Strong Car Cannot Change Stremme's Luck in Nashville Lebanon, TN (April 11, 2004) -- David Stremme qualified in the fourteenth position for Saturday's Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. Stremme's X32 TRIMSPA Dodge had posted the...
Strong Car Cannot Change Stremme's Luck in Nashville
Lebanon, TN (April 11, 2004) -- David Stremme qualified in the fourteenth position for Saturday's Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. Stremme's X32 TRIMSPA Dodge had posted the fourth fastest time in the final practice on Friday and Team TRIMSPA appeared poised for a top finish.
From the drop of the green Stremme's Dodge was one of the fastest cars in the field. Stremme had worked his way up eight positions into the sixth spot by lap 42 when he radioed to his crew that he had a tire going down. The resulting unscheduled stop dropped Stremme to the 29th position, two laps down to the leaders. Stremme began to climb back through the field as other competitors entered the pits with flats. Team TRIMSPA's tire woes were not over however, as Stremme spun due to a flat tire on lap 83.
Stremme's crew jumped into action to repair minor front-end damage under the resulting caution. However it was evident when leaving the pits that the X32 TRIMSPA Dodge had lost first gear in the spin, causing the car to stall. Back on track Stremme restarted in the 31st position and proceeded to pass every car on his lap, moving the X32 TRIMSPA Dodge up into the 23rd position. By lap 190 he was the fastest car on the track. However, lady luck was finished with Stremme as his car started to overheat due to bent duct work in the front end. After several stops to cool the X32 TRIMSPA Dodge, the engine finally expired at lap 214.
"What a day for the TRIMSPA Dodge," explained Stremme. "We had two flat tires, a broken tranny, and a blown engine. But there is no reason to hang our heads. The car was incredibly fast. We just had the worst luck I have ever experienced. Obviously the entire field fought tire issues today."
Stremme finished the day in the 32nd position dropping him two positions to 14th in the Busch Series points. Stremme and the X32 TRIMSPA Dodge will look to bounce back when they visit Talladega Motor Speedway for the Aaron's 312 in two weeks. The race will be televised live, April 24, at 2:00 p.m. eastern time on FOX, broadcast nationally on radio stations affiliated with Motor Racing Network and XM Satellite Radio Channel 144.