Franchitti Races Back-to-Back in Fastenal Dodge at AMS, Finished 28th and 33rd
FRANCHITTI RACES BACK-TO-BACK IN FASTENAL DODGE AT AMS, FINISHES 28TH AND 33RD
HAMPTON, Ga. (March 9, 2008) – Continuing his stock car development process, Dario Franchitti raced the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge not once but twice this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, scoring a 28th-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race Saturday and then a 33rd-place finish in the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race.
Weather once again played a role in NASCAR’s competition plans. In fact, snow visited the Hampton, Ga., area Saturday morning and forced NASCAR to cancel the NNS qualifying session for the second time this season. Therefore, the NNS teams lined up according to the 2007 owner points standings, which landed Franchitti and team in 24th place on Saturday’s starting grid. The weather did clear just on time for the teams to get on track and race the 198-lap competition that concluded with Franchitti and team crossing the finish line in 28th place.
The No. 40 Fastenal NNS team now stands 20th place in the overall 2008 owner points. The team is 56 points out of 10th and 182 away from the top spot.
On Sunday, although he was bit by the flu bug, Franchitti climbed behind the wheel of the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge again to work his way through a very long race that only saw eight yellow flags during the 325-lap competition. Franchitti and team battled a loose-handling race car that never seemed to be able to find the right balance to call it a day in 33rd place.
Franchitti is still leading the rookie class in both the NNS and NSCS. He has a 13-point lead over fellow teammate Bryan Clauson in the Nationwide Series and a two-point lead over Sam Hornish Jr. in the Sprint Cup Series. Franchitti is 38th in the overall NSCS driver ranks. He is 34 points outside the top 35.
Next up for Franchitti and the No.40 NSCS team is Bristol Motor Speedway next Sunday, March 16. The race will broadcast live on FOX (1:30 p.m. ET) and PRN (2:00 p.m. ET).