Fort Worth, TX: Bobby Dotter found the practice session for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 at Texas Motor Speedway to be an exercise in frustration. He knew his team's Albertson's/Puma Tools Chevrolet had some speed in it, they were just having a...
Fort Worth, TX: Bobby Dotter found the practice session for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 at Texas Motor Speedway to be an exercise in frustration. He knew his team's Albertson's/Puma Tools Chevrolet had some speed in it, they were just having a hard time finding it.
Then they rolled off for qualifying.
The team's struggles during the heat of the day led to smiles of relief after Dotter turned a lap of 30.925/174.616 mph, which will slot the team in the 19th position on the grid.
"In between practice and qualifying we made some changes and found almost seven-tenths of a second," Dotter said. "Practice was a struggle because we knew this truck was capable of running faster than it was. We tested at Atlanta in the fall and the truck was really good and was fast the whole time. And we got here and it was just a mystery. The truck really responded to the changes we made after practice and the track cooled off a little too. We thought we might pick up some time in qualifying, but seven-tenths was a bit of a surprise."
For the second event in a row, Dotter and the team have partnered with Albertson's, and for this event have the company's familiar blue logo on the quarter panels.
"We had a luncheon with the Albertson's people here on Wednesday and everyone was so happy with what the team did at Dover," Dotter said. "Everyone is excited about coming out to Texas too. We are proud to be associated with Albertson's here for this race and look forward to putting on a great show for them under the lights here at Texas. Night racing is always exciting, and at the speeds we are going, it makes it even more exciting. We look forward to taking the Albertson's Chevy to the top-10 and having a good finish."