CHRIS FONTAINE RECIEVES FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY NCWTS driver Chris Fontaine and the BDH Construction/FRAXA ...
CHRIS FONTAINE RECIEVES FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
NCWTS driver Chris Fontaine and the BDH Construction/FRAXA #84 race team finished their second race of the year at Dover International Speedway with a career best 14th place last Saturday.
Fontaine had qualified the #84 in the 26th spot on Friday before rain delayed the race until 6:00 pm Saturday.
"We started the race with the intention of finishing better than Martinsville. My crew's diligent work at the shop and track helped us achieve this goal as a team," Chris Fontaine said.
Fontaine started the race in the 25th position and worked his way up to 11th by lap 33. After multiple cautions and pit stops Fontaine was in 3rd place by lap 88.
On lap 106 the caution came out and Fontaine stayed on the track to restart the race in 1st place.
When asked what it was like to lead the eighth NCWTS of his career, and only the second race for the Chris Fontaine Inc. team, Fontaine said, "It was fun. We were just trying to do the best we could with the tires we had, and we were able to hold our ground. It felt good knowing I had a truck and team behind me that was able to handle driving up front."
Fontaine was forced to pit on lap 183 during caution due to a flat tire. The team put two right-side tires on, and got Fontaine back out.
After returning to the track he was in 12th position.
Fontaine said, "My crew was able to do a fast pit stop and get me back on the track maintaining the 13th position. This was outstanding work on their part."
Fontaine stayed in the race and finished in the 14th position, earning him the Featherlight Most Improved Driver Award.
"Overall, it was a huge improvement over the last race. I am sure at Michigan we will do better. The more experience we gain, the more results will keep improving. If we had not had that last flat tire we would have probably finished in the top 5," Fontaine said.
"I want to thank everybody on the team for all their hard work, a special thanks to BDH Construction, and FRAXA for their support getting here." Fontaine said.
On being awarded the Most Improved Driver Award by NASCAR, Fontaine said, "It is great. I am glad we got it. Hopefully we can build on this momentum and carry it into Michigan."
The Michigan 200 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI is the next NCWTS race on the schedule for Fontaine and team.
The race will be televised on SPEED at 1:30 pm, Saturday, June 13.
TruckSeries.com's Loop Scoring Reports lists Fontaine's stats at Dover:
He tied Mike Skinner for 5th in number of laps led with 5.
His average running position was 15.285.
His overall driver rating was 21st.He was 13th fastest early in a run, and 17th fastest late in a run.
He was ranked 15th of drivers with laps in the top 15 with 113 laps, 56.5%.
Fontaine made four passes on the frontstretch, four on the backstretch, one in turn one and two each in turns 2,3 and 4 for a total of 15..