Silverado Richmond race notes

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 6 TWIZZLERS/PAYDAY/SONIC SILVERADO (second in his first race of 200, his 70th career): "Jack was doing everything he had to do to do what he had to do to win. We beat and banged and had a heck of a time out there. This ...

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 6 TWIZZLERS/PAYDAY/SONIC SILVERADO (second in his first race of 200, his 70th career): "Jack was doing everything he had to do to do what he had to do to win. We beat and banged and had a heck of a time out there. This Twizzlers/Payday/Sonic Chevrolet was pretty awesome tonight. Now I know why I miss the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. It's a lot of fun. You can beat and bang and do whatever you want to and it would keep going. That's the most fun I've had in a race car all year. I probably could have turned up and dumped (Sprague), but Jack's racing for a championship. We were all the way up beside him. So we just gave it what we had and tried to beat him back all fair and square. It was an awesome night."

TROUBLE WITH THE TRUCK MIDWAY? "The brake pedal started sticking to the floor when I'd go in the corners. It just took me a while to get in the rhythm of letting it stick on the floor and pulling it back up with my foot. Then with about 40 laps to go they handed me a bungee cord and I tied that to the brake pedal under caution and it worked for a while until it ripped the tach off and that's what I had it tied to. Then I had to get back into the rhythm of having to hold it back up off the floor. It was an eventful night."

ARE YOU GOING TO DO THIS AGAIN? "Right now we're just trying to lock something down for (Rick) Carelli next year, but as much fun as tonight was we might run it at Phoenix."

DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 ACXIOM/COMPUTER ASSOCIATES SILVERADO (third): "It's pretty exciting. We had some new tires, and came from the back on the restart and just ran out of time right there at the end. We caught those cats, ran some pretty good lap times. That was a lot of fun. Jack did a pretty good job protecting what he had. Kevin came back and raced him good. They did a little rubbing, but that's what truck racing is all about. It was a good race for Chevrolet; Silverados 1-2-3. It would have been nice to have been out front. I congratulate Jack (Sprague) and all his crowd. They did a good job. They finished well, and started well. Our truck was pretty good all night. It got a little tight in the center part of the racetrack. We made some good adjustments at the end there. We were pretty fast at the end. We ran the leaders down from quite a ways back. It's just unfortunate that we didn't have two more laps."

RICKY HENDRICK, NO. 17 GMAC SILVERADO (eighth, first rookie): "It was a tough day. We struggled right from the beginning. We were locking up some brakes and had three big flat spots on the tires. I was kind of going around like Fred Flintstone. You can hear every rotation of the tires. It was pretty bad and obviously at that point in time I couldn't do anything with it. I was just hoping the tire wasn't going to blow out so we wouldn't hit the wall. We came in and fixed it, started picking up some positions. We went back out and ended up eighth. That's kind of the way the storybook went. I think Richmond is a place where it doesn't treat rookies very well. People who run really well here have a lot of experience. I guess we'll head on to Texas and see what we got there. (This is a) great race track. Hopefully we'll come back here and run better than we did today."

ON HOPES FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP? "Hopefully it closed it up and hopefully we're gaining a lot on the rookie deal. Because the Raybestos Rookie of the Year is one of those deals I'd really like to accomplish this year, along with another win."

TRAVIS KVAPIL, NO. 60 CAT RENTAL STORES SILVERADO (11th, ran as high as third; still holds on to Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings, but by only one point over Ricky Hendrick): "Basically it came down to eight of us on the lead lap and we wanted to stay out because we thought we had a pretty good truck. We didn't want to come in and pit. All the guys behind us did. I got to racing real hard trying to stay up there in the top five. We just burned the right rear tire off because we had a bunch of laps on it. I was racing them guys real hard and got down into turn 1 a little too hard one corner and got up in the marbles and just slid up into the wall. Driver's fault, I guess. I was trying to get a little more out of the truck than was there and it ended up biting me tonight. Something got bent in the truck it didn't want to steer real well after I got in the wall. Pretty disappointing. We qualified 22nd, drove ourselves right up to the top five in the first half of the race. I kind of gave it all away with about 15 to go. That's all right. We had a decent run going and they definitely knew we were here."

ON THE DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP? "We needed a good run tonight. I see the 18 (Joe Ruttman) and 2 (Scott Riggs) had problems. It would have been nice if we could have kept it up in the top five and we would gained points on them guys. I'm sure we slipped back a little bit more. We just need to run strong for these last five races and I think we still have a shot at it."

-GM Racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ricky Hendrick , Scott Riggs , Joe Ruttman