Jimmy Hensley Bakersfield Post Race Report

BAKERSFIELD, CA. (March 27) - Sooner or later, Jimmy Hensley is going to catch a break this season. The veteran NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series competitor saw his latest bid for victory go up in a cloud of ...

BAKERSFIELD, CA. (March 27) - Sooner or later, Jimmy Hensley is going to catch a break this season. The veteran NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series competitor saw his latest bid for victory go up in a cloud of dust when he was involved in a late-race accident in Sunday's Dodge California 250 at Bakersfield, CA. Instead of a top finish and a possible victory, Hensley was saddled with a 14th-place finish. "We should have finished in the Top 10, but we got caught up in the little incident on the back stretch and got turned around the wrong way," said Hensley. "We had to go to the rear and re-start from there with something like 10 laps to go. We just didn't have enough time to work our way back to the front before it was over." Hensley was at the front of the 250-lap race on the Mesa Marin Raceway half-mile oval after posting the second-best lap in qualifying - a 19.110-second, 94.394-miles per hour effort. The likeable Ridgeway, VA driver then controlled a good portion of the race from the top spot before falling back into the Top-10. "We were just off a little bit today, but we hung in there," stated Hensley. "We started out pretty good, took the lead and held it for a pretty good while. After that I was just trying to conserve the tires and the truck so we could make a charge at the end." Unfortunately, the tangle late in the race damaged Hensley's #16 Team Rensi Chevrolet Silverado enough to take him out of contention for the victory. "All in all, it's not what we wanted, but we finished and the truck's not beat up too bad," said Hensley, who earned $8,221 for the effort. "We'll head to Martinsville and see if we can't turn things around." Hensley will have a weekend off before he and the rest of the NCTS regulars hit the flat, half-mile Martinsville oval. The defending champion of the NAPA 250, Hensley will be the man to beat when the trucks roll out for practice on Friday, April 7. This year's NAPA 250 will take the green flag on Saturday, April 8 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. The event will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on the radio by MRN.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jimmy Hensley