IRL: Calkins Nashville race recap

Calkins' Tennessee Top-Ten LEBANON, Tenn., Saturday, July 21, 2001- Buzz Calkins, who started 15th in tonight's Harrah's Indy 200, finished ninth in the inaugural Indy Racing Northern Light Series' event at the Nashville Superspeedway....

Calkins' Tennessee Top-Ten

LEBANON, Tenn., Saturday, July 21, 2001- Buzz Calkins, who started 15th in tonight's Harrah's Indy 200, finished ninth in the inaugural Indy Racing Northern Light Series' event at the Nashville Superspeedway. The finish further solidified Calkins top-ten points standings gaining him a two positions, up to seventh, in the chase for the 2001 Northern Light Cup.

"The Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat Dallara felt really good all race long," reflected the 1996 IRL co-champion about his night. "We just had too much drag and that slowed us down. David [Cripps, team manager and engineer] and Greg [Case, engineer] worked on the car all race long and just kept getting it better and better. The whole Bradley Motorsports' team did a great job all night. The pit stops were the best we have had all year."

Taking the checkered flag ninth also furthered the #12's effort to re-set their own record for races running at the finish. The all-time record, of 13, is in jeopardy as the finish here in "Music City" stretched the current run to 11 events with four stops left on the 2001 schedule.

The Denver driver gained throughout the evening turning his fastest times in the closing laps of the event. Adding to the on-track performance, the Todd Tapply-led over-the-wall team put in their best performance of the season with pit stops matching the engineering staff's strong strategy.

Calkins was equally enthusiastic about the sold-out Nashville Superspeedway. "The Nashville fans have been great. This is a great facility and everyone seems to be really behind the race. I think we figured out some things we'll be able to bring back next year and have a car to challenge from the start."

"We gained some valuable points tonight," said Calkins. "We'll get ready to go to Kentucky. We are working hard to get back to where we were earlier in the season with the Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat entry. Kentucky is a good track for us and I am looking forward to moving on through these last few races of the season."

Bradley Petroleum owns 65 convenience stores and gas stations in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming operating under the Bradley Food Mart and Sav-O-Mat names.

For more on Buzz Calkins and Bradley Motorsports, please visit www.BuzzCalkins.com.

-Bradley Motorsports-

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