Spencer, No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge Finish 16th at Nashville Superspeedway Pit Road Speeding Hampers Spencer's Nashville Success Jimmy Spencer drove the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge up into the Top-10 at the start of the final third...
Spencer, No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge Finish 16th at Nashville
Pit Road Speeding Hampers Spencer's Nashville Success
Jimmy Spencer drove the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge up into the Top-10 at the start of the final third of the Toyota Tundra 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday afternoon at Nashville Superspeedway before a pit road speeding violation sent Spencer to the tail of the longest line on the restart. With just over 30 laps remaining, the penalty proved costly for Mr. Excitement; saddling the NASCAR veteran with a 16th-place finish. Spencer took the green flag to start the 150-lap race in 24th, but quickly started making moves to the front. Spencer dodged several early race incidents to make his way into the Top-10 by lap 30. He then settled down in the back half of the Top-10 waiting to make his move in the final 50 laps.
Spencer was poised to join Ultra Motorsports teammate Ted Musgrave in the top five late in the going before NASCAR's speeding police said the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge was going just a bit too quick on pit road; relegating Spencer to the back of the pack. "We got caught speeding and it really hurt us," Spencer said, We had a great truck today, but we had one set of tires that just really hurt us and turned the truck to junk. Then we did it again on the next stop and we just could never get the truck right. It looked like we may have had to have scuffed our tires or something; and that just doesn't seem right. It's very frustrating because I did have a truck that was capable of running speeds that would put us in the Top-five. Once we got the speeding penalty we were too far back in the pack to get the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge back to the front."
Spencer now sits sixth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings heading into round 17 of the 2005 Season at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24. Spencer is 311 points behind Championship Point leader Dennis Setzer and only 133 points out of second place.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series takes the weekend off before heading to Bristol for a Wednesday night show at Thunder Valley.
Speed Channel will have the broadcast of the O'Reilly 200 at 9 pm Eastern time, with MRN Radio airing the live radio broadcast on selected affiliates nationwide. TruckSeries.com will have real-time practice, qualifying, and race updates at www.truckseries.com.