Another New Track? - Bring It On! NAZARETH, Pa. (July 1, 1998) - The NAPA Autocare 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race here at Nazareth Speedway on July 12 will be the first time that Randy Tolsma, driver of the No. 61 IWX Motor Freight...
Another New Track? - Bring It On!
NAZARETH, Pa. (July 1, 1998) - The NAPA Autocare 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race here at Nazareth Speedway on July 12 will be the first time that Randy Tolsma, driver of the No. 61 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet, gets a look at the tricky one-mile oval.
"Nazareth looks like a very challenging track," said Tolsma, 32, a native of Meridian Idaho. "It's always funny listening to guys describing it, nobody can even agree as to how many corners there are here. Once we figure out what to call the corners, I'm sure we'll be able to get the truck competitive."
The Nazareth track is the third new track that Tolsma and the Steve Coulter- owned Xpress Motorsports team have been to in the truck series this season. If past results are any indication, Tolsma will do just fine at the Penske- owned speedway.
The first new track for Tolsma in a truck was Portland, Ore. on April 25. At Portland, the team scored its best finish of the season, a second-place finish. The team also went to the very challenging Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for the first time on June 20 and came away with a fifth-place finish.
"We love the challenge of new tracks," said Tolsma, who is currently seventh in the series point standings. "I think a lot of it has to do with the communications that Dave Fuge (crew chief) and I have. I'm able to describe things in terms that he can translate to successful adjustments.
"That's really the key to our success everywhere," he continued. "But, it really stands out at the tracks where we don't have some past experience. We'll get in here on Saturday, work hard and make the truck fast. I'm confident that we'll have a good truck by the time the race starts on Sunday afternoon."
The NAPA Autocare 200 is race number 11 in the 27-race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 1998 tour. CBS Sports will have live coverage of the race beginning at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 12th. The NASCAR Truck Network, a division of Motor Racing Network, will have live radio coverage of the race.