FOSTER BACK INTO TOP FIVE IN POINTS FOLLOWING STRONG RUN AT CHICAGOLAND Joliet, IL (September 9, 2006) -- Ryan Foster came into Chicagoland looking forward to returning to a speedway after a stretch of races on short tracks and dirt tracks...
FOSTER BACK INTO TOP FIVE IN POINTS FOLLOWING STRONG RUN AT CHICAGOLAND
Joliet, IL (September 9, 2006) -- Ryan Foster came into Chicagoland looking forward to returning to a speedway after a stretch of races on short tracks and dirt tracks with the ARCA RE/MAX Series that were not kind to the 19-year old rookie. Foster had not yet raced at the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway, but he was very comfortable after only a few practice laps on Friday when he posted one of the fastest times of the session. Foster was then able to turn an even faster lap during qualifying putting his No. 47 Ford in the sixth starting position for the S & K Hand Tool 200.
Foster quickly moved into the top-five when the race started and followed his teammate, Frank Kimmel, for much of the first half of the race event. Foster's car ran great throughout the event allowing him to move into the second position near the halfway point in the race. He made his way to pit road where his pit crew gave him impressive stops getting him back out in solid position every time. As the laps wound down with extensive caution flags winding down, Foster was running in the fifth position, once again right behind Kimmel. A piece of another race car's quarter panel propelled under one car, over Kimmel's car and lodged itself in the right-front of Foster's car. With the rest of the sheet metal from the original culprit's car still on the race track, a caution for debris was thrown and Foster made his way to pit road in order for the crew to survey the damage.
Foster's crew was able to pry the debris out of the car and make minor repairs while trying to keep him positioned on the lead lap for the final 15 laps of the race. Foster made it back onto the race track in the 11th position where he would also take the checkered flag. Foster was able to make it back into the fifth position in ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points after coming into the event in the seventh position.
"We are a little disappointed with where we finished considering how we were running all day," said Foster. "I feel like we had a top-five car and maybe even a top-three car so to finish outside the top-ten is a little frustrating. But we needed a solid run after the bad luck we had for three straight weeks. It seems like we keep getting caught up in someone else's bad day and that is what got us again today with a piece of another car getting lodged in the front of our car. But the whole team did a great job, Jim (Robinson) got the car ready and real fast for qualifying and Tony (Heavrin) made good calls on pit road with the pit crew giving me awesome stops as usual. Hopefully we can get some more good finishes in these final three races and still grab that Rookie of the Year award."
Foster and the rest of the ARCA RE/MAX Series competitors will head to the half-mile bullring of Salem Speedway for Saturday night's running of the Eddie Gilstrap 250. Foster competed at Salem earlier this season earning a ninth place finish. With his finish at Chicagoland, Foster moves up to fifth in ARCA RE/MAX Series points and hold second in ARCA Rookie of the Year points.