John Salemi Victim Of Suspension Problem At Mansfield Mansfield, Ohio (August 25, 2007) - Another potential good finish for John Salemi Racing went by the boards when a minor suspension problem cost the driver of the No. 63 Chevrolet laps on pit...
John Salemi Victim Of Suspension Problem At Mansfield
Mansfield, Ohio (August 25, 2007) - Another potential good finish for John Salemi Racing went by the boards when a minor suspension problem cost the driver of the No. 63 Chevrolet laps on pit road during the running of the Mansfield 150, the eleventh NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series race of the 2007 season. He returned to the race, but being laps down, could only improve his finishing position to twentieth.
Just getting to the track in the first place was an accomplishment for the team, as their spec engine was blown in the previous race at Lime Rock Park.
"The guys from S&S Motors in California built the motors for my first year, and this is one of their motors," he said. "It's a good piece."
After a couple of practice sessions, Salemi said the track reminded him of Irwindale Speedway. He time-trialed in fourteenth but was optimistic about the 150-lap feature event.
"We have high hopes," he said. "We figured something out in the last practice that made us pretty decent, and the car's good on long runs, so we'll see what happens. We'll stay out of trouble and try to get a good finish."
Salemi was running in the top fifteen, a third of the way through the race, when something started going wrong in the car's front suspension.
"The right-side sway bar arm was hanging," Salemi said. "I could hear it hitting the ground and I thought maybe we had a tire going down and that's why it was scraping. We came in and noticed the arm was hanging so we had to find a new bolt and hook it up, while the race was under green."
Salemi returned to the race a number of laps down but ran to the finish with what turned out to be a very good car.
"The car was fine after we fixed it," he said. "It was definitely a top-five car. We'll never know where we would have wound up but the car was doing exactly what I wanted it to do. It could go high, go low, very similar to the car I had at Nashville. But it doesn't matter when you're fourteen laps down.
"We just need a little bit of luck, because we don't have any," Salemi continued. "We didn't wreck the car, but that doesn't matter because we're going to put a new nose on for Loudon. Hopefully we'll have our spec motor back for there, and we'll come back and try for the finish we've been working all season to get."
Salemi's raced this year with help from Milwaukee Tools and Express Signs, and he'll be welcoming a new sponsor for the September 14th race at New Hampshire International Speedway.
"Ocean Glass & Mirror in Billerica, Massachusetts will be on the hood for New Hampshire," he said. "We'll invite them up and show them the track from inside and hopefully they'll see us put on a pretty good race there."