Spencer, No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge Finish 9th at Richmond Richmond, VA (September 11, 2005) Jimmy Spencer piloted the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge to a ninth-place finish in the Cheerios Betty Crocker 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck...
Spencer, No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge Finish 9th at Richmond
Richmond, VA (September 11, 2005) Jimmy Spencer piloted the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge to a ninth-place finish in the Cheerios Betty Crocker 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Thursday night at Richmond International Raceway.
Spencer started 26th, and a savvy pit strategy call by crew chief Dan Glausz enabled Spencer to gain track position when several of the leaders pitted early. Spencer retained track position, even after another round of late stops, to drive home to his eighth Top-10 finish of the 2005 season. Spencer stayed just outside the Top-20 through the first 50 laps of the 200-lap race, but when many of the leaders came to pit road during the fourth caution flag of the night at lap 59.
Just after the green flag came out, Spencer quickly moved into the Top-5, a charge that saw him move as high as third by the 125th circuit around the ¾ mile venue. As some of the drivers that pitted early started to make their way back through the pack, the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge dropped back to fifth, but the caution came out just in time for Spencer to come to pit road for his second and final pit stop of the evening. Spencer came in for four Goodyear tires and Sunoco fuel for the charge to the finish.
Quick work by the Ultra Bad Boys got Spencer back out 13th for the restart, but they were the sixth truck off pit road. Glausz called over the radio to Spencer: Okay driver, we're going to need you to pass some people out there. Spencer calmly replied 10-4 and went to work at the drop of the green. The racing got rough over the final 50 laps as the caution flag would fly five times in the final quarter of the race. One incident involving the No. 8 Dodge driven by Deborah Renshaw broke out just in front of Spencer entering turn one, which forced him to take serious evasive maneuvers. Spencer again went to work after the green flag dropped, and in between the numerous incidents raced as hard as his truck would let him.
"Guys, whatever we did with tire pressures just aren't working," Spencer related to his teammates during a late race caution. Even with handling issues, Spencer was able to hold his position and when drivers in front of him were involved in incidents he would pick up additional spots. Spencer was able to avoid all of the trouble late in the going to pick up the ninth spot at the finish.
Spencer remains fifth in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings, 208 points behind leader Dennis Setzer. He is three points behind the new fourth-place driver Mike Skinner, and 15 markers behind third-place Ron Hornaday. Spencer did pass Bobby Hamilton in the standings; fellow Dodge driver Hamilton now sits sixth in the championship standings 24 points behind Spencer.
The next event on the schedule for the No. 2 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Dodge is the Sylvania 200 presented by Lowe's at New Hampshire International Speedway on Saturday, September 14. Speed Channel will pick up the live television broadcast at 3 PM Eastern, while Motor Racing Network (MRN) will have the live radio call on selected affiliates nationwide. TruckSeries.com will have continuing real-time practice, qualifying, and race updates on Friday and Saturday from NHIS at www.truckseries.com.