BUSCH: David Donohue's Talladega debut ends with a hard hit

Talladega, Al. (April 23, 2001) -- While running in the top-20 and gaining spots as Saturdays race progressed, David Donohue was sent into the wall, ending the No. 25 Team Marines Chevrolet's day in the 33rd position. On lap 86 of the Subway...

Talladega, Al. (April 23, 2001) -- While running in the top-20 and gaining spots as Saturdays race progressed, David Donohue was sent into the wall, ending the No. 25 Team Marines Chevrolet's day in the 33rd position. On lap 86 of the Subway 300's 113 lap event, Donohue was involved in a 16-car wreck going into Turn 4. After a trip to the Infield Medical Care Center, all drivers involved were released uninjured. Donohue explained, "We were running three wide going into Turn 4 when a tire was cut on David Green's car. Tim Fedewa then made an evasive move and got into my door. The car hit hard, the hardest contact I've ever had, but I'm thankful everyone's okay, it's just too bad so many cars were involved."

Although competitive during the race, the Team Marines car got off to a poor start and had to take a provisional, starting 38th for the race. At the drop of the green flag, Donohue began working his way through the field. The combination of adjustments and great pit stops gave the Team Marines Chevrolet the opportunity to march through the field. Donohue was in the 27th position on a restart, following a late day caution, but the team's hard work was directed into the wall and out of the race with 27 laps to go.

"We knew we had a lot of work ahead of us when we unloaded the car off the trailer. The guys did a great job improving the handling of the car. After the last pit stop we were the best we'd been and I was able to suck up to other cars. It's unfortunate what happened, but the Team Marines crew never gives up. Our focus now is on going to California, Donohue explained."

Donohue's weekend began with an appearance at Vestavia High School in Birmingham on Wednesday. He spoke to students during their lunch periods about racing, training and the Marines.

On Thursday night, Donohue attended the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. David's dad, legendary racer; Mark Donohue, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. Mark Donohue was a great racecar driver and contributor to our sport and is remembered fondly by many.

David had never been to the facility until that evening. He received a warm welcome, personal tour and the chance to reminisce over the many displays honoring his father. David was surprised to see he has a car on display, as well. The PacWest Dodge Stratus Super Touring car, which in 1997 he was crowned the North American Touring Car Driver's Champion; winning a record 10 pole positions and five races, sits outside the Hall of Fame Dome.

Team Marines make their way to the California Speedway this weekend for the Auto Club 300. The race will be aired at 12:30 EST on FOX.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers David Green , David Donohue , Mark Donohue