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Tire Ends Huffman’s Day at Texas

After making his way up through the field, Shane Huffman’s race was ended when a tire blew out on his No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS during Saturday’s NASCAR Busch Series O’Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.



On Friday night Huffman qualified the Navy Chevrolet in 30th spot for Saturday’s race with a fast lap of 28.754 seconds, 187.800 mph.



At the drop of the green flag Huffman wasted no time in moving toward the front. When the caution flag was displayed for the first time on Lap 4 he had already made his way up to 26th. When the caution flag waved again on Lap 29, he was up to 21st. The team elected to pit under that caution period and changed four tires, added fuel and made track bar and air pressure adjustments to help Huffman with the loose handling condition he was experiencing entering the turns.



Huffman broke into the top 20 on Lap 44 and was running in 19th position when a tire blew out on the No. 88 in the middle of Turns 3 and 4, sending him hard into the wall on Lap 64.



He was transported to the infield care center for evaluation and was released.



“The No. 88 Navy Chevy was awesome today. Wes (Ward, Crew Chief) and the guys on this team gave me a great car this weekend. We were pretty fast off the hauler and we were on our way to a good finish. I was just following Wes’s instructions to take it easy and work my way up through the field when a tire blew out in between Turns 3 and 4. It destroyed our car.



“I hate it the most for the guys on the team. They work their butts off at the shop each week getting our cars ready and then the road crew does a great job of making the necessary changes at the track. We had a good run in Memphis and it looked like today was going to be a good day for us as well, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be.”



The early wreck left Huffman with a 42nd-place finish.



Despite the finish, the No. 88 team remains 19th in the owners points standings



Huffman Takes Home 26th-Place Finish and Additional Seat Time in Truck Race

Shane Huffman started Friday’s Silverado 350k NASCAR Truck Series race from 33rd position in the Key Motorsports No. 40 Silverado entry. The team made adjustments to the truck during several pit stops to alleviate the loose-handling condition Huffman reported. He finished the race in 26th position.



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Shane Huffman will sign autographs at the U.S. Navy’s display at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday from 8:45 – 9:15 a.m.



This Weekend

Shane Huffman and the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet team will race in the Arizona.Travel 200 on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway. The race is scheduled to air live on NBC and MRN Radio affiliates at 3:30 p.m. ET.



Huffman will also drive the Key Motorsports No. 40 Truck Series entry in Friday night’s Casino Arizona 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. The race is scheduled to air live on SPEED Channel at 8 p.m. ET.



Johnny Rumley and the No. 80N Champion Chevrolet team will compete in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Dan Duncan Memorial Travel Country 250 at South Georgia Motorsports Park on Saturday.



The Nos. 71, 72 and 73 R&B Chevy late model stock car teams will enjoy an off weekend before competing in the Myrtle Beach 250 at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Nov. 19.


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