TC Motorsports; Odell Collect 30th In Nashville LEBANON, Tenn. (June 12, 2006) - - Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 300 from Nashville Superspeedway saw TC Motorsports with rookie driver David Odell make their second NASCAR Busch Series start of...
TC Motorsports; Odell Collect 30th In Nashville
LEBANON, Tenn. (June 12, 2006) - - Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 300 from Nashville Superspeedway saw TC Motorsports with rookie driver David Odell make their second NASCAR Busch Series start of the 2006.
With the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series competing at Pocono International Raceway, several NNC team opted to leave their Busch cars in the garage leaving one of the smallest entry lists for the 2006 season. However, with 46 cars unloading at the 1.333-mile Speedway and not guaranteed into the starting grid based on points, the pressure was on to perform.
During the first practice session, TC Motorsports wanted to get a comfortable race car underneath their ARCA driver turned NASCAR star. Throughout practice, the team worked on the handling of the No. 07 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. When all was done, the team was 35th on the charts, posting a time of 30.611 seconds at 156.767 MPH. The team outran several highly funded teams including Robert Yates Racing (No. 90 Ford Fusion and Roush Racing (No. 60 Ford Fusion).
"The first practice was okay," said Odell. "We're looking a lot better than the spring race and that's a positive note. We're going to see if we can't improve on our car in the second session and let it all hang out in qualifying."
In the final session leading up to qualifying, the team opted to work on their qualifying setup. The team didn't fair as well as they wanted to in practice only turning the 44th fastest lap. "We're not happy with what the practice results showed, but there is nothing we can do about it. We'll just put the best setup we can and go for it in qualifying."
In time trials, Odell made his way into the starting grid. Looking to bounce back from the disappointment in the second practice session, Odell maneuvered the track in 30.628 seconds at 156.680 MPH good enough for 39th. Even though the team wasn't starting where they wanted to, they made the field.
Though never being a factor during the Federated Auto Parts 300, Odell used the race as a testing session in the NASCAR Busch Series. He battled with his competitors, learned even further more about the tricks and trades of Nashville Superspeedway and also learned in-depth the unique challenges a Busch car presents.
Throughout the night, Odell gained nine spots from his starting position to claim 30th completing 219 of the scheduled 225 laps.
"All in all, it's a satisfying finish," explained Odell, a well-known late model driver for the Lawrenceville, Georgia area. "We finished 25th in the spring and 30th this weekend. We didn't wreck the car and we're going to be able to use it again. I just want to thank everyone at TC Motorsports for all their hard work this weekend; we're reaching for better results all around next weekend at Kentucky."