Canadian driver John Graham improved 13 positions from his starting place on the grid to finish 28th in the Sams Town 250 NASCAR Busch Series race held Saturday, October 23 in Memphis, Tennessee. The Gordon Lightfoot/Aurora Inventive sponsored...
Canadian driver John Graham improved 13 positions from his starting place on the grid to finish 28th in the Sams Town 250 NASCAR Busch Series race held Saturday, October 23 in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Gordon Lightfoot/Aurora Inventive sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo was running even higher at mid point in the race but was spun out by another competitor and lost time and track position while in the pits making repairs. Excellent work by the MacDonald Motorsport Team kept him on the same lap but the car's handling suffered and Graham struggled with it for the remaining laps. Graham still managed to finish ahead of some of the NASCAR stars such as Michael Waltrip and Derek Cope and also maintained his record of taking the checkered flag in all three of his first ever NASCAR Busch Series races.
During the race Graham also supported the event's salute to Elvis Presley by promoting the new album Harmony by Canadian Songwriter Gordon Lightfoot on the hood of his #72 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. "Gordon Lightfoot helped me very early on in my racing career" Graham said, "and it is great to be involved in the promotion of his new album Harmony." Lightfoot, who has 5 Grammy nominations and 17 Juno awards in his native Canada, can look to many artists who have recorded his songs including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Sarah McLaughlin, Barbra Streisand, Peter Paul & Mary, Harry Belafonte, Richie Havens, Glen Campbell, Anne Murray and George Hamilton lV to name a few.
Graham continued "NASCAR Busch is where we want to be in 2005 and our current plan is to run 6 races this year. We are looking forward to building on that next year." John Graham is one of the few Canadians to have ever competed at any level in NASCAR and was the only Canadian driver racing in a NASCAR event this weekend.
John Graham, although new to the NASCAR Busch Series, has raced in many forms of international motorsport that includes 7 starts at the 24 Hours Of LeMans race in France, podium finishes in the American LeMans Series (ALMS), and 2 finishes in the gruelling Paris-Dakar Rally.