Atlanta: Jerry Nadeau race report

Pit road incident knocks Nadeau to a 31st place finish. ATLANTA (March 9, 2003) - A pit road incident late in the race proved to be the final blow for United States Army driver Jerry Nadeau, who finished 31st in Sunday's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500...

Pit road incident knocks Nadeau to a 31st place finish.

ATLANTA (March 9, 2003) - A pit road incident late in the race proved to be the final blow for United States Army driver Jerry Nadeau, who finished 31st in Sunday's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

With 24 laps remaining and running in 22nd place, Nadeau came into the pits under a caution to take fresh tires and fuel. But as he exited his pit stall for the final sprint of the 325-lap event, he got squeezed in and hit by two cars. The result was severe damage to the right front fender of the U.S. Army No. 01 Pontiac Grand Prix.

The incident forced Nadeau to return to the pits on the next lap for repair work. A few laps later (lap 308) while the race was under another caution, Nadeau came into the pits three more times as the U.S. Army crew continued to work on the fender.

At that point, Nadeau was still holding down the 22nd spot. But, on lap 319 during the final green flag run, the right front tire got cut as a result of rubbing against the damaged fender. The deflating tire sent the U.S. Army car into the wall on the backstretch of the 1.54-mile quad oval. Nadeau was not injured, but his day ended -- six laps shy of the checkered flag.

"It was just a disappointing day all the way around for us," said crew chief Ryan Pemberton. "We had handling problems for most of the race, then had a problem on pit road, cut a tire and crashed the car. It was just a downward spiral day. We'll just take our lumps and go to Darlington next week."

-mb2m-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jerry Nadeau