A Recap of the Weekend Past
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) enjoyed a successful return to the Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway this past weekend.
Todd Gilliland and the No. 38 Crosley Brands Ford F-150 team finished second in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race after fighting for the win late in the race.
Michael McDowell and the No. 34 Love's Travel Stops team finished 16th in Sunday's 300-lap NASCAR Cup Series race just one spot ahead of Anthony Alfredo in the Speedco Ford Mustang who finished 17th.
TODD GILLILAND. NO. 38 CROSLEY BRANDS FORD F-150. FINISHED 2.
Todd Gilliland and the No. 38 Crosley Brands Ford F-150 team earned their fifth top-five finish of their season on Friday night at the Nashville Superspeedway after starting in the back of the field. The team had to adjust their truck after inspection, but made up ground all night to compete for the win.
In Stage 1, Gilliland moved up to 19th from his starting spot. He showed early that his Crosley Brands truck was going to be one to beat. And, it was just a matter of time before Gilliland cracked into the top-10 early in Stage 2. Gilliland finished the stage 16th after having to serve a pit road penalty.
The team stay determined and the truck remained one of the best on the track. The longer final stage allowed Gilliland to move from the top-10 to inside the top-five. As the race was ending, Gilliland closed in on the leader, Ryan Preece. Gilliland came close to making the pass, but just couldn't complete it as his truck came loose. His second-place result is his third top-five in his last four races. The teams worst finish in that span is seventh.
Gilliland and the team compete again this Saturday at the Pocono Raceway.
GILLILAND ON NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDAY:
"It''s a bummer. Sometimes you can luck yourself into a second-place finish, but I felt that we had the fastest truck. I just got loose trying to pass Ryan (Preece) for the lead. But, it's still a great finish for our Crosley Brands truck and another top-five finish for us. Big picture, we're showing a lot of speed and in contention to win races right now."
MICHAEL MCDOWELL. NO. 34 LOVE'S TRAVEL STOPS FORD MUSTANG. FINISHED 16
Michael McDowell and the No. 34 Love's Travel Stops team moved from outside the top-20 to finish 16th in during the final 60 laps of Sunday's 300-lap race. McDowell showed his best in the final laps of the race and earned his 11th top-20 finish of the season. The consistent finishes have him 16th in the point standings.
McDowell started the race from the 21st position and the hot sun made the track slick. McDowell said his car was loose, but he maintained his track position. As green flag pit stops began late in the stage, McDowell ran long and the caution came out, putting the team inside the top-10. The Love's Travel Stops Ford Mustang finished Stage 1 in the 22nd position.
During Stage 2, McDowell struggled to get inside the top-20. He never lost a lap, but the team worked on the handling to give McDowell more speed. The car tightened up later in the race and McDowell ended the stage in 22nd.
The team had their best car on long runs and the race finally went green after Lap 232 for the final caution. McDowell brought his best and just missed a top-15 finish.
MCDOWELL ON NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY:
"It was great for the NASCAR Cup Series to come back to Nashville. It was a great crowd and lot of fun. For us, we had to fight hard. The track was slick and it was hard to get track position. But, we stayed on the Lead Lap all afternoon and it seemed like we just kept moving up. The end of the race, that long run, the car had really good speed and we had the fuel mileage. That was our biggest jump at the right time. I have to thank the Love's crew for staying on top of everything today. We made the most of it."
ANTHONY ALFREDO. NO. 38 SPEEDCO FORD MUSTANG. FINISHED 17. Anthony Alfredo had his best starting position in his Cup Series career on Sunday. Teams qualified on Sunday morning and Alfredo put his No. 38 Speedco Ford Mustang 18th quick. He started the race 16th after some unapproved adjustments by other teams. In Stage 1, Alfredo said his car was tight in dirty air, but the team also ran long on their fuel run. This jumped Alfredo into the top-10 and he stayed inside the top-15 before pitting for fuel, tires and to add more grip. The team ended Stage 1 in the 23rd position through pit stop sequence. During Stage 2, Alfredo raced in the top-25. With the race unfolding, and various cautions, Crew Chief Seth Barbour wanted to continue to work on the car. He was also keen on fuel and the track position. Alfredo suffered some minor sheet metal damage to his rear quarter panel, but the team was able to pull it to clear of any rubs. At the end of Stage 2, Alfredo was 25th. Alfredo and the Speedco team had a strong final run to the checkered. With just enough fuel, or maybe one drop short, Alfredo kept moving up and into the top-20. As other team had to pit for gas, Alfredo saved his and still advanced position. He came home 17th at the checkered. ALFREDO ON NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY: "I had never raced at Nashville before so I'm really happy about getting a top-20. We qualified good and our car had speed. We fought things throughout the race, there were a lot of cautions and it was hard to pass, but I'm proud of the guys. We ran out of gas coming out of Turn Four and lost two spots, but overall, a good day for us."