Lally Looking to "Light Things Up" in the Sylvania 300
Mooresville, N.C. (9/22/2011) - TRG Motorsports and the No. 71 Interstate Moving Services Ford Fusion return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the running of the Sylvania 300.
TRG Motorsports driver and NASCAR Rookie Andy Lally finished 28th at New Hampshire earlier this season. That finish helped the No. 71 team reclaim a position in the top-35 in NASCAR's Owner's Point Standings. The team has not looked back since and still sits solidly in the top-35, which is important as only the top-35 teams are guaranteed a starting position in the forty-three car field each week.
Lally's run at New Hampshire set him on a hot streak in which he earned an average finish of 25.8 and completed 99.7% of the laps run over the next five races. He commented:
"I'm looking forward to going back. I think our trip to Loudon earlier this year was really a turning point in our season. We were able to put together a streak of solid performances afterward, which really gave this team some momentum. I enjoy racing here, in some ways, the corners here are similar to a road course. I would say New Hampshire fits my background a little better than some of the other tracks we race on and I'm looking forward to racing in Loudon this weekend."
Crew chief Doug Richert has earned four career top-10 finishes at Loudon and will be seeking another solid run this weekend.
"This is one of the shortest races we run all season long. It will be important to take opportunities to improve our track position. Not only is this a shorter race, but it is also a track where passing is very difficult. Both of these factors contribute to the importance track position plays here. Andy did a great job last week at Chicagoland and we are hoping to string together some solid finishes as the season winds down so that we can carry some momentum into next season."
Team owner Kevin Buckler is also anticipating the trip to the Northeast, as he said:
"Our guys did a great job with our fuel strategy last weekend and we were fast most of the day. We have some really good cars now and are getting better. New Hampshire is a great track that fits Andy's style of driving. We have a lot of things that could play into our hands this weekend, which leads me to anticipate another solid run for this No. 71 team. Right now, we're trying to showcase our program to show people what we are capable of and what we think we can do as we head into 2012. We are still trying to place all of our ducks-in-a-row for next season and a few strong runs could really help us to move that process along faster."
Coverage of the Sylvania 300 begins Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.