Coming off a discouraging finish at Road America, Mike Bliss and his No. 19 TriStar Motorsports crew worked feverishly at the Bluegrass State’s fastest 1.5-mile oval. At the start of the race Bliss knew he had his work cut out for him as he rolled off 24th for the 12thAnnual Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
Within the first 40 laps, Bliss gained a few spots and merged into the top-20 and stayed there for 12 laps. A caution fell at lap 51 just as Bliss’ car started to feel a “wrecking loose.”
“The car is tighter when I’m on the gas, but I’m really loose on entry,” said Bliss. This was the beginning to a series of adjustments throughout the action packed event. Bliss and Crew Chief Paul Clapprood made track bar, air pressure, shock and wedge adjustments all in an attempt to find a balance with Bliss’ Toyota.
By lap 87 Bliss was racing in the 20th position and radioed to Clapprood, “I can’t turn the wheel in the center of three and four; it seems like it’s going to snap loo