BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 14, 2008) – Coming off his best NASCAR finish last week at Texas, Bobby East was looking to improve on that this weekend in the Cool City Customs 200 at Michigan International Speedway. East was the fastest Ford in qualifying, but a loose condition hampered him throughout the race. After several adjustments and much perseverance, East finished in 18th place.
A caution on lap three slowed the race early, and East lined up 11th for the restart on lap six. By lap 10 he had fallen back to 22nd place when a line of trucks got by him on the outside lane. East said the truck was loose, but without another caution for several laps he was unable to pit for adjustments.
Teams began green-flag pit stops, and East brought his Zaxby’s Ford F-150 to pit road on lap 36 for new tires, wedge and air pressure adjustments. When everyone had cycled through the pits by lap 42 East was in 23rd place. He still complained the truck was loose, especially coming off turn two.
East was in 20th place when a much-needed caution came on lap 47. In order to gain track position East pitted for fuel and a track bar adjustment only. The quick stop put him in 11th place when the race resumed just past the halfway point on lap 51.
Another caution came on lap 60, so crew chief Chad Norris called East to the pits again for one last adjustment. The crew performed a two-tire stop and lowered the track bar sending him out in ninth place.
East lost some track position in the next green-flag run and fell back to 16th with 20 laps to go. The final caution of the race came on lap 95. East was 11th when the green flag fell with three laps to go. As the field jockeyed for position in the closing laps, East was shuffled back to 18th place when the checkered flag fell.
“Our truck was pretty loose through much of the race, but the Zaxby’s team did a great job in the pits making adjustments,” East said. “Chad (Norris) and the guys just kept working on it, and taking fuel only halfway through the race gave us the track position we needed. We just got hurt on some of the restarts and lost a few positions there. I’ll be back in the truck at Memphis in a few weeks so I’m looking forward that and hope we can improve on our finish today.”
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to action at The Milwaukee Mile on Friday, June 20. John Wes Townley will pilot the No. 09 Zaxby’s Ford F-150 next weekend.