SHANE HMIEL, NO. 15 WHITAKER FARMS SILVERADO (STARTED 21ST, FINISHED 1ST): Shane Hmiel Captured His Career First Nascar Craftsman Truck Series Victory Running Down Second Place Runner Steve Park And Race Leader Todd Bodine to Take the Lead With...
SHANE HMIEL, NO. 15 WHITAKER FARMS SILVERADO (STARTED 21ST, FINISHED 1ST):
Shane Hmiel Captured His Career First Nascar Craftsman Truck Series Victory Running Down Second Place Runner Steve Park And Race Leader Todd Bodine to Take the Lead With Just Two Laps Remaining in the 146 Lap Las Vegas 350. After Saluting the Fans with an Impressive Burnout, Hmiel Throws his Helmet to the Fans.
"This win is for everyone at Billy Ballew Motorsports, my Dad and Mom, my girlfriend and her family and everyone who has supported me through out my career. This is just awesome. It is all my guys, they do such a great job and work really hard to give me such great trucks. To come here on a big track when I have only been really good on short tracks just shows how good this team is. I told the guys that if we qualified good we wouldn't race good so we didn't qualify that well, back in 21st and we came through the field and won the race. Everybody that was back there with me ran good. The guys that qualified up front didn't have such a good night.
"Billy Ballew always said he would give me whatever I wanted when I got my first win but he is awesome and gave me the chance to drive this #15 Silverado when no one else would even talk to me so I am just proud to give him his first win.
"I didn't know if I could catch him (Todd Bodine, leader) but I knew I could get second. Once I got into second I said to myself I wasn't leaving here not winning this race. We had come close too many times so I just kept digging and once I got up to him, there wasn't many laps left so I gave him just a little bump and took the lead and held on to get the win.
"I am with a good team and we are certainly capable on winning some more races. I am in the best shape of my racing career. I need to lose a little weight but I am working on a good cardio vascular program and I feel like the best I have been. I like talking about how I have overcome the problem I had with drugs because I think it makes it better and easier for others to know they can do it too.
"My Dad (Steve Hmiel, Competition Manger for Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) is in Dover so he couldn't be here with us. He is awesome and so is my Mom. I wish he could be here with us but he has his job to do, we have always raced in different places but he is behind me 100%.
"I promised myself I would buy myself a diamond Rolex when I won my first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and I am going to do that tomorrow.
"This is the most awesome night of my life right now. I am so happy that a fan has the helmet from my first win and if they will get in touch with me, I will send them a hat or a t-shirt and anything else I can!"
JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO (STARTED 4th, FINISHED 36th):
After starting 4th the water temperature on the #16 Chevy trucks Silverado skyrocketed to 260 degrees and water was blowing out the overflow. After a trip down pit road in an attempt to cool the engine and refill the radiator, sprague returned to action but after coming up to race speed, the water temperature again shot up and Sprague brought the truck to the garage and retired from competition on lap 6 of the 146 lap race.
"We aren't sure what happened at this point but we think we blew a head gasket the final lap qualifying but with the impound rules on a one-day event, we didn't have an opportunity to cool the engine down and check it over. The water temperature shot up as soon as we were at race speed. We brought it down pit road to try and cool it down to see if we could fix the problem by cooling the motor down but as soon as I was back up to race speed, it overheated immediately. This is such a huge disappointment for our entire Chevy Trucks team. We had a really good truck and were able to qualify well. We were coming off a great finish at New Hampshire and Las Vegas has always been one of my very favorite places to race. The guys on my crew work so hard, and we felt like we had something for them here tonight. It just hasn't been our year."
DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO (STARTED 2nd, FINISHED7th):
"It was just an up and down night for our Chevrolet Silverado team. We were tight, and then we were loose and just couldn't seem to get it quite right. There at the end our tires were so worn out that we were really loose. It was a top-ten finish and a decent points night for us but we were hoping to get out of here with a finish farther up in the order. The track just didn't change as much as we had hoped as the race unfolded but we are leaving with the fenders on and will head to California."
DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO (STARTED 13th, FINISHED 10th):
"It was another top-10 finish for us but I am disappointed. I really wanted to bring our Spears Silverado home to victory lane but we were just too loose all night. It is weird because we were so tight during practice so we loosened it up for the race but the track didn't tighten up as much as we thought it would. It was another good points run for us but we are still pretty disappointed, we will just have to shake it off and go to California."
MATT CRAFTON, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH SILVERADO (STARTED 11th, FINISHED 22nd):
"The motor just laid down on us there at the end. On my first and second set of tires on my GM Goodwrench Silverado were awesome, but when we got the third set on, it just wouldn't go anymore. It turned out that it was the motor that was giving us problems the entire time. I hate it for my guys on the team. They gave me great stops all night and my truck was awesome before the motor problems. We are taking this same truck to California next weekend and it is going to be right!"
KELLY SUTTON, NO. 02 TEAM COPAXONE SILVERADO (STARTED 14th, FINISHED h):
"I'm not sure what to say about tonight, obviously we're not too happy to be out after only 20 laps. We ran well for a few laps and then my spotter noticed a tire rub on the front left. I backed off just a little until we could make sure it was no big deal, and dropped back a bit into the field. The next thing I know, I'm spinning near the end of the front stretch, I have two flat tires and no brakes. I'm not happy about it, but there's nothing I can do about it now. The last two weeks have been awesome for the team, and we're going to take this momentum with us to California next week."
DENNY HAMLIN, NO. 03 JOE GIBBS PERFORMANCE/DECOMA SILVERADO (STARTED 10TH, FINISHED 23rd):
"It was just a rough night for us. We qualified really well but then we were just loose all during the race. My guys gave me great stops but we just couldn't get any grip. But this was my first time at Las Vegas so it might have been a little bit me as well. We learned a lot and I am ready to get back at Texas and give it another go."
TRACY HINES NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO (STARTED 25TH, FINISHED 18TH):
"We never could get the handle figured out today. The truck was on top of the track. Given all that, our finish wasn't so bad. We'll try some different things next week at California and see if we can do better."
SHANE SIEG NO. 07 AUTO-AIR COLORS SILVERADO (STARTED 32ND FINISHED 26TH):
"It was skating around real bad all night. We survived to the end. It's in one piece and we can take it to California."
RICKY BOGART NO. 13 WASHINGTON MUTUAL/MICROTEL SILVERADO (STARTED 36TH, FINISHED 30TH):
"We survived. Just couldn't get the handle all day. I got pumped up on the start. Saw the 29 crowding the guy inside her. That opened the door and I took it. (Bogart passed eight trucks on the initial start.) A tear off got on the nose. It covered the whole front end. The motor started laying down. Th gauges we all pegged, so we had to make a pit stop. We lost two laps doing it. But the truck was pretty good. The guys worked hard and they're a lot of fun. I hope we can race this truck again soon."