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New Month, New Luck, For Stremme in California Ontario, CA (May 1, 2004) -- David Stremme is anxious to put the month of April behind Team TRIMSPA. Stremme entered the month ninth in Busch Series points, however after three uncharacteristic ...

New Month, New Luck, For Stremme in California

Ontario, CA (May 1, 2004) -- David Stremme is anxious to put the month of April behind Team TRIMSPA. Stremme entered the month ninth in Busch Series points, however after three uncharacteristic finishes of 27th or worse, Stremme now finds himself 17th in the points standings.

"We are putting the month of April behind us," said Stremme, driver of the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge. "Team TRIMSPA loaded a brand new Dodge on the hauler to leave for California on Monday. We just finished a test at Michigan International Speedway that will help us with our intermediate track program. We are turning the page here at Braun to get back to where we were at the beginning of the season."

Stremme started the 2004 season with a bang, with three top-10's, two top fives, and an outside pole in the first four races. Since then Stremme has experienced bad luck of almost every form in racing.

"There is no reason to keep harping on it," explains Stremme. "Most of our bad luck has been out of our control, but a portion of it we can control. That's what we have been working on the past few weeks. Our cars are still fast and we are learning."

Team TRIMSPA has resigned to hard work and focus to change their luck heading into May, after several other solutions failed. At the beginning of April Chassis 10, otherwise known as "Longhorn", was thought to be good luck due to its top finish at Las Vegas and Darlington. However, three flat tires, a blown engine, and a broken transmission later at Nashville Superspeedway and the luck appeared to have run out. Stremme did what he could to shake the gremlins by wearing brand new driving gloves and race suit for Talladega, but to no avail. At one point Team TRIMSPA believed that certain members of the "NBS 24/7" production crew, who only attended part of the schedule, actually brought good luck.

"I don't believe in good luck charms after this month," said Stremme. "Heck, when Jamie (McMurray) won the race for us at Rockingham they had peanuts (notorious for giving race teams bad luck) all over their hauler. I have complete faith in this TRIMSPA Team. If we stay focused and each do what we do best, then we will make our own luck."

Stremme and the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge will be back on track this weekend in the1-800-PIT-SHOP.COM 300 at California Speedway. The race will be televised live, May 1st, at 4:00 p.m. eastern time on FOX and will broadcast nationally at that same time on radio stations affiliated with Motor Racing Network (MRN) and XM Satellite Radio Channel 144.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers David Stremme