Barrie: Brad Graham race notes

BRAD GRAHAM & FULL THROTTLE TEAM FOILED AT BARRIE September 9, 2007. On the heals of their best finish of the year, Brad Graham and the Full Throttle /Challenger Motor Freight/Logel's Auto Parts team looked to continue that momentum at round ten...

BRAD GRAHAM & FULL THROTTLE TEAM FOILED AT BARRIE

September 9, 2007. On the heals of their best finish of the year, Brad Graham and the Full Throttle /Challenger Motor Freight/Logel's Auto Parts team looked to continue that momentum at round ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Barrie Speedway.

The Full Throttle team worked hard to prepare the car and Graham put up the ninth quickest time during qualifying. "We actually could have been even better" said Graham afterwards. "I bumped the motor kill switch and that cost us a few tenths so I know we'll be good for the race. The driver's prediction would prove to be accurate.

Through the first third of the event Graham had no trouble maintaining a consistent race pace running up near the front of the field. As pit stops began to cycle through the Full Throttle team worked their way up to the top five.

On the restart following a mid race caution period Brad got an excellent jump on the field and gained several positions, however the judgment from NASCAR officials was that Brad had jumped the start and he would receive a drive through penalty. "I thought I accelerated right at the line where we were supposed to, but they saw it differently" said the driver.

The Full Throttle Dodge would go a lap down shortly after serving the penalty. Undaunted, Graham set out to gain back the ground lost due to the penalty and would get their lap back later in the race. Again running at the same pace as the race leaders Graham began to gain positions.

Another restart later in the race would also prove costly for the Full Throttle team. As the field began to accelerate for the green flag, Graham would have contact with another car. "I was starting to get ready for the green and being on the lead lap I was taking the outside, a lap car was on the inside and he kept riding up higher and higher and I had no place to go" said the frustrated driver.

Graham immediately dived into pit lane but the Full Throttle team found significant damage to the right front suspension and other problems. "A couple of tough breaks really cost us tonight" said Brad afterwards. "Just like last week we were one of the fastest cars out there, we just didn't get the kind of result we should have in this one".

-credit: bg/tls

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Brad Graham