After this weekend at Watkins Glen, one could consider renaming the NASCAR Busch and Truck Seriesd oubleheader weekend "The Ron Fellows Invitational." The Canadian driver won the Lysol 200 from the pole today, one day after he nearly won the ...
After this weekend at Watkins Glen, one could consider renaming the NASCAR Busch and Truck Seriesd oubleheader weekend "The Ron Fellows Invitational." The Canadian driver won the Lysol 200 from the pole today, one day after he nearly won the Bully Hill Vineyards 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race.
Fellowsvictory was his second Busch Series win in three years at the historic 2.45-mile road course. Fellows (#87 Bully Hills Vineyards Chevrolet) probably would have swept the weekend if not for a mishap in qualifying and a stop-and-go penalty during yesterday's Truck race. He still managed to finish third in that race.
Fellows led the most laps (35) on three separate occasions, but he added to his Watkins Glen legend by coming back from 40th place following a restart on lap 45. "I thought it was going to be done, but (crew chief) Brian Pattie made a couple of tire pressure changes because we were a little pushy to the right," Fellows said. "It was lot tougher to get to the top three."
After moving his way to the front, he dominated laps 48-58 and 72-82 before a caution flag came out with two laps remaining. The caution period lasted one lap before the green and white flags were thrown together for the last lap. Fellows was not seriously challenged on the last lap by second place finisher Butch Leitzinger (#30 Little Trees Chevrolet) or third place finisher rookie Kevin Harvick (#2 AC Delco Chevrolet). Leitzinger's second place finish was his career best in the NASCAR Busch Series.
"We really didn't have anything for Fellows on the restart," Leitzinger said. "I tried to hold him the best I could, but he just had me through some of the slower parts of the track."
Harvick was thrilled to finish in the top three against two of the most experienced road racers in the series. "If you get beat my two road racers (and finish third) you've really done something," Harvick said. AHopefully, we will come back next year and be better."
Harvick was joined by fellow rookies Jay Sauter (8th) and PJ Jones (9th) in the top 10. Jones led 15 laps early in the race when he elected not to pit with the leaders.
But the day belonged to Fellows. "This is as good as it gets," Fellows said. "I couldn't be happier. It was a tough race and an excellent car. That's what it took to win today. I hope we can come back and do it again in August (for the Global Crossing@The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup Series race)."
Tickets are now available for the Global Crossing@The Glen on August 10-13 by calling 607-535-2481 or by visiting www.theglen.com.