Stewart Leads, But Finishes 24th In Minnesota 300 Elko, MN (September 6, 2004) - Trevor Stewart and the St.Cloud, Minnesota based GrandStay Residential Suites, Old Chicago, Chevrolet racing team had mixed emotions following the Jani-King...
Stewart Leads, But Finishes 24th In Minnesota 300
Elko, MN (September 6, 2004) - Trevor Stewart and the St.Cloud, Minnesota based GrandStay Residential Suites, Old Chicago, Chevrolet racing team had mixed emotions following the Jani-King Minnesota 300 ASA National Tour event held at Minnesota's Elko Speedway. After two successful practice sessions, just prior to Qualifying on Sunday, a downpour wiped out all ASA Qualifying, setting the line up for the field based on Car Owner's Points. This relegated Trevor to the 24th spot on the 32 car starting grid.
An early race caution saw many of the leaders duck into the pits. Trevor kept the GrandStay car on the track and advanced to the fifth spot as the race resumed. Another caution just a few laps later saw the four cars in front make pit stops. This allowed Trevor to lead for the first time in his career. When the green waved again, the GrandStay, Old Chicago car showed the way as Bryan Reffner tried to get by. After 20 laps in the lead, Reffner was able to get by, but Trevor stayed close to the front. Several more cautions would slow the action, but this allowed the team to make their mandatory pit stops and gain positions following each restart.
Things would take a turn for the worse on lap 267, when Trevor and Joey Miller were racing for position. The two cars got together in turn one and Trevor brought out the yellow as he sat pointed in the wrong direction on the track. Trevor started at the rear of the field and as the action picked back up again, he had to fight his way back to the front. On lap 279, Trevor found himself in the middle of a three-wide race in turn four. Contact was made as he exited the turn and the car got upset, slid sideways and banged the front stretch wall with the right front of the car. The crew went to work during the caution, made repairs and got back on the track, just as the race went green. Trevor rode out the remainder of the 300 lap race, finally finishing in the 24th position, despite being at or near the front for a majority of the race.
Next up for the GrandStay, Old Chicago team will be the Kentucky 150 at the Kentucky Speedway on Saturday September 18th.