Cayuga II: Full Throttle Team race notes

GEAR GREMLINS FOR FULL THROTTLE TEAM AT CAYUGA August 31, 2008. The Full Throttle Blue Demon/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge team prepared diligently for the Coke Zero 200, round number ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire...

GEAR GREMLINS FOR FULL THROTTLE TEAM AT CAYUGA

August 31, 2008. The Full Throttle Blue Demon/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge team prepared diligently for the Coke Zero 200, round number ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this past weekend at Cayuga Speedway. Unfortunately a tough break would not allow them the finish they deserved.

Prior to the race at Cayuga Brad Graham and the Full Throttle Blue Demon/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge team conducted a test session with the car hoping to achieve a strong performance. "We tested this car and found some things that made really improved the car under long green flag runs and we were really happy with what we come out of the test with" said Graham.

Puzzled would be the best way to describe the team's feelings after practice and qualifying. "We didn't think we'd be as far off the pace as we were" said the driver. "But the Full Throttle Blue Demon/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge team was still optimistic that the car would perform well during the 200 lap race.

The long difficult day would continue for the Full Throttle Blue Demon/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge team as the green flag waved. "As soon as the race started we were just getting pulled off the turns" said Graham. "The car was handling well we just didn't seem to have the speed we expected and that was our first indication that something was wrong, we just didn't have the power going to the rear wheels".

Graham would soldier on as best he could with an underperforming car until smoke began to appear from the back end forcing the driver to make the hard left turn behind the pit wall. The Full Throttle Blue Demon/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge team would quickly assess that a rear end gear problem was the culprit.

The Full Throttle Blue Demon/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight team made repairs as quickly as possible looking to get back on track and gain valuable information. "The whole team did a great job to get the work done quickly" said Graham. "We got back out to pick up whatever points we could and get some more information for Barrie next week and of course coming back here to Cayuga next year. We haven't had any sort of a gear problem in about nine years so this is really not something we would expect. The whole team does such a solid job of preparing the car but you can't prepare for a part problem".

The Full Throttle Team gets back in action this coming Saturday September 6th at Barrie Speedway. This season teams will race from coast to coast in Canada on challenging oval tracks, temporary street circuits and road courses. For more information about the series log onto www.nascar.ca and for more news information about the team go to www.bradgraham.ca All races this season will also be broadcast on TSN.

-credit: ftt

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Brad Graham