Sunoco 150

2008 CW East Race 12

Dover International Speedway
Dover, DE - 1 mile
Friday, September 19th

For the second time this season a faulty fuel pump ended any chance Eddie would post a solid finish in the NASCAR Camping World Series East Sunoco 150 at the Monster Mile. The Grimm Construction Chevy team was geared up for another good run after last week’s win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway but trouble came early on lap eleven resulting in a 20th place finish.

“This is so disappointing that another fuel pump problem put us so far behind all we could do was ride around trying to pick up as many points as possible. We really hate it for our sponsors and fans when we are not competitive. The car was not that great to begin with so we were just staying in position after the green flag hoping it would improve but the pump broke. We had the same thing happen in the Nashville race. It seems this failure is not uncommon with the spec engines,” said a very frustrated Eddie after the race.

“The crew did a great job changing it in the pits. They had it ready to go but on such a fast track, we lost a lot of laps despite their fast work. I can’t say enough about their effort but it is just one of those things that happen but two fuel pump failures is really strange.”

The Monster Mile is a difficult place to make up laps and when Eddie returned to the track seventeen laps down after the pit stop, the Rowley, Mass. driver knew there was not much he could do to get the laps back saying, “When that happened and you lose so much time, we just decided to save the car, stay out of any wrecks, and bring it home in one piece. It makes for a long day for everyone but that’s all you can do. I hate it for the crew, car owner Rob Grimm, and all our sponsors but we will look forward to ending our regular season on a positive note at Stafford.”

The Grimm Chevy was 12th quickest in the first practice (143.632 mph), and then fell to 18th fastest (144.636 mph) in the second practice. Despite improving over three seconds (147.777 mph), Eddie qualified 18th on the starting grid. “ We really struggled with the car right away. It just wasn’t handling well. We made a lot of adjustments in the practices and it got a little better but we couldn’t get the handling we needed to get the speed out of the turns. Dover is such a fast track that if you miss the set-up by just a little bit you lose so much speed. It was just one of those days, I feel bad for our sponsors New England Mechanical Overlay, A+B vending, Hanover Place, Dirlam Lumber Co., Waymart Building Center, and R.B. Fries. Last week everyone was happy but today. That’s racing, ” said Eddie.

The team is currently eighth place in the point’s race and hopes to improve a position or two in the series finale at Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 28th. The action kicks off Saturday with practice and qualifying.

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