JOURDAIN, JR. HAS STRONG RUN AT KENTUCKY SPARTA, K.Y. (July 8, 2006)- Michel Jourdain Jr. and his No. 50 Ford F-150 team started off the weekend on a high note. After struggling in practice, the team opted to make some major adjustments to ...
JOURDAIN, JR. HAS STRONG RUN AT KENTUCKY
SPARTA, K.Y. (July 8, 2006)- Michel Jourdain Jr. and his No. 50 Ford F-150 team started off the weekend on a high note. After struggling in practice, the team opted to make some major adjustments to Jourdain's truck, which proved very successful. Jourdain posted an excellent qualifying time of 30.672 around the 1.5-mile track to start in the fourth position.
At the drop of the green flag, Michel knew he had a very fast truck and it took him only one lap to move up to the third position. By lap 14, he had taken over the second position and had his eyes set on the lead. Michel held on to the second position until the third caution of the day came out on lap 28. The team opted to come down pit road for four tires and fuel. Half the field did not come to pit road during the caution so Jourdain returned to the track in the 14th position.
Being back in the field left Michel to deal with some traffic, but his truck was once again turning out lap times comparable to those in the top-five. The caution flag flew again on lap 50 for debris on the track. With the truck handling very well, they came down pit road for fuel only and gained seven spots. Jourdain came in 16th and returned to the track in the ninth position with a truck that was "very, very good."
Jourdain stayed in the top-10 until lap 66 when he slipped back slightly to 13th, but was back to the ninth position by lap 98. He kept working his way forward and by lap 104, he was in the sixth position. Unfortunately, the truck developed a loose handling condition and everyone was keeping their fingers crossed that a caution would come out so they could pit and make some adjustments.
"I am very, very loose," said Jourdain. "It is too loose to stay on the bottom, but I can hold on to it until we can come in to pit."
With a long green flag run, they had to come down pit road on lap 114 for fuel, four tires and an air pressure adjustment. The truck was still very loose and on lap 122, Michel got tangled up with Marcos Ambrose, causing him to spin into the grass on the front stretch. He came back down pit road to the attention of his crew who gave him four tires and went down on the track bar. He returned to the track and discovered that his water temperature was too high and had to return to pit road.
The spin cost Michel Jourdain some valuable track position leaving him with a 26th place finish. The finish was not exactly what they were looking for, but they did have the fastest lap of the race.