Drake and Bussell Score Fourth and Sixth Place Finishes for Vision Racing SPARTA, Kentucky -- After, battling a tough start, no radio communication with the team, and a poor restart, Vision Racing driver, Jay Drake, salvaged a fourth place...
Drake and Bussell Score Fourth and Sixth Place Finishes for Vision Racing
SPARTA, Kentucky -- After, battling a tough start, no radio communication with the team, and a poor restart, Vision Racing driver, Jay Drake, salvaged a fourth place finish for the #20 Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone in The Bluegrass 100 at Kentucky Speedway today. Drake's Menards Infiniti Pro Series competitor and teammate, Nick Bussell in the #9 Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, suffered his own frustrations, but was also able to secure sixth place late in the race.
Drake started in third place and was able to move into and maintain second for the majority of the race until Jon Herb suffered a mechanical failure and caused the race's only caution on lap 47. On the restart, Drake's car was slow to get up to speed and fell back toward the end of the field as a result. With few laps remaining and no radio communication with the team, Drake showed his veteran driving skills and fought through the field to notch a fourth place finish. He is now sixth in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series driver standings.
Starting along side his Vision Racing teammate in the fourth position, Bussell struggled with handling for much of the race. At the root of the problem was a strong understeer for Bussell which gave him difficulty in handling and passing. Regardless, Bussell also was able to make a charge at the end of the race to finish in the sixth position and own the fourth spot in the driver standings.
Earning the victory was Travis Gregg who led every lap for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.
The Menards Infiniti Pro Series schedule continues Sunday, Aug. 21, from Pikes Peak International Raceway. ESPN2 will provide coverage of the 100-lap/100-mile Pikes Peak 100 on Aug. 25th, at 3:00 p.m. (EDT).
Nick Bussell, #9 Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone:
On The Bluegrass 100: "I couldn't deal with the understeer as good as I wanted to. I tried to flank people to pass, but just couldn't do it as a result of the understeer. This gave me a difficult car to handle and caused me to have a hard time keeping my car at top speed. It was just frustrating for me that I couldn't make the car work and drive around as well as I wanted to."