BNS: Nazareth: Mike Gallo race report

Mike Gallo disappointed with 29th place Nazareth Speedway race. The Woodworks Ford, driven by Sanford, Maine's Mike Gallo, persevered through a trying weekend of NASCAR Busch North Series racing at Pennsylvania's Nazareth Speedway. Starting the...

Mike Gallo disappointed with 29th place Nazareth Speedway race.

The Woodworks Ford, driven by Sanford, Maine's Mike Gallo, persevered through a trying weekend of NASCAR Busch North Series racing at Pennsylvania's Nazareth Speedway. Starting the 100 lap race in the 25th position, Gallo's race was only a few laps old when a spinning car made contact with his, forcing the team to pit under green twice to make repairs. He was classified in the 29th position at the finish.

An encouraging practice on Friday morning left the Fred Skaff-owned team optimistic in qualifying, but in time trials Gallo could only muster the 25th starting position. After the "happy hour" final practice held Friday afternoon, though, he was very much looking forward to the race.

"Whatever happened in qualifying happened," he said before the race. "We just had a great happy hour, even running on old tires. We followed Teddy Christopher around for a few laps and learned a lot. The car sticks well, the engine's running well, and hopefully we're going to bring the Woodworks Ford Taurus to the front. We don't get down because of bad qualifying runs. Last year we started 32nd at Dover and got all the way to eleventh."

The race was only ten laps old when a car in front of Gallo lost control and started spinning. Gallo tried to avoid the car but it hit him in the right front fender, bending the fender down onto the tire and causing the tire to smoke. NASCAR officials ordered Gallo to pit and have the Woodworks Racing crew fix the fender, and he did so a few laps later, falling off the lead lap.

Following a second pit stop under caution and ensuing restart, officials noticed the tire rub problem had returned and ordered Gallo onto pit road under green for a second time on lap 35, putting the team even further behind. From that point on, Gallo raced to make up positions, and, following a final stop under caution on lap 90, Gallo finished the race in the 29th spot.

"Someone spun sideways on me and that totalled our day," he said after the race. "We had tire rub and we couldn't get the problem fixed on the first pit stop so they brought us in a second time, and that finished things off for us. Aside from that, the Woodworks Ford ran good today, and I'm proud of our crew. It was a day of bad luck, but we'll bounce back and get them at Thompson.

"We had a well set-up car, and I think we could have run up front without a doubt," Gallo continued. "It was just too early for people to be spinning sideways all by themselves out there. They were trying to hang onto spots when they should just be thinking about getting their car to the finish."

Gallo and the team will now work to put this run behind them and concentrate on preparing for their next race, which will be held July 13th at Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut. for more information on the team, visit its website at www.woodworksracing.com.

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