Greenville-Pickens: Arlene Pittman race notes

Pittman's hopes not dashed by crash. GREENVILLE, SC (July 13, 2002) This Saturday, Arlene Pittman and her crew were a true example of what makes a true race team. With one-half hour remaining in the practice session for the Goody's...

Pittman's hopes not dashed by crash.

GREENVILLE, SC (July 13, 2002) This Saturday, Arlene Pittman and her crew were a true example of what makes a true race team.

With one-half hour remaining in the practice session for the Goody's Dash Series NASCAR Touring event at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway an avoidable crash took place between turns one and two. The 48 car driven by Richard Callihan took a spin in the track's blind spot and as Pittman rounded the curve they hit head on, pushing the Callihan ride up high into turn two. Both drivers walked away uninjured but their cars were both badly damaged. "They told us about the blind spots at the rookie meeting and I found out they weren't kidding about that," said Pittman.

Pittman's "Pink Fire" car got an ugly facelift and was leaking fluids as it was dragged from the track. But with the spirit and determination of a hard core racer, Pittman came over the wall, unzipped her suit pushed up her sleeves and began tearing apart the damaged exterior and making a shopping list of the parts they'd need to get "Pink Fire" back on the track. Drivers and crew from other teams swarmed the car and helped Pittman's crew tear down and scrounge for parts to breath new life into "Pink Fire".

Impending rain spurred officials to move the race to an earlier time. Pittman missed the qualifying session as her car was under repair, so she was put in a provisional 24th spot to start.

Pittman and the crew worked fast and furious to install a donated radiator and other parts and finished just in time to roll the ride to the track for driver introductions.

Pittman took the green but had some over heating issues that several pit stops could not fix. She left the race on lap 43 to save the motor. "We have a great team. We may not have taken the checker but we did ourselves proud. We pulled together and got that car back on the track and won some points," said Pittman.

Pittman has her sights set on Kenly, NC where she will take the green at Southern National Speedway on July 27th. She remains 15th in points in a field of 60 drivers.

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