MOORESVILLE, NC- (November 10, 2003) As the old saying goes, two is better than one. As far as Houston brothers go, that is exactly the principle Ultra Motorsports and Team ASE/CARQUEST are using in this weekend's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series ...
MOORESVILLE, NC- (November 10, 2003) As the old saying goes, two is better than one. As far as Houston brothers go, that is exactly the principle Ultra Motorsports and Team ASE/CARQUEST are using in this weekend's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Andy Houston will make his sixth start of the year in the No. 2 Dodge and brother Marty Houston will make his first NCTS start of the year in the No. 10 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge and his first series start since November 2000. The two brothers are the sons of NASCAR Busch Series legend Tommy Houston. They became the first brother combination in NCTS history to score top-ten finishes in the same race on February 26, 2000 when Andy won at Homestead and Marty came home in the 10th position. Time has not diminished their competitive sibling rivalry.
"I really like to race against Andy." Marty Houston said. He typically serves as the truck chief on Andy's No. 2 Dodge. "I look at this as the first time Andy and I have had equal equipment. Andy has had some really good rides and he has done a great job in those rides. I think he is going win a ton of races in the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge. But for me, I just want to see what I can do in a top-notch truck, and this is the first time I have ever been in one in my career. That is no knock on the other teams I have driven for -- it was just the situation. It is great to be in one of Ultra's top trucks and to be on equal footing with Andy. I think we will put on a great show, and you will see both the Houston brothers up front. I know how badly I want to run upfront.
"The last time we raced against each other was in 2000," Andy Houston stated. "He was driving for Spears and I was driving for Mike Addington. We had some good battles -- we both ran competitively and ran each other pretty hard. Actually we always race each other tough. It is neat for him to get the opportunity to run in such good equipment, to get a good ride in a good truck. It is what Marty has needed because he hasn't really had that in the past. I feel like he will open some eyes in Homestead and run really well. I am going to do everything I can to help him but by the same token you always have that competitive fire against any competitor."
The two Hickory siblings have spent many an evening at Hickory Speedway rubbing sheet metal and battling for the win. Dominance at Hickory is a family tradition and sometimes it comes hard earned.
"We started side by side on the front row at Hickory and got together on the first lap and spun each other out," Marty says. "We both had to go to the rear of the field. Andy came back and won the race and I finished second. After the race, he came down to my pit and acted like he was still mad and I told him, 'you need to get on out of here, you got the trophy and the check.' If he had finished third or fourth I could see why he would have a reason to be mad, but heck he came back through the field and won the race so I didn't want to hear it."
"I clearly remember the time he spun me out on the first lap," Andy said. "But I did come back and when the race. If I hadn't been able to climb back through the field and win, then I probably wouldn't have been so forgiving."
The upcoming race at Homestead provides the Houston family with the chance to work together on the same team and for the same goal. They look forward to improving each other's chances at victory.
"I am sure that we will be talking a lot," Andy said. "I am sure it will all be handling related, a lot about how much brake you are using, where you let off, what line we are using and that sort of stuff. It will be a real advantage since we know each other's style so well. It will be great to have someone there that is your teammate who you can pull so much info off of and throw some ideas at. I think we will both be very competitive."
"We have always communicated well and have always kept the racing part separate," Marty stated. "We have never had a problem racing each other that we didn't leave at the race track. We will probably be joined at the hip, communicating and trying to get our trucks dialed in. It can only help both of us. I am anxious to show everybody out there in the racing world what I can do. Andy already has his ride secured for next year so he has nothing to lose by going out there and winning the pole, leading all the laps and winning the race. I hope he does. I would be happy to run second to him."