Indy ORP: JTG Racing, Bires race report

Bires, Team Clorox stopped from sure top 10 finish CLERMONT, Ind. -- Kelly Bires went into last Saturday's Kroger 200 expecting a lot of aggressive short-track driving. He couldn't have expected what happened at the O'Reilly Raceway...

Bires, Team Clorox stopped from sure top 10 finish

CLERMONT, Ind. -- Kelly Bires went into last Saturday's Kroger 200 expecting a lot of aggressive short-track driving. He couldn't have expected what happened at the O'Reilly Raceway Park.

Bires was the victim of a couple hard knocks, the second that resulted in a cut tire -- and a collision with the third turn wall.

Bires started eighth and was running in the Top 10 when his No. 47 Clorox Ford started pouring white smoke from the tire rub. The tire blew out moments before he was able to pit, sending JTG Racing to a 36th-place finish. "That's the nature of short-track racing sometimes," said crew chief Scott Zipadelli. "One minute you're rolling along in the Top 10, saving your stuff for the final 50; the next you're in the garage with a crashed race car. When it's the result of hard racing, that's one thing. When it's the result of somebody else not paying attention, that's something else."

Bires, 15th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings only 214 points from the Top 10. "We've had a couple setbacks in a row, but this is a solid team that never quits," Bires said. "We'll bounce back. Our ultimate goal of finishing in the Top 10 in points is still very real. As long as we keep doing our job -- and avoid other people's mistakes -- we'll be all right."

Bires' next race is on the road course at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on Saturday. It will be his second career race on a road course. "We learned a lot at Mexico and I know we've got a great car," he said. "We have back-to-back road courses, so two weeks from now I'll be well-versed on making right and left turns."

-credit: JTG Racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Kelly Bires