Charlotte, NC. June 4, 2001) - Randy Tolsma made an impressive start for Dover Downs triple-header weekend. Practicing in the top-ten all day and punching out a tenth place qualifying spot is no easy task for those who visit the "Monster ...
Charlotte, NC. June 4, 2001) - Randy Tolsma made an impressive start for Dover Downs triple-header weekend. Practicing in the top-ten all day and punching out a tenth place qualifying spot is no easy task for those who visit the "Monster Mile".
Tolsma knows this all too well as his exceptional run was tarnished just shy of halfway during Saturday's race. Due to an on track altercation, Tolsma's luck became as dreary as the weather, leaving him unable to finish the race, posting a 28th place finish. On lap 87 of the MBNA e-commerce 200 things turned bleak for the driver of the No. 61 Shure-Line Electric sponsored truck. Contact by Coy Gibbs left Tolsma spinning on the front stretch and hitting the inside wall, causing heavy damage to the truck. The contact was aggressive enough to put a halt to the team's efforts of getting their driver back on the track.
"These aren't the finishes we need. We've had a few weeks of bad luck and needed a good solid run here. This is a fast track and everyone needs to pay attention and stay focused. Coy apologized for getting into me, but that doesn't get us back in the race or any higher in the points." Tolsma also stated, "Craig Huartson and the guys did a great job preparing the truck for me this week. We tested at Atlanta on Tuesday and the truck felt really good, we just didn't get the opportunity to show it today."
Tolsma also stated, "Putting the wreck aside, the weekend wasn't a complete washout. We're continuing to improve on many details each week. Our practice sessions went well and although we were pretty happy with qualifying, I could have done better. I overdrove the truck and that was my fault. I feel like I had a shot for a better starting position and should have drove the racetrack a little bit friendlier. That's one of the things we're working on."
The weekend's weather conditions changed dramatically from Thursday's practice and qualifying session, causing havoc on most teams' set-ups. Obviously, this was no different for Tolsma and his crew who fought a tight condition from the start of the race and patiently waited for an opportunity to pit. When the caution finally came, the crew worked on the right side. As the threat of rain lingered in the air, the crew changed right side tires, topped off the fuel and sent their driver back on the track. Tolsma was once again running in the top-ten. He was anxious to get to the front, but was never able to get there. The clouds never opened up, but driver and crews' day came to a wash.
His strong run early on may not have been enough for the high-speed banks of Dover, but the team is determined to redeem their efforts this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. It's a special weekend for Tolsma. It will be his 100th career start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and should be a great time for him and wife Tiffanie. He is looking forward to good show and feels confident that his past success there will pay off.
The team travels to Fort Worth, TX. for this weekend's O'Reilly 400. The race starts at 2:00 p.m. EST on ESPN2, Friday, June 8. MRN Radio live broadcast TBA.