Crew Chief Report – Charlotte
We had a challenging weekend for Biagi DenBeste Racing. Getting back on track from Kansas we started off first practice a little too tight. The guys worked hard first practice to get the car a lot closer towards the end of that session. Second practice we ended the session tight but believed the car would be good for night race conditions.
We made some small adjustments during the first round of practice finishing the session 21st. In the final session of practice the car was better but still on the tight side but improved. We ended the session 17th.
The first round of qualifying we were still tight and made 3 attempts to transfer us to round 2. We were on the cut point standing at 24th and were on pit road with seconds remaining in the round while others made final runs to break into the final spot allowing them to advance. We never needed to make another run, finishing 24th and transferring into the second round. We made an air adjustment and set out for round two. With the car still on the tight side we were able to qualify 17th. That would be our starting position for the race.
The first run of the race we were caught up in a wreck on the first lap. With the nose pushed inward we pitted to assess the damage and make repairs and pitted again to make final repairs and top off fuel. Starting in the rear of the field we worked our way 22nd when a caution came out. The car was snug. We pitted again to make a track bar adjustment and work on the damage from the lap 1 accident. We started in the rear of the field again. We worked hard loosening the car up all night long. By lap 61 we were running 11th. Fighting tight conditions all night we fell a lap down to the leaders but managed to get back to on the lead lap late in the race. Unfortunately we ended our night involved in a wreck that retired the car on lap 174 while running 16th. It was great effort by everyone overcoming the adversity of the first lap accident and fighting back all night.
On to Texas and until then, we will just keep digging.