Sixth-place finish energizes Clean Line crew for summer stretch run IRWINDALE, California (June 9, 2003) - The management of Irwindale Speedway calls "LA's Half-Mile Super Speedway" because it combines a big-track mix of speed and driver ...
Sixth-place finish energizes Clean Line crew for summer stretch run
IRWINDALE, California (June 9, 2003) - The management of Irwindale Speedway calls "LA's Half-Mile Super Speedway" because it combines a big-track mix of speed and driver challenges into a compact package. A good result at Irwindale can provide enormous momentum for other tracks on a racer's schedule, and Brandon Whitt's sixth-place finish at Saturday night's King Taco 150 gave him and his entire team a big boost as they prepare for a demanding stretch of summer races.
Whitt is no stranger to Irwindale's tough turns and lightning speeds. Like every racer who has driven there, he has a healthy respect for the track and knows that achieving fast speeds and staying competitive there is a real accomplishment. For that reason, his strong practice times and third-fastest qualifying speed energized the young driver and his crew as they prepared for their 20th NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series start in the feature event.
After the drop of the green flag, Brandon worked his #28 Moen Faucets/Victory Circle/Simpson GS3 Pontiac Grand Prix through traffic. With help from his crew chief Jerry Pitts and the Clean Line team, Brandon made his way as high as third place. A missed shift on a restart cost him ground, but Brandon never fell out of the top ten and fought back up to sixth place by the time the checkers flew.
For a driver and team who have weathered their share of struggles this season, the finish naturally had everyone pumped up in anticipation of a grueling four-week stretch of non-stop racing. Equally as important, Brandon vaulted up three positions in the Southwest Series standings to 14th. "This was a great finish for everyone," Brandon says. "Everyone is in high spirits. This is a track where we have struggled a bit in the past, so it means even more for us to finish well here. If we can string together more top-tens like this we'll have a good shot at a strong points finish this season."
Brandon and the Clean Line team will take a week off from racing before the next Southwest Series event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma on June 21st. But that does not mean they will not be busy. On Tuesday, June 10th, the Clean Line race shop in Bakersfield will open its doors to welcome a local Boy Scout troop for a grand tour of the facility.