Dotter has hard time in Kansas practice. KANSAS CITY, KS Bobby Dotter, driver of the People Against Drugs/Lucas Oil Chevrolet, will start from the 33rd position for Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at the Kansas Speedway. Dotter was not...
Dotter has hard time in Kansas practice.
KANSAS CITY, KS Bobby Dotter, driver of the People Against Drugs/Lucas Oil Chevrolet, will start from the 33rd position for Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at the Kansas Speedway. Dotter was not able to make a qualifying run after a crash in the early laps of the day's afternoon practice session left his primary truck unraceable. The team worked through qualifying to prepare a backup, relying on a provisional start rather than lose time preparing the truck to race.
"The primary truck was just really slow for some reason," Dotter said. "It was very skittish, even in a straight line, and it just got to the point where I had to ask was it me or was it the truck? I took it down into the corner and said, well, it's either gonna stick or we are gonna have to try something else. Unfortunately, that something else means unloading the backup truck.
"I have a feeling when we get this truck back to the shop and get it apart, we will find something wrong with it. It just would not handle all day."
The hardships of the afternoon practice were tempered somewhat by a good run in the final practice session before the green flag falls on the race.
"We got the truck to run pretty decent in Happy Hour," Dotter said. "I feel bad for the guys that had to work their tails off in the heat and humidity today. They worked hard, and the backup truck feels better than the primary truck did today. Hopefully we will have a good run and salvage something out of the weekend."
The checkered flag of the O'Reilly 250 will bring to an end a three-week road trip for the two-truck Green Light Racing team. The team has not been back to its Mooresville, NC, shop since before the Memphis race. While in Kansas City for appearances for People Against Drugs, members of the team set up "shop" in the parking lot of their hotel.
The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 from the Kansas Speedway will get the green shortly after 1:00 pm ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN. The race can be heard on MRN Radio affiliates nationwide as well as XM Satellite Radio.