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Behind The Scenes: Road Trip Day 5

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

The division leading Stars head out on a four-game road swing against Carolina, Washington, Pittsburgh & Detroit on fire. They have earned 22 of 28 possible points so far this season and are looking to continue their rise in the standings. Get a glimpse of what went on behind the scenes as the team traveled to the East Coast.

Photos by Trey Hill

(newest photos at top)

1:04 pm - Team Loui takes the top step of the podium, sadly, Allsport did not have the Swedish anthem on hand.

1:00 pm - Loui Eriksson's teammates celebrate their victory; his team finished with the second fastest track time for the month at Allsport, just .015 seconds out of the top spot.

12:59 pm - Loui Eriksson takes the checkered flag for a victory lap.

12:58 pm - In an effort to even things up, Burish's teammates lobby for similar penalties to other drivers.

12:57 pm - In the race's final lap, Adam Burish gets black flagged and assessed a 20 second penalty.


12:48 pm - As the race wound into the closing laps, Tom Wandell rubs his hands at the approaching victory.

12:39 pm - Tom Wandell waves his driver (Loui Eriksson) in for a change. Team Loui (comprised of the two Swedes and team massage therapist, Cleo Bates) jumped out to a lead in Wandell's first stint and never looked back.






12:55 pm - The tension was building between rival French Canadian drivers, Stephane Robidas and Mike Ribeiro.

12:55 pm - Despite a ton of questionable moves and a handful of racing incidents, no one had been black flagged, which comes with a 20-second stop and go penalty.


12:13 pm - Jake Dowell jumps down from the wall after his first stint for Team Morrow.

12:11 pm - The final driver from each of the teams prepares to take the wheel. Each driver was responsible for approximately 15 laps per stint in the 135 lap race.

12:06 pm - With several spins and questionable no-calls by the race marshalls, the drivers did a lot of finger pointing back in the paddock.

12:05 pm - Mike Ribeiro comes into the pits for a driver change.


12:01 pm - Trevor Daley shouts his disapproval to the race marshalls who let a lot of early race rubbing go uncalled.

On the opening lap of the race, Mike Ribeiro spun and looked back to find his teammates cheering and jeering.

11:55 am - Before qualifying began, Kari, a big race fan in his own right, admitted to being a little nervous.

11:44 am - Don't let the smiles fool you, no one on the track wanted to come in second.

11:42 am - Jake Dowell went visor up in an effort to let the wind blow through his moustache.


11:35 am - Goalie Kari Lehtonen pilots the number 8 car, adding his name to a long list of elite Finnish drivers.

11:34 am - Just as the cars roll onto the track for qualifying, Eric Nystrom answers the question, "how many feet did you have in the air while scoring your highlight reel-worthy fourth goal of the year?"

11:33 am - Mike Ribeiro slips into his race seat.

11:30 am - Third times a charm. After two failed helmet attempts, Tom Wandell closes the visor on his racing helmet.

11:29 am - Stephane Robidas straps up his helmet. Despite being raised in Montreal, he confessed he'd never been to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, host of the Grand Prix du Canada, in Montreal.

11:24 am - Mark Fistric cuts up with his teammates.

11:19 am - Jamie Benn gets fitted for his racing suit.


10:52 am - The team sits through a pre-race meeting to understand the track and the capabilities of the carts.

10:50 am - Nicklas Grossman, Mike Ribeiro, Stephane Robidas and the rest of the team head in to the track at Allsport Grand Prix.

10:16 am - While the captains were making their selections, Adam Burish took a call with Ben & Skin on ESPN Radio in Dallas. Click here to listen to the audio.

10:09 am - The team, equipment and training staff were divided into thirteen teams of three. Vernon Fiddler was named a team captain and drafted Radek Dvorak in the first round.

10:03 am - The team planned a surprise outing for the players and, as the bus rolled away from the hotel, Jason Rademan shared the news: a LaMans-style go-cart race. The winning team would get a day off from practice.





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