BUSCH: Milwaukee: David Stremme race report

Stremme and Wolfe turn "smoldering" day into another top-five performance WEST ALLIS, Wisc. (June 29, 2003) -- David Stremme and the ...

Stremme and Wolfe turn "smoldering" day into another top-five performance

WEST ALLIS, Wisc. (June 29, 2003) -- David Stremme and the #1 Dodge finished the first half of the Busch Season with a strong third place finish. This is the team's fifth top-five finish this season, producing one of the best first half season performances in the team's history. It was a race full of obstacles for the team, but they never gave up and in the end they persevered.

In the first few laps of the race, driver David Stremme lost radio communication with the team. He could hear the team, but he was unable to talk with team members. Car chief Jon Wolfe had Stremme communicate with him through hand signals, but he was only able to get the most basic of information. It was difficult for the team to have to guess which changes would help Stremme work his way to the front of the field. By watching the car closely, the team was right on with the changes Stremme needed.

While the team was pulling together and working through its trials, Stremme was dealing with his own set of obstacles. Not only could he not communicate with the team about what the car needed, but the heat shield that helps protect the driver's foot from burning became so hot towards the end of the race that it was actually smoldering. Stremme had no way to let the team know that his right foot was literally burning. When the race finally ended and Stremme scrambled from the drivers seat, he ripped his heel cuff and shoe off and began pouring cold water onto his scalding foot. While there is no serious injury, it is amazing he was able to remain behind the wheel and drive while in so much pain.

Each team member worked through individual obstacles to pull off a much deserved third place finish. "The #1 Dodge team did such a great job today. I have never been to this track before, and only had 40 laps of practice yesterday. I could never have had a finish this strong without the support of this team," Stremme said.

The NASCAR Busch Series will be at Daytona International Speedway for the Winn Dixie 250 on Friday, July 4 with driver Jamie McMurray. The race will be aired live on TNT and broadcast live on MRN beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Qualifying for the event will take place Thursday, July 3 at 12:45 p.m. EDT and will be aired on Speedchannel.

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Drivers Jamie McMurray , David Stremme