Kansas: Jimmy Spencer race notes

Spencer, No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge Finish 6th at Kansas Jimmy Spencer drove the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge to a sixth place finish in the O'Reilly 250 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Spencer fought a loose condition in...

Spencer, No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge Finish 6th at Kansas

Jimmy Spencer drove the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge to a sixth place finish in the O'Reilly 250 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Spencer fought a loose condition in the early laps, but quick work on pit road and a fast truck on the speedway kept Spencer among the top-10 all afternoon. "As bad as we've been the past couple of weeks it feels really good to run that well here this afternoon," Spencer said following the race.

"We had a great truck, but we just didn't have anything for those Toyotas. I've said all along once they get it figured out they are going to be tough, and they had four out of the top five here today. I was a little tight there at the end but I had my truck running wide open at the end and they passed me.

I was telling myself there was no way they could do that, but they did. We've got a lot of work to do, but this finish here is definitely a plus for us." While Spencer was the top finishing Dodge driver in the field, early adjustments to compensate for a loose truck on the slick Kansas Speedway asphalt kept the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge in contention late in the going. Each time Spencer would bring the truck to pit road, the team would spend an extra couple of seconds making needed chassis adjustments, which sent Spencer out onto the track deep into the field.

But once the green flag would wave, the changes to the handling of the truck would allow Spencer to charge back up through the field and quickly rejoin the lead pack. "The crew never gave up," Spencer said. "They changed the track bar, air pressure, wedge and we got it better. As bad as we've been the past couple of weeks this is a big step in the right direction. We'll get it working the way we want it and see what we have for them in Kentucky."

Spencer remains sixth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship standings, 157 points behind leader Dennis Setzer and just ten points behind fifth place Ricky Craven. Spencer now has two top-5 finishes and five top-10 finishes in the 12 NCTS races in 2005. Next up for the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge is the Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday July 9.

Speed Channel will have the live telecast starting at 8 pm Eastern, while Motor Racing Network will have live coverage on selected radio affiliates nationwide. TruckSeries.com will provide continuous real-time updates throughout practice, qualifying, and the race at www.truckseries.com.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Ricky Craven , Dennis Setzer