Martinsville: Andy Houston race notes

Strong run goes awry with late race misfortune. MOORESVILLE, NC (April 14, 2003) - Andy Houston and his VOKAL Clothing sponsored Ford made a strong statement at Martinsville Speedway, but lady luck cast a spell of misfortune upon the Hickory,...

Strong run goes awry with late race misfortune.

MOORESVILLE, NC (April 14, 2003) - Andy Houston and his VOKAL Clothing sponsored Ford made a strong statement at Martinsville Speedway, but lady luck cast a spell of misfortune upon the Hickory, NC native late in the race and left the team with a 15th place finish. Houston ran in the top five during the middle portion of the race, but poor track position and a cut tire relegated the team to its eventual finish.

"We felt like we had really good pit strategy but it didn't work out for us," Houston said. "We pitted with about 100 laps to go hoping that the leaders would stop later and we would be close to the front. We didn't think that there was any way those guys would go the rest of the way on their tires but they did and we got caught up in lapped traffic and had to race real hard and just couldn't make up the ground we needed to. I just hate it for these guys. I am pretty disappointed because I thought we were going to end up with a better finish than we did."

Houston pocketed $9,740 for his efforts and remained in 11th position in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings. His VOKAL Ford was stout during several segments of the 250-lap event and at times threatened to battle for the lead while running as high as third. It was a late race battle however that sealed his fate, sending his truck onto pit road to change a cut tire.

"We were running about three wide and I got bounced around from the inside," Houston said. "I am not even sure who was down there but it gouged my left front tire and cut it down. We were fortunate in some respects because we got a caution there and we were able to stay on the lead lap. It could have been worse. That's okay because we are headed to some tracks like Charlotte, Dover and Texas that I really like. We will be ready to go and put on a show for VOKAL, Fasscore and all the people who have supported us. We will bounce back, believe me."

The next race for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is the Hardee's 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC on Friday May 16 at 8 pm. The event will be telecast live on The Speed Channel and will be broadcast worldwide on MRN Radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Andy Houston