Talladega II: Jimmy Spencer race report

Team Target finishes 21st At Talladega. Spencer remains 26th in Winston Cup championship points race. TALLADEGA, Ala. (October 7, 2002) - The No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T driven by Jimmy Spencer finished in 21st place in the EA Sports 500 ...

Team Target finishes 21st At Talladega. Spencer remains 26th in Winston Cup championship points race.

TALLADEGA, Ala. (October 7, 2002) - The No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T driven by Jimmy Spencer finished in 21st place in the EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Spencer remains in 26th place in the Winston Cup championship points race.

Qualifying for the EA Sports 500 was cancelled Friday due to rain and the field was set according to owner's points, putting Spencer in the 24th starting spot. Spencer raced the Target Dodge in the back of the field for the first two runs but felt that the car was good enough to move up the field towards the end of the race. Unfortunately, when that time came, he could not get the run on the field that he thought. Team Target settled with a 21st place finish.

"We just never had our car where it would run good," Spencer said following the race. "We got caught and our fuel mileage wasn't as good as it needed to be. We had time to get it better, but it just didn't run like it did at Daytona. It was a tough day. Jamie McMurray (new teammate) ran pretty good right there at the end. His car wasn't as good as it needed to be, either, but we got together at the end, and he did a good job bringing it home."

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway; his third Talladega win in a row. Next on the schedule for the No. 41 Target team is the UAW-GM Quality 500 @ Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 13, 2002.

-cgr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jimmy Spencer , Jamie McMurray