Dotter "picks up" in Vegas, comes home 16th in Las Vegas 350. LAS VEGAS, NV Bobby Dotter drove the Albertson's/Puma Tools Chevrolet to a 16th-place finish in the Las Vegas 350 on Sunday, October 13 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dotter, who...
Dotter "picks up" in Vegas, comes home 16th in Las Vegas 350.
LAS VEGAS, NV Bobby Dotter drove the Albertson's/Puma Tools Chevrolet to a 16th-place finish in the Las Vegas 350 on Sunday, October 13 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dotter, who started the race from the 31st spot, gained enough positions on the track to earn the Waste Management Picking Up Places Award, worth $1500.
"I guess we had them right where we wanted them today," joked Dotter after the race. "We just don't qualify well on the superspeedways, but we had a pretty good race. We knew we had a shot at the Waste Management award starting that far back. It is always appreciated to bring home an extra bonus, and it gives you another reason to race just a little bit harder after starting that far back."
Dotter maintains the 14th position in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings after the 19th of 22 races on the 2002 schedule.
"We would have liked to have gained some points on the guys in front of us today, but we knew that would be a long shot at a place like Vegas. We have another hurdle to get over at Fontana in a couple of weeks. But if we can stay in the ballpark, when we get to Phoenix and Homestead, we may be able to give them a run for the money.
"It is just a testament to this team that we are challenging for positions this far up in the point standings with the budget that we have. If we had that major sponsor, we could run with some of the bigger teams and maybe make a run for a top-10 in the points. But Gene (Christensen, team owner) pretty much does this out of his pocket, and we do the best that we can on the budget we have. We are just very proud to be where we are and in the company of some pretty well-funded operations."
The next event on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule is the American Racing Wheels 200 at the California Speedway in Fontana, CA, on November 2. The event will be telecast live on ESPN, and can be heard live on XM Satellite Radio and MRN Radio affiliates nationwide.