INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 6, 2004) - Andy Houston and his Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge simply did not have enough grip left in his Goodyear tires to stave off the competition at the end of the Power Stroke Diesel 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race...
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 6, 2004) - Andy Houston and his Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge simply did not have enough grip left in his Goodyear tires to stave off the competition at the end of the Power Stroke Diesel 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park on Friday Night. Houston lost several spots in the closing laps after all the trucks behind him darted onto pit road for fresher tires. The end result was a disappointing 19th place finish.
"We were just slap out of tires there at the end," Houston said at the end of the race. "It is a no win situation because if you elect to stay out then everybody else comes in for tires. If you come in for tires then everybody else stays out and you lose track position. Those new tires were just too much for us. We gave up about five spots there in just the last two or three laps. It is one of those decisions that you make as a team and we will live with it as a team."
Houston started in the 30th position but quickly moved his way up through the running order. His Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge was running 17th by lap 40 but he was faced with an ill handling race truck. Houston radioed crew chief Trip Bruce that his truck was tight in the center of the corner. The Ultra Motorsports crew made a series of chassis adjustments when Houston pitted to change the air pressure on lap 79, take a spring rubber out of the left rear on lap 93, and make a track bar adjustment on lap 106. Unfortunately for Houston none of the changes could hold off the leader, Johnny Sauter, and Houston fell a lap down to the lead lap trucks.
"All in all, everybody's working hard and from where we started today we moved forward," Houston said. "That's the biggest part of racing. I know how hard Trip Bruce and this whole crew is working. We've just got to keep working hard, and hopefully we can turn this thing around."
Chad Chaffin passed Sauter on the last lap to win the event and Bobby Hamilton used his third place finish to move into first place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings by five points over Dennis Setzer. The next stop for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway in Nashville, TN on Saturday August 14th. The event will be broadcast live on the Speed Channel, MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio at 5:00pm ET.