Re: They shouldn't have lost anymore than a lap
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Posted by Buckeye3 on April 14, 2013 at 07:38:27:
In Reply to: They shouldn't have lost anymore than a lap posted by SundayMoney on April 14, 2013 at 07:01:44:
#NASCAR ... What Dale Jr said after the Texas race:
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET SS - FINISHED 29TH
WAS THAT JUST A PERFECT STORM OF THINGS GOING WRONG THERE FOR A COUPLE OF LAPS FOR YOU GUYS?&232; "We just had a battery go dead and didn't diagnosis it correctly to just switch it. We have two batteries in there we have a switch in the driverís seat that goes from one to two. I didn't know it was a battery until we got down on pit road and I got to looking at the gauges and really understanding. At that point we had lost a couple of laps. I couldn't control my speed on pit road because the motor was not running coming on. So we sped there and we came down pit road to serve the penalty but Steve (Letarte, crew chief) wanted to get tires. You can't get tires serving a penalty so we had to come back and then serve the penalty."
"It's just I don't know what else we could have done different aside from me understanding better what was going on with the car and diagnosing it on the race track and switching to the second battery and not losing any laps. That was just my mistake. You know things break on these cars; you don't know right away what it is and it's just real easy to have hindsight and say 'man you know that was pretty simple'. When the motor quits running you don't really know why. You just have to diagnosis it. It took us more than a few seconds. I couldn't coast past pit road if it was something I couldn't fix in the car we were going to be stalled on the track and lose a ton of laps that way anyways."
FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT DID EVERYTHING JUST GO OUT? &232;
"Yeah, all the gauges went bad. All the gauges just went haywire and so I couldn't read the gauges to really diagnosis what was happening, but once you start to think about it you are like, 'well if all the gauges are going bad we have electrical issues'. Then you go right to the battery. The thing quit running going into (Turn) three and I couldn't stay on the track if it wasn't the battery we would have stopped on the track and lost all those laps. I came down pit road, sped, no motor, no tach (tachometer); figured out by the time I got to the pit stall it was the battery. We changed the switch over to battery two, get fired up, take off, come down pit road change tires, came down pit road serve the penalty and that was the night."
HOW HAVE YOU DEALT WITH THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS?
"It has been rough, but we had a really good car tonight. If we were running bad and having these kinds of nights we would have a hard time making that Chase, but running good eventually things will turn back around for us. We will get going. We have a lot of confidence. We've got a lot of positive attitude and feel like we will have no problem rebounding."
Betcha Chad would have known in an instant what was happening and would have been directing JJ all the way without losing a lap. Actually, I seem to remember the 48 did have an instance like this a while back but I don't remember the details. Oh well, try again next week.