Lewis finished second in the Hardee's 250, the best finish of his Busch series career. The Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet was 1.878 seconds behind race winner Jack Sprague at the checkered flag. Lewis' best finish this season entering Friday night's...
Lewis finished second in the Hardee's 250, the best finish of his Busch series career. The Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet was 1.878 seconds behind race winner Jack Sprague at the checkered flag. Lewis' best finish this season entering Friday night's race was eighth at Rockingham. His previous career best was third at Watkins Glen International in 1998. Lewis climbs to 19th in Busch Series points. After 10 races he has one top-five and two top-10 finishes.
HOW DID YOU RECOVER FROM THE SPIN WITH KENNY WALLACE ON LAP 157?
"I'd like to thank Kenny Wallace for wrecking us (laughs). We were a little bit loose and that's how we lost those positions before (at the beginning of the race). We got on the high side and we were real loose. I got loose coming off the corner and Kenny got into the back of me; I know he didn't mean to do it. We needed this for the Civil Air Patrol. They came on board and we haven't had the finishes we wanted. The guys stuck with it. We were way too loose at the start of the race. Charlie (Lewis, crew chief) did a great job working on it. We were still just a little bit too loose through the center of the corner to really make a run at Jason (Keller, race winner). It was a fantastic run for us. This is what we needed. We thought we turned our luck around last week. We didn't have a great car but things went our way and hopefully this is just building for a couple more races in a row."
DID THE SPIN PLAY TO YOUR ADVANTAGE?
"It got us a little bit different pit strategy and we had to come in and put tires on it. I thought we were going to be a sitting duck because I thought everybody in front of us was going to pit. I just kept looking in my mirror and those guys weren't coming so I tried to focus on Jason. I drove my heart out but we just didn't have the car there at the end."
HOW DID YOU GET THROUGH THE TRAFFIC SO FAST?
"Good tires (laughs). We had a little bit better tires there at the end again, thanks to Kenny Wallace, and it allowed us to get underneath some of those guys. They had a little bit more laps on their tires. The Civil Air Patrol car was great. They did a great job on fine tuning it. We just started the race a little bit too free and they worked on it and got it to where I could really drive it. We were really strong from the center of the corner off as long as we didn't get on the outside. Those guys' problem was that they were sitting there bobbling in front of me and it allowed us to get underneath them and make the pass."
HOW MANY MORE LAPS DID YOU NEED TO CHASE DOWN JASON KELLER AT THE END OF THE RACE?
"A lot more. We didn't have the car there at the end. Charlie did a great job fixing it and getting it where I could drive it. We were just missing that little bit. I think we went a little too high on the track bar for the race tonight. We'll have better notes next time and maybe we can finish a spot ahead."
HOW BIG IS THIS FOR YOUR RACE TEAM?
"Huge. We haven't had the luck we wanted here lately. I think we are turning it around."
HOW TREACHEROUS WAS THE SECOND GROOVE?
"It was horrible. We got stuck out there on the restart. Our car was great down low and had a lot of grip up off but if we got stuck out there it got real loose on us. That's how I lost about four or five spots. I got loose and those guys freight-trained me. That's really what happened with Kenny. I got up there high and got loose and he just got in the back of me. I know he didn't mean to do it."
DID IT COME IN AT ALL AT THE END OF THE RACE?
"It didn't seem to. I went around those lapped cars real, real cautiously and really didn't want to experience it out there so I did everything I could to stay down low."