James Pritchard Jr. Brings New Car Home 21st At New Hampshire Loudon, N.H. (Sept. 13, 2008) - Following an accident in his most recent NASCAR Camping World Series race, James Pritchard Motorsports had to scrap the No. 41 Mannings USA Dodge it...
James Pritchard Jr. Brings New Car Home 21st At New Hampshire
Loudon, N.H. (Sept. 13, 2008) - Following an accident in his most recent NASCAR Camping World Series race, James Pritchard Motorsports had to scrap the No. 41 Mannings USA Dodge it had been racing all season and start over with a new car. In less than a month, the team had a new car built and ready to race. At New Hampshire Motor Speedway, site of Saturday's Heluva Good Fall 125, James Pritchard Jr. took that new car to a 21st place finish.
"We had a little less than a month to get this car together," the Wharton, N.J. driver said. "We started basically from scratch with a bare chassis. We got a body on it, got it painted, put an engine in it, and spent a lot of very long nights getting everything together. We spent a couple days straight with no sleep, but we're here and we're ready."
New car blues cost the team some practice time but Pritchard did get to turn enough laps to know what he wanted for qualifying. Those adjustments were too much, though, and he had to start the race from the 36th starting position.
"We needed most of practice to get the car dialed in and deal with some little things that we had to figure out," he said. "We over-adjusted on the car and that held us back in qualifying. I tried compensating for it by driving in a little deeper and that didn't work so well, but we'll be good. Everybody got in the show so qualifying didn't mean much, and now we have 125 laps to race."
The one-word description of the Mannings USA Dodge during the race was "tight". Pritchard found the car to be tough to drive in the early part of the race. Pit stops for adjustments came early in the race, and later in the running a fresh pair of right-side tires were fitted. Most importantly, though, Pritchard ran the entire race without incident, winding up 21st in the final rundown.
"It was a brand new car and we were working out some of the bugs," he said. "We had some tire size issues that made the car real tight and we had to make some changes. We came in and put a couple tires on it but the car was still too tight. Everyone was beating me off the corners, and I had to really use the brakes to get in.
"We ran all the laps, though, and the car's in good shape," Pritchard continued, "so we'll take what we learned here and go on to Dover."
Dover International Speedway hosts the next Camping World East Series race on Friday, September 19th after NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying is completed on the one-mile concrete track. For more information, visit www.jpm41.com.