Altamahaw, NC, April 19, 2002 John Kinder, driver of the 08 PowerBase Motorsports, Inc. Monte Carlo finished 14th after recovering from an early spin caused by a fellow competitor losing a rear end and oiling down the track. "We had a great car...
Altamahaw, NC, April 19, 2002 John Kinder, driver of the 08 PowerBase Motorsports, Inc. Monte Carlo finished 14th after recovering from an early spin caused by a fellow competitor losing a rear end and oiling down the track.
"We had a great car all during practice and it looked like we had a shot at qualifying in the top ten, based on our practice, but the rain came and I was first on the grid to qualify, and the track was just too slick to drive as hard as I would have liked. On my first lap, I just about lost it, so we had to settle back and tip toe on lap two. The first 10 cars out had it pretty rough, but we made the show," Kinder said.
John started back in 23rd spot of the 32 car field. Early on in the race, Fellow competitor and good friend of John, Kertus Davis, #0 lost a rear end and dumped a lot of rear end grease on the track. In addition car 09 driven by Jabe Jones was also reported to be dropping fluid on the track, both made their way to the pits without incident. "As I was coming off turn 2 traffic was pretty heavy and my spotter told me to run the outside, so I made a move to the high side, but as I brought the car down into turn three, it just came around sending me into two 360's. I never knew what happened. I thought someone got into the back of me, but that was not the case. That really hurt our chances, I could not get the car to fire up and we went down two laps. I learned later what had happened with the oil on the track. Not only did I feel bad for all my guys, I really felt bad for Kertus too, he was unable to continue to race, and I hate when that happens. Kertus is a good driver, one you can race with side by side lap after lap. He always runs you hard and clean,"Kinder said.
John was able to continue to race and was steadily moving up through the field despite being a few laps down. In the end, he managed to bring his MultiMedia Graphics Monte Carlo home to a 14th place finish and all in one piece!
"It was a tough break for the MultiMedia Graphics team," said crew chief Ronnie Griffin.," We tested well at Ace and the day of practice was going great. The car was working well, we were pretty quick during practice, but the rain really made a difference and, being number one on the grid to qualify did not help. John did a great job staying out of trouble all night long and gaining as many position as possible getting one of his laps back. Toward the end, like Kertus, we had a rear end problem and the brakes were giving out, so for the last 50 laps we just had to ride. I am just glad John brought the car home in one piece. We will be ready for em at Coastal Plains. This team is coming on very strong and it won't be long before we too visit victory lane" Griffin said.