BUSCH: Watkins Glen: Jorge Goeters race report

Accident Ends Goeters Hopes in Zippo 200 Veteran road racer 29th after mid-race spin Watkins Glen, NY (August 11, 2007) ... For the first time in the 26-year history of the NASCAR Busch Series, back-to-back road course races appeared on the ...

Accident Ends Goeters Hopes in Zippo 200
Veteran road racer 29th after mid-race spin

Watkins Glen, NY (August 11, 2007) ... For the first time in the 26-year history of the NASCAR Busch Series, back-to-back road course races appeared on the schedule. With the first-ever visit by the Busch Series to Canada last week providing an exciting event, the competitors and teams made their annual visit to Watkins Glen International this weekend for the Zippo 200 at The Glen.

For the second consecutive race, road course veteran Jorge Goeters drove the #27 Kleenex0x00ae / Cub Cadet Ford Fusion for Brewco Motorsports. Unfortunately, Goeters had a mid-race spin and made contact with the retaining wall that effectively ended his hopes for a strong finish. However, thanks to the determined effort by Crew Chief Stewart Cooper and the Kleenex0x00ae / Cub Cadet crew, Goeters was able to complete the race and post a 29th-place finish.

Weather became an issue on Friday, with the Busch Series teams only receiving one practice session on the 2.45-mile road course due to rain. Therefore, qualifying groups for the Saturday morning race against the clock were determined by practice speeds on Friday. Goeters would be placed in the fifth group with Robby Gordon, Andy Pilgrim, and David Gilliand for his five-minute qualifying session. Goeters posted a fast lap of 73.567 seconds / 119.891 mph to earn the 15th-starting position in the 41-car field.

During the first few laps of the 82-lap race, the racing action at the front of the field was "fast and furious". Goeters chose to drop back to the 20th position and reported that he was "saving my equipment -- these guys are pushing hard at the start". With an early caution on lap four, several leaders decided to pit as teams started using different race strategy. Goeters did not make his first pit stop of the race until lap 15 under green flag conditions. Running 10th at the time, the Kleenex0x00ae / Cub Cadet crew serviced Goeters with four tires and fuel. He would reenter the race in 30th position. On lap 32, the leader passed Goeters to place the veteran road racer one lap down in 25th position.

Goeters reported that his Kleenex0x00ae / Cub Cadet Ford Fusion was "tight, very tight" before he made his next pit stop on lap 39 for tires, fuel, and a chassis adjustment. He would restart 26th on lap 40.

On the restart, Goeters went off course in turn one, regained control, then spun after getting back on course. The #27 Kleenex0x00ae / Cub Cadet made contact with the outside retaining barrier in turn two causing heavy damage to the right side of the car. Goeters was able to drive back to the pits for evaluation of the damage by his crew. After changing right-side tires and making temporary repairs to the right front and rear, Goeters returned to the race in 34th position, two laps down.

Three laps after returning to the track, Goeters came to pit road with a right rear tire flat. After changing tires, Goeters rejoined the race. On lap 50, caution waved for debris on the course, and Goeters returned to pit road for left-side tires and more repairs to the damaged right side of his Ford Fusion. Goeters would restart 35th on lap 51, three laps down to the leaders.

In the final laps of the race, Goeters was able to gain six positions in the running order as accidents and attrition took its toll on several competitors. A disappointed Goeters took the checkered flag in 29th position.

"I really had a good car the entire weekend here," Goeters stated. "Stewart (Crew Chief Cooper) and the guys really worked hard and our car was competitive. I made a small mistake in qualifying, and got crowded entering turn one during the race. I really hate that I had the wreck and damaged our car. I feel like we were going to be OK at the end, but it didn't work out that way. The racing was really wild, with pushing and shoving all afternoon."

The NASCAR Busch Series next travels to Michigan International Speedway for the CARFAX 200 on Saturday, August 18th. Practice for the Busch cars begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Friday, with qualifying set for 11:10 a.m. ET on Saturday. The 125-lap, 250-mile race is set for a 3:30 p.m. ET start next Saturday. ESPN2 will provide television coverage with the Motor Racing Network handling the radio broadcast of the CARFAX 200. Ward Burton will drive the #27 Kleenex0x00ae Ford Fusion in the CARFAX 200 at Michigan.

-credit: brewco

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Drivers Robby Gordon , Andy Pilgrim , Jorge Goeters