Bad luck reigns for Raines BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 12, 1999) After coming off of his best finish of the young 1999 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division season, Tony Raines was hoping for a follow-up run that would better his 11th-place...
Bad luck reigns for Raines
BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 12, 1999) After coming off of his best finish of the young 1999 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division season, Tony Raines was hoping for a follow-up run that would better his 11th-place finish in Nashville. Unfortunately as circumstances would have it, this would not be the case. Raines and the No. 74 BACE Motorsports team unloaded the car and ran decent during the first of two practice sessions before the afternoon qualifying run. With a decent run, Raines felt comfortable and was able to dial in the car a little more during the second practice run.
"We weren't as fast as we would have liked to be, but felt comfortable enough to get a good feel for qualifying," said Raines.
After the second practice session was completed, Raines prepared for his qualifying run. Going out toward the end of the qualifying session, Raines turned in a fast lap of 15.899 seconds, 120.687 miles per hour, quick enough to place him 26th in the starting line-up for Saturday's running of the Moore's Snacks 250.
Rolling off mid-pack, Raines knew the key to the race was to stay out of trouble and remain on the lead lap. After a close call in the first caution of the event and avoiding a second incident a few laps later, Raines would find himself in the outside retaining wall in turns 3 and 4 on lap 54. The damage to the No. 74 BACE Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo was too severe for it to continue and Raines would have to call his day short with just 54 of the 250 laps complete.
"We were just trying to ride out the beginning of the race and stay out of trouble," said Raines. "We were turning laps and then the car in front of me just decided to turn left. I had no where to go. I was hoping to keep the momentum going that we had coming off of last week, but we will just have to come back and try again in Talladega."
Raines and the No. 74 BACE Motorsports team will make their next stop at the 2.66-mile oval of the Talladega Superspeedway. The race in Talladega will mark only the second restrictor plate race for Raines. The season opener in Daytona was Raines' first restrictor plate race where he finished 28th after being involved in an accident on lap 87.
Source: NASCAR Online