March 26, 2000 Dodge California Truck Stop 250 Mesa Marin Raceway Track Distance: .500 mile Banking: 17 degrees NOTES: Carlos Contreras, driver of the No. 12 Hot Wheels Dodge Ram in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, found something last...
March 26, 2000
Dodge California Truck Stop 250
Mesa Marin Raceway
Track Distance: .500 mile
Banking: 17 degrees
Carlos Contreras, driver of the No. 12 Hot Wheels Dodge Ram in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, found something last week at Phoenix and he is not ready to give it back. The Hot Wheels rookie has struggled to make the transition from stock cars to the trucks and has never seen 23 of the 24 tracks he'll race this season. But the 29 year-old was confident with his performance at PIR last Saturday. "I was nervous the first two rounds of practice, but felt good about my qualifying run (started 22nd)," said Contreras. "Halfway through the race, I was able to drive to the bottom of the track and pass on the outside as well. I have more confidence than before." Contreras finished 21st at PIR and is currently fourth in the rookie point standings.
The Hot Wheels team is busy preparing for the race this weekend at Mesa Marin Raceway with a one-day test at Madera Speedway on Wednesday. "We need to shake down our new (short track) truck before Sunday's race," said crew chief Doug George. "We have a set of tires with 25-30 laps on them, so we can get Carlos some seat time on a short track with old tires. This is the first short track race for Carlos, so we need to be ready."
Carlos is scheduled to meet with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Friday in Bakersfield as well as sign autographs at the local mercado in the Latin American community that afternoon. "I am excited to meet the fans in Bakersfield," said Carlos. "There are a lot of my people that are race fans here on the West Coast and I want to say thanks to them." The Hot Wheels transporter will be on hand at the Downtown Street Festival on Thursday night while Contreras signs autographs between 6:00-8:00 PM.