Tight points battle going into Fontana

Heading to California for this weekend's race in Fontana, Mike Bliss holds the points lead by only 85 over Rick Crawford. If Bliss were to have one flat tire, a spin out, or a loose lugnut on pitroad, the point lead could diminish. But Bliss, ...

Heading to California for this weekend's race in Fontana, Mike Bliss holds the points lead by only 85 over Rick Crawford. If Bliss were to have one flat tire, a spin out, or a loose lugnut on pitroad, the point lead could diminish.

But Bliss, driver of the No. 16 Chevrolet is confident that those types of mistakes are not going to happen. "If the other contenders are going to beat us, they'll have to do it on the track because we're not going to beat ourselves."

And don't count on one of those pitroad mistakes or on-track miscues to take place. With three races remaining, Bliss currently has five wins in 19 starts.

Bliss, who also has Winston Cup experience says he believes in his, as well as his team's abilities. "Our performance certainly has earned us the right to be in the hunt for the championship, but I would never have believed we would be in this position when they dropped the green flag in Daytona last February."

Contrary to Bliss' confidence in performance, his rival in the points, Crawford, is hoping the 16 team does slip up. Crawford feels he and his No. 14 crew are the ones worthy of the title. "I'm proud of the total package coming together with Ernie Elliott engines being under the hood, Ray Stonkus (crew chief) being on top of his game and the whole Circle Bar crew, even on pit road, being better than par."

In the season's 19 starts, Crawford has yet to score a victory. He has however, knocked out 10 top-five finishes. "All of it has come together and we just need to bring it home." In order for him to "bring it home" a win this weekend in Fontana could be the beginning of his final three race charge towards the title.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rick Crawford , Mike Bliss