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Thomas will run red Nitro Fish Dodge at Las Vegas
Early speculation is the experienced chassis -- with additional fine tuning and horsepower from engine builder Larry Morgan -- should give the Knoxville, Tenn.-based driver a solid opportunity to qualify for the 16-car starting field.
Thomas and crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia have struggled with the team’s new blue Stratus for two races and Guarnaccia hasn’t been able to predict what the unpredictable car will do.
When the blue car didn’t go down the track once in the first three qualifying attempts last week in Houston, Guarnaccia brought out the red backup Dodge. It was a bold move and it almost worked. Thomas was timed in 6.760 seconds, but fell four-thousandths of a second short 16th place.
“We have to run the red car,” Guarnaccia said. “We know the red car and we need to run the car we’re most familiar with at this time. We tried to get the blue car to do the right things in low gear but nothing worked. I
“We also found a clutch problem on the blue car,” he continued. “The throw-out bearing seized and it wouldn’t let the clutch work properly.”
Dave Northrop drove the red car at
The car quandary was precipitated by Koretsky’s spectacular accident with Bruce Allen last October. The car Koretsky was driving was relatively new and Guarnaccia had it running very well. It was totaled in a finish-line incident that sent both drivers to the hospital. The red Stratus was the backup car before the crash and the team didn’t take delivery of the new chassis until earlier this year. Thomas drove the new car for the first time at
Koretsky, Guarnaccia and Thomas are looking for good luck, and what better place to start than
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