MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Randy Tolsma and the No. 25 CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge team continued their consistency streak with yet another awesome performance in the SEARS DIEHARD 200 at the Milwaukee Mile. After successful practice and testing ...
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Randy Tolsma and the No. 25 CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge team continued their consistency streak with yet another awesome performance in the SEARS DIEHARD 200 at the Milwaukee Mile.
After successful practice and testing sessions on the 1 mile flat track, Tolsma started the race in the second position, on the outside of front row. When the green flag dropped, he assumed the lead on lap 5. By lap 35, Tolsma fell to second place because the truck was tight. Crew chief Gary Showalter and the team made adjustments under green flag conditions at lap 75. They changed four tires, made a track bar adjustment, and sent Tolsma on his way.
"My team did a great job making improvements- the pit stops were just phenomenal all day long," said Tolsma.
Tolsma cruised for the majority of the race in the top five and was seriously challenging eventual race winner Kurt Busch for the lead, when late race cautions forced short runs. "I thought we had a better truck on cooler tires, but I just could not get past Kurt. We hoped Kurt would bobble or make a mistake at the end, but he didn't. Believe me, I know how bad it feels to dominate a race and not win, so I have to say I'm happy for him, but I sure wish it was our team celebrating right now."
Tolsma knows all too well what it feels like to dominate a race and have a win taken from him. He dominated events at Bakersfield and Monroe, only to come up short at the end.
Tolsma has moved up to sixth place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings, and is now the top Dodge team. He has added another stellar performance to his racing resume, making it the ninth top-10 and the fourth top-3 of the season. Moving forward, Tolsma will now set his sights on fifth place in the points chase going into the next race at New Hampshire International Speedway.
"Loudon will be a good race for this team. Last year we started second and finished in the top-10. Our momentum is so strong right now, and I think our day in victory lane will come very soon," added Tolsma.
When the "big win" does happen, it's sure to be sentimental for Tolsma and the No. 25 team, as well as a popular win in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series garage area.