Tuttle's Season Ends with a Mechanical Failure at Winchester. CLERMONT, Ind. (October 8, 2002) - Russ Tuttle and the No. 16 Team Conseco Chevy have experienced what some would call a roller coaster season in 2002. With highs that included a ...
Tuttle's Season Ends with a Mechanical Failure at Winchester.
CLERMONT, Ind. (October 8, 2002) - Russ Tuttle and the No. 16 Team Conseco Chevy have experienced what some would call a roller coaster season in 2002. With highs that included a career best second-place finish at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, and lows that involved a totaled racecar and a broken hand, Russ Tuttle has seen it all this year.
Tuttle was hoping that his roller coaster might climb another peak when he visited Winchester (Ind.) Speedway this past weekend. Unfortunately, despite a car that qualified a strong 12th on the starting grid, one bolt put an early end to Tuttle's season finale event.
On lap 40, as Tuttle was entering turn three of the half-mile, high-banked track, the bolt that holds the steering rack was sheared off making it impossible to turn the car. Tuttle limped the car back to pit road to crew chief Glen Allen Jr. and the team to assess the situation. Upon discovering the broken bolt, the team quickly went to work fixing the steering column.
At this point, most teams might have called it a day, Tuttle however was looking to gain points on 10th -place position holder Todd Kluever. After sitting out 80 laps, Tuttle returned to the track. In the end, a problem with the transmission slowed Tuttle's efforts to gain points on Kluever. Tuttle crossed the finish line 26th.
Russ Tuttle and Team Conseco finished the year 11th in the driver points. While Tuttle had hoped to break into the top 10 by the end of the year, he was happy with his team's performance.
"This has been a rough year for Team Conseco," stated Tuttle. "We have had some really strong finishes like at Salem and Minnesota, but we have also had our share of troubles. Despite the challenges we have faced this year, including my injuries and several destroyed cars, Glen Allen Jr. and the team have never given in. I love to race and I am just happy I was able to complete another season in the best short track series around."