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Rob Fuller Survives Racing Action at Thompson International Speedway

Posted on April 24 , 2010 by Rob Fuller

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Rob Fuller Survives Racing Action at Thompson International Speedway

China Grove, N.C. (April 27, 2010) – After three days of competition in the Icebreaker at Thompson International Speedway, Rob Fuller accomplished what he was set out to do in his No. 71 DRACO NASCAR Modified Car, finish the race.

Fuller rolled into the 5/8-mile oval with one goal, to finish the race and earn respect from his competitors but during Saturday’s practice session the DRACO team did more than that, they found themselves in the top-five on the speed charts.

“This is great,” explained the next generation fuller. “I can’t be happier with how the car is performing so far.  My crew chief, Phil, and the team did a great job preparing the car this week.  Everything is going according to the plan as of now.”

A second practice session on Saturday showed Fuller 11th on the speed charts and ready for qualifying to begin.  Unfortunately, the DRACO Springs team had a miscue in the garage area with the mounting of the qualifying tires, hampering Fuller’s speed during qualifying.  Fuller qualified his No. 71 DRACO Springs car in the 17th position out of the 38-car field.

“I really thought we would have been in the top-five,” said Fuller.  “After finding out what happened with the tires, I should be happy with that effort.  We were lucky that we didn’t wreck.  We will take it and move on from there.”

Unfortunately the tires weren’t the only problem for the Rob Fuller Motorsports (RFM) team.  After tech inspection Friday morning, NASCAR officials found something in the motor of the No. 71 modified they did not agree with.  Only one hour before Sunday’s race NASCAR officials told  the RFM team to add 100 lbs. to the right side of Fuller’s car and also take one percent of the left side percentage.

“We really could have done without that”, explained Fuller.  “I understand why NASCAR made that decision, but it would have been nice to practice that way.  Oh well, we will just go forward with what we have.”

As the green flag dropped on the Icebreaker, Fuller quickly progressed from his 17th-place starting position and knocked on the door of the top-10 all day.  A tight handling condition hampered his finish, as Fuller was not able to be as aggressive as usual.

“All in all we had a good weekend.  The car is in one piece and we learned a lot about how these guys race.  Our goal coming in was to finish the race and walk out of here with the car in one piece and we were able to do that.”

Fuller’s next showing was scheduled to be at Strafford Motor Speedway, but after assessing the work needed to please NASCAR in the engine department, RFM decided it will be best to fix the car before heading to another race.

“It’s not that big of a deal,” explained Fuller.  “We will put our efforts into Martinsville in a few weeks.  I have a lot of laps there and can’t wait to hit the track again.”

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