Spencer, No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge Finish 6th at Loudon Jimmy Spencer fought back from an flat tire early on, two separate on-track incidents, and a last-lap scrape with to pick up a hard- fought sixth-place finish in the Sylvania 200 ...
Spencer, No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge Finish 6th at Loudon
Jimmy Spencer fought back from an flat tire early on, two separate on-track incidents, and a last-lap scrape with to pick up a hard- fought sixth-place finish in the Sylvania 200 presented by Lowe's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the New Hampshire International Speedway. Spencer started 14th and within 20 laps drove the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge into The Top-5. That's when things started to get really exciting.
Spencer had a right front tire go down just as he entered the flat third turn on the one-mile track. Spencer was able to keep the truck out of the wall, but NASCAR officials ruled that Spencer intentionally stopped on the speedway to bring out the caution, and penalized him a lap for doing so. Just after the restart, Spencer moved into position to pick up the free pass, and when the caution came out shortly thereafter, he was able to come back around and rejoin the lead lap at the tail of the field.
Spencer then started picking off the positions in rapid succession and was making a move to slide into the top-five when the tail of the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge jumped out from under him sending him on a slow slide coming off turn four. Spencer got the truck fired and rejoined the field from the tail of the lead lap for the second time in the event. Spencer once again started working his way through the field, and he soon found himself within the top-10. But again Spencer would find himself looking at the field bearing down upon him when hard racing with David Reutimann sent Spencer sliding through turn two.
Undaunted, Spencer was able to stay among the Top-10, and late in the race was in position to pick up his ninth top-10 finish of the season. Coming to the checkered flag, Spencer and Todd Bodine made contact which opened the door for Spencer to take over the sixth position at the finish.
"I don't think I ever passed as many people in one race as I did here today," Spencer said. "We had a great truck today, but whenever we got up near the front it seemed they would start banging on us and get us turned sideways and we'd have to drop to the back. On that last lap, I don't think it was my fault with what happened down there. I know his guys are mad and they came over and we had a talk as soon as I got out of the truck. From where I was it looked like he came down on me. I thought I was far enough alongside to have the position, and he came down. I hate that it happened like that, but we'll take sixth. We had a better truck than that, but after the day we had we'll take it."
Spencer picks up a position in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings to move into fourth. He is 233 points behind leader Dennis Setzer and just 30 points behind third-place Ron Hornaday.
Next on the schedule for Spencer and the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge is the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Saturday night, September 24, 2005 at 9 pm Eastern. Speed Channel will have the live television broadcast, while Motor Racing Network will have the live radio call on selected affiliates nationwide.