Strong Run For Bryan Silas And Team Derailed Late At Kansas SpeedwayPress Release
Before the accident however, Silas and his Gary Cogswell led-team were able to take advantage of track position and a strong No. 99 Rockingham Speedway Ford F-Series to run as high as sixth under racing conditions in the 167-lap contest.
The Mooresville, North Carolina-based team also exercised strategy early during the first round of pit-stops when the Stuart, Florida native abruptly pulled out of line, returned to the racing surface and charged to the start-finish line first to lead a lap under caution, obtaining a crucial point towards the drivers’ championship.
Vaulting from the back to the front, Silas maneuvered competitive lap times which kept his No. 99 Rockingham Speedway Ford F-Series in position to notch their career-best finish at the 1.5-mile oval.
Following a restart with 47 laps remaining though, the trucks of Brennan Newberry and Todd Bodine made contact sending Bodine up into the wall and then sliding down the track and into the direct path of Silas’s Ford causing extensive damage to his vehicle, ending his strongest race of the year thus far.
The family-owned team would be credited with a 19th place finish.
“We had such a great truck, it’s a shame we weren’t able to finish,” said Silas. “I cannot thank Gary (Cogswell) and the team enough for their hard work. It was a lot of fun racing near the front and being able to stay there. I thought we were going to finish inside the top-10, but I had nowhere to go.”
The 25-year old added, “We’ve shown a lot of speed this season, we just don’t have the finishes to show for it. Despite the finish, we’re encouraged by our performance and we’re going to turn our concentration towards Charlotte, so we can go there and have a strong run at another one of my favorite tracks.”
Next up for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 from Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The fifth race of the season is set for Friday, May 17 with live coverage on SPEED, MRN and SiriusXM Satellite Radio beginning at 8:00 p.m.
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