MILLINGTON, Tenn. (June 28, 2008) – Bobby East tied his best career NASCAR finish Saturday night at Memphis Motorsports Park. After starting second, East remained in the top 10 all night to finish a tough race in eighth place.
East started the 200-lap race on the outside of the front row. The Zaxby’s Ford F-150 was tight early in the race, and East eventually settled into sixth place. By the third caution of the race crew chief Chad Norris called him to pit road on lap 54. The crew gave him four tires and raised the track bar to help free up the truck. The team had a great stop, but since some teams were on different pit strategies and stayed out, he restarted in 12th place on lap 58.
Within a few laps East was back in the top 10. The truck was still tight, but he was able to work his way up to fifth place by the halfway point at lap 100. A caution on lap 123 would set the Zaxby’s team up for its final pit stop of the night. East came into the pits in fifth place, but quick work by the team sent him out in fourth place with four new tires and fuel.
East remained fourth for several laps, and showed considerable improvement on his restarts from previous races. With 40 laps to go he was in sixth place, but only a few laps later he spun coming off the turn on lap 167. Luckily East did not hit anything and was able to continue in sixth place.
East told the team the truck would not turn in the center of the corners. He slipped to seventh with 20 laps to go and was able to maintain that until the final 10 laps of the race. Several cautions slowed the final laps, including a multi-truck accident with two laps to go. The race was red flagged while NASCAR cleaned the track. East restarted eighth for the green-white-checker finish and held on to finish the race there. Ron Hornaday won the race.
“The Zaxby’s Ford F-150 was great,” East said. “We made a couple of key adjustments after the final practice yesterday, which Chad Norris is just great at. He brings great trucks to the track and we had a good truck. I’m happy for everybody on the team. Another top-10 finish is good for us. I would really have liked to have a top-five finish, but overall it was a good night.”
After a two-week break the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to action at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, July 19. John Wes Townley will pilot the No. 09 Zaxby’s Ford F-150 at Kentucky.
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 and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.