CICERO, Ill. (August 28, 2000)- Randy Tolsma and the No. 25 CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge team will chalk up the visit to Chicago Motor Speedway as a success. There were more ups and downs to the Sears Craftsman 175 than the team will care to...
CICERO, Ill. (August 28, 2000)- Randy Tolsma and the No. 25 CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge team will chalk up the visit to Chicago Motor Speedway as a success. There were more ups and downs to the Sears Craftsman 175 than the team will care to remember. Tolsma finished tenth in an exciting race to the checkered flag.
As a favorite going into the weekend and stemming from a win in Nashville, it was no surprise when Tolsma pulled off a sixth place qualifying effort. With a new truck, Tolsma was among the fastest trucks all weekend, right from the time the team unloaded.
After the start of the race, Tolsma wasted no time in nudging the fender of the No. 25 into the lead pack. Tolsma went to battle with the top-5 runners and was successful.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races are noted for action packed racing, and Chicago Motor Speedway was no exception. The yellow caution flag flew many times for several incidents on the track.
The first time Tolsma brought the truck in for tires and fuel, the CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge crew pulled off an amazing 9 second pit stop advancing Tolsma in the field. As the race wore on, Tolsma said the truck was loose in the corners but also tight behind some of the Ford trucks. The crew, led by crew chief Gary Showalter, once again made all the right adjustments for Tolsma go to war with the leaders.
On lap 137, Tolsma was cleared to pass the No. 43 Dodge of Steve Grissom for 7th place, when Grissom hit the back bumper of the No. 25 truck. Grissom had to make a pit stop for his crew to peel Tolsma’s bumper out of his radiator and grill.
The damage to Tolsma’s truck was heavy, but would not impede his racing efforts. After the incident, Tolsma radioed in and said the hit may have fixed the loose condition he was experiencing, and NASCAR cleared Tolsma to stay out on the track.
Tolsma then switched into high gear as he was running as much as three tenths faster than the leader at the time. As he was quickly closing in on the top three trucks, the right rear tire went flat. Tolsma caught a break as a caution came out for a crash, and he was able to bring the truck to the crews attention without losing track position.
More cautions plagued the event close to the end, and since the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series does not end races under caution, it forced a green-white-checkered flag finish. Tolsma edged the No. 54 truck at the finish, to cross the line 10th or better for the 14th time this seasons 20 starts.
The truck series has a week off before heading to the Richmond International Raceway for the Kroger 200 on Thursday night, September 7, 2000.