INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 1, 2000) - CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge driver Randy Tolsma returns to Indianapolis Raceway Park, the site of his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole. Tolsma brings with him hopes of driving away from...
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 1, 2000) - CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge driver Randy Tolsma returns to Indianapolis Raceway Park, the site of his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole. Tolsma brings with him hopes of driving away from the site with another first-his first win of the 2000 season. The 1998 IRP pole winner has truly dominated short tracks similar to IRP so far this season and if past performance is any indicator of what the future may bring, Tolsma will shine in Indy.
Although Tolsma has taken the checkered flag five times in the top-5, eleven times in the top-10, and led the most short track laps than any other truck driver this year, he is still haunted by 'almost win' memories of Seattle and Bakersfield. Tolsma led the most laps and dominated both races, only to come up short at the finish. Mechanical failure ended his day early in Bakersfield, and a green white checkered flag finish in Seattle forced Tolsma to second at the end.
"I know how it feels to dominate a race and not win, so I'd like to win- simple as that," Tolsma said. "I like IRP because I have lots of history there and we've been good in the past. I really want to give CITGO and Dodge a win from the No. 25 this season. Our team has worked so incredibly hard this year- I know we're more than capable. People keep saying 'its just a matter of time'. Well, it's time."
Tolsma has finished in the top-10 every time he has competed at IRP in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He's got an excellent chance of stealing a much deserved victory in the POWER STROKE 200 this weekend.
While Tolsma has not seen the winners circle so far this season, he is no stranger to victory lane at IRP. In his rookie season of competition in the United States Auto Club Silver Crown Series, Tolsma won the race at IRP.
"I showed up at the race and no one expected a rookie to finish let alone win the race. IRP is tough on rookies. I think that was the turning point in my career as a driver," Tolsma recalls. "When I won the race they could not even pronounce my name let alone believe I was from Meridian, Idaho."
Thursday, August 3rd will be a busy day for the No. 25 CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge team, as practice, qualifying, and the race itself are all in one day. Bud pole qualifying for the event will take place at 6:00 p.m. EST and the POWER STROKE 200 begins at 8:30 p.m. EST. ESPN and MRN radio will broadcast the event live at 8:30 p.m. EST.
<pre> Randy Tolsma No. 25 CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge 2000 Statistics
Starts Top-5 Top-10 Points Money Won Position 17 5 11 7th $282,085.00