HERRING RECEIVES PASSING GRADE IN NASCAR DEBUT NEWTON, Iowa (August 1, 2010) -- Drew Herring, an engineering student at North Carolina State University, skipped a test in Thermal Engineering Friday in order to make his NASCAR debut for Baker...
HERRING RECEIVES PASSING GRADE IN NASCAR DEBUT
NEWTON, Iowa (August 1, 2010) -- Drew Herring, an engineering student at North Carolina State University, skipped a test in Thermal Engineering Friday in order to make his NASCAR debut for Baker Curb Racing at Iowa Speedway. Herring, who hadn't been in a race car since last November, received a passing grade in his debut making his way as high as fourth-place and spending over 40 laps running in the top 10. The 23-year old got by Paul Menard at the stripe to finish 15th in the U.S. Cellular 250.
"I definitely don't dread skipping that test; this was an awesome weekend!" said Herring. "All the guys at Baker Curb Racing made it so easy on me and I couldn't have asked for a better team to make my NASCAR debut with. We finished practice fifth and had a fast car all weekend. In qualifying it was a little loose but the team worked on the car all race long and made some good changes. We hit on something late in the race and were one of the fastest cars on the track. We made up some ground and I was closing in on a bunch of cars but we just ran out of time. The No. 27 Ford was definitely a top-10 car but to come home with a 15th-place finish in my first Nationwide Series race, competing against some of the best drivers in the world, I can't complain."
Herring started the race from the 15th position and had worked his way up to 11th when a red-flag came out on lap 44. He communicated to crew chief John Reese that the No. 27 was tight across the center of the corners. When pit road opened, Herring brought the Baker Curb Racing Ford Fusion down pit road for right-side tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment and returned to the track scored in the fourth position.
The Benson, N.C. native maintained the fourth position for twenty laps before cars on fresher tires began to move toward the front. Herring was running eighth when a caution occurred on lap 94. He brought his No. 27 down pit road for four fresh tires, a full tank of fuel and an air pressure adjustment.
When the race restarted Herring was scored in the eighth position. He communicated to Reese that the car was real slick on fresh tires and by lap 135 had fell back to the 15th spot. As the race progressed, Herring communicated that the car had gotten really tight. When the next caution occurred on lap 162 he was running in 13th position. Under caution, the Baker Curb Racing crew put on four fresh tires on the No. 27, made air pressure and trackbar adjustments and filled it with fuel.
The race restarted on lap 167 with Herring scored in the 16th position. The final caution of the race occurred on lap 204. Herring brought the Baker Curb Racing Ford Fusion down pit road for four fresh tires, a spring rubber in the right rear and a full tank of fuel.
Herring was scored in the 19th position when the race restarted on lap 209. He made his way into 16th position on lap 240, where he settled in behind NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Paul Menard. Off of Turn 4 on the final lap, the 23-year old drove his No. 27 to the inside of Menard and completed the pass at the finish line to secure a top-15 finish in his NASCAR debut.
-source: baker curb racing