Disappointing Weekend For Delaney At Magic Mile WEST ALLIS, Wisconsin (August 28,r007) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Dustin Delaney had hoped to shine in his pavement debut at The Milwaukee Mile this past weekend. Unfortunately, a mechanical ...
Disappointing Weekend For Delaney At Magic Mile
WEST ALLIS, Wisconsin (August 28,r007) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Dustin Delaney had hoped to shine in his pavement debut at The Milwaukee Mile this past weekend. Unfortunately, a mechanical failure early in the race took Delaney from the hunt.
The week before Milwaukee, the 17-year young gun made his ARS debut at the famed Illinois State Fairgrounds behind the No. 48 FreeFeds.org Dodge Charger. After mother nature washed out ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying, Delaney lined up 26th on the starting grid. During the course of the 100-lap event, Delaney smoothly moved through the field to finish 14th.
The team was approaching The Milwaukee Mile hoping for their first top-10 finish of the year.
The quiet yet focused and calm Delaney studied the track upon arrival hoping to find the perfect groove around the famed one-mile oval.
With a short practice on tap for the race weekend, Delaney knew that track time was crucial.
During the hour and fifteen minute session, Delaney took several stabs at The Milwaukee Mile hoping to nail a comfortable lap time. At the conclusion of the session, Delaney had mastered the 27th fastest effort with a time of 32.707 seconds or 110.068 MPH.
"Our FreeFeds.org Dodge is pretty good," said Delaney after practice. "We're going to make some changes and see what we can drum up. I'm pretty impressed with the Carter-2-Motorsports team, they are a good bunch!"
As Delaney went out to make a qualifying attempt in the No. 48 FreeFeds.org, Delaney radioed in that there was a problem with the clutch. The crew advised him to bring the car down pit road for inspection. The team was unable to make a qualifying lap due to the mechanical gremlin forcing the team to take a provisional for the Governor's Cup 200.
"It's a shame, we made some great changes in the car after practice and I truly think they would have worked," said Delaney, who was assigned with the 37th position for the race. "The guys are going to work on the clutch and we'll get it fixed for the race tomorrow."
Sunday morning brought the opportunity for the Carter-2-Motorsports team to continue to work on Delaney's machine hoping to fully correct the problem prior to the start of the 12:00 race.
The team informed car owner Roger Carter, the problem had been corrected and Delaney was set for the 17th race of the season.
At the start of the green flag, Delaney made a move towards the top-25, but problems quickly sunk in as the transmission began to give way in the No. 48 Dodge forcing the rookie to bring his machine down pit road and make the sharp left hand turn to the garage.
The team tried for nearly 50 laps to correct the machine, but crew chief Dan Collins called for his driver to climb from the machine citing the transmission could not be repaired forcing the team to withdraw from the remainder of the event.
"It's unfortunate," said Delaney. "We had a problem with the clutch in qualifying and then had a problem during the race with the transmission. When it isn't your weekend, it isn't your weekend. I want to thank the team for their efforts this weekend, I appreciate it. We'll move on to the next one."
Delaney was credited with a 37th place finish.