Clauson Turns in Top-20 Night
CONCORD, N.C. (June 23, 2008) – Bryan Clauson and the Fastenal Team had their hands full Saturday at The Milwaukee Mile as the No. 40 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Dodge didn’t take to the corners of the 1-mile track all night. The mulish-handling car never wavered, so Clauson and crew didn’t either when it came to fighting the tight condition and a 20th-place finish resulted.
The No. 40 Fastenal Dodge lined up 22nd on the starting grid Saturday evening to run the 17th race of the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season. Less than 20 laps into his run, Clauson told his team the car was tight so crew chief Brad Parrott took advantage of the first yellow flag that waved on lap 19 to raise the track bar and remove a left rear spring rubber.
More spring rubber, wedge, track bar and air pressure adjustments followed throughout the CGRFS team’s night. Unfortunately, the tight condition stuck around the entire run but Clauson still maintained a top-25 position the majority of his effort. While battling the stubborn handling, he did go one lap down but persistence and some cautious on-track maneuvering landed the team in the lucky dog spot on lap 228 when the ninth and final yellow of the race was displayed.
From there the CGRFS driver and team returned to the lead lap and maintained their top-20 position to finish 20th. The team also maintained its 17th spot in the NNS owner ranks. With a current tally of 1,864, the Fastenal team is 54 points outside of 15th and 189 out of 10th.
The NNS teams will rejoin the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams next weekend to race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The NNS teams will run the Camping World Sales 200 on Saturday, June 28. The 200-lap event is scheduled to go green at 3 p.m. ET with live coverage starting at 2:30 pm ET on ABC.