BUSCH: Hendrick Texas II race report

GRAPEVINE, TX. (October 5, 2001) - Ricky Hendrick continued his string of impressive performances scoring an eighth-place finish in the Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. The Top-10 finish marked a minor disappointment as No. 17 GMAC...

GRAPEVINE, TX. (October 5, 2001) - Ricky Hendrick continued his string of impressive performances scoring an eighth-place finish in the Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. The Top-10 finish marked a minor disappointment as No. 17 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Silverado dropped a cylinder with just eight laps to go in 146-lap event. "The guys gave me a really good truck," said Hendrick. "It's hard to win when you don't have a motor. We dropped a cylinder there at the end and I had to baby it around the track for the last few laps. I can't complain. We've had great equipment and great motors all year long. I believe we wouldn't have finished any worse than second. We ended with another Top-10, and that's great for GMAC and Chevrolet." Previously, Team GMAC has never finished out of the Top-10 at Texas Motor Speedway and the 21-year old Charlotte, NC native looked forward to the return to the freshly resurfaced 1.5-mile track. "I love this place," said Hendrick. "This race was hairy. There were a lot of cautions and it took a while to get the race going. There were quite a few times where I had to back off to avoid going three-wide in the turns. I know I would have been the monkey on the outside. The goal is to finish the race and it's not worth getting greedy. I did have to protect my spot, but it's not worth going three-wide in this place." Hendrick also had the assistance of crew chief Lance McGrew, who guided his Team GMAC crew through three flawless pit stops. "We struggled there for a while, "said Hendrick. "Mostly we were tight, but for a while I was loose and then I was tight again. Lance made some good calls and the guys made great stops. The cautions came our way and we did have a good motor. Lots of guys had engine trouble tonight. We were lucky our trouble came late. I'm not unhappy with the finish, this is racing." Hendrick earned $9,995 for the eighth-place effort and is second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year race behind Texas race winner Travis Kvapil. Hendrick also remained sixth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship points race, 191 markers out of first place. "I do think we could have won this race," said Hendrick. "If the motor hung on and we had 25 more laps maybe we could have caught Travis. I am really happy for Travis. That team works hard and deserved to win. They have their act together and I'm really happy for them." The trucks return to the track on Sunday October 14 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Orleans 350 at 6 p.m. EDT. The race will be telecast live on ESPN ant broadcast worldwide on MRN.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ricky Hendrick , Travis Kvapil