Topeka Friday Notes

Lund Look 275K Friday Notebook By Shawn A. Akers TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 21, 1998) Some notes and quotes Friday surrounding Sunday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Lund Look 275K at Heartland Park Topeka: Bryan Reffner, who was recently...

Lund Look 275K Friday Notebook By Shawn A. Akers

TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 21, 1998) Some notes and quotes Friday surrounding Sunday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Lund Look 275K at Heartland Park Topeka:

Bryan Reffner, who was recently released as the driver of the No. 66 Carlin Burners and Controls Ford, will be at Heartland Park Topeka this weekend in an effort to secure a ride for this week's Lund Look 275K. According to his former public relations representative, Reffner will arrive on Saturday morning and will be in the garage area.

Tom Hubert, a standout road racer who recently made a start at Watkins Glen in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, will drive the No. 66 Carlin Burners and Controls Ford in Sunday's race at Heartland Park Topeka.

For three straight weeks there has been a first-time winner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Andy Houston, Terry Cook and Jimmy Hensley have all visited victory lane for the first time in their NCTS careers in the month of August.

Hensley intends to put an end to that streak and get his first NCTS road course victory.

"This Cummins Dodge team is really working well together right now and it's so great to have a win under our belt," Hensley said. "It was great to get that first win, now we want another one, and we think the road course at Topeka would be a great chance for us to get it."

Joe Ruttman, driver of the No. 99 Roush Racing Exide Batteries Ford, has won more money at Heartland Park Topeka than any other driver in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series since its inception in 1995. His first-place earnings of $41,750 last year brings his Heartland Topeka total of $65,025.

Other leading money winners in the past three events at Heartland Park Topeka are: Ron Hornaday $63,125; Jack Sprague, $53,952; Mike Skinner, $52,775.

Veteran road racers came to the forefront during the second optional test session Friday afternoon on the Heartland Park Topeka road course. Boris Said topped 32 drivers in the session with a fast lap of 87.642 mph, besting fellow road racers Hubert (87.308 mph) and Ron Fellows (86.942 mph).

Jack Sprague was fourth-fastest in the second session (86.872), followed by Jay Sauter (86.856), Kevin Harvick (86.735), Stacy Compton (86.670), Hornaday (86.623), Rick Carelli (86.584), and Hensley (86.581).

Said was also fastest in the first afternoon optional test session for Sunday's Lund Look 275 with a fast lap of 87.405 mph. Sauter was second (86.752), Hubert (86.625), Tony Raines (86.549), and Carelli (86.392).

Starting position is important at the Lund Look 275K. Hornaday won the 1995 race from the pole position, as did last year's race winner, Ruttman. Mike Skinner qualified third en route to winning the 1996 race.

NASCAR Winston Cup veteran Jeff Burton made the biggest improvement on his starting position in 1996. Burton qualified 31st and ended up finishing seventh.

Only 10 drivers have raced in the previous three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events at Heartland Park Topeka. Of those ten, seven are entered in this weekend's race: Mike Bliss, Rick Carelli, Hornaday, Butch Miller, Ruttman, Bob Keselowski and Jack Sprague.

Mike Skinner planned to race in this weekend's event until his fourth-place finish at the NASCAR Winston Cup Brickyard 400 earlier this month. That made Skinner eligible for the Winston "No Bull 5" million dollar bonus if he wins the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway next month.

After an autograph session at Heartland Park Topeka on Sunday, Skinner will leave in order to test at Darlington on Monday and Tuesday.

Dave Rezendes and Bill Sedgewick are the other drivers who raced in all three previous events at Heartland Park Topeka. Rezendes is currently driving the No. 50 Dr. Pepper Ford in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division.

This Sunday's Lund Look 275K will be the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series road course event to utilize green flag pit stops. Without the "halftime" break, as has been for the past few weeks, crews are now allowed to change tires and make adjustments at any point during the race. Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jeff Burton , Mike Skinner , Boris Said , Kevin Harvick , Jay Sauter , Andy Houston , Stacy Compton , Ron Fellows , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Tony Raines , Tom Hubert , Jack Sprague , Terry Cook , Joe Ruttman , Bryan Reffner , Jimmy Hensley , Rick Carelli , Mike Bliss , Butch Miller
Teams Carlin