Broken Gear Costs Stremme Top Five Run in California Fontana, CA (September 5, 2004) - David Stremme started 12th but finished a disappointing 36th in the Target House 300 at California Speedway this weekend. At the drop of the green, Stremme...
Broken Gear Costs Stremme Top Five Run in California
Fontana, CA (September 5, 2004) - David Stremme started 12th but finished a disappointing 36th in the Target House 300 at California Speedway this weekend. At the drop of the green, Stremme drove the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge into the fourth position by lap 13. Stremme maintained position inside the top five until the first pit stop, under green flag conditions, on lap 45. But just before Stremme entered the pits his water temperature soared to 280 degrees due to a piece of trash that had blown up from the track and covered the grill.
"The TRIMSPA Dodge was really strong at the beginning of the race," said Stremme. "The team gave me an excellent green flag stop and I thought we were headed for another top finish."
Following his first stop Stremme remained inside the top five despite the motor losing power slightly due to the earlier overheating. Under the first caution of the day Stremme and Team TRIMSPA completed two stops in order to refill the radiator. Stremme restarted 22nd on lap 64 and continued to climb through the field, into the 10th position by lap 79. But a comeback was not in cards for Stremme due to a broken gear, a very rare mechanical failure, causing him to retire on lap 106. Stremme finished the day in 36th position.
"The guys on the TRIMPSA Team gave me a great car today. We just couldn't buy a break," said Stremme, who finished 26th at California Speedway in the spring. "California just hasn't been good to us. I can't wait until Richmond next weekend. We had a great test there and hopefully we can leverage it to get back on track."
Next weekend Stremme and Team TRIMSPA will compete in the Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond International Raceway, Friday, September 10. The event will be televised live at 8 p.m. eastern time on TNT and will broadcast nationally at that same time on radio stations affiliated with Motor Racing Network (MRN) and XM Satellite Radio Channel 144.