JR FITZPATRICK SCORES TOP-FIVE AT ST EUSTACHE July 6, 2008. John Ryan (J.R.) Fitzpatrick and the ...
JR FITZPATRICK SCORES TOP-FIVE AT ST EUSTACHE
July 6, 2008. John Ryan (J.R.) Fitzpatrick and the #84 Fitzpatrick Motorsports team returned from their Dodge race car experiment to the comfortable Chevrolet that has provided the team with so much success in the past. That old familiar car however had a new and aggressive set up and helped the team score a top-five finish this past weekend in round number four of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
The Autodrome St. Eustache can be a challenge for even the most experienced racers. The 250 lap main event posed several challenges for the Fitzpatrick Motorsports team, but they rose to the occasion and scored a fifth place finish.
Sometimes trouble has a way of finding you and that was the case with the Fitzpatrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Bumped from behind the #84 car was sent spinning early in the race and suffered significant body damage. "We got clipped in corner number three" said the driver. "That messed up a lot stuff at the back of the car. The most severe problem was the fuel filler was all messed up".
The cosmetic body work while unsightly can be dealt with in short order. However race cars require plenty of fuel to take them the allotted distance. "I wasn't too sure about the fuel hose" said crew chief Ted McAlister". But the Fitzpatrick Motorsports team went to work and saved the day.
J.R. Fitzpatrick was thrilled by the great work of the team. "I think we made ten pit stops" he said afterward. The guys did a great job getting it all taped up. Even with all that work to be done we didn't fall off the lead lap, that's awesome. After securing the fuel lifeline the driver set out toward the front of the field.
The team cycled through pit stops as well for fresh tires to help with the handling of the car. "We changed left sides, and then stopped for right side tires, the car was pretty good. We never stopped charging" said Fitzpatrick. "Toward the end things started getting pretty rough up front, guys were trying to push me around, but we held out ground" he added.
J.R. Fitzpatrick would claim a fifth place finish in the event a tremendous result for the whole team. With a fifth place finish, J.R. Fitzpatrick sits fifth in the overall driver standings, just four points out of fourth.
J.R Fitzpatrick and the Fitzpatrick Motorsports team will be back looking for victory on Saturday July 19th at Sun Valley Speedway near Vernon, BC with the first of two events in Western Canada. The 2008 schedule will take teams to the east coast and western Canada where Fitzpatrick swept away the competition last year. All races will once again be broadcast on TSN. More information on the series can be obtained by visiting www.nascar.ca