Martinsville: Jimmy Spencer race notes

Spencer, No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge 8th at Martinsville Martinsville, VA (April 11, 2005) -- Jimmy Spencer drove the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge to a eighth-place finish in the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at ...

Spencer, No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge 8th at Martinsville

Martinsville, VA (April 11, 2005) -- Jimmy Spencer drove the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge to a eighth-place finish in the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday.

It is the third time in four starts in 2005 that Spencer has finished in the top-10, and the fourth time in those four starts Spencer had completed the race on the lead lap. With a spate of early cautions, Spencer was unable to make any progress towards the front in the first 75 laps. When many of the leaders came to pit road during a caution, Spencer stayed out to gain track position. Once at the front, Spencer was able to stay there, even after the truck's handling characteristics were damaged after contact with another truck.

"We had real good pit strategy today, and I really have to give a lot of credit to Red Dog (crew chief Buddy "Red Dog" Barnes) and the guys," Spencer said afterward. "We got hit really hard early in the race at it knocked the toe-in out. If that didn't happen, I think we had a truck that could have gone up and won the race. We just got tied up in lapped traffic and got together. We were real fast, but once that happened it just made it really tight."

With several rookie drivers in the field making their NCTS debut, much less their first start at Martinsville, Spencer said predicting which way lapped traffic was going to go through the corners was difficult at best.

"We'd get into lapped traffic and one of the lapped trucks would go inside and the next one would go to the outside," he said. "It cost us everything here today. You never knew which way each one was going to go. And on top of that, they race you really hard into the corners. They just wreaked havoc out there all day today."

With his finish, Spencer maintains the fifth position in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings, 53 points behind leader Bobby Hamilton and just seven points behind fourth-place Ron Hornaday.

Spencer and the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge return to action Saturday April 30 at Gateway International Raceway outside St. Louis.

The race will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel and selected radio affiliates of the Motor Racing Network. TruckSeries.com will feature continuous garage updates during practice and qualifying and features extensive pre- and post-race coverage all weekend at www.truckseries.com

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jimmy Spencer , Ron Hornaday Jr.