Martinsville II: Jimmy Spencer preview

MOORESVILLE, NC- (October 15, 2003) -Jimmy Spencer's first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win came in his last start at New Hampshire International Speedway. Spencer gets another opportunity to visit Victory Lane this Saturday when he once again ...

MOORESVILLE, NC- (October 15, 2003) -Jimmy Spencer's first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win came in his last start at New Hampshire International Speedway. Spencer gets another opportunity to visit Victory Lane this Saturday when he once again climbs behind the wheel of the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge for the Advance Auto Parts 200 at Martinsville Speedway.

"I've been looking forward to getting back in the No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge from the moment we won at New Hampshire," Spencer said. "Jimmy Smith has put together awesome race teams at Ultra Motorsports. I believe he's got 30 wins in the (NASCAR Craftsman) Truck Series, and we're going to give him a few more before this year is over, hopefully starting this weekend at Martinsville."

Spencer's win at New Hampshire came in only his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start. In both his truck series starts this year he has been extremely competitive. He was poised to take the lead at the midway point of his first start at Richmond when an impatient competitor took away his chance at victory. That made the win at New Hampshire that much more enjoyable.

"The win at New Hampshire was a milestone in my career," Spencer said. "I've now won in NASCAR's top three divisions: Winston Cup, Busch, and Craftsman Truck, and I've also won in the (NASCAR) modifieds and ASA. I don't know if anyone else has done that, so it's special for me and my family. It was special for many reasons, none bigger than it gave ASE and CARQUEST another win. When it comes to NASCAR sponsorships, I don't think there's one better than what Jimmy's got for this No. 2 truck. ASE and CARQUEST have been with him since the beginning, and winning never gets old. I know he wants to win a championship for them really bad, and I think he's going to soon."

Spencer knows that his Ultra Motorsports ride gives him a great shot to win every time out of the box. Despite utilizing three separate drivers during the course of the 2003 season --Jason Leffler, Andy Houston and Spencer -- the truck has been right in the mix at virtually every event. Spencer knows that is a testament to the strength of his team.

"If that Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge is anywhere near as dialed in as it was at New Hampshire, then we'll win it," Spencer claimed. "Dennis Conner is an exceptional crew chief, and the guys on this team are as determined a bunch as I've ever seen. The guys on the No. 1 team are the same way. If they don't win, they're not happy. That speaks volumes of the success Jimmy Smith has had. I'm going to approach this race the same as I did Richmond and New Hampshire, and that's run that baby as hard as it will go and see what comes of it. I want to help (Ultra Motorsports teammate) Ted Musgrave as much as I can because he's running for the championship, and he's in striking distance of taking the lead. I would love to see Ultra Motorsports win its first championship this year. It's been a fun year for me as a driver, and I look forward to what's still to come."

The Advance Auto Parts 200 is set for Saturday October 18th at 12:30 pm ET. The race will be broadcast live nationally by the Speed Channel and MRN Radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason Leffler , Jimmy Spencer , Andy Houston , Ted Musgrave