MILLINGTON, TN (October 18, 2003) -- Driver David Stremme piloted the Team Yellow Dodge to a ninth place finish in the Sam's Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park. This earned the team its 14th top-10 finish of the season and gave Stremme the top finishing rookie-of-the-race honors. Team Yellow spent the first half of the race running in the top three, but fell back as far as 14th place and had to battle back towards the front on the field. Driver Bobby Hamilton, Jr. won the race; Jason Keller was second and Johnny Sauter finished in the third position.
Team Yellow qualified with an 11th place effort and followed that with a strong run in 'Happy Hour'. Following those sessions Stremme said, "The car was really strong in 'Happy Hour', and I know it will be a very competitive car in the race, which is the most important thing."
Stremme was right about the car being competitive. By lap 12, Team Yellow was in third place, and they remained in the top five for more than half of the race. The first round of pit stops came on lap 60, during the fourth caution period of the day. Stremme brought the #1 Dodge to the attention of the Yellow Racing crew, and they had him back on track in an impressive 15.3 seconds.
After the quick pit stop, Stremme and Brian Vickers had a great battle for position that lasted several laps. As the race continued, Stremme started to lose positions to his competitors. The tires had been used up in the battle with Vickers, and the #1 would not get a chance to pit again for nearly 100 laps. By that point, the tires were worn thin.
When Stremme made his second and final pit stop on lap 165, the team made track bar and air pressure adjustments. Team Yellow was 14th on the track after this pit stop, but within 20 laps Stremme had gained four positions. At this point he and Scott Riggs had an exciting rally for position which Stremme eventually won, taking over the ninth place position, where he would finish the race.
"Once again I learned a lot today," Stremme said. "I should not have used up my tires early on in that battle with Vickers. It cost the team positions. I tried as hard as I could to make up positions once I got new tires, but I just didn't have a lot of time left to do it in. I am pleased that we got another top-10 for the employees of Yellow Transportation."
The next race on the schedule will be the Aaron's 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, October 25th. Driver David Stremme will be behind the wheel of the Team Yellow Dodge. The race will be aired live on TNT and broadcast live on PRN at 1:00 E.D.T.