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  • Nascarbuckeyes Nascarbuckeyes Nov 16, 2008 5:43 PM Flag

    Personal Favorite moments

    As I remember it, Jimmy Means got out of the car waving frantically at the corner workers and the race was delayed for a long period....long enough that they put a re-run of a diffeent race on. That could be a false memory but I don't think so. Also I remember before the race got started again they had the car on a flatbed truck taking it back covered w/a black tarp. I remember thinking "that is not a good sign"

    Well, anyway once they had a special on one of the pre-race shows and were showing those gas runners......doesn't look easy. Do they still have to do that? Seems like with all the technology something would be a little easier. When you're watching on TV, ya just don't think about the people behind the scene working their asses off! lol

    Nice to meet you!

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    • Yes, your memory is right-on - Means knew right away that J.D. was in trouble; I think whatever hit him, well he had an open face helmet so we can all conjecture on what Means saw...

      And the race was red-flagged for over an hour while they fixed the barrier so I believe they did show the prior year's race during the downtime; and they did show his car with the tarp on the flatbed. I only briefly saw the car back in the garage, and I don't have first hand knowledge of any specifics, and obviously it wasn't the sort of thing to bring up at the time. I really wish I did know exactly what happened, though.

      Hmmm...as for the gas runners story, as far as I know they still have them in Cup, Nationwide & Trucks (our races are short enough that 2 cans are plenty for the whole race so we don't have to go back for more). It really wasn't that big a deal. You'd just bring the empty can(s) to the pumps, they filled 'em back up and you brought them back to the pits. Of course you would have to relay how much they took so the fuel mileage guys could keep track of things. Currently we actually use a bathroom scale to weigh them before and after to do our calculations (speaking of technology in racing :-p ).

      The only thing I can think of is at the beginning of the race they sometimes would hold us by the pumps until just before the race started so a lot of them would run to get to their pit stall first, but really, you're not going to need gas in the first 10 laps (unless you've got other issues), so what's the big deal? Then again, with that attitude maybe that's why I'm working at the "Double A" level instead of the Majors :-D

 

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