Bobby Grigas, III Starts Rookie Season Off Right at Thompson Young Driver Finishes Ninth, Collects Rookie of Race Award in NASCAR Mod Tour Opener MARSHFIELD, MA (April 23, 2007) -- Bobby Grigas, III started his rookie season on the NASCAR ...
Bobby Grigas, III Starts Rookie Season Off Right at Thompson
Young Driver Finishes Ninth, Collects Rookie of Race Award in NASCAR Mod Tour Opener
MARSHFIELD, MA (April 23, 2007) -- Bobby Grigas, III started his rookie season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour off right. The young Massachusetts driver finished a solid ninth in the season opening Icebreaker at Thompson International Speedway (CT) and captured the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award.
For the Triple G Scaffold team, it was "mission accomplished" when it came to meeting their objectives for the race.
"Our whole goal here was to finish in the top 10," said Grigas. "I'm really excited about finishing the race with the car in one piece. I just wanted to finish. You have to finish before you can win. Everyone kept preaching that to me, so that is what I wanted to accomplish today. Thanks to the hard work of my team, we were able to do that."
The hard work of the team came into play especially when Grigas suffered mechanical woes in the beginning and then in the middle of the event. Grigas started the race at the rear of the field after pitting to replace a fuse for the cooling fan on the pace laps. Then, the power steering went out on lap seven. The team kept adding fluid, but it stopped working for good just before the halfway point. Unable to fix the problem, but determined to get to end, Grigas just kept trucking to the finish.
"The power steering went out -- so that is why I kept pitting and pitting," said Grigas. "I'm usually a one-hand driver, so I just grabbed on tight with two hands and held on today. I was just trying to be smooth with it and the next thing that I knew, I was in the top 10."
If not for the power steering failure, an even better result could have been possible for the team.
"The way that the car was handling, it was easily a top five car," said Grigas. "But I just couldn't get the wheel turned. I couldn't get under anybody. It just wouldn't turn that far. I could drive the outside better."
Next weekend, Grigas will head to Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) for the Spring Sizzler. It will be his first time to race at the track, but with the experience of crew chief Greg Narducci and team consultant Brad LaFontaine in his corner, Grigas is optimistic about his chances there.
"Everyone says it is a tough track, but I think with Greg and Brad behind me, I'll be okay," said Grigas. "Hopefully, we'll have a top-10 finish. I know that we'll race well. The biggest thing will be just getting into the race. There are usually 50-plus cars and a lot of guys there who already know the track. It will be tough to qualify, but I'm up for the challenge."
The Spring Sizzler is scheduled for this coming weekend. Qualifying will take place on Saturday, April 28th and the feature race will take place on Sunday, April 29th.