Jaques Lazier and Classmates.com Notch First Top 10 Finish TeamXtreme Teamate Airton Dare' Puts Points on the Board Fort Worth, June 9 -- Jaques Lazier marched his way to a top 10 finish in the ...
Jaques Lazier and Classmates.com Notch First Top 10 Finish
TeamXtreme Teamate Airton Dare' Puts Points on the Board
Fort Worth, June 9 -- Jaques Lazier marched his way to a top 10 finish in the #77 Classmates Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria car in one of this season's most exciting wheel-to-wheel battles at the Texas Motorspeedway.
"Fuel strategy played a significant role in tonight's first top 10 finish for Classmates," said Lazier. "I was picking off the guys in front of me as the race waged on. The power was definitely there, and the neutrality of the car allowed me to weave through the pack. The Classmates car advanced to the 11th spot by lap #192 and then the fuel strategy came into play and we jumped into the number 9 position by the end. I'm really happy for Classmates and the crew, who worked so hard this week."
2000 Rookie of the Year Airton Dare' took full advantage of some quick pit stops as well. During the first yellow flag, the 1-800-BAR NONE car made its way to the pits and did a lightning-fast 11 second tire change and refueling procedure. Dare' displayed his aggressive driving characteristics and made a mad dash for the lead position at the wave of the green flag. He maintained a top 5 position after several laps leading the pack. By lap #97, he was in the #5 spot and led Scott Sharp by seven lengths. "The car was well balanced and I was having a lot of fun in this race," says Dare'. "We were running with the leaders the whole night because we had the handling to make our way to the front and the horsepower to keep us there."
Shortly after the 100 lap mark, Dare' experienced an unusual sensation in the rear right wheel. "I knew it wasn't the motor because the RPM engines were strong all weekend and throughout tonight's race," says Dare'. "I felt a twist in the right rear wheel, and then the next thing I knew, we were back on the paddock working on one of the rear wheel bearings. The 1-800-BAR NONE crew did a great job of putting me back on track quickly so that we could put some points on the board." Dare' and the crew returned to the track by lap #159 and they were able to advance two positions and finished 19th. Now the teammates prepare strategies for next week's race in Lazier's hometown.