Phoenix: Casey Mears race report

PHOENIX, Az. (November 2, 2003) --- Casey Mears was rounding the bases on Friday. He qualified in the top-10 for the Winston Cup and Busch Series races at Phoenix International Raceway. Saturday, Team Target got a strike when Mears finished the...

PHOENIX, Az. (November 2, 2003) --- Casey Mears was rounding the bases on Friday. He qualified in the top-10 for the Winston Cup and Busch Series races at Phoenix International Raceway.

Saturday, Team Target got a strike when Mears finished the Busch race in 21st position due to an ill-handling car.

On Sunday, the team found two more strikes to put them on the bench early. From the start of the race, Mears fell back through the field. He felt a major vibration on lap 109. Finally, on lap 119, Mears lost the motor in his No. 41 Dodge. He took the car to the garage and ended his day in 42nd position.

"We weren't running near as good as I thought we might have been," Mears said following his engine failure. "At the beginning of the race it was super-tight. I was way, way tight. We're trying a couple of new things in the motor. We're a little down in the points so we tried a few things and it didn't wind up living but they're working real hard at trying to make some more power. I'm glad we're trying some things new. It's just too bad it didn't make it to the end."

Mears dropped one position to 35th in NASCAR Winston Cup Championship points. Ganassi teammates Sterling Marlin and Jamie McMurray finished the race back to back in 11th and 12th places.

Team Target races at North Carolina Speedway next weekend. The Target House 200 Busch Series race will be broadcast live this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET on TNT television and MRN radio. The Pop Secret 400 Winston Cup race will be broadcast live this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET on the same stations.

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