Kentucky: Andy Houston preview

MOORESVILLE, NC (July 6, 2004) -NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Andy Houston and his Ultra Motorsports crew are just looking for a little kindness and a little luck. Last weekend, the Kansas track was cruel as the fickle finger of fate dealt...

MOORESVILLE, NC (July 6, 2004) -NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Andy Houston and his Ultra Motorsports crew are just looking for a little kindness and a little luck. Last weekend, the Kansas track was cruel as the fickle finger of fate dealt the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge a bad hand in the form of a lap-two crash that all but eliminated any hopes the team had for success. The driver and the team are banking on better fortunes this weekend in the Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway.

"A little bit of old fashioned luck would be welcome," Houston said. "We had a fast truck for a short period of time last week at Kansas, and this week we are hoping to have a really fast truck for the entire race. We just need for things to go our way. There are so many variables that make up success in these NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races -- track position, pit stops and performance all play a big part, and all of them have to click in order to have a good run."

Houston is making his second start in NCTS competition at the Bluegrass facility. He qualified 7th and finished 9th in the inaugural Kentucky truck race in 2000. While his race participation at the track may be sparse, Houston has spent countless hours testing at the track in a variety of NASCAR touring series vehicles.

"I have tested a ton at Kentucky," Houston claimed. "I really like the track. It is not your typical mile and a half oval. It has a lot of bumps that help give it its own unique character. The track changes from year to year. You go there to run, and the bumps seem to shift from one place to the other as the ground settles. One of the things I really like about Kentucky is the fan support. It seems like tracks like Kentucky where there isn't a Cup race have tremendous support for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the Busch Series. They draw great crowds and the fans are truly enthusiastic about our events."

The Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Saturday July 10th. The race will be broadcast live nationally on the Speed Channel, XM Satellite Radio and MRN Radio at 8:00pm ET. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series practice and qualifying events are slated for Friday July 9th.

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