100th start renders 8th place finish for Tolsma (Fort Worth, TX. June 9, 2001) -- "It's Shocking how fast the time went by. I remember being at Phoenix in the Silver Crown Cars, watching the trucks go by, thinking how great it would be to drive...
100th start renders 8th place finish for Tolsma
(Fort Worth, TX. June 9, 2001) -- "It's Shocking how fast the time went by. I remember being at Phoenix in the Silver Crown Cars, watching the trucks go by, thinking how great it would be to drive in this series." These were the words of Randy Tolsma, after finishing eighth at the conclusion of Friday nights O'Reilly 400 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The race marked Tolsma's 100th NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start; awarding him his fifth top-ten finish of the 2001 season.
"It was a good day for us. Our finishes at Pikes Peak and Dover really hurt in the points. We needed a good run to get things turned back around--Texas was a great place to do it. The determination the guys have is amazing. This is just what we needed to get the momentum we had earlier in the year going again." Tolsma also explained, "On the last caution, we opted to wait until one-to-go on the restart to pit for fuel ensuring enough to go the distance, thus relegating us to 12th position when the green flag flew. My truck was really good working through traffic passing both for position and lapped trucks. We just needed a few more laps to get to the leaders."
Prior to the race, the drivers waited out the inclimate weather, which ultimately forced them to take the green flag according to points. Starting ninth was not a concern of Tolsma's. Texas is a track he enjoys and he had every intention of capitalizing on his past success there. "Texas has been one of my most successful tracks. Running eighth fastest in practice and eleventh in happy hour gave us a good idea about what we capable of and what we needed. I'm not sure if I would have done any better than that if we actually qualified on time. We had a good truck for the race and that's what we were focusing on," said Tolsma.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will have the weekend off. "The Big White Truck" will be back June 23rd, battling for position at Memphis Motorsports Park.