Dover II: Drew Herring race report

MONSTER MILE PROVIDES NIGHTMARE WEEKEND FOR THE GETLOADED RACING TEAM DOVER, Del. (September 26, 2010) -- Making just his second NASCAR Nationwide Series start, Drew Herring was doing his best to turn a bad start to the weekend into a decent ...

MONSTER MILE PROVIDES NIGHTMARE WEEKEND FOR THE GETLOADED RACING TEAM

DOVER, Del. (September 26, 2010) -- Making just his second NASCAR Nationwide Series start, Drew Herring was doing his best to turn a bad start to the weekend into a decent finish on Saturday when he was involved in a hard crash off Turn 4 on lap 135. Herring, who was driving a backup car after making contact with the wall in qualifying, had made his way back to the 21st when Elliott Sadler spun on the frontstretch and slid down the track into the path of the No. 27 Getloaded Ford Fusion. Herring made a last ditch effort to avoid the spinning Sadler but was unable to avoid contact. The 23-year old would end up finishing 32nd after the collision brought out the red flag and ended the day for both drivers.

"I wouldn't wish this weekend on my worst enemy," said Herring. "We were having some radio issues, and I had already committed back to the gas when I heard them saying a car was spinning on the frontstretch. When I came around the corner, I saw Elliott and got on the brakes and tried to crank left but there was just nowhere to go. I'm glad that he is ok, I just hate that we tore up two good cars. We dug ourselves in a hole having to start from the back, but the Getloaded Ford Fusion kept getting better as the race went along. We were on our way to salvaging a decent finish. I'm definitely ready to put this weekend behind me and get ready for next weekend."

After starting from the rear of the field, Herring had made his way to 31st when he surrendered a lap to Kyle Busch on lap 20. The rookie continued moving forward and was scored in 23rd place when the first caution of the race occurred on lap 71. He communicated to crew chief John Reese that the Getloaded Ford Fusion was tight across the center of the turns. When pit road opened, Herring brought the No. 27 down pit road where the Baker Curb Racing crew put on four fresh tires, filled it with fuel and made an air pressure adjustment.

The North Carolina native was in 23rd when the race went back to green flag conditions on lap 76. Herring was running 22nd on lap 100 when he communicated to the crew that the air pressure adjustment had freed his Ford Fusion up too much. The next caution occurred on lap 112. When pit road opened, he brought the No. 27 Getloaded Ford Fusion down pit road for four fresh tires, a full tank of a fuel and a trackbar adjustment.

When the race restarted on lap 118, Herring was scored in the 21st position. He remained in that position until the accident with Elliott Sadler occurred on lap 135, putting an end to a rough weekend for the 23-year old rookie.

Herring will be back behind the wheel of the Getloaded Ford Fusion as the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Kansas Speedway for the running of the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday, October 3.

-source: baker curb racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Elliott Sadler , Drew Herring , Kyle Busch