Loudon: Jimmy Spencer preview

Spencer ready to negotiate New Hampshire Team ASE/Carquest Dodge driver looks toward Loudon MOORESVILLE, NC- (September 8, 2003) -Jimmy Spencer's first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Richmond International Raceway proved to be an eventful...

Spencer ready to negotiate New Hampshire
Team ASE/Carquest Dodge driver looks toward Loudon

MOORESVILLE, NC- (September 8, 2003) -Jimmy Spencer's first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Richmond International Raceway proved to be an eventful occasion. The Berwick, PA native charged from his eighth place starting spot into the lead on lap 149, only to be sent spinning into the wall by a lapped truck a few laps later. Now Spencer sets his sights on his second NCTS start, the New Hampshire 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway, and he knows that in order to be successful at the "Magic Mile," a driver must have his chassis working well.

"The trick to running good at New Hampshire is still handling," Spencer said. "People can say horsepower, horsepower, horsepower but the bottom line is whether it is a NASCAR Winston Cup race, a NASCAR Busch Series race or a Craftsman Truck Series race, handling is the key element. If you can get your truck to handle at New Hampshire you can do some damage."

Spencer, a longtime NASCAR Winston Cup veteran may not have much experience in a NASCAR Craftsman truck, but he has tons of laps at New Hampshire in a Winston Cup car. He applauds the track and its management for making the changes necessary to make the track competitive. Recent improvements have made side-by-side racing a reality.

"They have really worked hard on the racetrack," Spencer said. "They have repaved it and put some banking into it. The last race we had there was one of the best ones we have seen in a long time. I think the truck race is going to be a really good race and I am exited about going up there. The Bahre family has done a great job with that facility. They are some of the best promoters in this business and they have done what they needed to do to make it a great track. I have had some really good runs there. The last time we were there with the Cup team we had a really good car. I like New Hampshire - it is one of the nicest parts of the country and the fans are great."

Spencer has driven in a variety of NASCAR sanctioned series. He is a two-time NASCAR Modified champion and has won in both the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the NASCAR Busch Series. His recent Richmond experience was his first foray into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and it left a positive impression.

"The trucks are great," Spencer said. "They are really neat to drive and a lot of fun to race. The biggest difference for me between the Cup cars and the trucks is the way you sit in them. It took a little getting used to being in the truck. You sit a little higher in the truck and the pedals and the steering wheel are at different angles. Crew Chief Dennis Connor and the guys on the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge are going to work on it and try and help me out a little bit. You have really good vision in these trucks, there are no blind spots at all."

The New Hampshire 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway is set for Saturday, September 13th. The race will be broadcast live nationally by The Speed Channel and MRN Radio starting at 1:00 ET.

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