All Things Considered Wyatt Motorsports is Pleased with BES Debut Greenville, SC- Some would say; that with a car that needs a new rear clip and the whole body replaced the weekend was a disaster. Wyatt Motorsports is not dwelling on the ...
All Things Considered Wyatt Motorsports is Pleased with BES Debut
Greenville, SC- Some would say; that with a car that needs a new rear clip and the whole body replaced the weekend was a disaster. Wyatt Motorsports is not dwelling on the outcome, but is looking at the overall performance of the team in a new series at a new track.
Friday morning's inspection brought unforeseen problems; even though we purchased a car that ran last year. NASCAR updated some rules over the off season and there were some changes that had to be mad to get through inspection.
After numerous meetings Saturday morning, practice started and Casey hit the track. It didn't take long for him to realize that the car was off and needed changes. Crew chief Sammy Gaita and his brother Joe Gaita (former Craftsman Truck driver) used the information that Casey relayed to them to get the team to and impressive 10th overall, on the speed chart following practice.
After a short debriefing, Casey and the crew went to work to set the car up for qualifying and the race. Casey was 3rd to qualify and ran a time of 21.249. As the track cooled off the times picked up and Casey ended up 23rd out of the 38 cars that attempted to qualify. Casey stated that he had overdriven the car and felt that he left a little on the table. With no points from last year or a provisional option, car owner Wayne Wyatt quoted " I felt like the Cup teams that aren't in the top 35;" knowing that only the top 26 from qualifying would start the race.
As the race started the car wasn't perfect, but Wyatt tried different grooves finding where the car felt the best. Wyatt came across the radio letting his team know that the car was the best in the high groove. That worked out, because everyone was trying to stay on the bottom and Wyatt had a clear lane to pass. By the half way point, Casey had worked his way into the top 15.
During the restart on lap 114, a wreck happened in front of Wyatt. Casey was trying to avoid the cars that were spinning in all directions, when he was hit in the door and driven into the inside retaining wall and the car that was sitting there. No sooner than he stopped, a car hit him from behind sending him into the air and on top of that car. Wyatt's night was over, and the car had major damage.
After the wreck Wyatt said that he had it missed, until getting hit in the door. "The car was running ok. I had just made an adjustment to the brakes right before the caution and the car picked up. I felt we had a top 10 car if we hadn't got caught up in the wreck."
Wayne Wyatt said "overall it was a good weekend. We are a new team with an all volunteer crew. Guy's that had never worked on a race team did what they were assigned to do and it worked great. The finish doesn't show the run we had going nor Casey's ability to come to a track he had never seen before, in a car he had only gotten about 30-40 laps in and run as good as he did. We learned a lot, and will be more prepared next race. The team is preparing to go to Iowa next. We would like to go to all of the races, but without a primary sponsor we just can't afford to do so."