Tolsma: experience and concentration key at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (September 5, 2000) - Randy Tolsma and the No. 25 CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge team anticipate tough competition as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series visits Richmond International Raceway. The festivities at RIR include a triple...

RICHMOND, Va. (September 5, 2000) - Randy Tolsma and the No. 25 CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge team anticipate tough competition as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series visits Richmond International Raceway. The festivities at RIR include a triple header weekend with the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series and the Winston Cup Series. Tolsma and crew chief Gary Showalter feel the combination of experience and pure concentration will be the key to a good finish in the Kroger 200.

The entry list for the race features a few Winston Cup regulars as well as some Busch Grand National drivers. Tolsma feels the caliber of competition along with a track whose banking is famous for a high attrition rate should make for some exciting racing.

"I'm excited about going to Richmond for a few reasons," stated Tolsma. "It's always been a good track for me. I've raced there in open wheel cars and set the all-time track record in a Silver Crown car in 1996. We've had a few opportunities in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to win races there and have always seem to come up short at the end. This season we've improved our short track program considerably so we should be pretty good. Notes from years past will help Gary and I make the most out of the opportunity to race at RIR."

Gary Showalter knows from experience what it takes to fare well at Richmond. "The key to doing well at Richmond is getting a good qualifying position and staying in the lead pack throughout the race. In 1997 we sat on the pole with Kenny Irwin, and he finished in the top 5. Last year with Randy we started and finished in the top-10. I'd really like this team to win another one before the season is finished, so you can bet we'll be focused and prepared."

Short tracks have been Tolsma's forte this year, as he led at Evergreen, Bakersfield, and won at Nashville. He hopes to keep the competition in his rear view mirror and drive the 200 laps ? straight to Victory Lane.

<pre> Randy Tolsma No. 25 CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge 2000 Statistics

Starts Wins Top-5 Top-10 Points Money Won Position 20 1 6 14 6th $348,760.00

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