Team Chevy Silverado Scores Three Top-10 Finishes at Dover Dover, DE: Mike Bliss, No. 16 IWX Silverado, Ron Hornaday, NO. 33 KHI Silverado and Kyle Busch, No. 51 Silverado finished fourth, seventh and 10th repectively in the AAA Insurance 200...
Team Chevy Silverado Scores Three Top-10 Finishes at Dover
Dover, DE: Mike Bliss, No. 16 IWX Silverado, Ron Hornaday, NO. 33 KHI Silverado and Kyle Busch, No. 51 Silverado finished fourth, seventh and 10th repectively in the AAA Insurance 200 for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Dover International Speedway.
Aric Almirola, No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado, finished 12th and was awarded his third Raybestos Rookie of the Race award of the season.
The next event for Team Chevy Silverado is the Sam's Town 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 9, 2006.
KYLE BUSCH, NO. 51 Land Liquidators/B&G General Store Silverado, Qualified 3rd, Finished 10th:
NOTE: Busch was given the black flag for equipment malfunction, left front hood pin was loose, under green flag conditions on lap 133, while leading the race.
"It was a very good race truck there. Ritchie Wauters prepared a very good truck. It was very aero sensitive out there today. I don't know what it was but we had a hard time passing some trucks. You had to go to the outside. When you tried going to the outside they were passing on the bottom then you were on the top so you kind of struggled with that. All in all it was a really good truck. I can't fault them for giving me a good truck. We just weren't able to make it back to the front. It did get a little heated there at the end so I kind of faded off. I probably could have finished maybe seventh but that was about it. I couldn't make it all the way through there.
"We learned quite a bit for tomorrow. We learned what the track did over the haul. This is a different left front tire than what we had here last year. It really throws a curve ball at you for the handling of the truck and the cars for that matter. We get into the corner really loose and then you're tight off. You hate to be loose in here because you're going so fast and you drop into a hole. I can't complain about the penalty. That's just what it is. Anybody else would have gotten the same thing."
MIKE BLISS, No. 16 "IWX Silverado, Qualified 2nd, Finished 4th:
"We had a really good truck. We actually ground off the front splitter and that didn't help. We've got to work on our pit stops. That's the only thing. I don't blame anybody. We've got to work. We have a bunch of new guys. Our Chevy Silverado was fast all day. It just got tight at the end because we ground the front end off."
RON HORNADAY JR., No. 33 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Silverado, Qualified 9th, Finished 7th:
"The Silverado was awesome all day. I just couldn't get any track position. I messed up on the last pit. I got too close to the guy in front of me. It was awesome pit stop. I could have gotten three more trucks on that thing. That's part of racing. The Chevy Silverado was awesome again. I got to thank Wally Rodgers (crew chief for KHI NASCAR Busch Series team) for taking time off to come over here to help us. It will be fun tomorrow night in the Outdoor Channel Monte Carlo
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado, Qualified 27th, Finished 12th:
NOTE: Almirola was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie of the Race.
"Dave McCarty (crew chief) and the guys on the Spears team made a great call to get our Chevy Silverado up front, getting some clean air and get good track position. We gave up a little bit there because the left front wasn't working nearly as good as it should have been. I wish there was some way we could have taken four tires and still come out where we did."
On getting his rhythm and getting good laps: "We did. We got the race truck a lot better. Our Chevy Silverado was pretty good day. We just qualified poorly and it put us in a bad spot. It's really tough to pass out there and track position was key. Dave McCarthy and all these guys on the Spears team, I am absolutely proud of them. I can't say enough for them."
Did you learn anything for the Busch race tomorrow? "I learned a lot. I'm excited about the Busch race tomorrow. I'm excited about qualifying. I think if we qualify pretty good in the Busch car tomorrow we'll have a good run. I think we learned a lot today."
What's the toughest thing about Dover? "It's the Monster Mile. Everything. The name speaks for itself."
MATT CRAFTON, No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado, Qualified 21st, Finished 15th:
"We missed it. We were on either side of the fence. We were real loose at the beginning and then real tight. Either we'd be real tight at the beginning and loose at the end. We just missed something somewhere. We fought this place for the last two days. I'm glad to get out of here with at least a top-15 finish and all the fenders in tact and all the wheels headed in the right direction."
DENNIS SETZER, No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado, Qualified 18th, Finished 20th:
"We had a terrible day with our Silverado. It wasn't a very good day for us. We missed something there and didn't ever get to handle the thing. It's an unfortunate day."
KRAIG KINSER, No. 46 U.S. Army Silverado, Qualified 19th, Finished 31st:
"We really didn't get a good finish today. I spun the car and got quite a few laps down. That's pretty much all it was. We just ran around out there after that point. I didn't think we were that bad after the first run. I thought we could make a couple adjustments and every adjustment I called for made it worse. It's just a tough track."