Neither Martin Roy nor Mario Gosselin saw the finish of the 2016 NASCAR Xfinity season’s first race, this weekend at Daytona. Roy crashed out on lap 22, while Gosselin failed to qualify for the race, missing the cut by only a tenth of a second.
"There is always some rubbing going on out the track," explained Roy in a press release. "That’s normal, but on lap 21, I felt a big hit. Maybe it was a slow leak, but the car went sideways on me. I would have brought it back if a second nudge hadn’t sent me straight into the wall. What a hit."
Before crashing out, Roy had been running inside the top-30. "I was really enjoying myself, then bang! Race over."
The Napierville-native will be back behind the wheel March 19, at Auto Club Speedway, for the Xfinity 300.
Welcoming Andrew Ranger
In related NASCAR Xfinity news, stock-car veteran Andrew Ranger struck a deal with Roy’s team to enter the Mid-Ohio 200, in August.