Trickle fails to make qualifying attempt By Shawn A. Akers DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 6, 1999) The No. 13 NationsRent Ford, owned by Bill Elliott and driven by Dick Trickle, did not make a Bud Pole Qualifying run Saturday for next Sunday's ...
Trickle fails to make qualifying attempt By Shawn A. Akers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 6, 1999) The No. 13 NationsRent Ford, owned by Bill Elliott and driven by Dick Trickle, did not make a Bud Pole Qualifying run Saturday for next Sunday's Daytona 500 when it did not make it through pre-qualifying technical inspection in time to present itself for an attempt.
Trickle said the team had a problem with the length of its exhaust pipes. Trickle was scheduled to qualify 16th out of 58 cars on Saturday, but when the car failed to show up for its turn, NASCAR put it on the "five-minute clock." The five minutes expired, causing the team to miss its qualifying run. It was the only car that failed to post a qualifying time.
"We had a technicality in tech," said Trickle, who is driving the car in a one-race deal with Elliott during Speedweeks. "We got relief from the five-minute clock because we had to change two motors yesterday morning, but then they had problems with the exhaust pipes not making it through (tech), and they put us back on the five-minute clock.
"The exhaust pipes, we had a couple of problems. We fixed one and then the other one caught us and ran us out of the five-minute clock. We ran out of time and they ran us out of the line. We caught the error after the fact. It was just a hurry-up deal. We'll recover."
Elliott said he was aware of the situation, but didn't know any of the details.
"I don't really know much about it at all," Elliott said as he was walking out of the garage area Saturday night. "I haven't talked to any of those guys, I haven't had the time."
Elliott had a round of Bud Shootout practice Saturday morning, followed by Bud Pole Qualifying for the Daytona 500 and then another round of Bud Shootout practice following Bud Pole Qualifying.
The No. 13 team will try to re-qualify the car on Monday during Bud Second-Round Qualifying at 1 p.m. ET.
"We've got a week of racing left," Trickle said. "We're not giving up."
Source: NASCAR Online