BIRES REBOUNDS WITH 10th-PLACE FINISH FOR JTG DAUGHERTY RACING KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kelly Bires and the rest of the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing team shows their resilience last Saturday, racing to a tenth place finish in the Kansas Lottery 300...
BIRES REBOUNDS WITH 10th-PLACE FINISH FOR JTG DAUGHERTY RACING
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kelly Bires and the rest of the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing team shows their resilience last Saturday, racing to a tenth place finish in the Kansas Lottery 300 at the Kansas Speedway. And in the process, Bires improved to 13th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings.
A week earlier Bires crashed hard at Dover, Del., after blowing a tire while running third. The team bounced back at the 1.5-mile Kansas track by qualifying 10th and racing to the team's fourth Top-10 finish of the season.
"It just shows how hard everyone is working on this No. 47 team week in and week out," Bires said. "We and a Top-three car last week before we had that unfortunate accident. To come back a week later with a new car and finish in the Top 10 is fantastic."
The team now heads into next week's open date with a lot of confidence.
"This off week is going to be a lot more fun," said crew chief Scott Zipadelli. "We still have a lot of work to do to get ready for the race at Charlotte (on Oct. 10), but everyone will have a little bounce in their steps. We've got five races left this year and everyone is excited to finish with a strong push."
Bires said his Ford Fusion was too loose early in the race. In fact, his car bounced off the backstretch wall as JTG Daugherty Racing teammate Marcos Ambrose made a mid-race pass.
Zipadelli ordered a couple adjustments that brought Bires' car to life during the final 100 miles.
"We were moving forward at the end of the race -- and that's what you want," Bires said. "That's the result of good communication and good teamwork. We knew what we had for a car and we knew how to make it better. We did that with every stop today. If it had been a 400-mile race, we would have finished even better. The car was really coming on at the end."
The off week will allow the team to prepare for the final five races of the season. Bires wants to finish strong so the team can start the 2009 campaign with a running start.
"As long as we have days like we did at Kansas, the future of JTG Daugherty Racing is bright," Bires said. "We moved up one spot in the standings. We've had one of the best cars for more than a month. We're coming on strong."