Fred Skaff's Lee 150 cut short by accident. Fred Skaff, and the No. 33 Woodworks Ford team on the NASCAR Grand National Series, Busch North Series, started the season in Lee USA Speedway's Freedom 150 on Sunday afternoon. The track, one of two...
Fred Skaff's Lee 150 cut short by accident.
Fred Skaff, and the No. 33 Woodworks Ford team on the NASCAR Grand National Series, Busch North Series, started the season in Lee USA Speedway's Freedom 150 on Sunday afternoon. The track, one of two where Skaff first cut his racing teeth, saw him running competitively in the top fifteen until a mid-race accident left his car with nose damage and unable to complete the event.
The team tested at Lee the week before the event and that gave them a good baseline to start working on during Sunday's single practice session. That practice was followed by qualifying, where Skaff recorded the twentieth best time, turning a lap of 16.109 seconds in time trials.
Two early yellows slowed the pace of the race, but they were followed by a long green-flag run. Skaff worked traffic and kept his car on the lead lap, running in the top fifteen and pressuring traffic to move up further. Caution on lap 61 gave Skaff and other cars the opportunity to put fresh tires on and make adjustments, and the Woodworks team changed right-side tires.
Skaff restarted the race in the fourteenth position, but just six laps after the restart, trouble struck. A lapped car was spun off turn four and threw up a smokescreen from its spinning tires. Traffic behind the spinning car slowed but Skaff could not slow in time, and hit Paul Wolfe's car squarely in the rear, doing enough damage to the nose of Skaff's car to force its retirement from the event. He was classified as the 26th finisher.
"What killed me was when Mike Johnson spun Barney McRae," he said after the race. "There was a big cloud of smoke, and I came through that smoke, but cars slowed in front of me. I slowed up but Paul Wolfe just clamped the brakes up and I just ran right into the back of him. I couldn't avoid him because I was right on his back bumper.
"We had a good car, I think we were tenth at the time after the pit stop," Skaff continued. "It's a sad day, but we had a good day. We had a wicked stable race car and I would have liked to have finished, I hate not finishing races."
The Woodworks team will return to the track on May 18th for the inaugural Busch North race at the Lake Erie Speedway located in the town of North East, Pennsylvania. For more information on the team, visit its website at www.woodworksracing.com.