September 1, 2013- Campbellville, ON racer Robin Buck once again put together a solid run in the #66 Quaker State Dodge this past weekend. During round number ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Buck again showed his skills to claim a top ten result in the large field of strong competitors.
As we’ve come to expect of Robin Buck and the #66 Quaker State Dodge they ran consistently well during both practice sessions. Qualifying was a different story and Buck never got the fast lap he wanted and would start the 200km feature race 19th.
“We made a couple of changes we thought would help but obviously didn’t. It’s certainly not ideal but I know we have a good car and we’ll be fine for the race” stated Buck after qualifying.
As the race began under perfect weather conditions Buck had a plan in mind.
“Early on the most important thing was to stay out of the beating and banging that can take place, but most of the guys were pretty well behaved.” he explained.
Almost immediately Buck was also moving the #66 Quaker State Dodge forward in the field.
“We changed the car back to what we knew worked and had a good pace right away” he said.
Hoping to gain track position by making scheduled pit stops early proved to be unsuccessful.
“It seemed a lot of other guys did the same thing but I was still able to pass a lot of cars under green today and I’m pleased about that”.
In the late stages Buck had moved the #66 Quaker State Dodge into the top ten and was keen to make a final push in the closing laps. Unfortunately a multi-car crash required a lengthy clean up and due to time constraints the race was ended on lap 42 rather than the scheduled 51.
“It’s too bad, could we have finished higher, I certainly think so” said the driver. “The car certainly felt like it had the pace to finish inside the top five today. I guess we’ll just have to try again” he added.
Buck competed in only a limited schedule this year in the #66 Quaker State Dodge but looks forward to returning to competition soon.
“We’re working hard to be back in the series next season and we’d really like to run all of the road course events again. We can definitely be even more competitive running more events next season” he stated.
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