Stefanik on verge of two top-10s By Brett Borden FOUNTAIN, Colo. (May 16, 1999) Mike Stefanik may be about to finish in the top-10 and climb into the top-10 in points standings. He has quietly put together a very solid year for a...
Stefanik on verge of two top-10s By Brett Borden
FOUNTAIN, Colo. (May 16, 1999) Mike Stefanik may be about to finish in the top-10 and climb into the top-10 in points standings. He has quietly put together a very solid year for a veteran. Only he's not a veteran. Not in a truck, any ways. Mike Stefanik just keeps plugging along with his No. 66 Carlin Burners & Controls team, not getting top-10 finishes (a feat he accomplished in his first two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts), but avoiding bad finishes at the same time. This USG SHEETROCK Brand Rookie-of-the-Year candidate acts like he's been around racing for a while.
The two-time defending champion in both the Busch North Series and the Featherlite Modified Divisions, both parts of the NASCAR Touring Division, Stefanik is spending his time wisely this year, learning how to finish each race before worrying about trying to win each race. The result is a sturdy spot of 11th in the NCTS standings. There's plenty of upside to the remainder of the season, too, as Stefanik is currently only 85 points out of fourth place.
"Our learning curve is getting much more comfortable," said Stefanik, who finished 11th Sunday. "We would have liked to get into the top-10. We ran with Mike Wallace for a while and he and I swapped there early and we were give and take. We made and adjustment on the truck that I called for to loosen up the truck, and that was a thorn in our side for that long run. We got really loose. We still had a respectable run."
Of course. In five of seven races this year, Stefanik has finished between 11th and 14th. The lone exceptions were a runner-up finish in the season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway and a 24th in the third race of the year at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.
"We're working on our whole program and there are still a lot of things that we can work on to be consistently nipping at the top-10 week after week. That means that down the line here we'll be in the top-10 more often and not running way out. We beat some good trucks today and those are guys that I want to beat. I'm really happy getting out of here with the truck in one piece. We can take this truck back to the shop and work on it and make it better. We're still learning as a group."
Source: NASCAR Online