MARTINSVILLE, VA - After spending the first 200 laps of the Kroger 250 running patiently working his way from his sixth place starting spot to settle in to third in the order, Kevin Harvick, No. 2 Camping World Silverado, was headed to the front...
MARTINSVILLE, VA - After spending the first 200 laps of the Kroger 250 running patiently working his way from his sixth place starting spot to settle in to third in the order, Kevin Harvick, No. 2 Camping World Silverado, was headed to the front of the field. But, contact with another trucks on a restart on lap 208 sent him up the track to brush the outside wall and drop in back to seventh in the order.
Harvick, driving his own KHI owned Silverado rallied to finish fourth in today's race that ended in another green-white-checkered finish on lap 253.
Harvick's full-time driver, Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 AES HR Solutions Silverado finished in sixth keeping him solidly in fourth in the standings with four of the 25 races NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings.
Timothy Peters, a native of nearby Providence, NC, in a second entry from Morgan-Dollar Motorsports brought the No. 46 Bailey's Silverado home to a solid ninth place in the order to give Silverado three of the top-10 finishers.
The next event for Team Chevy Silverado in the NCTS is April 28, 2007 at Kansas Speedway.
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 2 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 6TH, FINISHED 4TH:
"I think we had a way better truck I just couldn't out drag race the No. 30, he was parking the thing in the middle in the middle of the corner and doing what he had to do to stay on the bottom. I leaned on him a few times there and with 50 to go, it was really time to start going. This Camping World Chevrolet was awesome; I feel like after two or three laps it was better than the No. 30 and the No. 5, the No. 30 for sure. I felt like we could have at least raced the No.5 but wrong place wrong time.
"Brendan (Gaughan) thought the No. 88 was giving him room and it was just one of those deal.
"The track stayed really consistent and for the most part, we didn't have any tire trouble, we just had to take care of the thing in the beginning of a run to keep the tires on it."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 AES HR SOLUTIONS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 9TH, FINISHED 6TH:
"We learned something today. We came out here with a setup a little different from the boss's, which is what we have to do. We have to make both trucks a little different so we know what to do and what not to do. Both of our Chevrolet Silverados ended up really good. I would have liked to have been the fastest Chevrolet but the Boss has the truck I am going to run at Mansfield and he ran good with it. I am really looking forward to Mansfield. We have come a long way. We changed some things we shouldn't have changed and we know it now and won't do it again."
DENNIS SETZER, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 13TH, FINISHED 16th:
"Tough day, our guys did a good job we just got spun a couple of times, once by one of my fellow Silverado drivers which was a little aggravating. It was really stupid, we had made a lot of headway up there, but it happens. Our guys worked hard to get us back out there and we salvaged a decent finish, just wish it had been better for our Spears Manufacturing Silverado team.
"Everybody on this team is working hard, I am working my tail off, all these guys are working their tails off and that is our intention to get up there and race these top guys."
TIMOTHY PETERS, NO. 46 BAILEY'S SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 8TH, FINISHED 9TH:
"We had a solid run. Our Bailey's Morgan-Dollar Chevrolet ran good all day. Just a little tight up off the corners. Eric (Phillips, crew chief) and the guys worked hard all race long and did a good job. Got me in and off pit road really good. Look forward to Bristol in the fall and coming back here in the fall for the second race.
"Last year I was in a truck every week and we started off not doing so well, then we hit on something and running well and it built my confidence up. It is kind of hard to run one week and off three weeks. The good thing is we ran the Busch race at Bristol, then here in the Silverado, then the next three Busch races, it just gives me more seat time. Thanks so much to David Dollar, Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, Bailey's, RCR engines and Richard Childress for giving me this opportunity."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, NO. 77 SOUTH POINT SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 34TH, FINISHED 25TH:
"That's what happens with a driver qualifies bad. We had a great truck in practice yesterday, and I was really hopeful about our chances here, but it is just way too difficult to start in 34th on a short track and do something with your truck. I'm really sorry for what happened with Kevin Harvick. He was running really great. I thought that the 88 was giving us room to pass him and when I was about halfway into the corner, I realized that wasn't the case. He had the best Chevrolet out there today and he probably had a chance to beat the other guys, and I cost him that deal. I'm really sorry about that.
"The boys did a great job on pit road. They worked hard and they didn't give up. I'm really proud of them today. I just hate that I put us in a difficult situation with my qualifying run.
"We're just going to have to go back to the shop, and we'll take another good Chevrolet to Kansas and see if we can get back on track there."
OTHER SILVERADO FINISHERS
MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS/QUAKER STATE SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 18TH, FINISHED 17TH
BLAKE BJORKLUND, NO. 8 MRD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 25TH, FINISHED 19TH
BRAD KESELOWSKI, NO. 7 HOOTER'S ENERGY DRINK SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 31ST, FINISHED 20TH
WILLIE ALLEN, NO. 13 NATIONAL PORK BOARD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 35TH, FINISHED 22ND
CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 08 GPS STORE-GARMIN SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 29TH, FINISHED 24TH
FRANK KREYER, NO. 44 CULVER'S RESTAURANT SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 27TH, FINISHED 28TH
TIM SAUTER, NO. 07 LESTER BUILDINGS/TSG/ASI LIMITED SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 14TH, FINISHED 29TH
KRAIG KINSER, NO. 47 GINN RESORTS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 7TH, FINISHED 30TH
PAUL MENARD, NO. 51 MOEN FAUCETS/PITTSBURGH PAINTS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 15TH, FINISHED 33RD
MIKE BLISS, NO. 40 SILE STONE/ATLANTA HILTON SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 32ND, FINISHED 35TH
BILL LESTER, NO. 15 REDTOP AUTO AUCTION SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 19TH, FINISHED 36TH
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