Houston Dislikes Flavor of 31st Place Finish Team ASE/Carquest Dodge Swept up in Lap 2 Crash at Kansas Speedway KANSAS CITY, KA- (July 3, 2004) -Andy Houston's Fourth of July weekend started out with a bang - literally, although it was not...
Houston Dislikes Flavor of 31st Place Finish
Team ASE/Carquest Dodge Swept up in Lap 2 Crash at Kansas Speedway
KANSAS CITY, KA- (July 3, 2004) -Andy Houston's Fourth of July weekend started out with a bang - literally, although it was not the type of fireworks celebration the driver of the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge was looking for. Houston was swept up in a seven truck crash on lap two of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The resulting damage relegated Houston to a distasteful 31st place finish.
"It's disappointing because our truck was so good at the start of the race," Houston said after the event. "I really thought we were going to have a good run. We moved up into the top-ten from 16th on the first lap. The 46 truck spun and I thought we were going to make it through, but we got clipped and it damaged the right rear of the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge. It is a shame because these guys worked so hard all week to overcome adversity and we were hoping all that hard work was going to pay off. I am proud of all the guys on this Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge. We just have to come back next week and prove what we are made of as a team."
Houston and his Ultra Motorsports team made a quick recovery from the lap two incident with a series of pit stops following the crash. Houston restarted the race near the rear of the field and was attempting to make up lost ground when damage from the initial contact with Setzer caused a cut rear tire. Houston fought for control but slapped the wall exiting turn four on lap 15. He was forced to bring his Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge behind the wall for extensive repairs and finished the 80 laps behind eventual winner Carl Edwards.
"You just wonder what might have been," Houston said. "Crew Chief Trip Bruce gave me a great truck but we just didn't get the chance to show how good we were. The second crash was a result of the first one and it really did us in. The crew worked hard to get back out and pick up a few spots but we were much better than we finished today."
The next event for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will be held at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday July 10th. The Built Ford Tough 225 will be broadcast on the Speed Channel, MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio at 8:00pm ET.