IRL: Reffner wins with Menard engione

FORT WORTH, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000 -- Butch Meyer, the engine builder for Team Menard, isn't one to pat himself on the back when driver Greg Ray blasts off to an awesome pole position qualifying run, which the native Texan did ...

FORT WORTH, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000 -- Butch Meyer, the engine builder for Team Menard, isn't one to pat himself on the back when driver Greg Ray blasts off to an awesome pole position qualifying run, which the native Texan did Saturday for the Indy Racing Northern Light Series Excite 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. But he couldn't help doing a little bragging for himself and his helpers after driver Bryan Reffner won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Friday at Texas, driving for team owner John Menard. Reffner also set a track record in capturing the pole for the race. "John Menard called a week ago and told us to put together a motor for him," Meyer said of Reffner's engine. "I had never built one. "We couldn't believe it," he continued about Reffner's success. "I've been working on Indy car engines with fuel injections. There are carburetors on the (355 Chevrolet) truck engines." NASCAR officials were so shocked by the power of Reffner's engine that they ordered it torn down to the short block, as Meyer put it. They found nothing illegal. "They were good to us," Meyer said. "It was fun to work with NASCAR." Reffner will race in the finale at Fontana, Calif., and Meyer said he and his crew will work further on the engine and try to make the truck even faster. Menard will move the engine building for Reffner, as well as for Menard's son Paul, to his Indianapolis shop for next season. Paul Menard races in the NASCAR ReMax series. This is Menard's first full year competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Reffner is the driver and team manager.

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Series IndyCar , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Ray , Bryan Reffner , Paul Menard