Nashville: Alli Owens race report

ALLI OWENS EXPERIENCES DISAPPOINTMENT IN NASHVILLE Lebanon, Tenn. (August 10, 2008) - Alli Owens expected big results in her first visit to the Nashville Superspeedway but her day ended in disappointment on lap 75 after she was caught up in a ...

ALLI OWENS EXPERIENCES DISAPPOINTMENT IN NASHVILLE

Lebanon, Tenn. (August 10, 2008) - Alli Owens expected big results in her first visit to the Nashville Superspeedway but her day ended in disappointment on lap 75 after she was caught up in a crash. The driver of the No. 12 ElectrifyingCareers.com Chevrolet made a strong showing, running as high as 10th, before the incident relegated her to a 29th place finish.

"I was on the outside of another car," explained Owens. "He was on the apron and when he came back up on the track, he got into me. It's a huge disappointment because we had such a strong car."

The Daytona Beach, Fla. native started the 150-mile race from the 20th starting spot. Three caution periods in the first 13 laps made for a slow start but once the field settled in, Owens began her charge. For nearly 20 laps, she waged a fierce battle with three other drivers.

The race was slowed by the fourth caution period on lap 53. The break in the action allowed Owens to bring the car in for its scheduled pit stop. The crew, led by crew chief Mario Gosselin, performed masterfully and gained two positions in the exchange. "The guys did a fantastic job in the pits," said Owens. "Each week, they make my job a bit easier by gaining us spots in the pits."

On the restart, Owens charged into the top 10 only to find that, with new tires and full of fuel, the car did not handle as it had previously. Knowing that as the fuel load burned off, the handling would improve, Owens patiently raced a comfortable pace. She found herself in the 18th position when, entering turn three on lap 69, contact from another car sent her spinning into the outside barrier. The heavy rear end damage made it impossible to continue. "After the pit stop, the car wasn't the same," said Owens. "I knew we were better on the long run so I took my time, waiting for it to come back to me. Unfortunately, I never got that chance. It's a tough way to end the race."

The next race for Owens and the ElectrifyingCareers.com team is the Chicagoland ARCA 200 being held at Chicagoland Speedway on September 6.

-credit: aoPR

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Series ARCA
Drivers Mario Gosselin , Alli Owens