Urban stops, then can't stop, in home state. COEBURN, VA (April 27, 2003) -- For the first time since last June, Forrest Urban, Jr. competed in a USAR Hooters ProCup Series race in his home state of Virginia. After starting the Food City 250 at...
Urban stops, then can't stop, in home state.
COEBURN, VA (April 27, 2003) -- For the first time since last June, Forrest Urban, Jr. competed in a USAR Hooters ProCup Series race in his home state of Virginia. After starting the Food City 250 at Lonesome Pine International Raceway in the 11th position, Urban moved into the top five and was vying for fourth spot when the brakes began going away on the Insurance Doctor Chevrolet. He was able to nurse the car to a 7th place finish.
Practice began with the No. 46 Chevrolet having a tight-in-the-center problem that was cured by adjusting the stagger on the car. A sway bar adjustment a little bit later in practice put the car in its race-ready condition. Following two showers on the 3/8 mile oval, Urban went out to qualify fifth, and held the pole position for about 10 cars before he was knocked off and eventually relegated to the 11th starting spot.
"Practice went pretty good. We never put tires on, so we didn't know what to expect with qualifying," Urban said. "We actually ran faster on old tires than new tires. I knew we had a pretty good car for the race, so qualifying wasn't that much of a deal to us."
The 250-lap event started with sparks flying early in front of Urban. The cars of Glenn Gault and Charlie Ford tangled in turns three and four, causing Urban to have to take evasive action to avoid Ford's spinning automobile. Afterwards, Urban began working his way towards the top five, reaching sixth before the brakes began going soft on his Chevrolet for the first time in the evening, about 75 laps into the event.
"The car was running real good and we were moving on up through the pack," Urban remarked about the beginning of the race. "About lap 75, the pedal was about two laps from going to the floor. I dialed as much rear brake into it as I could. We sacrificed a few positions to keep them cool but we had brakes for most of the rest of the night. I couldn't use them really hard, but at least we still had them under the car to finish the race."
The crew pitted the car just after halfway with a number of the other leaders, putting on four tires and taking one can of fuel. Urban again began working his way to the front, chasing down cars that had put on tires a caution before as well as cars that pitted with him. While working on the No. 68 automobile of Kertus Davis for the fourth spot, Urban once again radioed that he "lost the brakes again."
"The car handled really good all night. If we didn't have brake problems, I think we'd have had a top three car really easy," the 1999 South Boston Speedway Late Model Champion said. "I wasn't using the brakes as hard as we did at the beginning and I was using all back brake. I was catching guys, so we had to take the chance [of losing them altogether]. After 20 or 30 laps, the pedal was going to floor and the only way I could stop was to pump them going down the straightaway."
Even with the brake problems, Urban babied the car to a 7th place finish, the last car on the lead lap. Coming off of two consecutive top-10 finishes, Urban is psyched about going to Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Ohio this coming weekend.
"We're pleased with the way the year's started," said the driver of the No. 46 Insurance Doctor Chevy. "We stayed out off trouble and got two decent finishes. We're looking forward to going to a new track again. Hopefully most of the others haven't seen it either and most everyone will be on a level playing field."
The Food City 250 from Coeburn this past weekend will be broadcast, tape delayed, this Thursday on Speed Channel at 7pm ET.