CONCORD, NC (May 26, 2003) -- It's difficult enough driving a full-bodied, 3,400 lb. stock car at a mile-and-a-half superspeedway; imagine doing it with a monkey riding on your back. That is what it feels like for Jamie Mosley lately. His strong...
CONCORD, NC (May 26, 2003) -- It's difficult enough driving a full-bodied, 3,400 lb. stock car at a mile-and-a-half superspeedway; imagine doing it with a monkey riding on your back. That is what it feels like for Jamie Mosley lately. His strong runs have ended prematurely lately for reasons beyond his control. This past weekend's ARCA race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, just outside of Charlotte (NC), was no different.
After qualifying was washed out due to torrential rains, Mosley started the Friday morning race (originally scheduled for Thursday night before that too was postponed due to rain) in the 27th position. Only a handful of laps into the event, Mosley was already gaining positions in his #56 Pontiac. Then it happened. As Mosley got underneath a car coming off of turn two, the car he was passing bumped the car directly ahead of it. The bump sent a car spinning down in front of Mosley's ride and with nowhere to go, Mosley hit it. The wreck caused extensive front-end damage to the sponsor-wanted Pontiac.
"I'll tell you, if we didn't have bad luck, we wouldn't have any luck at all," said Mosley after the race. "I know people hear that a lot, but really, that was just a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. There was nothing I could do. The 6-car came down right in front of me after getting bumped by another car and I just got into the back of him. It caused a lot of damage to this Valvoline Pontiac, but luckily, it was mostly superficial."
Mosley brought the car on pitroad nearly every opportunity he had. That allowed the crew, with acting crew chief Shane Cooke (car chief for Johnny Benson's #10 Winston Cup car), to make the necessary repairs. Mosley and the team fell three laps down making the repairs, but he was able to keep the car on the track and running fast. In fact, he still turned some of his fastest laps of the weekend before the checkered fell. Mosley finished 32nd.
"I just had to apologize to my guys because that was a really good car. They did a great job of getting the hood and the front duct work all taped up and able to get back out there on the track and still turn some really fast laps.
"I really want to thank Shane for coming over and giving us a hand the entire time we were there. He made the car 110 percent better than it was following the brief practice session we had on Wednesday. Shane came in and took control and got the car prepared for the race. He's worked on this car before (since it is a former Benson Cup ride), so he knew a lot of the car's little characteristics.
"Even after we had that front-end damage, we were still very fast. It really makes me wonder what would have happened if we wouldn't have had that damage. It was a short race (67 laps), but I think we could have made our way into the top-15 for sure, maybe even the top-10 by the end of the race."
Mosley has been snake-bitten all season long. In his first race of 2003, at Nashville Superspeedway, Mosley had plug wire problems during the race. At Kentucky, where he was one of the fastest cars during Happy Hour practice, Mosley lost a cylinder and had to change a dead battery during the event.
The team will have some time off to find a way to rid themselves of the monkey. They are scheduled to compete next at Nashville Superspeedway on August 9th.