Learning Experience Continues For Tucker In Nashville "Carter-2-Motorsports Finishes 30th In Music City" LEBANON, Tennessee (Tuesday, April 10, 2007) - - Nick Tucker, substituting for car owner Roger Carter II salvaged a 30th place finish in...
Learning Experience Continues For Tucker In Nashville
"Carter-2-Motorsports Finishes 30th In Music City"
LEBANON, Tennessee (Tuesday, April 10, 2007) - - Nick Tucker, substituting for car owner Roger Carter II salvaged a 30th place finish in last Saturday's Nashville ARCA 150 at Nashville Superspeedway, the third event of the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series season.
Tucker made his second career ARS (ARCA RE/MAX Series) start under frigid temperatures for April behind the wheel of the No. 48 FreeFeds.org Dodge Charger.
After losing their primary motor in the practice session leading up to qualifying, the Carter-2-Motorsports team quickly went to their driver's aid replacing the motor with the team's backup. While the second motor wasn't as strong as the first, the team was confident the horsepower would give Tucker a shot at making the first of two ARCA trips to Nashville Superspeedway this season.
In time trials, Tucker produced a lap time of 31.784 seconds at 150.982 MPH picking up nearly two seconds from his practice effort (33.665 seconds, 142.546 MPH) putting the team 37th in the final rundown. While the C2M team was outside the top-32 qualifiers locked into the starting grid on time, the team relied on their owner points from the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series season which earned the team the 39th starting spot locking the team into their second straight race.
"I'm glad that we're in the race," said Tucker, a native of North Carolina. "My Carter-2-Motorsports team worked their tails off making sure that we had a chance at making this race. Our second motor showed that we have a good car. Now that we're in the show, we're going to turn all of our efforts on the race.
Brisk conditions once again welcomed the teams on Saturday with no relief in sight during race conditions. At the start of the event, Tucker spent the first laps feeling out his No. 48 Dodge Charger. He didn't have an opportunity to get the best feel of his automobile as the yellow flag quickly waived on lap two.
On the restart, another quick yellow for an incident in turn one put the team's back under slower speeds. Carter was making some progress in the field, but was patiently biding his time and watching his gauges and listening to the sounds of his motor.
Back to racing, Tucker maintained his position on track. Even though the car wasn't capable of winning, it was able to log laps. Despite the colder than normal conditions, the series enjoyed a long span of green flag racing enabling the Evernham Motorsports employee to familiarize himself with an intermediate car and the 1.333-mile speed plant preparing for further venues this season.
While Chad McCumbee scored his first career ARCA victory under the Andy Belmont Racing banner, Tucker soldiered to cross the finish line 30th.
"It wasn't exactly the finish we were hoping for but the car is in one piece and I learned a lot out there today. It was a very competitive race from the start," sounded Tucker.
"We did everything we could to make improve the handling of the car, but the weather conditions seemed to have thrown a curve ball for a number of teams, including us. I am really proud of my race team for never giving up. We faced some obstacles, but they raised the bar once again and made the best of the circumstances. We gained some driver and owners points. At this point, that's our biggest goal, logging laps and racking in the points."
Next up for the ARCA RE/MAX Series is the first of two trips to Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 by Federated Auto Parts on Sunday, April 22.