David Gilliland’s ninth-place finish for the No. 34 team was the second top-10 result ever for Front Row Motorsports and their best ever at Talladega.
This week, here’s a sneak peek at what they all were thinking following the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Whether you like Jimmie Johnson or not, you can’t argue the excitement of the finish at Talladega.
In his post-race comments, Casey Mears said, “Our top priority is being in the Top 35 and we were able to make that happen tonight.”
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Jamie McMurray has been a solid performer at Martinsville with one top five and 10 top 10s throughout his career entering Sunday (April 3).
Ken Schrader did not complete a lap in the top 15 throughout the race, but he did successfully complete the event.
Frontstretch caught up with Dave Blaney at Bristol to discuss his fundraising initiatives, short-track racing and the season so far for the longtime veteran.
Bryan Davis Keith: *You’ve dealt with a tire situation throughout the weekend. Were they as bad as they were made out to be?*
Dave Blaney: They feel fine on the car, they just wear out too quick. So they’re going to take… preventive measures. There’s no issue with them, I don’t think. I really don’t know how they missed it. Goodyear usually does a good job coming with the right stuff where you don’t have to do this [changing tires over the course of a race weekend]. We’re going to throw a new set on for this final practice and hope that it doesn’t change anything too much. Slight bump in the road, that’s all.
I’m not sure if any of the bubble drivers or team members were successful at the tables in Vegas, but the race on Sunday sure didn’t bring them any luck.
Overall it was a rough week for our bubble teams, but a few things to take away from Phoenix.
While this year’s owner points won’t be used until after the first five races of the season, teams on the bubble gave it their best effort in the Daytona 500.
This edition of the Shakedown Session will be focusing on the 10 drivers who hope to make the Daytona 500 via the Gatorade Duels.