Kentucky: Kelly Bires race report

BIRES, CLOROX TEAM LOOK FOR POSITIVES AFTER KENTUCKY SPARTA, Ken. -- Kelly Bires wanted to put a positive spin on the performance of the No. 47 Clorox Ford in Saturday night's Meijer 300, but he took the more direct route "We just missed it," he...

BIRES, CLOROX TEAM LOOK FOR POSITIVES AFTER KENTUCKY

SPARTA, Ken. -- Kelly Bires wanted to put a positive spin on the performance of the No. 47 Clorox Ford in Saturday night's Meijer 300, but he took the more direct route "We just missed it," he said.

The JTG Racing team came to the Kentucky Speedway with hopes of another Top-10 finish, but it had to settle for a 19th-place finish. Practice was rained out on Friday, but Bires said the Clorox Ford responded well in the bright sunshine during Saturday's early session. The night race, however, was a different story.

"For some reason, we just missed it with our race setup," he said. "We had a good car in practice. It reacted like it was something mechanical, not with the actual setup. We have to take it back to the shop and do our homework. I'm sure this race team will find out what happened. We'll put our finger on it, I'm sure."

Crew chief Scott Zipadelli said the team won't rest until it pinpoints the problem. "We generally break a can down after every race anyway," he said. "If we don't see anything in our basic teardown, we'll look ever deeper. If we have to remove every bolt, we will.

"I know we're all disappointed because we expected so much, but there are some positive things we can take from this race. We missed our setup, no doubt. But we still came home with a Top 20 finish. Kelly wrestled with an ill-handling car all day and managed to get it home in one piece. We made the most of a bad situation."

Bires now heads to The Milwaukee Mile ranked 14th in the Nationwide Series standings. The legendary one-mile racetrack is less than two hours from his home at Mauston, Wis. He won a race at Milwaukee in 2006 in the American Speed Association -- the same year he won that national championship.

Bires said he's eager to get to Milwaukee -- not only to see family and old friends, but to put some racing miles behind last Saturday night's effort at Kentucky. "The good thing about racing is by the time you get to the next race, the last race is forgotten," he said. "You're always looking ahead in this sport. You learn from the past, but you don't dwell on it. Also, this race team is always pushing forward. As a team, we try to learn from all of our experiences -- good and bad.

"I know when we go to Milwaukee I'm going to have a good car. Kentucky won't be on anyone's mind."

-credit: jtg

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kelly Bires