MADISON, Ill. (September 6, 2008) – An early accident put a damper on Bobby East’s race at Gateway International Raceway on Saturday afternoon, but he and the Zaxby’s team never gave up. The team worked on the truck during every opportunity they had which resulted in East gaining seven positions to finish 25th.
East qualified his No. 09 Zaxby’s Ford F-150 in sixth place to start the Camping World 200. The truck was loose early in the run and while running 10th on lap six, East spun by himself and hit the wall. The damage to the truck was certainly detrimental to the handling for the remainder of the race, but crew chief Chad Norris and the team kept working on it during every caution. He was back in 32nd place when the race resumed on lap 10.
East fought the handling every lap, but was determined to finish the race. He was not able to maintain a speed competitive enough to remain on the lead lap, and eventually lost three laps to the leader throughout the race. At lap 100 East was still in 30th place, but as more cautions slowed the race he was able to gain track position.
By the time the checkered flag flew for Ron Hornaday on lap 160, a disappointed East finished the race in 25th place.
“I feel bad for all the guys on this Zaxby’s team,” East said. “We had a fast truck, but it just got loose and got away from me early in the race. Chad and the guys did a great job working on it to make it drivable for the rest of the race. Finishing 25th is certainly not what I was hoping for, but we made the best of a bad situation.”
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 13. Travis Kvapil will pilot the No. 09 Zaxby’s Ford F-150 at New Hampshire.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing operates 13 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Travis Kvapil, John Wes Townley and Bobby East; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.