After a week off with the Camping World Truck Series, we were back trucking at Kentucky! Kentucky has been a great track for me, it is one of the older and rougher track surfaces on the schedule which adds an extra set of challenges for us drivers. With that being said I always enjoy coming to the tracks that add that extra set of challenges because I love to perfect myself & rise to the top of the competition.
This weekends schedule is a one day show that includes practice on Thursday morning, qualifying Thursday afternoon, and race Thursday night. So teams have a short time span to get our race trucks perfected for the race. However that short time span was cut even shorter… a lot shorter. How about no practice and no qualifying. We didn’t get any on track time because it rained all day in Kentucky. When we come to the race track we try to have the truck as close to perfect as possible but we always need to fine tune to the current track of the weekend. So going straight to race was a big unknown to how the truck was going to drive.
As the sun sets and the track dries, I strapped into the Lilly Trucking Silverado ready for the challenges of the unknown but ready to conquer the unknowns and have a great race! The green flag flies and we picked up a few spots right away. But we had a small issue, we had the front end a little too low to start the race off costing us speed and handling issues early. Luckily for us we had some quick cautions to come in and make adjustments to raise the front end of our truck and get the truck driving better. We quickly got the truck driving good and started to make our way back inside the top 20. Towards the end of the race we had a couple close calls with a few wrecks but we were able to miss them and make our way into the 15th position. However the last wreck, the #11 truck got up into the catch fence and caused enough damage where NASCAR couldn’t fix in time to finish the remaining laps of the race. I think we could have challenged for a top 10 in the remaining laps but we will never know.
I’m very happy with a top 15 finish. I want to say thanks again to Lilly Trucking for their continued support! The next scheduled race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is Eldora. I have never raced on dirt but ready for the experience! Thanks for reading & stay tuned for next weeks report!