DILLEY RUNS OUT OF FUEL IN LATE STAGES OF A & W 300 Vernon, British Columbia (Tuesday July 21, 2009): Mark Dilley driving the No. 9 Dodge Avenger in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, A & W 300 ran out of racing fuel with thirteen laps remaining...
DILLEY RUNS OUT OF FUEL IN LATE STAGES OF A & W 300
Vernon, British Columbia (Tuesday July 21, 2009): Mark Dilley driving the No. 9 Dodge Avenger in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, A & W 300 ran out of racing fuel with thirteen laps remaining and finished eleventh.
Dilley's Dodge Avenger was quick off the trailer and he would ultimately qualify it fifth quickest for the 300 lap event later in the day.
At the drop of the green Dilley moved up a position and then started to fade back. The first caution flag didn't wave until lap 127 and by then Dilley had fallen back in the field down two laps. He came to pit road and took on much needed tires and fuel while Crew Chief Rino Montonari went to work on the adjustments needed to get Dilley back up front. The No.9 Dodge driver then put on a clinic showing how to get your laps back. Under green flag conditions, Dilley managed to pass all cars on the track twice except leader Andrew Ranger whom he passed once and he then settled into the second position. Things were looking good for the No. 9 team to get a podium finish but ultimately with thirteen laps remaining the car just quit on Dilley as he passed the entrance to pit road. He was able to coast around and get into the pits but it took several laps for the car to re-fire and he finished the night in eleventh position.
"The car was rocket tonight," said a very disappointed Mark Dilley. "She was good and we made up two laps on the track, same as last year but I guess I had to work it too hard to get there so the fuel mileage was not very good. We thought tonight was the night we were going to get the monkey off our backs but we'll try again next week in Edmonton."
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