Charlotte II: JTG Racing/Bires race report

BIRES KEEPS HIS MOMENTUM WITH TO P-10 FINISH FOR CONCORD, N.C. -- The biggest challenge for Kelly Bires and the No. 47 Samaritan's Feet Ford wasn't racing at full speed during the Dollar General 300 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. Just getting ...

BIRES KEEPS HIS MOMENTUM WITH TO P-10 FINISH FOR

CONCORD, N.C. -- The biggest challenge for Kelly Bires and the No. 47 Samaritan's Feet Ford wasn't racing at full speed during the Dollar General 300 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. Just getting started kept everyone at JTG Daugherty Racing on their toes.

Restarts after caution periods turned last Friday's main event into a game of high-speed bumper cars. Bires managed to keep the nose of his race car clean despite a series of restarts with convulsive momentum to finish seventh.

"The restarts were slow," Bires said. "I don't know what was going on up there, but we were just trying to keep our car in one piece. I'm not sure who was checking up or what was happening up there, but you had to concentrate more on not wrecking than getting going. It's the strangest race I've ever been in."

Being in the lead pack kept Bires in the middle of all the stop-and-go restarts. He avoided some of the chain reactions to give the team their second Top-10 finish in a row and their fifth of the year.

b^0x001cAnything short of a Top-10 finish is disappointing, so we're pleased with the entire effort," said crew chief Scott Zipadelli. "We finished seventh and there were areas for improvement. We'll get some things straightened out before we go to Memphis and be even better.

"Just staying out of those chain-reactions on the restart was a significant accomplishment. We brought a good race car to Lowe's and we took it home in one piece. We'll keep massaging on it and tune on it and it will be a little better for the next race."

Bires said the team hasn't given up on its ultimate goal of finishing in the Top 10 in the Nationwide Series standings. While he admitted that remains a difficult goal with four races left, there's no reason not to keep pushing.

"We had a good, solid night," Bires said. "We were better than a seventh-place car. We lost a little track position with our first stop and it took us the rest of the race to get it back. Nobody on this JTG Daugherty Racing team gave up. It was a solid effort all the way around.

"We're 13th in the standings. We're looking at 12th. If we get there, we'll look at 11th. We won't stop racing hard until the final lap of the season."

JTG/Daughtery racing featured a Samaritan's Feet paint scheme on the #47 car. "We're proud to bring some attention to Samaritan's Feet", Bires said. "The work they do is amazing. We challenge all our fans to help. I am glad that we could get the ball rolling for them with a top 10 finish".We would like for you to join Manny on his journey. Samaritan's Feet and NASCAR are asking you to sign up to be a part of the "World Walk". On October 25th, all participants of the world walk will simultaneously walk one mile at 12:00pm (eastern). People from around the world will join Manny and his team as he heads towards Atlanta. At previous shoe distribution locations throughout the world, people will walk in their community in support of Samaritan's Feet. Thousands of people will walk simultaneously to put shoes on the feet of children.

The goal is to raise $1,000,000 and 300,000 pairs of shoes during his 300 mile journey. Manny will stop at historic sites throughout his journey recognizing political figures and citizens who have changed our country for the better. Samaritan's Feet will conduct shoe distributions along the way in communities throughout the journey.

You can do it at your house, your kid's games or where ever you are.. Walk 1 mile for children around the world who don't have shoes.

For more information please visit: samaritansfeet.org/worldwalk

-credit: JTG Racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kelly Bires
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing