Kansas: Brandon Whitt race report

Extreme heat ends Whitt's Kansas weekend Dislodged crush panels cut short second Truck Series start at halfway point KANSAS CITY, Kansas (July 7, 2003) - Brandon Whitt and his Clean Line Motorsports team made their second career NCTS start and...

Extreme heat ends Whitt's Kansas weekend
Dislodged crush panels cut short second Truck Series start at halfway point

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (July 7, 2003) - Brandon Whitt and his Clean Line Motorsports team made their second career NCTS start and his first appearance on a 1.5-mile speedway at Kansas with their new No. 38 McMillin Realty/Moen Faucets/Berryman Products/Simpson GS3 Chevrolet Silverado. Brandon practiced and qualified 20th out of 40 trucks. As the start of the race neared, driver and crew planned to pace themselves, conserve their equipment, and be around at the end of the grueling 250-mile event.

Once the green flag dropped, Brandon stuck to his game plan - save the tires and equipment, and get better acquainted with the aerodynamics that exist at the fast, high-banked speedway. Track temperatures reached a stifling 104 degrees air temperature with over 50% humidity, but Brandon had spent weeks preparing himself physically through exercise and hydration to battle these very conditions.

On lap 37, avoiding a spinning truck, Brandon was forced up into the wall, dislodging the crush panels in the truck and allowing extreme heat into the driver area. Brandon drove on, but the crush panel damage rapidly began to overheat the truck. Temperatures inside the cab soared well over 200 degrees. At the halfway point - rather than risk further damage to his equipment and serious injury to his driver - crew chief Jerry Pitts directed Brandon to park the No. 38, a difficult but necessary decision even though Brandon was in 14th place. The team was officially listed as finishing 26th.

After pulling off the track, Brandon received treatment for severe dehydration at the infield care center and was later released.

"I spent a lot of time getting ready physically before this race because I knew the weather would be very hot," Brandon said. "But I definitely wasn't expecting what happened when the crush panels got knocked out. We're making adjustments to our equipment to deal with this and hopefully it won't be an issue in the future."

Clean Line Motorsports is already on the road towards the beautiful Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY to take part in the Built Ford Tough 225 on Saturday night.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brandon Whitt