Portland; Jimmy Hensley keeps momentum going

PORTLAND, OR (April 22, 2000) - Jimmy Hensley isn't exactly known as a road course racer, but the veteran NASCAR short-track ace showed he could turn both left and right with a solid sixth-place finish in the Craftsman Truck Series Line-X 225...

PORTLAND, OR (April 22, 2000) - Jimmy Hensley isn't exactly known as a road course racer, but the veteran NASCAR short-track ace showed he could turn both left and right with a solid sixth-place finish in the Craftsman Truck Series Line-X 225 at Portland International Raceway Saturday. "We managed to miss the wrecks, well maybe I didn't miss all of them after all," said Hensley as he looked over his battered #16 Team Rensi Chevrolet." Still, all in all, we had the kind of day we needed here in Portland. We ran solidly all day, had good pit stops, and ended up in the Top-10. That's what we need to do every week." Hensley started ninth on the grid and managed to stay in the Top-10 throughout the race. Utilizing a different fuel mileage strategy then the rest of the field, Hensley appeared to be in position to take the win if the race stayed under green flag conditions to its conclusion. Unfortunately, a rash of late-race yellows spared the leaders another trip to pit road for fuel dashing the fuel mileage strategy. Despite the disappointment of not contending for the win at the finish, Hensley was happy with the outcome. "We raced hard today, all day, and we managed a good solid Top-10," said Hensley of his season-best effort. "I thought we had a pretty decent truck all day and if our strategy had worked out, we could have probably finished a little higher. It was still a very good day for the Team Rensi Chevy." Hensley earned $11,195 for the effort. More importantly, the top finish boosted the Ridgeway, VA driver two positions in the season points chase, up from 13th to 11th. "We had a tough start to the season getting caught up in that big wreck at Daytona," said Hensley. "It's also taken a little while for this Team Rensi bunch to get used to working with each other, but I think we're really starting to click now. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season." Hensley and his #16 Chevy will have another chance to move up in the standings when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series visits Gateway International Speedway Sunday, May 7. The Ram Tough 200 on the 1.25-mile St. Louis, MO oval will take the green flag at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time and will be telecast live on ESPN.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jimmy Hensley