Nashville II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Bryan Clauson and the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge Team (NNS) Clauson's Nashville Stats: This weekend will mark Clauson's second effort in NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) competition at Nashville Superspeedway. He made his first NNS start at the ...

Bryan Clauson and the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge Team (NNS)

Clauson's Nashville Stats: This weekend will mark Clauson's second effort in NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) competition at Nashville Superspeedway. He made his first NNS start at the 1.33-mile oval this past March when he and the Fastenal Team worked to overcome a tight-handling race car and long green-flag runs to bring the No. 40 Dodge home in 17th place (started 18th). The teen also competed at the Tennessee track last August in the ARCA 150 during which he started eighth and finished second. Altogether in 2007, he made six ARCA starts, collecting one win, one pole, four top-five and six top-15 finishes.

Clauson Racing into Weekend: Prior to getting on track this Friday in the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge, Clauson will take the track Wednesday night (June 4) at Mount Lawn Speedway in New Castle, Ind., to enter two midget cars in the USAC Regional Midget race. Clauson will wheel his No. 47 midget car while Hunter Schuerenberg from Sikeston, Mo., races Clauson's No. 7 midget car. This will be the first time Clauson has entered his two midget cars in the same race since he began his race team earlier this year. Schuerenberg, who is 18-years-old and a recent graduate of Sikeston High School, is a long-time friend and fellow competitor of Clauson's. The two have been racing together for more than three years. This Wednesday's run will mark the second start for the No. 47 midget and first for the No. 7.

Welcome aboard, Mason!: Mason Jennings will be spending his first race weekend with the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge Team this upcoming Friday and Saturday, joining the CGRFS NNS crew to serve as tire specialist. He is originally from Edmond, Okla.

CGRFS NNS Rookie Class Update: Clauson is currently second in the NNS Raybestos® Rookie standings, trailing his fellow Fastenal Teammate and NNS rookie class leader Franchitti by eight points (100-92). Clauson has grabbed Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors twice in nine starts this season, first at Daytona and then in early May at Richmond.

Standings Update: The No. 40 Fastenal Team is 19th in the overall NNS owner standings. With a current tally of 1,509 points, the team is 38 points outside the top 15, 228 out of 10th and 678 points away from first.

Bryan Clauson comments on racing at Nashville Superspeedway and what he looks forward to most when it comes to running non-companion weekends: "I always look forward to running the non-companion races for many reasons. It's a lot of fun because a lot of these places where we do run non-companion events, I get to run more with my peers and guys like me who are newer to the sport. It's a lot of fun to go out there and race with some of my buddies. I also look forward to these places because they are just fun tracks to race. There will still be some Sprint Cup regulars flying in to run, but it is a little nicer without as many of the cup guys there. You're still going up against 42 talented racers so the competition isn't any easier.

"This weekend, we're actually going to go back with a completely different setup. We went there on right-front coil bind last race and we are going to go back left front. I think the winner ran left front and a lot of the guys that ran up front ran on left front. So we're going to go back and try that. We are taking our best car we have. It is the one Dario has run practically all year. It's his favorite car and they have had the most success with it. So, we're really looking forward to this weekend and feel like with the stuff we're bringing to the race track we should have a good shot at running in the top five."

CHASSIS INFO

No. 40 Fastenal Dodge (NNS): Chassis #653. This is the same car the Fastenal Team raced at Dover last weekend, which carried the team and Franchitti to a 15th-place finish (started 23rd). Prior to that, Clauson drove the car to an 18th-place finish at Darlington Raceway (started 11th). This will be the seventh start of the 2008 season for this car.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Chip Ganassi , Bryan Clauson , Hunter Schuerenberg
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing