Scott Harvey - coauthor

04/25/00 Volume Eight:
Race 6,
Line-X 225K
Qualified 8th Finished 22nd

Alright...let it be said here and now that all our bad luck behind us. From here on out, it's going to be clear sailing.

Portland Oregon is in the left corner of the country, so instead of driving our motor coach, we decided to fly. It saved us a TON of time, and really makes the most overall sense. We had another Thursday afternoon arrival, and immediately went over to Biffle's Bar and Grill for a personal appearance. As you can tell by the name, the place is owned by Greg Biffle, since Portland is his home town. We had a great time, and look forward to going back next year.

Getting to the track Friday, we pulled out the truck that we tested extensively at Putnam Park. The truck was set up right, and we were ready to go... So we thought. We knew we had to put a fresh motor in the truck. The problem was, we got the engine a little late. It was nobody's fault but our own, so we had to do a bit of scrambling to get the engine compartment ready in time for practice. By the time the first practice came around, we had a screamer on our hands… We were sixth fastest at the end of the first practice session, we were looking forward to qualifying.

"...we were in the last five minutes of practice when the engine developed some sort of miss...it appeared we busted a valve spring. The decision was made to replace the entire engine...We basically replaced [it] in under two hours. Try doing THAT in your garage!"

Qualifying rolled around, and NASCAR went with a new format, called "European Style" qualifying. Basically, five trucks go on to the track at the same time, released in five-second intervals. Once the first truck crosses the finish line, all trucks have a five-minute period in which to run as many laps as possible, and their fastest lap is used for their qualifying time. We turned a good lap, and started 8th on the grid.

We had one last practice session on Friday, and this is when our luck started turning sour. With the fourth fastest practice time, we were in the last five minutes of practice when the engine developed some sort of miss. Looking under the hood, it appeared we busted a valve spring, but because it started to rain, we held off on the repairs until the next morning. When the valve covers were taken off Saturday morning, the news was not good. The decision was made to replace the entire engine. There was an extra engine in the hauler… It was the engine used the previous race in Martinsville. It was still a strong motor, and had more than a few laps left in it. Everybody on the whole team did an excellent job getting the truck ready to go. We basically replaced the entire engine in under two hours. Try doing THAT in your garage!

People were talking all weekend about the rain, and how rain tires might need to be used for the first time ever in a NASCAR-sanctioned event. Let's just say that I am VERY glad they weren't needed.

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Line-X 225K
Race Results

Pos Name Sponsor
1 Andy Houston CAT
Rental Stores
2 Dennis Setzer Mopar
3 Jack Sprague GMAC
Financial
4 Mike Wallace Team
ASE
5 Rick
Craw
Milwaukee
Elec. Tools
6 Jimmy
Hensley
Team
Rensi
7 Bryan
Reffner
Johns
Manville
8 Steve
Grissom
Motorsports
9 Marty
Houston
Spears
Mfg.
10 John
Young
Brevak
Racing
11 Kurt
Busch
Exide
Batteries
12 Joe
Ruttman
DANA
Corp
13 Greg
Biffle
Grainger
14 Randy
Renfrow
Farris
Concrete
15 Boris
Said
Federated
Auto Parts
16 Randy
MacDonald
3M/World
bestbuy.com
17 Rick
Carelli
Carlin Burners & Controls
18 Carlos
Contreras
Hot
Wheels
19 Rick
Ware
Dunlop
Golf
20 Andy
Genzman
Hastings
Prem Filters
21 Milan Garrett Champion
Wheel Co
22 Terry
Cook
PickupTruck
.com
23 Mike
Cope
Royal Crown
Cola
24 Bill
Lester
Red Line
Synthetic Oil
25 Dane Pitarresi SkidCar
Systems Inc.
26 Jeff McClure Hastings
Prem. Filters
27 Rob Morgan Acxiom
28 Lance Norick Aventis
Berhing
29 Randy Tolsma Supergard
Motor Oil
30 Lance Hooper Ingles
Supermarket
31 Robert Hillis First Impression
Press
32 Bobby Norfleet 40 Street
Records
33 Ryan McGlynn Buyer's
Choice / Howes Lubr.

LINE-X 225 Race Stats
Time of race:
1 hour 54 min 57 sec
Average Speed:
74.301 mph (record)
Margin of Victory:
1.616 seconds
Lead Changes:
7 among 6 drivers
Cautions:
4 for 9 laps

LINE-X 225 Contingency Awards
Bud Pole 6 ($1,100):
Greg Biffle
Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award: ($650):
Ron Reavis
Gatorade Front Runner Award ($2,000):
Dennis Setzer
Raybestos Brakes Award ($800):
Andy Houston
Rookie-of-the-Race:
John Young
Ventvisor Super Deflector Award ($500): Setzer

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

Volume VIII Pages:
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