Reffner Watkins Glen Preview

Reffner rolls into Watkins Glen Shawn A. Akers WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (May 29, 1998) Early this season, Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday have set the pace for drivers in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. As expected, the last two series champions...

Reffner rolls into Watkins Glen Shawn A. Akers

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (May 29, 1998) Early this season, Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday have set the pace for drivers in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. As expected, the last two series champions are running neck-and-neck for the points lead.

But if you're talking about the hottest drivers in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series these days, the name Bryan Reffner certainly has to be near the top of the list. After a mediocre start to the season, Reffner and the No. 66 Phelon Motorsports Carlin Burners and Controls Ford team have reeled off four consecutive top-10 finishes, boosting Reffner to in the point standings after six races. The No. 66 stands 211 points behind leader Sprague heading into Saturday's Parts America 150 at the 2.5-mile road course of Watkins Glen International.

Reffner recorded only two top-10 finishes the entire 1997 season.

"Our team is definitely clicking right now," Reffner said. "In 1997, we never quite got untracked and had bad luck on top of bad luck. We brought in Les Back as crew chief late last year, based on the success we had together when I was still racing out of Wisconsin. Him being here, along with this whole team coming together as a unit, has really helped. And so far this year, it has showed in our results."

Reffner finished 13th in the season opener at Walt Disney World Speedway in January, and then finished a disappointing 31st at Homestead.

Since then, however, the third-year NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series veteran and 1996 Cintas Rookie of the Year has posted finishes of eighth at Phoenix, seventh at Portland, eighth at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., and fourth at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo.

If Reffner is going to keep the streak of solid finishes going, he'll have to improve upon last year's road course performances. In 1997, he finished 19th at both Watkins Glen and Heartland Park Topeka, and 32nd at Sears Point Raceway.

"Watkins Glen is genuinely a fun place to race," Reffner said. "Once I've been to a road course and learn my way around it, I'm all right. I've been to The Glen a couple of times now, so I have that comfort level there. Last year, we were fixing a nose about this time. We just want to finish this race and maybe come out with another top-10."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jack Sprague , Bryan Reffner
Teams Carlin