"Fight for Four".......................me
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Smoke14TS wrote:That was a dang shame. Was listening on the radio - per usual - and early on the car wouldn't cut through the center of the turn. After the adjustments they made on the first pit stop, Tony had just said that now they had both ends of the car unhooked out of the race track. They broke the first valve spring, he spent several laps trying to diagnose it (watching the gauges, etc).
When they came out of the garage, they ran for a while before they broke another one, Tony said it sounded like something bigger that time than the first one. They went back out hoping to gain a spot but before they could catch Kurt Busch, it finally had pretty much given up. Tony held the radio open so they could hear it, and he goes "That's wide open, right there." Sounded like it was less than two-thirds throttle. They came in to check to see if a plug wire might've been left off from where they cut the fuel to the cylinders with the broken valve springs, but when the crew signaled to Steve that they were all on, he told Tony to just shut it off and them to push him to the garage.
It was an interesting day, as disheartening as it was, to hear the battle plan and what have you and everyone's role in getting everything done. Was a losing battle but they never gave up until the thing wouldn't make NASCAR's minimum speed.
I just hope Hendrick gets all their stuff together with these valve springs before Atlanta, because I'll be there and dammit I'm ready to see Tony win in person.
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