Homestead: Steve Portenga race summary

Portenga 19th in race, 18th in points. HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Heading into the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Steve Portenga was locked in a tight battle for 18th position in the circuit point ...

Portenga 19th in race, 18th in points.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Heading into the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Steve Portenga was locked in a tight battle for 18th position in the circuit point standings. Saddled with 34th starting position to commence the Ford 200, Portenga was looking up at four challengers for the position.

When the checkered flag fell on the 134-lap race Friday, November 15, Portenga had driven his Roto-Rooter Chevrolet to 19th position in the race and clinched the 18th spot in the point standings.

"We came here looking to hold on to our spot in the points," Portenga said. "After the way we struggled in qualifying, we knew we were going to need a good effort today. We got it."

Portenga earned the points' finish despite failing to qualify for one of the circuit's 22 races. He was the top-ranked driver not to start all of the season's events.

A native of Sparks, Nev., Portenga finished among the top-10 in two truck events this season. He struggled a bit in the latter stages of the season, finishing in the top-20 only twice in nine races after August 1. A veteran of 47 truck races, Portenga topped the $200,000 mark in season earnings for the first time in 2002.

The 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season begins February 14 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Portenga's plans for the 2003 campaign have yet to be determined.

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