Clauson's Night Ends Before it Begins at RIR
RICHMOND, VA. (September 7, 2008) – Bryan Clauson and the No. 40 Fastenal Team patiently waited out Tropical Storm Hanna’s visit to the Richmond, Va., area this past weekend to run the 28th NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season late Sunday. Unfortunately, the long awaited run was short lived as the No. 40 experienced engine problems on lap 95 which forced the NNS team to call it a night in 38th place.
Before the rain came, Clauson and his team got in their first and only practice session of the weekend, posting the 19th fastest lap at 121 mph in 22.2 seconds. The team knew the storm was heading straight for Richmond International Raceway, they opted to not make a qualifying run during practice. Just as practice finished the rain moved in on RIR. It was forcasted to rain all night Friday and all of Saturday. This forced NASCAR to postpone all on-track activity until Sunday.
The NNS teams finally got back on track Sunday around 7 p.m. ET. Due to qualifying being rained out, the NNS teams lined up according to the current 2008 owner standings. Clauson took the initial green flag of the night in 19th place. It wasn’t long into his run when he radioed his team to report the car was a bit snug getting into the corners of the .75-mile raceway and loose coming off. Crew Chief Brad Parrott took advantage of the first yellow flag that waved on lap 29 to make air pressure adjustments and to pull a spring rubber out of the left rear suspension. Racing resumed on lap 38 with the Fastenal Dodge scored in 21st place.
The No. 40 car's handling improved after the adjustments and was running in 18th when Bryan came over the radio with the unfortunate news that he was losing power on lap 94. One lap later, he was in the garage calling it a night in 38th place, with a blown engine.
The No. 40 CGRFS NNS team is still 19th in the overall NNS owner standings. The team is 201 outside the top 15.
The Fastenal Team will take next weekend off with the rest of the NNS teams while the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The NNS teams will return to racing Saturday, September 20, at Dover International Speedway. The race is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on ESPN2.