FORT WORTH, TX. (June 8, 2001) - Ricky Hendrick continued his string of impressive performances scoring a fifth-place finish in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 K at Texas Motor Speedway. The effort was the fifth Top-5 and the eighth Top-10 ...
FORT WORTH, TX. (June 8, 2001) - Ricky Hendrick continued his string of impressive performances scoring a fifth-place finish in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 K at Texas Motor Speedway. The effort was the fifth Top-5 and the eighth Top-10 finish in nine NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events for Hendrick and his No. 17 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Silverado this season.
"I really thought we had a shot at the win today," said Hendrick. "We were fast. We lost the race in the pits. We worked so hard on the racetrack and the GMAC Chevy ran up front most of the race. We will take our fifth place finish, but I wouldn't be a racer if I didn't want more. If you think you have a 12th place truck and you finish fifth, it's great, but if you think you have a shot at the win or second, fifth place hurts. We moved up in the points and in rookie standings and we are very proud of that. We just wanted more."
Hendrick started the race from sixth position after rain cancelled qualifying. Hendrick's GMAC Silverado proved to be strong throughout the event running in the Top-10 all evening long. Hendrick's worst moment of the race came on a gas-and-go pit stop when his Hendrick Motorsports teammate and eventual race winner, Jack Sprague, accidentally backed into the No. 17 entry.
"The pits was a tough deal," said Hendrick. "We were really coming up through the field. We had moved up to fifth. I was pulling out and Jack must have overshot the pit because I was coming out and he backed into me. We came out of the pits 12th. The error cost us seven spots. We were clearly fast, sometimes we were the fastest truck on the racetrack. We cost ourselves the win in the pits."
While the pit road shunt cost Hendrick dearly, he was the first to reach Victory Lane and offer his congratulations.
"Jack was long overdue for a win, said Hendrick. "All the guys in the shop work so hard, everyday. I am really happy that we are bringing a win home. We are one team with two trucks. Jack got a win today and I hope I can bring one in the door soon. As hard as the guys work, they deserve a win every week. Hopefully we've gotten our bad luck out of the way and we'll be able to take GMAC to Victory Lane soon."
The solid run allowed Hendrick to climb two spots to fourth in the championship points battle. It also solidified his lead for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award. Hendrick and his Team GMAC crew will return to the track June 23 at Memphis Motorsports Park for the Memphis 200. The race will be telecast live on ESPN at 1 p.m.. Eastern Daylight Time and will be broadcast worldwide by MRN Radio.