IRL: Richmond: Alex Barron race report

Rayovac Blair Racing finishes 10th at Richmond. RICHMOND, VA. (June 29, 2002) - Rayovac Blair Racing driver Alex Barron of Menifee, Calif. finished tenth today. Blair Racing and its driver Barron raced on the "bullring" at...

Rayovac Blair Racing finishes 10th at Richmond.

RICHMOND, VA. (June 29, 2002) - Rayovac Blair Racing driver Alex Barron of Menifee, Calif. finished tenth today.

Blair Racing and its driver Barron raced on the "bullring" at Richmond International Raceway today in the SunTrust Indy Challenge, round eight of 15. On the 0.75-mile, D-shaped oval, Barron qualified eighth for the 250-lap event out of the 22 drivers in the Indy Racing League (IRL). Today's race was a two-day event for the IRL field, the second of five two-day events of the season. Barron was spectacular at the start, passing three cars coming across the line in fifth on the first lap. He raced the Rayovac Blair entry hard moving it up to third by lap 20 and remained in third until lap 79. He was back in third by lap 92 but the car had a misfire that could not be pinpointed and the number 44 started to slip back. Barron ran as high as second in the Richmond event and went on to finish tenth. This is the team's sixth top-ten finish of the season.

"We had a great car at the start of the race today," said Barron. "We did have a little under steer at the beginning, the temperatures changed and the track was slippery at night. We did have perfect balance and it was easy to move forward; I thought we were in good shape. The track actually got slicker the longer we ran due to the temps and the build up of the cars that ran earlier today."

The summer swing of racing continues next week at Virginia Kansas Speedway on July 7. While America celebrates the long July 4th weekend, the next race, the Ameristar Casino Indy 200 will be held on the 1.5-mile tri-oval located in Kansas City, KS . It will air live on ABC at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). The ninth race of the season will also air live on the IMS Radio Network; the IRL's official website can help you locate a radio station near you and also has live timing and scoring at www.indyracing.com.

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