Nashville Dodge Ram Race report

Nashville, Tenn. - For the third straight year and the second straight week, there was a Dodge Ram in victory lane at the end of the evening. Randy Tolsma in the ...

Nashville, Tenn. - For the third straight year and the second straight week, there was a Dodge Ram in victory lane at the end of the evening. Randy Tolsma in the #25 Citgo Supergard Dodge picked up his second career win in the NCTS and his first with Dodge Motorsports. Tonight’s win marks three wins in a row at the Nashville Speedway for Dodge dating back to Jimmy Hensley’s 1998 win and Dennis Setzer’s 1999 win. The win will also mark the first time that Dodge will take home back to back race wins in a single season with Tolsma’s race win coming on the heels of Joe Ruttman’s win from a week ago at IRP. Dennis Setzer finished second in tonight’s race with Ruttman coming home fourth and Steve Grissom rounding out the top five. Rookie Scott Riggs finished seventh after his best career start of third.

Randy Tolsma, driver, #25 Citgo Supergard Motor Oil Dodge, finished first:

“The CITGO SUPERGARD Dodge team has been after this win for a long time and this one means an awful lot. This was a real team effort and Gary Showalter made great calls all night and the team gave me incredible pit stops. It was the race team that got me out front and in the position to win the race and I just can’t say enough about these guys. But we can’t do this on our own, Dodge and the DaimlerChrysler engineers work hard to give us a great aero package and engine package. And Joey Arrington builds us great engines that produce incredible power. It’s obviously a huge effort by everybody and I just turn the steering wheel, buy tonight the team certainly made my job easy. This is the third straight win here at Nashville for Dodge and that is a great accomplishment as well, plus we had four Dodge Rams finish in the top five and that is a great night in my book.”

Dennis Setzer, driver, #1 Mopar Dodge, finished second:

“It was a big night for Dodge and Mopar and we came a long way from where we were early in the race to finish second. That last set of left side tires that we put on really made all the difference, but Randy really had the best truck here tonight and they did everything right to get this win. We’re happy with second, but we would have liked to have been better.”

Joe Ruttman, driver, #18 Dana Dodge, finished fourth:

“We just never could get a handle on the Dana Dodge all night, but Fred and the guys at Bobby Hamilton Racing never gave up and worked on the Dodge all night to get it better. And where we finished versus where we started the weekend is a great accomplishment for the guys.”

Steve Grissom, driver, #43 Dodge By Petty, finished fifth:

“Well the Dodge By Petty was one of the strongest trucks on the track at the end of the race and we made some contact with another truck that caused some rubbing on the right front tire. That caused the truck to tighten up there at the end and that is probably what cost us the win.”

Scott Riggs, driver, #86 RC Cola Dodge, finished seventh:

“All I can really say is that the guys on this RC Cola Dodge team did a great job tonight and I feel like I did all that I could do as a driver on the race track. The pit crew gave me great stops and track position meant a lot. We made some not-so-great calls early by staying out on tires for too many laps, but we were just trying to keep the good track position that we had all night. But by staying out on those right side tires as long as we did, we almost lost a lap and ended up losing a ton of track position. And then we pitted and got back up there, but then another caution flew and we probably should have pitted for tires again and didn’t. And when you take chances like that, they are bound to backfire on you eventually. Tonight it just wasn’t the right call.”

Carlos Contreras, driver, #12 Hot Wheels Dodge, finished 19th:

“I’m very frustrated with the truck and with myself after tonight. The truck was tight all night and I was just riding around to get the points. I’m really happy for my teammate (Randy Tolsma) who won tonight.”

Jamie McMurray, driver, #41 TKO Motorsports Dodge, finished 25th:

“I was just racing to the front and a couple of lapped trucks in front of me decided to get a little too racey and we just got involved and ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. When we came in for our first pit stop, the starter went out on the truck and that cost me some positions on the race track. That put me back where I had to fight lapped traffic to get to the front and when you are back there, you can get caught up in a mess in a hurry. But the TKO Dodge was great tonight and this team gave me an incredible truck to race. We changed everything on the truck from where we were in the last practice session and to get the truck to where we were running tonight says a lot about Todd Meyers and this entire race team. It was a real learning experience racing with Jack at the beginning and being able to run side by side with him proves just how strong this truck was tonight.”

Mark Petty, driver, #44 Dodge By Petty, finished 26th:

“When I came around turn two, the race track was blocked and I just had nowhere to go and got collected from behind and pushed into the other trucks. I hate it for this team because these guys work so hard to get this truck ready to race, but the Dodge was strong and I was able to get some experience and move up from where we started.”

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Dennis Setzer , Carlos Contreras , Jamie McMurray , Scott Riggs , Joe Ruttman , Randy Tolsma , Jimmy Hensley , Steve Grissom