BIRES GAINING TRACTION FOR NATIONWIDE SERIES STRETCH DRIVE CONCORD, N.C. -- The entry list for Friday night's Dollar General 300 was released Tuesday morning. Kelly Bires, driver of the No. 47 Samaritan's Feet Ford, and crew chief Scott...
BIRES GAINING TRACTION FOR NATIONWIDE SERIES STRETCH DRIVE
CONCORD, N.C. -- The entry list for Friday night's Dollar General 300 was released Tuesday morning. Kelly Bires, driver of the No. 47 Samaritan's Feet Ford, and crew chief Scott Zipadelli never looked.
The Lowe's Motor Speedway is the hometown track for nearly every team in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series, so the race attracted a lot of Cup regulars. For Bires, Zipadelli and everyone else at JTG Daugherty Racing, the 200-mile main event isn't about the competition.
"We concentrate on the things we can control," Bires said. "We don't have anything to do with the other teams. We feel like we should run in the Top 10 every week, regardless of who's out there on the track. If there's a lot of Cup regulars, that's fine. It doesn't change what we do. We're looking for solid Top-10 finish. Anything less would be a disappointment."
Bires finished ninth at the 1.5-mile quad-oval a year ago -- his first race at Lowe's. JTG Daugherty Racing has developed one of the top programs for the high-banked, mile-and-a-half tracks. Despite hitting the wall and knocking in a fender, Bires finished ninth at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway in this last race.
"I'm sure there will be a lot of Cup guys in the race, but we're not worried about them," Zipadelli said. "Our mile-and-a-half program is really strong. Our No. 1 goal, of course, is a win. But to do that, you have to run in the Top 10. We're doing that. Our goal for the final five races is to finish the season with five Top-10s in a row."
In all, there are 15 drivers who are scheduled to compete in the Dollar General 300, as well as Saturday night's Cup race.
The team will sport the colors of Samaritan's Feet. It's an international non-profit organization that provides shoes for children affected by poverty, war and religious persecution. According to Samaritan's Feet, more than 300,000 children -- primarily in Africa -- are without shoes.
"We're proud to bring some attention to Samaritan's Feet," Bires said. "The work they do is amazing. We challenge all our fans to help. Hopefully we can get the ball rolling with a Top 10 finish on Friday."
-credit: JTG Racing