Carelli did not destroy truck engine at Richmond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. * Television viewers and readers of post-race accounts of the Sept. 7 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Richmond International Raceway were left with the impression that Rick Carelli destroyed his truck's engine...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. * Television viewers and readers of post-race accounts of the Sept. 7 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Richmond International Raceway were left with the impression that Rick Carelli destroyed his truck's engine spinning doughnuts following his victory in the Kroger 200. Carelli, however, said that wasn't the case. The Signature-built engine merely overheated. "Afterwards, when they got in the post race inspection I asked them, I said 'hey, did I blow that motor up?' and they go: 'No', none of the spark plugs were knocked shut, none of the valve train was broken, didn't jump no push rods out so I think what happened is it just got hot and for one, I had so much smoke going on I just said heck with it," reported Carelli during last week's AT&T Teleconference. "I tried to start it a couple of times and everybody was yelling and screaming, they were yelling on the radio and I said heck with it, they'll figure out how to get it to victory lane and I just walked."

--Owen Kearns

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Series NASCAR Truck
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