MADERA, Calif. (July 29, 2003) -- Brandon Whitt's race at Madera Speedway may not have been earth-shattering, but it yielded exactly what the Clean Line Motorsports team was hoping for -- a solid top-ten finish with an intact car. Madera's tight...
MADERA, Calif. (July 29, 2003) -- Brandon Whitt's race at Madera Speedway may not have been earth-shattering, but it yielded exactly what the Clean Line Motorsports team was hoping for -- a solid top-ten finish with an intact car.
Madera's tight .333-mile oval layout, paired with a short 125-lap event format, put a premium on track position. Brandon qualified ninth for the Lucas Oil 125, and though he fought tenaciously to improve his position over the short race distance he was only able to move up to eighth place by the time the checkered flag was shown to the field.
The top-ten finish may not have been remarkable to the casual observer, but in light of the team's recent string of bad luck Brandon is more than ready to take it and move forward.
"The race only took about 45 minutes," Brandon says. "Track position was everything -- you didn't really have time to do much out there. But we came out of there with all the fenders on the car and a solid top-ten finish, so we'll take it and build up some momentum."
In eight season starts, Brandon's average starting position is 5.3 and he has started outside the top ten only once. His top-ten at Madera improves his average finish a full position to 17.5 -- a number that he and the team are working to shrink even further this season.
Brandon's next event in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series will be at the 3/8ths-mile Colorado National Speedway in Erie, CO in the United Power/Touchstone Energy 150.