Looking for a Solid Run: The Dana Racing team is looking to get a solid run in at one of driver Joe Ruttman's favorite tracks. Ruttman, who has one win at the Central Virginia short track, has completed all but four of the 1161 laps run in ...
Looking for a Solid Run: The Dana Racing team is looking to get a solid run in at one of driver Joe Ruttman's favorite tracks. Ruttman, who has one win at the Central Virginia short track, has completed all but four of the 1161 laps run in Craftsman Truck Series competition at the speedway. Ruttman, who won the very first truck race run at the track in 1995, says he loves the track and it is a great place for the fans to come and see good short track racing.
"I like Martinsville because the fans are sitting really close," said Ruttman. "You're performing on a track like ones you cut your teeth on for years and years. It's like the old Saturday night specials. Martinsville has to be one of the two tracks I look forward to each year. I just can't wait to get there and get after it." The Dana team enters the week in fifth position in the point standings, just 92 out of the lead. With a strong performance along with a little luck Ruttman could close in on the point leaders. "We had a good start to the year," said Ruttman. "But those guys in front of us in the points have not had any bad races and eventually, everyone has an off day at the races. We just have to keep doing what we're doing and everything will take care of itself."
Numbers 18 and 60: Entering the NAPA 250 only two drivers, Joe Ruttman and Andy Houston have lead all four events this year. Ruttman has picked up the most bonus points (25) to date.
Number 50: Joe Ruttman will be trying to reach another milestone when and if he records a top five finish on Saturday. It would be his 50th such finish in his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career.
Laps/Miles led: Joe Ruttman and the Bobby Hamilton Dana Racing team currently stand first in laps led at 140 and second in miles led at 145.5. Ruttman can surpass his personal record of miles led in a single season (171.734 miles) set back in 1997, if he can lead 53 of the 250 laps in this week's event.
Ruttman's Quotes for Martinsville Speedway
"I think any short track race tends to be the best racing you can ask for. Martinsville is not going to disappoint anybody. It's a contact sport and that's what fans are paying to see at the track."
"I've questioned Bobby immensely about his success at Martinsville, his win and the poles. So far, he hasn't leveled 100% with me, but the advantage I have is I'll get to drive his truck and then I'll know what it is. Maybe the reason he won't tell me is he'd have to kill me if I knew."