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· Ron Hornaday and the No. 9 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet Silverado team crossed the finish line for the National Guard 200 in the 11th position, earning their ninth top-15 finish of the 2013 season.
· Brennan Newberry and the No. 24 Qore-24 team continued their strong run with a solid 12th-place finish at Michigan International Speedway in the National Guard 200. The finish marked Newberry’s second straight top-15 finish.
· James Buescher won the race followed by Kyle Busch, Ty Dillon, Joey Logano and Miguel Paludo.
· Next up on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule is the UNOH 200 on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Hornaday Finishes 11th at Michigan International Speedway; Earns Ninth Top-15 Finish of 2013
Starting the National Guard 200 at Michigan International Speedway from the 10th position, Ron Hornaday and the No. 9 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff team moved into the sixth spot on lap one before the caution flag waved for an incident on the backstretch. Once the race returned to green-flag conditions on lap five, Hornaday quickly moved to the third position.
Several laps later on lap 11 after slipping to the seventh position, Hornaday reported to the team that he believed he had a right-rear tire going down. Continuing on track and feeling out the tire, the team was able to bring Hornaday down pit road on lap 16 under caution to change four tires, make a track-bar adjustment and add fuel. Hornaday restarted the race on lap 20 from the 19th position.
Six laps after the green-flag restart, the caution was displayed again for a multi-truck incident on lap 26 in turn four. Hornaday again pitted for another track-bar adjustment and to top off with fuel. The team restarted the race on lap 32 in the 15th spot.
Over the next long green-flag run, Hornaday worked his way as high as 12th on lap 35 before falling back to 16th on lap 44. Fighting the handling of his Silverado in traffic, Hornaday reported to the team on lap 50 that, “This almost feels like we don’t have a right-rear spring in it.” The team caught a break on lap 55 when the caution flag waved for debris in turn two. The team brought Hornaday down pit road for four tires with an air-pressure adjustment and a left-side track-bar adjustment. Returning to the track in the 14th spot, Hornaday was penalized for a crew member over the wall too soon and had to start at the tail end of the field.
Working his way back through the field, the caution again waved on lap 65 and the team decided to stay on track to gain positions. The race restarted on lap 69 with Hornaday 11th. Unfortunately, Hornaday made contact on the restart with a competitor and had to pit under green-flag conditions for a flat right-front tire, going one lap down to the leaders.
Running in the “Lucky Dog” position, Hornaday was able to return to the lead lap after the caution flag waved for the sixth time on lap 76. Crew Chief Bruce Cook called Hornaday to pit road for his final stop of the race for four tires and fuel. The race restarted on lap 78 with the No. 9 Chevrolet team in the 16th position.
Making his way through the field, Hornaday was running 11th when the final caution flag waved on lap 90. With encouragement from Cook that his truck “has been the best it has been all day, get what you can from here on out,” Hornaday restarted the race on lap 94 from the 11th position.
Over the final six laps, Hornaday slipped as low as 13th before battling back to cross the finish line solidly in the 11th spot. The finish marked his ninth top-15 finish of the 2013 season with 12 races complete.
“The Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff team worked very hard to keep our No. 9 Chevy in contention for another solid finish. While we weren’t able to get the results we were hoping for, I’m excited to get to Bristol and show what our team is made of.”
Start: 10th Finish: 11th Driver Points Standing: 13th
Owner Points Standing: 11th
Newberry Continues Strong Run with 12th-Place Finish at Michigan International Speedway
Moving from the Pocono Mountains to the Irish Hills of Michigan, Brennan Newberry and the No. 24 Qore-24 Chevrolet team entered the weekend at Michigan International Speedway with momentum on their side for the National Guard 200, following their career-best finish of 10th at Pocono Raceway.
Qualifying for the National Guard 200 in the 18th position, Newberry quickly began his march to the front after gaining three positions on lap one before the first caution flag was displayed for a wreck on the backstretch. After the clean up was complete, the race restarted on lap five with Newberry in 15th.
With hard racing early in the 100-lap event, Newberry moved up to 12th on lap nine before slipping back to 14th when the second caution was displayed on lap 16. Reporting to the team that his Qore-24 Chevrolet Silverado was free in traffic, the team called Newberry to pit road for a track-bar adjustment and fuel only. The race restarted on lap 20 with Newberry running in the 11th spot.
Battling for track position, Newberry found himself maintaining his position in the top 15 when the caution was again displayed for a multi-truck incident in turn four in front of the No. 24 Qore-24 Chevrolet. Newberry did a great job avoiding the spinning trucks and was able to restart the race on lap 32 in the seventh position.
Under a long-green flag run, Newberry reported to the team “as the track gets hotter, the truck gets more free.” Newberry was scored in the 10th spot at the halfway point of the race.
Five laps later the caution came out again on lap 55 for debris in turn two, and the team called Newberry to pit road for four tires with an air-pressure adjustment and fuel. With the race back under green-flag conditions, Newberry reported to the team that he had a vibration and on lap 64 retuned to pit road for four tires and to top off with fuel. Newberry would go a lap down after making the unscheduled green-flag stop, but with luck on his side, the caution waved on lap 65 awarding Newberry the “Lucky Dog” and putting him back on the lead lap. Newberry returned to pit road on lap 67 to repair damage sustained to the left side of his Chevrolet and restarted the race on lap 69 in the 17th position.
Focused on getting back in the top 10, Newberry was able to take over 12th before the sixth caution of the race was displayed on lap 76 for a spin behind Newberry. Reporting his Silverado was too free in traffic, crew chief Eddie Pardue called Newberry to pit road for adjustments. The race restarted on lap 78 with Newberry in the 11th position.
Newberry slipped as low as 16th on lap 87 before making his final charge toward the front of the field over the closing laps of the 100-lap race. Under the final caution on lap 90, Newberry pitted for another round of adjustments and restarted the race in the 14th spot on lap 94.
With a six lap shootout to the finish, Newberry worked his way as high as 10th on lap 96; eventually finishing the race 12th behind teammate Ron Hornaday. The finish marked Newberry’s second straight top-15 finish and sixth top-20 finish of the 2013 season.
“I actually think we carried the momentum over from our top-10 finish in Pocono. We started out really good, we didn’t qualify where we wanted to in 18th, but I believe after the initial start we were close to the top 10 and the truck was working really good. The last time I was at Michigan, my truck was really, really loose and today I was just happy I could be full throttle with all the guys in traffic. I knew after drafting in practice we were going to be really good. Eddie (Pardue, crew chief) tightened me up which didn’t help us in qualifying, but gave us a really good truck for the start of the race. My spotter Rick Carelli just kept telling me how to use momentum. He really got me through today, he kept talking about momentum, momentum. We had one incident in the race where I felt we had a tire going down and we lost our track position and came in a couple of times to fix the damage we had through racing. When it came down to the final restart with six laps to go, we gained a lot of positions and I thought we were on our way to another top-10 finish, but I am just as happy coming in 12th.”
Start: 18th Finish: 12th Drivers’ Points Standing: 18th
Owners’ Points Standing: 23rd
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