FAST CAR, BUT A FRUSTRATING NIGHT FOR MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOLS CHEVROLET September 9, 2007. John Ryan (J.R.) Fitzpatrick and the Milwaukee Electric Tools Chevrolet team were determined to race hard and bounce back after a frustrating race a week...
FAST CAR, BUT A FRUSTRATING NIGHT FOR MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOLS CHEVROLET
September 9, 2007. John Ryan (J.R.) Fitzpatrick and the Milwaukee Electric Tools Chevrolet team were determined to race hard and bounce back after a frustrating race a week ago and expected a good finish at Barrie Speedway for round ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season. While they did claim a top-ten finish, their expectations were much higher.
In the afternoon practice the Milwaukee Electric Tools Chevrolet was its usual quick self and J.R. was determined to qualify up front for the 300 lap main event. Perhaps a little too determined. Fitzpatrick got a bit too aggressive on his first qualifying lap and spun the car. Managing to keep it off the concrete wall J.R. recovered and would qualify in twelfth spot. "I should have lifted a bit earlier" said the young man afterwards.
As competition began J.R. Fitzpatrick channeled that frustration into his driving and quickly moved the Milwaukee Electric Tools Chevy into the top-ten. With the cooler evening temperatures however the car was not as he would have liked. "It was pretty tight early in the race so we decided that we'd change left side tires to help the handling" said the driver.
During a caution period the Milwaukee Electric Tools team performed perfect service and returned J.R. to the fight. However the car did not change much. "I just had to ride it out for a while, but after our second stop when we changed right sides, the Milwaukee Electric Tools car really hooked up"
With a car to his liking Fitzpatrick set about the task of running down the leaders and headed toward the front of the field. But once again a spin would be his undoing. As the Milwaukee Electric Tools car continued to move up through the field, the driving became more intense. "I was getting to the front and there are some guys that will race cleaner than others. I got body slammed a couple of times and I got spun around" said the frustrated driver.
Fitzpatrick would stay off the wall again but their opportunity for at least a podium finish was denied. "The spin in qualifying was my fault, but out on the track I got hit and that denied us the kind of finish we deserved". The Milwaukee Electric Tools Chevy would finish 9th.
After ten events J.R. Fitzpatrick and the Milwaukee Electric Tools team are sixth in the overall point standings.