James Pritchard, Jr. Still Chasing The Handle Of The Mannings USA Chevrolet Stafford Springs, Conn. (June 8, 2007) - James Pritchard, Jr. raced his second NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series race in Friday's TSI Harley-Davidson 150...
James Pritchard, Jr. Still Chasing The Handle Of The Mannings USA Chevrolet
Stafford Springs, Conn. (June 8, 2007) - James Pritchard, Jr. raced his second NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series race in Friday's TSI Harley-Davidson 150 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway, but he suffered a similar fate as he did in his first, just one week previous at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. The handling of his No. 41 Mannings USA Chevrolet was tight, so he could not drive it at full speed. After many attempts to fix it, a broken axle finally put an end to the night after 71 laps were completed.
The Wharton, New Jersey driver was making progress throughout the two afternoon practice sessions, and things were looking up for qualifying, which kicked off the evening.
"In practice we started out and we were decent," Pritchard explained. "Each time we made changes the car got faster and everything was looking good, I thought I'd have a good car for the race. We went out for qualifying and it was like someone flipped a light switch, and the car felt like it had some major suspension problems up front."
Since the event was an impound race, the James Pritchard Motorsports team wasn't allowed to work on the car after qualifying to try and diagnose the problem. At the start of the race, the problem was still evident so after just a handful of laps, Pritchard was on pit road and the crew swarmed over the front end of the car to see if anything was binding. After checking everything out, he returned to the race. He put in laps until a broken axle took him by surprise and ended his night.
"We put a couple of band-aids on the car hoping to fix the chassis, and it helped to the point where I could drive the car, although it was pretty tight," he said. "But out of nowhere, the rear end blew right in the middle of a corner. I thought I was headed for the fence. Something happened to the right rear and suddenly I was headed to the wall; luckily I saved it.
"We started out pretty good but it turned into a long day," Pritchard continued.