Texas: Casey Mears race report

Texas frustrates Team Target. FT. WORTH, Texas (March 30, 2003) --- It was a frustrating day for Casey Mears and Team Target at Texas Motor Speedway. A few altercations early in the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 put the ...

Texas frustrates Team Target.

FT. WORTH, Texas (March 30, 2003) --- It was a frustrating day for Casey Mears and Team Target at Texas Motor Speedway. A few altercations early in the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 put the #41 Target Dodge a few laps down and out of contention for a win. Mears finished the race in 27th position and currently sits 34th in championship points.

Mears, a Raybestos Rookie candidate, started the race in 26th position behind teammate and fellow rookie Jamie McMurray. Mears' Target Dodge was fast at the start until the team ran into a few problems: Mears got into the back of the #29 car on a restart causing minor damage to the Dodge's front nose, the Target Dodge ran out of gas earlier than expected forcing Mears to coast into the pits and lose track position, and Team Target pitted under green right before the caution came out.

"You learn something from every race with the car and I do," Mears said. "It was good to get to run all the laps today. This place is working in, as far as the second groove goes. It was getting better and better. On the restarts I could really pass a lot of guys up high so it's getting better. As of right now, it's a tough place to pass because you loose your nose so bad."

"We ran out of gas about 10 laps earlier than we thought that we were going to and that put us two laps down," Mears said. "And then we pitted again and the caution came out. It seems like it happens every weekend, I don't know why. We got three laps down there. We ran good and had a good car things just didn't work out for us."

Mears finished the race in 27th position and currently sits 34th in championship points. Ryan Newman, driver of the #12 Alltel Dodge, won his first race of the season and the first win for Dodge in 2003.

Team Target heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the Aaron's 499. The race will be broadcast live on April 6 on FOX television and MRN radio.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman , Casey Mears , Jamie McMurray