First Career Top-10 Moves Foyt To 10TH In Busch Series Points A change of engines just 90 minutes before the green flag was not the way Larry Foyt wanted to start his weekend in Rockingham. However, his run through the field from 42nd to the ...
First Career Top-10 Moves Foyt To 10TH In Busch Series Points
A change of engines just 90 minutes before the green flag was not the way Larry Foyt wanted to start his weekend in Rockingham. However, his run through the field from 42nd to the first top-10 of his NASCAR career was the perfect ending to a birthday weekend for Foyt (25th), who also broke into the top-10 in the Busch Series points race.
Harrah's Racing crew chief Jon Wolfe discovered a problem in the front drive system of the primary engine in Foyt's Chevrolet, just 90 minutes before the start of the race. Wolfe's crew launched into crisis mode, installing the back-up motor in 58 minutes, then running the car through NASCAR inspection on their way to a starting spot in the rear of the field.
Crew Chief Jon Wolfe made the call of the day just 57 laps into the race. With the leaders coming up on the bumper of the Harrah's Chevrolet, Wolfe short-pitted with full confidence that Foyt would be able to run to the front on new tires and return to the lead lap during the expected green flag stops just after the 90-lap mark. Wolfe made the call and Foyt drove to the front, advancing a whopping 21 positions during the green flag pit stops and staying there when Andy Kirby spun on the backstretch to bring out the caution.
For Larry Foyt, the 2002 Busch Series season marks just his third year of stock car competition, and his first as a non-rookie. Last season, Foyt finished 22nd in driver points in the 2001 Busch Series championship race after coming to NASCAR following his rookie season in ASA (American Speed Association) in 2000.
Foyt's charge to a career best 10th place finish took place over the last 30 laps of the Busch Series event, and featured door-to-door racing with some stiff competition. Foyt muscled under the No.2 of Johnny Sauter to start the run, slid by Kenny Wallace 16 laps later for 12th, caught Jamie McMurray in two circuits for 11th and dove under 2001 Busch Series champion Jeff Green in sight of the white flag for a memorable finish.
Larry Foyt "Now this is what I call a birthday present -- but it sure didn't start out that way. When you're walking to the driver / crew chief meeting and you see your crew chief running in the other direction with a couple of mechanics, that's not a good sign. I just can't say enough about the job the Harrah's Team did for me today -- swapping engines before the race and giving me a car that could run like that after starting from the rear of the field. I don't think we made a change all day, and the car just kept getting better on the long runs. John Wolfe made an awesome call to short pit early in the race. It was one of those situations where he knew we had a good car and he made an aggressive decision that really worked out for us."
Jon Wolfe "This Harrah's crew really came together for a great team performance today. To work through the engine trouble we experience this morning and come out with a top-10 finish says a lot about the potential of this team. Larry Foyt drove a remarkable race today and really showed how much he's matured as a driver in a very short amount of time."