Being Sick Hopefully A Good Sign For Brannen Heading Into KY If Seventh Grade Told Him Anything, He Might Be On His Way To Victory Lane ELKO, GA (May 12, 2005) -- On Tuesday, ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Walt Brannen woke up and felt sick as a...
Being Sick Hopefully A Good Sign For Brannen Heading Into KY
If Seventh Grade Told Him Anything, He Might Be On His Way To Victory Lane
ELKO, GA (May 12, 2005) -- On Tuesday, ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Walt Brannen woke up and felt sick as a dog. For most drivers, that would be a bad thing. For Walt, he's hoping it is a little bit of extra motivation to help him capture his first career ARCA victory when he and the rest of the series visits the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway this Saturday for the Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150.
"I woke up and felt like someone had dropped a big block on my head," said Brannen. "I called into the shop and they were giving me a good time for not coming in. Come to find out, I went to the doctor and I had strep throat and a fever of 102. The guys were pretty sympathetic after that. The nurse gave me a little shot in the rear-end and I feel a lot better now. I'm ready to go.
"Actually, being a little under the weather is a good sign. It can kind of give you a little extra motivation. In high school, I got the flu one time and we ended up winning the championship game in basketball. I think we were in seventh grade and about half of us had the flu. I think it puts you on top of your game. If it does, I might be trying to get sick every week."
Brannen felt a little sick after last week's test at Kentucky. The team was a little off, but then a little help from a fellow competitor helped Brannen pick it up.
"We weren't all that fast and that was a big deal on my part. It took me pretty much the first part of the day to get back in the groove of it. That is the trend I'm seeing when there is so much time in between these races. I'm spending some time just getting back in the car and getting acclimated to the seat and the track and everything. It is hard running races months apart from each other.
"The second half of the day, we picked up so much. Stuart Kirby came down and helped me a lot. That is something very helpful for me, to have someone help coach me and give me pointers. I've had that in a lot of other series I've run.
"It made a huge difference. We picked up about a second. I think going back, we can pick up from where we were. I think we can qualify in the top five and race there as well."
It has been a tough year for Brannen so far. He started 10th at Daytona to open the year, but had radiator problems as the result of some bump-drafting and was forced out of the event and finished 37th. In Nashville, he was involved in an early accident when another car swept him up in a crash. He finished 40th. So, he's looking for a big turnaround in Kentucky.
"I just got to keep thinking like a winner," added Brannen. "I just need to stick with it. I ran well at Kentucky last year and that always helps your confidence. If I go in there with plenty of confidence, then I know I will do good. It is the same deal as when I first got my late model. I tore the nose off of it the first four races I got it. Once I got it in my mind that it was like running anything else, I started running up front."
The Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150is set to go green at 3 pm on Saturday.