Goeters Charges to Seventh in Telcel Motorola Mexico 200 Hometown driver scores first top ten of season for ...
Goeters Charges to Seventh in Telcel Motorola Mexico 200
Hometown driver scores first top ten of season for #27 team
Mexico City, Mexico - Jorge Goeters, racing in his hometown of Mexico City, charged to a seventh-place finish in the Telcel Motorola Mexico 200 presented by Banamex on Sunday afternoon. The annual visit to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez by the NASCAR Busch Series produced one of the most talented field of competitors and one of the best road course events in series history.
Goeters was competing in the Telcel Motorola Mexico 200 for the third consecutive season with Brewco Motorsports. The 36-year old driver won the pole for the inaugural event in 2005, and held the track qualifying record entering this race. After practicing in the top ten during the practice prior to qualifying, Goeters would be placed in the final group of seven fastest cars for his qualifying attempt. NASCAR used the road racing system for qualifying with groups of six to seven cars on course at the same time. Each session was six minutes in length, and drivers could run as many laps as desired during that time limit.
With a host of family and friends cheering him during his race against the clock, Goeters posted a fast lap of 87.835 / 103.203 mph to earn the fourth starting position for the 200-mile race. It marked the best qualifying effort for the #27 Brewco Motorsports team since Casey Atwood qualified second at Dover last September.
At the beginning of the race, Goeters reported to Crew Chief Stewart Cooper that his Scotiabank Ford was "a little tight". When teams started making green-flag pit stops on lap ten, Goeters moved up to the third position. Two laps later, Goeters took the lead and held the top position for three laps. It was the first laps led during the 2007 season for the #27 Brewco Motorsports Team.
Goeters made his first pit stop of the race on lap 15 for tires and fuel and returned to the action in the 17th position. The first caution of the race waved on lap 23, and Goeters stayed on the course to gain track position. The Mexico City competitor moved up to sixth before making his second stop of the afternoon on lap 43. The crew made a wedge adjustment as well as changed four tires and refueled. Goeters reentered the race in 22nd.
On lap 52, Goeters made contact with the slower car of Todd Souza creating the second caution of the race. Goeters would pit on lap 54 for the crew to repair damage to the right front and change tires. Restarting 25th on lap 55, Goeters would begin his march toward the front.
With several cautions during the latter stages of the race, Goeters moved up in the running order. With the hometown driver making a late-race charge, Goeters was running 11th with two laps remaining. However, another caution set up a "green-white-checkered flag" finish. Restarting 10th on lap 80, Goeters charged past three cars in the final laps to earn a hard- fought 7th-place finish. Goeters finish was the first top-ten for the #27 Brewco Motorsports Team since July 29, 2006 at Gateway International Raceway when David Green finished 7th, a span of fifteen races.
"I want to thank Brewco Motorsports, Scotiabank, Xtreme Gel, Star Motorsports, and Kleenex for this opportunity," Goeters said after the event. "To have a competitive car for this race in my homeland is very exciting. Stewart (Crew Chief Cooper) and the team were great to work with, and I thank them for all their effort. I hate that I had a problem with the slower car (#13), but we still had a strong car. At the finish, it was really close racing with lots of contact. I look forward to my next race with Brewco at Montreal."
The #27 Brewco Motorsports Team next travels to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Sam's Town 300 on Saturday, March 10th. Ward Burton will pilot the #27 Scott's Extra Soft Ford Fusion in his third race of the 2007 season. The Sam's Town 300 is set for a 3 PM ET start on Saturday, with qualifying scheduled for 8 PM ET on Friday, March 9th.