Cambridge Junction, Mich - Tracy Hines took an ill-handling truck and carried it to a 16th-place finish in the Line-X Spray-On Bedliners 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Hines started the No....
Cambridge Junction, Mich - Tracy Hines took an ill-handling truck and carried it to a 16th-place finish in the Line-X Spray-On Bedliners 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Hines started the No. 88 Menards Chevrolet 19th and dropped to the tail of the lead lap before the ThorSport Racing crew made significant chassis adjustments to improve the truck's handling.
"The truck was just so loose that we couldn't run with anyone," Hines said as the team was loading the truck into the transporter following the race. "I told Lance before the race started not to run in front of me, or beside me, or behind me because I didn't need any aero help to make me ever looser. Once we got the changes made to tighten us up, I kind of felt like I had the red cape on afterwards. We could pass the guys in front of us as we caught them."
Hooper drove the No. 13 Stay-Max/Tucson Chevrolet to 20th-place at the checkered flag, another solid finish for the team after a rough start to the season.
"It was an okay day for the ThorSport No. 13 team," Hooper said after the checkered flag. "We definitely were helped by all of the caution flags. But the most important part is we can put the truck back on the trailer in one piece. After the start of the season this team had and all of the rough luck that has bitten us, when you have a day like we had today but still put it back on the truck in one piece, it's still a good day."
Hines sits 18th in NCTS championship standings, just 79 points out of 15th. He is currently third in NCTS Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 118 points. David Reutimann is the leader with 140 points and Shane Sieg sits second with 120.
The ThorSport team now moves on to Indianapolis Raceway Park next week for the Power Stroke Diesel 200 on Friday August 6. Hines will be rejoined by part-time teammate Paul White, who will take over the reins of the No. 13 Sta-Max Chevrolet for the IRP event. Both drivers are also scheduled to run the J.D. Byrider 100 USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series event on Thursday. The Power Stroke 200 is scheduled for live broadcast on Speed Channel at 9 P.M. Eastern on Friday, and can also be heard on select affiliates of the Motor Racing Network.