Strader escapes injury in crash. Nashville, TN (April 12, 2002) ARCA Series driver, Cam Strader escaped injury Friday at the Nashville Super-Speedway when his Pontiac slammed the outside retaining wall. Strader started from the seventh...
Strader escapes injury in crash.
Nashville, TN (April 12, 2002) ARCA Series driver, Cam Strader escaped injury Friday at the Nashville Super-Speedway when his Pontiac slammed the outside retaining wall.
Strader started from the seventh starting spot and by lap nine the Wilson, NC native had driven his Homestyle Bakes - Wesson Cooking Oil Pontiac to the second position.
"We were good right from the start," Strader said. "The car was really hooked up on fresh tires and I was able to get around several cars in the opening laps. We learned here last fall that the tires go away quick, and you have to really get up on the wheel that first few laps after a restart."
Strader was running second on lap 30 when a caution flag came out for a spinning car on the speedway. As leader Frank Kimmel, and Strader took the caution flag the third place car banged into the rear of Strader's machine. Strader struggled to maintain control of the car, but his Pontiac finally spun all the way around near turn one of the speedway.
As a result, Strader had to pit for four new tires and then charge from the rear of the field on the restart.
By lap 41, Strader caught a pack of cars that were running in the fifth, sixth, and seventh positions. As he approached the rear of the seventh place car he realized he had no brakes. Strader turned the car to the left to avoid contact with the other car and his car got sideways. His valiant effort to keep control of the car was in vain as the machine smacked the outside wall.
"As much as you try, you can't win them all," said a dejected Strader. "I was running so hard there after the restart that I just used up the brakes. I learned a valuable lesson today. These heavier cars are harder on brakes, and they're not bullet prove. I just didn't want to crash into another car and tear up the guy's equipment. I got in the corner so fast that I would have run all over him if I hadn't spun to avoid him."
"Our crew was on their "A" game today, and I'm real proud of those guys. Billy Owen made some great calls in our final practice session, and the Homestyle Bakes car was awesome today," he said. "We'll go after these guys again in Charlotte. I won there last May for our friends at ConAgra Grocery Products Company, and maybe we can go in there and do the same this year."
Strader will have two chances to visit victory lane at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. He and the CSI race team plan to participate in the ARCA event, and the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series event on May 18th and 23rd, respectively.
The PFG Lester 150 will be televised and shown on the Outdoor Channel on Saturday, April 20th at 4:00pm.