Bristol, TN (March 24, 2001) Michael Waltrip and the Aaron's "Dream Machine" team started 10th in the Cheez-It 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Waltrip was able to endure 250 laps at a track where he began with little or no power...
Bristol, TN (March 24, 2001) Michael Waltrip and the Aaron's "Dream Machine" team started 10th in the Cheez-It 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Waltrip was able to endure 250 laps at a track where he began with little or no power steering.
Waltrip complained early on in the race the "Dream Machine's" steering was very difficult. Without power steering on the high-banked half-mile track, Waltrip had to muscle the car through the turns. Not able to keep pace with leaders, Waltrip began to fall back to as far as 25th by lap 50. During the first three cautions of the race, Waltrip's crew lifted the hood to see if there was any visible problems with the power steering box. The power steering fluid was full, so crew chief Bobby Kennedy began to narrow the possible solutions to Waltrip's problem.
Finally on lap 163, Waltrip pitted and the crew put on four new tires and replaced the power steering cap. The cap re-pressurized the power steering box and made the car easier to turn. Waltrip was 23rd at this point and, after missing several wrecks during the race, he began to work his way up through the field. With the power steering fixed, Waltrip was able to make adjustments to the car and drive his way back to a 10th place finish.
"It was tough at the start," said Waltrip. "After 50 laps or so, I was wore completely out. My crew kept lifting the hood and telling me everything was checking out okay. Finally, they decided to change the power steering cap and, after that, it was a completely different car. We did our best to stay out of trouble and, after the rough start, I'm pretty happy to finish 10th." Great work on behalf of the Aaron's "Dream Machine" Crew helped Waltrip secure his second top 10 of the season.
The next stop for the Aaron's "Dream Machine" is the lone star track of Texas Motor Speedway. Shawna Robinson will take the wheel of the No. 99
Aaron's "Dream Machine" for the first of three races. This will be Robinson's first Texas Motor Speedway appearance.