Clauson Scores Top-20 in NNS Race at Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 9, 2008) – Bryan Clauson’s first visit to Darlington Raceway last Friday started with a top-15 start and concluded with a top-20 finish as the 18-year-old racer avoided more than one collision and fought back on the “track too tough to tame” to bring home an 18th-place finale.
Early Friday afternoon, Clauson scored an impressive 11th-place starting position in his first-ever start at the Darlington, S.C., track. The race got underway later that day just after 7:30 p.m. ET. In the early running of the 147-lap event, the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) driver made slight contact with the outside wall but stayed on track until his crew chief Brad Parrott called him to pit road on lap 59 for a slight air pressure adjustment, four tires and fuel.
The No. 40 Fastenal Dodge maintained a top-20 run throughout the majority of the night race. Clauson was pretty happy with his car, but long green-flag runs forced the field to make more than one green-flag stop. The No. 40 Fastenal Team went one lap down by lap 75 but proceeded to battle for the lucky dog position until a bad vibration forced Clauson to make an unscheduled stop on lap 121 during which the team discovered a loose right-front lug nut.
The team dropped outside the top 25 and went three laps down as a result of the unscheduled stop, but the Lady in Black proceeded to collect multiple cars toward the closing stages of the 200-mile race. Clauson cautiously avoided the wreckage around him and by the 149th circuit of the night the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge came out all right in 18th place.
The No. 40 Fastenal Team advanced two positions in the overall NNS owner standings, where the team is now 15th. With a current tally of 1,321 points, the team is 159 points away from the top 10 and 546 points outside of first.
The NNS teams will take next weekend off and will then go racing at Lowe’s Motor Speedway Saturday, May 24, in the Carquest Auto Parts 300. The NNS race is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET and will broadcast live on ESPN2 and PRN Radio.