Raines surprises with third-place start By Shawn A. Akers TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 22, 1998) There are a few names you expect to see at the top when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series visits a road course. Boris Said. Tom Hubert. Ron Fellows. Tony...
Raines surprises with third-place start
By Shawn A. Akers
TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 22, 1998) There are a few names you expect to see at the top when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series visits a road course. Boris Said. Tom Hubert. Ron Fellows. Tony Raines is not one of them. The first three are all accomplished road racers, and were expected to make a good run Saturday at the Bud Pole for Sunday's The Lund Look 275K at Heartland Park Topeka. Raines, however, provided the surprise of the day on the 2.1-mile road course. The driver of the No. 19 Pennzoil Ford, a two-time winner in the series this season, qualified third behind Said and Hubert with a fast lap of 88.405 mph. He'll start third, on the inside of the second row, alongside Fellows, who clocked a lap of 88.394 mph. "I'm not a very good road racer," Raines said. "I have run a couple of races here, though (at Topeka), so that helps. I've got a pretty good truck, so if we can keep it together and scoot it up a little bit, we should be all right." Raines was the third driver to attempt to qualify on a sweltering Midwestern afternoon Saturday. He held the No. 1 spot for the next 21 trucks to qualify, before Hubert, behind the wheel of the No. 66 Carlin Burners and Controls Ford for the first time this weekend, clocked a lap of 88.457 mph. Said, who had topped all times in all three practice sessions leading up to Bud Pole Qualifying, took the pole away from Hubert only moments later when he turned in a speed of 88.897 mph. "That wasn't too bad," Raines said of his qualifying lap. "We've got a pretty good truck. It's not working too bad. If we can fine tune it for the long run, for the race, I think we've got a shot at a top-five. Last year we were in the top-10 until we had the driver burning up and running off the track and what-not." Raines recorded a 10th-place finish in last year's race at Topeka, then driving a Dodge for team owner Kurt Roehrig. In that race, he qualified 15th and made good progress throughout the race. "Last year I qualified bad, and messed up several times," Raines said. "This time one corner if I had run a little better I might have run a touch quicker, but not much."
Source: NASCAR Online