FITZPATRICK MOTORSPORTS CHEVY ON POLE, BUT ANOTHER LATE RACE INCIDENT SPOILS THE RESULT August 17, 2008. The ...
FITZPATRICK MOTORSPORTS CHEVY ON POLE, BUT ANOTHER LATE RACE INCIDENT SPOILS THE RESULT
August 17, 2008. The #84 Fitzpatrick Motorsports Chevrolet turned the quickest time during qualifying for round number nine of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series this past weekend at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. However as was the case the last time the series traveled to Quebec it was a last lap incident that snatched victory from their grasp.
Finally claiming their first pole position starting spot of the season the #84 Fitzpatrick Motorsports Chevrolet and looked to keep the momentum rolling as the green flag waved to begin the 100km event. "I planned to get away a little bit early and then just settle in to a rhythm and save my stuff for the end" said the 20 year old driver.
Through the first half of the race the plan played out perfectly with Fitzpatrick's teammate working his way up to second spot in the running order. "We were in good shape through the first half of the race and then when my teammate in the #4 car got taken out and brought out the yellow that bunched up the field".
Fitzpatrick would surrender the lead on lap 29 of the race but never let the new leader get too far away from him. "I was still trying to make sure I didn't use up the brakes and wear out the tires for another run late in the race".
As the laps wound down Fitzpatrick kept his #84 Chevrolet within striking distance of the lead and a late race caution set up a green, white, checkered flag finish. As the final dash to the finish began Fitzpatrick looked to make his move. "My brother in law came on the radio and said go for it. If you wreck, then so be it. So I went for it. I went from one side to the other, he ran wide and I moved up the inside of him and kind of slammed me down. I kept my foot in it and spun the car back around and made it to the finish.
Fitzpatrick would still claim a top-five finish but was upset knowing he should have had a better result. "Getting a top five is pretty good and we'll take it, but our Chevy's are still down on horsepower compared to other manufacturers, if we had even ten or fifteen more horsepower this whole incident would have been avoided".
J.R. Fitzpatrick is sixth in the overall championship standings with four events remaining on the schedule.
J.R and the Fitzpatrick Motorsports team get back in action on Saturday August 30th at Cayuga Speedway near Hamilton, Ontario. The 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series 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