FULLER FINISHES 26TH IN TEXAS RAIN STORM FORT WORTH, TX - Jeff Fuller and The Heritage Consumer Products Racing Team headed west for the Coca-Cola 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. Coming into the race, Fuller knew the challenge of ...
FULLER FINISHES 26TH IN TEXAS RAIN STORM
FORT WORTH, TX - Jeff Fuller and The Heritage Consumer Products Racing Team headed west for the Coca-Cola 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. Coming into the race, Fuller knew the challenge of the ultra-fast 1.5-mile superspeedway would be a tough one, but his team was ready for the challenge. After his strong run in Darlington last week, Fuller was ready for the Texas battle.
With a field of 61 cars entered for 43 spots, Fuller knew the biggest race of the weekend would be qualifying. Fuller won the qualifying race and earned the 28th place starting spot. The team worked hard during happy hour practice following qualifying to find the best racing setup for Saturday's big race.
As Saturday arrived and 100,000 fans poured into Texas Motor Speedway, excitement began to build. Just as Fuller and the 42 other competitors climbed into their cars, the skies opened up and the rain began. Fuller headed back to his car hauler to wait clear skies and the start of the race. Following a two-hour rain delay, it was time to get the race back on track. Following some warm up laps, the green flag dropped to signal the start of the race. Fuller raced hard as he tried to find the best line around the track. With a smooth handling race car, Fuller worked his way past traffic and into the top-twenty just 70 laps into the race. Fuller and his pit crew continued to work hard to improve his #89 Chevrolet Monte Carlo during each pit stop.
Just as Fuller was set to gain more spots the most unlikely of things happened. Right before a restart, Fuller's reached for the steering wheel, catching his sleeve on the safety belts and popping them open. Fuller was forced to come to pit road for a little help in getting the belts buckled, losing 2 laps along the way. After the repairs, Fuller continued on until lap 163 of 200 when the skies opened up again, with rain dousing the speedway. After 30 minutes of rain, NASCAR declared the race over, leaving Fuller in 26th place, 3 laps down to race winner Mark Martin.
'We had a good race car here today, the seat belt deal really hurt us, but it's better to be safe than drive at 180mph with no seat belt," Fuller said. "We will head to Nashville now and try and score a top-ten finish for Heritage Consumer Products."
The BellSouth 320 takes the green flag at 2:00pm EST. CBS and MRN will provide live coverage of the event from Nashville, Tennessee.