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« on: November 01, 2007, 09:25:48 am »


O'Reilly Challenge - Kelly Bires Notes


According to Kelly Bires, there are two ways to look at Saturday’s O’Reilly Challenge at the Texas Motor Speedway. One is to treat it as a fresh start. The other is to treat it as a continuation. For Bires and the No. 47 Clorox Ford, it’s a little of both.

The team will take the same car that finished ninth last month at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway. That Ford Fusion has a proven track record for speed, and the team made a few changes to it to make it even better for the 24-degree banking at Texas.

The ninth-place finish at Lowe’s was followed by a hard-fought 14th-place effort last week at Memphis. That race featured 25 cautions periods, but the Wood Brothers/JTG Racing team came through that race without a scratch.

Now it has a chance to parlay that momentum into another Top-10 finish at Texas with a proven car and a new approach. As far as Bires is concerned, it allows him to pick up where he left off and enjoying a fresh start at the same time.

Kelly Bires, Driver of the No. 47 Clorox Ford Fusion:
“We’re bringing Car 43, the same car from Charlotte,” he said. “We took it home, cleaned it up and dropped a new motor in it. What I’m excited about is we came away from Charlotte with a great car. We also came away with a couple ideas to make it better. We can make those adjustments in the shop so we can hit the ground running when we get to Texas.

“This Wood Brothers/JTG Racing team has really stepped it up in the past couple months. We’ve changed our cars and it’s really paying off. We’re good everywhere we go. And we’re getting better. It’s real important for this team to finish the year on a high note so we can take that confidence and momentum into the 2008 season. We know we’ve got a great car for Texas. The goal is to finish the race and get a Top 10. Anything beyond that is icing on the cake.”

Scott Zipadelli, Crew Chief of the No. 47 Clorox Ford Fusion:
“The most important thing we can do for the future is to bring these cars home in one piece,” he said. “That way we have a better starting point for the next year. Kelly’s ninth-place finish was important because it was his best finish in the Busch Series. But to the race team, it was important because it gave us a baseline for races at places like Texas.”

- Kelly Bires won the 2006 American Speed Association national championship.
- Bires was a two-time state high school wrestling champion in Wisconsin.
- Bires will be making his 17th career NASCAR Busch Series start with a career-best ninth-place effort at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Oct. 12. He also has eight career starts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with a career-best 10th-place finish at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 16.

What – O’Reilly Challenge NASCAR Busch Series race
When – Saturday, Nov. 3, 3 p.m. ET
Where – Texas Motor Speedway
Networks – ESPN2, Sirius Satellite Channel 128

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