Charlotte: Ron Hornaday race report

Concord, NC (May 28, 2002) The No. 49 BAM Racing Dodge team finished 36th in the Coca Cola Family 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The team was a top-25 contender throughout the entire event; unfortunately the finish hardly reflects the solid effort...

Concord, NC (May 28, 2002) The No. 49 BAM Racing Dodge team finished 36th in the Coca Cola Family 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The team was a top-25 contender throughout the entire event; unfortunately the finish hardly reflects the solid effort displayed by Hornaday and Co.

The BAM Racing Dodge was remarkable in 'happy hour' on Saturday, with Hornaday turning the 22nd fastest time of the morning. "This is a huge compliment to this team. We changed everything under the sun in the BAM Racing Dodge today. The team worked themselves into the ground. I'm so glad it is starting to pay off for them."

Early on, Hornaday weaved his way to the front of the pack on the 1.5-mile speedway. The second caution came out on lap 26, and pit strategy came into play. Crew Chief Teddy Brown made the decision for Hornaday to stay on the track while the leaders all pitted and on lap 28 of the 400-lap event; Hornaday took over the second position.

On lap 230, Hornaday radioed that the BAM Racing Dodge had a grinding noise off the corner and had lost some power. Hornaday told them it might be the rear-end gear. Hornaday took the No. 49 Dodge to the garage and the crew went over the car and could not find any thing with the rear end gear or transmission. They sent Hornaday back out onto the track on lap 275. It was clear that the BAM Racing Dodge was not up to speed. On lap 368, Hornaday took the car to the garage for a broken valve spring in the motor.

After the race, Hornaday was clearly disappointed. "I just want to thank Tony and Beth Ann for letting me drive this BAM Dodge. We had a learning experience this weekend and I can't tell you how proud I am of this BAM Racing team. We struggled in qualifying and we were not even close to where we needed to be in the first practice session on Saturday morning. We had a meeting and Teddy and the guys came back with a setup that proved to be very fast. We knew after Happy Hour we could run with these guys but we were faced with more than our share of tough luck tonight. I believe we would have finished in the top-25 if we had not broken a valve spring. They've got a great team over here and I am glad I was able to come help them out."

The BAM Racing Dodge team next head to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Shawna Robinson will take back over the driving duties of the No. 49 Dodge.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Shawna Robinson , Ron Hornaday Jr.