What's Happenin' with Sarah?!
Sarah Fisher - the IRL's most popular driver
Indycar fans have enjoyed watching Sarah Fisher compete for a few years now. This year though, she will be racing in Nascar.
|Jan 30||United Rentals 100||Phoenix Raceway||Phoenix AZ||1 mile|
|Apr 09||Mesa Marin Raceway||Bakersfield CA||1/2 mile|
|Apr 21||Phoenix Raceway||Arizona||1 mile|
|Apr 30||Stockton 99 Speedway||Stockton CA||1/4 mile|
|Jul 23||West Series 150||Irwindale Speedway||Irwindale CA||1/2 mile|
|Jul 30||Evergreen Speedway||Monroe WA||.646 mile|
|Aug 13||Stockton 99 Speedway||Stockton CA||1/4 mile|
|Aug 21||Pikes Peak Raceway||Colorado Springs, CO||1 mile|
|Sep 02||West Series 200||California Speedway||Fontana, CA||2 mile|
|Sep 17||NAPA 200||Douglas County Speedway||Roseburg, OR||1/2 mile|
|Oct 16||Mesa Marin Raceway||Bakersfield CA||1/2 mile|
All weekend, lap times kept improving. There were a few rule changes for the series including how the cars would line up for the restarts, the “lucky dog”, and also the introduction of a new generation Goodyear tire. In addition, Fisher raced on a track she had never seen before.
During the second caution at lap 70 Fisher came in for right side tires. At the restart, Fisher was running in 12th. Fisher began passing cars one by one until at lap 106, she passed #2 Mike David was running in 6th. The caution came out at lap 108. Some of the field pitted and at lap 111, Fisher took the lead. Green flag racing resumed at lap 115 with Fisher maintaining her lead thru lap 117.
At lap 183 while under caution, the team decided to make some adjustments and take on tires because of a tight condition. She reentered the race as the last car on the lead lap and finished the 200-lap race in 11th. “I really wanted to do well here,” said Fisher. “I was unsure about the restarts with the new rules. There was a lot to learn this weekend."
The Coors Light 200 Presented by NAPA AUTO PARTS can be seen on SPEED Channel in an enhanced presentation on August 26th at 2:30 pm EST.
The extreme temperatures during qualifying and the brief rain didn’t dampen the #20 NASCAR Select by NAPA Filters team efforts. With every lap during practice, Fisher’s lap times kept getting better and better. Track conditions kept changing and the team qualified the car in 21st. At the 75-lap break, Fisher was just outside of the top ten on the score board. With 25 laps to go of the 150-lap race, Fisher was on the move and in 9th. During the last ten laps, Fisher was able to pilot the #20 NASCAR Select by NAPA Filters Chevrolet to 8th and took the checkered flag. This was the teams first top ten finish of the season.
“I’m on cloud nine,” said Fisher. “This was a great effort by the BMR team. We didn’t let our starting position hold us back from our goal of a top-ten finish. I had some help from a driver who’s won at Irwindale in the West Series more than anyone else, Austin Cameron. He helped me find my rhythm around the track.”
“The #20 NASCAR Select by NAPA Filters Chevrolet was tight the first 75 laps,” continued Fisher. “We came in at the break and the team went to work making changes. Our crew chief, Mario Isola said he changed everything but the color of the car. Whatever they did really worked because we were able to keep on the move toward the front. The BMR team did a great job and I am looking forward to our next race at Evergreen Speedway.”
Did you know Michel Jourdain, Jr was also running in this series? Kevin Harvick and Ken Shrader have ran some races too.
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