Week 22 Newsletter
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O'Reilly Raceway Park - Kroger 200 - Weekend Update - Race 22
It was a full race weekend in Indianapolis. Two tracks just 7 miles apart hosted all three
NASCAR series providing great racing action. The Craftsman Truck Series and the
Nationwide Series were at O'Reilly Raceway Park, a .686 mile oval. The Sprint Cup Series
was at venerable Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.5 mile 4 turn oval -- the Brickyard.
Jimmie Johnson won the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in the #48 taking home a $509,236
paycheck. The rest of the top 5 were: 2nd Carl Edwards (#99), 3rd Denny Hamlin (#11), 4th
Elliott Sadler (#19), 5th Jeff Gordon (#24). The race was a caution fest with 6 competition
cautions out of the total 11 race cautions. The average was a caution almost every 14 laps.
The tire issues was obvious early Saturday when teams were only getting 3 to 10 laps
during practice before the right side tires started to blister and wear to the steel cords.
So why the big tire problems this year? One possible reason is the heavier weight and
higher center of gravity of the COT. However, still unexplained is why, when in years past the
tires would lay down a nice based of rubber on the track after the practice sessions and early
in the race, did the tire rubber turn to dust rather than sticking to the track?
Craftsman Truck Series
Johnny Benson won the Power Stroke Diesel 200 presented by AAA Hoosier Insurance
Craftsman Truck Series Race on Friday night in the #23 Bill Davis Racing Toyota taking
home a $58,125 paycheck. It was his second win in a row and his first win at ORP. Benson
holds on to a slender 15 point lead. The rest top 5 were: 2nd Ron Hornaday (#33), 3rd Erik
Darnell (#99), 4th Matt Crafton (#88) and 5th Shelby Howard (#13). Bobby East in the Zaxby's
Ford started on the pole.
Kyle Busch won the Kroger 200 on Saturday night in the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Z'Line
Designs Toyota taking home a $48,770 paycheck. The win is his 6th victory in the
Nationwide Series in 2008. The rest of the top 5 were: 2nd Colin Braun (#16), 3rd Mike
Bliss (#1), 4th Scott Wimmer (#29), 5th Josh Wise (#22). Colin Braun in the CitiFinancial
Ford started on the pole. 50 cars were on the preliminary entry list but only 46 cars
attempted to qualify. Charles Lewandoski (#36), Andy Ponstein (#02) and Chad Beahr (#57)
failed to qualify for the race. Andy Ponstein crashed on his second qualifying lap backing it
hard into the wall.
There were only 3 leaders. Kyle Busch started on the inside of row 1 and lead the first 100
laps. On the third yellow flag of the night, Kyle Busch hit the pits and Cale Gale stayed out to
lead one lap. On the same yellow flag, Morgan Shepherd also stayed out to lead 2 laps.
After everyone cycled through pit stops Kyle Busch took the front spot and was never
pressured for the lead again. While the 1st spot was never really in question throughout the
night, there was great racing back in the field.
Trackside 1 Nationwide Series Teams:
#92 Keselowski Automotive Dodge sponsored by Bradshaw Medical, Inc. driven by Brian
Keselowski -- qualified 30th and finished the race a season best 15th. Bradshaw Medical
provides strategic sourcing for the orthopaedic industry by providing specialized design and
development of OEM spinal and surgical instruments. Keselowski was late for the drivers
meeting and had to start the race from the back of the field. He marched impressively
through the field claiming the 25th spot on lap 95 while still on the lead lap. However, due to
the long green flag run, Kyle Busch caught Brian and put him a lap down on lap 96.
Continuing to charge hard, two cautions later on lap 120 Brian was the first car one lap down
and earned the "lucky dog" putting him back on the lead lap. That was the spark he needed
as Brian continued the march up the charts moving as high as 13th with just 12 laps to go. A
hard charging Carl Edwards (who was three laps down and earned 2 laps back by passing
the leader after two cautions finally earned the "lucky dog" with just 22 laps left in the race)
and Bobby Hamilton, Jr. worked their way past Brian in the final 5 laps.
#84 Mike Harmon Racing Chevy driven by Mike Harmon -- could not raise sponsorship
funding to attend the Nationwide Series event and elected to attend the ARCA race.
The next stop for the Nationwide Series is in Montreal August 2nd at the NAPA 200 at Circuit
Gilles Villeneuve. If you are going to be in Montreal, call us for Sponsorship Opportunities
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Special thanks to our newest Sponsor Bradshaw Medical. They joined us as our primary
sponsor on the #92 Bradshaw Medical Dodge driven by Brian Keselowski at O'Reilly
Raceway Park. Their sponsorship brought us a season best 15th place finish Thanks Guy!
Thanks also to Jim Hawkins and his guests who joined us as first time sponsors at O'Reilly
Raceway Park in Indianapolis.
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Good for the 2008 season.