Team ASE/Carquest Dodge Suffers Early Race Setbacks BRISTOL, TN- (August 25, 2004) Poor track position, a cut tire and an overall lack of good fortune beset Andy Houston and his Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge at the O'Reilly 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck...
Team ASE/Carquest Dodge Suffers Early Race Setbacks
BRISTOL, TN- (August 25, 2004) Poor track position, a cut tire and an overall lack of good fortune beset Andy Houston and his Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge at the O'Reilly 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday Night. Houston brought home his Ultra Motorsports entry home in the 19th position after battling a series of setbacks early in the event.
"Track position just really hurt us early in the race," Houston said following the 200 lap event. "It was difficult to work our way through that many trucks at the start. The Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge was really pretty good once we were able to get good track position. We were running good the last half of the race but it was a little too late."
Houston started the race in the 26th position and was moving his way forward as quickly as possible when misfortune struck on lap 41. Randy LaJoie, Brandon Whitt and Deborah Renshaw got tangled together and Houston's Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge was clipped as he drove by the incident. The result was a flat left rear tire and Houston was forced to come down pit road for a series of pit stops to replace the flat tire and check for brake damage. Houston was forced to restart the event at the rear of the longest line of traffic for pitting before pit road was officially open. Once again Houston was forced to deal with a gaggle of traffic and by lap 95 the leaders had put Houston a second lap down. Houston's Dodge was able to run with the leaders after several mid race restarts and was turning very competitive lap times but he was unable to get either of his laps back.
"We just never could get any luck once we lost those laps," Houston said. "There were several times there where we almost got the lucky dog but missed out on it by one truck. We just couldn't get a break when we needed it most. That last set of tires was really good and we could run with the leaders but we needed a couple of breaks. These guys on this Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge worked really hard all day and all of us wanted to get a better finish than 19th."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series now heads to Richmond International Raceway. The Kroger 200 is scheduled for Thursday September 9th. The race will be broadcast live by the Speed Channel, MRN Radio and XM Satellite radio at 9:00 pm ET.