Teamwork helps Inglebright to another career finish

(Bakersfield, CA)- Jim Inglebright continued his success in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series placing 15th in Saturday's Orchard Supply Hardware 250. Inglebright gave a lot of credit to his crew for keeping the Jelly Belly Chevrolet on the lead...

(Bakersfield, CA)- Jim Inglebright continued his success in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series placing 15th in Saturday's Orchard Supply Hardware 250. Inglebright gave a lot of credit to his crew for keeping the Jelly Belly Chevrolet on the lead lap all day. "My pit crew was awesome," said Inglebright, who tied his career best finish in the series. "The truck was a little tight and we had to loosen it up through tire pressure adjustments." Crew chief Rodney Haygood used a lot of his experience and pit strategy during the race to keep the Jelly Belly Chevrolet up with the leaders throughout the race. "Rodney's pit strategy is what helped our team stay in contention," said Inglebright, who is in his second year on the series. "The lapped trucks really came into play. It was hard to race with the people you needed to gain positions with. The truck was handling good and we're excited about keeping the Jelly Belly Chevrolet on the lead lap." The tenth caution of the day proved to be a turning point for the Jelly Belly team. Most of the leaders headed down pit road while Inglebright stayed out to gain critical track position. He had been in the top-15 most of the day and needed to break away from the lapped trucks if he was to contend for the win. "This was a pivotal point in the race for us," said the Fairfield, California resident. "We cut a right rear tire which put me at the back of the line. I had used all my fresh tires so I had to use one with 67 laps on it." Before the race, Inglebright knew he had fans in the grandstands as they cheered and waved to the "Jelly Belly Man" during driver introductions. Inglebright has visited victory circle at Mesa Marin in a NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour race in 1995. In fact, his southwest tour number is largely displayed atop the frontstretch grandstands. "I consider Mesa Marin one of my home tracks," said Inglebright. "It's exciting to see all the fan support. Some of them have been with me since Roseville and I consider them friends." After the race, Inglebright spent time signing autographs and having a few laughs with the fans. "It's great to see both NASCAR and Mesa Marin give back to the fans," said Inglebright. "Without the race fans, NASCAR and the sport of auto racing wouldn't be where it is today."

-Roadrunner Motorsports

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