Darlington: Jerry Nadeau race report

Broken part spoils strong run for U.S. Army Team DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 16, 2003) - Everything was clicking. The car's handling was near perfect, the pit stops were excellent and Jerry Nadeau was solidly running in the top three. But, on lap...

Broken part spoils strong run for U.S. Army Team

DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 16, 2003) - Everything was clicking. The car's handling was near perfect, the pit stops were excellent and Jerry Nadeau was solidly running in the top three.

But, on lap 84 in Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup race at Darlington Raceway, smoke started to spew out of the U.S. Army No. 01 Pontiac Grand Prix, forcing Nadeau to make an unscheduled pit stop during a green-flag run.

The culprit was a broken oil pressure fitting. After the quick diagnosis, the U.S. Army crew replaced the ten dollar part. But the malfunction caused Nadeau to go eight laps down and pushed him to the back of the field. He ended up finishing 35th.

"That put us out of the race," said a disappointed Nadeau. "It was really unfortunate because we had one great racecar this weekend. In fact, we've had good runs every week, but we just can't seem to buy any luck."

Nadeau, who qualified third for the 293-lap event, had an early scare when his U.S. Army car spun out coming out of turn one on the fifth lap. There wasn't any damage to the car, thanks to a brilliant driving job by Nadeau, who saved the car from making any contact with the wall.

As the 400-mile race settled in on the 1.366-mile oval, Nadeau was running up front, clicking off impressive lap times as he was running in second or third place.

"We easily had a top five car today," added Nadeau. "Everyone did their job, the pit stops were outstanding. You just have to suck it up and take the positives to Bristol next week. Our day will come."

-mb2m-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jerry Nadeau