Fontana: JR Fitzpatrick qualifying report

J.R. Fitzpatrick Qualifies TRG Motorsports Chevy 22nd in California Fontana, Calif. (February 20, 2009) - John Ryan (J.R.) Fitzpatrick qualified the No. 7 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado in 22nd for tomorrow's running of the NASCAR...

J.R. Fitzpatrick Qualifies TRG Motorsports Chevy 22nd in California

Fontana, Calif. (February 20, 2009) - John Ryan (J.R.) Fitzpatrick qualified the No. 7 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado in 22nd for tomorrow's running of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series San Bernardino 200.

Fitzpatrick has been busy this weekend making adjustments to his No. 7 Chevy. The 20 year old from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada posted a time of 42.768 and 168 mph that will see him start from the 11th row. Fitzpatrick is visiting the track in the valley of the San Gabriel Mountains for the first time.

"We made improvements for sure," Fitzpatrick said. "I held it to the mat all the way around, I just didn't have much grip in the front. We are improving. This is my first time here. I think the truck will be pretty decent in the race, we will see how it goes."

J.R. is getting his feet on the ground at this tricky Auto Club Speedway tri-oval. "Just trying to find the right line and get a good idea of what I need at this place is a challenge. I am still learning what the truck needs and I need to get around here fast. I think it will be alright."

The trucks had to qualify on race setup as NASCAR impounds the trucks after qualifying.

"Yesterday we were faster in race trim than we were today. Improving the truck for the qualifying run will definitely help us for the race. We will just have to go and not wreck anything and we can have a good finish."

Kevin Buckler, TRG Motorsports team owner, likes the way that Fitzpatrick is progressing.

"J.R. has done a good job all weekend getting up to speed at what is a new track for him," Buckler said. "Butch Hylton and the TRG Motorsports guys have a lot of experience on these tri-ovals so we have a good truck for him for the race tomorrow. If he takes the same patient approach as he did at Daytona last weekend we'll have a good day."

Fitzpatrick is coming off an excellent run at Daytona last weekend where he led the most laps with 17, was the top finishing Chevrolet Silverado driver, won the Wix Filters lap leader award and was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race Award winner.

-credit: trgm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Buckler , J.R. Fitzpatrick
Teams TRG Motorsports