Michigan: Kelly Bires preview

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kelly Bires said the victory by teammate Marcos Ambrose last Saturday in the STP Ford at Watkins Glen, N.Y., has a far-reaching affect at JTG Daugherty Racing as the team prepared for Saturday's Carfax 250 at the Michigan ...

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kelly Bires said the victory by teammate Marcos Ambrose last Saturday in the STP Ford at Watkins Glen, N.Y., has a far-reaching affect at JTG Daugherty Racing as the team prepared for Saturday's Carfax 250 at the Michigan International Speedway.

Bires' No. 47 team said it plans to feed off the momentum generated by Ambrose's victory on the two-mile oval in the Irish Hills.

"There definitely was a lot of momentum at JTG Daugherty Racing this week," Bires said. "Everyone was on Cloud Nine. It won't change the way we approach this Saturday's race. The two-mile tracks have been our strong suit all year. We're going there with a game plan to run in the Top 10 all day and put ourselves in position at the end.

"Now that Marcos has a win, everyone on this Clorox team is eager to get a win, too. Now that we have the momentum, it's important that we keep it as an organization.

Bires heads into the race ranked 14th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings. The team started the season with two goals: to win a race and finish the year among the Top 10.

"Michigan is a good track for us," crew chief Scott Zipadelli said. "We're taking our Las Vegas/Darlington car. We were running in the Top 10 at both places. We had to hold Kelly back a little bit on the road courses because he had very limited experience. We came out of the road courses in good shape. Now it's time to turn him loose."

Zipadelli switched to a new generation car and setup during the second half of the 2007 season. That move has paid huge dividends to the Clorox team with Bires running consistently in the Top 10.

"We hit on something at Kansas last year with this new generation car and we've been working to make it better every week since," Bires said. "We've taken all the notes from the end of last year and the beginning of this year and we've been really good at the mile-and-a-half and the two-mile tracks. "We're still getting better week-in and week-out. We're getting a game plan together for next year so we can get off to a good start. If we do everything right and the car is fast off the hauler, we pretty should be a Top-10 car everywhere we go."

-credit: jtgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kelly Bires
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing