Scott Speed, a former Formula One driver now trying his hand at NASCAR, was the top-finishing rookie Saturday in the Kroger 200 Craftsman Truck Series race despite starting from the back of the 36-truck field.
He rallied to cross the finish line seventh.
"Honestly, I think we conserved a lot more than everyone else the whole race," he said.
"It's kind of easy to do in the Truck series. I think everyone charges so hard for so long that by the end normally their stuff is worn out. We were able to ride along for a bit and keep the tires on the thing and they were there good for the end."