Daytona II: Jimmy Spencer race report

Team Target scores top-5 finish in Daytona; Spencer moves up to 21st in NASCAR Winston Cup championship points. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 6, 2002) - The No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T driven by Jimmy Spencer finished in fourth place in the...

Team Target scores top-5 finish in Daytona; Spencer moves up to 21st in NASCAR Winston Cup championship points.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 6, 2002) - The No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T driven by Jimmy Spencer finished in fourth place in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Spencer moves up two spots to 21st position in NASCAR Winston Cup championship points; he is eight points behind Elliott Sadler who is currently in 20th position.

Team Target started the 160-lap event in 25th position and Spencer raced in the back of the field for the majority of the night. Great pit stops by Team Target and smart adjustments on the car finally put Spencer in the top-15 late in the race on lap 134. The turning point of the night occurred when Spencer drove his way through a 10-car accident on lap 137 to put the Target Dodge in seventh position for the restart.

A late race caution on lap 151 for debris, lined up teammate Sterling Marlin's Dodge in sixth position with Jimmy Spencer's Dodge in ninth position. Spencer pushed Marlin to move up to third and fourth places respectively before an accident pulled out another caution on lap 157. The race ended under caution with the Ganassi duo finishing third and fourth. Michael Waltrip won the race in the No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet.

"The first part the car wasn't good," Spencer said following the race. "When we got up there and started mixing it up, it got a little too loose on us. Andy Graves and Doug Randolph did a good job making adjustments with tire pressure changes. We got it really good and then the last change was awesome. We worked our way up to the top-15 and that was a bad accident. I just thank the good Lord I missed it and nobody got hurt. That put us in a situation where we could battle for the win and a top-5.

"I gave Sterling (Marlin) a heck of a push. I know Michael (Waltrip) lost his teammate in Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. That only left two Dodges and a Chevy and Ford. We'd probably made it three wide and it would have been a heck of a finish, but we'll take a top-5 and look forward to the Winston No Bull 5."

Spencer and Marlin are both eligible for the Winston No Bull 5 at Richmond International Speedway in September.

Next on the schedule for the No. 41 Target team is the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 14, 2002.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Jimmy Spencer