Clauson To Make First Darlington Start
First Start at Darlington: Bryan Clauson will be making his career-first NASCAR start at Darlington Raceway this Friday night, which will mark his seventh start of the 2008 season and 12th career start.
Rookie Update: Clauson was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race last weekend at Richmond International Raceway (finished 21st), which was the second time this 2008 season the 18-year-old racer has claimed rookie of the race honors. Clauson’s fellow Fastenal Racing teammate Dario Franchitti still leads the NNS rookie class with a 26-point lead (89-63) over Clauson, who is second overall.
Standings Update: The No. 40 Fastenal Team stands 17th in the overall NNS owner points. With a current tally of 1,212, the team is 130 points away from the top 10 and 460 points outside of first.
Clauson Back on Midget Track: Clauson, who is just 18 years old, recently embarked on another avenue in his young motorsports career by becoming a team owner, forming Bryan Clauson Racing, Inc., which is fielding the No. 47 and 7 midget cars throughout the 2008 midget car racing season. Clauson is handling the role as a team owner and part-time driver with the help of his father Tim. The team’s first run took place in early April at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway with Clauson wheeling the initial effort. He plans to get back on track with his midget car next weekend May 16-18, competing at three different tracks in three days, including LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway (West Salem, Wis.), Slinger (Wis.) Superspeedway and Rockford (Ill.) Speedway. For more information, go to www.bryanclauson.com.
Check out the Parrott Perspective: Clauson’s NNS crew chief Brad Parrott is keeping fans up to date on what is going on in the world of the Fastenal Racing Team through an on-line log he is keeping throughout the 2008 NNS season. Check out the Parrott Perspective at www.fastenalracing.com.
Don’t Miss CGRFS Fan Day 2008: CGRFS wants to thank its fans for their support Friday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., during the Third Annual CGRFS Fan Appreciation Day. This year’s event will be highlighted by a variety of activities at the team’s Concord, N.C., race shop, including an extended view of the race facility that will take fans through interactive stations and displays, as well as pit stop and car wrapping demonstrations. A complimentary lunch will also be provided (while supplies last). The entire CGRFS NASCAR drive line-up, including Dario Franchitti, Reed Sorenson, Juan Pablo Montoya, Bryan Clauson and Kevin Hamlin, will be at the shop from Noon to 2 p.m. ET to meet their fans and sign autographs. Please Note: Wristbands will be required to receive an autograph. They can be reserved in advance by calling 866-888-6388 beginning Monday, May 5. Limit two wristbands per call. Reserved wristbands MUST be picked up no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, May 22, or they will no longer be reserved. All Wristband holders can enjoy a private shopping session at the CGRFS gift shop from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 23.