IRL: Texas: Blair Racing race report

Rayovac Blair Racing finishes 10th at Texas. DALLAS (June 8, 2002) - Rayovac Blair Racing driver Alex Barron of Menifee, Calif. finished tenth today in the Boomtown 500. Barron and the Blair Racing team entered the sixth race of the...

Rayovac Blair Racing finishes 10th at Texas.

DALLAS (June 8, 2002) - Rayovac Blair Racing driver Alex Barron of Menifee, Calif. finished tenth today in the Boomtown 500.

Barron and the Blair Racing team entered the sixth race of the season after a successful month at Indy. Barron has been tapped by the media as a top young talent coming to Texas, finishing a career-best fourth in the No. 44 Rayovac Blair Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone at Indianapolis climbing to fifth in the series drivers' point standings. The Blair Racing driver started 19th for the 300 mile event on the 1.5-mile paved tri-oval. This is the first time Barron and the team has competed at fast track of Texas, Texas Motor Speedway. This was also its first time racing under the lights as the Texas event is one of three night races this season.

Barron raced hard for 200 laps under the hot, hot heat of Texas; over 91 degrees today with little or no wind. The heat didn't stop Barron or Blair Racing today running towards the front and finishing in the top-ten for the fourth in six races. The Rayovac Blair entry ran as high as third today in the 23 car field.

"Racing under the lights was what I expected, it was fun," said Barron. "Racing tonight was fun; I wish we could race more often under the lights. Racing under the lights gives it more character because we do so many day races. The car started going faster at the end of the race when it cooled off, we had a good run today. We had good pit stops today, finished in the top-ten and moved up in points. I'm skeptical about Pikes Peak, I have not seen the track before in person or on television. I'm getting in on Friday early and will go around the track with John (Dick, the engineer)."

Blair Racing armed with experienced management and strong driving talent is currently fifth in the drivers' championship point standings, led the recent Indianapolis 500 twice, finishing fourth in the 500 mile event, has four-top ten finishes, one top-five finish, and driver Alex Barron was named the 2002 Indianapolis co-rookie of the year.

The Boomtown 500 is the first of a crucial stretch of four races in five. The summer stretch started today at Texas and continues next weekend, June 16 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, June 29 at Richmond International Raceway and July 7 at Kansas Speedway. The Radisson Indy 225 will be held on the one-mile oval located in Colorado Springs, CO. It will air live on ABC at 4:00 p.m. (EDT). The seventh race of the season will also air live on the IMS Radio Network; the IRL's official web site can help you locate a station near you and also has live timing and scoring www.indyracing.com.

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