Yontz's Night Cut Short In Memphis Kernersville, NC (July 25, 2005) - After securing a solid starting spot in the O'Reilly 200 Craftsman Truck Series race at Memphis this past weekend, Alex Yontz and his team's day ended...
Yontz's Night Cut Short In Memphis
Kernersville, NC (July 25, 2005) - After securing a solid starting spot in the O'Reilly 200 Craftsman Truck Series race at Memphis this past weekend, Alex Yontz and his team's day ended early due to engine trouble.
Despite battling 100 degree temperatures at the track, Alex Yontz and his team felt like the day was going really well. " My truck was pretty good in practice," said Yontz. "I felt like we were ready for the race."
Alex, who has no provisional, was one of the 12 drivers that had to qualify on lap time. Alex put the Norandex/Reynolds Chevy in a solid 34th starting spot. " I left a little on the table during qualifying, but my first goal was to make the show," stated Alex, and I knew my truck would be good for the race." My plan was to stay out of trouble, and see how the race unfolded, and then race hard."
The Yontz team turned great pit times when a series of pit stops began occurring around lap seventy. At this point, Alex found himself in the middle of the pack. This would present the opportunity for a good finish. His luck would soon change when the engine started loosing power, allowing a train of trucks to get around him. By lap ninety, with the engine running hot, Crew Chief, Ed Berrier made the decision to shut it off, and call it a night.
"I want to thank Norandex/Reynolds, my team, and everyone who is supporting me." Alex stated, " We are putting together a great racing program, and I know we will be a team to contend with in the near future."
The Memphis race was Alex's third start in the Craftsman Truck Series.