Milwaukee: Bobby Dotter race report

WEST ALLIS, WI Bobby Dotter drove the People Against Drugs/Puma Tools Chevrolet to a solid 12th-place finish in the GNC Live Well 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at the Milwaukee Mile on Saturday. Dotter started the 200-mile event from the 19th...

WEST ALLIS, WI Bobby Dotter drove the People Against Drugs/Puma Tools Chevrolet to a solid 12th-place finish in the GNC Live Well 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at the Milwaukee Mile on Saturday. Dotter started the 200-mile event from the 19th position on the grid and earned $10,215 for his efforts.

"We had an awesome truck today," Dotter said. "We spent the test session here on Thursday working on finding a consistent race setup and that is what we had. We had a set of tires that didn't agree with the truck after the first pit stop, but after we changed them, the handling seemed to come back.

"The truck sputtered a little coming to the pits for the green flag stop," Dotter continued, "but it really only cost us about a straightaway. It was a good day."

With only one caution flag in the early stages of the event, teams coming to make their green flag pit stops allowed Dotter to move as high as third in the running order. However, the caution flag he needed to help maintain that track position never materialized.

"It would have been nice to have a caution flag at that point to keep some of those front runners pinned a lap down," he said. "We were hoping, it just didn't come when we really needed it."

Dotter and the People Against Drugs Motorsports team move on to the new Kansas Speedway for this weekend's running of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200. Last year's event played to a full house of 75,000 fans getting their first taste of NASCAR racing at the 1.5 mile tri-oval. Dotter expects many of them to be back for another look at the Tough Trucks of NASCAR.

"We are looking forward to getting out to Kansas again," he said. "It is a beautiful facility and the fans really supported us well there last year. We have some appearances for People Against Drugs scheduled so it should be a fun holiday week."

The O'Reilly 250 from the Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 6 at 1 pm ET. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and carried on MRN Radio affiliates and XM Satellite Radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Dotter