Goess Rallies to 11th-place Finish at Dover DOVER, Del. (September 22, 2008) -- Craig Goess and his Greenville-Toyota team rallied from their 24th starting position in Friday's Sunoco 150 to finish an impressive 11th in their first appearance...
Goess Rallies to 11th-place Finish at Dover
DOVER, Del. (September 22, 2008) -- Craig Goess and his Greenville-Toyota team rallied from their 24th starting position in Friday's Sunoco 150 to finish an impressive 11th in their first appearance at Dover International Speedway.
"I loved the track," said Goess. "It's a fast track with great banking. Definitely my kind of place! I learned a lot this weekend and I know that if we went back there, we would definitely be a threat!"
Despite a strong practice, Goess qualified the Greenville-Toyota Camry in the 24th starting position with a 146.199 mph lap. Goess quickly made up the track position when the green flag dropped, climbing ten spots to 14th in only 22 laps.
Goess was knocking on the door of the top-10 by lap 50. The No. 2 Greenville-Toyota Camry was strong under long green runs. The "Big One" occurred on lap 67, nearly collecting Goess. The Eddie Sharp Racing driver escaped the carnage and restarted the race in the tenth position. Goess remained in the top-10, running as high as seventh, until the closing laps. With a transmission that was not stellar on restarts, the No. 2 slid back to 11th following a late-race caution and Goess took the checkered flag earning his seventh top-15 finish of the season.
"I learned a lot this weekend about air and its effects on the car," commented Goess. "It was a lot of fun to play with that and see the difference in the handling as I would position myself near other cars. The car was a lot of fun to drive. The team worked really hard to stabilize the car and correct the travel that they weren't originally expecting. The body of the car was awesome. I think with the data we have now on the car and the track, we can come back ten times better."
"It's hard to believe that the season is almost over," added Goess. "I feel like I've learned a lot since the beginning of the year. As a driver, I try to go into each race and learn everything I can, no matter if it is my first or my 100th race. I feel this year that I have grown as a driver and that we have grown as a team."