Crew Chief Report – Charlotte

Crew Chief Report – Charlotte

We had a challenging weekend for Biagi DenBeste Racing. Getting back on track from Kansas we started off first practice a little too tight. The guys worked hard first practice to get the car a lot closer towards the end of that session. Second practice we ended the session tight but believed the car would be good for night race conditions.Crew Chief Report - Charlotte

We made some small adjustments during the first round of practice finishing the session 21st. In the final session of practice the car was better but still on the tight side but improved. We ended the session 17th.

The first round of qualifying we were still tight and made 3 attempts to transfer us to round 2. We were on the cut point standing at 24th and were on pit road with seconds remaining in the round while others made final runs to break into the final spot allowing them to advance. We never needed to make another run, finishing 24th and transferring into the second round. We made an air adjustment and set out for round two. With the car still on the tight side we were able to qualify 17th. That would be our starting position for the race.

The first run of the race we were caught up in a wreck on the first lap. With the nose pushed inward we pitted to assess the damage and make repairs and pitted again to make final repairs and top off fuel. Starting in the rear of the field we worked our way 22nd when a caution came out. The car was snug. We pitted again to make a track bar adjustment and work on the damage from the lap 1 accident. We started in the rear of the field again. We worked hard loosening the car up all night long. By lap 61 we were running 11th. Fighting tight conditions all night we fell a lap down to the leaders but managed to get back to on the lead lap late in the race. Unfortunately we ended our night involved in a wreck that retired the car on lap 174 while running 16th. It was great effort by everyone overcoming the adversity of the first lap accident and fighting back all night.

On to Texas and until then, we will just keep digging.

Jon Hanson - BDR Crew Chief

Jon Hanson – BDR Crew Chief

 

Jon Hanson

Crew Chief

Biagi-DenBeste Racing

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David Ragan – Atlanta Feed the Children 300

David Ragan – Atlanta Feed the Children 300 Recap

David Ragan: From the Driver’s Seat

I was looking forward to the races down in Atlanta because of my Legends and Bandolero Car days. I grew up racing around that area and it has always been a lot of fun to head south for the NASCAR races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

We started the weekend off with the #98 Ford Mustang with an experimental set-up package. We quickly made some changes that improved the handling of our car, and David Ragan - Atlanta Motor Speedwayfelt like we were on the right track.

Atlanta Motor Speedway has a very abrasive surface, so we were very limited on tires for our practice sessions. John wanted to save as many new tire sets as we could, to give us an advantage during the race. We chose not to make a qualifying practice run, and spend more time in race practice. Going into Qualifying I didn’t know what to expect, and after a quick rain delay, we were ready to go. We made it through all 3 rounds of qualifying and ended up qualifying 10th. We made multiple runs in the 2nd session, and made some very good adjustments on the #98 Ford Mustang.

To start the race, our car was very fast, but getting looser. On our first stop, we added some wedge and changed up the air pressure to help the issue. We only had 2 cautions the entire race, so the field got pretty strung out over the 300 miles. The #98 Ford was very fast on restarts and the first 25 laps of a fuel run. The balance would get really free as the run went on, and this is what we worked on during each pit stop. We used all 4 sets of sticker tires in the pits, and with 20 laps to go was running 10th. I had to pass Matt Kenseth and Elliot Sadler in the closing laps to finish 8th.

It was a great run for the Biagi-DenBeste team. Anytime we can outrun some of the larger teams and improve on our qualifying effort, it is a good day. Atlanta provides some good racing, and we will look forward to running again next time NASCAR makes it annual stop.

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Atlanta Post Race Crew Chief Report

Atlanta Post Race Crew Chief Report – 2014

We had a good weekend for Biagi DenBeste Racing. We started off first practice a little too tight. The guys worked hard first practice to get the car a lot closer towards the end of that session. Second practice we started on the same tires for a couple runs just to make sure we fixed out tight condition.

We put another set of tires on and the car was a lot better. We made some small adjustments during the second practice to end up 8thBDR 98 Atlanta 2014

The first round of qualifying we were pretty good making one run to end up 9th transferring us to round 2. The first run of round 2 David said he was too tight out of turn 4 and we had to lift. After one cycle through we were sitting 13th one spot out of the transfer spot. We made an air adjustment and made our second run placing us 11th and transferring us to round 3. With a quick turnaround we waited to run as late as we could in round 3. We made another small adjustment to free the chassis up. In round 3 we made one run, putting us 10th and our best qualifying effort of the season.

The first run of the race it seemed that the car took off real good on restarts but was just too lose to run with the top 5 cars. We worked hard tightening the car up all night long as Atlanta has always gotten looser at night. We ran in the top ten all night only having 2 caution flags during the race, it made it really difficult to get track position. The pit crew did a good job all night. David was really good with his feedback to keep us on top of the track conditions, and drove a great race.

All the hard work at the shop and the track is definitely starting to show up now. Really proud of this team and where it has gone this season. The more we race with one driver the better we get.

 

On to Chicago and until then, we will just keep digging.

Jon Hanson - BDR Crew Chief

Jon Hanson – BDR Crew Chief

 

 Jon Hanson

 Crew Chief

 Biagi-DenBeste Racing

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Indianapolis Crew Chief Post Race Report

Indianapolis Crew Chief Post Race Report 2014

 

Going into Indy we had high expectations coming off a top 10 finish our last visit to the famed track. We unloaded pretty close and were pleased with the result.  The team at the shop continues to build really good cars.Indianapolis-BDR-2014

Our first practice was in race trim we felt we had a solid top ten car after making small adjustments to get it to turn better on corner exit. At the end of first practice we put in qualifying trim, and made one lap that put us top of the board.

Second practice we went back to race trim and only having a short break in between practice. The track didn’t change much. We only made some small shock changes during second practice. David and the car were still solid top ten, finishing second practice 10th on the board.

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For qualifying we made the same adjustments as we did on our mock up run from practice. David said after the first run the car was just a touch loose on entry and exit. We were 7th at the end of the first round of knock out qualifying. For the second round we tightened him up just a little bit but not enough ending the second round 16th and solidifying that starting position for the race.

When the race started, the car was still a little loose on exit. The first stop we took a big swing at tightening it up so we didn’t have to make too many more adjustments during the race. We ran in the top ten most of the race and just got behind on track position there at the end. There was about 4 different strategy’s going on during the race, and with a late race caution it kind of put everyone back on the same strategy just different track positions. We learned a lot and felt we made our program a little bit better again so it was a good weekend for us finishing 13th.

 

Until Atlanta, we will just keep on digging!

 

 

Jon Hanson - BDR Crew Chief

Jon Hanson – BDR Crew Chief

 

Jon Hanson

Crew Chief

Biagi-DenBeste Racing

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Daytona Crew Chief Report

Daytona Crew Chief Report July, 4, 2014

We went into Daytona with the same plan of attack as Talladega. We had a plan for qualifying to work with a couple of guys we worked with at Talladega. The plan changed in Qualifying due to circumstances out of our daytona-2014control. We ended up starting 31st due to a rain shortened session.

Once the race started, after delay due to rain, we had planned to go to the front as quick as we could. The race went green for the first 53 laps. We had to pit under green around lap 38 for fuel and 4 tires. When we came out of the pits we had cycled around to 14th place.

We ran there till the second caution at lap 94. With 6 laps to go we were close on fuel but were going to take the chance and stay out along with everyone else. Restarting in 13th on the inside of the 6th row we were going to be sitting in a good spot. When the green came out a couple of cars in our lane ran out of fuel causing a wreck that we were involved in. That had shortened our day having to come fix damage and restarting the final lap in 24th.

We will fix this car up and bring it back down here in February. Until Indy, we will just keep digging.

Jon Hanson
Crew Chief
Biagi-DenBeste Racing

 

Jon Hanson - BDR Crew Chief

Jon Hanson – BDR Crew Chief

 

Jon Hanson is the Crew Chief of the #98

NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford Mustang
for Biagi DenBeste Racing

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David Ragan – Daytona After Race Recap

David Ragan – Daytona Driver Blog (Daytona International Speedway, July 4, 2014)

The weekend started off with 2 runs in practice.  We worked really hard on getting the car to handle good on older tires.  The summer race in Daytona is always warmer vs the February race, so handling is more important.

The team did a good job with car preparation, and our Carroll Shelby Engine Co. Ford Mustang was fast right off the truck.  After a couple of practice runs we were ready for qualifying.David-Ragan-Daytona

We had a plan for qualifying, but when all the cars where on the track at once, our plan didn’t pan out.  The new qualifying procedure at the Speedways is always crazy, and we didn’t catch the right draft in order to post a fast lap.  With just a few minutes left in qualifying, rain started and the session was called short.

Starting from the 31 position, we moved up pretty quick from the drop of the green flag.  The race didn’t see many caution laps, so we had 2 green flag pitstops.  During the green flag pitstops we took 2 tires each stop, and where setting our self for a chance at the win.

Running in the top 10, with in the closing laps, many teams where short on fuel.  I had been saving fuel since our last stop, and we were good to go.  On a restart with 2 laps to go, the #9 car ran out of fuel on the restart, and collected Elliott Sadler and me.  We were forced to pit for tires and a splash of fuel, and restarted 27 for another GWC (green/white/checker).  I was able to pass a few cars on the restart, but never able to get back to the front.

It was a disappointing finish, after having a fast car through the night.  I was proud of our Biagi DenBeste team for bringing a good car, and look forward to our next race…

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David Ragan

Biagi Denbeste Racing #98

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Kentucky Speedway – Crew Chief Report

Kentucky Speedway – John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300

This was Corey LaJoie’s first race with the Biagi-DenBeste Racing Team and only his second start in a Nationwide car. We unloaded test day with the objective of getting Corey seat time. Our first session was to focus on working with Corey and making minor adjustments. corey-lajoie-kentucky-speedway

The second test session we were much better trying some different set-ups. We were about a 12-15th place car during this session. Car was pretty good.

With the Second day of practice we made more changes to the car to get it a more to Corey’s liking.

The third practice session was scheduled closer to actual race time so this would give us a better handle on the car. We were still a little tight in this session and that was a good thing because the race conditions dictate that the car gets looser. When we finished that session we felt we were about a 8-10th place car.

We did a Qualifying run at the end of this session putting us 5th on the sheet to close the day. All in all, a very good session. Final practice session Friday morning we opted to work on getting on pit road and made some small shock changes.

Kentucky-Speedway-BDR98

The race started and Corey said the car was too free. So the first caution came out and we pitted for 4 tires and an air pressure adjustment. The second run we got the car too tight. On the second stop we went back half way on our adjustments. Corey said that the car was pretty good at this point and we were running completive lap times with the leaders.

Staying on the same pit strategy as the top 5 cars we were looking good for a top ten finish. A caution flag came out with 50 to go that hurt us putting us back to 19th place with 45 to go.

Corey worked real hard to get back to 16th at the end of the race just run out of time and didn’t have the track position we needed to get there. All in all it was a good weekend and Corey learned a lot to apply to the next race.

Until then, we will just keep digging!

 

Jon Hanson - BDR Crew Chief

Jon Hanson – BDR Crew Chief

 

Jon Hanson is the Crew Chief of the BDR #98

NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford Mustang
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Charlotte Motor Speedway – Crew Chief Report

Charlotte Motor Speedway

This was Jeb Burton’s second NASCAR Nationwide series start and his first start with the team. We unloaded first practice with a basic set up. Jeb said the car was pretty free on entry and snug across the center and exit.

Jeb Burton - Charlotte 2014

Jeb Burton – Charlotte 2014

We worked on the car all of first practice in race trim getting Jeb comfortable with the car. In between practices we made bigger changes to get the car more how he wanted it and by the end of practice we were pretty happy. We then ran a mock qualifying run and ended up 10th on the charts.

The first session in qualifying we made 1 run and were 12th on the board making it to round 2. Jeb said the car was a little free everywhere. So we made a small adjustment for round 2. When round 2 started we went right away and had to be in the top 12 to advance. We were on the bubble at 12th so we prepared for a second run. Tightened the car up some more and made another run at it. Jeb picked up his speed a little more and made it to 10th advancing us to round 3. Still a little free we made more adjustments. Only having 5 minutes to make a lap we went right away. Jeb said he missed his line getting into turn 1 and that had killed our lap qualifying us 12th place, our best qualifying yet this season.

At race time we were a little concerned about how loose the car was going to be, so we made some adjustments to tighten him up. Falling back to 16th after a few laps Jeb was loose in and tight center, the caution came out on lap 24 and we pitted for 4 tires and fuel with an air pressure adjustment. Jeb said the car was more drivable but a little snug center. We remained at 16th and just got tighter the longer we ran.

On lap 79 we pitted under green for 4 tires and air and track bar adjustment. Having a bad pit stop we went 1 lap down under green due to a faulty air hose connection. The caution came out on lap 86 but with the whole field just pitting a couple laps earlier we were remained 1 lap down. When the green came out we were too tight center and exit.

Waiting all the way to lap 141 when we had to pit under green again we pulled a spring rubber out of the left rear spring, 4 tires and fuel trying to get the car to turn like Jeb wanted.

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BDR #98 Charlotte 2014

We ended up 2 laps down due to pitting under green and being so far behind the leaders this made our day very difficult. Jeb was now to loose everywhere. The caution came out on lap 167 and we wanted to take the waive around and get 1 lap back, but with a miss communication we ended up pitting for our last set of tires and a track bar adjustment. With just under 30 laps to go Jeb said this was the best his car had been all day. Finishing 15th was not what Jeb or the team wanted but it was a learning experience for both Jeb and team. It was a solid run for Jeb. We will build from this and move on the next race.

Until next race, we will just keep digging.

 

Jon Hanson - BDR Crew Chief

Jon Hanson – BDR Crew Chief

 

 

Jon Hanson is the Crew Chief of the BDR #98 

NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford Mustang
for Biagi DenBeste Racing

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Talladega Superspeedway BDR 98 Crew Chief Report

Talladega Superspeedway BDR 98 Crew Chief Report

This was our second superspeedway race since the team has rejoined the series in 2012. We had one race in 2013 at Daytona and didn’t do very well. For 2014 we built a new speedway car and went to Daytona to test withtalladega-2014 David Ragan. We tested very quick and knew we would have a great car. Bad luck with the new qualifying format sent us home early even though we had one of the fastest cars there. Going into Talladega we knew we had a good piece and came up with a well thought out plan.

First practice we were in a smaller pack and drafted for about 10-15 laps. David said the car was really good. It sucked up well and had good speed. So we parked it for that practice not wanting to take a chance of getting caught in a wreck.

With a short break to second practice we had planned to only run all of our tires on the car. Just to check for vibrations so we wouldn’t have any in the race.

Qualifying is where we had to execute the plan. Not to make the same mistakes we made in Daytona. We had come up with a plan with some of our FORD Racing competitors. David did a great job executing the plan and really made it better then what we figured. The new qualifying format on superspeedways is much more of a mind game then it is to just flat out have a better car then the rest. I feel that David did a great job with that and we learned a lot more for next time. The first round we ended up 8th quick. The second round was a lot more difficult to make a plan to run because nobody wanted to lead the pack. We ended up getting on track with only 5 minutes remaining in the session, trying to lead a line with others dropping back to get a run it just didn’t work out well for us leaving us starting the race 13th.

The start of the race we had planned to get to the front and just ride it out. David tried really hard to get the top lane to run but could not get it to work. We fell back a good ways running about 20th-25th most of the middle session of the race. We managed to avoid a couple of the “big ones”. David managed his car the entire race and setting himself up for the end. With the red flag out 5 to go we were sitting in the right place. Restarting 3rd we knew the bottom was the only place to be and had only 1 car to battle for the win. Then, for some reason the top lane came to life. We had an exciting 2 lap race with the top 4 cars. The excitement and certainty not coming until the checkered flag flew. Just came up a little short and an excellent finish for the Team.

We now return and prepare for our next race at Iowa Speedway. Until then, we just keep on digging!

Jon Hanson - BDR Crew Chief

Jon Hanson – BDR Crew Chief

 

Jon Hanson is the Crew Chief of the BDR #98 

NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford Mustang
for Biagi DenBeste Racing

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TALLADEGA David Ragan POST RACE RECAP

TALLADEGA David Ragan

FROM THE DRIVERS SEAT Post Race Recap

BDR 98 at Talladega Superspeedway

BDR 98 at Talladega Superspeedway

I expected our Ford to be fast heading into the weekend at Talladega.  It was the same car we ran at Daytona, and the guys had several months to go over it from front to back.

The car handled well right off the truck, so we didn’t have to run much in practice.  With the new qualifying format, it was going to be important to get into the right line with the right cars to post a fast lap.  We did that, and qualified 13th.

Early in the race I moved around some to figure out which lane was the best, and quickly learned that the middle and top lane was not the ideal lane to make passes.  The bottom was the preferred lane on restarts and most of the day racing in the pack.

We had a good strategy and missed a few wrecks and found ourselves in the top 10 with a few laps remaining. After a couple of good restarts, I found myself restarting in 3rd with 3 laps to go.  My goal was to push the #11 out far enough, that I could jump outside and make a run for the win coming off turn 4.  We never could quite get cleared and i was forced to push Elliott to the win.  It was a strong run for the #98, Carroll Shelby Engine Co. sponsored, Ford Mustang.  The team did a great job on pit road, and we had a chance to win.  One day it will fall in our favor.  We may be a small team but we have a huge will to win. We did send a message that we were there.

 

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David Ragan-BDR 98

 

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Biagi Denbeste Racing #98

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Fontana Auto Club Speedway – Crew Chief

Fontana Auto Club Speedway – Crew Chief Report

The Fontana, California race was our first time out for chassis #782. After our run in Las Vegas we incorporated some big front geometry changes to our set up. When we unloaded at Fontana David said the car was pretty tight on exit of 2. We worked on freeing the car up most of first practice. We made a mock qualifying run at the end of first practice putting us 9th overall on the board.

Second practice we had to keep working in the exit of turn 2. By the end of practice we had the car too free for David and had to come back and tighten it up for the race.BDR 98 Fontana 1 2014

Qualifying started the next morning and our first run we ended up 15th and we decided to wait till the second session to make another run because of how important tires were. So being locked in we just waited and planned to free him up for second round. When second round started we went out and were 16th on the board and David said it was a little tight. We cooled off the car and tried one more time to make it in the top 12. David went back out and on the lap tracker was 11th going into turn 3 when he just got to tight again. We ended up starting 16th.

When the race started the car was not bad and David made up a lot of positions and drove up to 9th before we started getting tight. During the first pit stop we made wedge adjustment and that help David about 65%.  We had a long run under green and were still too tight early center and exit.

The second stop we made another wedge adjustment. David said that wedge didn’t do much and was still tight. Running  consistently between 11-13 most of the day and having a good car on long runs we just needed a little to get in the top ten. The third stop, with 45 to go, we made a big wedge adjustment and some air pressure changes. This run David said we got him too loose to get back to the throttle like he wanted. So with 25 to go and the final pit stop, we made a small air pressure adjustment. After about 5 laps into this run David said we made him too tight and we ended up 13th.

Good effort by the Biagi DenBeste racing team and David Ragan. Until our next race we will just keep on digging!

Jon Hanson
BDR Crew Chief

Jon Hanson - BDR Crew ChiefJon Hanson is the Crew Chief of the #98 

NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford Mustang
for Biagi DenBeste Racing

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Fontana Auto Club Speedway NNS 2014

From The Driver’s Seat …

David Ragan on Fontana

We started the weekend trying to get our suspension travels and aero attitude optimized. California Speedway is very bumpy, and it is critical to get the front splitter as close to the ground as possible, without dragging the track.

John Hanson, our crew chief and our team engineer, Andy May, did a good job making adjustments on the Ford and getting it ready to qualify and race Saturday. We were a little too tight off turn 2&4 for qualifying and BDR 98 Fontana 2014smallmanaged to be in the top 24 in the first round.

We advanced to the 2nd round, but couldn’t get the car faster in the time allowed for the 3 round. We started the race 16th and were able to move up early. Our car was on the tight side from the start of the race. We made wedge adjustment the first 2 stops and that improved the car both times.

Running as high as 9th and no lower than 16th, our Ford needed to rotate the center faster, and needed a little more lateral drive on exit. On our last spit stop, John made a small air psi adjustment in the LR and was a little too much.

We ended the race a little too snug on exit. It was a blast to race hard with a lot of good cars today. We need to continue to unload better, qualify better and make the right changes during the race. Everyone on the team did a great job all weekend, and we will be ready for the next one!

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Boyd Gaming 300, Las Vegas

From The Driver’s Seat….

Driver David Ragan Blog – Boyd Gaming 300, Las Vegas

We started the weekend off with a tight balance in the #98 Biagi-DenBeste/Ritchie Brothers Ford Mustang and ended up 9th in the second qualifying session.

At the start of the race, the Biagi-DenBeste/Ritchie Bros. Ford Mustang was fast, but on the free side. We were able to move up several spots in the first fuel run. Boyd Gaming 300 - David Ragan #98We made a small adjustment during the first pit stop, and found out quickly it wasn’t enough.

From the 1st stop onward, the Ford was very loose and we were multiple changes away from getting it fast again. To finish the race, our Ford was driving the best it had all day, however we were too far behind during the middle portion of the race.

We finished 17th. I expect to be in the top 10 every race we enter. I learned a lot getting back into the NASCAR Nationwide Series and working with Jon. Looking forward to California, where there will be a new set of challenges.

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Biagi Denbeste Racing #98

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway NNS

Post Race Notes Las Vegas Motor Speedway NNS:

This weekend was the team’s first race with David Ragan at a down force track. We unloaded off the truck with a fairly tighter set up than usual. We set up on the safe side not knowing how David likes his cars, each driver David Ragan - NNS #98 BDRis very different. David’s first comment was that the car felt high on entry, snug center and pretty tight on throttle. We started to remove the initial setup to tighten the car up. By the end of the quick 50 min session we were much closer but still needed more work.

With a short 30 min break in between practices we took some big swings at it. To start second and final practice David said we helped the exit a lot and got the car pointed right in the center of the corner, but still snug in center. We made a couple small changes to try to get it to turn better. We did not want to go to far knowing that the track was going to get freer in the race.

At the end of final practice we made 1 mock qualifying run to get David a feel of what these Nationwide Series cars do. Seem to be a lot different than his Cup car due to the Nationwide Series impound rules. He said the car was a little free and over rotated in the center. Going into Qualifying we made some small changes to help that. When we started the first session in qualifying we were 21st on the score board and David was a little snug. We went back out and cooled the car down and made a small change to the car. Went for our second attempt in round 1 and went a little quicker and ended up 15th. After that run we noticed that the Right Rear tire was flat. At the start of the second round we put a new tire on and went out. Knowing that the first run was going to be slower because of one new tire, we made a second run only quick enough to end up starting the race 19th.NASCAR Las Vegas Motor Speedway - BDR #98

When we started the race Saturday afternoon David said the car was solid on entry and free to loose exit. The first pit stop came on lap 51 under green flag. We took 4 tires, fuel and made a small air pressure adjustment. The caution came out on lap 56 leaving us a lap down. When we went back green on lap 74 we were running 15th.

The car stayed pretty free the whole run until lap 111 when we pitted for 4 tires, a wedge adjustment and a big air pressure change on this stop. David said on lap 120 that the car was back to what it was the first run, so we had caught back up to the track and still needed to tight the car up.

On lap 147 we pitted again for tires fuel and another wedge adjustment. Now being 3 laps down from how the cautions and race was playing out we were the first car 3 laps down running 17th.

David said the car wasn’t bad just rougher over the bumps and just a hair free on exit. With only 53 laps to go we were done pitting for the day and had what we had. Being our first race with David we felt that it was an average showing but we have a lot of work to do. We’re not satisfied with our results and David brought the car back in one piece. We have a busy week preparing for California making some big changes to the set up. Until then we will keep digging!

Jon Hanson
BDR Crew Chief

Jon Hanson - BDR Crew Chief

 

Jon Hanson is the Crew Chief of the #98
NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford Mustang
for Biagi DenBeste Racing

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Daytona 14 update: New qualifying format leads to an unfortunate series of events

7The weekend started off well. We only ran the first practice about 25 laps. David and I were really happy with the car. This team built an unbelievable piece. First lap on the track we were top of the board.   After other teams ran we fell to 3rd quick. We came in to check for tire rubs and clearances. The second run we went out and got with the Dale Jr. camp and ran a 6 lap run with 4 cars. That brought us to 5th quick on the board. David was happy and we decided to put on all our tires to check for any vibrations as we were ready to race. We ended our practice there and decided not go out for second practice. We did not want to take a chance of getting caught up in a wreck or put unnecessary laps on our Roush Yates engine.

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The team prepped the car for the race while David and I began planning for qualifying. The plan was to team with Roush Fenway camp (6, 60, and 16) and Richard Petty’s 43 team making a Ford manufacturing/ Ford Racing tandem. It was a solid plan going into Friday’s qualifying session. After a short delay, we went out as planned; 6, 60, 98, 16, and 43. We tried to let a pack of cars go so we could get in their draft, but sat on pit road too long. Getting up to speed the 43 inadvertently made contact with the 16 and that brought out the red flag. Everyone came to pit road to regroup and re-plan. Now 1 car short, it was a group of 4. Once the green flag came back out we resumed our plan and we were never able to get the run we were looking for. The field was on the other side of the track and we were .2 sec from getting in the race. Hindsight being 20-20 we waited too long to regroup before the second rain delay. The Red flag came out with 6 minutes and 1 second remaining in the first session. That provided the opportunity to reevaluate what we needed to do to get in the race. We had few options at this point and formulated a plan with Roush because most teams were happy with their times. When the green flag went back out we went with a pack of about 12 cars and were never able make a run to make the show. Thanks out to our owners, fans, supporters and partners, Ford, Ford Racing and Roush Yates engines.

We will be in Vegas to rebound and show what this Biagi DenBeste race team is made of. Although a short weekend it was still a positive result. Giving us more drive than ever. In the meantime we will just keep digging!

Jon Hanson Crew Chief

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