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Dye finishes 13th at Martinsville – Speedway Digest

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Daniel Dye ended his night at Martinsville Speedway with a 13th place finish. In his second appearance on The Paperclip, Dye tied his career-best short track finish, moving up two positions in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series standings to 13th place after six races.

Dye started his race for the Long John Silver's 200 in 23rd place. Most of the first stage was filled with single-file racing, making overtaking more difficult at a track like Martinsville. Dye was able to move up to 20th place at the end of the first stage on lap 50. Crew chief Blake Bainbridge took Dye to pit road to obtain two right tires and fuel to give to the driver of the No. 43 Champion Container Chevrolet Silverado RST Track Position later in the event.

Dye left pit road in 19th place and began stage two on lap 60. On lap 75, the caution flag flew and Dye went to pit road for the second time after feeling uncomfortable with the handling. Bainbridge made minor adjustments to the right rear while adding dye fuel and four fresh tires. Bainbridge explained that this was the last scheduled stop of the evening and the team planned to race to the checkered flag. After starting again from 26th place on lap 83, Dye managed to find better balance in his truck and was in 22nd place by the end of the second stage on lap 100.

Dye's most recent pit stop gave him the opportunity to maintain his position on track while much of the field pitted under the stage warning, moving him up to 11th. Dye fought back and forth for position until lap 165, when the bottom lane began to clog, leaving him with nowhere to go and getting into a collision with several trucks. Dye suffered severe front end damage and was forced to pull down pit road for an unscheduled stop. Dye returned to the field in 26th and spent the final 30 laps avoiding multiple incidents to take the track position. He was able to bring home a 13th place finish, giving him the best finish of his career at Martinsville Speedway and moving him up to 13th in the NCTS standings.

Quote from Daniel Dye:

“It's nice to come home in 13th place after everything we've been through tonight. Our Champion Container team did a good job in the first half and made some repairs after we got stuck in traffic with about 30 minutes to go. We definitely want more, but it's nice to achieve a top 15 place again on a short track. We can build on that and we will also gain a few places in the points standings.”

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