Fuge and Tolsma Discuss Changes at Xpress Motorsport MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Sept. 12, 1998) - It has been two days since Xpress Motorsports, the team that fields the No. 61 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for...
Fuge and Tolsma Discuss Changes at Xpress Motorsport
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Sept. 12, 1998) - It has been two days since Xpress Motorsports, the team that fields the No. 61 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for driver Randy Tolsma, announced plans for the 1999 racing season. The team will compete in a limited (15-20 races) Busch Series, Grand National Division schedule with NASCAR Winston Cup driver Derrike Cope at the controls. A limited NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule is also planned.
"The timing of this has been pretty good," said Dave Fuge, team manager and crew chief for the team. "In racing there are so many rumors and stories that can get make the rounds. Here we are in early September and we know what we are doing next season.
"It has been especially great news for our crew," he continued. "They don't have to worry about what is happening with our team next year. We have had meetings throughout the past month letting them know what our options have been. Now that we have a plan in place, they know that next year is set and we can continue with our objectives for the balance of this season."
Those objectives: win NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races and try to get into the top-five in series point standing.
Driver Randy Tolsma obviously has been effected by the teams decision and he is considering a number of options for next year.
"Steve Coulter (team owner) has given me this opportunity and I am very appreciative of that," said Tolsma, winner of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event in Bakersfield, Calif. last season. "The team has made a decision to go Grand National racing. This is a great team and I know they are going to have some great success there.
"That puts me in a positions where I'm looking at a lot of options," he continued. "On Thursday in Richmond when the announcement was made, I didn't know what to expect. I am very encouraged by everything. I have been approached with numerous opportunities that I will be considering in the weeks to come. "Nobody like to be out of a job," he continued. "But, it's September and a lot of decisions for next season are being made currently. From what I heard in Richmond, I feel like I'm going to have some very good options to consider for next season and I'm happy that is the case. Randy Tolsma will be racing in NASCAR next year and for years to come.
"Currently, I also want to focus on the task at hand," he continued. "We are a very strong truck team, capable of winning some races before this season is over. That's what I'm looking to do. We were very strong at Richmond coming from a lap behind to finish in the seventh spot. It was a great comeback for this team and a strong indication of what we are looking to accomplish in the remaining races this season."