Jimmy Hensley''s result did not reflect the quality of effort

PHOENIX, AZ. (March 21, 2000) - Sometimes, the end result doesn't reflect the quality of the effort. That proved to be the case for Jimmy Hensley and the ...

PHOENIX, AZ. (March 21, 2000) - Sometimes, the end result doesn't reflect the quality of the effort. That proved to be the case for Jimmy Hensley and the #16 Team Rensi Chevrolet as they soldiered to a 15th-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chevy Trucks 150 at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday. "We lost a cylinder in the engine towards the end of the race and that really sunk us," said Hensley. "It started fluttering then went out completely and after that the rest of the trucks just killed me on the straightaways. Our Team Rensi Chevy was a pretty decent truck today, a lot better than the finished showed. That's just the way our luck has run so far this year. We were running pretty good then we had to lose the cylinder. We didn't get the chance to show what we had at the end of the race." The weekend proved to be an uphill battle for Hensley as he rolled to a 28.317-second (127.132 miles per hour) qualifying lap on the one-mile Phoenix oval Friday. The effort gridded the Team Rensi Chevy 13th when the green flag dropped in Sunday's 150-mile test. There, the "Virginia Gentleman" showed his veteran experience guiding his blue and silver #16 mount into the Top 10 by the midway stages of the race. Poised for a run at victory, Hensley saw the solid effort go south when the engine problems hit late in the race. "We didn't have a great qualifying run, but we managed to race our way up into the Top-10," stated Hensley, who earned $8,541 for the 15th-place effort. "We got up to sixth or seventh at one time and I was really just kind of conserving things for a run at the end. Then we had the motor problem. The guys that work on this Team Rensi Chevrolet did a super job this week. They thrashed all weekend to get the truck comfortable for me, and as it turned out we had a pretty decent truck. We'll just have to keep digging and come back and try to get them at Bakersfield next week." The Bakersfield. CA race will mark the fourth event on the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule. The Dodge California 250 will open at Mesa Marin Raceway with qualifying on Friday, March 24 and will take the green flag at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, March, 26. The event on the tough Mesa Marin half-mile oval will be telecast on a same-day, tape-delayed basis on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jimmy Hensley