Fernandez Drives #57 Lowe's Chevy to 17th at Watkins Glen Busch Race
Adrian Fernandez drove the #57 Lowe's Chevrolet of Hendrick Motorsports to a 17th-place finish in today's 200-mile NASCAR Busch Series race at Watkins Glen International.
Fernandez, the owner-driver of the #12 Lowe's Fernandez Racing Pontiac in the Grand American Rolex Series, made his second Busch start of the season from the 17th row after struggling through various handling maladies during some 80 minutes of practice here on Friday, then qualifying earlier today. His first lap of today's schedule 82-lap event was his most productive as he emerged in 23rd after his first tour of the legendary 2.45-mile road circuit. He was up to 19th before pitting for the first time on Lap 10 to begin making adjustments to remedy a loose condition. Fernandez ran as high as 15th on Lap 45, and was in 24th after pitting a fourth and final time for tires and fuel and more handling adjustments on Lap 59. From there, he steadily worked his way forward to his final finishing position of 17th.
Next up for Fernandez, who started fourth and finished 12th in the #57 at Mexico City in March, are the final two Rolex Series events of the season Aug. 26 at Sonoma, Calif., and Sept. 2 just outside Salt Lake City.
Adrian Fernandez: "We did everything we could and had a pretty decent run to show for it today. The first lap was definitely exciting. I couldn't believe we got by that many cars. I knew from there it was going to be difficult to get to the front because we had some varying degrees of loose and push to get out of the Lowe's car. I was tight in the chicane and loose through the esses. We were good on the restarts, which helped us from losing any ground after all those yellows. What it all comes down to is we were so limited in practice time this weekend that we really didn't have a chance to get everything dialed into the car that we needed for this track. Considering how strong we've run together on the road course in Mexico, 17th is a little disappointing. But we did everything we could under the circumstances. I'm glad to have had another opportunity to drive for Rick Hendrick and his Lowe's team."
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