Bad Luck in Kansas for Chris Eggleston Kansas City, KS -- May 2, 2010. Chris Eggleston was looking forward to his first big race at the Kansas Speedway, the closest NASCAR track to his Colorado home. By the one-quarter mark of the 167-lap...
Bad Luck in Kansas for Chris Eggleston
Kansas City, KS -- May 2, 2010. Chris Eggleston was looking forward to his first big race at the Kansas Speedway, the closest NASCAR track to his Colorado home. By the one-quarter mark of the 167-lap race, Chris was behind the wall and the O'Reilly 250 is a race he would rather forget.
In just his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start, Chris was the quickest of the three SS Green Light trucks in Saturday's qualifying session posting the 18th best time with a lap of 32.74 seconds on the mile and a half track west of Kansas City, MO.
"The truck was great in practice and qualifying," Eggleston said after qualifying. "It felt real comfortable and stable in traffic. It gets a little tight as the run goes on, but I think some other trucks are getting tighter than we are. I think it's going to race pretty good."
The H2O Fire Protection Chevy started strong and Chris moved into the top-15 by lap 15. The first of two incidents occurred on lap 17 when Jennifer Jo Cobb got loose and spun directly in front of Chris. With nowhere to go, Chris plowed into the No. 10 and bounced off the outside wall. Crew Chief Butch Miler and the SS Green Light team made quick repairs and were able to fix most of the damage without loosing a lap to the leaders.
Chris returned to the track in 29th place. Despite the damage, he was still fast and moved up to 20th place by lap 35 and up to 18th by lap 40. On lap 41 a second incident took Eggleston out of the race for good and left the SS Green Light team short one race truck when Matt Crafton got into the rear of Carl Long with Crafton bouncing off Chris' SS Green Light Racing Chevy making hard contact with the outside wall.
Unable to continue, Chris was credited with a forgettable 30th place finish behind winner Johnny Sauter in what looked to be a promising run for the young driver. "I don't know why these guys are going four-wide less than a quarter of the way into the race," a dejected Eggleston said. "I was as comfortable as I've been all year in the truck. I could be aggressive as I wanted to be and the truck handled perfectly. We had a truck capable of a top-ten finish."
Miller was equally disappointed, "The lap times Chris was running were comparable to trucks that finished in the top-ten. I think we would have had a great finish had we not had such lousy luck today."
"I enjoy working with Chris as much as any driver I have ever worked with," Miller added. "I can't say enough good things about him."
"If we can find some additional support, I am sure that others will see the potential we have seen in Chris over the last three races."
The O'Reilly 250 is Chris' last scheduled race for 2010.