Chicagoland: Kelly Bires preview

COMFORT THE KEY FOR BIRES, CLOROX TEAM AT CHICAGOLAND JOLIET, Ill. -- Kelly Bires will make his second trip to the Chicagoland Speedway for Friday night's Dollar General 300 with a new race car -- and new sense of comfort. Bires' JTG Racing...

COMFORT THE KEY FOR BIRES, CLOROX TEAM AT CHICAGOLAND

JOLIET, Ill. -- Kelly Bires will make his second trip to the Chicagoland Speedway for Friday night's Dollar General 300 with a new race car -- and new sense of comfort.

Bires' JTG Racing team has a new generation Clorox Ford Fusion for the race. Bires has a year of experience in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

"I'm very comfortable at this point," Bires said. "I have seen just about every track we run at in the Nationwide Series, and going back to these tracks for the second time is going to put us ahead as a team before we get there."

Chicagoland's 1.5-mile, tri-oval layout also adds to the comfort level for the Clorox team. JTG Racing's strength has been on the intermediate tracks, especially ones with steep banking and fast straightaways. "I'm really looking forward to Chicago," Bires said.

b^0x001cI feel our mile-and-a-half program is our strongest point. With the race moving to night, we should have a ton more grip. We struggled there a little bit last year, but that was my sixth Nationwide race. I've learned a lot since then. I'm a lot more comfortable.

b^0x001cSince then, we've built a new generation car like the ones we're running this year. Everyone at JTG Racing has worked really hard to take this program to another level. We're all getting better as a team every week. We're more than ready for the challenge."

Crew chief Scott Zipadelli is pleased with the team's progress.

He's so optimistic, he expects the No. 47 Clorox Ford to run in the Top 10 every week. "Our cars are certainly better; Kelly's certainly matured as a driver," he said. "We are very comfortable on the mile-and-a-half tracks. We've been able to build on our intermediate track program every week. We're at the point now where we expect to run good."

Bires agreed. "We're looking forward to a solid Top-10 finish this week," he said. "I'm comfortable saying that."

-credit: jtgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kelly Bires