(March 17, 2001 - Bakersfield, CA) - Randy Tolsma posted his third top-ten finish of the 2001 season Saturday during the running of the OSH 250 at Mesa Marin Speedway in Bakersfield, CA. Tolsma, a previous winner at Mesa Marin, was looking...
(March 17, 2001 - Bakersfield, CA) - Randy Tolsma posted his third top-ten finish of the 2001 season Saturday during the running of the OSH 250 at Mesa Marin Speedway in Bakersfield, CA. Tolsma, a previous winner at Mesa Marin, was looking forward to finishing at the front of the field, but was never able to gain much track position throughout the race to be in contention for the win.
The No. 61 Team Rensi Motorpsorts Chevrolet Silverado ran great not only during the practice sessions, but also in qualifying as well, placing Tolsma in the 12th starting spot for the event.
"We had a great truck in qualifying and didn't work too hard on the setup for it. We ran great in happy hour and that's what I had put a lot of value in. We did well on old tires and put down lap times that were just a few tenths slower than our qualifying lap. Doing that with tires that had more than 87 laps just showed how good our truck was." Tolsma boasted.
The race wasn't what Team Rensi had anticipated for Mesa Marin Raceway. Due to the record number of cautions Tolsma found himself fighting lap cars during the event rather than fighting for positions to get to the front of the field. There were 17 rookies in the field and with the number of cautions flags thrown, it didn't allow for much racing on the track. Many of the drivers didn't get the opportunity to display their talent. Tolsma was no different. He worked his way into the top-ten, but the short runs didn't let him get track position. Any strategy that was to be used would have to wait for another day, leaving him looking forward to the next race at Martinsville.
"Craig Huartson and I worked hard on what we needed here and the guys did a fantastic job on pit road today.
Tolsma explained, "It was a good day and bad day for us. We really thought we had a truck that was capable of winning and the Team Rensi Silverado was very good on long runs. Unfortunately, the race went very few laps under green and we constantly had a caution and had to deal with lap traffic, which was a handful. We lost track position early and with the short green flag runs we were never able to gain our positions back. We did walk away with a top-ten and not under the best of circumstances. Any day we can do that shows the strength and maturity of this team."
The No. 61 Team Rensi Motorsports NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team has a weekend off. Their next appearance will be the Advanced Auto Parts 250 at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, West Virginia on April 1, 2001. The race will be aired on ESPN at 1:00 pm.