Wheel Bearing Burns Chris Eggleston Charlotte, NC -- May 21, 2010. Chris Eggleston is ready to prove that he belongs in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. All the twenty-one year old from Colorado needs is a little luck to make it happen....
Wheel Bearing Burns Chris Eggleston
Charlotte, NC -- May 21, 2010. Chris Eggleston is ready to prove that he belongs in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. All the twenty-one year old from Colorado needs is a little luck to make it happen. For the second race in a row, lady luck was not on his side and what could have been a top-fifteen finish turned into a heartbreaking twenty-ninth place run that ended early in the garage.
Eggleston qualified the ASI Limited No. 21 Chevy eighteenth for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 in Friday afternoon's qualifying session, but the young Colorado driver had to wait through a three hour rain delay for the 200-mile race to start.
"We weren't too bad in practice, but we lost an axel seal in the second session and that cost us some laps. Butch Miller and the crew made a bunch of changes before qualifying and the truck was pretty good."
Chris did a great job avoiding an early incident with Austin Dillon on lap ten. The truck was very comfortable for Chris and he moved up into the top-fifteen early in the race. "We were pretty racy on the top-side of the track," Chris said.
Chris stayed clean and competitive on the lead lap until leader and eventual winner Kyle Busch put the No 21 down a lap on lap 75 prompting crew chief Miller to call his understudy to the pits for tires and fuel.
"We got held-up by Dennis Setzer for quite a few laps and that allowed the leaders to catch us and put us a lap down," explained Chris.
A caution on lap eighty put Chris and several other trucks in position to get the waive-around to the tail of the field. Chris was one of a handful of trucks one lap down and he prior to the caution he had been clearly faster than them and things looked positive for Chris to position himself to earn the lucky dog pass. "That caution came at a bad time right after we came into the pits, but with the waive around we had a great chance to get back on the lead lap."
After the race went back green, the speed Chris had shown earlier was not there and his ASI Limited Chevy was getting very tight in the corner and was loosing speed on the straights. Something was obviously wrong with his truck. Soon Chris could feel a vibration and he could smell something burning from the cockpit.
The right front wheel bearing was failing and the wheel was not turning freely causing his loss in performance. The caution came out on lap 92 when Dennis Setzer hit the wall and while under caution, the wheel bearing gave out and the entire right front hub, brake rotor, wheel and tire dislodged from the 21 truck sending Chris to the pits in a shower of sparks.
Chris was credited with a 29th place finish behind winner Busch in what looked like it would be a very promising night.
"I think the truck was really in race-trim, and SS Green Light Racing could have easily had three trucks in the top-ten or twelve if we had caught a couple breaks," Eggleston added. "I'm disappointed, but at the same time I'm really pleased with the way the truck ran and I feel we proved we could race with these guys tonight."