Dotter closes season with top-20 finish in NCTS Ford 200 at Homestead.
HOMESTEAD, FL Bobby Dotter drove the Stanley Steemer/People Against Drugs Chevrolet to a 20th-place finish in the Ford 200 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday. The event served as the season finale of the 22-race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.
"We are disappointed with the way we ran here this weekend," Dotter said after the race. "We came here with very high hopes. We brought a drop-snout truck down here, and that probably wasn't the way to go. Some guys have been able to make it work, but we just couldn't get the feel out of it we wanted. They are a lot more adaptable to the smaller flat tracks. This place just seems to be a little too big and too fast to make it work."
Dotter came into the 134-lap race with a chance to pick up a position in the final point standings. His chief rival, Lance Norick, was only 43 points ahead, and both drivers shared the 11th row on the starting grid. While Dotter finished ahead of Norick in the race, it was only by one position meaning her was only able to gain 3 points. He ended up 40 points out of 13th position.
"It seems like Norick and I were together just about all day," Dotter continued. "We knew it was a long shot to pick up that last spot. They did what they needed to do by keeping us in sight and running all day. It doesn't help that we were a little off, but we are happy with where we ended up, too. We don't have the biggest budget, and to finish in the top-15 with a chance to pick up a position at the last race of the season is a real testament to these People Against Drugs Racing Team guys."
Dotter enters the off season with high hopes that Stanley Steemer, the team's sponsor over the final two races of the season, will return in some fashion for 2003.
"It has been a real pleasure working with the Stanley Steemer people the past couple of weeks," he said. "They have really gotten involved in things the past couple of races. They have a special over the next couple of weeks that gives NASCAR fans a 10% discount on carpet cleaning through the 1-800-STEEMER number. They have a huge panel truck here with a picture of the race truck on it driving around all weekend. It's been a lot of fun to see the truck larger than life like that, and it's been a lot of fun to work with them on everything. Hopefully we'll have a chance to continue that relationship with them into 2003."
Dotter ends the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season in fourteenth in the final point standings. He scored one top-5 and four top-10 finishes in the course of the season with his best finish being a fourth at Martinsville in April. Unofficially, he earned $240, 490 in race winnings. Dotter will collect his point fund winnings at the NCTS Awards Banquet at the Bal Harbor Resort in Miami on Saturday. The banquet will be taped by Speed Channel for broadcast on December 4 at 8 pm ET.