Pittman heats up Southern National Speedway. KENLY, NC (July 27, 2002) -- Arlene Pittman took the wheel of the ...
Pittman heats up Southern National Speedway.
KENLY, NC (July 27, 2002) -- Arlene Pittman took the wheel of the #99 Pontiac while her ride "Pink Fire" was in the shop getting a facelift after a tough crash at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway. She took the green at Southern National Speedway in the Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring event on Saturday.
" 'Pink Fire' is getting a new look that we will roll out for our next televised race at South Boston. She took a pretty bad hit in Greenville and we wanted her to be looking her best for next week," said Pittman. Pittman's teammate and car owner Gary Moore, of Horseshoe NC, offered her use of his #99 car while "Pink Fire" was in the shop.
Before the start of the race on Saturday, Pittman noted that her car was pushing water. The team made several adjustments before her qualifying attempt. "The tires got wet and we were slipping and sliding, things got a little interesting," said Pittman.
On lap 22, Pittman was advised by NASCAR officials that she was indeed pushing water. Pittman entered pit road on lap 28 with steam pouring from the overflow.
A valiant effort was made by the team, but 33 laps was all that Pittman could complete until overheating issues forced her from the track early.
Pittman looks forward to next weekend when her media magnet, the hot pink "Pink Fire," will show off a new look when they take the green at South Boston Speedway on Saturday, August 3, 2002. She remains 15th in points in a field of some 65 drivers.