Mosley's First Race Of 2003 Leaves Him "Flat" Out Of Luck; engine woes don't diminish his ability to move forward CONCORD, NC (April 13, 2003) -- Jamie Mosley had his eyes on the Gibson Guitar given to all race winners in the "Music City" of ...
Mosley's First Race Of 2003 Leaves Him "Flat" Out Of Luck;
engine woes don't diminish his ability to move forward
CONCORD, NC (April 13, 2003) -- Jamie Mosley had his eyes on the Gibson Guitar given to all race winners in the "Music City" of Nashville (TN). But it was pretty evident that as soon as the green flag dropped, Mosley's engine wasn't singing the same tune. A "flat" engine left Mosley struggling for power on the straits all night long, but the lack of power allowed Mosley to run as fast as anyone through the corners. A long green-flag run near the start of the race resulted in the Kentucky Motorsports team getting two laps down, but Mosley wouldn't relinquish anymore laps, making the most of his car to climb nine spots from his 32nd starting position to finish 23rd in the PFG Lester 150 at Nashville Speedway on Friday night.
"This is not how we come to race," said Mosley after the race. "We come to these tracks to be competitive and I knew we could be tonight. I don't know if we had anything for Kyle Busch (race winner), but very few people did. We knew we could be competitive and have a good top-15 car, but as soon as the green flag fell, the car just wouldn't go. It just felt flat."
"We didn't get a lot of practice time in, but the car felt really good. It was really stable through the corners, which is really good here. Since we just weren't that fast, I tried to stay out of the way and get some seat time. We knew cars would fall out and we would gain positions. Even with the engine only pulling a maximum of 8,200 RPMs, I could still race with the leaders through the corners. It was just when I got on the straight-aways that everyone would pull me.
"I'll be very excited to come back here in the fall. We have a great setup and I learned a lot about how to drive this track, like where my throttle points are on the track. Once we get the engine woes figured out, I think we can definitely be a competitive car. It really makes me look forward to coming back."
Despite all his woes, Mosley's night wasn't without incident. He couldn't avoid minor damage when several cars checked up and Mosley bumped into Shelby Howard. He also showed extremely good driving skills when he threaded the needle between two wrecked cars at full speed late in the race.
"I don't know how I made it through there, but we did. We also had very good stops from all of the guys on our team. Many of them are new to this racing thing, but they really showed their poise tonight. We ran this race without a crew chief, and that allowed the guys to get more involved.
"Despite all of our problems and adversities, I am really proud of this whole team. I know we will be competitive, but sometimes things happen that you just can't control. We will now just regroup and get ready to run in our home state of Kentucky. I am really looking forward to that race."
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.
The team will compete next at Kentucky Speedway on May 10th.