Lake Erie: Christie Passmore race notes

Passmore Earns Top Ten at Lake Erie ; Looks Ahead to Nashville Pryor, OK (August 9, 2004) -- Christi Passmore has found herself consistently finishing in the top ten over the past four ARCA RE/MAX Series events including this past weekend's...

Passmore Earns Top Ten at Lake Erie ; Looks Ahead to Nashville

Pryor, OK (August 9, 2004) -- Christi Passmore has found herself consistently finishing in the top ten over the past four ARCA RE/MAX Series events including this past weekend's short track race at the Lake Erie Speedway where she qualified the No. 91 G.A.P. Roofing / Asphalt & Fuel Supply Ford in the seventh position and finished eighth. While Passmore has enjoyed the consistency, she vividly remembers her career-best fourth place finish at the Gateway International Raceway just a month ago and hopes that this weekend's event at the Nashville Superspeedway might just be the race to improve that fourth place career-best, into a top-three finish.

"Lake Erie was a good, consistent race for us," said Passmore. "It is the type of race we need to stay in the point's battle and not loose ground. But at a short track like Lake Erie, you are focused more on keeping the fenders on the car than about a top finish. But I think Nashville will be a very different strategy for our team."

The Nashville Superspeedway is a race track that has seen a lot of success for the 22-year old Passmore. With a total of three previous starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, Passmore has earned one top ten finish and started on the outside of the front row. Earlier this season Passmore started in the fourth position and competed in the top three much of the event before a mechanical failure put her out of the race. Throughout each of the three events she has run, Passmore has consistently competed in the top five or top ten. This weekend Passmore would like to change the number in her career-best finish column from fourth to a top three.

"Nashville is just a really good track for me," said Passmore. "Each time I've raced there, I seem to run even better and be more comfortable passing. We have also spent a lot of time testing here including just last week. We were the second fastest car at the test and I know we still have more speed. I really think this could be a big race for our team and maybe even a chance at a top three finish."

Passmore is currently in the seventh position in ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points, moving up one position following her finish at Lake Erie. Passmore is 30 points behind the sixth place contender of Mark Gibson. The Waste Management 200 from the Nashville Superspeedway will take the green flag at 2:00pm ET on Saturday, August 14 and can be seen Live on Speed Channel.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Mark Gibson , Christi Passmore