Watkins Glen: Andy Lally race report

Lally Finishes 27th in the TRG Motorsports/TaxSlayer.com Chevy at The Glen Watkins Glen, N.Y., (August 11, 2009) - Andy Lally finished his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Race today at Watkins Glen International in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at...

Lally Finishes 27th in the TRG Motorsports/TaxSlayer.com Chevy at The Glen

Watkins Glen, N.Y., (August 11, 2009) - Andy Lally finished his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Race today at Watkins Glen International in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen in 27th place. A mid-race incident, causing damage to the front of the No. 71 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet Impala SS, forced Lally to ride out the last 28 laps.

glen race A rain-out on Sunday had the Sprint Cup newcomer waiting an additional day to get his first taste of race competition. Once the green flag dropped the Northport, New York native went into strategy mode. Taking race management direction from crew chief Richard "Slugger" Labbe and road race veteran team principal Kevin Buckler, Lally was managing his brakes and fuel for a run at the end. Unfortunately on lap 62 there was big wreck coming off the Outer Loop Turn and Lally got into the back of the No. 6 UPS car causing extensive damage to the front of the TaxSlayer.com Chevy.

"I am disappointed we weren't able to avoid the wreck on lap 62," Lally said. "I was so tucked under his rear bumper that I could not see anything in front of him. It was the only five second window on the track where one of my spotters could not see the car. Unfortunately all I had was a window full of brown with the UPS car. He just jumped on the brakes and I could not get my car slowed down and I got into the back of him. My guys worked hard on the car in pit lane and got me out and we were able to make up a couple of positions."

Lally had a good car for the race and was biding his time and gaining track position.

"We had a good balance on the car. We were lacking a little grip all the way around. We were tight in some areas and loose in others. Being my first race it is kind of hard to take a big swing at changes during pit stops and risk messing up the balance. I wanted to have a good competitive run and not make any foolish moves or mistakes. Slugger and Kevin did a great job coaching me all day."

Lally reflected on his first Sprint Cup start.

"The race was everything I always thought it would it be. The racing on the track and the pit stops was crazy, crazy, crazy. It was a lot of fun. Waiting to run on Monday was a little disappointing. I was ready and wanted to get it going yesterday. I would like to do some more Sprint Cup races and run some oval races. I ultimately would like to do some testing. TRG Motorsports has a tight budget so that makes track time limited, but I am ready!"

Kevin Buckler, TRG Motorsports team principal, is happy with Lally's first Sprint Cup effort.

"Andy had a very good first Sprint Cup outing," Buckler said. "He did everything we asked. He was very smart on the restarts and was managing his car like a veteran. We need a little more intensity on pit lane with leaving the pit box, but that will come with more laps and races. The wreck was unfortunate. The crew did a great job to get the car back drivable and we picked up four more positions at the checker. We would like to get Andy some Sprint Cup oval experience before the season is over, we will see."

David Gilliland will return to the No. 71 as the team moves onto Michigan International Speedway for the Carfax 400 to be run on Sunday, August 16.

-credit: trgm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , David Gilliland
Teams TRG Motorsports