This was a Busch car that we sort of rented at Homestead. The car was ok in practice and it looked like we would get in the field. The driver went out to qualify on 4 sticker tires, so naturally, the RF exploded at the start of his lap. It was a defective tire, but no one wanted to hear it. They were just like "shut up and get out of here". If this had happened to a "star", the outcome would have been different.
The previous week at Darlington, we qualified on TV, and were fast enough to be in the field. Of course, the second half of qualifying rained out, but we still made the field with a provisional. However, when the crew showed up to race Saturday morning, they were told that another car had taken our place. That driver was Paul Menard from a larger, wealthier team than our little flyspec of a team.
So there it was for 2004; 3 attempts and no races. At this point, we had been ripped off by one sponsor (Martinsville Ford) and 2 drivers who didn't fufill their obligations fully.