Milwaukee is a track Randy Tolsma has always run extremely well at and almost unheard of that he not have a great finish. It's hard to believe that was the case on Saturday for the GNC Live Well 200. Tolsma went behind the wall early, finishing...
Milwaukee is a track Randy Tolsma has always run extremely well at and almost unheard of that he not have a great finish. It's hard to believe that was the case on Saturday for the GNC Live Well 200. Tolsma went behind the wall early, finishing the day 30th.
"The Big White Truck" had actually been difficult all weekend. In practice, Tolsma repeated to the crew that the No. 61 truck just didn't want to turn. Of course there were other contributors to the uncooperative truck, but turning was the biggest issue at hand. The crew worked diligently on a number of adjustments before qualifying. No matter what was done, the truck never performed to the driver's liking. Tolsma managed to stay among the top-20 quickest in both practice sessions, hoping for a turn of events for the race.
Even after a 21st starting spot, driver and team fought to keep their spirits up as they tried to find something, anything that would make the truck get around the track better. The truck that earned Tolsma 3 top-ten's this season wasn't the truck initially chosen for Milwaukee, but in the end, called upon to fill the position. It was hard to believe they were having such a difficult time with it.
As the race began, Tolsma worked his way through the field, trying to pick up track position, while the tightness continued. He made his way as far up as 14th, but unfortunately, the luck ran out, or at least the valve spring did. On lap 104, the motor let go, ending Tolsma's day early.
Tolsma's thoughts on the weekend: "When you get to the race track, you hope to always unload a truck with a good setup. Here at Milwaukee you need to get off the corner really well. We even put gear in specifically for that, but in the end, lost a valve spring. We were asking the motor to do a lot and couldn't make it live."
"We were really hoping to draw off my past success with the initial setup, but circumstances, one being the new tire, didn't bless us with a good run. We just had our work cut out for us all weekend."
Race Date: Saturday, July 7, 2001
Track: Kansas Speedway
Race Name: Kansas 250
Broadcast: Live on ESPN 1:00 p.m. EST and MRN 12:30 p.m. EST