Mike Gallo struggles with loose car to finish thirteenth at Lake Erie. Mike Gallo, driving the Woodworks/Archer Corporation Ford Taurus, made his season debut in the NASCAR Grand National Division at the Lake Erie Speedway. The track, making its...
Mike Gallo struggles with loose car to finish thirteenth at Lake Erie.
Mike Gallo, driving the Woodworks/Archer Corporation Ford Taurus, made his season debut in the NASCAR Grand National Division at the Lake Erie Speedway. The track, making its first appearance on the Busch North schedule, saw Gallo struggle with a loose handling race car to finish thirteenth.
Gallo, impressed with the facility that opened just last year, took to the track on Saturday afternoon for two hours of practice. Armed with a potent setup powered by a new Ernie Elliott engine, he posted the ninth fastest time in qualifying.
"I've got a car that probably could have sat on the pole," Gallo said before the race. "A ninth place starting spot is a credit to Steve Bird and this team. There's really three crew chiefs on this team. I've got Birdie, I've got Fred [Skaff, car owner], and I've got my old crew chief from two years back. There's so much knowledge and so many hard workers on this team. We're looking at a solid day here. I just have to keep my head and stay out of trouble. We've been on old tires all weekend, and the car's been very consistent, so I'm looking for an excellent day today."
Gallo found that the car was not to his liking at the beginning of the race. It was loose, and he was struggling to make progress through the field. He brushed the outside wall exiting a corner early into the event, and brought the car to pit road under caution to have the crew check out the rear suspension, sending him back out still on the lead lap. More examinations, adjustments, and new right-side tires were fitted at the race's halfway break, when Gallo was running fifteenth. The changes to the car worked, but they didn't improve it well enough for Gallo to make his way back to the top ten, and he finished the race thirteenth.
"We started off loose and had to make some adjustments," a disappointed Gallo said after the race. "I was so loose from the beginning that I couldn't hold on to the car and hit the wall, which probably bent something in the rear end. The rest of the day was just a matter of hanging on.
"Overall, it was a good weekend for the team, they did a great job," he continued. "I was just hoping for a top ten or a top five. It was tough racing out there, and I just couldn't get the car dialed in. I'm glad we had that five minute break today, we needed that and the car was good after that. We ran some good laps."
Gallo expressed his thanks to Woodworks, Archer Corporation, Don Black, Skaff Refrigeration, and the rest of the team's sponsors. For more information on the team, visit its website at http://www.woodworksracing.com.