Urban caught up in "Big One" at Winchester WINCHESTER, IN (June 8, 2003) -- The action at Winchester literally began as soon as the green flag dropped for Forrest Urban, Jr. and the No. 46 Insurance Doctor Chevrolet team in the USAR Hooters ...
Urban caught up in "Big One" at Winchester
WINCHESTER, IN (June 8, 2003) -- The action at Winchester literally began as soon as the green flag dropped for Forrest Urban, Jr. and the No. 46 Insurance Doctor Chevrolet team in the USAR Hooters ProCup Naturally Fresh Foods 250. A missed shift by polesitter Hal Goodson caused a huge chain reaction in turn one that eliminated a large number of cars from the event. Urban, even after sustaining damage, completed 141 laps before the rear end seized up and finished in the 18th position.
Urban fought a tight condition during practice again at the Indiana speedway. Changes in the sway bar, stagger, and air pressure got the car closer to a race-ready condition. The major concern of Urban and the other competitors was the chunking of right-side tires after as few as five or ten laps on the high-banked half mile oval.
"I think they ran a softer tire on the right side this time," the 31-year old from Richmond, Va., said. "When we first got to the track, it didn't have any rubber on it and the sun was out. I think that in the race, a few people had problems but it wasn't as bad as it was in practice. I think it's something they need to check on really good before we go back for the Championship race or maybe switch to a little harder compound."
A late draw in qualifying had the team pumped up for a good qualifying run. A spring rubber change took Urban by surprise on the first lap as the car jumped sideways coming to the white flag off of turn four. The bobble cost Urban considerable time, even though his second lap was clocked at 17.045 seconds, a time good enough for the 12th position.
"We put two new right side tires on to make a qualifying run in practice and ran some pretty decent times," Urban said. "Right before qualifying we made some changes to free the car up for the race and it got too free qualifying. When we went to qualify, the thing got way sideways on me and caught me off guard and we didn't get the qualifying laps that we wanted in."
When the green flag dropped for the 250 lap main event, polesitter Hal Goodson, according to most accounts, missed a shift going into turn one and caused a pileup directly behind him. Urban was able to avoid the cars in front of him before being hit from behind. The damage sustained in the accident included substantial nose damage, a torn rear bumper cover, and a cracked rear end housing.
"As fast as you run at Winchester, when the first little thing happens, especially when the cars are all two by two, before you know it everyone is running in the back of everybody and we got spun around and hit. It wasn't a good way to start the race off," the 1999 South Boston Speedway track champion said.
The team repaired most of the damage to the car without losing a lap in the pits until USAR officials felt that the rear end of the No. 46 was leaking and called Urban into the pits to fix the problem. The rear end ran itself dry on lap 165 of the race and forced Urban to call it a night.
"The crew did a really good job. We got back out without losing a lap to start the race," Urban said after the event. "The car was in pretty good shape but we had a small rear end leak. The car wasn't bad after the wreck, but the body was beat up pretty good on it. We were just gonna make laps and try to get a decent finish but the rear end started seizing up near the end so we just pulled it in before we blew it all to pieces."
The Naturally Fresh 250 from Winchester this past weekend will be broadcast, tape delayed, this Friday on Speed Channel at 11am ET. Tickets for the USAR Hooters ProCup 250 in Salem, the next northern event, are on sale now through the track's ticket offices at (812) 883-6504. Start time for the event is currently scheduled at 7:00pm CT on June 21.