Walt Brannen Nashville test notes

Walt Brannen and Team Overcome Setback To Test At Nashville 21-Year-Old Does What It Takes To Get Job Done ELKO, GA (March 15, 2005) -- Problems pop up no matter who you are in racing. How you react to those problems separates the true ...

Walt Brannen and Team Overcome Setback To Test At Nashville
21-Year-Old Does What It Takes To Get Job Done

ELKO, GA (March 15, 2005) -- Problems pop up no matter who you are in racing. How you react to those problems separates the true professionals in the sport from the also-rans.

And even though Walt Brannen is new to ARCA racing, his Brack Maggard Racing team is not. Together, the combination turned what could have been a test-ending crisis to merely a bump in the road as they loaded up to test at Nashville Superspeedway.

Late Sunday night, as they were getting ready to load up for the test, a problem was noticed with the front-end of their Dodge Charger.

"The front nose height was a little bit off from when we got the car back from having the body put on," said Brannen. "We were working on our ride heights and set-up when we measured it. If we had gone to the track like it was, we would have knocked the nose right off it and that would have sent us home early. We are running these cars so soft and with so much travel in the front end, it doesn't take much to drag the nose."

So that left Brannen and his fabricator Todd Carmichael with a little bit of work to do. They stayed at the shop until 5am on Monday morning to cut up the front end and redo the bumper bars. They also had to reconfigure the air box. The effort solved the problem and the team continued right on track as far as heading to their test.

"It wasn't a big deal," said Brannen. "I still got a few hours of sleep. I'm a little bit tired, but that's OK. I even volunteered to drive the truck for the first shift when we leave the shop."

Brannen had a top ten run going at Daytona before radiator problems knocked him out of the race. He looks to continue his learning at this week's one-day test.

"We've got some good stuff to try out," said Brannen. "We've got some good connections with some of the Busch teams and there are some suspension and set-up ideas that we are working with. With the new ARCA impound rules, we'll have to run in race-trim all weekend, so I want to see how this car is for long runs. It will also be our first race with a new Dodge Charger and we want to see how good that is."

And the Daytona run is still fresh in Brannen's mind as he continues the season.

"There has been nothing but positive feedback from that race since we have gotten back," said Brannen.

Now, the team needs to figure out what their future path might be. There are several potential sponsors in the mix, but Brannen and his team are looking at the big picture to see how much they will run this year.

"If we get a sponsor, we will jump right into it if that is what they want," said Brannen. "But otherwise, we don't know quite what we will do yet. We might cut back on the number of races that we run to help the quality of our effort. Instead of running 10 or 15 races, we could do six or seven and do those ones right. We are trying to grow this team to be like a Busch Series team, so that might cause us to change our agenda for the year. We are working on budgets right now and doing what it takes to make this a first-class operation."

Brannen's next event will be the ARCA race at Nashville Superspeedway on March 26th.

-waltbrannenracing.com.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Brack Maggard