Phoenix II: JTG Racing/Bires race report

NO LUCK IN THE PITS FOR BIRES, No. 47 GLAD RACE TEAM AVONDALE, Ariz. -- As long as the cars were on the racetrack at full speed, Kelly Bires and the No. 47 Glad Odor Shield Ford was all right. Pit road, however, was another story. Bires had to...

NO LUCK IN THE PITS FOR BIRES, No. 47 GLAD RACE TEAM

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- As long as the cars were on the racetrack at full speed, Kelly Bires and the No. 47 Glad Odor Shield Ford was all right. Pit road, however, was another story.

Bires had to race through the field twice during last Saturday's Hefty Odor Block 200 at the Phoenix International Raceway after having problems on pit road. A broken air hose and a collision kept JTG Daugherty Racing from enjoying a Top-10 finish, but the team still managed a 17th-place effort.

The first problem came during the first round of pit stops. Bires started 17th and was moving toward front when he made his first stop. The broken air hose dropped him out of the Top 20 and into the middle of traffic.

During Bires' third pit stop, his Ford was struck by another car as he pulled out of his stall. The collision damaged the fender, prompting the team to make a second stop for repairs.

"We kept losing track position and that made it tough," Bires said. "We were able to work our way back through some of the traffic, but we ran out of laps. We had a Top-10 car, but everything that could go wrong went wrong. Nothing went our way. But through it all, we still stayed on the lead lap and got a Top-20 finish for the folks from Glad who were well represented here today."

"When you have a problem with your air hose, that's nobody's fault," he said. "When we got hit leaving the pits, that wasn't our fault, either. You hate to give away a Top 10 finish, but it stays a lot about this race team to bounce back."

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"That was the best car we've had at Phoenix," Bires said. "With everything that happened, it's still pretty amazing we finished where we did. The flat short tracks have been the toughest for us all year, but we really closed the gap with our setups and preparation. We were competitive; we just didn't have any luck. We really appreciate the sales and marketing folks from Glad for sponsoring us this weekend. We had a lot of fun stealing the attention from their competitor, Hefty, who sponsored the race."

Bires will close out the NASCAR Nationwide Series season next Saturday at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The team is ranked 13th in the standings.

"We've got one race to go and we're not holding anything back," Bires said. "Homestead is one of my favorite tracks. We have our best car saved for that race. If nothing else goes wrong, we should be a contender there."

FAST & FUN FACTS:

- Bires is 13th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings with five Top-10 finishes in 34 starts for JTG Racing.

- Carl Edwards won the Hefty Odor Block 200, while Denny Hamlin was second, Kevin Harvick was third, Clint Bowyer was fourth and Kyle Busch was fifth.

- JTG Daugherty Racing teammate Marcos Ambrose was 24th.

- The next race for Bires and JTG Daugherty Racing is the Ford 300 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 15.

-credit: jtgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Marcos Ambrose , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin , Kelly Bires , Kyle Busch
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing