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Carl Long rallies from practice incident at Dover

May 30, 2015, Taylor Starer,

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No. 13 driver switched cars with Timmy Hill after crashing in Friday's practice

DOVER, Del. -- During Friday's XFINITY Series practice at Dover International Speedway, Carl Long's No.13 wrecked after a weight fell off Peyton Sellers' No. 97 and Long ran over it. 


The piece of tungsten went through Long's radiator, into the steering and engine and caused the MBM Motorsports driver to slam hard into the wall. 

Having empathy for small team troubles, Selllers and the No. 97 team owner Victor Obaika quickly offered up any help they could. 

"We have spoken to Carl and we've offered him whatever we can," Obaika said in a statement on Friday. "(Our) backup car, our people, whatever he needs, you know because it's unfortunate, but we have to show some responsibility on our part and we've done that and we'll help however we can."

"When you're on the bottom end, everybody kinda sticks together and tries to help each other," Long said on Saturday after the Coors Light Pole Qualifying session. "Some of the guys with a lot of money and a lot of focus and all, some help out, some don't. But all of us little guys usually stick together."

While the Obaika Racing owner offered to let Long use the team's backup, the No. 13 driver feels his ride was the way to go.

"(Sellers) offered me his backup car, but I had mine here," Long said. "This is the car we had at Iowa, we ran it Talladega, we ran it at Texas, we ran it everywhere.

"I just felt like from changing the seats over and doing all the work, we would still be working on his car right now to get it ready for me. So, I think this is a better race car, and that's the ultimate thing is to be here to race, not to ride around."

Shortly before the start of the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket, it was announced that Long switched rides with the No. 40 of Timmy Hill due to the pain he was feeling after Friday's hit. 

"Yesterday when I got out of the car nothing hurt," Long said. "This morning my chest is hurting, my shoulder is hurting, that's a pretty hard lick, it just didn't seem like it then."

"Carl took a pretty good hit yesterday and he's feeling rather sore," Hill said. "He's not sure if he can go the distance. Out of the two cars he's really trying to get the 13 better in the points. With that being said, he wants to assure that the No. 13 runs the whole race." 

"My chest is hurting quite a bit and I didn't realize that until I did my qualifying laps and I just got to thinking about it," Long said. "My main goal is to run good and have a good finish for our team. If I fall out of the seat, that ain't a good finish."