Unsponsored Tolsma impressive at Martinsville

Un-sponsored Tolsma impressive At Martinsville by Thomas Chemris Martinsville VA Doing there best to boost sprits and moral, Randy Tolsma and the team Rensi Craftsman Truck team headed into Martinsville with out a sponsor and with a sense of...

Un-sponsored Tolsma impressive At Martinsville

by Thomas Chemris

Martinsville VA

Doing there best to boost sprits and moral, Randy Tolsma and the team Rensi Craftsman Truck team headed into Martinsville with out a sponsor and with a sense of humor.

Making light of a high profile Winston cup team, Team Rensi debuted the Big White Truck.

"We wanted to give the fans something to cheer for", notes Tolsma, who admits that the lack of sponsorship is affecting Moral

Recently, Team Rensi sidelined teammate David Donahue, citing the expense of running two unsponsored teams.

Practical Joke or not, the team definitely gave the crowd at Martinsville something to cheer about.

Running strong all day. Tolsma got caught up in the multi-truck incident on lap 93.

The Big White Truck looked more like a crushed can, but the team used the long caution to their advantage keeping Randy on the lead Lap.

Strong until the end, the team finished 5th in the grueling 250 lap event.


"The Big White Truck"--- Photo: Thomas Chemris

Tolsma attribute the success to "My Crew Chief and the Big White Truck Crew. When we got involved in the accident they made repairs, we may have lost track position but the kept us on the lead lap. The Goodyear tires lasted long and were as good as any new tire on the long runs".

Examining the truck after the race, it is hard to believe it ran so well, and was able to run in the Front pack. Realizing that the front bumper was in danger of falling off, Randy was asked if this hurt his driving style. "They let me know we were soft up front, but they did not want to worry me." We did have to save the breaks; they removed the ducts when making repairs, so I could not be real aggressive coming into the turns".

The performance helped keep randy in the top 10 in points (6th), currently 51 behind Scott Riggs.

The Big White Truck concept was a team effort to raise moral and attract attention, but this was a feat accomplished by the talented driving on the Idaho Native, and the dedication of his crew.

The future remains focused on the Championship title but look for Randy to be considered as a fill in for the Rensi owned Chevrolet in the Busch series as team driver Chad Chaffin has just been released.

Tolsma performance at Martinsville certainly makes him deserving of the seat.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Scott Riggs , Randy Tolsma , Chad Chaffin