LAS VEGAS, NV- (September 28, 2003) -Andy Houston posted a solid sixth place finish Saturday night in the Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Houston benefited from a late race caution on lap 135 of the ...
LAS VEGAS, NV- (September 28, 2003) -Andy Houston posted a solid sixth place finish Saturday night in the Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Houston benefited from a late race caution on lap 135 of the 146-lap affair. He brought his Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge down pit road to the attention of his Ultra Motorsports crew, who made a series of significant chassis adjustments to fix his ill handling machine.
"Crew Chief Dennis Connor made a great call to come in on that last caution," Houston said after the race. "We were just sitting ducks out there with the way the truck was running. It was so loose we weren't able to race anybody. To come in and put four tires on, even though it wasn't a new set, and make the adjustments that we did was definitely the right call. The Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge was much better those last few laps and we were able to pick up three spots at the end. Dennis made a great call and we were able to get the truck balanced for that last short run."
Houston qualified his Dodge in the 12th position but quickly moved up at the start of the event. He was running fourth by the time the first caution of the event came out on lap 29. After a 17.1 second stop for four tires and fuel, the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge exited the pits in the third position. Houston moved up to second and maintained his spot among the leaders for the majority of the event.
"At the beginning of the race the truck was awesome," Houston said. "They threw the green flag and we went right to the front. We were able to drive up into the top few positions and the truck was handling really good. But, it seemed the longer we ran the handling just went away. I think it was just the track changing conditions more than anything else. The track got really greasy near the end. We weren't as strong as we would have liked to be at the end."
Pole winner Brendan Gaughan took the checkered flag to claim his fifth win of the year and extend his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points lead over Travis Kvapil. With his late race adjustments Houston was able to pick off several competitors in the last few laps in route to his sixth place finishing position. The Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge was able to maintain eighth place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series owners points chase.
The next race for the truck series competitors is Saturday Oct 4th at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, VA. The Speed Channel and MRN Radio will broadcast the event live nationally at 4:30pm ET.