Joe Ruttman Off to a Good Second Half of 1999

Ruttman and the Dana Team Start Second half of 1999 With Two Top Five Finishes Lebanon, Tennessee (July 25, 1999)-- Joe Ruttman and the Dana Racing team have begun the second half of the 1999 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Season with two top five ...

Ruttman and the Dana Team Start Second half of 1999 With Two Top Five Finishes

Lebanon, Tennessee (July 25, 1999)-- Joe Ruttman and the Dana Racing team have begun the second half of the 1999 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Season with two top five finishes in three races. "We're off to a good start to the second half of the year," said Ruttman. "We have been good at most of the races but we have had a little bad luck here and there that has prevented us from being in the top five even more. I think this is just the beginning for this team and I. We are working better and better every week and now it is starting to show. We now have things heading in the right direction and I know the best is yet to come." Ruttman and the team joined forces at Texas in June and right from the start they looked as if they could grow into a contender week in and week out. Now they appear to be on that path. "The Dana Dodge has been a good truck all year," said Ruttman. "If we can keep running up front like we did in Nashville and Michigan this past week, I know we can win one of these races soon. It is surprising just how good this team is considering the limited experience they have in the Truck Series." Ruttman has moved from 36th to 23rd in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Driver points standings since joining Dana racing. He now sits 406 points out of 20th place. If he and the team can catch the 20th place driver in the points it would mean they would be eligible for an end of the year point fund award. The amazing thing about the point situation is that Ruttman has missed six races because he had no ride at the time. The finish also allowed the team to jump two positions in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Owner's points standings to 14th place. The Bobby Hamilton owned team now sits just 143 points out of tenth in the standings. Dana Corporation is one of the world's largest independent suppliers to vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket. Founded in 1904 and based in Toledo, Ohio, the company operates some 330 major facilities in 32 countries and employs more than 86,000 people. The company reported sales of $12.5 billion in 1998. More information about Dana Corporation can be found at www.dana.com.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Joe Ruttman