Top-ten finish for McKeefery in NASCAR Camping World Series at Roseville
Milpitas, Calif. -- Martin McKeefery piloted the Trinity Racing Concepts Chevrolet for Dick Midgley Racing to a tenth place finish in the "Toyota/Copart 150" in the NASCAR Camping World Series West at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. on Saturday night.
Before a sold out crowd of nearly 5,000 fans, the 22 year-old driver made the most of his second career series start, and first race of the entire 2009 season.
McKeefery started out the afternoon running ninth quickest in practice. His testing on the Trinity Racing Concepts simulators in the days leading up to the race helped him knock off of the rust inside his Camping World Series car.
After continuing to fight tightness, McKeefery qualified 13th for the 150 lap race on the one-third mile asphalt oval.
"It was pretty tight all day so I dialed a lot of rear brake into it," McKeefery said. "I had to stab the brakes in the center of the corner to help it rotate."
During the race, McKeefery navigated several accidents to move forward by lap 60 into eighth position. McKeefery made repeated attempts to pass Jim Inglebright for seventh but couldn't complete the pass.
An 86 lap green flag run from lap 22 to 108 proved to be a challenge for the set up on the car.
"We were not expecting that long of a run here," McKeefery said. "I lost grip all the way around and the car was just a handful. The right side air pressures were very high at the end of that run."
McKeefery restarted ninth but was shuffled back in traffic while pinned on the outside. He hung on through another restart on lap 116 and raced Inglebright all the way to the finish.
The tenth place finish was an improvement of one position over his 2008 finish. McKeefery ran as high as fifth in his series debut before a late race spin. McKeefery avoided that kind of trouble in the 2009 edition of the race.
"I'm very happy with the result," McKeefery said. "We improved over last year and kept the car in one piece. The sponsors we brought to the track experienced what it's like in a way that TV can't capture and this race was definitely a good investment into our 2010 plans."
Trinity Racing Concepts provides simulators and management services for shows and promotional events, and builds full car custom simulators. Driver training on their 3D simulator, located in San Jose, CA, will take amateur or professional racers to the next step in performance at a fraction of the cost of on-track schooling. Learn more at Trinity-Racing.com.
McKeefery was proud to be racing in support of the Salvation Army. Last month, the Roseville chapter provided 400 food boxes to those affected by the down turn in the economy compared to 70 boxes a year ago in August 2008.
"I am happy to support an organization that helps so many families in local communities," McKeefery said.