MILLINGTON, Tenn. - After being spun into the outside retaining wall in turn one on lap 149, Tracy Hines rallied to finish 14th and earn Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Memphis ...
MILLINGTON, Tenn. - After being spun into the outside retaining wall in turn one on lap 149, Tracy Hines rallied to finish 14th and earn Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Memphis Motorsports Park Saturday, June 19. Bobby Hamilton won the race.
"I can't believe we got 14th out of that race," Hines said. "The crew did a great job after we got wrecked, fixed the truck and kept us on the lead lap. From there, it was a matter of missing the other accidents and getting to the finish."
Hines, who started 13th in the 36-truck field, fought an ill-handling truck much of the day. He was outside the top-20 and under fire from race leader Shane Hmiel for about 20 laps before a caution period on lap 102 allowed him to catch back up with the pack.
Hines was racing down the front stretch on lap 149, passing J.C. Stout on the outside, when Jack Sprague made a late move to the inside of Stout. Sprague's truck slid up into Stout's, forcing Stout to make contact with Hines' No. 88 Menards Chevrolet, which then spun into the outside retaining wall. Shane Sieg and Hank Parker Jr. also were involved in the incident.
The ThorSport Racing Team made repairs during a series of pit stops during the resultant caution period. Hines returned to run some of his fastest laps of the day following the incident.
But the keys to the 14th-place finish was missing a pair of late-race skirmishes. Hines drove through a multi-truck accident on one restart and then under a turn one incident the next lap. By missing the two scrums, he moved up six spots in the final 10 laps.
The performance was Hines' second Raybestos Rookie of the Race Award for the season. He moved to second in the Rookie of the Year standings and 20th in the series point standings overall.
The circuit continues with a June 25 race in West Allis, Wis.