BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 24, 2000) - Randy Tolsma and the CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge team landed a 10th place finish in the MICHIGAN 200 this weekend. Tolsma and crew chief Gary Showalter opted to run the truck that finished third at Texas...
BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 24, 2000) - Randy Tolsma and the CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge team landed a 10th place finish in the MICHIGAN 200 this weekend.
Tolsma and crew chief Gary Showalter opted to run the truck that finished third at Texas and sixth in Kentucky. Starting the event 13th, Tolsma’s goal was to make some friends in the draft and work his way through the field. Shortly after the green flag waved, Tolsma radioed to Showalter the truck was loose with other trucks behind him, but it was tight as well. The truck was good running on its own, but in order to be competitive at Michigan Speedway, Tolsma knew he'd have to be in the draft.
"When the truck is both loose and tight, it's really hard to fix everything at once. I didn't know what the truck was going to do from lap to lap. It was pretty crazy and I just hung on for 100 laps," Tolsma said after the event.
The first time Tolsma brought the CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge into the pits was under green flag conditions. The team changed left side tires, made an air pressure adjustment, and made a chassis adjustment in 10.31 seconds. The next two pit stops were flawless and helped Tolsma gain track position.
"This CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge crew really did a great job both on pit road and in the garage this weekend. Even though we got better and better with each pit stop, I was just fighting so many different issues with the truck. I'm thrilled we ended up 10th."
After the completion of the Michigan 200, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points chase is tighter, as only three points separate Tolsma from the sixth place. Tolsma will now shift his focus to Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP), where he sat on the pole last year.
"We're looking forward to a week off and then to IRP," Tolsma said. "I have a lot of history there and it would be the perfect place for this teams first win of the year."