ROCKINGHAM, NC (November 2, 2002) -- Ashton Lewis, Jr. piloted the No. 46 Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet to a 25th place finish in today's Sam's Club 200 at North Carolina Speedway. The CAP racing team struggled all weekend to find the right setup...
ROCKINGHAM, NC (November 2, 2002) -- Ashton Lewis, Jr. piloted the No. 46 Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet to a 25th place finish in today's Sam's Club 200 at North Carolina Speedway.
The CAP racing team struggled all weekend to find the right setup for Lewis to take on "The Rock". In Thursday's first practice session, the team tried several different setups in both race and qualifying trim in order to learn how the car would respond. Qualifying was extremely competitive and Lewis started in the 31st position. He posted a time of 24.396 (150.074 mph) which was only 5 tenths of a second slower than the pole position.
The Sam's Club 200 was a fairly uneventful race. The first caution came out on lap 14 when the No. 91 hit the backstretch wall. The first round of pit stops took place under green flag conditions. Lewis brought his car down pit road on lap 92, where the crew put on four tires, filled it with fuel, and made an air pressure adjustment. When Lewis left pit road, he gave his crew the bad news that the clutch had gone out in his car. This meant that the crew would have to push the car to help it get moving on all future pit stops, but it would not effect the on track performance.
The second caution came out on lap 111 for debris on the track. Lewis pitted on lap 112 where the crew put on four new tires, filled the car with fuel, and made a track bar adjustment. The third caution came out on lap 175 when the No. 0 hit the turn four wall. Lewis came in on lap 176 for his final pit stop of the day. The crew put on four tires, topped off the fuel, and made a wedge adjustment.
A quick caution came out on lap 185 for debris. The fifth caution flag came out a few laps later on lap 191, when the No. 43 and No. 12 got together in turn two. The red flag was put out for seven minutes and 32 seconds so the track could be cleared, and the race could be finished under green flag conditions. This was not to be, because on lap 196 the race leaders (No. 21 of Jeff Green and No. 99 of Michael Waltrip) got together, and the race finished one lap later with the checkered and yellow flags shown simultaneously.
The next race on the schedule is the Bashas' 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Qualifying will take place on Thursday, November 7 at 3:00 pm ET. The race will be aired live on Saturday, November 9 starting at 1:30 ET on both NBC and MRN.