Bakersfield, Calif. - The Dodge Rams had no problem leading during the Dodge California Truck Stop 250. Several Dodges including Dennis Setzer, Randy Tolsma, Joe Ruttman, Randy Renfrow and Steve Grissom took their turn at the front of the field.
Bakersfield, Calif. - The Dodge Rams had no problem leading during the Dodge California Truck Stop 250. Several Dodges including Dennis Setzer, Randy Tolsma, Joe Ruttman, Randy Renfrow and Steve Grissom took their turn at the front of the field. Setzer posted the fastest lap of the day on lap eight with a time of 19.399 seconds. Setzer led early in the race before getting extremely loose. Tolsma was leading when he lost a cylinder in the #25 Ram. Ruttman, Renfrow and Grissom all fought for the win until the closing laps when Ruttman spun into oncoming traffic following contact in turn four. Grissom finished in the fourth position and Renfrow finished in the fifth position.
Steve Grissom, driver, #43 Dodge By Petty, finished fourth:
"If we had to line up and run this race over again, I don't think that there is anything that I would change on the Dodge By Petty. This team gave me great pit stops all day and kept me out front. This really gives us a great feeling going into the race at Martinsville especially knowing that I am with a team that won at that race track last year."
Randy Renfrow, driver, #41 TKO Motorsports Dodge, finished fifth:
"Ryan McGlynn caused the wreck with Joe Ruttman. Joe and I were side by side and McGlynn let off the gas and then got back in the throttle. So he went into the comer alongside Joe and I. And you just can't run three wide into turns three and four at this track. Something had to give and unfortunately Joe was on the outside. I hate it for his team because he had a good truck and I know that those guys are mad right now, but I don't race that way.
"We were not very good on the restarts, but we knew that we had a strong truck. We kept the TKO Dodge out at the last pit stop and we knew that we could run with the leaders. I really want to thank Dodge for their support and I think that they are a real class act." Dodge Notes
Dennis Setzer, driver, #1 Mopar Dodge, finished eighth:
"The Mopar Dodge was real strong at the right times when we had good tires on the truck. But we got real loose halfway through the race and we just could not run up front after that. Everybody seemed to get a little physical at the end of this race and I know that we were trying to get the best finish that we could at the end of the race."
Mike Cope, driver, #86 RC Cola Dodge, finished 22nd:
"We broke the left front brake caliper early in the race and it kept locking the truck up when we would drive into the corners. It finally blew out and caused damage to a truck that was good enough to be running in the top-ten. I ended up just having to ride around in the RC Dodge because this is not a race track that you can run without brakes."
Randy Tolsma, driver, #25 Citgo Supergard Motor Oil Dodge, finished 25th:
"Just like last weekend at Phoenix, the Citgo Supergard Dodge was running flawless. We had the field covered for much of the race, but we lost a cylinder in the truck late in the race which led to losing the motor. I hate that for our team, these guys have worked hard all weekend and they gave me such a great truck that ran so strong. I just wish we could get a little luck and get this truck to victory lane."
Carlos Contreras, driver, #12 Hot Wheels Dodge, finished 27th:
"The Hot Wheels Dodge was running strong and I was just trying to stay out of trouble. We were a lap down at the end and I was trying to stay out of the way of lapped traffic when I got turned around. I am still learning a lot about short track racing and we were running well today."