Pruett Sets Pole Position and Endures Rain to Score Top-25 Finish in Montreal
MONTREAL, Quebec (August 2, 2008) – Scott Pruett and the No.40 Fastenal CGRFS Dodge began the race day at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with a pole-position qualifying effort (1:02.568) after scoring the fastest practice time (1:02.493) in the two-day event. Pruett’s commanding lead enabled him to lead the first 13 laps of the rain shortened 48-lap race. Imminent rain clouds and wet conditions disabled the team in their quest for Pruett’s first win in Montreal.
Pruett led during the first and only dry conditions on lap one through eight. When NNS officials called a three-minute pit stop by lap 10, the No.40 Fastenal team changed from a dry to wet track setup complete with a wiper system, treaded rain tires and fuel. Pruett continued to lead after the pit stop through lap 13, when he maintained a top-five running position through lap 41. The CGRFS team made two additional stops to remedy Pruett’s impaired vision in the cockpit from fogging windows and intense rainy conditions. When NNS officials red flagged the race on lap 48, Pruett marked a 22nd-place finish.
The No.40 CGRFS team is currently in 20th place in the NNS owners standings with a current tally of 2,424.
Next up for the team is the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International on Saturday, August 9. The race is scheduled to go green at 3 pm ET with LIVE coverage on ABC starting at 2:30 pm ET.
Scott Pruett: “We had one of the best road racing NASCAR cars that I have ever driven this weekend. The No.40 Fastenal Dodge showed its ability to be at the top of the leader board with our pole position in qualifying today. And we were able to keep a front-running position during the first part of the race, but when the rain got bad our wiper blade malfunctioned and being able to see out the window was impossible, both from the outside and inside of the car. It’s hard to leave a race with a finish like today when you know you have a car that is capable of winning the race. I just want to say thanks to Chip and Felix and the Fastenal team for another double-duty weekend in Montreal.”