Stremme Battles Back to Finish Ninth at Kentucky Sparta, KY (June 19, 2004) - TRIMSPA driver David Stremme celebrated his 27th birthday in style Saturday by posting a ninth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway. Stremme started the Meijer 300 from...
Stremme Battles Back to Finish Ninth at Kentucky
Sparta, KY (June 19, 2004) - TRIMSPA driver David Stremme celebrated his 27th birthday in style Saturday by posting a ninth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway. Stremme started the Meijer 300 from the 13th position and immediately climbed into the ninth spot by lap two. By the first pit stop, on lap 63 under caution, Stremme was up to seventh place. However, a penalty for a loose lug nut forced Stremme to bring the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge in for a second stop the following lap. Stremme then restarted in the 22nd position.
"The TRIMSPA Dodge was tight in traffic for most of the race, but strong on the long runs," said Stremme. "We had our work cut out for us to get back up front after the penalty. But everyone pulled together and stayed on top of their game. The result was we left with a top 10 and our race car in one piece. A good day."
Stremme skillfully climbed back through the field and into the fifth position by lap 184. With less than ten cars left on the lead lap, the TRIMSPA Team elected to put on two tires to gain valuable track position for the final 15-lap shootout. Stremme restarted fourth but in the closing laps it was obvious that the left-side tires on the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge were severely worn, as the car had picked up a bad push in the turns. Stremme held on to finish in ninth position.
"Taking two tires was a gamble that ended up hurting us in the end," said Stremme. "We were in a position to go for the win. It was the right call at the time. I am just proud of the TRIMSPA Team for working really hard and bringing home a good finish."
Team TRIMSPA will hit the track this Saturday for the Alan Kulwicki 250 Busch Series race at the Milwaukee Mile. The event will be televised live Saturday, June 26th at 9:00 p.m. eastern time on FX and will broadcast nationally at that same time on radio stations affiliated with Motor Racing Network (MRN) and XM Satellite Radio Channel 144.