Louisville Friday Notes

Kroger 225 Friday Notebook By Brett Borden LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 28, 1998) The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series lost a dear friend when Trina Buck, who handled registration duties for the series from 1995-97, passed away Thursday evening...

Kroger 225 Friday Notebook By Brett Borden

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 28, 1998) The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series lost a dear friend when Trina Buck, who handled registration duties for the series from 1995-97, passed away Thursday evening in a Florence (S.C.) hospital after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held Sunday in Darlington. In memory of Mrs. Buck, whose husband Ernie is the series' pace truck driver, Dana Corporation (sponsor of the No. 18 Dodge) has pledged $1,000 to help defray expenses incurred by the family. In making the announcement, Dana Motorsports Manager Armedee Nadeau encouraged all other NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series sponsors to follow Dana's lead with a contribution of their own.

Bryan Reffner and crew chief Les Back are paired together this weekend with the No. 26 Auto Trim Design Ford. They qualified 19th in their new ride Friday evening, while their old ride, the No. 66 Carlin Burners & Controls Ford now piloted by Tom Hubert, will start 30th using the third provisional.

For Ford drivers Rick Crawford, Tony Roper and Greg Biffle, a Friday morning tour of the Ford plant in Louisville where Ford Rangers, Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers are assembled made them feel like children touring the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. There weren't any oompah-loompahs around, but there were plenty of other things for the trio to see. Ford NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Program Manager Kent Harrison set up the tour, where the drivers were shown virtually every step of the truck assembly process. Most of the factory workers greeted the Ford drivers with a friendly wave or smile. Most, but not all. One of the factory's runners rode around on a bicycle carrying a sign adorned with the number three.

Tom Hubert is making his second start in the No. 66 Phelon Motorsports Ford, but will not be making the two starts after Louisville. Johnny Chapman will drive for the team at Richmond International Raceway and Memphis Motorsports Park. The driver for the races at Martinsville Speedway, Mesa Marin Raceway, Phoenix International Raceway, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway have yet to be determined, while Hubert is scheduled to turn the truck through the winding road course known as Sears Point Raceway.

The No. 78 MCI Dodge team announced that Randy Renfrow will drive the truck for the remainder of the season except for the race at Sears Point Raceway. Driver duties will be handled by Dominic Dobson for that one.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Tom Hubert , Rick Crawford , Bryan Reffner , Johnny Chapman , Dominic Dobson
Teams Carlin