Hensley, Norick make Dodge's day By Brett Borden SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 11, 1998) Saturday qualified as a disaster for Dodge's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams, as Butch Miller's was the only Ram truck in the first 11 rows, starting 17th for...
Hensley, Norick make Dodge's day By Brett Borden
SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 11, 1998) Saturday qualified as a disaster for Dodge's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams, as Butch Miller's was the only Ram truck in the first 11 rows, starting 17th for the Kragen/Exide 150. It looked as if the Dodge trucks would be little more than road kill Sunday on the 1.949-mile Sears Point Raceway road course. But Jimmy Hensley and Lance Norick decided that they would have none of that. Hensley, driving the No. 43 Cummins Dodge, continued his tear through the second half of the season by placing fifth. Norick, meanwhile, grabbed his best career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finish with a seventh. "We drove hard all day and really gained on pit stops," said Hensley, who started 26th. I don't think that I passed many trucks on the race track, but I passed a bunch on pit road and that makes my job a lot easier." Things seem a lot easier for the team since Fred Wanke took over as crew chief for the team. Hensley now has 12 top-10s and eight top-fives in the last 15 races. Hensley drove a great race, but gave all the credit to his team. "The Cummins Dodge ran a great race today and this crew worked hard to gain positions on pit road," he said. "This new layout is fast, but there are definitely less passing zones. But we pulled off another top-five, we'll take it!" Norick didn't quite get a top-five, but it must have felt like a win for the driver of the No. 90 NHL Dodge. His best finish to date this season was 12th at Gateway International Raceway, two races prior to Sunday's run at Sears Point. "During qualifying we had a problem with a part in the transmission and that caused us to have to start in the back of the field," said Norick, who started 28th. "We missed the final practice yesterday and then today we were just awesome from the time we started the race. We never had to make any adjustments and the crew gave me some great pit stops. We gained positions on each pit stop. We came from 28th to seventh and that really says a lot about this team. We're ready for the rest of the season and looking forward to Bakersfield (next week)."
Source: NASCAR Online