Early Music City Motorplex Accident Frustrates Rogelio Lopez Nashville, Tenn. (July 19, 2008) - Trying to defend last year's win in NASCAR Camping World East Series competition at Nashville's Music City Motorplex, Rogelio Lopez instead found ...
Early Music City Motorplex Accident Frustrates Rogelio Lopez
Nashville, Tenn. (July 19, 2008) - Trying to defend last year's win in NASCAR Camping World East Series competition at Nashville's Music City Motorplex, Rogelio Lopez instead found himself an accident victim early in the 150-lap race. The driver of the No. 03 TELMEX/Lucas Oil Chevrolet finished 21st.
Lopez, from Aguascalientes, Mexico, won Music City Motorplex' series race last year. Needing a good race after some tough luck in the previous two races, he started out on a good foot with competitive practice times during Saturday afternoon's two sessions. Next was qualifying.
"We were good in practice, but I struggled in time trials," he explained. "I knew the car was really good but coming off turn four I jumped on the throttle and the car got sideways on me." He qualified eighth.
Just a few laps into the race, Lopez was spun out by a driver making his first series start. In the ensuing spin, a handful of other cars were collected and the caution came out. Lopez limped onto pit road where the damage was deemed too severe to repair there, and the car returned to the garage area.
Showing no willingness to quit, the Dave Davis Motorsports team repaired the race car and Lopez returned to put in laps. He ran to the finish, and by being able to do that he picked up five positions in the finishing order and the points that go along with them.
After the race, Lopez expressed frustration at being taken out of the race so early.
"I don't know what the 95 car ran me over for," he said. "He's not here for points and he just ran over me. I'm pretty unhappy with him. I feel bad for the 71 car because there was nowhere for him to go when I spun, and the 50 also got messed up as well and I feel bad for them too.
"The guys did a pretty good job putting the car back together to get it back on the track," Lopez continued. "The whole rear end was bent up, the track arms were bent, it was just a mess."
Lopez will next race next Saturday night at Adirondack International Speedway in Beaver Falls, N.Y. In last year's race there, he came within a couple laps of a top-five finish before being victimized there as well.
"We're looking forward to going to Adirondack," he said. "We were pretty good there last year, running in the top five until someone spun me out with two laps to go. We have a lot of work to do to get a car ready to go, but we'll get it done."