Nashville II: Phillip McGilton race report

McGilton Settles for Top-15 Finish in Toyota 150; Climbs to 5th in Points Green Flag Stop Traps McGilton One Lap Down Nashville, Tenn. (August 14, 2007) -- Phillip McGilton ran in the top-5 for almost half of Saturday's Toyota 150 at ...

McGilton Settles for Top-15 Finish in Toyota 150; Climbs to 5th in Points
Green Flag Stop Traps McGilton One Lap Down

Nashville, Tenn. (August 14, 2007) -- Phillip McGilton ran in the top-5 for almost half of Saturday's Toyota 150 at Nashville Superspeedway. Poised for the second top-5 finish this season, a green flag pit stop would put the No. 47 SI Performance Ford Fusion a lap down to the competition. Only three laps later the caution flew, trapping McGilton and the Brewco Motorsports team one lap down for the remainder of the race. Finishing 14th, McGilton climbed to 5th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points.

"The car was great! That was the best car we've had all year. I hate that we weren't able to finish where we belonged with that," said McGilton, following the race. "We should have had a top-5 today."

Starting in the 10th position, McGilton reported that the car was "well balanced and cutting really good." He moved the car smoothly through the field, staying out for the first two cautions, and climbing to the 4th position.

McGilton maintained the 4th spot under the long green run. With a nearly dry fuel cell, McGilton brought the No. 47 SI Performance Ford down pit road for four tires and gas on lap 66. McGilton pulled back onto the track in the 21st position and one lap down to the leader.

As luck would have it, the caution flag flew just three laps later on lap 69. This third caution allowed the competition to pit under yellow, trapping McGilton down the lap he lost under his green flag pit stop. When the race restarted, McGilton was in the 19th position. The fourth and final caution came out for two laps on lap 77. McGilton restarted in the 14th position. With the race running under green for the remaining 34 laps, McGilton never had the opportunity to regain his lost lap.

Excitement struck in the final laps of the Toyota 150 for McGilton and his Brewco Motorsports teammates. With ten laps to go, McGilton radioed that the "car is gone."

"The volt is way down. The alternator is down. It's going to die here soon," reported McGilton. "I'm killing all the fans."

This provided a temporary solution. With only four laps to go, McGilton reported to the crew that the "battery is going dead again." With everything shut off that could be shut off, the team held their breath for the final laps. With the No. 47 still running, McGilton crossed the finish in the 14th position.

"Just rotten luck," commented McGilton about his day. "We had a 2nd or 3rd place car here. We were running over the leaders at the end, just on the wrong lap. This was a great car."

McGilton climbed to the 5th position in the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points with 3020 points, 110 points behind 4th place Justin Allgaier.

Next Stop: McGilton makes his dirt track debut in the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Sunday August 19th.

-credit: PhillipMcGilton.com

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