Federated Auto Parts 250 Saturday notebook By Brett Borden NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 10, 1999) Notes and quotes following Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Federated Auto Parts 250 at Nashville Speedway USA: Joe Ruttman brought a truck...
Federated Auto Parts 250 Saturday notebook By Brett Borden
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 10, 1999) Notes and quotes following Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Federated Auto Parts 250 at Nashville Speedway USA:
Joe Ruttman brought a truck named 'Goober' to Nashville, and Goober said 'Hey' with a fine run for the No. 18 DANA Dodge team, finishing fourth. "We had a flat tire early and that put us a lap down," said Ruttman, who actually got two laps down early on in the race before methodically making his way back into contention. "This Bobby Hamilton Racing crew just never gave up. They made one of the laps back, but I was just not sure whether we would be able to get the second lap back or not. We had to run a little longer on some old tires than we really wanted to, but when someone in front of us messed up a little, we were there to capitalize. When we put fresh tires on, this DANA Dodge was a rocket. This team gave 100 percent tonight."
Ron Hornaday suffered another disappointing finish, coming home 23rd to fall 190 points behind rival Jack Sprague, who leads the standings. Hornaday's No. 16 NAPA Chevrolet got tangled up with Randy Tolsma's No. 25 Supergard Motor Oil Dodge midway through the race, and the two were not happy with each other afterwards. Tolsma, who finished 21st, offered his side of the story. "We had been trying to get by Ron for several laps. I raced him inside and outside. He is the defending champion, so his words will probably outweigh mine. But he is trying to win a championship and I am trying to break into the top-10. He was trying to pinch me down and I was trying to hold him up. We got together and we just wrecked. The Supergard Dodge ended up getting the worst end of it. I hate this for my guys. They have been working so hard and we have been improving every weekend. Tough trucks, tough competitors and a tough night at this track."
Stacy Compton jumped out to the lead at the start of the race, and it looked like the driver of the No. 86 Royal Crown Cola Dodge might gain some ground on Sprague in the point standings. Instead, he got involved in a wreck on Lap 20 and finished 27th, putting him 182 points behind Sprague. "Two lapped trucks were racing for position in front of me and they got together and blocked the race track," said Compton. "I just had nowhere to go. I really bent the truck and I hate this for this race team. These guys worked so hard and they do not deserve to go through all of this because of lapped trucks. We were able to get the truck fixed and go back out to keep in the points race. We will just get as many points as we can and head to Nazareth."
Source: NASCAR Online