03/19/00 Volume Five:
Race 3 -
Chevy Trucks NASCAR 150
Qualified 10th Finished 14th

After a short break in the action, it was time to hit the road and head to Phoenix. We loaded up the motor coach, and ventured out of Indy for a much-anticipated weekend of racing.

Our trip from Indiana to Phoenix went pretty fast, taking only about 28 hours of road time. We took the "northern" route through Flagstaff, but we now know that it's a lot less mountainous (and thus easier to draft) when taking a more southern route through Texas and New Mexico.

The guys in the hauler arrived at the track a day or so ahead of us, and did so to great fanfare. News of our new sponsorship from PickupTruck.Com hit the press the same day they arrived, and needless to say, the team got a LOT of attention. Our hauler has brand-spanking new colors, the pit crew has handsome new duds, and of course, the race truck itself looks fantastic. Along with a new look, the whole team has a spring in their step, and is very grateful to be associated with a class act like PickupTruck.Com.

"Being in the desert, this track experiences probably the widest temperature swings within a one-day period."

I arrived at Phoenix International Raceway on Wednesday afternoon, and signed in on Thursday. The truck sailed through tech inspection Thursday afternoon, and we were anxious for practice on Friday. The track had a very busy weekend schedule, with the Winston West cars there, along with the Indy Racing League. Time was tight, and we had to practice early Friday morning at 8:30am.

Because the track at Phoenix is flat, setting up the truck can be very easy, or very hard. Jerry assured me it was the best truck we've ever taken to this track. As it turned out, he was right. In the morning practice, we consistently clicked off top-five times, and ended up with the ninth-best practice time overall. We did about the same thing in the afternoon practice, despite having totally different track conditions. Being in the desert, this track experiences probably the widest temperature swings within a one-day period. Because the first practice was in the morning, the track was very cool and fast. By the time the afternoon practice rolled around, the track was about 40 degrees warmer, and much slicker. Keeping these temperature swings in mind, we use the morning practice to set up for qualifying, and the afternoon practice to dial in the race setup.

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Chevy Trucks 150
Race Results

Pos Name Sponsor
1 Joe
Ruttman
Dana
2 Jack
Sprague
GMAC
3 Andy
Houston
CAT Rental
Store
4 Kurt
Busch
Exide
Batteries
5 Greg
Biffle
Grainger
6 Dennis
Setzer
Mopar
7 Steve
Grissom
Dodge
Motorsports
8 Randy
Renfrow
Farris
Concrete
9 Mike
Wallace
Team ASE
10 Rick CrawFrd Milwaukee
Electric Tool
11 Bryan Reffner Johns
Manville
12 Rob
Morgan
Axciom
13 Brendan Gaughan NAPA/
Martin Senour
14 Terry
Cook
Pickup
Truck.Com
15 Jimmy
Hensley
Team Rensi
16 Lance
Hooper
Garage Doors
of Naples
17 Barry
Bodine
Line-X
18 Jim Inglebright Jelly Belly
19 B.A.
Wilson
SpeedMonster
20 Mike
Cope
RC Cola
21 Carlos Contreras Hot Wheels
22 Marty
Houston
Spears
Manufacturing
23 Rick
Ware
Dunlop Golf
/Sportsman Prod.
24 Matt
Mullins
Elcon/Lumber Unlimited
25 Wayne
Edwards
Worldbestbuy
26 Rick
Carelli
Carlin Burners
& Controls
27 Stan
Boyd
Conely
Engines
28 Lance
Norick
Aventis
Behring
29 Randy
MacDonald
3M/
Worldbestbuy
30 Sean
Woodside
Brevak Racing
31 Randy
Tolsma
CITGO
Supergard Oil
32 Kenny
Martin
Premier Truck Parts
33 Jamie
McMurray
Mittler Tool
34 Ryan
McGlynn
Buyer's Choice
/Howes Lubr.
35 Phil
Bonifield
Red Line Oil
36 Lonnie
Rush
Hastings
Prem Filters

Diary Segments
Terry Cook's Biography
Volume I - Road to Daytona
Volume II - Daytona 250
Volume III - Florida Dodge Dealers
400

Volume IV - The Mini-Vacation
Volume V - Chevy Trucks 150
Volume VI - Dodge California Truck Stop 250
Volume VII - Napa 250
Volume VIII - Line-X 225K
Volume IX - Ram Tough 200
Volume X - Memphis 200
Volume XI - Grainger.com 200
Volume XII - Sears 200
Volume XIII - DieHard 200
Volume XIV - Silverado 200

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