HERRING GRINDS OUT 28TH-PLACE FINISH IN MILE-AND-A-HALF DEBUT KANSAS CITY, Kan. (October 3, 2010) -- The first lap of Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 was the first competitive lap 23-year old Drew Herring had ever ran on a track bigger than a...
HERRING GRINDS OUT 28TH-PLACE FINISH IN MILE-AND-A-HALF DEBUT
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (October 3, 2010) -- The first lap of Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 was the first competitive lap 23-year old Drew Herring had ever ran on a track bigger than a mile in his racing career. After some early-race struggles, including a pit road speeding penalty, Herring showed improved lap times, made split-second decisions to avoid a couple close calls and for over 20 laps was a caution away from making his way back on the lead lap. In the end, the North Carolina native grinded out a 28th-place finish at Kansas Speedway and gained valuable experience racing on a mile-and-a-half track.
"The pit road speeding penalty put us in a hole early, but the guys stuck behind me all day and we were a caution away from coming from two laps down to being back on the lead lap," said Herring. "It was my first time on a track longer than a mile and it definitely was an interesting experience. I've been on a few mile tracks that aero comes into play but it was nothing like this. Other cars can tuck in behind you and get your car loose or they can get beside you and try to suck you around. That is something I've never really experienced before. We didn't get the finished I had hoped for, but I brought the Getloaded Ford Fusion back to the garage in one piece and learned a lot that will help me in the future. The next time I race on a mile-and-a-half track, I'll be three steps ahead."
Herring started the race from the 28th position and lost a few spots shortly after the green flag dropped. He communicated to crew chief John Reese that the Getloaded Ford Fusion was very loose in the early stages of the race. Herring began to gain positions but surrendered a lap to race leader Kyle Busch on lap 30.
The North Carolina native brought his No. 27 down pit road under green flag conditions on lap 56. The crew put on four fresh tires, made an air pressure adjustment, filled the Getloaded Ford Fusion with fuel and returned the young driver to the track. After making his way down pit road, NASCAR notified the team that Herring was too fast exiting the pits and had to serve a pass-through penalty. After serving the penalty, the rookie driver was scored in 29th position, two laps down.
Carl Edwards spun in turn 2 bringing out the first caution of the race on lap 67. Herring remained on the track when the leaders pitted and received the wave around. When the race restarted on lap 72, he was scored one lap down, in the 29th position.
As the race continued, The Baker Curb Racing crew made positive adjustments to the No. 27 Getloaded Ford Fusion and the rookie driver continued to show improved lap times. Herring was running in the 25th position when Brian Scott spun across the frontstretch in front of the No. 27 on lap 133. The young driver quickly applied the brakes and steered right to narrowly escape contact with Scott's Ford Fusion.
"That was too close for comfort!" a relieved Herring radioed to the crew after the close call. "It's a lot easier to dodge bullets on a short track than it is on a mile-and-a-half going 170 miles per hour."
On lap 155 Herring moved his No. 27 Getloaded Ford Fusion into 24th place and was the first car one lap down. He remained in the "Lucky Dog" spot for 20 laps but a caution never occurred. Brad Keselowski ended the young drivers attempt to get back on the lead lap when he made his way around Herring on lap 175, putting him two laps down. The young driver would remain two laps down for the remainder of the race and finish in the 28th position.
-source: baker curb racing