Charlotte II: Casey Mears race report

Engine Expires for Mears at Lowe's Motor Speedway CONCORD, N.C. (October 11, 2003) --- Engine trouble on the No. 41 Dodge forced Casey Mears to retire early from the UAW-GM Quality 500 on Saturday night. Mears, who drove a special Energizer ...

Engine Expires for Mears at Lowe's Motor Speedway

CONCORD, N.C. (October 11, 2003) --- Engine trouble on the No. 41 Dodge forced Casey Mears to retire early from the UAW-GM Quality 500 on Saturday night.

Mears, who drove a special Energizer paint scheme this weekend, started the race in 28th position and ran in the top-25 all day. His pit crew had excellent pit stops during the night and adjusted his car to handle well during the night.

Unfortunately, on lap 218, Mears radioed in that his car dropped to seven cylinders and he was off the pace from the rest of the field. Crew chief Jimmy Elledge instructed Mears to bring his car to the garage to be worked on. After looking under the hood, Elledge determined that the team was done early due to engine failure. They were relegated with a 42nd place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

"I don't know exactly happened because we can't really tell from the outside right now," Mears said after parking his car for the night. "It looks like something in the motor. One thing I can say is that it was one of the better motors that I've had all year as far as power-wise. It was running really good and what happened I'm not quite sure. I'm really proud of my guys. We had a not very good qualifying position and got a lap down early but they never gave up. We had excellent pit stops all day. Right there at the end we were in contention to fight that 32 to be the car to get their lap back. And we would have got him; we were good. We had just a little bit of bad luck again."

Mears remains in 34th position in NASCAR Winston Cup Championship points. Ganassi teammates Jamie McMurray and Sterling Marlin finished the race in seventh and 15th respectively.

Along with his Winston Cup duties, Mears also ran in the Busch Series race in his No. 19 Target Dodge on Saturday afternoon prior to the Cup race. The race was postponed due to rain, therefore Mears had double-duty on Saturday. Mears started the race in 15th position and finished in 19th.

Team Target races at Martinsville Speedway next weekend. The race will be broadcast live on NBC television and MRN radio on Sunday, October 19th at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Casey Mears , Jamie McMurray