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(Fountain, CO) -- Before the start of Sunday's Jelly Belly 200, Jim Inglebright was looking forward to a good finish. Early indications saw Inglebright among the top 15 in both practice sessions Saturday as qualifying was rained out. On...

(Fountain, CO) -- Before the start of Sunday's Jelly Belly 200, Jim Inglebright was looking forward to a good finish. Early indications saw Inglebright among the top 15 in both practice sessions Saturday as qualifying was rained out. On lap 138 of the race, Inglebright pulled his #02 Jelly Belly Chevrolet Silverado behind the wall, dashing any hopes of a good finish.

"We broke a value spring," said Inglebright, who finished 26th in the fastest NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Inclement weather cancelled qualifying Saturday afternoon, forcing the Jelly Belly crew to rely on 2001 owner points. The setback did not stop Inglebright though as he passed his competitors one-by-one from the 30th starting position.

"In the first part of the race, the truck ran better on the top groove," said Inglebright, whose next NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race is at The Milwaukee Mile. "After we pitted (under the caution), we made adjustments and the truck worked better on the bottom."

Inglebright nearly was involved in the first caution as Randy Tolsma's Silverado blew a motor in turns one and two. Other competitors began spinning in the oil laid down on the racing surface, however, Inglebright maintained control and skillfully avoided disaster.

"I watched it unfold in front of me," said Inglebright. "I was lucky that I didn't get into the oil. When the accident occurred, I jumped on the brakes to slow the truck down and skidded the front tires."

Because of NASCAR's (two tires per caution flag pit stop) rule, Inglebright had to pit twice under the caution, once for right-side tires and the other for a left front tire that was flat-spotted. The two pit stops put Inglebright 21st on the lap 80 restart.

The adjustments made to the truck proved to be the right call by crew chief Rodney Haygood as Inglebright once again showed the massive crowd he had one of the fastest trucks on the track.

"Every lap I got better and my concentration (racing the truck) improved," said Inglebright who will defend his NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series win at Sears Point Raceway next month.

Inglebright was running 14th when a miss in the engine began to develop on the backstretch. Rather than place his competitors in danger on the racetrack, the Fairfield, Calif. native pulled the Jelly Belly Silverado behind the wall.

"We are working with our motor builders to resolve the problem," said Inglebright, whose engines are supplied by John "Freight Train" Peters. "I am very confident that we can get this problem fixed prior to our next race."

-RM

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Randy Tolsma