Short Night for Dusty Williams in Nashville Lebanon, Tennessee - - Dusty Williams had high hopes heading into Friday's night's "Bob Harmon Memorial" Sunbelt Rentals 100, but an early accident quickly evaporated his hopes for a good finish, and...
Short Night for Dusty Williams in Nashville
Lebanon, Tennessee - - Dusty Williams had high hopes heading into Friday's night's "Bob Harmon Memorial" Sunbelt Rentals 100, but an early accident quickly evaporated his hopes for a good finish, and a climb in the race for the 2004 NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division championship.
Williams, in the No. 40 Dixie Excavating qualified 14th on Friday afternoon after turning a fast lap of 33.198 seconds equaling a speed of 144.226 MPH, behind pole sitter Ray Skillman.
"We have high hopes entering tonight's event," said a confident Williams climbing from his machine. "If we keep our nose clean, we should be okay."
25 Southeast Series drivers took the green flag shortly after 8:30 PM EST with William taking evasive action as the field stacked up in front of him. Dusty, a veteran on the tour gathered his thought, pounded the throttle and got back in his game.
The Garden City, Georgia native battled with several machines in the first three laps, but approaching lap four, Dusty's night took a sudden halt as the No. 98 of Justin Wakefield, made contact with another car, the two spun, and the No. 40 Chevrolet Monte Carlo had nowhere to go and piled into accident.
Williams, radioed to his crew that he was okay, but the car was done for the night. He rode by ambulance to the infield care center, where he was checked and released.
"The sun got right into my eyes and I couldn't see a thing," said a dejected Williams. "We were just taking our time, I think we had a good car, but it just wasn't our night. We'll pack up, fix the car, and head to Kentucky."
Dusty Williams entered the race seventh in points, However, he will take a huge blow in the standings after being credited with a 24th place finish.
"I have to thank my crew, my mom, my dad, Walter Dumas, Will Mallard, and Darrell Williams (no relation) for being here with me this week despite our hiccup," replied Williams, who now sits tenth in points.
The NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series will return with the NASCAR Busch Series next Friday night at Kentucky Speedway for another 100 lap feature.