Early Exit Ends Hattori's High Hopes At Nashville Nashville, TN ( August 15, 2005)-Shige Hattori in the No. 9 AISN / AISIN AW Toyota Tundra had high hopes that came to an end early in the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway Saturday ...
Early Exit Ends Hattori's High Hopes At Nashville
Nashville, TN ( August 15, 2005)-Shige Hattori in the No. 9 AISN / AISIN AW Toyota Tundra had high hopes that came to an end early in the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway Saturday afternoon. Hattori, back behind the wheel of the Germain Racing Toyota for the first time since the Kentucky Speedway race on July 9, qualified 31st for the 200 lap/150 mile NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. But before Hattori could even get his race rhythm, his night was through on lap when contact with another competitor damaged the No. 9 Tundra beyond repair.
"I'm really disappointed about the race in Nashville," Hattori said. "My qualifying time wasn't where I thought it could be but Tom (Ackerman) my crew chief, had the right setup for the race so I thought we'd be alright. I bumped into the back of the truck ahead of me when everyone slowed down for to avoid the accident in front of us. We pitted and there was no tire rub so we felt we wouldn't have any problems. Unfortunately, just a few laps later we got caught up in a mishap that finished our day. I wanted to have a good finish for all the Toyota employees at the event and for my sponsors AISIN and AISIN AW. It's disappointing but it happens in auto racing and we move on - It all is a learning experience for me."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is off this weekend but heads back in to action at Bristol Motor Speedway for the running of the O'Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline Maxlife Wednesday, August 24th at 9:00 pm EDT. The SPEED Channel, MRN and XM Satellite Radio will broadcast the event live.