Yellow Racing overcomes its own Michigan power outage for 17th top 15 finish this season BROOKLYN, MI (August 16, 2003) -- As 50 million people in the US and Canada, including many around Michigan International Speedway (MIS), recovered from the...
Yellow Racing overcomes its own Michigan power outage for 17th top 15 finish this season
BROOKLYN, MI (August 16, 2003) -- As 50 million people in the US and Canada, including many around Michigan International Speedway (MIS), recovered from the massive power outage over the weekend, Team Yellow Racing was searching for power as well. They weren't looking for electrical power though. They were searching for engine horsepower after a 31st place qualifying run.
Team Yellow focused on enhancing the No. 1 Dodge's power through various adjustments and benefited from some fast pit stops that improved track position. Driver Jamie McMurray spent much of Saturday's Cabela's 250 passing competitors in a charge toward the front, ultimately finishing in 14th place.
As the final laps of the race neared, Mother Nature showered the track with a brief rainstorm. With 15 laps remaining, Team Yellow did not need to make a pit stop for fuel, but some of the competitors in front of them did. Just when it appeared the track would be dry enough to re-start the race, a much larger rain storm soaked the speedway and NASCAR declared the race officially over.
Kevin Harvick won the race; Kasey Kahne was second and Bobby Hamilton, Jr. was third.
The day the lights went out in Michigan, Yellow Racing was already at MIS and unaware of the chaos reigning in many cities. The power failure that wreaked havoc on much of the nation affected many cities surrounding the speedway, but didn't hamper Team Yellow preparations.
"Even though we had our own power issues, the guys never gave up," driver Jamie McMurray said. "They kept working to find a solution that would give us a competitive car."
Car chief Jon Wolfe said, "This crew has more heart than any other crew in the garage. All of the members of Team Yellow will give everything they have in order to help the team improve. We had to work really hard for the 14th place finish today, and we all know we would have had a least a top-10 if the race had run all 125 laps. We went out there and did our best, and we are proud of what we accomplished this weekend."
The NASCAR Busch Series will race at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 250 on Friday night, August 22; Jamie McMurray will be behind the wheel. And in a true show of team spirit, the #1 Yellow car will hit the track with the names of nearly 200 Yellow driving professionals who competed in 2003 State Trucking Driving Championships. The 20 Yellow drivers who qualified for the national competition to be held this week in Columbus, OH will be featured with a salute to Yellow driving champions.
The race will air live on TNT and be broadcast on PRN beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Qualifying for the event will take place Thursday, August 21 at 3:15 p.m. EDT and will be aired on the Speed Channel.