Boston Notches a Top 10 in the Lone Star State
Justin Boston had never been to Texas Motor Speedway before this weekend, but nobody would have guessed that from his results. Despite fighting the handling through much of the race, he earned his fourth top-10 finish of the season bringing the ROK Mobile Tundra home in eighth place.
After starting 11th, Boston quickly moved up to ninth but told crew chief Shannon Rursch his Tundra was free in, tight center and free off the corners. That condition would persist through much of the race, but Boston remained in, or near, the top 10.
The crew made adjustments on every stop which helped somewhat, but the truck varied between loose and tight. That seemed to be a common complaint with many drivers. Boston was credited with leading his first lap of the season on lap 131 before making a green-flag stop, but went down a lap shortly after his stop while running 10th since the field was so spread out.
As luck would have it he got a much-needed caution on lap 149 while running in the lucky dog position. He was able to pit a final time for new tires and a wedge adjustment and returned to the track in eighth place with 13 laps to go. He said the ROK Mobile Tundra was way too tight after the adjustment, but Boston was able to hang on in the closing laps to finish eighth.
"I'm happy we finished in the top 10," Boston said. "It was a good rebound from last week and the wreck at Dover. It feels good to be in the top 10, but I feel like we still have work to do. We want to go and contend. We had speed, we just didn't have the speed to get up there and contend with those guys once we were in the pack. We were kind of marred back there all race. We just have to do a better job of qualifying and starting up front because that's really key. Once you get up there it's a totally different ball game. Our ROK Mobile Tundra was good, but we need to be better. We're not happy with eighth."
Matt Crafton won the race, followed by Boston's KBM teammate Daniel Suarez. John Wes Townley, Johnny Sauter and Austin Theriault rounded out the top-five finishers. Boston gained one position in the driver championship point standings and is now 10th.
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