Trois-Rivieres: Brad Graham race notes

FULL THROTTLE FURY TEAM TOP-TEN AT TROIS-RIVIERES August 17, 2008. The Full Throttle Fury/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge team had their hands full with a loose handling race car for much of the weekend at round number...

FULL THROTTLE FURY TEAM TOP-TEN AT TROIS-RIVIERES

August 17, 2008. The Full Throttle Fury/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge team had their hands full with a loose handling race car for much of the weekend at round number nine of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series this past weekend at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. Despite the handling difficulties, contact from another car and a tough call by NASCAR, driver Brad Graham still managed to post a top-ten finish.

Adjusting to changing conditions every weekend is just part of the job for the Full Throttle Fury/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge crew. The complicating factor at Trois-Rivieres was that despite sometimes radical adjustments the car continued to show a loose condition. "I don't know what the exact reason was but we just had a loose car all weekend" said Graham. "We really tried some dramatic things to get it to come around after qualifying" he added.

A disappointing sixteenth starting spot was not the position the Full Throttle Fury/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge team wanted but quickly their fortunes began to change. "The car was certainly better in the race" and we just took our time and started to pick 'em off one by one. Before too long we were running seventh or eighth and it was looking pretty good".

The Full Throttle Fury/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge team would face adversity again with contact from the 02 car. "I saw him coming up behind me as we got to corner two and I was going to give him lots of racing room but he didn't wait to see that and kind of ran right over top of me". Despite a torn up race car Graham soldiered on. "We had a loose car this weekend and ripping the back end off only made things worse. I don't think he did it on purpose but it basically took me out of the race".

Hampering the Full Throttle Fury/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge team further was a black flag penalty from NASCAR to address the body work on the car. The frustrating part is we ran a bunch of laps after the incident and had a full course caution but got no word from NASCAR about the car. It wasn't until we got back to green flag racing that they ordered us to make the pit stop, I certainly would have done it under yellow had we been told of the problem.

Even with everything seeming to work against them Graham pushed the Full Throttle Fury/Logel's Auto Parts/ Challenger Motor Freight Dodge as hard as he could and when the checkered flag waved came home with a top-ten finish. "I guess if you told me we'd have this kind of trouble and still come out with a top-ten I'd be happy. But our car was a lot better than that and we certainly could have come out with a better result.

With the tenth place finish Brad Graham and the Full Throttle/Logel's Auto Parts/Challenger Motor Freight team gain one spot in the overall championship and sit ninth with four races remaining.

The Full Throttle Team is back in action on Saturday August 30th at Cayuga Speedway just outside Hamilton, Ontario. 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