Bristol: Jerry Nadeau race report

Nadeau gets hit from behind....again; finishes 28th. BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 23, 2003) - Jerry Nadeau said it best when he radioed his crew as Sunday's Food City 500 was winding down at Bristol Motor Speedway. "Guys, we had an awesome car, but the...

Nadeau gets hit from behind....again; finishes 28th.

BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 23, 2003) - Jerry Nadeau said it best when he radioed his crew as Sunday's Food City 500 was winding down at Bristol Motor Speedway. "Guys, we had an awesome car, but the final result won't show it. Everybody knew we were here today."

The United States Army driver was right.

Nadeau was flying when the 500-lap, 266.5-mile race was reaching its halfway point. He was running in fourth place, and more importantly, was happy with the feel of his Pontiac Grand Prix.

But, what has plagued the U.S. Army team in the early part of the season, struck again when Nadeau got hit from behind on lap 218. The incident sent the black and gold car into the wall, resulting in major front-end damage.

The Army of One pit crew worked for nearly 25 minutes to repair and replace the damage that basically included the entire front section of the car.

When Nadeau returned to action with the hoodless car, he was positioned in 32nd place. He went on to pick up four spots to finish 28th, 44 laps down.

"No question, I was upset when I got tangled and hit from behind -- it has happened too many times this season - being in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Nadeau. "But there's not much we can do but keep our heads and spirits up. We have a good team and we'll get it going."

Nadeau wasn't the only victim of Bristol Motor Speedway. The half-mile bullring lived up to its unforgiving reputation as it took its toll on the best stock car drivers in the world before a capacity crowd of 160,000. There were 17 cautions for 120 laps and enough sheet metal carnage to open a junkyard.

"Bristol is still one of my favorite tracks," commented Nadeau. "You get wrecked, you get frustrated and you get mad. But, after it's over, you look back and say, 'that's a fun place to race at.' "

-mb2m-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jerry Nadeau