Charlotte II: Andy Lally race report

Lally Races ModSpace Chevy to a 34th Place at Charlotte Concord, NC, (October 16, 2010) - TRG Motorsports driver Andy Lally drove the No. 71 ModSpace/TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS to a 34th place finish in this evening's running of the ...

Lally Races ModSpace Chevy to a 34th Place at Charlotte

Concord, NC, (October 16, 2010) - TRG Motorsports driver Andy Lally drove the No. 71 ModSpace/TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS to a 34th place finish in this evening's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Lally, from Northport, New York, qualified in the 38th position. Starting from the 19th row, Lally had gained five spots by lap two of the 343 lap race a crash between turns three and four pinched the 71 into the wall and caused damage to the right side. The team made quick work over several pit stops to make repairs keeping the sports car ace in the race. Later in the race the team had to pit Lally to fix an interior fender crush panel which stops the exhaust fumes from entering the car, costing multiple laps.

"It was a horrible start," Lally said. "Unfortunately it was the worse case scenario for us. In practice we didn't do a lot of laps in practice in traffic so it is tough to judge the closing speeds. I was holding my own and I saw the car spinning in front of me and everyone checking up. I got on the brakes and wasn't braking hard enough to miss the guy in front of me, I tried moving up a groove but I still got into him and the wall. To smear the side of the car on lap two of a 343 lap race makes for a long and trying day. I have to thank ModSpace and eattheugly.com for coming on the car for the race tonight."

Lally is left to think of what could have been.

"It was wonderful that we were able to finish. The guys in the pits did a great job to get the car back together and keep the thing going at speed. We never got it all the way back, but they got it better. I think if we could have missed that early wreck we were in line to have a decent run."

Team owner Kevin Buckler wasn't all that pleased with the result, but was happy with the effort.

"Being caught up in a wreck two laps in is a tough way to start, especially when you could see how well he was running." Buckler said. "Andy just had nowhere to go and got collected. However, no one on this team quit. The crew went to work on pit road and we made the repairs to keep the car going and at a very respectable speed. We brought him in and put him back out - over and over. The guys were relentless to keep the car going and make it better throughout the night. Andy had to draw upon his years of endurance racing experience to drive a car to the checkered flag that was less than 100%. I like the way the team finished, although none of us liked the finishing position. ModSpace, the guys at Apple Baking Company and Savory Thymes.com were all welcome additions to the team this weekend and we are looking forward to growing our relationship with them in the future."

TRG Motorsports will travel to Martinsville Speedway for the Tums Fast Relief 500 to be run on Sunday, October 24.

-source: trg motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally
Teams TRG Motorsports