Kansas: Kelly Bires preview

KANSAS CAN GET BIRES, JTG DAUGHERTY RACING BACK ON TRACK KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- There are parts of last week's race at Dover, Del., that Kelly Bires wants to remember. There also are parts he wants to forget. No matter what, Saturday's Kansas...

KANSAS CAN GET BIRES, JTG DAUGHERTY RACING BACK ON TRACK

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- There are parts of last week's race at Dover, Del., that Kelly Bires wants to remember. There also are parts he wants to forget.

No matter what, Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 at the Kansas Speedway is the perfect place to get the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing back on track.

Bires started on the outside pole last week and was running second when he blew a tire and hit the wall. Kansas represents the perfect opportunity for Bires to use selective memory by keeping in mind all the good things from a week ago and forgetting the rest.

"The best thing about this sport is you're as good as your last race," Bires said. "We were good at Dover, although the results didn't prove it. We can make better memories at Kansas."

The mile and-a-half tracks have been the team's strengths this year. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli said the team has developed a newer generation of race cars that make it easier to duplicate important components. Therefore, it won't be difficult to roll out another JTG Daugherty Racing Ford that's every bit as good, if not better, than the last.

"We're getting our arms around this car," Zipadelli said. "Our cars usually are good right off the truck when we get to the track. We've changed our approach a little bit during practice. We try to avoid making a lot of changes. We take what we have and we deal with it."

Bires is 14th in the Nationwide Series standings.

"We can get back on track at Kansas. There's no reason not to expect a solid Top-10 finish. And if we do a lot of the same things we did last week at Dover, there's no reason not to think we can win the race."

FAST & FUN FACTS:

- Bires is 14th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings with two Top-10 finishes in 29 starts for JTG Daugherty Racing.

- Bires will be making his second start at the Kansas Speedway. He started 21st and finished 40th there last year.

- Bires is a two-time Wisconsin state high school wrestling champion.

- Bires won the 2006 American Speed Association national championship.

-credit: jtgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kelly Bires
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing