KANSAS CITY, Kan. (September 30, 2001)- What looked like a promising weekend for the Dodge Intrepid R/Ts of Evernham Motorsports ended in disappointment as the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge and the No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge exited early from the ...
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (September 30, 2001)- What looked like a promising weekend for the Dodge Intrepid R/Ts of Evernham Motorsports ended in disappointment as the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge and the No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge exited early from the inaugural Winston Cup race at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. Bill Elliott started from the third spot and looked to have a car to contend with until engine trouble on lap 134 took him out of the race. Elliott took the lead on lap 23 for a total of 33 laps. It is the seventh time this year that Elliott has led a race and the first time in 32 races that Elliott has not finished a race. He would end the day in 40th place, dropping a spot in the points race. He currently sits in 14th, 182 points out of 10th. "It just quit running," said Elliott. "That's the best race car I've had all year. It's just a shame. We'll get 'em next week. My car was hooked up pretty good. Most of those guys had a hard time getting in. It was kind of edgy getting into turn one side by side and that's what made it difficult. The track was good. It's a great place to race, and I had a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I'm not going to see the end of it, and that's the hard part of this business. A lot of cautions and a lot of things going on, and you'll have that at some racetracks. Unfortunately, it's here today." Casey Atwood experienced trouble in turn one on the first lap of the race. Atwood would be forced to leave the race finishing the day in 43rd after starting in fifth place. He also had strong runs in practice and qualified fifth in his No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T. He drops a spot in the points, moving to 31st, 267 points out of 25th.
"The top really wasn't working, so everybody was scrambling trying to get to the bottom," Atwood said. "When you have split seconds like that to make a decision about something, sometimes things happen that you wish you hadn't done."