Fastenal Team Closes Season in Miami
Close Call!: Clauson is now second in the NNS Raybestos® Rookie of the Year race behind fellow NNS rookie Landon Cassill. The two teens were tied going into last weekend’s run at PIR, but Cassil’s sixth-place effort advanced him ahead of Clauson. The two are now six points apart (185-179). Clauson has grabbed Rookie of the Race honors seven times in 20 total starts this 2008 season, most recently winning the title at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Clauson has also claimed rookie honors at Kansas Speedway in September; Auto Club Speedway in August.; Daytona International Speedway this past July and February; Kentucky Speedway in June; and Richmond International Raceway this past May.
Clauson’s History at HMS: This weekend will mark Clauson’s first NASCAR effort at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The rookie racer embarked on his NASCAR career last fall, competing at five tracks, including Richmond International Raceway, Kansas Speedway, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Memphis Motorsports Park, and Texas Motor Speedway.
Fastenal Fastest Finalists to Drive Their Way to Ultimate Drive Challenge Championship at HMS: NASCAR drivers will not be the only competitors vying for a championship this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as Fastenal will host the finals of its “Ultimate Drive Challenge” prior to the start of Saturday’s Nationwide Series race. John Holbrook of Semmes, Ala.; Andy Eiseman of Kenesaw, Neb.; Charles Schrock of Garland, Utah; and Salvador Uribe of Norfolk, Neb., each will square off in a two-round championship to be held at Fastenal’s hospitality area in the speedway’s infield on Saturday morning. The two fastest “drivers” in the first round will go head to head to see who takes home the ultimate prize – a new Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck (MSRP: $35,000) with a sporty blue and white paint job courtesy of the CGRFS team. Each of the four finalists will receive travel and weekend accommodations for two, two passes to the Nationwide Series race on Saturday, and a package of tools and gear from DeWalt, Gearwrench, Jonnesway, and Delta/JoBox valued at more than $4,600. The event is a culmination of a nationwide competition held at 400 Fastenal stores this past summer in which 2,000 contestants raced to drive down six screws flush into a 2x4, then ratchet down a nut onto a bolt stud. It was something the contest’s four finalists managed to do in roughly 30 seconds.
NNS Owner Standings Update: The No.40 Fastenal Dodge Team is 20th in the NNS owner standings. Altogether, the Fastenal drivers and crew have grabbed three poles, three top-five and three top-10 finishes throughout the 2008 season.
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 online blog he is keeping throughout the 2008 NNS season. Check out the Parrott Perspective at www.fastenalracing.com.