St. Louis: Kelly Bires preview

BIRES TO MAKE 75TH CAREER NATIONWIDE SERIES START Kelly Bires will be driving the No. 27 Ford Fusion for Baker Curb Racing in the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway this Saturday, July 17th. The Mauston, Wis.

BIRES TO MAKE 75TH CAREER NATIONWIDE SERIES START

Kelly Bires will be driving the No. 27 Ford Fusion for Baker Curb Racing in the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway this Saturday, July 17th. The Mauston, Wis. native will be making his 75th career NASCAR Nationwide Series start and seventh start of 2010. In his six previous starts in 2010, Bires has registered one top 10 and four top-15 finishes. The 25-year old has recorded three top-5 finishes in his career, including a career-best fourth-place finish in the 2009 Nashville 300.

KELLY BIRES ON DRIVING FOR BAKER CURB RACING

"I'm excited to be driving Baker Curb Racing's No. 27 this weekend at Gateway. The team has a rich history of success and has put fast cars on the race track this season. Gateway has been a good track for me and I'm looking forward to having a strong run this weekend!"

KELLY BIRES ON THE ECONOMY'S AFFECT ON NASCAR

"The last year and a half has been really tough with the way the economy has affected NASCAR sponsorships. I've been working really hard on trying to find opportunities to race for good teams in good cars. I've had some productive talks with sponsors that may be interested in teaming up with me and going to a good race team to finish out the rest of this season with hopes of getting back to racing full-time next season."

CREW CHIEF JOHN REESE ON GATEWAY

"Kelly Bires is a talented driver and were looking forward to having him drive the No. 27 this weekend at Gateway. We are taking car 81, which is one of our best cars. Justin Lofton was fast in both practices with this car at New Hampshire. We qualified ninth and spent the first half of the race in the top 10. Gateway races like a very fast short track. Each set of turns are different so it makes the setup tricky. We finished in the top 10 with Jason Keller there last year, so we'll unload with a setup similar to what we had for him. In practice we'll listen to Kelly's feedback and see if we need to make any adjustments to fit his driving style. The last few races we haven't been as strong as we were earlier in this season, so we're looking forward to turning things around this weekend!"

-source: baker curb racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Kelly Bires , Justin Lofton