Milwaukee: Kelly Sutton race notes

Successful Send-Off for Sutton West Allis, WI (June 24, 2007) -Kelly Sutton, in possibly her last race of the 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, had a successful sendoff Friday night in the running of the Milwaukee 200 at the ...

Successful Send-Off for Sutton

West Allis, WI (June 24, 2007) -Kelly Sutton, in possibly her last race of the 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, had a successful sendoff Friday night in the running of the Milwaukee 200 at the famed Milwaukee Mile.

Sutton, who suffered from a respiratory infection this weekend, took to the track in the No. 51 Team COPAXONE ® (glatiramer acetate injection) Chevrolet Silverado placing it solidly in the 36 truck starting field after posting a time of 30.313 seconds at a speed of 118.761 mph.

The team took to the track that evening with eager anticipation to have a solid finish in the 200-lap/200-mile NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race for Sutton, who is currently seeking additional sponsorship to run additional races this year,

Sutton ran solid laps times close to the leaders but reported over the radio she felt that she was a little loose and had some tire chatter. Crew chief and Wisconsinite Richie Wauters assured her they would make the right adjustments when she hit pit road. Sure enough, Wauters instructed the crew to adjust the track bar to help loosen the race truck and put on four fresh Good Year tires before sending her back out onto the track.

The changes stuck and Sutton did what she knew she could do, which was to run consistent lines and times on the track. Her consistency paid off for the team as she took the checkered flag on lap 200 in the 20th place position for her best finish at the one-mile short track.

"It was a great night," Sutton said. "This whole Billy Ballew Motorsports organization is top notch and it has been a pleasure working with them. We had a pretty loose truck in the corners early on and tight off but when we pitted Richie (Wauters) managed to really make the right calls for adjustments. I'm so happy to have had a great finish for both the guys on the No. 51 and the No. 15 that are from Wisconsin. I'm really proud of the whole effort and look forward to being back behind the wheel showing others with my condition that they too can live full and productive lives."

Aric Almirola will take wheel of the Billy Ballew Motorsports entry next week at the Memphis Motorsports Park for the running of the O'Reilly 200 Saturday, June 30, 2007.

-credit: BillyBallewMotorsports.com

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kelly Sutton , Aric Almirola