Barrie II: Fitzpatrick Motorsports race notes



September 7, 2008. The #84 Fitzpatrick Motorsports Chevrolet had a tough start to the day and a few struggles in the early stages of round number eleven of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series at Barrie Speedway on Saturday night. But John Ryan (J.R.) Fitzpatrick and the team worked their hard throughout the night and came home with a top-ten finish.

Normally one of the fastest competitors, it was a surprisingly slow qualifying lap by the #84 Fitzpatrick Motorsports Chevrolet team that would see J.R. start the 300 lap main event from fifteenth spot. "For whatever reason I just don't seem to qualify well here" said the driver. "We're going to make some changes to the car for the race and we'll be okay" was the prediction from the driver. He would be correct.

Right from the opening lap of the race J.R. Fitzpatrick began to move forward in the #84 Chevrolet. "The adjustments that Ted McAllister and the team made to the car were great and the #84 Chevy was just awesome. We worked out way up to fifth spot and tried to get ourselves into a good position and save our stuff for the end" said the driver.

However once up with the lead group, Fitzpatrick found a different kind of racing was taking place. "Once we started to mix it up with the guys up front it was kind of like a demolition derby, lots blocking, it's a bit like donkey kong with guys bouncing all over the place. I got up front and was fighting for third and then got shuffled back'. Fitzpatrick would get shuffled all the way back to the back of the pack and would once again have to try and find his way to the front of the field.

As usual adversity only causes the #84 Fitzpatrick Motorsports team to work even harder. With quick service by the crew J.R. would move again carve his way through the field toward the front. The twenty year old would make his way back into the top-ten and finish the 300 lap marathon in sixth place. "We had a good handling race car and were in contention most of the night so that's positive" said J.R. "I feel that we're making some progress and our car was running some very good laps even in practice so that's positive. We're not quite where we need to be yet, we've got two races left at tracks where the #84 car has run well so we're hoping for more before the end of the season".

J.R. Fitzpatrick sits seventh in the overall championship standings with two events remaining on the schedule.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers J.R. Fitzpatrick