RECORD NUMBER OF DODGE RAMS TO START AT TEXAS COMPTON CLINCHES SEASON POLE AWARD Dodge Ram Notes & Quotes FT. WORTH, TX (October 14, 1999): Nine Dodge Rams will start the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway tomorrow night. That will be the...
RECORD NUMBER OF DODGE RAMS TO START AT TEXAS COMPTON CLINCHES SEASON POLE AWARD
Dodge Ram Notes & Quotes
FT. WORTH, TX (October 14, 1999): Nine Dodge Rams will start the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway tomorrow night. That will be the most Dodges to ever start a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Of those nine trucks, seven have made it Into the top fifteen. Dennis Setzer was the fastest of the Dodge trucks and will start in the second position. Stacy Compton clinched the season Bud Pole Award for his six pole positions this season being the most of any driver this season.
Dennis Setzer,# 1 Mopar Dodge, starting second:
"This Mopar team gave me a great race truck and that was an incredible lap. We have the same truck, the same set up and the same program that we did in the spring when we won so we are looking forward to good things tomorrow night. That was all the truck had and we are happy with that."
Stacy Compton, #86 RC Dodge, starting fifth: "This team has worked hard on this truck all day and we have been struggling in practice all day. These guys just kept digging to make this truck faster and we are. But we are not as fast as we were here in the spring, but I am not sure that anyone will be that fast. The track Is just a little dirty and when I drove into turns one and two the truck just got away from me and I had to lift"
"Winning the Bud Pole award for the season is quite an accomplishment for this Impact Motorsports team and for Dodge. I have only been in this series for three years and I feel like I have really accomplished a lot winning the most poles this season, It is a really neat deal and I am awfully proud of these guys."
Jimmy Hensley, #43 Dodge By Petty, starting ninth:
"That was the fastest lap that we have run since we unloaded this morning. So we are happy with the lap and now we will work on the race set up and get ready to race tomorrow night. We will got the truck dialed in and we will be fast in the race."
Bob Keselowski, #29 Mopar Dodge, starting 11th:
"I thought that we would be faster then that on the new tires because that was about as fast as we ran on the older tires in practice. We have been loose on old tires and on new tires so I guess we just need to tighten up the truck and see what happens in the race. It was a good, safe run for the Mopar Dodge and I know that I left a little bit on the track."
Joe Ruttman, #18 Dana Dodge, starting 12th:
"It was a good lap, but I thought that we could have gotten more speed out of the truck. I shut the truck down for the second lap because it started to run hot and we didn't want to hurt the motor. We're a little disappointed but this is about where we ran in practice. We have been talking about the race set up and I think we have a pretty good handle on what this truck needs to do in the race."
Randy Tolsma, #25 Supergard Motor Oil Dodge, starting 14th:
"That was a good lap for the Supergard Dodge. It certainly could have been better. I know what I need to do to qualify well and I had to abort two runs because the track was just loose for us. We will start a lot better than we did In the spring race and we were able to run all the way to second that night. The truck is certainly capable of running up front and it is a sister truck to the one that we ran in the spring. All we need is that extra little bit of luck and not to get T-boned on the last lap of the race and I think we will have a good run."
Randy Renfrow, #41 TKO Motorsports Dodge, starting 15th:
"We have been fighting a push all day and we tried to correct that and made the truck a little too loose for qualifying. I would rather drive a truck that is loose than a truck that is shoving the nose because I just hate shoving the nose. I know that we will have a good race truck and those guys better get on through the field because we Vill be coming."
Adam Patty, #34 Sprint Dodge, starting Byrd: "I think this will be a good race truck, this is where we ran in practice and now in qualifying so we didn't speed up or slow down. I'm happy with that. I'm really only running the truck for the experience and the seat time. The trucks handle a lot different than the Busch cars, but I enjoy racing In both of them. My Grandpa (Richard Petty) has been here helping me all day and he has done a lot for me, but I also wish that my dad could be here."
Eric Norris, #4 Cinemark, Coca-Cola, Interstate Batteries Dodge, Starting 26th:
"This team worked real hard to get ready for qualifying, we have had engine problems all day and we had to change motors right before qualifying. We weren't sum how the truck would run or how the motor would react because we did not have many practice laps on the truck. But this Bobby Hamilton Racing crew really knows how to set up a truck and that Is what got me around the track. That gave me all the confidence in the world and we made the show. I look for better things in the race tomorrow and I think we will run good."