TOUGH LUCK FOR ROOKIE MCCALL AT NASHVILLE LEBANON, Tenn. (June 10, 2006) -- After two laps of competition in the Federated Auto Parts 300, Matt McCall's Ford Fusion spun and made hard contact with the outside retaining wall resulting in a ...
TOUGH LUCK FOR ROOKIE MCCALL AT NASHVILLE
LEBANON, Tenn. (June 10, 2006) -- After two laps of competition in the Federated Auto Parts 300, Matt McCall's Ford Fusion spun and made hard contact with the outside retaining wall resulting in a 34th-place finish.
The CitiFinancial team started the weekend off with a 31st place qualifying run at Nashville Superspeedway. Just one lap after McCall took the green-flag, the No. 33 spun in front of him. As a result of trying to avoid the No.33, McCall would spin around and make contact with the wall resulting in heavy left-side damage.
"I saw the No. 33 spinning so I checked up and went high and around we went into the wall," said McCall.
The CitiFinancial Ford would head down pit road for what would be the first of many repairs. The deck-lid was pushed in, preventing the crew from adding fuel to the car. They would loose two laps making repairs and rejoin the race in the 40th position. The second caution fell on lap 11, allowing McCall to revisit pit road to finish repairing the deck-lid damage. After loosing another lap in the pits, the No. 90 could now receive fuel and would resume the race in 40th.
Bad luck would continue for the Robert Yates Racing entry when they were forced to the garage on lap 46 to change the camber and reset the toe as a result of a severe left front tire rub. The team would restart the race on lap 62 in the 38th position, 23 laps down. McCall struggled with the handling of the CitiFinancial Ford and the team would return to the garage for more chassis adjustments.
The repairs helped and McCall's lap times were consistent with the top-10 runners. He would finish the 225-lap event in the 34th-position, 35 laps down to the leader.
"I feel like I have a bull's eye on me," said a distraught McCall after the race. "It was a tough break for the CitiFinancial team. We didn't even get a chance to show what we had today. We had a good car capable of a top-15 and didn't even get a chance to prove it."
Carl Edwards scored his second NASCAR Busch Series victory of the season. Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Paul Menard complete the top-five.