“We got racing side-by-side (with the car of Stephen Nasse). I was on the outside, and we must have raced like that for five or six laps. The guy just went into the corner too hard, and he lost it all by himself. When he spun, he hit us and it did something to our rear end. I'm not sure what – something with the trailing arm or the panhard bar – but that's probably what happened when the car went away from us for a while.”
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE RACE DIRECTOR'S CALL TO HAVE YOU RESTART IN THE REAR JUST BEFORE HALFWAY?
“They put us to the back on the restart. They said we were involved in the caution. I didn't quite agree with the call, but we had to go to the back of the pack, anyway. On the next two cautions after that, we came in and tried to fix it. We never quite did, but it did get better.”
HOW MUCH BETTER WAS THE CAR?
“I thought we might have had a Top-5 car at one point, but tire strategy played into it. We kind of burned our tires coming through the field after that restart in the back. Overall, the guys worked hard all weekend and especially trying to work on the car (during the race). Pit stops were great, we gained a couple of spots on pit road, and we're definitely making progress as a team.
“The day very well could have gone downhill after that contact. We almost went a lap down at one point. Before all of the adjustments we made, we were probably five laps from going down a lap. It goes to show, you can never give up.”
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