Fort Worth: Jimmy Spencer race notes

Spencer scores second straight top-10 finish. FT. WORTH, Texas (April 9, 2002) - The Target Dodge Intrepid R/T driven by Jimmy Spencer finished eighth in the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. This is Spencer's second straight ...

Spencer scores second straight top-10 finish.

FT. WORTH, Texas (April 9, 2002) - The Target Dodge Intrepid R/T driven by Jimmy Spencer finished eighth in the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. This is Spencer's second straight top-10 finish; he finished second at Bristol Motor Speedway. With his eighth place finish, Spencer moved up two places to 21st in NASCAR Winston Cup championship points.

The Target Dodge took the green flag in the 21st position but moved into the top-15 by lap 7. Spencer radioed in within the first 20 laps stating that the car was tight in the center yet he continued to move through the pack up to 11th position by lap 23. Following the mandatory caution period on lap 35, Spencer restarted in the eighth position due to a 14.66 second four tire pit stop by Team Target. The Target Dodge stayed in the top-10 for the remainder of the first 100 laps of the race.

Team Target made adjustments on the No. 41 Dodge during pit stops and kept Spencer in the top-20 from laps 100 to 200. As green flag pit stops were ending, a caution came out on lap 239 with Team Target still on the track without coming in to pit. Spencer brought the No. 41 Dodge in under caution and was able to restart in third position due to the pit sequence. Spencer remained competitive in the top-5 for the remainder of the race until he began to fall back starting on lap 325 when the No. 20 and No. 48 cars slid by him on the inside. Spencer eventually finished in eighth place behind teammate and points leader Sterling Marlin. Spencer and Marlin started the event in 20th and 21st positions due to having the exact same qualifying times (28.181 seconds).

"The car pushed, but we weren't bad," Spencer said. "We ran in the top-10 most of the day and made a couple of adjustments to try to get it better. At one time, we really got a push to the car. We almost lost a lap and came back. We adjusted back on it the other way, and we might have adjusted right in the end because we came home in the top 10. That wasn't too bad.

"We're going to have a lot of top-10s this year. We've got a good race team, and we're learning a lot. We've got to get better figuring out stuff. Our pit stops were awesome today. Sterling and I qualified 20th and 21st with the same speed. We finished seventh and eighth. It's not where we want to be and it's not where Chip expects us to be. The whole team expects more and we're going to get better. We want top fives, and I know we can do that."

Next on the schedule for the No. 41 Target team is the Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 14, 2002.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Sterling Marlin