Atlanta, GA., (October 20, 2003) - After an extended streak of bad luck this season, the Lucas Oil/Blacks Tire team had reason to celebrate Saturday night. Christian drove the ...
Atlanta, GA., (October 20, 2003) - After an extended streak of bad luck this season, the Lucas Oil/Blacks Tire team had reason to celebrate Saturday night. Christian drove the #2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo to a 2nd place finish after qualifying 13th earlier in the afternoon. "Man, this feels good", said an elated Christian. "After what we've been through this year, this is great. Of course, we'd rather have had the win for Lucas Oil, but we'll settle for second"
Christian paced himself for the first 100 laps. Once the car was dialed in, Christian began to gain momentum. Following a lap 132 pit stop, the Georgia driver drove past the #02 of O'Quinn and the #15 of Lindley to secure 7th. Lap 217 saw Christian challenging the lead cars of Sarvis and Gill. He was able to get by both cars before the next caution flew.
By lap 245, the scoreboard showed Christian running in 5th position. Two late race incidents advanced Christian's cause when the #16 of Rogers and the #4 car of Fogelman tangled on lap 248, and a lap 251 caution brought out by the #44 and #84 took Huffman out of contention. Christian successfully held off the third place car of Scott Baker to bring his entry to the green, white, checked finish behind race leader Benny Gordon.
In Championship points, Christian moved up six spots and now sits just 86 points out of the lead. The fourth Championship race will be run at Christian's home track, Peach State Speedway. Christian logged a previous win at Peach State in July, 2002.
SPEED will air the Myrtle Beach race on Wednesday night at 10 p.m. (EST).