Sparta: Bobby Dotter qualifying notes

Sparta, KY Bobby Dotter and the People Against Drugs Motorsports team have made a habit out of gaining places in recent NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races. They hope to continue that streak after qualifying 24th for Saturday's Kroger 225 at ...

Sparta, KY Bobby Dotter and the People Against Drugs Motorsports team have made a habit out of gaining places in recent NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races. They hope to continue that streak after qualifying 24th for Saturday's Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway.

"I guess we are making a habit out of coming from the pack towards the front," Dotter said. "I guess being in the running for the (Waste Management Picking Up Places) award is not so bad, but we really concentrate on getting the truck running comfortably and consistently, and that is what we did again today. Qualifying well is nice, but running well in the race is where the points are paid."

Dotter has solidified his position in the top-15 in the points, and now looks to make inroads on moving up positions one by one.

"We had a failure at Daytona and ended up last, so we have come a long way since February. The spots are a lot harder to pick up with each one as you move up the ladder. It is hard to go from 15th to 14th, then even harder to go from 14th to 13th. We have really solidified our position the last couple of races with some decent finishes (12th at Milwaukee, 15th at Kansas), and we think we can have a good finish here too."

Dotter qualified with a fast lap of 33.521 seconds, which translates to 161.093 miles per hour on Kentucky Speedway's mile and a half layout. His Happy Hour practice speed, in conditions very similar to what the drivers will face at race time, was very consistent at 33.515 seconds/161.122 miles per hour.

The Kroger 225 will be broadcast live on ESPN at 8 pm ET, and will be broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio and MRN Radio affiliates nationwide.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Dotter