Tolsma Happy with Portland Result

Tolsma settles for second at Portland By Shawn A. Akers PORTLAND, Ore. (April 25, 1998) Randy Tolsma played the anticipation game, just waiting for Stacy Compton to make one little mistake. Unfortunately for Tolsma, it never happened. ...

Tolsma settles for second at Portland By Shawn A. Akers

PORTLAND, Ore. (April 25, 1998) Randy Tolsma played the anticipation game, just waiting for Stacy Compton to make one little mistake. Unfortunately for Tolsma, it never happened.

Tolsma's view of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Craftsman 200 presented by NAPA Auto Parts at Portland Speedway was mainly from behind Compton's back bumper. The driver of the No. 61 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet couldn't find a way to pass Compton, who led the final 197 circuits around the half-mile oval, relegating Tolsma to a second-place finish Saturday.

"Yeah, Stacy was real good," Tolsma said. "He and I talked earlier about how good we thought we were, and we had 200 laps to prove it. I think it was whoever was going to get out front first was pretty much going to be the victor unless he made some mistakes.

"Stacy did a real good job, he didn't bobble all day. I tried to pressure him there a few times on restarts, but he didn't bobble. He had a good truck. I'm proud of those guys. When we won our first race, they were second, so, to win his first and we run second, we were happy to run second."

Tolsma's first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory was last October at California's Mesa Marin Speedway. Compton finished second to Tolsma in that event.

Compton took the lead from polesitter Greg Biffle on lap 2 when Biffle was blackflagged for jumping the start. Tolsma quickly moved into second place, but couldn't contrive a way to make his way around the No. 86 Royal Crown Cola Ford for the remainder of the afternoon.

Tolsma said his best opportunities came after restarts. There were eight caution flags on the day in addition to the halftime break.

"On restarts he (Compton) was real slow, then my truck would lag a little bit and then it would just lock the tires up," Tolsma said. "Him having that initial start would just give him the edge every time.

"On that final restart (on lap 160 of 200) I think I was able to keep up with him for the first time all day. I figured out a little thing where I could do it. We were good, on most of the restarts I'd have to try to catch up with him. By the time I caught him, I would lose my truck a little bit and he would go away."

"The only time Randy could get a good run on me was after a caution," Compton said. "If we could ever break free from him, and I felt like we could get away from him. There's always that possibility that after the restarts or after the halfway break that he could have gotten around me.

"Randy and them looked like they made some adjustments and they were a little bit better in the second half. We had such a good truck. I knew that if we had three or four laps on the tires, we could get away from him. The only thing that worried me is if I did get up on a lapped truck that I couldn't get, but the other guys worked with me great."

Tolsma hopes his second-place run will be good medicine for he and the No. 61 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet team. The top-10 finish was his second straight after a 20th-place run in the season opener at Orlando and a 37th-place finish at Homestead.

"We've had real good luck on the short tracks," Tolsma said. Dave Fuge, my crew chief is from this area and he's had a lot of laps here in Portland and also Monroe in a few weeks, so short tracks have been good to us, we tested a little bit this winter prepare for these. So overall, not too bad.

"I'd never cry about a second-place finish. A few weeks ago, we probably had the truck to win at Homestead. I crashed on lap 17 because I was impatient. Then we went to Phoenix where we needed to get the points and have a good run. We're just building momentum now."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Stacy Compton , Randy Tolsma