CLERMONT, Indiana -- Bobby Dotter took the white flag in fifteenth position and took advantage of a wild scramble in turn one of the last lap and finished ninth in the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park on Friday. It is the second consecutive year that Dotter has finished in the top-10 at IRP, and his second top-10 finish of the 2002 campaign.
"What a crazy way to end the day," Dotter said. "We are really fortunate to come out of here with a top-10 run. We worked hard to stay on the lead lap tonight, and we were in position to take advantage when things broke loose on the last lap."
Dotter took evasive action when the trucks of Mike Bliss and Ted Musgrave collided going into turn one after taking the white flag. While several drivers in front of him were swept up in the carnage, Dotter slipped below the wreckage and raced back to the line to collect another top-10 at the difficult 0.686-mile oval.
With practice, qualifying, and the race all happening on the same day, the People Against Drugs/Puma Tools team worked hard to find a setup for their Chevrolet Silverado that would work as the track cooled and conditions made the truck tighter.
"We made a lot of changes in practice and some of them really didn't work the way we anticipated so we basically went back to our baseline for qualifying," Dotter said. "We made a few minor changes to it, but we figured it would be okay as the night wore on. The truck was really solid, just like we figured it would be."
Dotter took advantage of the last-lap melee in more ways than one. Not only did he vault up into the top-10 in the finishing order, he unofficially moved back up to 14th in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings as well.
"We were a little disappointed in our finish at Michigan because we thought it really hurt our chances to stay up there in the point standings. We worked hard to gain a couple of spots, and one bad day cost us four positions. But we had a good day and we made them back up. Hopefully we can hang on to what we gained and build a little advantage in Nashville."
The NCTS returns to Nashville Superspeedway this weekend for the second running of the Federated Auto Parts 200 on the 1.33-mile concrete tri-oval. Qualifying takes place on Friday, August 9, with the race taking the green flag the following night at 9 pm ET. The event will be televised live on ESPN and heard on XM Satellite Radio and MRN Radio affiliates nationwide.