Randy Tolsma to run NASCAR Craftsman Truck race this weekend in Martinsville. Mooresville, NC -- Randy Tolsma will return to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the series in which he made a name for himself and had so much success in, Saturday,...
Randy Tolsma to run NASCAR Craftsman Truck race this weekend in Martinsville.
Mooresville, NC -- Randy Tolsma will return to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the series in which he made a name for himself and had so much success in, Saturday, April 13, at Martinsville Speedway for the Advance Auto Parts 250.
It may feel like deja vu as Tolsma climbs back into the familiar driver's seat of the No. 61 entry, fielded by Team Rensi Motorsports, which Tolsma drove for most of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. The truck will carry the United States Marine Corps colors and will have the same paint scheme as the Team Rensi owned No. 25 Team Marines Ford Taurus in the Busch Series.
While at this time it is only a one-race deal, Tolsma is ready to get back on the race track and prove that he remains a viable competitor.
"I am absolutely thrilled about getting back on the race track and I can't think of a better place than Martinsville, one of my favorite tracks. It's a track that will challenge you every single lap, but that's what makes it fun. I have always had a lot of success there, consistently running in the top-five. It's a track I both enjoy and understand how to race on, both keys to being successful at any track."
Last year, Randy finished fifth in the NCTS race in Martinsville and feels that his chance of beating a fifth place finish this time around are high.
"Because this is a one race deal, our only focus is this race," Tolsma added. "We are not focused on just running well or posting a "good" finish or worried about championship points. We have spent the last three weeks preparing this truck and have a lot of time and hard work invested in this. Because there is nothing else on the line right now, winning at any cost is our sole objective."
Fred Wanke, who is crew chief on the No. 25 Team Marines Ford Taurus in the Busch Series, has been overseeing the project from the beginning as a consultant, while Kevin Cram has assumed the role of crew chief. Pooling their knowledge, they both feel that the No. 61 Team Marines truck has a good chance of getting to victory lane.
"I think we definitely have a good shot at winning this race for one reason, we're doing it right," Cram said. "Fred Wanke has been involved from the beginning and has assisted us every step of the way. We have taken the set-up he used last year at Martinsville, when he was crew chief on the No. 1 truck, which went to victory lane a season-record seven times.
In addition, Dennis Fisher of Fisher Engineering has worked overtime building us an engine with plenty of horsepower and torque, both essentials for success at Martinsville. And to top it off, the No. 22 Winston Cup pit crew of Ward Burton has agreed to help us out and will perform pit road duties for us, to ensure lightening fast stops. We have all put a lot of hours and a lot of work into this and we are going to Martinsville well-prepared and determined to take the checkered flag."
Tolsma drove the No. 61 entry last season and posted two top-fives and six top-10s, before he was asked in July by car owners, Ed and Sam Rensi, to drive the No. 25 Team Marines Ford Taurus for the remainder of the NASCAR Busch Series season.
Although, the off-season brought numerous changes to the No. 25 Busch Series team, , the Rensi's saw a lot of talent in Tolsma and worked diligently to secure a full-time sponsor for him for the 2002 NCTS season, but have been unsuccessful to date.
Sam Rensi would like nothing more than to provide Tolsma with a full 2002 schedule.
"Randy is an outstanding person and an outstanding racer," Rensi said. "My brother Ed and I feel strongly that an individual with his talent deserves to be out on the track racing. We spent a lot of time during the off-season trying to put together a full-time deal for Randy for the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, but unfortunately, as everyone knows, sponsorship is hard to come by these days. However, we aren't giving up and we are continuing to seek sponsorship for Randy for the remainder of the season."
Team Rensi is giving complimentary primary signage to the United States Marine Corps, not only as a thank you for their continued support of their Busch Series team, but also to demonstrate the added value marketing partners of Team Rensi Motorsports enjoy.
Performance Promotions Group, Inc., owned by Team Rensi Motorsports co-owner, Gary Weisbaum, will also be on the car as an associate sponsor.