S&H Motorsports, Tim Horton Children's Foundation Net Top-20 Finish At Michigan BROOKLYN, Mi (Tuesday, August 22, 2006) - - S&H Motorsports recorded their best finish of the 2006 season last Friday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway ...
S&H Motorsports, Tim Horton Children's Foundation Net Top-20 Finish At Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mi (Tuesday, August 22, 2006) - - S&H Motorsports recorded their best finish of the 2006 season last Friday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway netting a season best 20th place finish in the Hantz Group 200.
It was a positive weekend for the Holly, Michigan based team. The day before the race, S&H Motorsports participated in a tense practice session at MIS. During the two-hour session, driver Howard Bixman propelled the No. 8 Tim Horton Children's Foundation Ford around the two-mile oval with a quick time of 40.758 seconds or 176.652 mph good enough for 22nd on the practice sheets.
"We're real happy with our Tim Horton Children's Foundation Ford," said Bixman. "We aren't as fast as we were at the open test, but we are still really competitive and that's a great boost for our team. We're looking for a good starting position for the race and look for a stellar performance in the race." Over 50 teams were attempting to make the starting grid. Bixman went out early and turned a lap of 40.741 seconds at 176.726 mph which lined him up 31st for the main event.
In the early stages of the event, Bixman produced competitive lap times, but continued to fight a tight racecar. When the first caution flag flew Bixman brought his machine down pit road where crew chief Jim Pearce and the S&H Motorsports crew quickly went to the aid of their driver bolting on four new Hoosier tires, adding Sunoco Racing fuel, and a chassis adjustment to improve the handling of the machine. Bixman returned to competition.
Back to racing, the car reacted well to the changes allowing Bixman to fight his way through the fierce pack and racing competitively with a goal of a season-best effort.
Despite debris damage flying off from another competitor's car, Bixman continued to drive smart and clean bringing his car home in the 20th position. "I really think if we didn't have the early race handling problems and a heavily damage car we would have had a better finish."
Bixman continued, "We had a good car, not a top-five car, but the best car I've driven all season. The weekend was good for the team, and tied my career best ARCA finish. It was a big weekend for our marketing partners. I know they received a lot of attention throughout the week and we received good television exposure. We'll plan to take this finish, regroup and look for an even better finish at Chicagoland."
Bixman and the S&H crew tied their career-best effort for a third time. The duo has also collected a 20th place finish at Nashville (2005) and Kentucky (2004).
For the fourth time this season, S&H Motorsports hood adorned the Tim Horton Children's Foundation colors. "It meant a lot to me to have our car competitive. The Tim Horton's Children's Foundation logo was easily seen from the stands. I feel we really made a large impact on the Michigan fans, who are some of the best in the racing community aware of our intent. I think we achieved our goals."
In addition to The Tim Horton Children's Foundation, S&H Motorsports also welcomed New Millennium Homes, Inc (www.michiganmodular.com) onboard as a new marketing partner for the remainder of the 2006 season starting at Michigan with an expansion to the entire 2007 season.
"I think it's great to come out of the box with a top-20 finish for New Millennium Homes, Inc. We're really happy to have them on board for the rest of the season and hope for bigger results for all of our marketing partners at Chicagoland."
In addition to Tim Horton Children's Foundation and New Millennium Homes, Permanent Floor Coatings, Deka Batteries, Richardson Racing Products, Ford Racing, Penske Shocks, Lincoln Welders, Port City Racing, S&H Contracting, Disposal Express, NGK Spark Plugs, Stanley Industries and The Casite Company will all served as associate marketing partners for the second event from Michigan International Speedway this season.
"The entire team would like to thank our marketing partners for their efforts to get us to the track last weekend. We appreciate their support of our race team and we're looking forward to continuing our relationship with a top-ten finish next month at Chicagoland Speedway."
For additional input on the Tim Horton Children's Foundation, please visit www.timhortonchildrensfoundation.com