Taking momentum to Richmond. RICHMOND, Va. (April 30, 2003) - It might not have been the finish that Jerry Nadeau wanted, but placing 14th in last week's race in California is a starting point for the United States Army NASCAR Winston Cup team...
Taking momentum to Richmond.
RICHMOND, Va. (April 30, 2003) - It might not have been the finish that Jerry Nadeau wanted, but placing 14th in last week's race in California is a starting point for the United States Army NASCAR Winston Cup team as it heads to Richmond International Raceway for Saturday night's Pontiac Excitement 400.
After an early part of the season that brought one bad break after another, the California finish demonstrated the potential of the team.
"We were better than 14th, but we had some things happen to us that made it difficult," said the 32-year-old Nadeau. "The main thing is we worked through the unexpected and that will give us momentum and an extra dose of confidence for Richmond. You don't make quantum leaps in this business, it just doesn't work that way."
When Nadeau said "the unexpected" he was referring to the two spin outs he survived at California Speedway and also starting at the back of the field due to an engine change. He did qualify sixth in his black and gold No. 01 U.S. Army Pontiac Grand Prix, but a broken valve forced the team to switch engines after Saturday's final practice.
"Last week is history, but it's a piece of history that hopefully something good will come from it." said Nadeau. "We need to build on that performance and make improvements this week -- but Richmond is not an easy place for making predictions."
As is the case with short track racing, staying out of trouble is the key. And that will be the mantra for Saturday's 400-lap race on the .75-mile oval.
"Racing under the lights at Richmond is always fun," commented Nadeau. "But it will be more fun if you can come away in one piece and on the lead lap. It all has to come together - aero, motor, handling and luck. I feel good about the things we can control."
Saturday night's Pontiac Excitement 400 will be live on FX. The pre-race show begins at 7 p.m.; race begins at 7:30 p.m.