Berlin: Michel Disdier race report

Michel Disdier Debuts at Berlin with a 16th Place Finish [IMAGE]MARNE, Michigan (07-25-09)-In a race plagued by cautions, Frenchman Michel Disdier was able to keep maneuvering his No. 21 Bowsher Motorsports Ford through unfamiliar territory at...

Michel Disdier Debuts at Berlin with a 16th Place Finish

[IMAGE]MARNE, Michigan (07-25-09)-In a race plagued by cautions, Frenchman Michel Disdier was able to keep maneuvering his No. 21 Bowsher Motorsports Ford through unfamiliar territory at the Berlin Raceway to survive over 200 laps for a 16th place finish.

"I feel very comfortable when racing on the short tracks," said Disdier. "I always have high expectations at the short tracks. At these tracks, you use similar driving styles to what I am used to."

Disdier would be treading in unfamiliar waters at Berlin Raceway. With a short hour and an half practice, he had to get the feel of this unique track in a hurry. Disdier learned fast that he would have to rely heavily on his Carbone Lorraine brakes in the turns. Taking this all into consideration, Disdier put his focus on making a solid qualifying run. Improving his practice time by almost .4 seconds, Disdier qualified in the 20th position in the Menards Pole presented by Ansell with a qualifying lap of 17.883 seconds at 88.173 miles per hour.

With the smell of rubber in the air and expectations high, the Wolverine Power Systems 200 presented by Generac took the green flag shortly after 8:30 p.m. Saturday night at the .4375 mile oval short track.

With several early cautions and smart driving, Disdier was able to avoid a few close calls and picked up a spot early. The Bowsher Motorsports No. 21 Ford chose to keep track position and stay on the track when the yellow dropped the first few times.

Disdier reported his racecar being a little tight, a trip down pit row is exactly what the No. 21 Ford needed at this point. A caution was just on the horizon, on lap 70 Disdier made his way down pit road for fuel, 2 tires and an adjustment. With the car handling a lot better, Disdier was off with his sights on the leader.

After a gas and go stop on lap 128, Disdier came down pit row once again on lap 152 for full service. After a flawless stop by the Bowsher Motorsports crew and fresh rubber, Disdier took the green in 14th position and was determined to gain positions.

During the last 20 laps of the race, Disdier managed to maneuver his machine into the 12th position. Disdier was fighting for position and trying to make his way towards the top ten. With less than five laps to the checkered flag, Disdier found himself caught up in an accident. After the disappointing caution, Disdier managed to hold onto the racecar for a 16th place finish under a green-white-checker finish.

"It was very disappointing to fight the whole race and gain positions to have it end like this," said Disdier. Everything is still new to me and I am still learning. I will take this as a learning experience."

The next event for Michel Disdier and the Bowsher Motorsports team will be the Toledo ARCA 200 at Toledo Speedway Friday, September 4.

-credit: bm

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