Joe Ruttman Nashville Preview

Federated Auto Parts 250 July 9-10, 1999 Nashville, Tennessee Dana Racing Notes Joe Ruttman's Nashville ...

Federated Auto Parts 250 July 9-10, 1999 Nashville, Tennessee

Dana Racing Notes Joe Ruttman's Nashville Speedway USA NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results

Date Start Finish Laps Status Money Won 8-31-96 12 13 253 of 255 Running $ 5,400 8-16-97 17 19 252 of 256 Running 6,275 8-15-98 10 24 234 of 250 Running 6,120

Total 739 of 761 (97.1%) $ 17,795

* There are many interesting stories involving the members of the Dana Team and how their racing careers have been intertwined with the history of Nashville Speedway USA. It all starts with the General Manager of Bobby Hamilton Racing, Andy Dunlap. Dunlap owned the cars that Bobby Hamilton drove to the 1987 track championship. Hamilton won another track championship in 1988. Truck Chief, Danny Gill raced on the quarter mile track and was fairly successful, winning four races. One of the wins came in the late model division and the other three in the mini modified division. Racer and fabricator Sammy Sanders, who builds most of the bodies on the Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge, has three wins in the late model division at the speedway. * The Dana team will be rolling out one of their favorite trucks for this week's race in the Music City. "Goober", which was the first truck in the Bobby Hamilton stable has not been run since the Bristol race where Butch Miller who was driving at the time was contending for a top 10 before a late race crash dropped him to 13th. "This truck was the first truck we built," said Sammy Sanders, Fabricator at BHR. "So there are a few things about this truck that are unique."

* Joe Ruttman and the Dana team will be making their fifth start together when they get the green flag at the Nashville Speedway. In the first four races, Ruttman has been able to move from 36th to 26th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings. Ruttman now sits just 20 points out of 25th in the standings.

Joe Ruttman on Nashville

"This will be a big weekend for this whole team because most of the guys on this Dana team have either worked at or raced at Nashville themselves. It will be one of those deals where some of them have as many if not more laps on this track than I do."

"There are probably only three tracks that I've never run the way I needed to, and Nashville is one of them. I don't know if it's because I try too hard because all my family and friends are looking on. For whatever reason I just have never run that good there."

"My best moment at Nashville was meeting my wife and getting married. Unfortunately there hasn't been many times at the racetrack that have been too great in the trucks. I guess I try to hard being it's my home track now."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Joe Ruttman , Sammy Sanders