Fike Flirts With Top-10 Finish Early at Richmond, Mid-Race Brush With Wall Ends Promising Bid RICHMOND, Va. (Friday, May 5, 2006) -- The season's first top-10 finish escaped Aaron Fike and the ...
Fike Flirts With Top-10 Finish Early at Richmond, Mid-Race Brush With Wall Ends Promising Bid
RICHMOND, Va. (Friday, May 5, 2006) -- The season's first top-10 finish escaped Aaron Fike and the #30 RFMS/Curb Agajanian Performance Group Dodge team at Richmond International Raceway during tonight's rain-delayed NASCAR Busch Series Circuit City 250 after a midrace brush with the outside retaining wall.
After qualifying 29th for tonight's 250-lap event around the three-quarter-mile tri-oval here, Fike ran as high as fifth at the Lap-80 mark as he and a handful of competitors opted to stay on-track during a brief caution period. Despite a car that was getting increasingly loose in the ensuing green-flag runs, Fike battled to stay in the top-20 until, nearing the race's halfway mark, he was squeezed into the wall and sustained enough suspension damage to warrant a green-flag pit stop that ended his top-10 hopes.
From there, it was just a matter of finishing in order to maximize his points payoff for the event. He ended up 35th.
Next up for the NBS series is another Friday-night race under the lights, this time for next week's Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington (S.C.) International Raceway.
"I thought I had a really good car. The CAPG crew gave me something I could qualify solidly in the race and I felt like things were looking pretty good after we stayed out for track position during that (Lap 76-80) yellow. But then I was getting really loose and ultimately got into it a little bit with another car and got stuck in the high groove. I hit the wall enough to have to come into the pits under green, and that was pretty much it for the night. It's definitely frustrating because we all work so hard week in and week out. One of these days we'll get a really good finish and hopefully that will open the floodgates to several in a row."