Bowmanville, ON (September 4, 2017)- Robin Buck was expecting to take positive steps forward in the #43 Ontario Chrysler Dealers Dodge for round 11 of the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) this past Sunday. In their last outing the team made significant performance gains and Buck was hopeful for further improvements. Regrettably that didn’t transpire. Difficulties began right from the first practice session on Saturday afternoon for the #43 Ontario Chrysler Dealers Dodge team when mechanical gremlins limited their practice time. Further troubles arose during qualifying when a major malfunction occurred with the drive shaft.
“The drive shaft broke and caused significant damage,” said Buck. “It was a huge repair job for the team,” he added.
The #43 Ontario Chrysler Dealers Dodge team worked late into the night completing repairs so Buck would be able to start the 51-lap race on Sunday. Morning rain showers also meant a wet track for the start of the race. Starting from the back due to the qualifying issues Buck was able to quickly move the #43 Ontario Chrysler Dealers Dodge forward in the field.
“I picked up a few spots quickly and kept moving forward,” said Buck.
Unfortunately there was a nasty vibration was also causing Buck difficulty trying to manage from inside the car.
“It was so bad the shifter knob came loose,” said the driver.
Buck soldiered on in the #43 Ontario Chrysler Dealers Dodge as best he could until the vibration became so serious he was forced to retire early.
“It seems the replacement part wasn’t ideal and that’s frustrating when the team worked so hard to make those repairs. I think if we didn’t have that vibration problem to deal with we could have been a top-ten car at least” stated Buck.
Robin Buck and the #43 Ontario Chrysler Dealers Dodge team have now concluded their race schedule for 2017.
The team wishes to thank all the fans and their supporters and they look forward to being back in action in 2018.
The race from CTMP will be broadcast on TSN September 9 at 2:30PM ET
Prepared by, Todd Lewis, TL Sports & Entertainment, (239) 961-2618