Nazareth, PA. (May 20, 2001) -- David Donohue qualified 14th for Sunday's Nazareth 200 at Nazareth Speedway, but the opportunity to have a good finish was denied as Donohue drove his heavily damaged No. 25 Team Marines Chevrolet to a 27th place ...
Nazareth, PA. (May 20, 2001) -- David Donohue qualified 14th for Sunday's Nazareth 200 at Nazareth Speedway, but the opportunity to have a good finish was denied as Donohue drove his heavily damaged No. 25 Team Marines Chevrolet to a 27th place finish. It was Donohue and Team Marines best qualifying spot so far this year and were hoping for an equally satisfying finish, but for reasons unknown, the target of bad luck found it's way to Donohue once again.
"It was a good qualifying run for us. Unfortunately, early in the race, it looked like the No. 17 car tried to pass the No. 59 car while I was on the outside of the "dogleg" turn. It isn't a great move to make and needless to say, I got into Rich Bickle in the No. 59 and cut a tire," Donohue stated after the race.
After getting into Bickle, Donohue was ready to come into the pits. A car had just hit the wall and the crew radioed Donohue to stay on the track, anticipating a caution would come out. The yellow flag was never thrown and the tire shredded, leaving the Team Marines Chevrolet fighting it's way to the pit stall on the rim of the tire.
When the four-tire stop was complete, Donohue returned back on the track, five laps down. Other cars had either falling out of the race or had been many laps down. This left Donohue his own race to run as he tried gaining positions. Team Marines unfortunately would see the monkey that's been hanging on their backs much of the season.
"Now I know what Charles Lindberg felt like crossing the Atlantic." Lindberg was the first to make a Trans Atlantic flight. The only thing he could see out of was the side windows. Reason being, he needed to stock the plane with fuel, which meant blocking the front of the cockpit, hindering his vision. Donohue's experience was comparable during the race Sunday, beginning on lap 135 when the No. 54 car of Kelly Denton checked up and Donohue right on his bumper got into him, causing a great deal of damage to the No. 25 car. The front end was pushed in, causing the hood to buckle up, making Donohue's remaining laps challenging to drive.
The Malvern, PA. native didn't have far to travel when visiting Notre Dame High School on Friday. Once again, making an appearance, giving important messages for those attending Prom, Graduation and other socials events as the school year comes to a close. Hoping to make a positive impact on all, Donohue spoke in relations to these events on driver safety. Being from the area, many students have heard of David from his past racing career and we excited to get to meet him.
Team Marines will be at Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend for the CarQuest Auto Parts 300. Team Marines tested at the track a few weeks ago and feel they collected valuable information for Saturdays race. Donohue expects the car to be competitive car. Accompanying Team Marines in the pits this weekend will be the winner of FOX TVs "Boot Camp" and two of the shows Drill Instructors. The CarQuest Auto Parts 300 will air, Saturday, May 26th at 1:00 p.m.