TRUEX WAITS OUT THE SHOWERS AND TAKES THE WIN IN THE KROGER 200, BENEFITING RILEY HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN, AT IRP INDIANAPOLIS (August 6, 2005) Martin Truex, Jr.. was able to wait out a brief storm that brought out a one hour and thirty eight ...
TRUEX WAITS OUT THE SHOWERS AND TAKES THE WIN IN THE KROGER 200, BENEFITING RILEY HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN, AT IRP
INDIANAPOLIS (August 6, 2005) Martin Truex, Jr.. was able to wait out a brief storm that brought out a one hour and thirty eight minute rain delay to win the Kroger 200, Benefiting Riley Hospital for Children. For Truex, the long delay was worth it to finish up in victory lane at IRP.
"Any win is worth the wait," said Truex in victory lane. "Anytime you win at a short track it is pretty sweet. That is what we grew up on and learned how to drive and where we are the best that we can be. You worry about getting your car to drive the best on old tires and beating and banging and having fun."
For Truex win was sweet on many different levels. It was his sixth win of the season, he extended his points lead and was able to put Dale Earnhardt Incorporated in victory lane for the 100th time.
"It was really cool to do that. Since I became a part of DEI it has been a dream of mine and more than I could ever have dreamed of. I feel it is a pretty cool way to pay them back to get the 100th win and it is something that I hope everyone will remember and I know I surely will."
The rain delay was not welcome for the second place finished, Clint Boyer. He was strong until the showers came on lap 59 but wasn't able to keep Truex behind him.
"The rain must have washed away the rubber that we had built up on top which is obliviously the fastest way around," said Boyer. "We had a good race car. It is just frustrating to run second sometimes. I almost would have rather run fifth."
The win was a popular one for the sold out crowd at IRP. This is the second consecutive year the Kroger 200, Benefiting Riley Hospital for Children was a sell out prior to the start of the race.
"This is a tremendous success for IRP and our partners at Kroger," said Ron Anderson, general manager of IRP. "This race has continued to grow because of the hard work of all the efforts involved with promoting the race and the continued support of our loyal fans."
Due to company policy, IRP is not allowed to release attendance figures.
One of five drag racing facilities owned and operated by the National Hot Rod Association, IRP was built in 1960 and has presented organized racing events since 1961. From March through October, the facility hosts more than 120 dates of racing on three tracks, a quarter-mile drag strip, a .686-mile paved oval and a 2.5-mile road course. Home to drag racing's biggest event, the NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend, the drag strip runs more than 50 days of point-to-point action, from national events to street legal community programs. The oval track draws racing's biggest events, including annual visits from the NASCAR Busch, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and three annual USAC races. The road course provides a home for several racing sanctions, such as SCCA, while providing an ideal resource for driving schools, corporate outings and open-road tests for professional drivers.
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