Talladega: Brandon McReynolds race report

Brandon McReynolds Overcomes Adversity to Finish 24th in Superspeedway Debut An Overheating Engine Plagued the No. 6 Talladega, Ala. (April 23, 2010) - Brandon McReynolds finished 24th in the ARCA Talladega 250, after an eventful day at ...

Brandon McReynolds Overcomes Adversity to Finish 24th in Superspeedway Debut

An Overheating Engine Plagued the No. 6

Talladega, Ala. (April 23, 2010) - Brandon McReynolds finished 24th in the ARCA Talladega 250, after an eventful day at Talladega Superspeedway. The No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing Talladega/Texaco Walk of Fame at the Davey Allison Memorial Park Toyota had over-heating problems with the engine.

McReynolds started the race in the 18th position. The ARCA rookie worked his way up to the top-10 by the 14th lap and was battling to the front with the race leaders. The yellow flag waved for the first time on lap 18, and the No. 6 came into the pits for his first stop. The ESR crew gave the car fuel, put on four tires and took tape off the front grill.

Soon after, another yellow flag waved, following a single-car spin in the tri-oval. Mike Calinoff, McReynolds' spotter for the race, encouraged the driver to "stay low, low, low" until the No. 6 was all clear.

On lap 33, the green flag waved with McReynolds in 11th as he continued to compete in heated three-wide battles. "The three-wide racing here at Talladega is like nowhere else," said McReynolds. "It was certainly exciting."

McReynolds continued to compete hard and three-wide, but lost spots as he got caught up in traffic. On lap 40, McReynolds radioed to the crew that the car was running hot and needed to come into the pits.

"We started strong, but the front of the car got pushed up against James Buescher and the nose got messed up," said McReynolds. "That's when the engine started to overheat. I didn't want it to blow, so I came in for the crew to work on it."

The crew worked hard to cool down the car but had issues fixing the car with the damage endured. McReynolds went back out for a few laps but had to go behind the wall, just missing the "big one" on lap 50. A large portion of the 42-car field was involved in the accident.

The No. 6 came back out on lap 57 to race for owner's points. "We came back out to salvage points, but we did not back down," explained McReynolds. "Everyone knew we were out there, and I'm happy about that."

[esr.jpg] By lap 63, the No. 6 was running in the 24th position, nine laps down. McReynolds didn't back down and continued trying to gain positions with 10 laps to go.

Although the No. 6 was nine laps down, he didn't let it stop him from running with the leaders. While getting valued seat time, McReynolds helped push the No. 60 car of Patrick Sheltra and eventual winner, Dakoda Armstrong, to the lead on the last lap.

"Next up, I have the Denny Hamlin Showdown on April 29," said McReynolds. "I'm looking forward to competing against some of the best NASCAR and short-track drivers. We are really working hard to put deals together to run more races in the ARCA Racing Series."

-source: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Denny Hamlin , Patrick Sheltra , Dakoda Armstrong , Brandon McReynolds , Davey Allison