Pronto Auto Parts 400K June 9-11, 1999 Fort Worth, Texas Dana Racing Notes Joe Ruttman's Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR ...
Pronto Auto Parts 400K June 9-11, 1999 Fort Worth, Texas
Dana Racing Notes
Joe Ruttman's Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results
Date Start Finish Laps Status Money Won
6-6-97 11 9 167 of 167 Running $11,400 6-5-98 31 3 167 of 167 Running 32,500
Total 374 of 374 (100%) $43,900
* Driver Change: Bobby Hamilton Racing arrives in Texas this week with interim driver Joe Ruttman behind the wheel of the #18 Dana/Dodge. Ruttman takes over from Butch Miller on a race-to-race deal.
"There comes a point when you realize a certain combination just isn't going to work out," said Hamilton. "I believe we've got a good race team, and Butch is a good driver, but we just weren't coming together the way we needed to. I honestly feel that making this change now will work out best for everyone concerned. The Craftsman Truck Series is a strong and ultra competitive series, and you've got to have every element of your program in sync to win, and that's what we're here to do."
Miller is currently looking for other opportunities in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and beyond.
* New Truck: The Bobby Hamilton Dana Racing team enters the Pronto Auto Parts 400K event at Texas Motor Speedway with the team's first completely new truck, (Christine) built solely by BHR. "Christine," is the first truck that the Lebanon, Tennessee-based team has molded from the chassis to the body.
"If looks translate to speed then we have an awesome truck," said Andy Dunlap, Manager of Bobby Hamilton Racing. "We have been working on this truck for some time and believe we've found a few things that may make it a great speedway truck."
* Performance: Joe Ruttman enters the Pronto Auto Parts 400K with a very impressive record at the Texas Motor Speedway. He is one of only two drivers that have completed every lap run at the speedway (374 laps). The other driver is Dave Rezendes. Ruttman also has the best average finish of any of the current drivers at Texas (6th place).
Dana Racing 1999 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results
Location Start Finish Laps Status Money Won Driver
Homestead 15 9 172 of 172 Running $11,525 Butch Miller Phoenix 11 26 140 of 150* Running 5,790 Butch Miller Monroe 13** 16 200 of 200 Running 6,725 Butch Miller Bakersfield 12 9 301 of 301 Running 7,445 Butch Miller Martinsville 17 27 191 of 250 ***Running 5,965 Butch Miller Memphis 14 10 200 of 200 Running 9,375 Butch Miller Pikes Peak 10 10 188 of 189 Running 9,600 Butch Miller Odessa 26 20 199 of 204 Running 6,725 Butch Miller Bristol 12 13 200 of 200 Running 6,665 Butch Miller Texas Joe Ruttman
Total 1791 of 1866 (95.9%) $69,815 *Lost 10 laps to fix an oil leak **Qualifying rained out ***Lost 59 laps to fix a broken rear end gear
Joe Ruttman's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Career Results
Starts Poles Wins Top 5s Top 10s Money Won
100 5 8 44 70 $1,747,282
Best Start: 1st - 5 times (Most recent @ Watkins Glen, NY. on May 30 1998) Best Finish: 1st - 8 times (Most recent @ Watkins Glen, NY. on May 30 1998) Biggest Purse: $ 83,000-Las Vegas, Nev. (1997)
Best Championship Finish 2nd - 1995