Spencer, No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge Team Fifth at IRP Hard Driving, Pit Strategy Bring Spencer Home Fifth at Indy Clermont, IN (August 06, 2005) Jimmy Spencer wheeled the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge to a hard-fought fifth-place...
Spencer, No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge Team Fifth at IRP
Hard Driving, Pit Strategy Bring Spencer Home Fifth at Indy
Clermont, IN (August 06, 2005) Jimmy Spencer wheeled the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge to a hard-fought fifth-place finish in Friday night's Power Stroke Diesel 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Spencer started the event from the fifth position after rain washed out qualifying -- setting the starting field by Owner points.
Spencer would keep his truck among the Top-5 all night long. Following three early caution flags, the race went green from lap 37 through lap 171. With the long green flag run, the field cycled through green flag pit stops. While many others found difficulty coming to the pits resulting in either speeding penalties or even an empty fuel cell, Spencer received a solid pit stop from the "Ultra Bad Boys", and while he dropped to ninth as the field cycled through - when the round of stops was completed he remained in the fourth position. The caution flag flew on lap 171, Spencer and Crew Chief Dan Glauz took a gamble -- they stayed out to take over the lead while the remaining three lead lap trucks came to pit road.
"At that time we were quicker than Dennis (Setzer) on old tires," Spencer said. "We thought we could hold him off, and we did for a few laps. He had to move me, and that's what he needed to do at that point. We took a gamble and it didn't pay off, but I am really excited to get back up into the top-5. We've been a little off for a few weeks and this is the way we need to be running. It really builds some momentum for the rest of the season."
In the late stages of the race, Spencer battled Ron Hornaday for third position and the two drivers made contact entering turn one. Spencer's truck slid into the wall, leaving the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge with some cosmetic damage to the right rear corner. An unrelated caution flag for another spin gave Spencer a chance to come to the pits to check for damage and preserve his third top-5 run of the season.
"We had the truck a little too tight tonight, and that hurt us," Spencer said. "But we had a good finish and we gained on second in the points. This is the step in the right direction. We got together with Ron there at the end but that was just racing. Our truck never backed up the speed it had before the caution. But Dan Glauz and the team work very well together and a run like this is what we needed. We've struggled this season, but I think we can end up in Victory Lane together before the end of the year."
Spencer returns to action in the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge this Saturday in the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.
The race will be televised live on Speed Channel at 5 P.M. Eastern, and can be heard on select radio affiliates of Motor Racing Network. TruckSeries.com will provide practice, qualifying, and race updates at www.truckseries.com