Clauson Returns to Fastenal Dodge
So, what have you been up to?: While Bryan Clauson’s fellow teammates Scott Pruett and Dario Franchitti have been racing the No.40 Fastenal Dodge in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS), he has been doing some racing himself in the United States Auto Club (USAC) Midget Series. He also spent some time following a fellow high school classmate compete in the 2008 Olympic Games. First, Clauson grabbed a win at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway on August 10, which marked his first ever dirt USAC National Midget feature win. Then, he made sure to see how his fellow Noblesville (Ind.) High School classmate David Boudia was fairing in the 2008 Olympic Games. Boudia competed in the 10m Platform Diving competition for the United States in Beijing. Boudia led the United States in the final 10m Platform dive, finishing 10th overall with his fellow United States diver Thomas Finchum finishing 12th.
His Last Run was a Home Run: Clauson’s most recent NNS start was at his hometown track O’Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) this past July in Indianapolis, Ind. Growing up racing around the Indianapolis area and having raced at ORP in midgets, July’s NNS run was one 19-year-old Clauson had wanted to make for a long time. The Noblesville, Ind., native lined up 19th for the initial green, and proceeded to maintain a top-20 run throughout the majority of the first half of the 200-lap competition. Unfortunately, his NASCAR debut at the short track was short lived as a mid-race incident slammed his No.40 Fastenal Dodge against the outside wall and derailed the rest of his run, leaving the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) NNS team 32nd on the final rundown of the night.
Team Standings Update: With nine races left to run this 2008 NNS season, the No.40 Fastenal Team is 19th in the owner standings. With a currently tally of 2,843, the team is just 121 points outside the top 15.
Rookie Standings Update: Clauson is third in the NNS Raybestos® Rookie of the Year standings. He is 13 points behind rookie class leader Landon Cassill (160-147) and 12 behind his fellow Fastenal Teammate Franchitti (159-147), who is currently second in the overall standings. Clauson has claimed rookie of the race honors four times in 14 total starts this year (Daytona-Feb.; Richmond-May; Kentucky-June; and Daytona-July). The last time Clauson was named Rookie of the Race was at Daytona International Speedway this past July where he grabbed his career-first pole position and then scored a 19th-place finish, sweeping Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors at the superspeedway this 2008 season. The car Clauson is racing this weekend in California helped him earn rookie of the race honors at Kentucky Speedway this past June, when he grabbed his career-best finish to date (fifth place).
Clauson’s Last Cali Visit: Clauson is returning to Auto Club Speedway with the same car he raced at the 2-mile track in February. Clauson qualified the car in the 31st position and was charging forward through the field when a mid-race incident cut down one of his tires and forced him into the garage. He ultimately finished the race in the 40th position.
Hamlin Pilots No.81 Dodge in California: Clauson’s fellow Fastenal Racing teammate Kevin Hamlin will race the No.81 Pat MacDonald Dodge this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Hamlin is a member of the Fastenal Racing Team, but will drive the No.81 Mahindra Tractors Dodge in the NNS race.
Fastenal Racing Internship at CGRFS: This year, CGRFS is proud to partner with Fastenal to offer an internship to two automotive trade students. Participants in the program will get to spend one week at the CGRFS facility in Concord, N.C., learning what it takes to prepare a car for race day. They will also be flown to Texas Motor Speedway to support the team at track this upcoming November. The opportunity is available to graduates, or soon-to-be graduates of an automotive trade program. For more information on eligibility and application deadline visit Fastenal.com.