Late Race Surge Gives Stremme, Team TRIMSPA Top 10 in Richmond Richmond, VA (September 11, 2004) -- David Stremme started the Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) from the 19th position after a spin in practice led to a more...
Late Race Surge Gives Stremme, Team TRIMSPA Top 10 in Richmond
Richmond, VA (September 11, 2004) -- David Stremme started the Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) from the 19th position after a spin in practice led to a more conservative qualifying lap for the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge. From the drop of the green, Stremme fought a loose on entry handling condition, dropping him to the 21st position by his first pit stop on lap 41.
"We struggled with the handling early on," said Stremme, who posted his best finish in four starts at RIR. "Track position was really the key in today's race. It was difficult to pass when you were in traffic, no matter how your car was handling."
On the second set of tires, the handling of the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge was still not up to par as Stremme fell further back to 25th by his next pit stop, under caution on lap 110. During the second stop, Team TRIMSPA pulled a rubber out of the left rear spring of the X32 Dodge, drastically altering its handling. In the next green flag run Stremme began a charge to the front, moving into 16th position by the time a caution came out on lap 134.
"The TRIMSPA crew gave me great stops all day long," said Stremme. "Richmond is a tough track, but we stuck with it and came home with another top 10. I just wish we had 20 more laps because I think we would have had something for the leaders."
After the final pit stop of the day on lap 152 for four tires and a small wedge adjustment, Stremme was back on track climbing to the front. Stremme brought the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge home in 8th position at the end of the day. The top-10 finish was Stremme's 11th of the season, raising him two positions to 14th in NASCAR Busch series driver points.
Stremme and Team TRIMSPA will be back on track in two weeks to compete in the Stacker 200 at Dover International Speedway Saturday, September 25. The event will be televised live at 1 p.m. eastern time on TNT and will broadcast nationally at that same time on radio stations affiliated with Motor Racing Network (MRN) and XM Satellite Radio Channel 144.