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Does the # symbol stand for an "r" or a "u"????

 

never mind it ends in k not y

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here's an article from 2005.

 

 

WAUTERS TEAM STRUGGLES, VERY UNHAPPY WITH TECH

 

by Jeremy Troiano & Matt Kentfield

 

Two of the fastest cars in practice all day long were those of Richie Wauters’ #5, driven by JR Norris, and #66, driven by defending Snowball Derby champion Steve Wallace. But after qualifying was all said and done, Norris’ car was 43rd, while Wallace was just 47th quick.

 

Wallace, Norris and team owner Wauters all pointed their fingers toward Five Flags Speedway Tech Director Ricky Brooks.

 

“Five Flags has to do something because they have this new tech inspector named Ricky; he's just teching these bodies so hard-core,” said Wallace. “They got us for tread width. We went through tech and instead of giving us like 45 seconds to fix things, they docked us one lap in qualifying. They did the same thing to my teammate, JR Norris. These guys in qualifying were going two- to three-tenths faster in the second laps. So I guess we have to race our way into this race. You spend a lot of damn money to come down here and race and you get treated like s**t by the officials.”

 

“I think it is pretty chicken,” said Wallace’s teammate Norris. “I am going to be blunt about it and say it. I think it is pretty chicken the way he went about it. He made a comment that we had three days to come through. I tried three different times to go through tech after the first, initial check. The first two times there were cars over there that weren't even in our division and they told us they were too busy; that they had ‘this and that’ and you can't come through right now. We had to back up and go back to our trailer. We came back right after practice and he said no. He flat out told us ‘no, you can't come through.’ So it is his fault that we are wide. We were a little wide the first time we came through and we worked on it to fix it and we wanted to go see if we fixed it or not.

 

Wallace, Norris and team owner Wauters all pointed their fingers toward Five Flags Speedway

“Five Flags has to do something because they have this new tech inspector named Ricky; he's just teching these bodies so hard-core,” said Wallace. “They got us for tread width. We went through tech and instead of giving us like 45 seconds to fix things, they docked us one lap in qualifying. They did the same thing to my teammate, JR Norris. These guys in qualifying were going two- to three-tenths faster in the second laps. So I guess we have to race our way into this race. You spend a lot of damn money to come down here and race and you get treated like s**t by the officials.”

 

“NASCAR lets you check anything you want to when you want to before qualifying. They let you pull over and fix it and go to the back of the line and go through again. I don't know where he comes up with these rules of you lose a lap if you aren't right the first time though. Everybody misses the first time through. Cup guys miss the first time through. I think he's got his chest poked out too far.”

 

Team owner Richie Wauters was even more upset than his drivers.

 

“We got f**ked in the line; that's what I think,” said Wauters. “If something is wrong with your car and you fix it and are inline before you qualify, they shouldn't penalize you one lap. Both cars are an eighth of an inch off on tread-width and they penalize you. I think it is crap. We are Late Model racing. This is not Winston Cup. You are here all week long and you spend money and practice for two days and then they worry just because you have to go through tech twice.”

 

Five Flags Speedway Tech Director Ricky Brooks commented on the situation as well.

 

“They both had infractions when they went through here on Wednesday night,” said Brooks. “They didn't show back up until today. When they came back through pre-qualifying tech, they still had infractions. I preached all week in the drivers meetings that if you don't pass the first time, you lose a lap. The second time you don't pass, you go to the last chance race. He passed the second time. They got the same treatment everyone else did.

 

“He tried to go through when I was lining up to qualify. He had three days to go through and he waits till I am ready to qualify and I am running local cars through tech. It is right in the schedule. My hands are tied. I have 80 racecars for the local show and he wants to come through during that.”

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He got DQ'd for weight, rolled off scales to reweigh, got caught stuffing sockets in his pockets. Guess the fit came later, got the DQ info from Jayski.

 

Not so Pappy. He drove over the port-a-potties the nite before (fri. nite I think). Boyette, who owns the potties insisted on cash or press charges. They came up with the cash on sat. Sat. nite he raced his way into the Snowball (he had failed to get in during qualifying) by finishing 1st, but when he went across the scales he was light. Tech agreed to reweigh and what I heard later (2nd hand info) Wallace said he had to go to the restroom. Some witnesses said he went elsewhere. Tech found he had his pockets full of sockets.

 

Busch wasn't there for qualifying so Hogan drove for him, but couldn't qualify. In order not to lose car position for the last chance race, Hogan had to drive again even thought Busch was there. He finished 1st, but failed tech because the roof was too low and the quarters and spoiler were too high.

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To add about Wallace,

The port-a-let deal happened after the Wednesday night Green Flag party. He crashed through the cans while leaving in his rental car. Thankfully, there were no one in them at the time.

The Sheriff's office was called, and a warrant was being started for Wallace. The Wauter's/Wallace camp went to Boyett, I think Thursay, and he gave them a $7500 bill for the damages. When They tried to give him a check, he tore it up, stated it would be cash, and the price just went to $10,000. Lil Wallace was seen leaving to go to the bank with David Stremme.

 

Then on Thursday, he wrecked his rental car, which got him a handful of citaitions. (Of course, according to him, it was the other guy's fault.)

 

After the last chance race Saturday, he was 3 pounds light. He said to needed to go pee, but went and met a crewman instead. When he got back, he had gained 5 pounds. They then found the sockets.

The thing about this was, they were letting a few pounds go, and they would have probably let Wallace go. But when he tried to pull the socket deal, that broke any dealings.

 

As for Hogan, who was in Busch's car, he won that race, and while he was on the cool down lap, the guy sitting next to me was listening to Wauter's frequency. Wauters was instructing a crew man to take a jack over to tech, and raise the nose of the car. The tech crew saw him coming and stopped him.

This car was high on the rear spoiler, and low on the roof. But their set-up uses a ton of rebound in the front shocks, and they were holding the nose down enough to put the spoiler above limits. They do not allow a "pull-up" like they do other places.

 

I didn't see a lot of reaction from Wallace after he was dismissed from Tech, but Busch was very animated.

Later heard he was saying they were too strict. He should have been given a break, he was Busch, and so on. Sure doing a good job of helping his image. They had a Kyle Busch booth set up under the stands that I never saw get much attention, and was empty Saturday night and Sunday.

Someone paid a big bill for this weekend to end up going home early. Between their private practice and the Derby week, they used over 150 SETS of tires, changed one engine at the track, and then you have the entries, hotels, food, fuel for two haulers and cars, and Lil Wallace's displays of maturity.

 

Another DQ of note was the #87 of John Webb, who is from Oklahoma and used to run ROMCO. He is the 2004, 2005, and 2007 USLMA Champion. He was caught soaking tires, and escorted off the property. If you are caught soaking, you have two choices there; Leave yourself, or leave in the back of the Sheriff's car. I did notice in some of the feature line-ups an official checking tire hardness with a durometer in one hand and a sniffer in the other.

 

In the PLM cars, They got everyone's favorite racer, Jack Smith, for weight. He raced the ASA events at SAS as a reddish #28 car. He turned Lloyd Alexander in the qualifier, then started another wreck that took a couple more cars out, including Alexander, who really had no where to go. Then in tech, his crew was stuffing radios in the left side door bars to try to make weight. Got thrown out, pitched a Busch Style fit, and then on Sunday, made a point of having his crew show up late to get the hauler out of the pit area. I thought that would have been a great opportunity to call a wrecker and haul the whole rig out of there, then let Smith pay for the tow.

Smith is the one that was thrown out of ASA in 2006, reinstated in 2007, and thrown out again for basically being a jerk. He has had problems in every series he has ever raced, starting with tech, and then the fellow racers.

 

I watched some tech, and they were being very strict about some stuff, and working with racers on other things. They really are very fair. The guys who got DQ'd got it because their cars were not right.

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Wasn't it the same guys whining about the same stuff last year, I guess they think rules don't apply to them.

 

Whined about every year they have been there.

 

The odd thing, the Wauter's car are probably the best prepared cars there. They have the most resources since they are the truck team, and Wauter's has been in this business a long long time. But they have the most problems in tech, can't get qualified on time, and when it all falls apart, it is someone else's fault.

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Saw this statement from lil Wallace on Jayski:

A statement from Steve Wallace: “I just want to make it clear that although our car supposedly missed one of the inspection criteria in Pensacola, it was in no way done in an attempt to get around the rules. From day one, I have had a deep respect for the sport and its integrity. As far as I’m concerned, that respect carries over to any team for which I drive, as was the case with Richie Wauters Racing in this weekend’s race. We definitely had the car to beat in Pensacola, but for one reason or another, the officials were really hard on both of our teams all week long. We got disqualified because they claimed that we missed one of the inspection criteria by a razor thin margin; a margin small enough that it could have been due to almost anything.(Rusty Wallace Inc PR)(12-3-2007)

 

Anyone know what razor-thin sockets look like?

I'd like to see a pic of that.

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Another DQ of note was the #87 of John Webb, who is from Oklahoma and used to run ROMCO. He is the 2004, 2005, and 2007 USLMA Champion. He was caught soaking tires, and escorted off the property. If you are caught soaking, you have two choices there; Leave yourself, or leave in the back of the Sheriff's car. I did notice in some of the feature line-ups an official checking tire hardness with a durometer in one hand and a sniffer in the other.

 

I will admit that I am not familiar with Florida or SLM rules but since when is soaking tires a crime against the County? Or is it that he was DQ'd and if he stayed it would be trespassing?

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I will admit that I am not familiar with Florida or SLM rules but since when is soaking tires a crime against the County? Or is it that he was DQ'd and if he stayed it would be trespassing?

They are trying to stay ahead of the EPA.

 

The track policy on soaking is simple: you're caught, you get escorted off the property.

Don't want to, or refuse to, leave? The Sheriff's Office is called on a trespassing charge.

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