Promising Day Ends Abruptly for Clauson at Dover International
DOVER, Del. (September 20, 2008) – It was another promising weekend for the No.40 Fastenal Team and Bryan Clauson at Dover International Speedway (DIS), as they earned a top-15 starting position for the 29th race of the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season. Unfortunately, a mid-race hit by the No.59 car, driven by Marcos Ambrose, sent the No.40 Fastenal Dodge slamming hard into the inside retaining wall, ending the team’s day prematurely in 33rd place.
After practicing and qualifying inside the top 15, Clauson and the No.40 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) NNS team had high hopes for his second effort at the famed “Monster Mile.” Clauson took the green flag 15th and was putting together a nice run. The teenage racer was very content with the handling of his Fastenal Dodge, maintaining a top-20 position the majority of the first half of the 200-lap competition.
A caution on lap 71 brought most of the field down for pit stops. After staying on track to lead a lap for five bonus points, Clauson came down pit road for minor fine-tuning that included a right-rear air pressure adjustment, a right-front shock adjustment and dropping the track bar one round. As racing resumed, the team returned to its lead-lap position, taking the green on lap 76 in the 18th position.
From there, Clauson raced the Fastenal Dodge up as high as 14th before an unexpected tap from the No.59 car sent the No.40 Dodge slamming hard into the inside retaining wall. Clauson was taken to the DIS infield care center where he was evaluated and released. At first the team was going to attempt to get its car back on track, but after further examination the team realized its day was done just a little more than 100 laps shy of the finish line.
The No.40 CGRFS team is 20th in the NNS owner standings, just 251 points outside the top 15.
The Fastenal Team heads to Kansas Speedway next weekend to run the 30th NNS race of the 2008 season. The Saturday, Sept. 27, race is scheduled to go green at 3:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on ESPN2.
Bryan Clauson: “That was a pretty big lick down the frontstretch. I don’t really know what happened. I’ll have to go back and look. It felt like the No.59 just got up under my wing there off of four and it proceeded to turn us around. I hate it for all my guys on the Fastenal Dodge. We worked really hard yesterday in practice and started out real slow. We had to work really hard to get our car pretty competitive there and we did. We kept getting better and better and got in the top 15. We were just trying to click off some laps and just hate that it ended the way that it did.”