FLAT TIRE HALTS LAMAR'S CHARGE AT RICHMOND, FINISHES 28TH RICHMOND, Va. (May 4, 2009) -- Burney Lamar returned to the wheel of the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota at Richmond International Raceway for this weekend's Lipton Tea 250. Contact with...
FLAT TIRE HALTS LAMAR'S CHARGE AT RICHMOND, FINISHES 28TH
RICHMOND, Va. (May 4, 2009) -- Burney Lamar returned to the wheel of the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota at Richmond International Raceway for this weekend's Lipton Tea 250. Contact with the outside wall resulted in a flat tire, requiring a green-flag pit stop. Lamar finished the day in the 28th position.
Under the lights of the 0.75-mile Richmond track, Lamar took the green flag in the 24th position. He quickly charged into the top-20 by lap five. Two early caution flags for on-track incidents slowed the forward progress of the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota. Following the second caution, the field was able to log a long green-flag run. This gave Lamar the opportunity to read the car's handling and report to his team that the Camry was "tight all the way through."
On lap 63, the Dollar General Toyota slid through a corner of the short track and Lamar came on the radio to tell the team that he was "out of brakes!"
Only three laps later, the caution flag was thrown for debris in turn four. When Lamar reported that the brakes were definitely gone, crew chief, Trent Owens, replied to his driver "10-4. Pump the brakes and let them cool down under caution here. Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do for you."
The Dollar General Toyota came to pit road for service on lap 69. The crew quickly put on four fresh tires, added fuel and made track bar and air pressure adjustments to correct the car's tight condition. Lamar restarted the race in the 19th spot.
The next caution came on lap 92 and the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota was awarded the Lucky Dog Award and was returned to the lead lap of the race. Lamar reported that the car's handling was definitely better, but still remained a little tight. Owens informed his driver that, despite the brake issues, he was "running lap times faster than the leaders."
Lamar returned to pit road on lap 97 where the Dollar General crew put on four scuffed tires, packed the Camry with fuel and made additional air pressure adjustments. The No. 32 car remained in the 19th position.
On lap 106, Lamar quickly dodged the spinning cars that brought out the fifth caution of the night. The team opted to remain on the track. Throughout the next run, Lamar charged up to 15th. When the caution came out on lap 130 for another accident, The Dollar General Toyota was in the 17th position. This time, Lamar reported that the car was tight in the center and just a little loose coming out of the turns. He came to pit road for four sticker tires, fuel and air pressure and track bar adjustments.
Under the next green-flag run, spotter, Chris Lambert and Owens coached Lamar on taking care of his brakes. Lamar soon found himself up to the rear bumper of Braun Racing teammate Brian Scott, in the No. 10 Toyota. Lamar and Scott charged their way into the top-15. While running in the 13th position, Lamar made contact with the outside wall. The contact was enough to cause damage to the right-side tires, causing the right front to lose air. On lap 178, Lamar came down pit road while under the green flag so that the Dollar General crew could assess and repair the damaged fender and change tires. It was a costly green-flag stop as the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota lost four laps to the leaders while on pit road.
When the caution came out again on lap 221, Lamar returned to pit road running in the 30th position. With no tires remaining, the Dollar General crew packed the Toyota with fuel and made a track bar adjustment to counter the "wicked loose" condition that Lamar reported to the team.
As the final laps were completed and late-race attrition occurred, Lamar gained a couple of positions and finished the evening in the 28th spot.
"Trent and the Dollar General team gave me a great car tonight," said Lamar. "It was worthy of a much better finish that 28th. I want to thank them for all their hard work. Once we got hooked up with Scott in the 10 car, we had the momentum we needed to push into the top-10. I can't wait to be back in the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota in Nashville and get back to business."
Brian Vickers returns to drive the No. 32 Dollar General Camry for the next three Nationwide Series events.
Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Darlington Raceway for the Diamond Hill Plywood 250.