Millington, TN- (June 19, 2004) -It simply was not Andy Houston's Day. The 33-year-old native of Hickory, NC suffered through a series of problems that prevented him from establishing any significant track position in Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman...
Millington, TN- (June 19, 2004) -It simply was not Andy Houston's Day. The 33-year-old native of Hickory, NC suffered through a series of problems that prevented him from establishing any significant track position in Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Memphis Motorsports Park. The end result was a less than satisfying 20th place finish.
"That was not the run we were looking for today in the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge," Houston said after the event. "Track position was a huge factor here today at Memphis like it is on every short track we visit. It was just really hard to pass the slower traffic. Even when we had a decent truck on that second set of tires, it was hard to make up significant ground."
Houston started in the 18th position and managed to stay mid-pack until the first caution of the day on lap 28. Crew Chief Dennis Connor elected to bring Houston down pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires, a chassis adjustment and fuel. Houston returned to the fray at the rear of the pack but quickly worked his way back through the field. During the ensuing long green flag run the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge was able to make up significant ground and had gotten to the 15th position by lap 100. When the caution flag fell once again on lap 101, Houston returned to pits. Unfortunately for Houston and his Ultra Motorsports crew a loose lug nut forced a return to pit road on the very next lap. The lug nut snafu again relegated Houston to the rear of the lead lap. The race restarted on lap 109 but not for long. A plethora of caution flags slowed the second half of the race to a virtual crawl and for Houston it was difficult to recapture lost track position.
"There was a bunch of caution flags over the last 100 laps," Houston stated. "It was yellow flag fever and that certainly didn't help matters. There was a lot of aggressive driving out there today and everybody was just trying to get all they could near the end. It is a shame because we were hopeful that we were starting to build some momentum. We had two top 10 finishes in a row coming in and we wanted to add another today. I know this Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge crew will bounce back as they always do."
Bobby Hamilton captured the checkered flag for his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win of the season and in the process became the first Tennessee driver to win a NCTS event in the Volunteer state. The next NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is slated for Friday June 25th. The race will be broadcast live on the Speed Channel, MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio at 8pm ET.