Nashville II: Blake Feese race report

Blake Feese; Sadler Racing Reel In Top-10 In Music City LEBANON, Tennessee (Tuesday, August 14, 2007) -- - ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Blake Feese produced another strong run in Saturday's TOYOTA ARCA 150. The run awarded Feese with his third ...

Blake Feese; Sadler Racing Reel In Top-10 In Music City

LEBANON, Tennessee (Tuesday, August 14, 2007) -- - ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Blake Feese produced another strong run in Saturday's TOYOTA ARCA 150. The run awarded Feese with his third straight top-10 finish in three starts this year.

With record temperatures surrounding the Music City, Feese and his Sadler Racing team headed into the first and only practice session of the weekend looking not only to beat the heat but inch the team ahead in their hometown race.

After two hours of practice, Feese ended the session 17th fastest after posting a lap of 31.194 seconds at 153.837 MPH. Feese knew the car was stronger than the lap times showed.

"The car is really good," said Feese. "We didn't make a qualifying run; we're concentrating more on the race. We know that we'll have a car capable of coming from anywhere in the field, but we wanted to make sure we had a setup that would work to our advantage in the race. I'm really proud of all the guys."

Heading into ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying, Feese knew a good starting position was crucial in the success of a solid Nashville run. Based on the changes his Sadler Racing team made, Feese knew he had nothing to worry about.

During his qualifying attempt, Feese bolted his No. 95 Dodge Charger around the 1.333-mile track in a time of 30.567 seconds at 156.993 MPH. The pickup was nearly sixth tenths of a second from practice earlier in the day.

When qualifying concluded, the Sadler Racing team would start from the 12th position. "I think we're in good shape," offered Feese. "We picked up from practice, and I knew we were going to, now it's all about the race."

At the start of the TOYOTA ARCA 150, Feese quickly settled inside the top-12. Early on Feese would report that his machine was fighting both a tight and loose condition. The car didn't want to rotate through the corner.

When the first caution flag waived on lap 11, Feese pitted and brought his automobile to the attention of the Sadler Racing team where they made necessary adjustments to battle the handling woes.

Back to green, Feese sliced and diced his through the field, but offered while the car was better, it wasn't perfect.

The caution would waive again on lap 19, which saw another opportunity for Feese to bring his machine down pit road for another series of adjustments trying to give the two-time ARCA winner a neutral racecar.

On the restart, Feese would continue to maneuver his way through the field and despite a long span of green flag racing, Feese would continue to climb in the running order, with the Saybrook, Illinois native gunning for another top-10 run.

During the final twenty five circuits, Feese would rise from 11th to ninth and capture his seventh top-10 in eight career ARCA races.

"We just missed it this weekend at Nashville. It wasn't for a lack of effort, that's for sure. It was only our third race this season and we are still learning. You will have days like that," said Feese.

He continued, "We battled all day and worked our way back into the top-10, so I think that shows the determination of this Sadler Race team. It wasn't the day we were looking for, but we will go to work and come back stronger. I am just thankful for the opportunity to drive for Mr. Sadler and his team, and to represent the Scottish-Rite and FPC."

The next scheduled ARCA RE/MAX Series race for Feese and the Sadler Racing team will be Chicagoland Speedway for the ARCA 200 on Saturday, September 8, 2007 if funding becomes available.

Next up for the ARCA RE/MAX Series is the 16th event on the 2007 schedule with the first of two showings on the dirt. The Allen Crowe 100 from the Illinois State Fairgrounds is set for Sunday, August 19 set to roll off at 1:00pm Eastern Time.

-credit: sr

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