SOLID FINISH IN TEXAS HELPS BOOST MORAL AS TJ BELL RACES TO A 14TH PLACE FINISH AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. Flawless pit stops and TJ Bell's relentless driving helped the ...
SOLID FINISH IN TEXAS HELPS BOOST MORAL AS TJ BELL RACES TO A 14TH PLACE FINISH AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY.
Flawless pit stops and TJ Bell's relentless driving helped the #11 Toyota Tundra team bring home a top-15 finish in the WinStar World Casino 400.
FT.WORTH, TX (June 5, 2009)- When the #11 Red Horse Racing team unloaded at Texas Motor Speedway, they were determined this was the week that their bad luck was going to turn around. Coming off a four race streak of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Bell and his team decided to take a different approach to tonight's race and it paid off in a big way.
The #11 Red Horse Racing crew chief Rick Gay and spotter Kevin Ray, reminded Bell at the start of the race of their strategy; race your own race. As Bell found his truck to be extremely loose from center off the corners, the reinforcement from both crew chief and spotter on being patient and racing his own race helped to ease the frustration. Together as a team they were able to drive their Tundra to the checkered flag capturing a respectable 14th place finish.
Bell was silent on the radio until lap 20 when he reported the truck was free center off both ends. On lap 40, the NCWTS drivers saw their first caution of the night and Bell radioed that he was better in turn three and loose in turns one and two from the center out. Gay called for his crew to do a four tire pit stop, slight air pressure adjustment and to clean the grill from noticeable debris.
Watching the #11 Red Horse Racing pit crew in action is spectacular. They completed their first pit stop in the Lone Star State, roping in an impressive eight spots bringing Bell back out in the seventh position. Although Bell continued to drive in the top-10 for the next 60 laps, he struggled with the handling of his truck which did not respond to the pit stop adjustments favorably. Bell reported that his truck felt as if he was on a teeter totter and rolling over. Bell reported that the truck had been better on the previous run and wanted to reverse the adjustment the team had made on the last stop.
The #11 Red Horse Racing machine returned to pit road for a green flag pit stop on lap 101 to reverse the previous adjustment and take four tires. He returned the following lap under green flag conditions to fill up with fuel. Bell merged back on the track in the 16th position. Despite a persistent loose condition, Bell persevered and kept his Toyota machine in position to bring home a 14th place finish.
The NASCAR Camping World Series will head to Michigan this week. The MIS Camping World Truck Series 200 Race is scheduled for Saturday, June 13th. It will be televised on Speed at 2:00 p.m. EST.