Kentucky: Jamie Mosley race report

Mosleys new car very fast before engine woes put him out CONCORD, NC (May 12, 2003) -- Jamie Mosley had plenty of reasons to be disappointed following his 28th-place finish in the "Channel 5-205" Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. Yet it was...

Mosleys new car very fast before engine woes put him out

CONCORD, NC (May 12, 2003) -- Jamie Mosley had plenty of reasons to be disappointed following his 28th-place finish in the "Channel 5-205" Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. Yet it was hard to find a frown on his face following the race, despite the engine woes that knocked him out of the race just 74 laps in.

Mosley, driving his new 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix (a former Johnny Benson Winston Cup ride), knew he had a fast car and it was evident on the track. In Happy Hour on Friday night, Mosley posted the 14th-fastest lap in his American Mortgage Lenders number-8, only a couple of tenths of a second out of the top 10.

"We were really excited about our chances to run up front with these guys," said Mosley after the race. "We knew that we could keep getting the car better, start running laps in the mid-33 second range and that would put us up there with the top-10 cars."

As the green fell for the "Channel 5-205," it was evident that something wasn't right with the #8 American Mortgage Lenders / Valvoline / Pepsi Pontiac. After only a few laps, the team determined that the battery was dead and they had to come behind the wall to change it under green flag conditions. After getting a battery from the #64 team of Shelby Howard, the team made the change and got the car back out, but several laps down.

Mosley then proceeded to click off laps that were equal to that as several of the cars in the top five. Mosley never lost another lap on the track until the engine dropped a cylinder and the team decided to retire from the event in fear of hurting the engine permanently.

"It is just very frustrating because I know how fast we were. Once we got the battery changed, we were running laps as fast as the fourth, fifth and sixth-place cars. It is frustrating to have our engine hurt us again for the second-consecutive race, especially since we have had a great car each time.

"Without the problems, I am confident we would have been a top-10, maybe even a top-five car. We were improving on it all night long and as I got more seat time, the car became more and more comfortable to me. The entire team was just really on it this weekend. They took a very bad handling car after practice and qualifying and made it a competitive car. Even though the guys were very frustrated with the finish, they need to hold their heads up high. They kept this team in the game and proved a lot to the other competitors and to themselves."

Mosley and the entire Kentucky Motorsports team are still looking for sponsorship help for their 2003 season, which includes six ARCA races, all broadcast LIVE on Speed Channel. Any interested parties can call 606-877-1896 for more information.

"We need some sponsorship to help us get a new engine. That is the only real component missing to keep this team from being a top-10 team every week. I have a lot of faith in my driving abilities and my team, so all it would take is a little help from some great sponsors to see this car running up front each week."

The team is scheduled to compete next at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 22nd.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Johnny Benson , Shelby Howard