Broken rear gear puts ...
Broken rear gear puts #00 out but still remains 4th in points
After qualifing 5th the #00 Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevy was running good until lap 25 when the rear gear (differential) broke and put us down 80 laps, we were able to get back out but continued to have problems and retired from the race.
The crew did a great job getting the car toward the top during qualifying, we didn't come off the trailer very fast and continued to work on the car untill it was fast.
The car felt the best it had during qualifying, but we got the draw for the first run and the track was pretty dusty and green, once more rubber got laid down some of the other times started to drop, so we were pretty happy with the 5th place starting position we earned.
During the race we were planning to stay out of trouble and go for the charge during the second half of the race after the half way break, we however never got the oppourtunity when a rear gear broke and brought us in the pits for major repairs, it seemed like it took forever to get the job done due to two different red flags to clean up the track after other incidents on the raceway,(during a red flag the crew may not touch the race cars).
The guys worked real hard to get us back on the race track which we did at the break. We continued to have trouble on the track, and decided to at least bring a clean car home to Colorado to prepare for the next race in two weeks at Phoenix.
Despite the misfortune we retained fourth in the standings with 1,441 points.
Next race is at Phoenix International Raceway, Oct. 5th