Mesa Marin: Andy Houston race notes

Houston, Vokal Ford post 12th place finish at Mesa Marin. MOORESVILLE, NC (March 25, 2003) - Andy Houston and his VOKAL Clothing sponsored Ford posted a 12th place finish in the Lucas Oil 250 at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, CA on Sunday.

Houston, Vokal Ford post 12th place finish at Mesa Marin.

MOORESVILLE, NC (March 25, 2003) - Andy Houston and his VOKAL Clothing sponsored Ford posted a 12th place finish in the Lucas Oil 250 at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, CA on Sunday. Houston started his Ford F-150 in 17th position and steadily moved up the running order.

While things went fairly smoothly on the track with Houston moving in the Top Ten on several occasions, pit stops proved to be problematic, forcing Houston to race his way through slower traffic.

"You have to have good track position here at Mesa Marin to be in contention and every time we got it something would happen and we were forced to earn it back on the track," Houston said. "On one stop they said we had a lug nut loose and we came back in to check it and the tire changer said they were all tight. That cost us ten spots right there and it is just so hard to race your way back from that because you run five laps and there would be a caution.

Houston pocketed $8,240 for his efforts and currently sits in 11th spot in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings. The Vokal Racing team bounced back from a hard crash at Darlington last week and remain poised to make up ground in the chase for the points title headed to Martinsville.

"This team has a lot of potential and I am definitely optimistic headed to Martinsville," Houston said. "We gained some points on some guys who had trouble and that helps. We will get our game plan together for Martinsville and do what we need to do to put us in position to win there. This Vokal Racing team is a bunch of hard working overachieving guys and I have faith in them to put a good truck underneath me.

Everybody here from Team Owner Billy Ballew to Crew Chief Gary Showalter remains committed to making this team as good as it possibly can be"

The next race for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday April 12. The event will be broadcast live by MRN Radio and the Speed Channel at 1pm.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Andy Houston