SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Bradley Babb of Windham, Maine, finished 17th in the PASS North Series Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, May 4. Babb, the reigning NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champion at Beech Ridge, started 13th in the 28-car field and fought the handling on the No. 14 Babb Wood Contractors/McGoldrick Bros. Blasting Chevrolet from the outset. Babb pitted several times under caution throughout the event to try and make improvements, but in the end he patiently avoided wrecks and salvaged a 17th-place finish.
WHO: Bradley Babb, Windham, Maine
TEAM: No. 14 Babb Wood Contractors/McGoldrick Bros. Blasting Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Bobby Babb, Windham, Maine
WHAT: PASS North Series Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 150
WHERE: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine (.333-mile oval)
NEXT RACE: May 18, PASS 150, Autodrome Chaudiere, Vallee-Jonction, Que. (.25-mile oval)
BRADLEY, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAR?
In the heat race, the car seemed like it got better as it ran, and we thought we’d be OK. We made a small change to try and make it better for the feature, but the thing was pushing right off the track the whole race.
WHAT DID YOU WORK ON DURING THE PIT STOPS?
We changed about everything you could change on a race car during a pit stop. We even swapped tires back and forth on the right side, and that made it worse so we swapped them back. It was no better that way the second time.
We started pulling bleeders and changing them, changing bump stops and the sway bar. The only thing that made a difference was the sway bar – but then it made it seem like the car was doing a wheelie, so we had to put some back on it and it made it tight again.
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’LL FIND SOMETHING WAS WRONG WITH THE CAR WHEN YOU GET BACK TO THE SHOP?
I hope we find a huge problem. It will be the only thing that will explain it.