Promising Run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Turned Sour for No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Team Las Vegas, Nev. (March 1, 2010) -- On the top of their game for the first half of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,...
Promising Run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Turned Sour for No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Team
Las Vegas, Nev. (March 1, 2010) -- On the top of their game for the first half of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Michael Annett and Germain Racing's No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team had an unfortunate turn of events and were forced to end the race early.
"We had a really good car today and continued to demonstrate that our No. 15 Toyota Camry can compete in the top-10. Michael did a heck of a job driving it and the guys did an excellent job on pit road," said crew chief Ryan Fugle, "We passed a lot of cars and gained valuable track position throughout the first half of the race. At times we were the fastest car on the track and a good finish was definitely in the making. It's disappointing that our day had to come to an early end."
Annett started the 200 lap race 23rd and quickly raced his way into the top-10 by lap 36. With a long green flag run, he raced his way up to seventh by lap 56.
The start to the team's bad luck began when the car had a problem with the ignition box just before the halfway mark. Continuing on with more trouble, drive train issues plagued the team and moved the car to the garage to diagnose and repair the problem. Without success, the Germain Racing team was done for the day. The No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry was out of the race when the motor blew ending the day for the hard working Germain Racing team.
A disappointed Annett commented, "We unloaded really well and were working towards a solid finish this weekend. We definitely had a top-five car. We thought our worst enemy would be the forecasted rainy weather, but it turned out that we were faced with mechanical issues. With two weeks off before our next race, we'll regroup and get geared up for short track racing at Bristol."
The No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry will have two weekends free of competition before the NASCAR Nationwide Series' next appearance at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 20.
-source: germain racing