SHIGE HATTORI'S CALIFORNIA RACE ENDS EARLY Fontana, CA (February 27, 2005) Shige Hattori in the No. 9 AISIN/AISIN AW Germain/Arnold Racing's Toyota Tundra night ends early in the running of the American Racing Wheels 200 at California ...
SHIGE HATTORI'S CALIFORNIA RACE ENDS EARLY
Fontana, CA (February 27, 2005) Shige Hattori in the No. 9 AISIN/AISIN AW Germain/Arnold Racing's Toyota Tundra night ends early in the running of the American Racing Wheels 200 at California Speedway. Hattori who qualified 23rd battled an ill handling race truck the whole race and ended early after getting loose and tangling with Chase Montgomery.
"We didn't qualify where I thought we would," Hattori said. "In the race the truck went from really tight to really loose. We pitted early to try to tighten the AISIN/ASIN AW Tundra up and lost a lap. We knew the leaders were pitting around lap 42 so we were waiting a few more laps hoping for a caution to get back on the lead lap."
Hattori still struggled after the adjustments and couldn't get the truck dialed in where the Germain/Arnold Racing team needed it to be. Hattori's Tundra slid and brushed the wall in turn 2 on lap 44 and was clipped by the No. 18 of Chase Montgomery.
"My truck had no grip at the end of the run, we had used our tires up," Hattori said. "I was just waiting a few more laps to come in when I came into the corner and clipped the wall. I was then hit by someone and ended our night. I am disappointed because the guys work so hard on these trucks. I wanted to bring home a good finish for my Sponsors AISIN/AISIN AW and the Germain/Arnold Racing team. We will be back in Atlanta and hope to have a better day."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is off until Friday, March 18th. The next race is at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the running of the World Financial Group 200.