DODGE RAMS LEAVE LOUISVILLE STRONG IN CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT Dodge Ram Notes & Quotes Louisville, KY (October 8, 1999 - With only two races remaining in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series fight, the Dodge Rams have moved themselves into strong ...
DODGE RAMS LEAVE LOUISVILLE STRONG IN CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT
Dodge Ram Notes & Quotes
Louisville, KY (October 8, 1999 - With only two races remaining in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series fight, the Dodge Rams have moved themselves into strong position in the championship race. Dennis Setzer retains the third position in the points championship with his eighth place finish and Stacy Compton retains his fourth place position with his 13th place finish. Jimmy Hensley finished in the fifth position after starting from the pole position for the first time this season. Hensley was also credited with leading the most lops (167 laps). Dennis Setzer finished in the eighth position after starting eighth and being forced to pit for fresh right-side tires with only ten laps remaining in the race, Stacy Compton finished in the 13th position after starting in the tenth position and backing hard into the wall during the early afternoon practice session, Joe Ruttman finished in the position after starting fifth and spinning early in the race, putting him a lap down. Randy Tolsma finished in the position after starting 16th and losing the motor just over halfway in the race.
Dodge Ram and Qualifying Notes;
Jimmy Hensley's pole was the first for him in the 1999 season and the tenth for a Dodge Ram. During the early practice session, Stacy Compton backed the RC Dodge into the wall causing serious damage to the rear of the truck. The team was able to repair the truck and get in to the qualifying line-up. This was the first race for Dennis Setzer to have run at the Louisville Speedway
Jimmy Hensley, #43 Dodge By Petty, finished fifth:
" I raced hard out there - we had a good truck and stayed competitive all night. We stayed on the track as long as we could because we heard that the rain was getting closer to the track. Eventually we had to come in because the truck just wasn't handling the same after 125 laps. Goodyear gave us good tires that really didn't give up much. I'm really proud of this team's effort tonight."
Dennis Setzer, #1 Mopar Dodge, finished eighth:
" The Mopar team did a great job again tonight, I just didn't have the truck set up 100 percent before the race started and then we had to make adjustments when we pitted. We get the best that we can each week and that is what we did here tonight. That is what will help this team win the championship."
Joe Ruttman #18 Dana Dodge, finished 10th:
" I felt like a pinball going around this track tonight. It was a good race for us, but I made a call to change something on the truck and I should not have done that, but we will take it and move on. I know that I had a lot of fun racing here tonight."
Stacy Compton, #86 RC Dodge, finished 13th:
"To say that it was a tough night would be an understatement. We had a good truck and the guys did a great job getting the RC Dodge back in one piece after the mishap during practice. We were running third and we got turned around, but that is the type of thing that you expect when you come to a place like this and short track racing. I hate it for these guys but we will just have to get 'em at Texas,"
Randy Tolsma, #25 Supergard Motor Off Dodge, finished 25th:
"We left a little on the race track during qualifying, We loosened up the truck for qualifying and that put us in the back of the pack for starting position. And at this track it is the chain reaction that will hurt you. And that is what happened, there was just a pile up in front of me and there was nowhere for me to go. That tore us up pretty good and tore the radiator hose. Losing water I'm surprised that the truck held on as long as it did. That is really a credit to the Supergard Dodge team and to the engines. We had a good truck again tonight, we just did not have a lot to show for it with our finish tonight."