Fletcher Finishes in top Twenty Montreal, QC; John Fletcher and the London Mechanical/JBM Leasing ...
Fletcher Finishes in top Twenty
Montreal, QC; John Fletcher and the London Mechanical/JBM Leasing #49 Dodge Avenger may have had a nineteen place result at the NAPA 100, the result is not indicative of the teams effort. The seventh event of the 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series run on the historic Circuit Gilles Villenueve with 33 of Canada's top stock stars tackling the 13 turn 2.7 mile track that is home to the Canadian Grand Prix. Montreal race fans where treated to another great race in which John started 31st.
Starting 31st in the NAPA 100 due to a lack of track time and a clutch change in which was a result of a broken clutch during practice after 4 laps and another clutch failure in qualifying. Starting at the tail of the field with only 7 laps on a track the team has not been on or seen before Fridays practice was fine with the London Mechanical/JBM Leasing pilot. "With out the experience here we need a couple of laps at the start to make sure the car will perform" John also added "The #1 will have to go to the back, he will be good to follow for a bit". John referring to Peter Gibbons having to go to the rear as well for a clutch change as well.
With the NAPA 100 under way John began to advance positions and feeling comfortable with the tight track. The race had two cautions to tighten the field up but cost John spots on the track due to NASCAR's rule of freezing the field to the prior completed lap resulting in John having to pass cars that where passed already. As the race was coming to a close with three laps remaining and running in the fifteenth sport and poised to gain a spot or two more, John looped the car coming to the front strait only to fined in post race review of the car that the front sway bar broke thus causing the ill handling in the final laps.