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John Freeman Scores Top-10 with New Team at Greenville Solid Finish with an Ill-Handling Racecar Gives Young Racer Momentum for Season HUNTERSVILLE, NC (April 30, 2007) -- Like every other racecar driver, 20-year-old John Freeman...

John Freeman Scores Top-10 with New Team at Greenville
Solid Finish with an Ill-Handling Racecar Gives Young Racer Momentum for Season

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (April 30, 2007) -- Like every other racecar driver, 20-year-old John Freeman wants to win each and every race he competes in. But, Freeman also knows that sometimes, circumstances beyond his, his team's or anyone else's control can keep those dreams from becoming a reality.

At the same time, when things don't align right for a winning performance, a gritty performance can turn lemons into lemonade. Freeman was able to race his way to a ninth-place finish in the first race of the 2007 NASCAR Busch East Series season for Dave Davis Motorsports.

"We raced hard tonight, but we were struggling right off the bat with the car," said Freeman. "The guys worked real hard just to get the car here to Greenville. All the car's parts were in a pile earlier this week, and they worked until seven in the morning on Friday to get it together. We had to work hard just to be here, so to finish in the top-10 tonight is a good start to the season.

"We didn't really have a top-10 car, so to finish ninth is a good run for us. We just have to comb through the car and find out where we can improve. This car has a lot more in it, so we're just going to have to go back to the shop and massage it a little bit to bring it out. I know we're capable of a lot better than ninth, too, so with a little bit of work we'll get there."

Even though Freeman and his team had to bust their humps just to get the #57 machine to the track, nobody would know it by watching it out on the track. From the time they unloaded, Freeman's car was quick in practice and qualifying. The young racer turned a lap good enough for the eighth-place starting spot and raced solidly inside the top-10 throughout the 150-lap main event.

But still, Freeman knows that he and the #57 team left Greenville happy with a ninth-place run, but they all know that there are still even better results on the horizon.

"We'll come back in the next couple races with a much better car. We've got something bound up somewhere, so if we can get that worked out, we'll have a rocket ship on our hands.

"Tire conservation was a big deal here tonight, but it didn't really help me. I could push it as hard as I wanted at the start of the race, but there was something bound up so we couldn't make our way up to the front like we wanted. We'll get it all combed over, and we'll come back even stronger at Elko."

Elko Speedway in Minnesota is the next stop for Freeman in his hunt for checkered flags in the 2007 NASCAR Busch East Series on May 18th.

-credit: www.johnfreemanracing.com.

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