Stremme Survives Bristol for Sixth-Place Finish Bristol, TN (August 29, 2004) - David Stremme piloted the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge safely through the caution filled Food City 250 race at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) Friday night. Stremme, who was ...
Stremme Survives Bristol for Sixth-Place Finish
Bristol, TN (August 29, 2004) - David Stremme piloted the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge safely through the caution filled Food City 250 race at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) Friday night. Stremme, who was second fastest the final practice session, protected his car like a veteran, narrowly avoiding several on track incidents.
While on top of the speed chart in the first practice session Stremme spun down the narrow BMS backstretch. Through a skillful combination of throttle and brake Stremme kept his TRIMSPA X32 Dodge off the wall, despite turning three full 360's before coming to rest in turn two.
"Yeah she is a little loose," Stremme radioed to his crew after coming to a stop.
After qualifying eleventh, David Stremme began to carefully climb through the field. Stremme's first close call came on lap 30, while running in ninth position, he narrowly avoided the spinning cars of Greg Biffle and Martin Truex. While running in 10th position on lap 49 Stremme again drove through a wreck unharmed, this time avoiding Ron Hornaday and Tony Raines.
"You see how these things end up," said spotter Lorin Ranier over the team radio. "Take care of your car because most of the ones in front of you will wreck out."
After a four tire pit stop under caution on lap 75, Stremme went on to avoid a spin involving Kenny Wallace on lap 118. During the second stop of the day, on lap 167, the TRIMSPA pit crew maintained position sending Stremme out seventh with roughly 83 laps to go. By lap 197 Stremme was solidly in the top five where he remained before narrowly avoiding a spinning Hermie Sadler on lap 237 in the closest call of the day. During the closing laps Stremme yielded one position to post a sixth-place finish, raising him three spots to 12th in Busch Series driver points.
"This was a great all around effort for the TRIMSPA Team," said Stremme. "We had solid stops, a good setup, and a smart race strategy. I think we found the car to take to Dover next month."
Stremme and Team TRIMSPA will be back in action for the Target House 300 at California Speedway, on Saturday, September 4. The event will be televised live at 3 p.m. eastern time on NBC and will broadcast nationally at that same time on radio stations affiliated with Motor Racing Network (MRN) and XM Satellite Radio Channel 144.