Drew did a shake-down on Sunday morning, which probably wasn't really necessary. Interesting story about that, which involves how smart and friendly a guy Barry Dodson really is. Anyway, Drew was a bit freaked about the left front tire rub, but confirmed that the suspension changes Dodson recommended were for the better.
Russ never did any drafting, but might have got a little tug from the #20 as it came on the track. At the end of that run, it sputtered out of fuel as he brought it back in.
That wasn't actually a plate motor, I found out...it was a 1.5 mile motor with a plate on it. Could only get it to about 6400 rpm's down the back straight, and it was designed to peak out at 7600 or so (maybe more). They have a little aero work to do, should probably put a 318 in the rear (like Dodson suggested also) and use a locker diff. Come February, if all goes well, he should be around 51 seconds and well into the field. As it was, his time would have probably seen him make the field for Daytona...the 170 was the goal for the day, and given the circumstances, everyone was very pleased with that.
Had a really good time, a great experience. I wish more people could meet and talk to Russ...he'd be such a great rep for a company. I got some (hopefully) good video, which I'll put through FCS2 and get on-line before Christmas if I'm lucky.
I'll return your Lollypop's advice with some DIS advice; do NOT walk up the banking of the tri-oval, then down pit road toward turn 1, when the track is closed and jet dryers are running. The men in red get yelled at by the track, and shit rolls downhill. Just some friendly insight.