CONCORD, NC (October 11, 2003) -- After a day and a half of dodging rain showers and watching the jet dryers make laps at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Team Yellow and driver David Stremme piloted the No. 1 Dodge to a 14th place finish in the Little...
CONCORD, NC (October 11, 2003) -- After a day and a half of dodging rain showers and watching the jet dryers make laps at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Team Yellow and driver David Stremme piloted the No. 1 Dodge to a 14th place finish in the Little Trees 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Stremme was the top finishing rookie in the race as Team Yellow posted its 21st top-15 finish of the season. Greg Biffle won the race, Michael Waltrip was second, and Mike Bliss rounded out the top three.
On Thursday, the Busch teams were able to get both practice sessions and qualifying in with relatively few schedule changes due to the misty weather. Stremme qualified the Yellow Dodge in 16th place, saying, "I am glad we are starting in the top-20 because your starting position means a lot on a track like this."
As the Little Trees 300 was scheduled to start on Friday night, the cars were on the track, but had not yet taken the green flag, when the rain started. As it lightened to a mist, NASCAR kept the yellow flag out, but waved the green flag as well. It was too slick to send the cars out at full speed, but NASCAR needed to keep the cars on the track to help keep it dry. After running nine laps under the green/yellow, it was raining too hard to keep the cars on the track so they were brought down pit road. Shortly afterward, NASCAR made the decision to cancel the first ever Busch Series night race at Lowe's Motor Speedway and scheduled it for Saturday morning.
When the race was finally run on Saturday, Stremme learned a lot about Lowe's Motor Speedway. "This is a track that changes a lot. I would tell the crew that the car was tight, but 20 laps later it would be loose. It's really hard to adjust the car when the handling can change within a few laps. The team had great pit stops today, this just turned out to be more of a day of learning for me. When the last green flag pit stops were going on, we chose to stay out a while so we could lead a lap and get the five bonus points. I'm glad we were able to accomplish that today.
"We were really looking for a top-10 performance today. I visited the Yellow Customer Service Centers this week, and we had a salute to all the great people at the centers on the car. They told me that with a top-10 finish by the Yellow race team, they get an extra day of wearing casual clothes during the week. They were all so supportive, and I wanted to earn a day of casual clothes for them. As long as they keep in mind there's still five more races, I think everything will be fine."
The Busch Series will compete next at Memphis Motorsports Park on Saturday, October 18th in the Sam's Town 250 benefiting St. Jude . Driver David Stremme will be behind the wheel of the Team Yellow Dodge. The race will be aired live on TNT and broadcast live on MRN at 3:00 E.D.T.