Short Week Produces Fast Car For Rogelio Lopez; Long Race Produces 20th Place Finish Beaver Falls, N.Y. (July 26, 2008) - The month of July has not treated Dave Davis Motorsports well. A practice crash at Thompson International Speedway on July...
Short Week Produces Fast Car For Rogelio Lopez; Long Race Produces 20th Place Finish
Beaver Falls, N.Y. (July 26, 2008) - The month of July has not treated Dave Davis Motorsports well. A practice crash at Thompson International Speedway on July 12 wrote off the team's primary short-track car, and the second car was damaged in a crash during July 19th's race at Music City Motorplex. This meant the team had to put in some long hours during the short week before the next NASCAR Camping World East Series race, Saturday night's Edge Hotel 150 at Adirondack International Speedway.
The team did its job admirably, producing a No. 03 TELMEX/Lucas Oil Chevrolet that driver Rogelio Lopez practiced well with and posted the thirteenth-fastest qualifying time in.
"We've been busy in the shop," Lopez said. "We put this car together real fast, and I have to congratulate the team on doing that job in three days. They finished the car Thursday morning so they did great work.
"The car's been great today," he continued. "It was consistent and fast on long runs in practice. It was fast in time trials but coming off turn four I jumped on the throttle a little too early. I over-drove it but we'll be fine. I know the track pretty well, and we're looking for a good result. It's been a tough week for the team but we're looking forward to getting a good finish. We have a good car and I think it'll be good."
The Edge Hotel 150 did not treat Lopez well, although he did have a fast car. Fifteen laps in, he was already in the top ten. One-third of the way through the race, he was seventh and looking to improve further, pressuring Marc Davis for sixth. That challenge was put on hold due to caution, and on the ensuing restart he lost spots due to restarting in the outside lane. He fought back into the top ten but his race took a turn for the worse on lap 100 when he spun after contact with another car. He resumed as caution flew and rejoined the field at the back of the pack.
Lopez was undaunted and was determined to get back to the front. He accomplished this, riding fifth with just ten laps to go after an inspired charge. All that went by the boards after a restart on lap 141 when he was again spun out. This time, no caution came out so Lopez had no opportunity to try and get many positions back before the race was over. He finished twentieth and was an upset driver after getting out of his car.
"We were going to be good but we got spun out," he said. "We came all the way from the back and then we got spun out again. NASCAR didn't do anything about it so I don't know what we can do about it.
"I feel bad for the team," Lopez continued. "They've been working eighty, ninety hours a week to keep this car going and we don't have any results to show for it. We got taken out at Nashville and NASCAR didn't do anything about it, and they have to start doing something or it's going to be a mess pretty soon. I'm pretty unhappy."
While unhappy about the lack of results despite having fast race cars, Lopez was thinking about his crew.
"For me it's just another race, but they've been working hard on the car and I wanted to get them the kind of finish they deserve for all their hard work," he said. "NASCAR's not making things easy for us, and they have to start getting these guys under control or these races are going to be really bad."
The Camping World East Series takes a couple weeks off before resuming on August 16th at Lime Rock Park in northwest Connecticut.