Daytona II: TRG Motorsports race report

Bliss Races TRG Motorsports No. 71 Chevy to Ninth at Daytona Daytona Beach, FL, (July 4, 2010) - Mike Bliss drove the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS to a ninth place finish in today's running of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona ...

Bliss Races TRG Motorsports No. 71 Chevy to Ninth at Daytona

Daytona Beach, FL, (July 4, 2010) - Mike Bliss drove the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS to a ninth place finish in today's running of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. The finish represents the best finish for the team in its young 18-month NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.

TRG Motorsports 71 Daytona Qual. Rain forced a nearly two-hour delay in the start of the race. Once the moisture cleared Bliss worked with the team to adjust on the No. 71 Chevy. He reported the car going from tight, to neutral to loose. In the middle of the event, lap 55, he reported something broken on the front right of the car. He pitted and the team diagnosed the problem and changed the shock. After the shock change Bliss settled in for the run to the end, avoiding a 19-car wreck on lap 148. Bliss was able to keep the car out of the carnage for a great finish.

"We had a lot happen today on the track," Bliss said. "We would go from tight to loose and then neutral. The rain washed away the rubber on the track so cars were moving all over the place at the beginning. Once we laid some rubber down the cars settled down a little. Then around lap 55 I noticed that something was broken on the front left. We pitted and changed a shock. We went down a lap and then were able to get the Luck Dog, putting us back on the lead lap.

We got lucky. We were able to avoid both big wrecks with the worst being just a spin through the grass. I am not sure how we avoided the last big one, but I came out the other side of it with it no problem. I didn't have the car to run up front so I just took what it would give me and tried to keep the fenders on it. After the red flag period we pitted for four tires and were ready for the finish. We had to come one more time before the green-white-checker attempt because we ran over some debris. The ninth place is a nice reward for what the team has been through lately. The only down side of the night for us was when I damaged the car after the checker because I couldn't see out the windshield."

Kevin Buckler, team owner, is pleased with the finish and the way the team worked all race.

"We will take a ninth place after that crazy race," Buckler said. "Mike took a good approach at the start of the race to feel out the changing track conditions of the track after the rain and keep the car out of harms way. We then had the shock come apart and the guys did a fantastic job to replace it and not lose any ground. Mike was able navigate through the two big wrecks and bring the car home for a great ninth place finish. Mike ran a smart race and the team helped him to take advantage of all the chaos out there tonight. We will take this small team victory and keep plugging away hard. This is the big show and we are looking forward to working with several new sponsor/partners that are coming on board this year."

In addition to the Sprint Cup team's ninth place finish, TRG also won the Rolex Series GT race which was run this morning.

The Sprint Cup Series will travel to Chicagoland Speedway for next weekend's LifeLock.com 400.

-source: trg motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Mike Bliss
Teams TRG Motorsports