Richmond: Kelly Bires preview

BIRES TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING IN RICHMOND Kelly Bires is aiming to commence the Lipton Tea 250 with a fast start as the Clorox driver undertakes a mid-week test in preparation for the 11th race in the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series at Richmond...

BIRES TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING IN RICHMOND

Kelly Bires is aiming to commence the Lipton Tea 250 with a fast start as the Clorox driver undertakes a mid-week test in preparation for the 11th race in the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia this weekend.

Bires will test the #47 Clorox Ford Fusion at Hickory Motor Speedway in Newton, North Carolina before heading to the 0.75-mile Richmond oval for this Friday night's race.

With the Lipton Tea 250 being a one-day event -- with practice, qualifying and the 250-lap race all on Friday -- Bires is determined to hit the ground running at Richmond, realising that there will be minimal time to make adjustments to improve the car.

The shakedown at Hickory will give Bires the opportunity to get in the groove and iron the bugs out of his Clorox Ford, giving the 23-year-old the best possible chance of being fast 'straight out of the hauler' at Richmond.

Bires is confident heading into Richmond, confirming his affection for the short track venue in a race where the Wisconsin native is determined to leap back into the top 10 in the Nationwide Series standings after being caught up in a massive wreck at Talladega Superspeedway last weekend.

Kelly Bires - #47 Clorox Ford Fusion

"I definitely feel good heading into Richmond," said Bires.

"We are going to take the Clorox Ford that we tested at Richmond in March. We learned a lot from that test, improved it back at the shop and then ran it at Phoenix.

"Since the Phoenix race we have improved the car again. We are going to take the car to Hickory leading into Richmond so that we can try two or three set-up options and see what works best.

"We really want to hit the ground running in Richmond. You've got to hit the track in practice and really be close to your best set-up.

"You can't afford to be making big changes in practice, especially in Richmond this weekend because we run practice, qualifying and the race all in one day.

"I think we can have a good run in Richmond and the key will be to make the car work during the race and make the right adjustments in the pit stops.

"Last year wasn't a great result for me at Richmond but we've come such a long way since then. When we tested here a while back we were ten times better than last year so the whole crew is excited to see what we can achieve this weekend.

"I feel that on the short tracks we have a level playing field and that we can feel comfortable aiming for a really strong result. I think we can run with the best guys out there at places like Richmond so I'm looking forward to putting in a big effort this weekend."

-credit: jtgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kelly Bires