Edmonton: Full Throttle race notes

FULL THROTTLE FURY TEAM FAST IN EDMONTON July 26, 2008. The Full Throttle Fury/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge team arrived in Edmonton for round six of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season and were once again among ...

FULL THROTTLE FURY TEAM FAST IN EDMONTON

July 26, 2008. The Full Throttle Fury/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge team arrived in Edmonton for round six of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season and were once again among the quickest cars on the race track all through the Indy weekend. Unfortunately a bump from behind robbed the team of a finish at the front of the field.

The weekend got off to the rough start for driver Brad Graham and the Full Throttle Fury/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge team. During the first practice session a power steering line broke dropping fluid on the track and sending the car into the concrete wall. "It was a pretty hard hit" said the driver afterwards. "Harder than we certainly needed". The Full Throttle Fury/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight team made quick repairs and had Brad back on track to complete the session.

Graham showed the speed of the Full Throttle Fury/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge again during qualifying as he posted the fourth quickest time of the session to claim a starting spot on the outside of row two. "It seems to be our spot" said Graham. "This is the third time we qualified fourth. The team did a great job working on the car after our bump in practice".

For the thirty two lap main event Graham knew a cautious approach was the way to proceed. "This track changes a lot so we planned for that in our race set up. We might not be the fastest car right away but we'll be around at the end".

The strategy appeared to be working perfectly. Graham did surrender a couple of positions in the early part of the race but had climbed back into fifth spot when outside circumstances took over. As the race restarted following a caution period the Full Throttle Fury/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge was sustained contact from the #17 car from behind and sent into the outside wall. "I thought the top-five were starting to get away from the rest of the field but we got bunched up again because of the caution flag" said Graham. "My car took a lap or two to really get back up to full speed and the #17 car dove up inside, he tagged me from behind. I got up into the marbles and hit the tire barrier" is how he assessed the incident.

The Full Throttle Fury/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge team completed repairs enough to finish the race and were classified eighteenth. "We were in good shape for a top-five finish for sure but instead we've got a wadded up race car. We'll get back home as soon as we can and do our best to get ready for Montreal" said the disappointed driver.

Brad Graham and the Full Throttle/Logel's Auto Parts/Challenger Motor Freight team remain in ninth spot in the overall championship standings.

The 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series returns to the East for the next event this coming Saturday August 2nd at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. 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: ftf

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Brad Graham