Phoenix: Mike Bliss race summary

Mike Bliss started fifth and ran in the Top 3 throughout the first half of the Chevy Silverado 150 before his No. 16 IWX Chevy developed engine trouble on Lap 85. Now down a cylinder, Bliss soldiered his truck to the checkered flag managing to...

Mike Bliss started fifth and ran in the Top 3 throughout the first half of the Chevy Silverado 150 before his No. 16 IWX Chevy developed engine trouble on Lap 85.

Now down a cylinder, Bliss soldiered his truck to the checkered flag managing to hang on to a Top-10 finish (his 18th in 21 races this season) and the 2002 NCTS championship points lead by a 32-point margin over Rick Crawford with one race remaining.

Mike Bliss post race quotes -

"We had a first-place truck today. If we don't have an engine problem, we win the race. We were still running solid lap times and finished in the Top-10 despite running on seven cylinders the last half of the race. You could say we were lucky to finish after having an engine problem and you'd be right. Then again, if we don't have the problem, we're right there fighting for the win at the finish."

"We got a good old fashioned NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points race heading into Miami. We know what we have to do to win. We did it here at Phoenix and had the best truck here. We just didn't get the results we wanted. Everyone is still chasing us. The pressure is still on them. If we just do what we need to do at Miami, we'll be the ones sitting at the championship table at the banquet."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Bliss