NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 16, 1998) Bad luck plagued the No. 92 Kraft Foods team as it attempted a run at the checkered flag in Sunday's Bellsouth Mobility/ Opryland 320 at Nashville Speedway USA. An injury to regular driver Derrike...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 16, 1998) Bad luck plagued the No. 92 Kraft Foods team as it attempted a run at the checkered flag in Sunday's Bellsouth Mobility/ Opryland 320 at Nashville Speedway USA. An injury to regular driver Derrike Cope was just the beginning of the problems that the team of Martin-Weiss Motorsports was forced to face.
Due to Cope's injury, former NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division champion David Green stepped up and took the wheel of the Kraft Foods Chevrolet.
Constant improvements were made to a brand new car on its first track. The adjustments helped Green secure the 20th starting position.
"Everything we did to the car improved its time," Tim Weiss, co-owner and crew chief, said. "David is great at picking out problems and telling us how to correct them."
Shortly into the race, Green had guided the No. 92 Kraft Foods Chevrolet as high as 12th. However, major problems prevented any further progress. Green was unable to hear the spotter when the earpiece in his helmet malfunctioned.
Unfortunately, things became much worse. The throttle linkage bent, nearly sending Green into the wall in Turn 4. The Kraft Foods team left the race in 43rd position after completing just 137 of 320 laps.
"We were running good until the throttle stuck," Green said. "We had a great opportunity to finish up strong.This has never happened to me before."
The No. 92 team is looking forward to Saturday's Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington Raceway. It is still unsure if Cope's condition will allow him to return to the Kraft Foods car.
Source: NASCAR Online