Mike Gallo Ends 2005 Campaign With Twelfth At Dover (Dover, Del. - Sept. 23, 2005) - Mike Gallo completed his 2005 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series season with a solid twelfth place finish in the MBNA RacePoints 150 at the ...
Mike Gallo Ends 2005 Campaign With Twelfth At Dover
(Dover, Del. - Sept. 23, 2005) - Mike Gallo completed his 2005 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series season with a solid twelfth place finish in the MBNA RacePoints 150 at the one-mile Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Friday afternoon. Gallo, driving the No. 88 JBR Racing Ford Taurus, finishes his limited campaign with finishes of sixth, fourteenth, and now twelfth.
Unlike Gallo's previous two races, both at New Hampshire International Speedway, practice was uneventful and there was no need for an engine change before qualifying. In time trials, he was ninth fastest.
"I'm real happy," he said before the race. "Looking at the people we beat and the people we'll be racing against this weekend, I'm thrilled. Todd [Graffam, crew chief] says there's more left in the car and I know that I messed up a little on the second lap, the money lap, but we still beat some awful good cars. I know we're going to have a good race. The engine's running fantastic, and I'm looking forward to the race. I have a good feeling that we're going to be really good in the race. We'll try to stay out $of trouble and go to the front."
Gallo, running tenth early in the going, was the first to make a pit stop for adjustments under a lap 25 caution. He restarted fifteenth. He returned to eleventh place by the fifty-lap mark, then re-entered the top ten. He took advantage of a lap 81 caution to make a pair of stops for four tires and fuel, but on his second stop officials judged that had pitted outside his designated pit box and was penalized a lap.
Returning to the lead lap as NASCAR's beneficiary when caution came out on lap 94, Gallo ran thirteenth on the restart. He could not make much progress from that point through the balance of the event, finishing twelfth.
"It was just a long day, but I'm proud of the guys," he said after the race. "The driver screwed up today, I pitted outside the box. We only do a four-tire change once a year and I tried to give the guys a little extra room to work changing the left-side tires.
"It was a rough day and we wound up throwing everything we had at the car trying to get it to work better," Gallo continued. "We wound up beating and banging around the middle of the pack all day, but it's not for a lack of effort on my race team. They did a great job, and we got a lead lap finish, got out of here in one piece and that's important seeing some of the cars coming out of here. We'll take the twelfth and we'll be back in 2006."