an exceptional job all day long. I think we could have been there at the end of this thing so hats off to these guys.
"When I didn't catch it at first, I knew I was in trouble because the weight of the vehicle starts swinging and it is real tough to catch up with it at that point. Once I got it out on the straight away and didn't have it under control, I had a good feeling I was in trouble."
"It was a lot of fun. I feel bad for tearing up their truck. Great truck and strong performance."
DID YOU LEARN SOMETHING FOR SATURDAY NIGHT? "I did. I got a good feel for the track and exploring so lines and the rhythm of this place. So I feel like it, but the true test of it will come Saturday night and see where we stack up then.
"More laps would have been better for me to say the least, but we'll just have to see what happens. I feel like this will certainly help."
ANY MESSAGE FOR RANDY MOSS? "I had a blast, sorry for tearing up your truck. I really wish I could have gotten you your first win tonight. At least I went out in style and had it crossed up for him."
RON HORNADAY, JR., NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO, STARTED 6TH -- INVOLVED IN A MULTI-TRUCK ACCIDENT ON LAP 179 DAMAGING THE TRUCK BEYOND REPAIR.
"It is just Bristol. I thought I checked up. I don't know who got in the back of me and lifted the back tires off the ground. I had no control. I was going to go below. My spotter Rick Carelli, my spotter, called it in time and I was whoaed up good enough. It is a shame. The Camping World Chevrolet was good. We knew Johnny (Benson) pitted and we were just trying to gain some points on him, I didn't know he was running sixth, but with 20-something to go, we had to stay out. That is way we called the game, darn. We needed one more stop to make it good to beat them guys, but we still had a good truck to run in the top-five. It is a shame, I hate to see that happen, It is tough on the points."
T.J. BELL, NO. 7 HEATHCLIFF'S CAT LITTER SILVERADO, STARTED 10TH, FINISHED 6th:
"Unbelievable. This Home For the Holidays/Heathcliff's Cat Litter/TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado was good. It was my first time being here and I think if we came back here tomorrow we would be even better. I learned every single lap and I think we were better than a few of those guys ahead of us but I guess I didn't have the savvy around this place but man it's fun. It's an unbelievable place and I got to thank Pro Motors because we were strong on the straightaways and just had a great night."
CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 8 MALCOLMSON CONSTRUCTION SILVERADO, STARTED 31ST, FINISHED 11th:
"Man the bad thing was, after about twenty-five laps we didn't have any power steering. We ran about the whole daggone race without power steering. In the first half of the race we were just in survival mode, we worked on it, but we still weren't very good at the end. You are so limited with what you can do with a truck when you don't have power steering and I just had to pick my points and the good lord was with me tonight and that is the only reason we are where we are at.
I couldn't be happier though because we didn't have a good truck and we fought this thing, and fought this thing and tried different packages and we just never gave up. That was tough but that was fun."
DONNY LIA, NO. 71 NATIONRIDES.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 15TH, FINISHED 12th:
"Our second set of tires wasn't really any good. We were just hanging in there, top-10. There was a wreck over there in one and two, either my spotter didn't call it, or I wasn't paying attention or a combination of both and I got in to the back of the No. 16. That hurt our potential top-10 or better. But, it was a better truck than a top-10, that second set of tires set us back. But we didn't want to lose track position to come in and change them so we kept digging. Even with the truck all banged up when we put the new set of tire on we were really really good. We were like 18th the two restarts from the end and we finished 12th so a good night for us."
JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 2 AMERICAN COMMERCIAL LINES SILVERADO, STARTED 12TH, FINISHED 14th:
"Ernie (Cope) and the guys gave me a great truck. Before qualifying they changed everything, the whole setup and it was pretty good. Top three or four truck. That is the way it is I guess. There was a wreck in one and two and by the time I figured out what was going on, Hornaday had them locked up, I had them locked up. I got in to him and ruined his night, I hate that. Ruined mine too."
BRIAN SCOTT, NO. 16 ALBERTSON'S SILVERADO, STARTED 22ND, FINISHED 19th
SHELBY HOWARD, NO. 13 FARMPAINT.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 13TH, FINISHED 26th
SEAN MURPHY, NO. 07 ASI LIMITED SILVERADO, STARTED 26TH, FINISHED 17TH
MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS/IDEAL DOOR SILVERADO, STARTED 29TH, FINISHED 21ST
JEFF GREEN, NO. 40 KEY MOTORSPORTS SILVERADO, STARTED 32ND, FINISHED 27TH
BRYAN SILAS, NO. 38 ROCKINGHAM SPEEDWAY.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 35TH, FINISHED 28TH
CHRIS JONES, NO. 87 COPY WIZARD SILVERADO, STARTED 36TH, FINISHED 20TH
-credit: gm racing