LEBANON, Tenessee -- Bobby Dotter drove the People Against Drugs/Puma Tools Chevrolet to a 14th-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday night. This marks the second consecutive finish in the top-15 for Dotter, who maintained 14th position in the NCTS point standings.
"We had a great race truck this weekend," Dotter said. "It drove great. We needed a little more power coming off the turns. For some reason, this engine was just a little sluggish off the corners all weekend. We tuned on it, and it got a little better, but it still wasn't what we were looking for.
"We were strong pretty much all night, but that middle set of tires just didn't work. I don't know what the problem with them was, they just disagreed with our setup.
"We are getting to the point where this team is going to be a regular contender to run and finish in the top-10. We are happy leaving here with a solid finish and the truck in one piece."
Dotter and teammate Jason Small flashed across the finish line side-by-side, in a "LeMans-style" finish. Dotter nosed Small by 0.005 of a second for the 14th position in the final rundown.
"I hope the photographers caught that," Dotter said with a smile. "Just like we planned it all along, both Green Light Racing trucks racing for the checkered flag. Hopefully we'll get to do that again, but next time for a position a little closer to the front. Of course, the 08 needs to be in front of the 07 then, too."
Dotter is looking forward to some of the upcoming events on the schedule, particularly short track races at Richmond at South Boston.
"We need this little break to help get caught up in the shop, but we are really looking forward to Richmond and South Boston. Those are our kind of tracks. We should be very competitive at both tracks, and we can't wait to get there."
The next race for the NCTS comes September 5 at the Richmond International Raceway. The event will be televised live on "The Deuce", ESPN 2 at 8 pm ET. It can be heard live on XM Satellite Radio and on MRN Radio affiliates nationwide.