Homestead: Jimmy Spencer preview

Spencer, No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge 14th at Homestead Homestead, FL (November 22, 2005) Jimmy Spencer closed out the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season with a 14th-place finish in the Ford Championship 200 Saturday morning at the...

Spencer, No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge 14th at Homestead

Homestead, FL (November 22, 2005) Jimmy Spencer closed out the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season with a 14th-place finish in the Ford Championship 200 Saturday morning at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Spencer started the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge from the 19th position, and moved into the top ten within the first 40 laps of the 134-lap sprint.

Spencer stayed within shouting distance of the top ten through a long stretch of green flag racing, but different pit strategies during a round of green flag stops left Spencer behind other drivers that were able to stretch their fuel longer and able to make the final run on just two tires and one can of fuel.

"We had a good enough truck to run into the top ten, and that would have been a great way to close out the season for Team ASE," Spencer said. "There were some guys that pitted later than we did and were able to go farther on that green flag run. They could make it on two tires and one can of fuel and we couldn't. That just seems to be the way our luck has gone all season long."

To cap what has been at times a frustrating season, Spencer was involved in a last-lap accident on the backstretch. "We came out of the corner and the 12 and the 75 just broke loose," Spencer said. "There was smoke and dust every where and everyone was just trying to keep out of it. I saw some guys bouncing around in front of me and just went where I thought I could get through it.

"That's just how this season has gone for us. It's been a long and frustrating season at times, not what any of us were looking for. But we were able to help our teammate Ted Musgrave give Jim (Smith, Ultra Motorsports team owner) his first series championship. I'm proud of the effort everyone here at Ultra Motorsports gave all season long. I just wish we could have given Jim a one-two finish in the points."

With the season now in the history books, Spencer winds up the season 12th in the final series point standings. He collected three top-five finishes, including a season best second-place in the opener at Daytona, and a total of nine top- ten finishes. He completed 4,113 of a possible 4,189 laps, and led 44 laps in five races. He was on the lead lap at the finish in 18 of the 25 series races, and failed to finish just two races throughout the season. He compiled an average start of 17.7 and an average finish of 14.7. With the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season now complete, the next on-track action will be at Daytona International Speedway.

Preseason Thunder Testing takes place in January, with the season opening Florida Dodge Dealers 250 scheduled for February 17th at the World Center of Speed. TruckSeries.com will have all the off-season news, schedules, season recaps, and 2006 season previews, including coverage of the Preseason Thunder sessions, online at www.truckseries.com.

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