Homestead Dodge weekend preview

LAS VEGAS, March 1, 2001 - The Florida Dodge Dealers 400, second event of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, takes place at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida this Sunday. The race opens a new chapter in the history of Dodge racing engines. This...

LAS VEGAS, March 1, 2001 - The Florida Dodge Dealers 400, second event of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, takes place at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida this Sunday. The race opens a new chapter in the history of Dodge racing engines. This will be the first truck race for engines based on the new power plant developed for Winston Cup racing. Dodge engineers and the race teams have high hopes for the engine, based on extensive testing with no failures of Dodge-supplied parts.

Joe Ruttman will no doubt be pleased if he just matches his performance during the first race of the season. After all, it's hard to top winning the pole and the race. Naturally, he is also at the top of the points race after the first race of the season.

Ruttman will have another edge riding along with him in the No. 18 Dana Dodge - he holds the race record. He set the record on Nov. 9, 1997, when he won with an average speed of 125.849 miles per hour. He also won two poles for races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Ruttman's Bobby Hamilton Racing teammate Willy T. Ribbs, on the other hand, has nowhere to go but up. After qualifying a very respectable third on the grid at Daytona, his No. 8 Dodge Ram encountered electrical problems on the first lap of the race. Not long after the crew fixed that problem, the transmission went haywire. Ribbs soldiered on, but finished a disappointing 23rd.

- Dodge Motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Joe Ruttman , Willy T. Ribbs