Fontaine Gets Top Five Finish In Hoosier Cup Race ...
Fontaine Gets Top Five Finish In Hoosier Cup Race #5
Saturday, May 8, 2004 -- Bradenton,FL-Chris Fontaine bettered his record in the Hoosier Cup series race #5 at Desoto Superspeedway with a fifth place finish. The finish brings Fontaine's 2004 series record up to 1 win, 2 top 5's and 3 top 10's out of five races.
Fontaine qualified the GGR Roofing/ BDH Construction/Fletcher Contracting #47 in the 7th spot to start the race. Setup problems kept him from getting a better starting position.
Two laps into the race, the #75 went wide in turn two with problems, and on the restart, Fontaine was in the sixth spot.
Fontaine chased the #61 of Jimmy Cope for the next 19 laps, almost passing him just as another caution came out.
It seemed that each time Fontaine and the #47 would get up to speed and the tires got hooked up, another caution would come out.
After another restart on lap 80, Fontaine pulled alongside Cope again, only to slide up the track in turn one, allowing two cars to get by. But, Fontaine held onto it and retook the sixth spot, and was threatening for fifth again when a wreck amoungst the leaders in turn three brought out the caution on lap 92.
Cope dropped out of the race by lap 100, moving Fontaine up to the 5th spot.
After getting spun in turn four on lap 105, Fontaine was restarted in the sixth spot. For the next six laps Fontaine fended off the charge by the #07 running side by side with the #1, chasing the #47.
On lap 111, BJ Mcloud hit the wall in turn four, moving Chris up to the fifth spot on the restart.
The #1 tried to get by Fontaine on lap 114, but he got loose in turn four and spun.
After the restart,running in fourth, Fontaine's #47 was getting a little tight in the corners causing him to drift up and the #07 got under him to take the spot.
Fontaine held onto the fifth spot through another caution and to the checkered flag.