Clauson Finishes 22nd at Nashville
LEBANON, Tenn. (June 9, 2008) – A tight-handling No. 40 Fastenal Dodge dominated most of Bryan Clauson’s run Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway. The teenage racer and his Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) crew made multiple adjustments to address the stubborn condition but were never able to shake it completely, eventually calling it a night in 22nd place.
Clauson lined up 17th to take the green for the 225-lap race, but just 10 laps into his effort Clauson was on pit road for major adjustments to his tight-handling No. 40 Dodge. Crew chief Brad Parrott called for a track bar adjustment and had a rubber pulled out of the left-rear spring to try to loosen up the car for Clauson. As the field came around to return to green on lap 13, Clauson rejoined in 34th place. From there, the CGRFS development driver and Fastenal crew picked up multiple spots to break back inside the top 25 by lap 45.
A top-25 run is where Clauson would remain until the team made an unscheduled green-flag stop on lap 101 to address a suspected tire issue. Fortunately, the tire was fine but the team unfortunately went more than one lap down while making the unscheduled stop under green. From there, the team continued to battle the tight-handling condition as Clauson tried to drive out of his multiple lap deficit, eventually crossing the finish line 22nd, three laps off the lead lap.
The No. 40 Fastenal team advanced one position in the overall NNS standings, where the team is now listed 18th overall. With a current tally of 1,606, the CGRFS NASCAR Nationwide team is 44 points outside of 15th and 255 out of 10th.
The NNS teams will head to Kentucky Speedway next weekend to run the Meijer 300 on Saturday night, June 14. The 200-lap race is scheduled to go green at 8:30 p.m. ET with live coverage starting at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.