After a six week layoff from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, Bolen Motorsports and driver Ross Chastain returned for the 4th event of the season. Coming off of two straight Top 10 finishes, the team entered the weekend with high expectations. With only two 55 minute practice sessions on Thursday the No. 66 worked diligently to dial in the No. 66 GamecockDieCast.com Chevy. Ross reported tight conditions throughout practice and was never able to pinpoint our issues as practice ended on Thursday.
With qualifying coming on Friday afternoon, crew chief Paul Clapprood went to work to change the truck setup for improvement and a more balanced race truck. Ross would put down a lap time of 31.2 seconds in qualifying good enough for a 20th place starting position and improving our best lap time in practice by a tenth.
With all of our practice sessions and qualifying being during daylight hours and the race to be ran under the lights it was our hope that the cooler temperatures would “loosen” up the truck and a better balance would allow Ross to move towards the front.
After the beginning of the race was littered with cautions, it was hard to tell exactly what the truck was doing and how to improve but the team went to work on adjustments during the caution periods in preparation for the end of the race. Unfortunately with less than 50 laps remaining in the race, the No. 66 would cut a right front tire and make contact with the outside wall in turns 3 and 4 bringing out the caution for all the wrong reasons.
The crew was able to repair the damage and get Ross back on track with little to nothing to gain due to our position being 2 laps down to the leader. Ross would finish the event in 18th position.
While the Kansas weekend is one to forget…The Bolen Motorsports No. 66 currently sits 16th in series points with high hopes going into our next event on May 19th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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