BNS: Nazareth: Robbie Harrison race report

Robbie Harrison's Nazareth Speedway debut nets twenty-eighth place finish. Robbie Harrison, fresh off his first Raybestos Rookie of the Race award-winning finish at New Hampshire International Speedway last week, continued his NASCAR Busch North...

Robbie Harrison's Nazareth Speedway debut nets twenty-eighth place finish.

Robbie Harrison, fresh off his first Raybestos Rookie of the Race award-winning finish at New Hampshire International Speedway last week, continued his NASCAR Busch North Series rookie season by visiting the one-mile Nazareth Speedway for the first time. Despite his running well on a tricky track, Harrison stayed on the lead lap through lap 97 of the hundred-lap distance, until a fuel pickup problem caused his LUX Enterprises Chevrolet to stall, relegating him to a 28th place finish.

Harrison was only 23rd fastest in the morning practice on Friday, but stepped it up for qualifying and picked up five spots, qualifying eighteenth at 28.604 seconds (125.857 MPH).

"It's all right, I guess, for my first time here," he said afterwards. "I like the track, it's different. Side-by-side racing is going to be difficult here. It takes me a while to get used to it and I almost lost it in turn three on my qualifying lap. The car's doing well, it's the first time we've run it this year, and it's going pretty well. I qualified in race setup. I think I might stiffen up the right front a little bit, but that's about all I'll change. I just want to finish on the lead lap and I'll be happy. I want the experience. I'm kind of surprised at who we beat so we're in pretty good shape."

Harrison ran strong in the race, especially considering it was his first time at the track. Staying on the lead lap through the first half of the race, Harrison picked up a number of positions when some drivers ahead of him pitted while he stayed on the track. Restarting the race in tenth place, he held his ground though drivers with fresher tires were pressuring him. Eventually settling into twelfth place, Harrison prepared for what would be two late-race restarts.

Taking the green flag on lap 97 of 100, Harrison's car did not come up to speed. It quit, then refired only to stall again. He coasted to pit road where the car was retired with fuel pick-up problems. He was classified as 28th in the final rundown.

"We either ran low on fuel or we picked up something in the fuel filter, and that plugged it up and it wouldn't run," he said after the race. "We were going well and I like the track a lot. The car was great but it got tight when I got behind someone, I picked up that aero push I guess. It was good other than that. I think I did well for the first time here.

"I wish I could have finished well, I'd like to have some good luck sometime," Harrison continued. "We might get some good luck at Seekonk, it's a little closer to what I'm familiar with."

The next Busch North Series race will be held this Saturday at the one-third mile Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

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