Late-Race Crash Leaves Don Wagner Thirtieth At NHIS (Loudon, N.H. - Sept. 16, 2005) - Don Wagner left New Hampshire International Speedway upset after being eliminated from the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series Sylvania 125 ...
Late-Race Crash Leaves Don Wagner Thirtieth At NHIS
(Loudon, N.H. - Sept. 16, 2005) - Don Wagner left New Hampshire International Speedway upset after being eliminated from the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series Sylvania 125 Friday afternoon. The lap 77 accident left the Mannings USA/Snacketizers Chevrolet damaged in the rear, leaving the James Pritchard Motorsports team with quite a bit of work ahead of them to get ready for next week's race at Dover International Speedway.
For the NHIS race, the team turned to the former Buckshot Jones Busch South car last run in the 2004 season. It was nineteenth fastest in the only practice session, but didn't get a chance to qualify as rain washed out time trials. He started the race 27th as the field was set up by the season points standings.
Racing towards the top twenty, Wagner pitted for adjustments under the race's first yellow, then went out and passed ten cars to get back into position again after the race resumed. A second stop came under caution near the mid-point, and that set him up for a good finish. But contact from a lapped car sent Wagner into a lap 77 spin into the third turn wall.
Wagner was able to drive to pit road with damage to the rear of the Mannings USA Chevrolet, and after a few laps of pitting and making repairs and returning to the track, Wagner called it a day, retiring in thirtieth place.
"A lapped car ruined my week, simple as that," he said after the race.
"We were struggling a little bit. We were decent, and we were coming back after making our last pit stop, getting through the slower guys, and one of the slower guys was driving over his head and got me. He shouldn't be on this track, they gave him a pass for the weekend because they figured he was ready to go fast on the big tracks. But he's not ready and he's costing us a lot of money."
Wagner assessed the damage while staring down a short time to make repairs before next week's race at Dover International Speedway.
"We've got some frame damage and a lot of body damage, but we're going to try and straighten it out the best we can to get it ready for Dover. We've only got a couple of days so we don't have a lot of time to work on it. But we'll give it our best like we always do," he said.