RICHMOND, Va. (September 11, 2000) - Randy Tolsma and the No. 25 CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge team had everything going their way last Thursday night at Richmond International Raceway, until he was hit from behind on lap 108. Tolsma and the...
RICHMOND, Va. (September 11, 2000) - Randy Tolsma and the No. 25 CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge team had everything going their way last Thursday night at Richmond International Raceway, until he was hit from behind on lap 108.
Tolsma and the team had the right combination for the one day show at RIR as they were third fast in practice. Tolsma’s qualifying lap was good enough for the pole position until the No. 99 of Kurt Busch ran his lap. Busch was a tenth faster than Tolsma, forcing the No. 25 to start the Kroger 200 in second position.
After the drop of the green flag, Tolsma wasted no time in challenging Kurt Busch for the lead. He consistently stayed on Busch's bumper. When it came time to service the CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge, the team changed tires, made adjustments to combat a loose condition, and added fuel in 8.6 seconds.
Shortly after, Tolsma raced Busch nose to nose and led lap 72. As the chase ensued, Tolsma radioed to crew chief Gary Showalter the truck was experiencing brake trouble. Showalter could see the front brakes glowing from the pits as Tolsma attempted to correct the problem from inside the truck.
On lap 108, Tolsma was hit from behind by the No. 29 truck, causing the CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge to spin out and hit the wall hard in turn 4. Tolsma brought the wounded Dodge behind the wall for the crew to assess the damage. Crew chief Showalter stated the truck was beyond repair forcing Tolsma to retire from the event.
"This was a costly night for us," stated Tolsma. "It's disappointing when this team has fought tooth and nail to get up to sixth place in points. Finishing last is really disheartening for the guys, CITGO, and Dodge. We had a good run going and were certainly capable of winning this race."
Tolsma lost two positions in the point standings and is now 8th; 8 points behind the seventh place Steve Grissom.
"This team will regroup, fix the truck and focus on Dover," added Tolsma. "We have three races left in this season so we're not packing it in just yet. We're looking for another win."