Loudon: Mike Bliss race report

KEY MOTORSPORTS SUFFERS ENGINE FAILURE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY; FINISHES 34th IN NEW ENGLAND 200 Key Motorsports team members unloaded the No. 40 Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway focused on a positive result in Saturday's New...

KEY MOTORSPORTS SUFFERS ENGINE FAILURE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY; FINISHES 34th IN NEW ENGLAND 200

Key Motorsports team members unloaded the No. 40 Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway focused on a positive result in Saturday's New England 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series event. Their tireless effort coupled with the abilities of veteran driver Mike Bliss placed the unsponsored machine 13th in the 43-car running order with 53 laps remaining when misfortune struck in the form of a cracked piston, relegating the No. 40 Key Motorsports Chevrolet to a 34th-place finish.

The diligence of Bliss and the Key Motorsports crew bore fruit off the trailer with the team 11th on the speed chart in Happy Hour, after completing a combined 43 laps of practice during both Friday sessions.

Bliss had a great start to the New England 200, taking the green flag from the 21st starting spot and moving into the top-20 within the initial 10 laps of the 200-lap contest. The Oregon native carefully engineered his moves through the field to occupy the 15th position at the half-way point, continuing forward to 13th when the engine let go on lap 147, bringing out caution number three of the day.

"We had a good car today, just working our way through there when the motor broke. It's disappointing," said Bliss. "We've had some real good runs going in the 40 car this year, our results haven't reflected the performance this team is capable of. Hopefully we are past our bad luck and look forward to next week at Daytona."

Key Motorsports crew chief Gary Showalter complimented Bliss and the Key Motorsports team on their efforts at New Hampshire.

"Mike and the guys were on their game at New Hampshire," said Showalter. "The crew prepared a good car and Mike was real patient in the race. We were working on a top-10 finish and weren't expecting any motor problems. It's hard to swallow when you have good cars."

Key Motorsports is currently 25th in NASCAR Nationwide Series owner points going to Daytona. Mike Bliss will be behind the wheel of the Westerman Companies/Key Motorsports Chevrolet No. 40 in the Subway Jalepeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, July 2, 2010.

-source: key motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Mike Bliss