Goeters 31st in Scott Towels / Cottonelle Bath Tissue / Wal-Mart Ford at NASCAR Busch Series Debut in Canada No brakes, accident results in disappointing finish in historic event Montreal, Canada (August 4, 2007) ... The first-ever venture for...
Goeters 31st in Scott Towels / Cottonelle Bath Tissue / Wal-Mart Ford at NASCAR Busch Series Debut in Canada
No brakes, accident results in disappointing finish in historic event
Montreal, Canada (August 4, 2007) ... The first-ever venture for the NASCAR Busch Series to Canada will certainly be one to remember. Jorge Goeters drove the #27 Scott Towels / Cottonelle Bath Tissue / Wal-Mart Ford Fusion to a 31st-place finish after an accident on lap 57 ended their afternoon early.
The NAPA Auto Parts 200 Presented by Dodge was the inaugural race for the Busch Series at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The event also marked the "re-introduction" of Scott Towels and Cottonelle Bath Tissue to the Canadian market for Kimberly-Clark. And, with road course specialist Jorge Goeters piloting the #27 Scott / Cottonelle / Wal-Mart Ford, everyone had high hopes for an exciting race.
After an "open test day" on Thursday at the 2.7-mile circuit, Goeters and the #27 Brewco Motorsports Team worked on their race setup during both practice sessions on Friday. With qualifying on Saturday morning and the race later in the day, preparation and setup would be the primary goal of Crew Chief Stewart Cooper. The NAPA 200 was another of the Busch Series "impound" races; therefore, only limited adjustments would be permitted after qualifying.
Qualifying on Saturday morning was in groups of four or five cars on the course at the same time. Drivers were grouped based on practice speeds from Friday. Goeters and the #27 Scott / Cottonelle / Wal-Mart Ford Fusion would be in Group 5 with Carl Edwards, Jason Lefler, Stanton Barrett, and Alex Garcia. Goeters, who won the pole in a Brewco Motorsports car for the inaugural Busch Series race in Mexico City in 2005, posted a fast lap of 94.411 seconds / 103.297 mph during his qualifying run. At that time, Goeters was second fastest of the cars that had completed their qualifying attempt. However, after the final three group qualified, Goeters would have the 12th fastest speed during the session.
With beautiful weather and a crowd of over 68,000 in attendance, race day at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was filled with anticipation. Crew Chief Stewart Cooper and Jorge Goeters had a "game plan" for the 200-mile race, and their strategy would, hopefully, be rewarded at the finish. The first phase of this strategy was to pit early in the race. Goeters brought the Scott / Cottonelle / Wal-Mart Ford to pit road on lap 11 for tires and fuel. This "green-flag" stop dropped Goeters in the running order, but he regained track position when the leaders made their pit stops during caution on lap 32. Goeters reported to Cooper that his brakes were a "little soft", but his car was "really good". Cooper kept reminding Goeters to "save your equipment, be smooth, it's a long race".
Goeters would restart seventh on lap 35, but drop back outside the top ten on the first lap of green. When caution waved on lap 37 for oil on the circuit, Goeters remained on the track and restarted fourth on lap 41. Shortly after the restart, Goeters would pit under green for tires, fuel, and minor chassis adjustments. He would rejoin the race in 17th position. However, the leaders would still have to make a pit stop before the end of the race and Goeters would regain track position.
As he was working his way back through the field, Goeters experienced brake problems. On lap 57, Goeters went into turn six of the 2.7-mile circuit and had no brakes. He spun the Scott/ Cottonelle / Wal-Mart Ford and backed into the retaining barrier. Goeters was able to drive back around the course; however, he had no brakes to stop the car. He finally coasted to a stop in the grass outside turn two. The heavy damage to the left rear would prove to be terminal and the day ended for the #27 Scott / Cottonelle / Wal-Mart Team in 31st position.
"I really hate that our race ended this way," Goeters stated after the event. "I went into turn six and had no brakes, spun, and made contact with the wall. The car was very good, and I believe that we were going to be a contender at the end. Stewart (Crew Chief Cooper) and the team did a great job preparing the Scott / Cottonelle / Wal-Mart Ford for this race. This is an historic event and I'm thankful for the opportunity to race in it for Kimberly-Clark and Brewco Motorsports."
Goeters will drive the #27 Brewco Ford again next week at Watkins Glen International. The NASCAR Busch Series makes their annual visit to the Finger Lakes Region of New York for the Zippo 200 at The Glen on Saturday, August 11th. Practice begins on Friday, with qualifying set for 11:35 a.m. ET on Saturday. The 82-lap, 200.9-mile race will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET. ESPN2 will televise the race live with MRN providing the radio coverage. Look for Goeters and the #27 Ford Fusion to make another competitive run for the checkers at Watkins Glen.