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Gosselin Grabs 9th Place at Martinsville - Posted on March 27th, 2010
TireMonkey.com driver Mario Gosselin’s impressive performance Saturday may have earned him ninth place in the Martinsville Kroger 250, but it also bumped his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver standing from 22nd place to 11th.



Back home Monday in Lake Wales, F.L., Gosselin said he has his team to thank.



“I’m proud of everybody,” he said. “We have to keep up the good work and keep getting those top 10’s.”



Kevin Harvick of the No. 2 truck won the Kroger 250, his second consecutive win following Atlanta’s E-Z-GO 200. Ron Hornaday Jr. of the No.33 truck came second followed by Brian Ickler of the No. 18 truck.



Starting position is important at short tracks like Martinsville’s, but rain canceled Friday’s qualification race, and NASCAR rules dictating the lineup be based on driver points meant the No. 12 TireMonkey.com truck had to start in 23rd place.



“We felt we could have probably qualified somewhere around 10th to 12th, so that was a little disappointing, but there was nothing we could do about it at that point,” Gosselin said. “We just had to hope for the best, and we worked our way up to the top 15, top 12, pretty quick, so I was pretty happy.”



Gosselin’s Chevrolet Silverado handled best on the “Pretty Paperclip’s” long runs, but the track’s concrete surface wore away at the truck’s tires and made the 12-degree turns a bit difficult.



“The concrete actually takes the rubber off the tire, and it just changes the way the truck handles,” Gosselin said. “Obviously, we knew that, and we kept adjusting. We just never went enough. It got really tight there from the middle of the race on.”



The race was a physical one with each driver desperately trying to advance before the turns. There was a considerable amount of bump drafting, and Gosselin’s truck suffered a broken bumper, a bashed-in rear corner and tire marks on each side. But luckily, the damage is merely cosmetic, and Team TireMonkey.com is busily working to repair the truck for use as a back-up at Friday’s Nashville race.



“We’re trying to fix up this Martinsville truck as best we can,” Gosselin said. “We’re hoping we don’t need it – It’s not going to be real pretty.”



Following the long haul from Virginia back to Central Florida, Gosselin and his team hit the road again Wednesday en route to Tennessee.



“Well, we’re going to go with top 15 expectations, but I’m really hoping we get ourselves another top 10,” he said.



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