JIMMY SPENCER (No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram) NOTE: Spencer earned his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career pole position at New Hampshire in his second career start today. The pole is the No. 2 Dodge team's third of the season.
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram)
NOTE: Spencer earned his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career pole position at New Hampshire in his second career start today. The pole is the No. 2 Dodge team's third of the season. Spencer's previous best start at N.H.I.S. was fourth, which he notched in the 1992 NASCAR Busch Series race.
"We've got a great race team here. Team ASE has a good bunch of boys. It's just really, really good here, you know. It's unbelievable that we didn't have to hardly do anything to this truck. They just did a great job. It was really good in practice. I didn't think it was going to hold up for the pole. I thought somebody could've run a .70 (30.700 sec.). I think I could have had that lap, but I just couldn't get it into the corner like I wanted to. I had to get back on the brake a little bit, and it cost me about two-tenths or so. But, all-in-all it was a good run for us."
"We were actually a little loose today, but it was still good enough. Anytime you sit on a pole or qualify really well, you'd always like to have a lap back because you know you could've done better. It doesn't matter if you're second, fifth, 10th or 25th, it just never fails that as a good, competitive person you want to do the best you can for your race team, because they always give everything that they can. I really thought that our time was going to get bumped off, but the good Lord watched over us and the Team ASE Dodge is on the pole. It was pretty cool.
"I think the biggest difference (between trucks vs. Cup cars) is that the trucks handle like the old Winston Cup cars like eight to 10 years ago. You can really run a lot closer, and the aerodynamics aren't as critical as it is today on a Winston Cup car. You have to rely on attitude, pitch and everything like that. I don't even understand some of the lingo that the Winston Cup engineers go through. The neat thing that I learned last week is that you can run really close together and not hit each other, and not worry about spinning out or something.
"I felt watching Kurt Busch, Mike Skinner, Ron Hornaday and all of the guys who were with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series originally, that the Truck Series was as good of racing as NASCAR could put on. I always wanted to drive one. I had an opportunity at Bristol, and we know what happened there. When Jason had left and Jimmy asked me to drive the truck I said, 'Which one? The black one, or whatever?' Because I thought he meant for me to drive the truck to the racetrack. When he told me I was driving the No. 2 Dodge I said, 'Only a fool wouldn't drive that truck.' I got in it, and we had a good truck last week. I think we're going to have a good truck on Saturday.