KNUPP FRUSTRATED WITH 24TH PLACE NASHVILLE FINISH
Monday, April 17, 2006
Knupp Frustrated with Nashville Finish
For Immediate Release
(4/16/06 - Mooresville, NC) - Following a stellar qualifying attempt of 10th for the PFG Lester 150 at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, Sidney, Ohio's Brandon Knupp was anxious for the green flag to fall on the ARCA RE/MAX Series event. “I think I had a little help from above today,” said Knupp, who dedicated his qualifying run to former ARCA RE/MAX Series champion driver and car owner Jack Bowsher, who passed away a week ago. “ I think Jack was telling me I needed to stand on it. We did good. I don’t know what to say, we drove her in there and it stuck.” Knupp added, "There were only two ARCA regulars in the Top 10 on the starting grid, I was in good company with Kimmel being the other."
When the green waved on the field, Brandon wheeled his MK Racing Ford to the sixth place in a few short laps and began setting his sights on the leader, Knupp and Willie Allen onboard for Bob Schacht Motorsports ran together most of the day looking toward the front. A mid race caution set up a restart that would unfortunately be a detrimental part of Brandon's day. When the green flag came out on the mid-race restart a slower car just in front of the #96 of Knupp either missed a shift or had some sort of problem, Brandon attempted to steer the car tot he right to miss him but just barely caught the right rear of the slower car doing damage to the left front fender of the MK Racing Ford. The spotter and crew assesed the situation, with no tire smoke and no eveidence of a tire rub they decided that the fender was not making contact with the tire and kept Knupp on the track, 7 laps later the tire was cut down, forcing Knupp to pit road under green and losing 2 laps. Back under way, Knupp charged to the front again, but to no avail ashe was already laps down, but held his own with the leaders and brought the MK Racing #96 to the checkered flag in the 24th finishing position. "I;m a little frustrated with that finish" said Knupp, "We had a Top 5 car here and it's just really disappointing to know you're running that good against the competition that was here at Nashville, I guess that's just racing, but it's still hard to take, but we'll go to Salem and get em there."
Brandon and MK Racing move to the half-mile high banked Salem Speedway in Salem Indiana for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 by Federated Auto Parts on Sunday April 23, for the first short track race of the ARCA RE/MAX Series Season.