MIKE BLISS, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 11TH, FINISHED 22ND: NOTE: Bliss qualified in place of the injured Jack Sprague. Sprague will drop to the back of the field and start the race from the back row. Bliss will standby...
MIKE BLISS, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 11TH, FINISHED 22ND:
NOTE: Bliss qualified in place of the injured Jack Sprague. Sprague will drop to the back of the field and start the race from the back row. Bliss will standby to replace Sprague for the remainder of the race. Under first caution on lap six, Sprague brought the No. 16 down pit road and was lifted from the truck. Bliss assumed the driving duties. Bliss ran out of fuel with five laps to go while leading by eight truck lengths over race winner Steve Park.
"Man I wanted to win this race. I was going to donate the winnings to getting Jack's gutters cleaned. The Chevy Trucks Silverado was great tonight. We got just a little tight when we were around other trucks but when I was in the lead and had the room to arc it the way I needed to, it was fine. We just had a little miss calculations on our fuel but we figured we might as well roll the dice and see where we landed. You just use more fuel in these trucks when you lead and came up short.J
"I want to thank Chevrolet and Dave Fuge and everyone at Xpress Motorsports for the chance to drive the No. 16 tonight. I love the Trucks and I miss racing in this series.J
"Jack might have done something a little different with the fuel and I know he would have taken it to the front. It was hard on him to get out of such a great truck. I had a ball tonight, I just wanted to win, but it was still a fun night."
JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS CHEVROLET SILVERADO:
"Man, Chris (Showalter, crew chief) and these Chevy Truck guys had the right truck tonight. The truck was awesome and I sure hated getting out of it. It hurt my foot but I could have done it cause it is easy for a driver to drive a truck that good. But Bliss is a wheel man and he gave it a heck of a run. I just couldn't risk damaging my foot more than it is because then I would be out for a long time and this team is a championship contender this season. I will be much better in Atlanta, I will get the gear I need for my foot so I can drive it and drive it hard."
DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 17th, FINISHED 10TH:
"We had a top-three truck tonight and had overcome a couple of problems there in the pits, but we got a flat when the seventy-five truck hit us there near the end of the race. We had to put some old tires on the truck that had a heat cycle in them and the truck was really loose those last few laps. We couldn't get off the corners like we needed to so we could get down the straights like we needed. I just couldn't hang on to it in the corners like I needed to because it was too loose and we couldn't get it back. I think we restarted nineteenth and got a top ten out of this so that's not too bad. We haven't had any luck here at the start of this season, but we've got a great team and we will get back to the front where we know we can run."
KERRY EARNHARDT, NO. 15 KRAFT FOODS/STATER BROS CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 33rd, FINISHED 17TH:
NOTE: Earnhardt made contact with the turn two wall approximately 30 minutes in the second practice. The team pulled out the backup truck but was unable to complete the switch in time for Earnhardt to take any laps. Prior to his qualifying attempt, Earnhardt had only his partial warm-up lap to feel out the No. 15 Chevrolet Silverado. "We started running hot the last 20 laps and started losing power coming off the corners. The motor started fluttering, we had a lot of opening in the front grill but we kept picking up a lot of rubber and getting clogged up there and causing the more to over heat.
"We got up in the top-10 there once but then started running hot. We fell back and hung on because I was determined to bring this thing back with the fenders on it and in one piece and we did that.
"It was a good effort considering where we started and everything Ritchie (Wauters, crew chief) and the guys went through. We will take this and go to Atlanta and put together an even better run."
KELLY SUTTON, NO. 02 TEAM COPAXONE CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 30th, FINISHED 26TH:
"Tonight was pretty disappointing. The truck felt decent for the first few laps but the handling quickly went away. We struggled all night, but just could not find the right combination. We'll take home a 26th place for the 02 Chevy Silverado, and head onto Atlanta."
REGAN SMITH, NO. 19 XPRESS CURB RECORDS MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 24th, FINISHED 32ND:
NOTE: The No. 19 overheated and blew an engine on lap 42. "This is just one of those deals. We didn't quite have the handle right on the truck but I know Doug (George, crew chief) would have been able to make the adjustments I need to get what I needed to move toward the front of the field. It is disappointing for everyone on this Xpress Motorsports Silverado because the team is working so hard to give me trucks I can race in so we can attract the attention we need to put a full time sponsor on the side of the truck. Curb Records came on board for tonight's race and we are grateful for their support. We will just shake it off and go to Atlanta."
MATT CRAFTON, NO, 88 MENARDS CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 10TH, FINISHED 6TH:
"This is a great run for this Menards team. I think they know this team is for real now. We ran out of gas on that first run so we had to go to the very back and work our way up. That is what got us behind. A sixth place finish is pretty awesome. We were a little off on our tires or something. The first set was great and after that we were a little off and the thing got tight the rest of the night. This was awesome.
"I didn't know Tracy (Hines, team mate at ThorSport Racing) had a motor go, I just saw him going slow there on the bottom so at least I didn't worry about that during the race."
DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 2nd, FINISHED 27TH:
NOTE: Starr was involved in an accident with No. 23 on lap 78 and was unable to continue as a result of the damage sustained to the truck. "We had the right truck tonight with our Spears Chevrolet Silverado. We were awesome right from the start. We got behind there about 60 laps into it. The No. 23 truck got a good run on me and got the inside of me and we ran side by side. Someone else came in and I don't know if they got into him or if he got loose and had to go up the racetrack. He pushed me up the race track and we lost four or five spots."
"All and all we had a good race tonight. It's just the way it played out; we fell back to 14th or 15th but had new tires on and were on our way back up front. I just feel bad for my guys everybody did their job tonight. The guys work their butts off and put their hearts and souls into these trucks. We were charging our way back up to the front. Coming off turn 2 I got underneath someone and my Silverado just broke loose. I should have spun it because I kind of tried to catch it, it caught and we ran into the fence and I took someone else in the aftermath. It's a shame we had a pretty good hotrod tonight and I thought we could have won the race. We'll keep on trucking and hopefully put our Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet in Victory Lane in Atlanta."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 13th, FINISHED 8TH:
"I had a really fun time out there tonight. Our Chevrolet Silverado was the truck to beat; we just had something go wrong on a pit stop. I raced the last 20 laps with no brakes. I am happy for Steve Park but that one should have been ours. I am proud of the GM Goodwrench team and look forward to Atlanta."
TRACY HINES, NO. 88 THORSPORT RACING CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 19TH, FINISHED 33RD:
"We lost the motor, I honestly don't know what happened but it just let it go. It is so disappointing because we just can't seem to get our momentum going. We will pick it up, square our shoulders and go to Atlanta."